ComputerConcepts Racing – Motonica P81 Pro

Taking a break from study to have a little fun.





The Blueprint: (*,G) (S,G)…Multicast and IPv6

Taken with my iPhone while in NYC. iPad2's were out of stock!

Just doing a short blog entry..

This weekend I started on my second pass of Multicast and IPv6. I didn’t spend much time on IPv6…I feel that I am quite solid on this topic at this point. Not really going to speak much on IPv6 ( I may do a separate blog entry for that topic). Get solid on the IPv4 addressing (link-local, ULA, global unicast, EUI-64)and configuration. IPv6 should come naturally from a routing protocol perspective. RIPng, EIGRPv6 and OSPFv3 are similar to its IPv4 older sister. Get used to configuring these protocols at the interface level. If you don’t believe me get your hands on a Nexus switch running NX-OS. It is quite painful to work with NX-OS and then have to go back to IOS. The IGP routing protocols have moved towards interface level configuration. I like the NS-OS. They have a TONS of nice IOS enhancements that we all wish were there with Cisco IOS. Lots of  “/” notation…no more….just do 1.1.1./24 in your interface configuration!

I did review the Multicast IPv6 portions of the material. There is a good chance that IPv6 PIM BSR might show up on the lab (that’s not a much of news to anyone studying for the CCIE lab because ANYTHING could show up on the exam).

For the most part, I watched the following Multicast INE CoD Videos:

Advanced technologies COD – Multicast Module 7 (7 videos)
Deep Dive – Multicast (20 videos)

In total, I watched 27 videos. The lengths of videos ranged from 30-60 minutes per video. This curriculum was considered as a 3 Day multicast Boot camp. I took me all of Saturday and most of Sunday to get through all the videos. I watched the videos and worked through some of the corresponding labs in Workbook VOL 1. The videos were actually pretty good…Brian McGahan was the trainer for these.

Trouble-shooting Multicast can be quite involved. I plan to do more review on some of the material for the next few days to make sure I am solid by working the remaining VOL 1 labs to fill in any gaps.

Some quick  commands for me to remember(if I type them, I will remember them in the future)

ip pim send-rp-announce (for AutoRPconfigure this on the candidate RP)
ip pim send-rp-discovery (for AutoRPconfigure this on the mapping agent)
ip pim rp-address (defines the RP)
ip pm sparse-mode
ip pim dense-mode
ip pim sparse-dense-mode
ip pim nbma-mode (for non broadcast multiaccess interfaces)
sh ip pim neighbor
sh ip pim interface
sh ip pim rp mapping
sh ip mroute
ip mroute (for configuring a static multicast route)

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– CiscoNinjaNC (2001::36/64)

“The journey is the reward.”

The Blueprint: I got BEEF with INE!

Okay…so I’ve been watching some training videos for a few weeks now to gain/maintain some clarity on some of the “Advanced Topics”

I’ll be honest…I am quite disappointed with some of the videos in the CCIE R&S Advanced Technologies Class on Demand. I’m not sure that I’m disappointed in the actual content. I’m more disappointed in the delivery with some of the training content. I’ll start of by saying that hands down Anthony Sequeira is the BEST of them all. I wish he did all of the training modules in the CoD Advanced Technologies R&S series. I’d be a CCIE in no time if he lead all the training.

Here are a few reasons why:

1. He speaks VERY clearly.
2. His understandings of the topics are superb.
3. He gives real examples and explains all the details with ease (it almost seems like he is reading your mind and focuses on the challenging topics)
4. He voice is dynamic and holds your attention…not stale and mono-tone.

My BEEF with the rest of the trainers is totally opposite of what I just described above.

Here’s why:

1. One guy sounded like he was eating or salivating while talking (smacking his lips all in the microphone). This was very annoying to me because I watch/listen the videos with my Beats by Dre. headphones on and it picks up all the nasty sounds from his mouth.  VERY ANNOYING and NASTY.
2. Some of the trainers make many mistakes while going though some of the configurations. It’s quite annoying to hear something and then have the trainer say, “forget what I just said”
3. Some of the trainers are not narrating or explaining much while they are typing commands. It’s like they are just typing commands like nobody’s watching them.
4. Some seemed to have not really thought about chronology. The order of explanations seems very poor.

Those are just a few of my gripes. I found myself just trying to find and listen to only the modules that Anthony narrated. He is such a good trainer that after I listen to one of his modules, I come out of it with a much better understanding that I ever did reading on my own. His technique and style of explaining topics and technologies is superb. Out of all the topics, I PRAYED that he narrated the QoS topic…and my prayers came true. I found myself in much better shape with QoS than I ever was after listening to that module (Module 9)

I simply wish he did all of them.

As far as my study goes, I feel that I’m a tad bit behind. I’m planning on taking a Mock Lab on May 28th to gauge where I am at. The rest of the month im thinking I will go like this:

– Do a Mock Lab within the next 10 days. (goal to make sure I am solid on CORE technologies)
– Looking to focus much more efforts on the QoS topics.
– Focus more time on MPLS
– Dive into Multicast again
– Dive into more of the non-core stuff (Security, NAT, IOS Firewall, AAA, IP Services)

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The G.O.A.T

Reggie Jackson Autographed picture

In the spirit of the 2011 Baseball season, I have to represent the NY Yankees with one of my prized posession.

The Greatest Of All Time:

Reggie Jackson #44

The Blueprint: Mama said there would be days like this…

Mama said there would be days like this…But I don’t remember her saying days like this would turn into weeks!

It’s been a while since my last post but I haven’t forgotten about the goal at hand. I had promised myself that I would try to blog once a week but things have been so crazy, I haven’t had the opportunity to put many of my thoughts on paper(BLOG). In short I had to take 2 weeks off of study because I was out of town with work. I had all the intentions of studying while I was jammed up in a hotel but I just couldn’t get focused enough to really do any substantial studying. I loaded my rack with a new lab and printed out the manual…but I only did a few of the objectives.

I’ve been home for about 2 weeks now and I have gotten back into my study routine. The first week back, I went though INE VOL3 labs 1 – 8. I did those labs just to get warmed up and for some refreshing of L2 and L3 only information. This week, I am tackling VOL2 Lab 10.

This is the schedule that I have come up with to put me back on track for the next few months:

Week 1 – INE VOL3 Labs 1 – 5
Week 2 – INE VOL3 Labs 6-10 & VOL2 Lab 10
Week 3 – INE VOL2 Lab 11
Week 4 – INE VOL2 Lab 12

Week 1 – INE VOL2 Lab 13
Week 2 – INE VOL2 Lab 14
Week 3 – INE VOL2 Lab 15
Week 4 – INE VOL2 Lab 16

Week 1 – INE VOL2 Lab 17
Week 2 – INE VOL2 Lab 18
Week 3 – INE VOL2 Lab 19
Week 4 – INE VOL2 Lab 20

Week 1 – ALL QoS
Week 2 – Cisco Live – Las Vegas

This study plan puts me right around August… just in time for the Lab Exam. Cisco Live is coming up too. Hopefully I will get the opportunity to go this year. They have lots of good break out sessions this yer. Also the fact that it is in Vegas makes it even more ideal.

Stay tuned for my YouTube Channel. The plan is to focus on network stuff of course. I plan to set-up some labs and work though some of the Cisco technologies configuring router and switches…it should be fun!



The Blueprint: INE VOL2 Lab #7….!@*#$

I just had to do a quick post to describe my experience with INE VOL 2 Lab #7.

one word…BRUTAL!!

Maybe it’s just me and maybe I’m over reacting but this lab smacked me in the face so hard. From a difficulty rating, this lab is rated 9 (10 being the hardest). Labs with this high of a rating is said be be harder than the actual lab. THANK GOD! One good thing about these practice labs…if you can master these, you should be able to work your way though the real lab with a good chance of passing on your fist attempt.  Talk about a relality check.  I can’t complain though because that’s what this is all about. If it were that easy to get the CCIE…I would surely pass it up. Anything worth getting should be this difficult.

I’m going to hold INE to their word:

“We are dedicated to helping you pass your exam on your first attempt..”

I’m keeping to my study regiment (25-30hrs per week) and following some of their recommendations…we’ll see how it turns out…*Brushing my shoulders off…popping my collar*  I’m good.


The Blueprint: …BGP…what a DRAG.

Okay. I been sick for about a week. Just now really starting to get my swagger back.

I have identified through my studies of the past 2 weeks that I need to focus more attention to BGP. Very important and complex protocol. Go figure…it is the protocol that runs the Internet! So it must be important right?

So this is what I have decided to do… This entire weekend Saturday and Sunday. I am going to put all my energy and resources into Workbook VOL1 BGP Section 7.1 – 7.61.  YEAH 7.1 – 7.61. That means my goal is to work though all 61 scenarios in this section. This is the second largest section of the workbook (QoS is the first). Sounds crazy. I admit it is…but that’s how I roll. NFL championship weekend doesn’t make this easier. None the less, I have to master this topic. I have the basics under control. Things like BGP Communities and filter techniques I need to master. Pretty much everything 🙂 No sweat. I got it under control…just need to focus and not rush through it. Baby steps.