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Well, I finished off day 2 of the IPexpert video bootcamp, which covered IGPs. OSPF, RIPv2, EIGRP … The OSPF configuration video was pretty intense, and over 3 hours long…took me 2 sittings to get through it. The good news is that I felt really good about almost all the material so far. I mean there really has not been anything that I’ve said “Oh my God what the hell is going on here?!” … there have been some things I have had to “rewind” and watch again, or read up a bit on, but for the most part I was feeling pretty confident with the material. One thing that bummed me out is that pretty much the only 2 things in the OSPF section I was having a hard time grasping theory wise were screwed up on the videos :( It is a technical issue, and not limited to just me. Caue is having the same problem, and he has contacted IPexpert about it. For the record, the 2 things that I have not fully grasped are advanced virtual links (like cascading 3 or 4 of them, or extending area 0 via a virutal link, then extending that to another area via a GRE tunnel). The other thing was just as Scott was explaining why if you have 4 equal cost routes in the routing table in OSPF one is preferred over another. Â

Just as he gets into explaining the advanced virtual links involving GRE tunnels, and the route decision when you have 4 equal cost routes in OSPF the video pretty much bombs out…the video feed is OK, but the audio is all garbled for about 10 minutes. It is almost as if something CPU intensive started running on Scott’s PC without him knowing it. Obviously, they didn’t fully go through all the videos before bringing them to market. We are hoping to get slides or something.

So I started day 3 last night. Yep, just as I was feeling all warm and fuzzy and confident about myself so far, WHAM! I get nailed with a nice dosage of humility by a freight train named BGP : ) Yeah….BGP was never my strong point. I mean, I don’t really get a chance to play with it at work on a regular basis, and I pretty much learned what I needed to learn on previous exams. Basic stuff. I actually found myself somewhat lost about 3/4 through the video. I am going to have to go back and view it again when I am more prepared to try and get through it completely.Â

In other news, I just confirmed on Fedex that my “Routing TCP/IP Volume 2” has arrived. So, I am excited to crack it open, and start getting my BGP basics back in place. I know for absolute certain right now, that my BGP abilities are nowehere even remotely close to where they need to be for the CCIE lab. So, that is definitley a challenge.

 – Joe

Comments

3 Responses to “IPexpert VOD Day2 Complete — Mixed Feelings This Morning”

  1. TL on August 28th, 2008 11:14 am

    Another suggestion for BGP is Internet Routing Architectures by Sam Halabi. TCP/IP Volume 2 is good for BGP too, but I think the Halabi book is well worth the read and breaks things down a little more.

    I used them both for the BGP portion of the CCIP.

  2. Ferret999 on September 20th, 2008 3:41 pm

    Hi Joe,

    Did you notice that in the frame relay lab video at about 49 minutes Scott is talking about a point-to-point and a multipoint-configuration and then the audio goes quite for a few seconds when it seems he has more to say and then it jumps into back to back frame relay?

  3. Joe A on October 3rd, 2008 12:37 pm

    Ferret999, yes I noticed that as well

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