To whom it may concern:

Jonathan Kintner suffered a terminal brain aneurysm yesterday morning, shortly after he woke up.  He was pronounced brain dead at 3:45 pacific time, and donated his organs shortly afterwards. He is survived by his wife, Maria, their two daughters: Weslee and Aurora, and numerous family and friends. He was 27.

Jonathan Kintner
September 5, 1980 – May 10, 2008

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oh noes!

I can’t find my notes!

I think I may have a week to sit back and recover from all of the stuff we’ve been doing at work.  Consider this the calm before the rest of the storm.  We’re cutting over our corporate campus (including new gear AND IP addressing) the first weekend of June.  There is a ton of prep work that needs to be completed, but I am running on empy and need a small break.

I’m taking off early every day this week to be home with my daughters while my wife goes back to work in the evenings.  I was hoping to be able to study a bit at home, but things haven’t panned out that way.

I’ve been sitting here staring at my monitor, trying to get motivated to watch some additional videos this morning, and it’s not working out very well, either.  STP is just SOOOOO boring to me.  Unfortunately, I know the basic concepts behind it.  I just need specifics, and sifting through videos and text chapters to get the info I need is a bit difficult.  I’m going to have to suck it up. 

As a distraction, I was going to work on putting my BGP, Multicast, and IPv6 notes into word docs.  I just opened up my notebook and it’s ALL gone.  I’m hoping the stack is at home next to my rack.  If not, then I have something to work on for the rest of this week.

 

been a while..

I feel like a horrible blogger.  I haven’t updated in a few weeks.  We’ve gotten into the full swing of this transition at work, and I’ve been working like a dog.  I haven’t had a day off in two weeks, and there’s no stopping in sight.

I currently work in a Foundry shop, but with our recent acquisition, we are in the process of plannning our migration to Cisco.  By August, our entire corporate network will have been re-IP’d and all gear will be standardized on 6500’s, 3750’s, 3800’s, and a few 7200’s.  I’m excited about the transition, but it’s a lot of work.

Because of everything going on, I haven’t had any time to really study or focus on labs.  The Skingers at Trainsignal were very cool in hooking me up with training materials for BSCI, BCMSN, and asked me to review the CCNA materials.  I’ve been through the BSCI videos twice, and they were awesome.  After failing the exam in february, I went back through the videos and paid attention to the sections where I was weak.  Chris Bryant had a way of explaining things so that they make sense, and he was very thorough with the material.  For some reason, I missed some topics in the books that he made sure to touch upon.  I’ve been really impressed with the VBT.  They’ve allowed me to take as many notes as I want without having to stop mid page to write, then continue.  Things seem to flow much better.  Also, having Chris pull up the racks with different topologies to demonstrate configurations and what he’s teaching is awesome. 

I’m also considering selling off some of the gear in my rack to make room for a mac mini and/or iMac.  I figure by the time I put money into RAM and flash upgrades for some of the 2600XM’s, I can get a mini, anyway.  Add a few USB nics to the mix, and I’d be set.

BTW, what’s with this new dashboard look on wordpress?  I don’t think I care for it very much.

ugh….

I haven’t abandoned this blog.. I haven’t stopped prepping for the BSCI exam, although I definitely didn’t have as much time as I wanted to last week.  My goal was to take the exam again by Friday.  Instead, I my youngest was hospitalized, and I spent half the week camped out in a hospital room.

We have visitors from our new parent company this week.  Hopefully I’ll be able to sneak in some study time in the evenings.

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.

work…

Our company was given the go ahead to be purchased today. The next few months are going to be an interesting transition. I’m anxious about it.

Otherwise, I’m continuing with studies every day/night this week. I’m going to sit BSCI on Friday morning. Even if I don’t feel like I’m 100% ready for it, I’d like to have it out of the way. I’ve been psyching myself out about this exam, and I know I’m capable.

trainsignal/lack of sleep

Alex Skinger from Trainsignal contacted me last week, and asked if I would be interested in checking out the BSCI/BCMSN/CCNA training materials from them. Until this point, I’ve been relying solely on Cisco Press books and reading things on the internet. I figured I’d give the VBT a try and see how I like it.

The materials showed up today, and were waiting for me when I got home from work this evening. I immediately tore through the packaging and threw the BSCI stuff into the laptop. So far, I’ve made it through the IP routing fundamentals video (just over an hour), the distance vector protocols video (somewhere in the range of 40 minutes), and the intro to OSPF video (about an hour). I have to say, I’m impressed. Chris Bryant covered some information in the DHCP server and ip helper configurations that I haven’t seen covered in three different versions of BSCN/BSCI Cisco Press books, AND the Network Academy curriculum. He’s also covered some additional details and key points in RIPv2 and OSPF that weren’t covered in the current study guides. I don’t know if that info will be on the test, but it’s good stuff to know.

I started working on the practice exams tonight, and I’m severely lacking in BGP and IPv6. I wanted to take the exam by next Friday. I’m starting to wonder if that’s enough time, or if I should postpone for a week. I guess we’ll see how my study schedule pans out for the rest of this week and weekend. I’m still fighting this flu/stomach shit that I’ve got. I’ve felt completely drained all week. By the time my lunch hour rolls around at work, I feel like I haven’t slept in days, and completely exhausted. That makes it pretty difficult to focus and study at all in the afternoons and evenings when I get home. I may just need to take a night and sleep.