CCIE Pursuit Blog

April 3, 2008

Status Update: 24 – 30 March

I’m a little late on this status update, but I don’t want to stop posting these updates.  They serve as a combination carrot/whip to keep me on task for the week.

Last week I finished off a long stretch of labbing with IE Graded Mock Lab #1.  On Friday night I finished off my meal with two bottles of wine.  🙂

I scored an 89 on the mock lab which is far better that I had hoped for.  For those of you who have been following these updates, you’ll have noticed that I have been stuck on a readiness level of 2 (out of 10) since I started posting these updates.  That level has been my subjective perception of my ability to pass the lab.  I’ve decided to quantify that value a bit.  My ideal level of readiness will be achieved when I can score a 90 or above on an IE mock lab with a difficulty level of 10.  So I should be able to figure out my readiness based on the following equation:

(((Mock Lab Score/10) * (Mock Lab Difficulty/10)) + 1) = Readiness Level

So my current readiness level is (drum roll please):

(((89/10) * (6/10)) + 1) ≈ 6 

That seems a bit high to me (I’m a ‘glass half-empty’ type of guy if you haven’t guessed) but at least it gives me something quantitative for judging my readiness.

Here are my goals from last week: Redo Volume II labs 3, 8. and 9.  Review the IEATC videos for Multicast and IP Services.

I did manage to redo labs 3 and 8.  I’ll hit 9 again this weekend.  I went through the basic multicast video as well as two of the IP Services videos.

Here are my goals this week: Review the IEATC IPv6 and BGP videos.  Redo Volume II lab 9.  Do Volume III lab 6.

Days Until Lab: 109
Days Until Mock Lab 2: 20
Days Until Mock Lab Workshop: 74
Readiness (1 to 10): 6
Lab Hours This Week 32
Study Hours This Week (estimate): 12

WOOT! – Going To Internetwork Expert Mock Lab Workshop In June

Between passing my written and nearly killing myself on labbing and the first mock lab, I forgot to post a followup to this post.  My boss signed off on travel, expenses, and (most importantly) tuition for Internetwork Expert’s Mock Lab Workshop in Reno this June.  I really wanted to attend this training so I am extremely happy that I was able to make this workshop my training for the year.  I even offered to cover travel expenses, but it turns out that I won’t have to.  Winner, winner, chicken dinner!!! [I have no idea what that means other than my six-year-old son likes to say it a lot]  🙂

Like I said, I really feel like this training will help me out a lot towards getting my digits.  I was prepared to cover this out of pocket, but I’m glad that I don’t have to as the cost for this training is enough to cover a very nice trip or a pretty nice used vehicle:

Hotel:         $654
Car:            $115 
Airfare:     $463 
Tuition:     $3495
Total:        $4727

By the time I get to Reno I will have finished 4 of the Graded Mock Labs.  I’m hoping that by the end of the workshop I’ll get some good feedback as to whether or not I’m “lab ready”.  I’ll have a month to concentrate on my weak points before my first (and hopefully last) trip to San Jose in July.

The only downside to this is that I need to complete about 10 more IE labs (plus 3 more Graded Mock Labs) before the Mock Lab Workshop in June.  I’m going to probably take some more vacation time in the next two weeks and try to knock out some more labs in a short period of time.  Doing one or two (two is a stretch) labs per weekend isn’t going to cut it. 

Special thanks to Gosia at IE.  She read my original post and emailed me telling me that she would save a spot for me in the June class (I was wading though the red tape at work concerning how I would pay for the class).  I am very thankful to her as the class filled up soon after I posted.

Question Of The Day: 03 April, 2008

Topic: OSPF

Which of the following OSPF area types do not inject a default route?

1) Stub
2) Totally Stubby
3) Not-So-Stubby
4) Not-So-Totally-Stubby

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Yesterday’s Question

Question Of The Day: 02 April, 2008 

Topic: OSPF

Which of the following OSPF network types do not use Designated Routers:

1) point-to-point
2) non-broadcast
3) point-to-multipoint non-broadcast
4) point-to-multipoint
5) broadcast

Answer: 1, 3, and 4

Only OSPF network types ‘broadcast’ and ‘non-broadcast’ use Designated Routers.

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