quick update

I haven’t done a bit of studying since I failed that exam a week ago. I wanted to jump right back on the horse, this week, and get to studying my weak points (IPv6, IS-IS, and multicast). My wife and both of my daughters came down with the flu last weekend, and I’ve been fighting it all week. On top of that, I’ve been dealing with bursitis and cellulitis in my left arm/elbow.
We’ve also stepped up our effort to re-IP our entire corporate network, and made some changes to the WAN this week. Needless to say, there’s been a little too much going on to really focus on any studies. I was eligible to take the exam again yesterday. I will try to take it again in the next week or so.

I spent a good chunk of time last night into this morning messing around with dynamips on my work provided laptop. It’s a Pentium M 1.6Ghz machine with 1 gig RAM. I was trying to do labs using 2621XM as the platform, and I couldn’t get more than two routers loaded w/o crashing dynamips. I moved to 3640’s with two different IOS images this weekend (ip plus for BBR and FRSW, and Enterprise for the pod routers). So far, I’m able to get all routers fired up without spiking the processors. I started loading configs on the FRSW and the BBR’s this morning and the CPU spiked. We’ll see how the laptop handles full configs.
I know I have the rack here, but I don’t get a whole lot of time to dedicate to it, unfortunately. I’m almost at the point of selling it off just to buy a decent home PC/Mac and a laptop.

dynamips

I finally broke down and installed dynamips on a machine.  realistically, I should get my rack back from Tony’s house and use that while I’m studying this month.  The issue that brings up is spending extra time while I’m at work doing labs.  It’s just as easy to setup dynamips on a machine at work and run through small labs and configurations just to memorize things.

 I must say, this is really cool.  I’m probably going to spend a day or so coming up with some .net files to match some of the lab scenarios from the CCNA/CCNP study guides and work through labs.  I may also get my study group setup with dynamips so they can do this stuff as well.

 As far as studying goes:  I’m in the middle of taking my thorough notes for IS-IS right now.  I’m having a much easier time remembering all of the info from the various protocols as I read the chapters for the third time, take notes, and type the notes into word.  I’m sure with a few weeks of lab time, I could go in and pass the BSCI exam with relative ease.

 For some reason, I’m still nervous about the exam, though.  I don’t quite know why.