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Hello CCIE world…

Well, it has been an extremely busy couple of weeks for me. I started a new job, and have been putting in a lot of hours, getting used to the network, learning a lot of processes, new routine, etc.

Meanwhile, I sort of realized really quick I could not be very effective in my home lab with only 2950 switches. I have since ordered and received 2 3550 switches, and somebody at work was kind enough to offer to loan me 2 more.

Additionally, I have ordered a nice 28U rack and mounting brackets for my gear. I am really hoping to hear from the guy at work this week to pick up the 3550 switches that will complete my home lab. Also, I hope my rack will be in this week (ordered it last Friday.)

In other news, I have joined up with a CCIE study group online. It is a small group of 5 pretty dedicated guys, and we are going to meetings twice a week utilizing Skype. Much of the idea behind creating a group was the “accountability partner” aspect. It’s like when you are trying to work out at the gym by yourself…you can easily say hmmmmmmmmmm I’m sooooooooo tired and overworked today, I just can’t put myself through it. But, if you have that gym buddy that you know will be showing up and sweating it out with you, you are more inclined to go. For me, it also helps to know that others are depending on me and it isn’t just all about me.

I really have not been doing much studying lately because of my equipment issue, but hopefully I will have a full home lab running soon. Also I have been doing a lot of configurations at work…seeing everything from distribute-lists to route-maps to eigrp, to rstp, etherchannels, trunks, and just about anything else.

– Joe a

Comments

3 Responses to “Update – Improved Home Lab / Getting Back Into It All!”

  1. CCIETalk.com on October 13th, 2008 10:49 am

    That’s good news Joe! Congrats on the new job and finally getting your home lab completed. I was def not that lucky when it came to my lab gear 🙂 I just did Mock Lab 1 yesterday and got owned so I know I need tons of practice. Well goodluck with your quest!!!

  2. ilorah on October 14th, 2008 3:51 am

    hello sir,

    i have these desktop config:

    Core 2 Quad 6600
    2GB RAM
    window xp 64bit edition

    i run dynamips on it, i recently ordered for two 3550 switches for now since that is what i can afford.

    my problem is how to connect the real switches to dynamips.

    i would need ur advice and procedure that u feel that i shld follow in connecting the real switches to the lab.

    do u think that my desktop setup is ok to carry a full lab setup

    thanks

  3. CCIE Journey on October 14th, 2008 9:12 am

    @ ilorah

    You should have no problem running a full lab connected to real switches with that hardware.

    The best place to look for help with dynamips is http://7200emu.hacki.at/ You should find all you need there.

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