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Re: IEWB Labs 10 - 20 -- Any Must-Dos? posted 01/06/2008
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Also, as someone advises, don't put all the eggs in one basket.

Attempt NMC, IPexpert, Cisco Assessor, and/or whatsoever ... we are overly
familiarized with a single topology which can easily catch us by surprise.


On Jan 6, 2008 11:24 AM, Scott M Vermillion <scott@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Thanks Joe!  I was actually thinking of you when I referenced those "with
> really good memories," as you seem to be able to speak of individual labs
> meaningfully.  I couldn't tell you anything particular about any of the
> labs
> I've done thus far!  They all blend in my tattered mind.
> Funny you mention QoS and Security.  I not too distantly felt I knew QoS
> quite well but it seems I've lost some of my grasp.  Have been reading QoS
> all day to revisit areas I've apparently lost touch with.  And security is
> ever a soft spot in my underbelly as far as CCIE-level stuff goes (I'm no
> slouch with a wildcard mask, but the trickier stuff can still get my
> goat).
> I also agree with you about the rented racks, honestly.  After all I spent
> to put my home lab together, it's almost an insult to have to do that.
>  But
> you're right.  In my first-ever graded mock lab yesterday, I started off
> very impressively by configuring all of my Rack13 IPs with "1".  Time
> lost.
> Confidence down right out of the gate.  Second-guessing up.  Laughing at
> my
> dumb ass in retrospect already.  So I have already set up more mock labs
> and
> rented more time. My training budget is in shreds at this late hour, but
> this isn't too great an expense I suppose...
> Regards,
> Scott
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Joseph Brunner [mailto:joe@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx]
> Sent: Sunday, January 06, 2008 12:15 AM
> To: 'Scott M Vermillion'; 'certification Cisco'
> Subject: RE: IEWB Labs 10 - 20 -- Any Must-Dos?
> You must do 13,14,19, and 20 on a full rented rack from IE. Period. Get
> more
> used to the feel, setup and troubleshooting of the full sized switches.
> Also zero in on your security and qos skills. Those are (TRUST ME) the few
> milliliters of O2 in your tank that will take you the last 200 feet to the
> summit of Everest. I hear many stories of 100% on IGP and BGP but zip on
> those sections, guess what that equals? (Another $1,400 plus travel next
> month)
> Remember; make decisions in the lab like you would your lab. Try it, see
> if
> it works. But, don't over think anything!
> -Joe
> #19366
> -----Original Message-----
> From: nobody@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:nobody@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of
> Scott M Vermillion
> Sent: Sunday, January 06, 2008 12:06 AM
> To: 'certification Cisco'
> Subject: IEWB Labs 10 - 20 -- Any Must-Dos?
> Hi all,
> I'm pretty heavily loaded up with mock/assessor labs, some final online
> training, and review of IE/Narbik training materials (along with copious
> notes in most cases) in these final few weeks of lab prep.  As some of you
> know, I run somewhat of a strange lab, with Dynamips for routers and
> 3560-8PCs for switches.  Since those switches only have nine ports each, I
> have to do  some reverse and re-engineering of the L2 aspect of each and
> every lab I do.  It's actually an enjoyable challenge and I have found a
> way
> to complete each and every one of the first 10 labs with full
> functionality
> (oh, I may have to drop a three-port Etherchannel to two or even one here
> and there, but that's a pretty minor impact as far as big-picture lab
> functionality goes).
> Having said all of that, every hour spent tinkering is an hour of lab prep
> lost.  Thus, I doubt seriously that I'll get through all 20 before I hop
> on
> that plane.  Over the course of time, I've seen posts from some of you
> with
> really good memories regarding how lab so-and-so really brought something
> home for you.  If you could only do say five of the final 10 labs, which
> would they be?  A few words as to why would be an appreciated bonus!
> Cheers all,
> Scott
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