CCIE Pursuit Blog

March 31, 2009

Core Knowledge Question of the Day: 31 March 2009

What type of OSPF area allows only LSA-types 1 and 2 as well as a single type-3 default route?

Highlight for anwer: Totally stubby area

March 30, 2009

Core Knowledge Question of the Day: 30 March 2009

Filed under: Cisco,Cisco Certification,OSPF,Question Of The Day — cciepursuit @ 9:27 am

An NSSA Area Border Router will do what before advertising a Type-7 LSA into a non-NSSA area?

Highlight for answer: Translate it to a Type-5 LSA

March 28, 2009

Internetwork Expert: Advanced Technologies Live Online Class $495

If you’re a CCIE candidate and you’re on twitter, it would behoove [HAH! I just used ‘behoove’ in a sentence] to follow the vendors’ tweets as they will occasionally offer discounts and even free stuff.  This weekend Internetwork Expert is offering a great deal:

Weekend Special: CCIE Advanced Technologies Live Online Class – Only $495, Discount code “ADVTECH09”

You can choose the live (online) version of the Advanced Technologies Class for any track.  Plus you get access to the recorded online COD as well.  Normally the live version sells for $1,495 so you’d save $1,000.  Even if you’re only interested in the recorded version, you’d still save $500 off of the $995 price.  This is a great deal for anyone who has been looking at getting the Advanced Technologies COD or who wants to start on another track.  You’ll need to hurry though because the offer is only good this weekend.

For those using twitter, you’ll want to follow: – Internetwork Expert – IPexpert (they have various accounts based on geography as well) – IPexpert social network guru

March 27, 2009

Core Knowledge Question of the Day: 27 March 2009

What is the multicast address that an OSPF device uses to communicate with the designated router?

Highlight for answer:

TIP: If you are allowed access to a command prompt during the open-ended questions and you want to verify your answer (or you know that the answer is 224.0.0.x but you forget what the last octet is)then you can always do an ‘nslookup 224.0.0.x’ and plug in values for the last octet.

Highlight below for some examples (from Linux but Windows will return the same/similar results):    name = ALL-SYSTEMS.MCAST.NET.    name = ALL-ROUTERS.MCAST.NET.    name = OSPF-ALL.MCAST.NET.    name = OSPF-DSIG.MCAST.NET.    name = RIP2-ROUTERS.MCAST.NET.    name = IGRP-ROUTERS.MCAST.NET.

March 26, 2009

logging x.x.x.x vs logging host x.x.x.x

Filed under: Cisco,Cisco Certification,IOS — cciepursuit @ 8:00 am
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If you’ve done any syslog configuration on a router, then you’re probably used to setting the syslog server with:


If you’ve looked a little closer at the logging commands, you’ve probably noticed that there is also a ‘logging host’ command.  So what is the difference between using ‘logging x.x.x.x’ and ‘logging host x.x.x.x’?  It turns out that there is no difference*

Rack1R2(config)#logging host
Rack1R2(config)#do sh run | i logging

* As long as you don’t add additional configuration after the IP Address with the ‘logging host’ command

You can use either

Rack1R2(config)#logging host transport tcp port 666
Rack1R2(config)#do sh run | i logging
logging host transport tcp port 666

The one thing you need to keep an eye out for is that once you’ve configured the “Syslog of the Beast”, if you then configure ‘logging’ or ‘logging host’ by accident, you’ll blow away your existing logging host configuration:

Rack1R2(config)#logging host
Rack1R2(config)#do sh run | i logging

Command reference: logging host

Core Knowledge Question of the Day: 26 March 2009

What is the primary difference between SNMP traps and SNMP inform requests (informs)?

Highlight for answer: SNMP informs are traps that include a request for confirmation of receipt from the SNMP manager.

March 25, 2009

Group Study: The Top Ten Indications You Have Sat the Lab Too Many Times

Filed under: Cisco,Cisco Certification — cciepursuit @ 7:43 am
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I stumbled across this on GroupStudy:

The Top Ten Indications You Have Sat the Lab Too Many Times :

Number 10 – Visitor parking at Cisco features a spot with your name on it.

Number 9 – Visa calls you to inquire if someone at Cisco may have stolen your Credit Card.

Number 8 – You have earned 65,000 flight miles in the last year.

Number 7 – Your wife asks “Who the hell are you?” when you return home from your latest attempt.

Number 6 – You can now type 90 words per minute.

Number 5 – Your boss indicates that he has a task for you and you respond “How many points is it worth?”

Number 4 – You have recurring nightmares about redistribution and ping packet drops

Number 3 – Your new nickname on the InternetworkExpert forum is “That poor bastard!”

Number 2 – While romancing with your girl, all you can think about is full IGP reachability.

and the Number 1 Indication You Have Sat the Lab Too Many Times:

The proctor hands you your badge and says “You are on Rack 5 – AGAIN!”


Deepinder Singh Babbar
CCIE R&S #20182

Core Knowledge Question of the Day: 25 March 2009

*r=resume  *ri=”show ip route” release
reload     rename         renew                restart
resume     rlogin         rsh

What is true about the commands preceded by asterisks?

Highlight for answer: They are aliases. More specifically, they are exec level aliases. Even more specifically, ‘r’ is one of the IOS Default Command Aliases, while ‘ri’ is a custom alias.

March 24, 2009

Core Knowledge Question of the Day: 24 March 2009

What are the default OSPF hello-inverval and dead-interval for the OSFP broadcast network type?

Highlight for answer: 10 seconds for the hello-interval and 40 seconds for the dead-interval.

March 23, 2009

Core Knowledge Question of the Day: 23 March 2009

By default, OSPF floods new LSAa over all interfaces in the same area except…..

Highlight for answer: the interface that the LSA arrives on.

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