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Well I finally polished off watching Day 1 of the IPexpert video on demand bootcamp. My plan so far has been to watch through each video section, really focus and try to understand everything completely, and take really good notes while I watch. On the configuration videos I have been going along with Scott as much as I can with the equipment I have in my basement. I got hung up on the more advanced frame-relay configurations that had 3 spokes + 1 hub because I ran out of DTE/DCE crossover cables. I understood it all, I just have not been able to practice them, which I know is important. I just received my shipment of 7 more cables, so I really need to go back to those videos and work through stuff like back to back frame relay, PPP over frame relay, multilink frame relay, and some of the more advanced topologies. I suppose I could have used dynagen as well, but I really like working with the real thing a lot!

That reminds me, I would really appreciate some feedback from the community on a few things. First, regarding practicing single topics that are covered in a specific video or whatever and not just doing full scale 8 hour massive labs — Do you guys rent time on racks to say go through the vod configuration sections 1 piece at a time, or do you just rent time for full labs? Or just have your own equipment/dynagen? I plan on starting the lab workbooks after I complete the entire video bootcamp. When you dive into a lab in a workbook, do you guys just bust it out for 8+ hours at a time the first time through, or break it up into sections? Can you rent time for certain sections and then save your configs so you can spread the lab out on your own time, or do you pretty much have to find an 8 hour block to donate to the router gods?

I ordered up the infamous “Routing TCP/IP Volume 2” today from Cisco Press. I am looking forward to “fresh meat” for reading, but at the same time I sort of fear it in a way. I KNOW that BGP is one of my weak points. For some reason I have always dreaded it. I look forward to conquering that problem : ) I think something I really need to work on is facing my weak points head on. When I am reading a book or doing something I know very well I feel confident and can get really into it…but when I get to one of my weak points like BGP, QoS, Multicast I have a tendency to not focus my attention fully, or to get sidetracked, or to make excuses like “oh it’s not a core topic…what are the chances…” Well, hopefully I will enjoy this book much more than “Cisco LAN switching” which I found to be nearly useless in my study despite it’s reputation.

– Joe


8 Responses to “IPexpert VOD Bootcamp Day 1 Complete + A New Book”

  1. CCIE Journey on August 22nd, 2008 12:24 pm

    You are better off starting with technology specific labs if you can. I started with IE WB II labs after only a few WB I labs and it was brutal.

    I never have time to sit for 8 hours and do a lab so I would break them up for 4 hours a pop on the weekends, but I was using dynamips so I wasn’t worried about not being able to load configs.

    Internetwork Expert I know has the capability to save configs and reload them. I am not sure about IPExpert or the third party ones. You can always copy and paste them to save and copy and paste them to load them back in as well.

  2. CCIE Journey on August 22nd, 2008 12:25 pm

    Oh and I found TCP I/P Vol 2 kind of useless as well :(. A little outdated at times…

  3. Joe on August 22nd, 2008 12:29 pm

    Damn, another $60 shot LoL … Well at least I will have it for reference on the shelf.

  4. CCIE Journey on August 22nd, 2008 12:49 pm

    It is still a good read, but I wish they would update the second volume…

  5. Brandon Carroll on August 23rd, 2008 1:08 am

    The Security is what I am working on. Ipexperts WB had some technology specific labs at the beginning and the 8-hour labs at the end. I worked straight through and went back to the more specific for the weak areas- in fact I’m still working on some weak areas.

    I also just showed one of my CCNA students the Routing TCP/IP book. Its intimidating to them but for me its nice to pull it out of the museum and show people.

  6. Caue Wailemann on August 23rd, 2008 6:59 pm

    I kind like both TCP/IP books… Of course, as stated, it´s a bit outdated, but still useful!

    BGP from Sam Halabi is also a nice reading!

    How about IPExpert VoD, are you enjoying?! I am! Very much! 🙂

    Hope your studies are going well!


  7. Joe A on August 24th, 2008 1:45 am

    Hey Caue,

    I am really loving the VOD classes so far! Yep…I’d say I’m totally addicted right now…it’s 1:45 AM on Sunday morning, I’m on my 6th cup of coffee, and knee deep into the OSPF configuration video (3 hours, 15 minutes long)…totally eating it up.

    Good stuff!

  8. Roy on August 24th, 2008 9:56 am

    When I was studying for the CCIP (studying for lab also now), I initially began reading halabis but found it too…slow/repetitive for my liking. I then just referred to tcp/ip vol 2 for bgp. Found it great, it got straight to the point and explained things very well.

    So personally I think tcp/ip vol 2 is a great reference for bgp, and should give you a proper grounding. Naturally you can always refer to the config guide on bgp for the recent developments.

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