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Narbik Kocharians’ Soup-To-Nuts – eBook Overview

1,128 Words. Plan about 6 minute(s) to read this.

Regular readers are aware that I’m headed to Pasadena, California in February to spend a week with Narbik Kocharians at his CCIE R&S lab bootcamp. Once I paid for the bootcamp, I received the eBook collection entitled “Soup-to-Nuts”. I’ve begun going through it, trying to get my head around what all is in there.

What is Soup-to-Nuts? Soup-to-Nuts is set of PDFs built around task-oriented, technology-focused mini-labs written by triple-CCIE #12410, Narbik Kocharians. The lab workbook is a 265 page PDF entitled “Questions”. The 796 page “Questions-and-Answers” companion PDF completely breaks down each mini-lab task, featuring highlighted portions of show command output and Narbik’s concise comments. In addition, there’s a single “super lab”, similar in scope to the full-scale labs available from NetMasterClass.com, InternetworkExpert.com, IPExpert.com, and others I might be overlooking.

Narbik has recommended to me that I get through as much of Soup-to-Nuts as I can before showing up in Pasadena. Fair enough. Here’s an outline of Soup-to-Nuts, so you get an idea of what material is covered. I think Narbik’s material is less well-known than some other vendors, so if you’re wondering what all he covers in Soup-to-Nuts, this should help. Note that Narbik has other, more advanced workbooks available on the Net-Workbooks.com site.

Soup-to-Nuts Outline

  1. 3550/3560 Switching
    Lab 1 – Basic 3560 Configuration (18 tasks)
    Lab 2 – Basic 3560 Configuration (17 tasks)
    Lab 3 – Advanced 3560 Configuration (18 tasks)
    Lab 4 – Private VLANs (6 tasks)
  2. Frame-Relay
    Lab 1 – Hub-n-Spoke using Frame-relay map statements (3 tasks)
    Lab 2 – Full Mesh Frame-relay configuration using Frame-relay map statements (2 tasks)
    Lab 3 – Configuring Frame-relay point-to-point sub-interfaces (2 tasks)
    Lab 4 – Full Mesh Frame-relay configuration using Point-to-Point Sub-interfaces (2 tasks)
    Lab 5 – Point-to-point, Multipoint and PPP (2 tasks)
    Lab 6 – Frame-relay end-to-end Keepalive – FREEK (4 tasks)
  3. RIPv2
    Lab 1 – Configuring RIPv2 (4 tasks)
    Lab 2 – RIPv2 Authentication (2 tasks)
    Lab 3 – Configuring RIPv2 Updates (4 tasks)
    Lab 4 – Configuring Default routes (8 tasks)
    Lab 5 – Filtering routes (5 tasks)
    Lab 6 – Advanced RIPv2 configuration (7 tasks)
  4. EIGRP
    Lab 1 – Configuring EIGRP and adjusting timers (4 tasks)
    Lab 2 – EIGRP Metric (5 tasks)
    Lab 3 – EIGRP Summarization & Advanced Summarization (7 tasks)
    Lab 4 – EIGRP Load Balancing (6 tasks)
    Lab 5 – EIGRP authentication and advanced configuration (10 tasks)
    Lab 6 – EIGRP Stub (6 “tests” to perform after initial configuration)
  5. OSPF
    Lab 1 – Optimization of OSPF and Adjusting Timers (9 tasks)
    Lab 2 – Authentication (10 tasks)
    Lab 3 – OSPF Cost (6 tasks)
    Lab 4 – OSPF Summarization (5 tasks)
    Lab 5 – Virtual-links and GRE Tunnels (8 tasks)
    Lab 6 – OSPF Stub, Totally Stubby, and NSSA Areas (8 tasks)
    Lab 7 – Filtering routes in OSPF (11 tasks)
    Lab 8 – Redirecting traffic in OSPF (3 tasks)
    Lab 9 – Limiting the number of OSPF redistributed routes (5 tasks)
    Lab 10 – OSPF and NBMA (7 tasks)
  6. BGP
    Lab 1 – Authentication and Advanced Configuration (7 tasks)
    Lab 2 – IBGP and Route Reflectors (4 tasks)
    Lab 3 – Conditional and Back door Advertisement (9 tasks)
    Lab 4 – Route Dampening (9 tasks)
    Lab 5 – Route Aggregation (7 tasks)
    Lab 6 – The Community attribute (9 tasks)
    Lab 7 – The AS-PATH attribute (4 tasks)
    Lab 8 – The Local-Pref attribute (4 tasks)
    Lab 9 – The Weight attribute (4 tasks)
    Lab 10 – Multi Exit Discriminator attribute (9 tasks)
    Lab 11 – Filtering Routes Using Access-lists and Prefix-lists (5 tasks)
    Lab 12 – Regular Expressions (14 tasks)
    Lab 13 – Advanced BGP configurations (12 tasks)
    Lab 14 – Administrative Distance (7 tasks)
    Lab 15 – BGP Confederation (2 tasks)
  7. QOS
    Lab 1 – Classification and Marking (8 tasks)
    Lab 2 – Priority Queuing (3 tasks)
    Lab 3 – Custom Queuing (3 tasks)
    Lab 4 – WFQ (3 tasks)
    Lab 5 – CBWFQ (4 tasks)
    Lab 6 – CBWFQ-II (2 tasks)
    Lab 7 – Converting Custom Queuing to CBWFQ (2 tasks)
    Lab 8 – LLQ (2 tasks)
    Lab 9 – CAR (3 tasks)
    Lab 10 – Policing-I (2 tasks)
    Lab 11 – Policing-II (2 tasks)
    Lab 12 – Policing-III (3 tasks)
    Lab 13 – RSVP (6 tasks)
    Lab 14 – FRTS (2 tasks)
    Lab 15 – Frame-relay DE (4 tasks)
    Lab 16 – Frame-relay and Compression (7 tasks)
    Lab 17 – RED, WRED and CB-WRED (5 tasks)
    Lab 18 – 3550s and WRR (3 tasks)
    Lab 19 – 3560 QOS-I (4 tasks)
    Lab 20 – 3560 QOS-II (8 tasks)
  8. Multicasting
    Lab 1 – Configuring Multicast Dense-mode (2 tasks)
    Lab 2 – Configuring Static-RP (2 tasks)
    Lab 3 – Configuring Multiple RPs using Static-RP (4 tasks)
    Lab 4 – Configuring AUTO-RP with a Single RP (2 tasks)
    Lab 5 – Configuring AUTO-RP with Multiple RPs (4 tasks)
    Lab 6 – Configuring MSDP (3 tasks)
    Lab 7 – Stub Multicast Routing (2 tasks)
  9. Access-lists
    Lab 1 – Standard Named Access List (3 tasks)
    Lab 2 – Controlling Telnet access (3 tasks)
    Lab 3 – Extended Access List IP and ICMP (4 tasks)
    Lab 4 – Extended Access List OSPF & EIGRP (3 tasks)
    Lab 5 – Extended Access List IP Precedence & DSCP (5 tasks)
    Lab 6 – Extended Access List Established (2 tasks)
    Lab 7 – Dynamic Access List (5 tasks)
    Lab 8 – Reflexive Access-lists (4 tasks)
    Lab 9 – Access-list and Time-range (4 tasks)
  10. AAA
    Lab 1 – AAA Authentication (3 tasks)
  11. GRE Tunnel
    Lab 1 – Basic configuration of GRE Tunnel (3 tasks)
    Lab 2 – Configuration of GRE Tunnel II (4 tasks)
    Lab 3 – Configuration of GRE Tunnel III (2 tasks)
  12. IP Services
    Lab 1 – DHCP Configuration (1 task)
    Lab 2 – HSRP Configuration (8 tasks)
    Lab 3 – VRRP Configuration (6 tasks)
    Lab 4 – Configuring DRP (2 tasks)
    Lab 5 – Configuring WCCP (2 tasks)
    Lab 6 – Core Dump using FTP (2 tasks)
    Lab 7 – HTTP connection Management (7 tasks)
    Lab 8 – Configuring NTP (12 tasks)
    Lab 9 – More IP stuff (13 tasks)
  13. NAT
    Lab 1 – Static NAT Configuration (6 tasks)
    Lab 2 – Advanced Static NAT Configuration (2 tasks)
    Lab 3 – Configuration of Dynamic NAT-I (3 tasks)
    Lab 4 – Configuration of Dynamic NAT-II (2 tasks)
    Lab 5 – Configuration of Dynamic NAT-III (2 tasks)
    Lab 6 – NAT and Load Balancing (2 tasks)
    Lab 7 – Configuring PAT (3 tasks)
    Lab 8 – Configuring PAR (3 tasks)
    Lab 9 – Configuring Static NAT Redundancy With HSRP (2 tasks)
    Lab 10 – Stateful Translation Failover With HSRP (2 tasks)
    Lab 11 – Stateful Translation Failover Without HSRP (2 tasks)
  14. IPv6
    Lab 1 – Configuring IPv6 (6 tasks)
    Lab 2 – Configuring IPv6 over NBMA (5 tasks)
    Lab 3 – Default route and RIPng (6 tasks)
    Lab 4 – RIPng Load balancing and Offset-list (5 tasks)
    Lab 5 – Redistribution, Filtering, and Summarization (3 tasks)
    Lab 6 – Configuring OSPFv3 (3 tasks)
    Lab 7 – Configuring OSPFv3 multi-area (4 tasks)
    Lab 8 – Summarization of Internal and External Networks (5 tasks)
    Lab 9 – OSPFv3 STUB, Totally stub and NSSA (10 tasks)
    Lab 10 – OSPFv3 Cost and Auto-cost (3 tasks)
    Lab 11 – Tunneling IPv6 over IPv4 (3 tasks)

One important comment about this outline: a “task” isn’t usually simple where a single command will meet the goal. A task is more often several sentences of instructions describing a larger goal that might take several commands to fulfill. There’s meat on the bones – fear not.

Looking over this outline, this would have been ideal for me to go through BEFORE I did the NMC DOiT full-scale labs. I’ll repeat what I said in an earlier post: if i could start my lab prep all over again, I would have started with specific, technology-focused labs instead of full-scale labs. Don’t get me wrong – by doing full-scale labs, I have indeed learned a TON of information, plus I’ve established a decent lab strategy. But I’m not as strong on many technology details as I should be. Soup-to-Nuts is going to help with that, as would the IEWB Vol.1 workbook.