Our last day went about six hours on Saturday. We went through the leftover IP Services questions we did not finish up the day before and then jumped right into a MPLS lab. I will be honest and say I only finished about sixty percent of the lab. MPLS has become my old QOS from last year. I finally get a handle on QOS and then something else comes along to help take it’s place!

As far as the bootcamp itself I felt it went pretty well. It was good to finally get an upgrade to the five day online camp I purchased in 2007. The best part is it’s already in my members account to go over again. It definitely gave me a good push. If you do pick up the class on demand or attend it live my best advice would be to have your Tier 1 material out of the way. It will not be a class where you are going to go over the basics. Come prepared!

Days four and five consisted of Multicast, IPv6, QOS, Security, and IP Services. It was the same format as the first three days. We would start out doing our labs on that particular section, then Anthony would pick up a few hours later, going over each question while taking any question we may have had. The Multicast and IPv6 weren’t really that difficult. Only towards the end did it seem they got a little rough. QOS was a confidence builder as well. The QOS labs helped show that if you just break everything down, the question becomes very manageable. You just need to understand what the question is asking you in order to solve it, which is always the tricky part right?

The last two sections we went over were Security and IP Services. A couple questions beat me up a little in Security, but that was to be expected. The lecture though on the questions themselves seemed to help put it a little bit more together for me. IP services were….. well….. IP Services. Not too much to report on here… Unless I get Embedded Event Manager, I have to be able to lock these points down here right πŸ˜‰ ? Pretty much any of these you can configure right from the documentation as well. I have to think that is why we really didn’t touch on logging or SNMP. The questions we got seem to have a higher standing in the priority queue. A bootcamp shouldn’t be the place you are touching SNMP for the first time anyways right?

Day 6 involved the last few questions of IP Services we didn’t get to and then MPLS. I will have a post up for that soon.

Day two and three consisted of IGPs and BGP. Again for these two days there wasn’t any lecture to start the day. On day two, we started out doing three troubleshooting question on layer 2 then we jumped right into a five hour IGP lab. The lab itself had sections on OSPF,EIGRP,RIP and redistribution. It is nice still being able to pick up a few things on redistribution. Any time I hit a redistribution section I always seem to let it get out of hand in a hurry. It comes down to repetition and practice though. The more you do it, the better you become at catching the issues before you even start. The biggest piece of advice I can give is draw everything out before you start. Know where you mutual points of redistribution are and if there are more than one. Know exactly where you are going to get any route feedback and from what protocol. The distance command will forever be your best friend, along with the debug ip routing command. Of course you could always get lucky and just get mutual redistribution between EIGRP and OSPF!

After giving us five hours to work on the lab, Anthony went over each question and explained why we answered it the way we did. I have to give him credit, it is a lot of stuff to walk through step by step. Good thing is all this is being recorded so I can go over it again in a few weeks.

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Today was the first day of INE’s 6 day bootcamp online. Class is being recorded to update the 5 day COD version which I had purchased a couple years ago. It is a little bit different this time around though. The class schedule is listed here and is being taught by Anthony.

First thing we did this morning was talk about the lab setup, what to expect, how to prepare properly for the lab, and when you should schedule it. Of course last year maybe I should have adhered to this advice instead of scheduling my $1400 lunch just to take version 3. After that we took a quick break which was welcomed. I need the breaks to keep myself up and alert. Caffeine only goes so far and then the rest of the day I am all jitters. Of course that doesn’t stop me from drinking a two liter of diet Mountain Dew πŸ˜‰

After break we jumped right into a layer 2 lab on the switches. There wasn’t a couple hours of lecture beforehand, which was also welcomed. This class is not teaching any basic fundamentals which is good at this particular point in my studies. We had a couple of hours to work through the lab. I moved through this pretty quickly and had everything configured in about forty minutes. Anthony told us to move on to the frame-relay section if we finished early, which I did. I finished this section as well before class resumed so I had no “homework” tonight, which my wife being a teacher decided to alter on me πŸ™ After everyone was finished we went through each task one at time and Anthony explained the answers and why he configured everything the way he did. We also got a little bit of live troubleshooting and common mistakes people make during the lab

That was it for day one. Looking forward to tomorrow!