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The Blueprint: Give BGP A Wedgie!!

BGP Wedgies do exist.



– CiscoNinjaNC


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 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: …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.


The Blueprint – Week 5 and 6

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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The Blueprint – Week 3 & 4

Labs. Labs....and more Labs.

Sleeping on the Job.

I’m combining week 3 and 4 for this blog.

I have completed the final 3 sections of INE Vol 1 Workbook:


I’m on track for finishing up Vol 1 by the end of this month. Keep in mind that I am following the recommended study though INE and they do not recommend doing the entire workbook in a linear fashion. The idea is to master the CORE technologies first then work your way through the rest. At some point in this training, you will have to come back to Vol 1 and work though the rest of the labs

I purchased Vol 2 this past week. I will continue to practice the core technologies the rest of this week before starting Vol 2 Workbook Labs. So far I am ahead of schedule…im not rushing through the material. I feel like I’m am taking things at a decent pace and not burning myself out yet.

The challenges that I am facing thus far is Multicast and MPLS VPN. I had to stop working on the labs and read more books on MPLS and Multicast to gain a more solid perspective on the theory. MPLS VPN requires lots of configuration…even for some of the basic tasks. I have to remember to break down each task into smaller manageable tasks…perform the necessary verifications…move on to the next task. I have basically become a robot when doing configurations. Sometimes I even talk out loud while I’m doing the configurations during each step. I just have to be sure not to do that during the real exam…it could really annoy other people in the room.

From Dec 13th – Dec 26th I have logged 33 hours of study. This brings my total hours of study to date at 102 hours.

For the final week of this month, I will just review and fill in some gaps with BGP, MPLS and Multicast…do more of the mini labs and just read more theory. Starting Jan 3rd, I will begin VOL 2 Workbook.

I hope that everyone had a Happy Holidays. Thanks again for reading my BLOG.

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The Blueprint – Week 2

This is my second week of study. I have completed the following section in the INE Vol 1 Workbook:


Mon – 3hrs
Tues – 3hrs
Wed – 4hrs
Thur – 3hrs
Fri – 6hrs
Sat – 3hrs
Sun – 10hrs
TOTAL = 32

Week 2 was a beast! Each day, I realize how much I don’t know…but at the same time, I am learning much more in the process. I have found that knowing how to verify the configurations is a key component for gaining a solid understanding of the technologies. Even if I am comfortable with a configuration, I also make sure to run though all the debug and show commands to verify what is going on. I also try not to use the “sh run” commands while I’m configuring and verifying. It’s just another way to increase troubleshooting skills and accuracy.

I am planning on taking week 3 to review these sections and practice more. Some of my labs scenarios did not verify exactly as the workbook described. So my plan is to run through some of them again for deeper understanding of the technology. I still have plenty of time left before I dive into the Vol 2 Workbook. The next milestone is to be ready to tackle Vol 2 in January.


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