CCIE RS Lab – Week 21

Hours studied: 15

I need to up the amount of time I’m studying…

Sunday

INE foundations lab 2, I am trying a new approach to see if I can consolidate the tasks from what I noticed the other day doing this lab. I was able to move quickly through the routing sections. I slowed down when it got to redistribution.

This had an interesting scenario with a lot of connected routes being redistributed that needed to be matched in multiple places.

Reading through the steps beforehand helepd as it would have given a different scenario for the BGP configuration that would have caused a lot of removing of config.

Configuration stamina is still a strugle for me. I believe this is coming down to a couple of things. I didn’t get started as early as I normally do. I also did not sleep well which is also contributing to losing focus.

Monday

Worked on some small INE ATC labs around systems management

Tuesday

Talked with my mentor, he suggested changing it up and start doing some Cisco360 labs. I started off with CA01 and I have to say it’s refreshing and a nice change of pace. Even though I did not finish the lab, it was eye opening on what I really need to work on.

I missed a couple of key facts from the restrictions and goals that will require me to read and take much better notes on what is only implied but not specifically called out to be configured.

I did try doing as much configuration as I had energy for at night and then grading myself after, but I think I’m going to take a different approach and grade myself after each section. I’ll continue with the rest of the lab Wednesday night.

Wednesday

Had to cancel rack time due to work

Thursday

Started CA02, I ran across a technology I had totally forgotten about, BVI. I’ll need to remember this one as it tripped me up. The wording in this lab was somewhat confusing, but is good practice on getting used to the test questions. I missed some key words that requires me to undo some configuration.

I ran into an issue where I could not get L3 connectivity between 2 devices that I moved on from. I’m not sure what the issue was, but decided to table it and work on other sections of the lab.

This study session I found I was rushing through things and at the end realized I need to slow down and remember to verify everything as I go. I also built the task tracker to work on keeping track of what I’ve finished and what I need to revisit or some routing scenario that’ll need to be double checked after redistribution.

Friday

Small labs, was a busy day for quarter end

Saturday

I spent the majority of the day doing CA03. This was a good lab, I felt fairly confident in a lot of what I was configuring and understanding the sub-tasks. I gave myself 6 hours to do this lab to see where I was at with timing. I was a bit slow as I did not finish everything. Where I lost a lot of time was due to the redistribution. There were a few rules that made this harder and then the loops created were hard to resolve. I was able to get full connectivity except for 2 routes that I decided I would figure out later.

I didn’t get to do any of the IPv6 routing, again, it took a lot of time to configure the addresses and I decided to go and get some of the systems management and qos parts done as they were quick. There were a few system managements things that I will be practicing more in the coming week to be able to know the sytanx and type them out faster.

I’ll load the lab up again and do some grading, but I also think I’m going to go back to checking my work as I go so I can learn from any mistakes eariler.

CCIE RS Lab – Week 20

Hours studied: 13.5

Sunday

Flashcards

Spent the day doing troubleshooting labs. I fully completed INE troubleshooting lab 2, there were a few questions that tripped me up.

Things I need to revist:

  • OSPF forwarding address
  • Verifying eigrp router-id from show output

Started on troubleshooting lab 3, however around this point my brain was fried. I started missing easy typo related issues.

Monday

INE ATC videos – Finished QOS and started into security

Labbed some multicast pointed labs and took some further notes on it. Some of the things I struggled with in the past are starting to make some more sense.

Tuesday

Flashcards

Continued with the pointed multicast labs

Wednesday

Took the day off due to major back pain

Thursday

Flashcards and yoga to release the back pain

Youtube video of advanced multicast information

Light labbing on some systems management and some QOS.

Friday

Worked on INE foundations lab 2 to mix it up. Did some L2 and L3 practice

Saturday

Took the day off, was on Dad duty

CCIE RS Lab – Week 19

Hours studied: 14

Sunday

Took day off to recover from vacation

Monday

Flashcards

INE ATC Lab for NAT topics, I also took this as my first opportunity to live stream this. The idea around live streaming my study session was to help me focus more on what I am actually doing and to also get me talking outloud and try to explain the topic to see if I actually understand it.

 

Tuesday

Started on some NTP configuration practice. This protocol is very slow which makes verification difficult as the config could be in place but the results will not show up for awhile. I’ll note this as a task to keep near the beginning of config or troubleshooting.

Started a live stream for going through FHRPs, DHCP config, went down a rabit hole with a PPP config thing that I didn’t plan on getting into and ended with some BGP route filtering practice.

Still trying to figure out if the live stream is something I want to continue, I think I may use it more for a recap and when I do a full scale / foundations type lab. This will be a figure it out as I go thing.

Wednesday

Labbed IPv6, took further notes on the different addresses.

Thursday

INE videos. Took night off from labbing due to exhaustion .

Friday

Flashcards

Started with some QOS pointed labs, but found it boring. So I changed it up and loaded Foundations lab 3. This was much better to do as it changed up each step. A surprise to me was that I configured DMVPN from scratch without having to look up.

Saturday

Flashcards

Continued with foundations lab 3

 

CCIE RS Lab – Week 18

Sunday

Start of family vacation at Disney, was not able to get any studying in, but did check everything out at Hollywood Studios. Can’t wait for Star Wars land to be completed

Monday

Work up early and labbed – MPLS PE to CE, while on the plane I watch more INE videos and a couple of things I struggled with understanding all of a sudden clicked for me. I practiced what I learned and understood the show output better.

I also worked on configuring DMVPN from memory and working on speed before the day started. I also took time on learning how to read the debug – debug dmvpn all nhrp, this is a very busy debug, but when comparing hub and spoke side outputs it helps show where the problem is. I first started with authentication, then flipping the NHS and NBMA addresses.

In doing phase 1 I also forgot that I need to add the tunnel destination since the tunnel mode is normal gre mode. Little progress each day thats helping comit this to memory. I didn’t layer routing or IPSec ontop of this yet as I wanted to be able to breakdown the steps.

Tuesday – Friday

Didn’t get a chance to study other than flashcards

Saturday

Watched INE ATC videos on the plane