I was going to break down the week, day by day, but I didn’t have time at night to do that so I am just going to put my thoughts here into one post.
The first day after our introductions, Marko sat down and talked about the one thing I really haven’t thought about for the 4.0 exam and that was our strategies. For a couple of hours we just talked about them, with Marko giving us his ideas and how he sets everything up. We talked about everything down to our screen. One thing that dawned on me was I have a 22 inch LCD I lab on at home so why am I still printing everything out? I definitely need to get used to doing everything electronically. One problem is lock lizard freezes my machines al the time.
After that we started off with all the layer 2 stuff. We didn’t talk about anything basic. Everything we went over was mostly advanced topics within each section. We did hit on PPPoE which really wasn’t a favorite amongst anyone there, but really not all that hard. Just be “aware” kind of stuff. That pretty much took us to 9:30PM or so the first day. It was a good twelve hours of lecture that I wasn’t expecting.
The next two days we covered pretty much the rest of the core of the lab. One thing that was pretty impressive with Marko was his ability to lecture for as long as he did each day. Sure we took some breaks here and there, but after lunch we pretty much went straight through until 9:00pm each night. Also, lecture means lecture. There were no powerpoint slides, just lecture and hands on examples he would lab up to prove his points.
The fourth day pretty much went the same except we hit on Multicast and QOS. I was going to go into more detail, but I really don’t want to give alot of the class away for the people taking it in the future. I did miss the lab day portion of the class on day five because I had to head home early and take care of some federal income tax issues that arose during the week. I have the labs and some rack time so I am hoping to go through those by the end of the week.
Keep in mind, I did attend the class from a deal Mike Down over at IPX setup with me a long time ago. I just never had the chance to sit the camp with work and so forth. Just wanted to add that disclaimer before I gave my lasting impressions of the class. Overall the class was excellent. There weren’t too many times when I felt bored or uninterested in the topics Marko was going over. He was pretty engaging as he lectured. The class had a good energy as well and moved right along. One thing I would suggest is if you are thinking of sitting his class, don’t go with the mindset that you will be touching on the basics. Unless he changes the lectures up you are probably not going to go over much of them.