Nov
24

A long time student of INE, Neil Moore has done it again, last time becoming the worlds first 7x CCIE, and this time becoming the worlds first and only 8x CCIE. And no, he doesn't work for Cisco.

As a side note, INE has been experiencing phenomenal growth, and tremendous passing rates for people that have been sitting our R&S, Data Center and Collaboration bootcamps. In fact, of just the bootcamps we've held this year, nearly all of our students have reported back to us a pass in the 3-4 weeks following their bootcamp experience. Now mind you, these folks come to us studied up and prepared for the bootcamp, but they all credit us as being the deciding factor in their pass.

We're also adding new content all the time, including Python scripting, Openstack and SDN such as OVS. Check out our Black Friday deals and grab an All Access Pass or sign up for a bootcamp and check out what's new!

Apr
16

Once you have ESXi 5.1 up and running download the CSR1000v OVA (Open Virtualization Archive) file here. Note that you will need to use your Cisco CCO login to download. Once the download is complete you need to open your vSphere Client and connect to your ESXi server. Once connected select the Deploy OVF Template option from the file menu.

CSR1000v Installation

Select the source of the OVA file you downloaded from your local machine.

The next screen should be simular to the one below after the source has been selected.

The next screen will display the name for the virtual machine. You can change this if you would like.

Now you need to select the datastore:

Next you will be offered the select the disk format. The default option of Thick Provision Lazy Zeroed is fine but for better performance you can select Thick Provision Eager Zeroed. To read more on the options go here.

The next screen will ask you for the mappings for the three Gigabit Ethernet interfaces that are defined in the OVF file. Just select the default here for now and we'll come back to them after our machine is installed as we need to make a couple other changes anyways that can't be done here.

The next screen will be a summary screen so just click finish and then VMWare will start importing the OVA file.

It may take a few minutes to import depending on the connection speed between your vSphere client and the ESXi server.

Once your machine uploaded you can then edit the settings.

Two things we want to do here. First is that we want to alter the Network Adapter settings if needed and add a serial port so that we can use the virtual serial on the CSR1000v. This functionality (network based serial port) requires the Enterprise version of ESXi 5.1. I would recommend that you use the demo version which gives you 59 days unless you have to reinstall the demo ;-)

From here click "Add.." and then select Serial Port and click "Next"

Select "Connect via Network"

Now here is where you want to select "Server" and then enter the IP address of the ESXi server along with the TCP port you want to assign to this machine. Also check "Connect at power on".

After this click finish and we're ready to start up the CSR1000v. Once booted you should see the GRUB menu. Select CSR 1000V Serial Console and hit enter.

You will need to alter the default security settings for the ESXi server to allow TCP port 2005 or whatever port you selected to allow you to telnet to the CSR1000v's serial port. To alter the security settings go to the ESXi's configuration and then select "Security Profile"

From here click on the Firewall Properties link on the right. It will open a window like below:

Here you will need to allow TCP port 2005 or if you are in a lab environment just select "VM serial port connected over network" which will open up all TCP high ports. Now telnet to the IP address of the ESXi machine and port number you entered for the serial port and you should see the router booting.

ccie2210$ telnet 10.4.101.168 2005
Trying 10.4.101.168...
Connected to 10.4.101.168.
Escape character is '^]'.
%IOSXEBOOT-4-BOOT_CDROM: (rp/0): Expanding super package on /bootflash
%IOSXEBOOT-4-BOOT_CDROM: (rp/0): Creating /boot/grub/menu.lst
%IOSXEBOOT-4-BOOT_CDROM: (rp/0): CD-ROM Installation finished
%IOSXEBOOT-4-BOOT_CDROM: (rp/0): Ejecting CD-ROM tray
%IOSXEBOOT-4-BOOT_CDROM: (rp/0): Rebooting from HD

GNU GRUB version 0.97 (638K lower / 3143552K upper memory)

-------------------------------------------------------------------
0: CSR1000v - packages.conf
1: CSR1000v - GOLDEN IMAGE
-------------------------------------------------------------------

Use the ^ and v keys to select which entry is highlighted.
Press enter to boot the selected OS, or 'c' for a command-line.

Entry 0 will be booted automatically in 1 seconds.
Booting 'CSR1000v - packages.conf'

root (hd0,0)
Filesystem type is ext2fs, partition type 0x83
kernel /packages.conf rw quiet root=/dev/ram console= max_loop=64 HARDWARE=virt
ual SR_BOOT=bootflash:packages.conf
Calculating SHA-1 hash...done
SHA-1 hash:
calculated 6f85a7c5:ebd0151a:b5ada94a:f7a7be4b:d7de713f
expected 6f85a7c5:ebd0151a:b5ada94a:f7a7be4b:d7de713f
package header rev 1 structure detected
Calculating SHA-1 hash...done
SHA-1 hash:
calculated d4ab3a48:ae55f382:4237a12a:7be2c99b:d8f1f594
expected d4ab3a48:ae55f382:4237a12a:7be2c99b:d8f1f594
Package type:0x7531, flags:0x0
[Linux-bzImage, setup=0x2e00, size=0x32e4620]
[isord @ 0x7e0f6000, 0x1ef9800 bytes]

%IOSXEBOOT-4-WATCHDOG_DISABLED: (rp/0): Hardware watchdog timer disabled: watchdog device not found
%IOSXEBOOT-4-EUSB_PROVISIONING: (rp/0): Unsupported low capacity eUSB detected in VXE board

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cisco CSR1000V (VXE) processor with 1141424K/6147K bytes of memory.
Processor board ID 940WXLZ2LL4
2 Gigabit Ethernet interfaces
32768K bytes of non-volatile configuration memory.
4194304K bytes of physical memory.
7774207K bytes of virtual hard disk at bootflash:.

SETUP: new interface GigabitEthernet2 placed in "shutdown" state
SETUP: new interface GigabitEthernet0 placed in "shutdown" state

Press RETURN to get started!

*Apr 16 03:17:58.679: %IOSXE_RP_NV-3-NV_ACCESS_FAIL: Initial read of NVRAM contents failed
*Apr 16 03:17:59.305: %VXE_THROUGHPUT-6-LEVEL: Throughput level has been set to 2500 kbps
*Apr 16 03:18:02.785: %IFMGR-7-NO_IFINDEX_FILE: Unable to open nvram:/ifIndex-table No such file or directory
*Apr 16 03:18:04.449: DSENSOR: protocol cdp is registered with sensor
*Apr 16 03:18:04.470: %SPANTREE-5-EXTENDED_SYSID: Extended SysId enabled for type vlan
*Apr 16 03:18:04.911: %LINK-3-UPDOWN: Interface Lsmpi0, changed state to up
*Apr 16 03:18:04.912: %LINK-3-UPDOWN: Interface EOBC0, changed state to up
*Apr 16 03:18:04.912: %LINEPROTO-5-UPDOWN: Line protocol on Interface VoIP-Null0, changed state to up
*Apr 16 03:18:04.912: %LINEPROTO-5-UPDOWN: Line protocol on Interface LI-Null0, changed state to up
*Apr 16 03:18:05.356: %IOSXE_MGMTVRF-6-CREATE_SUCCESS_INFO: Management vrf Mgmt-intf created with ID 1, ipv4 table-id 0x1, ipv6 table-id 0x1E000001
*Apr 16 03:18:05.406: %LINK-3-UPDOWN: Interface GigabitEthernet0, changed state to down
*Apr 16 03:18:05.410: %LINK-3-UPDOWN: Interface LIIN0, changed state to up
*Apr 16 03:18:05.455: %DYNCMD-7-CMDSET_LOADED: The Dynamic Command set has been loaded from the Shell Manager
*Apr 16 03:18:05.871: %LINK-3-UPDOWN: Interface GigabitEthernet1, changed state to down
*Apr 16 03:18:05.880: %LINK-3-UPDOWN: Interface GigabitEthernet2, changed state to down
*Apr 16 03:17:58.400: %IOSXE-5-PLATFORM: R0/0: xinetd[19698]: xinetd Version 2.3.14 started with no options compiled in.
*Apr 16 03:17:58.400: %IOSXE-5-PLATFORM: R0/0: xinetd[19698]: Started working: 1 available service
*Apr 16 03:17:58.434: %IOSXE-5-PLATFORM: R0/0: xinetd[19709]: xinetd Version 2.3.14 started with no options compiled in.
*Apr 16 03:17:58.434: %IOSXE-5-PLATFORM: R0/0: xinetd[19709]: Started working: 3 available services
*Apr 16 03:17:59.634: %CMRP-5-PRERELEASE_HARDWARE: R0/0: cmand: F0 is pre-release hardware
*Apr 16 03:18:00.823: %CMLIB-6-THROUGHPUT_VALUE: R0/0: cmand: Throughput license found, throughput set to 2500 kbps
*Apr 16 03:18:03.063: %CPPHA-7-START: F0: cpp_ha: CPP 0 preparing image /tmp/sw/fp/0/0/fp/mount/usr/cpp/bin/qfp-ucode-csr
*Apr 16 03:18:03.179: %CPPHA-7-START: F0: cpp_ha: CPP 0 startup init image /tmp/sw/fp/0/0/fp/mount/usr/cpp/bin/qfp-ucode-csr
*Apr 16 03:18:06.407: %LINEPROTO-5-UPDOWN: Line protocol on Interface GigabitEthernet0, changed state to down
*Apr 16 03:18:06.409: %LINEPROTO-5-UPDOWN: Line protocol on Interface LIIN0, changed state to up
*Apr 16 03:18:06.872: %LINEPROTO-5-UPDOWN: Line protocol on Interface GigabitEthernet1, changed state to down
*Apr 16 03:18:06.881: %LINEPROTO-5-UPDOWN: Line protocol on Interface GigabitEthernet2, changed state to down
*Apr 16 03:18:07.325: %DYNCMD-7-PKGINT_INSTALLED: The command package 'platform_trace' has been succesfully installed
*Apr 16 03:18:25.342: AUTOINSTALL: GigabitEthernet1 is assigned 10.4.101.228
*Apr 16 03:18:41.567: %LINK-5-CHANGED: Interface GigabitEthernet0, changed state to administratively down
*Apr 16 03:18:41.782: %LINK-5-CHANGED: Interface GigabitEthernet2, changed state to administratively down
*Apr 16 03:18:43.361: %IOSXE_OIR-6-INSCARD: Card (rp) inserted in slot R1
*Apr 16 03:18:43.361: %IOSXE_OIR-6-INSCARD: Card (fp) inserted in slot F0
*Apr 16 03:18:43.361: %IOSXE_OIR-6-ONLINECARD: Card (fp) online in slot F0
*Apr 16 03:18:43.423: %SYS-5-RESTART: System restarted --
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*Apr 16 03:18:43.501: %CRYPTO-6-ISAKMP_ON_OFF: ISAKMP is OFF
*Apr 16 03:18:43.501: %CRYPTO-6-GDOI_ON_OFF: GDOI is OFF
*Apr 16 03:18:43.540: %LINK-3-UPDOWN: Interface GigabitEthernet1, changed state to up
*Apr 16 03:18:44.541: %LINEPROTO-5-UPDOWN: Line protocol on Interface GigabitEthernet1, changed state to up
%Error opening tftp://255.255.255.255/network-confg (Timed out)
%Error opening tftp://255.255.255.255/cisconet.cfg (Timed out)
%Error opening tftp://255.255.255.255/router-confg (Timed out)
%Error opening tftp://255.255.255.255/ciscortr.cfg (Timed out)
%Error opening tftp://255.255.255.255/network-confg (Timed out)
%Error opening tftp://255.255.255.255/cisconet.cfg (Timed out)
%Error opening tftp://255.255.255.255/router-confg (Timed out)
%Error opening tftp://255.255.255.255/ciscortr.cfg (Timed out)
Router>

At this point I haven't activated the license so the router is limited to 2.5Mbps throughput. To activate the demo license use the platform hardware throughput level command in global configuration mode.

Router>en
Router#conf t
Enter configuration commands, one per line. End with CNTL/Z.
Router(config)#platform hardware throughput level ?
10000 throughput in kbps
25000 throughput in kbps
50000 throughput in kbps

Router(config)#platform hardware throughput level 50000
Feature Name:prem_eval

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BY ALL THE TERMS SET FORTH HEREIN.

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Activation of the software command line interface will be evidence of
your acceptance of this agreement.

ACCEPT? (yes/[no]): yes

*Apr 16 04:30:21.271: %LICENSE-6-EULA_ACCEPTED: EULA for feature prem_eval 1.0 has been accepted. UDI=CSR1000V:940WXLZ2LL4; StoreIndex=0:Built-In License Storage
Router(config)#
*Apr 16 04:30:23.939: %VXE_THROUGHPUT-6-LEVEL: Throughput level has been set to 50000 kbps
Router(config)#

This technically isn't needed if you are going to use it in a lab environment. At this point your router is ready to go.

Router(config)#do sho run
Building configuration...

Current configuration : 1047 bytes
!
version 15.3
service timestamps debug datetime msec
service timestamps log datetime msec
no platform punt-keepalive disable-kernel-core
platform console serial
platform hardware throughput level 50000
!
hostname Router
!
boot-start-marker
boot-end-marker
!
!
vrf definition Mgmt-intf
!
address-family ipv4
exit-address-family
!
address-family ipv6
exit-address-family
!
!
no aaa new-model
!
!
!
!
!
!
!
!
!
!
!
!
!
!
!
!
multilink bundle-name authenticated
!
!
!
!
!
!
!
spanning-tree extend system-id
!
!
redundancy
mode none
!
!
!
!
!
!
ip tftp source-interface GigabitEthernet0
!
!
!
!
!
!
!
!
!
!
!
!
!
interface GigabitEthernet1
no ip address
shutdown
negotiation auto
!
interface GigabitEthernet2
no ip address
shutdown
negotiation auto
!
interface GigabitEthernet0
vrf forwarding Mgmt-intf
no ip address
shutdown
negotiation auto
!
ip forward-protocol nd
!
no ip http server
no ip http secure-server
!
!
!
!
control-plane
!
!
!
!
!
!
!
!
line con 0
stopbits 1
line aux 0
stopbits 1
line vty 0 4
login
!
!
end

Router(config)#

Now that my router is ready to go I'll clone it because a single router isn't much to learn on. Ideally if you are going to reuse this machine in the future you wait to activate the license after the device is cloned. To clone the machine go to the server configuration tab and then select the datastore where you installed the CSR1000v onto and then right click on it. From there select "Browse Datastore..."

From here go under the directory for the CSR1000v and copy the contents of the directory. From there click on the root of the datastore and then select the folder icon to add a new directory.

Enter the directory name and then paste the contents into the new directory. After it has been pasted in, right click on the "Cisco CSR1000v Cloud Services Router.vmx" file and select "Add to Inventory". Change the default name if you would like and select the "Resource Pool" and finally finish.

You should now see the second CSR1000v in your ESXi server's inventory. From there we'll edit the settings to change the TCP port number for the virtual serial port and apply any VLANs from the ESXi to the CSR1000v's Gigabit Ethernet interfaces.

You are now ready to start up the second router. Note that after you start it VMware will ask you if you copied the virtual machine or moved it. Select "I copied it" and then click ok. Your router will now boot up.

ccie2210$ telnet 10.4.101.168 2006
Trying 10.4.101.168...
Connected to 10.4.101.168.
Escape character is '^]'.
Entry 0 will be booted automatically in 1 seconds.
Booting 'CSR1000v - packages.conf'

root (hd0,0)
Filesystem type is ext2fs, partition type 0x83
kernel /packages.conf rw quiet root=/dev/ram console= max_loop=64 HARDWARE=virt
ual SR_BOOT=bootflash:packages.conf
Calculating SHA-1 hash...done
SHA-1 hash:
calculated 6f85a7c5:ebd0151a:b5ada94a:f7a7be4b:d7de713f
expected 6f85a7c5:ebd0151a:b5ada94a:f7a7be4b:d7de713f
package header rev 1 structure detected
Calculating SHA-1 hash...done

The router will now be booting up and ready to go.

Use the same procedure outlined above to create as many routers as you like. You will of course want to create VLANs within the ESXi server to allow communication between the routers. For an overview of how to manage the ESXi's networking configuration go here.

Tomorrow I'll post another installation guide on how to install the CSR1000v in VMware Workstation and use it as a production router providing internet access.

Lastly if anyone would like to try out a few of these send me an email and I'll get you access.

Jan
28

I know that we live in a globalized world, full of virtual friends linked via social sites - and honestly that is great. I've had the pleasure of meeting so many people all over the world now that our world is indeed so much 'smaller' because of technology. I love it. I do. However, when I actually get to really meet those people, in person, face to face, I can't help but feel something of a bit more connected to them. Shaking someone's hand, actually seeing their face, still means something I think. I think this is why all of us in the networking community really enjoy coming together annually at Cisco Live - Networkers. We get to put faces with names, and see old faces that we have connected with in years past.

It's one of the reasons I still very much like teaching live classes, and I believe why students still like attending them. You not only get a captive audience with the student/instructor for a solid two weeks, but you also get to see and hear and talk to someone in person. You get to hear their story. What makes them ... them. What drives them. You get to actually know them. I also think that meeting in person is something intentional, and that if you had the inkling of maybe putting off your studies for a night after work, that if you were a part of a study group that actually met in person, you'd be less likely to cancel - maybe feel a bit more committed or obligated to show up.

So to that end, I would like to find out if there is anyone living in the Los Angeles / Orange County / San Diego area that would be interested in a CCIE study group one night per week. I propose Mondays, but I am open to any night Monday-Thursday, really. This would be a group where anyone studying for their CCIE in any track could come together and study for a few hours each week. Obviously, we'd break apart and each study in our own sub-groups dedicated to the track we are trying to attain. When we first meetup, we would devise an agenda for the coming months, and focus on those topics when we meet each week. And as is usual, the stronger in a given topic domain help out the weaker, and we all grow. We all have our strengths and weaknesses, and we all have something to gain from each other.

I would like to find out who all might be interested in meeting in this area, and actually in any area for that matter. While I can't host the group in every city, I'd still be interested if there are more than just one person studying for a given cert in each city. I would venture to guess that there are. :)

For the LA/OC area, I would be more than happy to host, and provide all the coffee and a snacks each week. As I said above, we could have multiple people come together even if studying for different tracks. I would be quite happy to participate in the Data Center, Voice and Security groups primarily. Respond either in the comments below or by known unicasting me some email if you are interested, or even if you would be interested in hosting a group in another city.

Jan
24

Just ahead of our brand new CCNA Voice live online bootcamp beginning this Monday, I thought it might be nice to provide an easy-to-follow graphic for those starting out in Voice (or on any other Cisco networking track). This graphic was from last year, but remains quite easy to follow for each and every Cisco track.

Be sure you have a high resolution set if you wish to see the entire thing, otherwise scrolling may be necessary.

Click here for the Cisco Career Certification Path poster

Nov
27

Worried about topics like EEM, OER, IP SLA, SNMP and the seemingly endless list of Network Services that might appear in your CCIE R&S (or related track) Lab or Written Exam? The latest of the 3 Day Technology Bootcamps arrives just in time for the new year.

The 3-Day Network Services bootcamp will be help Live Online on Dec 27-29, 2010. Class will run each day from 11 AM EST US to approximately 6 PM EST US. We hope to see you in the Live Event, but a Class-On-Demand version will be available the week following.

Oct
20

CCIE instructors see the question time and time again - are we penalized for “over-configuration” in the CCIE lab exam? The answer - “not typically”. Let us walk through some examples to see exactly what we are talking about here.

First of all, I encourage students to ask two questions when they are about to “over-configure” something. Question 1 - can this additional configuration I am about to make actually gain me points (might Cisco be grading for it)? Question 2 - can this additional configuration I am about to make actually hurt me (cause point loss)? If the answers are a resounding YES and NO, then it is definitely a configuration you should consider making.

A simple example would be setting a Layer 2 switch port for a VLAN with:

<span>switchport access vlan 100</span>

Versus:

switchport mode access
switchport access vlan 100

Might Cisco be grading for the specific configuration of DTP mode OFF on the port, perhaps. So the answer to the first question is YES. Notice, on the other hand, this configuration should not cost us points in any way, so the answer to the second question is NO. We see that these questions lead us to the conclusion...if it can only help us and not hurt us - GO FOR IT!

While many times we are not penalized for over-configuration, remember that we are always looking for the simple, time-saving, straightforward solution to the task at hand. I have seen ridiculous amounts of silly over-configuration from students that do not understand this principle. One example that comes to mind is the student that is asked to iBGP peer between R1, R2, and R3 using AS 100. The student then takes it upon himself to configure peer groups, loopback peerings, and router-IDs. All of this is for “good measure” and absolutely none of it was required and gained the student any points! In fact, when asking the second question about the over-configuration causing point-loss, the answer here might be...”yes, it can cause point loss because I am wasting so much time!”

Let us also remember that the key to solving the CCIE lab exam comes down to reading very carefully and following explicit instructions versus implicit instructions that exist in the task. Often times we discover additional configuration steps that we should take due to implied requirements.

I discuss this issue in greater detail in the following blog post:

http://blog.ine.com/2008/11/12/the-lab-made-me-do-it-%E2%80%93-implicit-versus-explicit/

Nov
27

INE is thrilled to thank another valuable member of our hugely popular Online Community (IEOC.COM). This week it is Ivan Krimmel. You all know Ivan by his awesome screen name and avatar, NTllect. Ivan has selected to receive 150 rack rental tokens from Graded Labs. Congratulations Ivan. Enjoy your studies and thanks so much for all of the excellent work in the forum.

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Ivan was introduced to Networking back in 2005, when he first saw several NT servers connected in a small LAN via a hub. This was in a local Microsoft CTEC. He was really excited by the potential that a network can bring to any enterprise. Ivan decided to start the MCSE track and in a half year of study, he was certified. While learning himself, he discovered that a good way to study something is to teach someone else. This is how Ivan became an MCT at a local Microsoft CTEC.

In 2006, upon completion of all MCSE tracks, Ivan started with Cisco. Right after passing CCNA, which took 3 months overall, Ivan made a big decision that  changed his life - he decided to become a CCIE. In 2007, Ivan relocated to a neighbor country and started to broaden his knowledge of networking by studying for multiple Cisco tracks and teaching students as a CCSI. In the year 2008, Ivan dedicated his life to the Lab exam. Every free minute was spent reading something from the booklist, and every free hour was spent at rack labbing something crazy. Ivan used the following INE resources in order to pass:

On the 18th of Dec Ivan passed his Lab at Dubai's facility!

Now Ivan is a freelance Cisco professional, teaching and consulting on RS, SP, and Security domains among major customers of the CIS area. Ivan's new  motto regarding technologies is "The best way to learn is to implement".

As for his future CCIE plans, Ivan is an SP candidate, but because it is impossible to get a seat until end of spring, he is enjoying learning the Security domain in depth. While being a beta-tester for INE's Security workbook vol.I, Ivan must confirm again that it is the best material, that uncovers many aspects of Cisco's Security.

Networking has impacted Ivan so greatly that he has changed his profession. Ivan possessed a Bachelor's degree in Accounting. Now he is looking for a respective degree in IT Management/Engineering.

Ivan strongly believes that Networking only starts with the CCIE.

And last but not least, on the 23rd of November, Ivan will challenge himself in another way - by learning Voice technologies in a CVOICE course! Funny enough, his name pronounces similar to E1 :)

Congratulations again Ivan, and thank you so much for sharing your story.

Sep
25

No jokes here folks - just the Top Ten Qualities for a Successful Lab Attempt! Did I miss any? Let me know in the Comments below! I know many of you will take care of the jokes for me. :-)

10. Effective use of the proctors - for more information, see Tips for Working with the Proctors.

9. Proper diet - be sure to bring your own lunch and snacks.

8. Attention to the Core Knowledge Section - do not rush this section, and once complete, do not think about it again.

7. Use of the DOC-CD - knowing when to use it and how is critical.

6. Effective diagramming techniques - for more information, see May I Have a Diagram with that Please.

5. Positive mindset - no thoughts of failure, only thoughts of success.

4. Effective disaster management techniques - how quickly and effectively you react to a major issues is critical.

3. Precise and accurate verifications.

2. Precise and accurate troubleshooting.

And the Number 1 Quality for a Successful Lab Attempt:

1. Time management and overall lab strategy.

Sep
22

12-day CCIE R&S Bootcamp students often indicate that the most important day of the training is Day 3 of the 6-Day Mock Lab Workshop. This entire day is dedicated to a discussion about successful strategy for passing the CCIE Lab Exam. The strategy discussion begins with effective study techniques, and then guides students through everything from the night before the exam, to what is best to do during the lunch break!

Perhaps the most satisfying thing for the instructors during the event is watching students raise their score by more than 20 points on a mock lab following the strategy discussion. We confiscated this student video taken at the last Mock Lab Workshop and thought we would leak it here. :-) We hope you enjoy.


Part 1


Part 2

Feb
05

One of the questions we hear all of the time here at Internetwork Expert is "what kind of diagrams will be given to me in the CCIE lab exam?"

And the answer is - "drum roll please" - NO ONE CAN TELL YOU THAT! Not because of an NDA violation or anything like that...it is because Cisco provides different diagrams in context and in style with the various iterations of the CCIE lab exam they are constantly creating to distribute to candidates. It is actually one of the things that can make the exam so difficult.

Here is what you need to be prepared to receive and how I believe you should deal with each case:

  • You believe you need a diagram to help solve a task and they HAVE provided one that looks passable for your usage - great! Go on and get some points!
  • You believe you need a diagram to help solve a task and they have NOT provided one - quickly draw your own diagram.
  • You believe you need a diagram to help solve a task and they have provided one that is more confusing to you than it is helpful - quickly draw your own diagram.

Here are some other various observations I want to make about the subject of diagrams in the exam:

  • One of my biggest pet peeves in a Bootcamp or during a Mock Lab workshop is watching a student take our "Master Diagram" and start making notes on it. YOU CANNOT EVER WRITE ON AN EXISTING DIAGRAM IN THE LAB. Why practice something you can never actually do. Please students - STOP!!!! I beg of you.
  • Often times the diagram will be so bad you are given that you will need to check with the proctor in order to guarantee an accurate interpretation and/or redraw. Never hesitate to do this; it is EXACTLY one of the reasons the proctor is sitting in that room.
  • I have seen students make absolute works of art with their own diagrams, using a nickel to trace out routers and a business card to trace out switches. Awesome, go for it, just please, make sure this is all calculated into your overall time management to pass the lab. While there were points awarded for diagrams in the two-day format, there is no such thing in our current lab exam.
  • Diagrams in the lab are another real personal part of the process. You will talk to first time passers that report things like:

o    I never drew a single diagram.
o    I redrew two full diagrams documenting the entire lab.
o    I drew a couple of different small diagrams.
o    I drew a dozen or so diagrams.

  • Become accustomed to the largest possible variety of diagram styles as you can as you study. Most of the CCIE vendors allow a free download sample of their stuff - that is a great way to start checking out different styles!

I hope this post helps you! I am off now to diagram how best to vacuum my living room.

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