Archive for May, 2008

Won a BootCamp with IPExpert!

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

Well, I guess the money I’m spending on my CCIE studies is already starting to pay off. I was entered into a raffle in April for a free bootcamp (based on purchasing Proctor Lab sessions).

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I can’t believe I won a free bootcamp! Honestly, I didn’t quite have the money to attend the bootcamp with all the money I’m spending on study materials and Rack time. This is going to make a huge impact on my preparation for the lab, and I can’t wait! I plan to attend in August (which is when I have my first lab date scheduled).

Right now, I’m doing everything in my power to make sure I’m prepared, so I can take full advantage of the bootcamp.

It seems they also released some new workbooks today. I’m very interested in the Volume III workbook which contains 10 Mock labs and you can get the Video walk-through to go with it. Just when I thought I was done buying study materials!

Ted

SecureCRT Anti-idle

Friday, May 9th, 2008

Here’s a nice tip for those using SecureCRT. In doing my CCIE studies, I have 10 different sessions open, and after some time, I’ll find that my sessions are timed-out. I end up having to clear the lines of the Term server to get them back. I’m not sure if this will apply to all versions, but I’m using version 3.3…

Start by going to Options >> Session options

Next, edit session options. Basically you specify a time interval and what you want to send to session every 120 seconds in this example. I just hit the space bar to put a space in.

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This will keep your sessions active by adding a space every so often so they don’t time-out. I used this tonight and it saved me some time. I hate having to clear lines, it really ruins my day…

Anyways, probably not new information, but hopefully some find it useful.

Ted

CCIE Progress

Thursday, May 1st, 2008

I’m about 75% complete with the IPExpert workbook for R&S and I figured I would post my impressions thus far. Keep in mind, I have little to compare to, and these are purely based on my own personal experience.

To start out, I do not have access to equipment with the static configuration necessary to complete all the labs in this book. For this reason, I have gone with Proctor Labs. If you buy the IPExpert workbook and you’re looking to rent rack space, Proctor labs is the logical solution. To do the labs you need to make sure your physical topology matches the workbook. See this link for the topology I’m talking about:: Topology

You can certainly buy your own equipment, but I don’t have that luxury. I wasn’t interested in Dynamips either because I didn’t feel like improvising diagrams based on interface number differences (not to mention the lack of switching features).

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