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

CCIE RS Lab – Week 24

Sunday

I started off with working on TS1 on Cisco360. I struggled with understanding the ask in a lot of the questions. There was a lot of information given but none of it was really relevant. I started off with TS for the day as I believe it’ll help me with getting better at verification and also more experience since it’s not a part of my daily work. I took 3 hours for getting through the lab as I didn’t want to pressure myself with speed yet.

After lunch I finished up CA01. The EIGRP section still tripped me up with things that I know I need to work on further. The redistribution was easy since there were no ways to create a loop. BGP was easy to setup, but showed that I need to research the backdoor feature in some more detail. The IPv6 section tripped me up due to subnetting. If anyone knows a good tutorial and some practice tests, drop a comment below. QOS was simple since it was a reproduce the output. Systems administration was also easy being an HSRP setup and archive config. I ran out of time for the multicast section, but reading through the tasks it was a basic setup.

Monday

I had a lot of road time which translated into a lot of audio time. Finished the INE and started on XtremeIE.

Tuesday

I wanted to study… However server and connectivity issues had other plans for me

Wednesday

I had some train travel and was able to Lab some IPv6 until my laptop died. Power outlet kept going in and out.

Thursday

Some videos on the train

Friday

Took the night off due to exhaustion

Saturday

Worked on TS02 and CA02. The troubleshooting was ok. I feel like the tasks are not spelled out in what they are looking for clearly. However I was able to get through it. For the configuration I got through L2, DMVPN and some routing before I lost all energy to move forward

I’m going to start going back to the gym to see if I can work on getting my energy levels back up and watch videos while running.

CCIE RS Lab – Week 22 and 23

This was a rough 2 weeks on getting time to study between work and family obligations. My schedule has been crazy but I think I can wrap some sanity around it just to have the holidays throw it back off

Sunday

Bought a new car for the growing family. Needed this to be done before baby number 2 arrives in December. This was very time consuming and left me a bit brain dead (also brain dead from yesterday).

I reviewed some notes and flashcards to at least get something done

Monday and Tuesday

I was unable to get to study these days

Wednesday

Worked on some small ATC labs and also consolidated my list of focus areas as I had them written is about 5 different places

Thursday – Sunday

I was on Dad duty

Monday

Worked on CA01. Tried doing everything in notepad so I can stop relying on ? And make sure I am typing correctly for when I copy and paste it in. Also slowed down to take time with verification and checking my work against the solution guide

Tuesday

Was in all day training and mostly brain dead afterwards.

Wednesday

Worked on a small ATC IPv6 traffic filtering lab

Thursday

I started with listening to some more of the INE videos for security.

For labbing I went back into CA01 and worked on the routing portion. The OSPF and RIP sections were easy. The EIGRP section was more involved and I did not finish it. It has been a long week and my brain was tired, so I figured I would give it a fresh look on Friday to be able to fully understand what is being asked.

Friday

Listened to some more INE videos.

Saturday

Wasn’t able to lab due. Sunday is a full lab day.

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