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Making Good Progress Through Narbik’s Workbooks

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I’ve been crunching on labs for the last 4 hours or so, and I’m out of gas now.  Been up since 4:30a, and I don’t have eternal stamina like some of you seem to.  I hear stories of CCIE candidates going through life with only 3 hours of sleep a night so that they can study.  I wish I could survive like that, but I’m not a nice human being if I become sleep-deprived.  (Arguably, I’m not a nice human being, period.  :-) )

I covered some good material this week in Narbik’s advanced lab workbooks:  OSPF filtering (a lab I’m going to do again just to drill it), basic and advanced frame-relay (I got better with PPP over frame), 3550 and 3560 QoS (lots of shaped and weighted round-robin queueing), FREEK, and IPv6 OSPF (including all the area types, costs, and summarization).

My goal for tomorrow is to make it through Narbik’s entire advanced BGP workbook, plus the IPv6 tunneling module.  That might be a little ambitious, but it seems do-able.  I know BGP reasonably well, so I should get through the majority of the 15 BGP labs without too much difficulty.  At least, that BETTER be the case this late in the game.  I set up for the IPv6 tunneling lab already.  I’d do it tonight, but I need to get every scrap of knowledge I can out of that one, and my brain is soggy.

I am only one lab off of the schedule I wrote to complete Narbik’s advanced lab books before I go back to Pasadena for a bootcamp retake.  If all goes well tomorrow, I’ll be right back on track.