It has been a couple of weeks since I wrote on my troubles with moving forward. One of my conclusions with everything was that I am a bit bored of the material. Whether it was topic specific or full labs, it didn’t seem to matter. Working with INE’s Vol 2 I noticed that one drawback was I seemed to be working more from memory than knowledge. A lot of the guts of the labs seemed to be in my memory which I felt wasn’t going to work.

I received my updated BLS drive from IPexpert two weeks ago and decided this is what I am moving forward with. New labs and new VOD’s can’t hurt at this point. Plus, I think this is going to give me a real indicator of where I’m really at. At this point I can’t work a particular schedule because I still have to finish the new little guy’s bedroom. Good news is my office is officially moved down into the basement so at least all my equipment is in it’s permanent location.

My dynamips lab has been rewired to match IPexperts topology. I have three 2620’s to act as my backbones to take them out of virtual topology to keep the processor utilization low. I edited their current topology file to match my setup. Once I got the usb nic’s straightened out, everything came right up. All the routers are running as 3725’s and utilization is around forty percent. My goal is to work through everything and hopefully be ready for some mock labs from INE by September and schedule my lab for around the same time as last year. There is going to be a big drop off in time once the baby is here in July so I have to plan for that. At least the new little guy will have a lot of Cisco doc material to read through during the night feedings.

Hopefully IPexpert’s BLS can get me over the hump because I don’t think I have too many more attempts in me :)


5 Responses to “Status Update 05.12.2010”

  1. Robbie Watson on May 12th, 2010 9:35 am

    Man I feel your pain. Your posting reminds me of my life. I felt INE was dry and the videos were so boring and hard to keep up. I upgraded my BLS from ipexpert and let me tell you its the motivation I been looking for. Keep working hard at it.

  2. Joe Astorino on May 13th, 2010 4:08 pm

    Hey Robbie and Carl!!! It thrills me to know that people like you guys are out there and are really utilizing and enjoying the new product.

    We worked hard to make sure it is THE resource to go to for the lab exam prep 😛

    Robbie, feel free to reach out to me or any of us over at IPX via email, skype, our blog, and the OSL (onlinestudylist email list).

  3. adam bilyeu on May 13th, 2010 4:52 pm

    I’ve been thinking about the BLS from IPExpert- I too feel the same way, I have not passed the lab and let me tell you- it’s a MAJOR demotivator when you don’t pass. I don’t want to quit cause I have too much invested. Wondering what your thoughts were about the BLS.

  4. CCIE Journey on May 17th, 2010 1:06 pm

    So far I am liking it. Great breakdown, great explanations. With the drive being easily portable too that helps a great deal.

  5. Mike Down on May 17th, 2010 1:13 pm

    Hey Adam,

    Staying motivated is a huge thing. Carl should be able to attest to that. You just gotta keep digging man!

    If you have any questions about the BLS, let me know and don’t forget to register for our free mailing list at


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