I got through Chapter 4 of the Authorized Self Study guide today and completed the lab scenarios listed in the book. I’m starting to become more and more concerned about the labs provided in the book. The EIGRP chapter covered stub configurations and authentication, but there was nothing in the labs to cover the configurations on those. I know it’s easy to enough to do it myself, but I really feel the book should atleast have something more on that.

The OSPF chapters cover a lot on the NBMA modes of operation, but there is NOTHING in the lab section at the end of the chapter to cover the different configurations or modes for those. Again, there was nothing for authentication, either. My frame switch has 4 additional serial interfaces. I knew I was going to have to buy additional serial interfaces for the rest of the 2600’s, I just didn’t want to do it so soon. I guess I can build out a second mini lab to cover those kinds of topics w/o disrupting the rest of the BSCI topology.

Hopefully I’ll be able to make it through reading chapter 5 “advanced OSPF” and the labs before the wife gets home with the kids.



I’ve been studying off and on for BSCI all year.  I was hoping to have the exam out of the way by August, and never got there.  While working at Option One Mortgage’s DR facility, I spent most of the days trying to study and playing freecell.  Here I am in November and I still haven’t taken the exam. 

I did hit a milestone last night.  I finished the Third Edition Self-Study Guide from Cisco Press.  I haven’t been doing a whole lot of labs, as my lab hardware has been sitting in a friend’s dining room.  I spend about 5 hours a week at his place working on his CCNA.  I may need to pick my rack up this week so I can start running through the labs. 

I understand the topics pretty well.  I can look at configs, understand what’s going on, and why things are the way they are.  My issue with all of the practice tests has been configuration snipets here and there. 

I finish up with my Bachelor of Science Program at UofP next week, so that’ll give me a bit more time each week to study.  I’m going to run through the self-study guide one more time in the next month as well as the Exam Certification Guide and take the exam by the end of December.

I’m already pretty comfortable with EIGRP concepts and functionality because my previous two jobs were EIGRP shops.  I’m struggling with OSPF LSA types and the modes of operation for each layer 2 technology.  I’ve taken pretty thorough notes on it.  I just need to study them.

I need to go back and take better notes on IS-IS, route redistribution, BGP, and multicast.  I think I can handle that in a month.