05/02/2007 – 1.5 hours. Complete Ch. 16 write-up and definitions.
05/05/2007 – 3.0 hours. Complete Ch. 17 write-up and definitions in one shot. Ow.
05/07/2007 – 2.0 hours. Complete Ch. 18 write-up and definitions. And tomorrow I can start in on the next juggernaut – multicasting.
05/09/2007 – 2.0 hours. Purchased “TESTiT” from netmasterclass.com. This is their test prep for the written exam. It takes you through 100 question tests, with terse explanations of the correct answer, and usually a link to more complete information on the topic. I went through one test, 100 questions. 44% – I got a lot of questions on multicast and wireless though, neither of which I’ve studied. I also found that I know a lot of topics okay, but not as well as I should to nail the question. Many of the questions are “choose all that apply”. I would often get 2 of 3 correct. Well, 2 of 3 is still WRONG. I’m also finding there are things I’m just going to have to memorize, like the BGP decision process and the BGP PAs (which are well-known mandatory, etc.)
05/10/2007 – 2.0 hours. Did another test, 60% this time. Saw a lot of question repeats, but a lot of new questions, too. Still lots of questions on multicast. I guess my mission on Saturday will be to get cracking on chapter 19. But I’m going to feather in a lot more trial tests to start freshening up on topics. There’s so many questions I’m getting where I remember studying the topic, I understand the question, I recognize the choices, but I just don’t have a solid enough recollection of the information to be sure of my answer.
05/12/2007 – 6.0 hours. Chapter 19 write-up…everything but the definitions.
05/14/2007 – 2.5 hours. Chapter 19 definitions, plus took a TESTiT test. Got a 78% this time. I’m getting better, partly because many of the questions were repeats. I get most of the repeats. And if I don’t, I’m jumping over to the help information and reading up.
05/22/2007 – 3.5 hours. Did write-up for the first half of Chapter 20. Took a nap this afternoon for about 3 sweet, blissful, uninterrupted hours. Oh, and happy birthday to me. I’m 35 today, which somehow sounds a lot older to me than 34 did. Hope to finish Chapter 20 tomorrow. Thursday will be a day off, going to Chinatown with my Dad and my son for some authentic Vietnamese food. Friday and Saturday I hope to blast through Chapter 21, which I hope is a little easier than Chapters 19 & 20. 21 is security, and I’ve been a CCSP (I let it expire this year), plus taught some firewall and VPN classes, and administrated some Cisco ACS boxes. So hopefully 21 is a review, mostly. Anyway, off to make dinner for my children!
05/23/2007 – 3.0 hours. Complete write-up of Chapter 20.
05/29/2007 – 1.0 hours. Begin write-up of Chapter 21.
05/31/2007 – 2.0 hours. Take another test at netmasterclass.com. Only got a 68%, but saw a lot of new questions. Also did a lot of introductory reading on their site about CCIE mindset, etc. Very basic stuff in their tech library, but I’m picking up some lab strategy information I didn’t know before. Also lost power tonight for a moment, enough to drain my main workstation, although my servers all stayed up on the UPS. I really need to get a UPS on my main PC.