CCIE RS Lab Blog – Week 30

Sunday

Started foundations lab 2

Monday

Christmas Eve party

Tuesday

Christmas

Wednesday

Some light studying, doing foundations 3

Thursday – Saturday

Parental duties were required and by the end of the day I needed to go to bed. Still adjusting to this new family life.

I was able to watch some videos just to try and do something, but wasn’t able to take notes while watching.

CCIE RS Lab Blog – Week 29

Monday

Got back in with some flash cards.

Tuesday

Did some flashcards and struggled to get my lab up and working in the time I had to study. If I wasn’t putting myself under a deadline I would see if I could get EVE up and running, but I don’t want to have to rebuild all my labs.

Wednesday

Watched some MPLS videos to get another perspective and pick up some more tips. I used my lab randomizer to do some pointed labs and get typing again. This worked fairly well for a simulator thats running off my laptop (still haven’t been able to get server running, vmware is giving me issues).

Thursday

Got back into a Cisco 360 lab, doing TA04. It’s amazing how much I forgot about troubleshooting. I needed to check the answer guide a few times, but this was more because I thought something else was being asked.

Later in the day I was able to start a INE lab, foundations 1. I did this again to get back into typing commands quickly and verifying. I wasn’t able to finish in the time I wanted but made good progress

Friday

Finished foundations 1

Did random pointed labs

CCIE RS Lab Blog – Week 28 / 29

Sunday

Started with flashcards and then worked on CA03. This time going through CA03 I made some more progress than before but again ran out of steam after about 4 hours of straight configuration. 

I ran into problems on redistribution big time on this one. I also struggled on getting some routes to show up for the full connectivity. I’m going to leave this lab open and work on the systems management type config throughout the week as it exposes some things that INE did not cover in their ATC topics.

Monday (10) to Monday (17)

The plan was to study at night, however something wonderful happened and my baby girl was born! Trying to figure out this new routine and will be back to studying soon

CCIE RS Lab Blog – Week 27

Having the cold set me back a bit, wasn’t able to focus with it.

Sunday

Layed low to try and get rid of the cold.

Monday

I was able to get back to studying. I started off with some EIGRP videos from ExtremeIE. For labbing I kept it simple and did some INE ATC multicast and in doing that realized my lab wasn’t setup with MPLS like I though so I tinkered around with that and worked on tracking routes through the VPN after adding some CE devices via BGP.

Tuesday

Wasn’t able to get much done this day. I labbed a little bit, but nothing hard. I did try some diag practice from INE. I got 1 case 100% and failed the 2nd one completely. I’ve been out of the troubleshooting real issues for awhile now. I’ve figured out 2 actions I need to take for Wednesday. 

  1. Regain my focus – rebuild my weekly practice plan and stick with it
  2. Start reading through the CCNP TShoot book as I remember this from last time being helpful for Diag

Wednesday

Started with some flashcards (trying to get back into this habit)

Did some pointed labs, but lost some focus and decided to build a lab topic randomizer – see this post

Thursday

I volunteers for habitat for humanity and did not get home until really late at night. While waiting for the day to start I went through some flashcards

Friday

Started with flashcards again and worked on some small labs

Saturday

Flashcards again. I also watched some ExtremeIE videos on BGP. I was not able to lab this day.

CCIE RS Random Lab Generator

I’ve been looking for a way to easily randomize a blueprint topic to lab as it’s been getting daunting on what thing to do next. One of my Routergod friends (Thanks Dustin!) mentioned using Anki as this tool to do the randomization. 

I took my existing excelsheet of the blueprint, changed some formating around and imported it into a new Anki flashcard deck and set it for 5 cards each day (may adjust as I use). I figure I can’t be the only one with this issue and wanted to share with the community.

If you have any suggestions for improvement please let me know if a comment below!

CCIE RS Lab Blog – Week 26

Sunday

Labbed CA05. The lab said it would take 6 hours and I finished it in less than 3. I’m either getting faster at configuring and typing or this was an easy lab.

Like before, L2 was easy to get going, the only little tricky spot was the STP influencing of routes. The lack of other L2 tech in the Cisco360 labs has me worried I’m forgetting about some things. The L3 was straight forward, they tried to get me with naming thing similar to see how closely I was reading. The OSPF part had some options set that I haven’t played with in awhile, was good to see how those worked again.

Redistribution on this lab was a joke, 1 router with mutual redistribution. Got my TCL script built and everything that should ping worked.

BGP and MPLS was simple as well, I could easily see from the diagram that for the Customer site I would need to do an AS Override at the PE devices (or allowas-in on the CE). I would like to see some larger MPLS labs as I know it’s a weak point for me.

The IPv6 section was good, however I need to work on my subnetting with IPv6. IF ANYONE KNOWS A GOOD VIDEO FOR LEARNING THIS I WOULD LOVE TO KNOW ABOUT IT. The routing setup took no time. I did use more modern ways to configure than what was shown in the solution guide, but it still achieves the same results.

I was surprised how little systems management and QOS was in this lab. The other labs had about 10 sections for this. This lab only had 2, which I believe is why I finished the lab so quickly.

Monday

Labbed TA03, I was able to complete this troubleshooting lab in 1 hour 25 minutes which I thought was awesome. After grading myself though I did miss a couple of requirements on 3 questions. I’ll take this as a slow down and make sure I verify I did all the steps.

I am getting used to how the Cisco360 labs are laying out their troubleshooting labs. Which I think contributed to how well I was able to get through this lab. 

My take aways from this lab for configuration practice is to work on IPv6 ACLs and Reflexive ACLs. I must have missed the reflexive ACLs from the blueprint because I haven’t done those since my version 4 of the lab attempt.

Tuesday and Wednesday

Did some light studying. Reviewing notes while fighting the cold

Thursday

Still fighting a cold but went through some of the JP videos

Friday

Still fighting a cold, but did some actual labbing. Worked on INE foundations lab 2. Got through all of L2, RIP and most of OSPF before I couldn’t focus anymore

Saturday

Still fighting a cold…

CCIE RS Lab – Week 25

Hours studied: 12

This was a tough week due to holidays and motivation, but took the lack of motivation to look around for some different study material and get back to some of the basics. Even though I didn’t lab as much as I would have liked/wanted to, I spent a lot of time typing which I think will help me out from a typing speed and accuracy perspective

Sunday

Took the day off to get some things done around the house

Monday

Worked on some pointed labs and typed up some notes

Tuesday

Worked on some pointed labs, typed up notes. I also listened to some ExtremeIE videos on BGP

Wednesday

Typed up notes and worked on some pointed labs

Thursday

Did some flashcards before heading out for Thanksgiving. Wasn’t able to get to much else study wise

Friday

Typed up more of my notes after getting home.

Saturday

Labbed CA04. This lab was fairly straight forward. L2 was easy to get through. The OSPF, EIGRP and RIP sections were also fairly simple to understand with only some minor tuning. Redistribution worked on my first attempt using tagging and also achieved the restrictions set from OSPF.

BGP was setup without any issues, however I applied things with a route-map and prefix-lists instead of directly on network statements. The one thing I need to understand better still is a table-map which came up from the QOS section.

I did not get to the IPv6 or multicast sections, but reading through them I believe I can do this all in my practice labs throughout the week.

QOS and NAT were setup without an issue, but I would still like to practice NAT further. I also found a typo in the lab, but this didn’t slow anything down. I do need to practice the system administration things of CPU monitoring

Even though I posted this early, I’ll also continue typing up notes tonight