Log 4: …..Read, Read, Read

Week: 5

Hours: 61.25

Did I mention I am still reading? Week 5 is still all about going through TCP/IP Volume I. Again the book is a really good read and the Case Studies are really helpful. I wish more books would take that approach to teaching/writing. I am currently on Chapter 10: IS-IS. This is the first time I have ever learned anything about IS-IS so it is definitely a learning curve. I know that IS-IS has been brought back into the CCIEv5 Written exam so I think a general overview on the chapter will help me out. I am not sure yet if I am going to read the whole chapter. The reason I say this is because the IS-IS chapter is just about the longest chapters in the book. And since this topic is only on the written portion of the exam, I feel that I don’t need to be super fluent in it. So we will see what happens with that.

I really want to get back into labbing so I decided once I am done with Volume I I am going to start on Narbik labs that correspond to Volume I. This includes RIP, EIGRP, OSPF, Redistrubution, and some others that I am sure I’m missing. After that I’ll start on Volume II and do the same process. If I get stumped on anything Ill either read up on it or watch the corresponding INE Advanced Technologies video.

On another note, my new job has been going great. Everyday I am working/configuring something new which is great experience. However the hours can be really long and at times stressful. In my opinion though this is good and it is teaching me skills that will take me a long way. My current environment consists of mostly Cisco, Arista, and some Juniper gear. I must say that I am really impressed by the Arista switch line. I really think they are going to be the next big thing in Networking. If you have never heard of Arista Networks, I highly recommend you check it out.


P.S. If you have an Arista device in your network try typing the command “show donkys”. You’re Welcome :)

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  1. Puneet


    I am in the same path as your in terms of preparation for CCIE R&S.
    However, I am little confused in terms of workbooks to use..the INE is great, however the contents are too vast.
    I have gone through narbik 4.0 foundation..they seems to be focused around a topology that comes prior to the tasks and also provide step by step solutions to the problems..I would request your inputs regarding which workbook would you personally prefer and for what reason..


  2. Mo

    Can you please tell me if Narbick’s foundation v5 is actually targeted to CCIEv5? Meaning no frame relay at all? Then what will be the wan technology to work on? Will it be MPLS? Right now, i am working towards refreshing my NP concepts again as I have hardly ever used OSPF and BGP at my job. But during my refresh I want to focus in v5 blueprints that is why even if frame relay is still included in CCNP track but I want to avoid it and want to keep my focus towards CCIE blue print.

  3. Mo

    Fabulouso, amigo! Glad to know I am also on the right path. Appreciate your advice and sharing your experience with us. Helps a lot!

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