I hope everyone has gotten off to a great start for the new year. I certainly feel that I have.
With the New Years holiday, I took some time off work and made some rounds visiting relatives and friends so I had to take off quite a few days of study. Overall, I think I’ve managed my time well and have been able to get in some good study time in during the holidays.
This is where I stand as of today:
I’ve worked though Volume 2 Lab 1 and Lab 2 as of Sunday Jan 9th, 2011. I think this is pretty good considering I took off about 4 days off this past two weeks. INE recommends that you do 1 lab per week. I managed to get through these two labs (not even rushing through them) and did all my review of VOL 1 scenarios this past weekend.
VOL 1 scenarios have become a thorn for me. This is not necessarily a complaint but more of a “I wish I had…” type of thing. I wish I had another rack of equipment … BIG WISH 🙂 This is why I wish I had another rack:
When I’m working on VOL 2 full-scale labs, If I get stuck on a specific task during the lab, the workbooks do a very good job of providing the exact reference to the VOL 1 scenarios to practice. For me, I would like to review the VOL 1 explanation and I would like to practice the actual scenario…however, since my rack is already loaded with the VOL 2 lab, it would be dumb for me to wipe my lab and the load the scenario. If I had a second rack, I could just maintain my VOL 2 lab…and then use the second rack to practice the VOL 1 scenario in parallel. Huge wish, but this would make my study go much smoother. I tend to spend lots of time loading VOL1 scenarios…im still pondering a quicker way…im thinking Dynamips but not sure yet. Right now, what I do is just mark the task for review, then I input the solution configuration and move on to the next task. At the end of the lab, I go back to all my marked tasks and review the VOL1 reference and do the actual scenario if I feel I need the hands on practice. Lastly, I always make sure I can find the configuration on the Cisco DOCs online.
This week, I will start on VOL2 Lab 3. This lab has a difficulty of 8…so this should be much harder that the previous two labs. I also plan to continue to squeeze in VOL1 scenarios (Security, IP Services, System Management).
That’s all for now. Thanks again for stopping by.
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