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I finally finished going through the complete 5 day video bootcamp from IPexpert. Boy, it sure was a good and very educational ride! Basically, my plan was to sit through the entire bootcamp, paying very close attention, and taking very good notes before jumping into any labs. I mean, I figure the labs are going to kick my ass as it is, I might as well at least go through the videos first.

As far as the video’s I was very happy with the content. Of course, there was a lot of stuff I do know from experience and previous studies, but there was a lot of stuff that I am not so experienced with, or that I just plain didn’t even know existed!

I ordered the cables I need to finish my lab on like the 29th and was starting to wonder where the hell they are…turns out the place I got them from is in Hong Kong hehe….gonna take a while, but hopefully I will get them soon.

I know which areas I am weak in, and that are going to really hurt when I actually get to the IPexpert lab books. Namely, Multicast, QoS, perhaps BGP depending on how crazy it gets…..also I definitely need mucho practice on Policy routing, and just in general all the topics that have to do with writing ACLs then tying them to policies and such. I understand it fine when I read it, but I need to DO it. I just got done reading through the CCIE R/S Exam Cert guide chapters on QoS again…boy they really made a lot more sense, after having watched the IPexpert VODs. It also helped to not be pretty much burned out on reading it this time around. Last time I read those chapters I was ripping through the book to prepare for my written exam.

I guess the next step is to just face the music and start plowing into labs. I will probably be spending a lot of time on my own equipment, but like I said there are certain things I won’t be able to do right now (Not all my gear runs 12.4 code, and I only have 2950 switches). I will likely get some rack time from Proctor Labs. I also am still not sure what in the world to do with my backbone routers to simulate what they do in the videos…I mean the guy is taking like 500+ routes in haha…nice. I guess in the meantime (until I get my cables from Hong Kong) I will probably hit up some of the exercises in the VOD on my home equipment the best I can, and keep reading.

Comments

7 Responses to “Update – Finished IPE Video Bootcamp — Now What?”

  1. CCIE Journey on September 10th, 2008 8:13 am

    http://www.cconlinelabs.com/schedule.shtml

    A good place as well. Although they only have one rack for IPExpert, you need to schedule atleast a week out.

  2. Caue Wailemann on September 10th, 2008 10:36 am

    Hey buddy!

    You´re the man! Finished already?! I´m still struggling my way! 🙂

    Best of lucky on your labs!

    Let me know if I can assist you in anything!

    Cheers,
    Caue Wailemann

  3. ccielab on September 10th, 2008 2:51 pm

    I would look at the Volume I technology labs before doing any full scale labs. Its better to get a grounding in these after the VoD, maybe sprinkled in with some of the Volume II labs as well.

  4. Joe A on September 10th, 2008 3:30 pm

    Hey have any of you guys gone through the “Proctor Labs eBook” PDF on the BLS??? You think I should start there, or with Volume 1? It looks similar to like a volume 1

  5. Caue Wailemann on September 10th, 2008 4:33 pm

    I would go to Volume 1… Proctor Labs ebook seens to be very nice, but if I would put Volume Number on it, it would be Volume 1 1/2, after Volume 1, and before Volume 2… BUt… that´s just my opinion…

    I really liked the Vol.1 Labs… very nice, and before watching the videos very challenge also!

    What do you think?!

    Cheers,
    Caue Wailemann

  6. Joe A on September 10th, 2008 10:34 pm

    I have not dug in yet…I flipped through, and noticed the first part of it is very switch related…considering I have no 3550/3560 I think this would cause some problems…my only option is to get some rack time I guess

  7. Joe A on September 10th, 2008 11:32 pm

    Alright, it’s go time! I am off work tomorrow, so I just booked my first proctor labs session spur of the moment…thats right boys midnight to 8:00 AM ….burning the midnight oil!

    I’m a bit nervous!

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