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Request For Comments – Your Favorite 5 IEWB Vol.2 Labs


I know that many of you are working on (or perhaps completed) the 4.1 Volume 2 full-scale practice labs. Would you mind recommending your favorite 5 that are of average difficulty? I’m planning to do them during the week of April 21, which I’ve taken as a vacation week. I might not get all 5 in, but I’m going to try to do 1 a day for 5 days straight, then take a breather for 2 days before I go take the lab.

I’ve never done the IEWB vol.2 labs (I did all 25 of the DOiT’s instead), but I do own all of the IEWB material. Narbik Kocharians’ recommendation to me was to work some other vendor’s labs, just to get their take on things. I’m all cabled up for IE, and I’m doing volume 3 now. I should be done with IEWB volume 3 by April 21 if I stay on schedule (not always an easy thing to do).

Comment here in the blog if you can, or unicast me if you’d prefer. TIA!


  • IE recommends the following labs:

    “In the 12 day bootcamp, they recommended lab 1,7,8,9,10 & 11 from the version 4, volume 2 workbook.”

    An average lab would be anything from difficulty level 6 to 8. Here’s a quick list of the labs according to difficultly level:

    05 – Lab 01
    06 – Labs 02, 03, 04, 05
    07 – Labs 06, 12, 18
    08 – Labs 08, 09, 10, 16, 17, 20
    09 – Labs 07, 11, 13, 15
    10 – Labs 14, 19

    I haven’t done all of the labs yet, but I like these 3 labs:

    Lab 4 (6), lab 6 (7), and lab 8 (8).

  • Ethan
    I’ve done 8 labs till date and would have done 8 more by April 21st.
    I’d recommend 5 labs around April 21st then.
    Plus I dont agree with difficulty rating sytem of IE.
    Lab 2 difficulty 6 took me two days just to get redistribution going and lab 11 which is supposedly difficult, I did under timed conditions within 7 hours.
    And since you’d done a lot of, I mean a lot of L2 and routing stuff in Vol3 Labs, I think you should do labs with rather challenging non core sections, maybe a simple core design. Just my recommendation.

  • The extra labs will be useful, but IMHO the really really important piece of you posting was “take a breather for 2 days before I go take the lab.” For me that would be absolutely essential.

    Why? Because in my worst nighmare assessment labs, I did really badly because I got confused. I was remembering constraints from the practice sessions that simply were not there in the assessment. Personally, I need the two days to clear my NVRAM.

  • My recommedations would be to do the following labs

    Lab 7
    Lab 12 – Has a lot of BGP 10 sub sections.
    Lab 2 – Redistribution nightmare.
    Lab 13 – My least favorite lab so far. I spent the whole day on Section 1.1 and 1.2. Issue had to do with a vtp transparent switch in the middle of server switches and the effect vtp has on transparent. Would be happy to discuss with you if you like. Also this lab had a lot sections that i had no clue on how to complete.

    Thanks and Good Luck

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