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Re: CCNP BSCI exam taken today, failed [7:124275] posted 07/30/2007
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That's a great list, Joe, and will be very helpful in my review.

On 7/30/07, Joseph Brunner  wrote:
> Don't get nervous, Jon. Your posts here have been good lately.
> Let's talk about the exam objectives, and what do you guys think are
> your weak points?
> Do not attempt the exam until you are quite familiar with
> 1. auto summarization
> 2. manual summarization for EIGRP, OSPF, ISIS
> 3. the difference and similarities of a ISIS Pseudonode and an OSPF DR/BDR
> 4. What is an OSPF LSA-2 ? Who creates it ? Where can it exist?
> 5. What is an OSPF LSA-4 ? Who creates it? where can it exist?
> 6. What is an OSPF LSA-7 ? Who creates it? where can it exist?
> 7. What is bgp sync ? what are some ways of preventing non-bgp enabled
> routers from dropping traffic between bgp enabled routers?
> 8. What are some igp redistribution gotchas? How can you prevent routing
> protocol feedback?
> 9. what are some issues with redistributing ibgp into your IGP? IGP into
> Ibgp?
> 10. what is a bgp route-reflector? What will a route-reflector do with
> routes learned from non-client peers?
> 11. what is a bgp cluster id?
> 12. what is a bgp confederation ?
> 13. Given a sample diagram of a ibgp network where would you recommend the
> use of route reflectors? of confederations ?
> 14. what are some issues with the BGP next hop address between ebgp/ibgp
> peers?
> 15. what attributes are used to select best routes in bgp for advertisement
> to neighbors?
> 16. what are some issues with rip v2 that can effect classless address
> usage, i.e. vlsm?
> 17. what is an isis net address? how is it structured?
> 18. what are ipv6 global unicast, link local, site local addresses? Where
> each used?
> 19. what are some common multicast addresses used by routing protocols at
> layer 3? at layer 2?
> 20. what limitations exist for
> 21. if my autonomous system number was 22343 what would my glop addressing
> be ? 233.x.x.0/24?
> 22. what is pim sparse mode, where it is used?
> 23. what is pim dense mode, where is it used?
> 24. when would I want to use pim sparse-dense mode?
> 25. how are rendezvous points learned by pim enabled routes in sparse 
> 26. what are candidate rp messages? who sources them? who tells other
> routers an rp for a specific group can be reached at x.x.x.x ?
> 27. what is the pim rpf check?
> I think the following is the best method for defeating all ccnp tests...
> 1. print the exam blueprint at
> 2. read the study guide from cisco press
> 3. read the q&a from the start of each chapter and the answers section at
> the end at least 5 times (yes I mean this, trust me). read more times over
> longer period if you cant answer all my questions from above without
> at the book.
> 4. configure some routers, if you still need help or something is amiss.
> 5. go back to the blueprint, create a mini-lab based on what you are weak
> with. Obviously if you built a large network with rip, you can probably
> this exercise for that topic.
> 6. create your own quick card-study guide.... one page (at least) should
> have all the types of bsci addressing, and conversion tacticts
> -multicast layer 3 to layer 2
> -glop addressing
> -isis net addressing & net addressing using IP4 address
> -IPv6 addressing
> 7. create a page of the quick card with your own favorite, hard to remember
> commands
> 8. make and use flash cards, I did! my favorites were
> for BGP, well-known mandatory, well-know discretionary, optional
> optional non-transitive.
> your labs, do lots, and lots of debugs- It really makes sense to get
> the hang of the "protocol mechanics" now.
> 10. log your debugs to buffer "logg buff 65536". print out your most
> logs, or save them to folders on your pc. print and review often, during
> lunch, after work. highlight any areas you dont fully understand. go back
> through your notes and figure out how the protocol works. compare your
> debugs to the configuration options.
> You will be a CCNP, and you will be a solid engineer for having took the
> time to develop your skills with the routers, and your thinking skills.
> Thanks,
> Joe

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