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Ahhhh another Monday morning. Well, I kind of dropped the ball this weekend. I have not really done much anything Cisco related since last Friday. This weekend was the annual “Woodward Dream Cruise” in Detroit. Basically, people come from all over the country to cruise their classic cars down the oldest main road in the Detroit suburbs. It’s a huge event to say the least. I finally got out to see the new Batman film as well Friday night. Saturday rolled around and I did a little reading, but spent my night doing something nice for my wife — She’s been wanting this elliptical machine to work out on, so I surprised her by staying up all night assembling it. I told her I was labbing in the basement : ) Sunday came and went, and I had to keep my promise to not do any CCIE stuff on Sunday. I blatantly and shamelessly stole this from Carl…I told her I would have 1 day where I don’t do any Cisco…despite that I hadn’t done any Friday or Saturday I had to keep my promise.

On to the next disappointment from last week: “Cisco LAN Switching”. I have to tell you guys, I was pumped to get this book. I mean, it’s on everybody’s CCIE “must have” list…it has a list price of $80 USD…I got a great deal on it because I had a Cisco Press coupon to use. Also, I think switching is one of my real strong points, so I was pumped. Boy was I disappointed! I had heard that it was a little outdated, but geez…I guess it is a great book, if you could take the CCIE lab from 1999 hehe…I am about halfway through, but honestly I have kind of skimmed alot of it. So far everything I have read has been CatOS commands. Also, for a CCIE level book, I think a lot of the content is pretty light. Do we really need to know “What is a VLAN” “Why segment LANs” or that a switch forwards broadcasts? Besides all the commands being CatOS based, many of the technologies are outdated for the current lab. For instance we have sections on Token Ring operations, Token Ring components, Token ring bridging/switching, a comparison of ethernet vs token ring (lol), configuring the catalyst 5000/6000 (in CatOS of course), no real mention of RSTP, we have FDDI trunks, ATM trunks, LANE, whole chapters on ATM, and a very basic overview of campus network design. Many of the concepts still seem valid, but honestly I have a much higher opinion of the material and the way it is presented in the CCNP BCMSN exam certification guide. In fact, that is one of my favorite technical books ever. Disappointed to say the least. I guess I will get my money’s worth and try to get through it though.

I plan on getting back into the IPexpert CODs today. So far, I am a little over halfway through day 1…going into L2 tunnels I think. The last video was kind of discouraging, as I had no idea really what was going on the first time through. It was on switching, but he dove into L2 tunneling a LOT …which I have never done before. Seeing something that you didn’t even know existed before for the first time can definitely hit the moral. He was discussing tunneling protocols like CDP, VTP, DTP … like say you have SW1, SW2, SW3 interconnected…you can essentially tunnel between SW1 and SW3 so that SW2 is essentially transparent. Cool! There was something else, but I can’t remember right now!

Well, thats it for now

– Joe


2 Responses to “Status Update 2008-08-18”

  1. Ferret999 on August 18th, 2008 3:05 pm

    Hi Joe,

    What do you make of the IPExpert videos? I have the Internetwork Expert stuff and wondered how they compared?

  2. Joe A on August 18th, 2008 3:45 pm

    Hi Ferret999,

    Well, like I said I am still on Day1, but so far have been very happy with the content. A few things I really like are that IPexpert took the time to make them look GOOD. Not only is the instructor in nice 720p HD resolution, but when he is going through the actual configurations, it is clear as day. I have seen some other training products in the past where it is just a whiteboard share, and when they get to the actual routers and switch CLI you have to squint to see what in the world they are typing. The other thing I like is that they are taught by no other than 4 time CCIE Scott Morris. As we all know he recently departed for a job at IE, but obviously he shot all the video material prior to that.

    So far, I am very happy with the product.

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