I got through all the MPLS labs I wanted to get through from INE and Narbik. I made it through lab 1 and 2 from INE Vol 2. I plan on getting to lab 3 over this weekend and then some Vol 3 labs probably next weekend after I go through the topics I have issues with on lab 3.

Other than that is has just been alot of reading. I even had my iPad with me while my car was having maintenance done last weekend. Nothing attracts attention like an iPad in a waiting room, but when you show people you are reading the Doc cd you get looked at weird 😉

I was waiting for the Cisco Learning Network to come back up to post this, but now it is live. This really isn’t much of a surprise. Layer 2 is a core technology anyways. Anyone attempting the lab should know how to troubleshoot it in their sleep. This isn’t a big deal at all atleast in my opinion…

Introducing inclusion of new Layer 2 switching capability in the virtual lab environment of the CCIE R&S Troubleshooting exam

In alignment with CCIE level requirements, Cisco is adding L2 switching features to the CCIE R&S Troubleshooting exam through L2 IOS software on Unix (L2IOU) virtual environment. The new feature will be available starting January 17, 2011.

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Well here I am starting my first post of 2011 and it actually feels good to have the holidays out of the way. The last two months hurt my studies without a doubt.

I think one thing that kind of always hindered me was the lack of a plan. A structured approach so to speak. Maybe I was one of those kids that always cried out for structure and never really got it? At least academically anyhow. So with that I decided to start down Petr’s How to pass the CCIE R&S with INE’s 4.0 Training Program plan since I finished most of IPexpert’s workbooks. The “warm up” sections were good and I moved through it pretty quickly this week. I just felt I needed to refresh at least the core topics again after the four weeks of a layoff, and this section worked really well for that. Moving forward though, this plan is what I am going to run with. Giving myself some key lab goals I think will do nothing less than just keep me on track. I hate feeling lost without a sense of direction.

Two topics I want to revisit in more depth before I start a full lab is MPLS and Multicast. I also have Narbik’s new 4.0 workbooks sitting here that I am going to use for more focused labs. I am hoping to get through those two topics in more depth by next weekend and get back to a few eight hour labs.