And boy does it feel good! I took the test early Saturday morning and came out with just below a 900. I really wish I could have scored above a 900 but hey a pass is a pass. It’s weird to think that I have been working on this certification for 5 months. Time has really flown by. Guess what the next 5 months of my life is going to entail? Yep you guessed it…onto the Switch exam. I just informed my employer of my pass and they are very excited for me. I am also happy that they are going to reimburse me too. I will be posting the Switch study plan hopefully later today.
Its been 20 weeks since I began studying for my CCNP Route exam and the time has finally come to show what I have learned! I scheduled my exam for this Saturday at 8am, reason I am taking it so early is because I am going to the beach afterwards . Hopefully all goes well and I pass so I can have an enjoyable weekend of rest and relaxation at the beach. If I pass Route then I plan to dive right into my Switch studies on Monday. I am still working on the CCNP Switch study plan. However expect to see it posted in the following week. Just to recap here is what I have used to prepare for my CCNP Route exam.
- Cisco Press FLG Route
- CBT Nuggets
- The Bryant Advantage
- 101 CCNP Labs
- Cisco Student Lab Manual: Route
Been super busy with work lately so I have not had a chance to update the blog. However I am still going strong in my studies and hope to take the Route exam in about a month or so. In my last update I left off by saying that I was working through CBTnuggets and gns3vault.com labs. Since then I have completed all the CBTnugget videos and have also completed a good chunk off labs from gns3vault. For the past week and a half I have been speed watching the Chris Bryant videos. Reason being is that at this point everything should be a review for me. I am going to be finishing up the video series tonight.
For the next two weeks I want to skim through the Foundation Learning Guide again as well as complete the SLM labs. So hopefully in the coming weeks I can take a shot at passing the exam. As it stand right now I have been studying for the Route exam for 16 weeks.
I have not posted a study update in awhile so I decided since I have some free time this morning I would let everyone know where I stand. In my last study update I told you that I was in a dilemma about what to start studying next since I have just about finished up all of my study materials. Well I decided I am going to go through all those materials again but at a much faster pace since it should all be a review for me at this point. Last week I went through the EIGRP, OSPF, and Redistribution sections of CBTNuggets. I plan on finishing up the rest of the videos in the next 2-3 days.
I also have found myself to have some downtime at work where I am able to practice some labs. I have always known about GNS3vault.com however I never really used it as a source for my studying since I have my own home lab. Let me tell you though…those labs on that site are GREAT! I have been going through them rather quickly to refresh my memory on all the topics.
I haven’t made a study update in awhile so I just wanted to make a quick post on where I currently stand. The past few days I have been really busy with family functions so I was not able to get in good study sessions. Since my last update I have finished up the last section of Chris Bryant videos which discussed redistribution and PBR. Currently I am working on finishing up the labs from 101 CCNP labs and Cisco SLMs. Since my schedule has been pretty full lately I have only been able to complete 2-3 of these labs. Hopefully I can have them completed by the middle of next week.
My next problem is that now I don’t know what to study from next. When I finish up the rest of these labs next week I will have completed all my study materials. This includes the FLG Route book, CBT Nuggets, The Bryant Advantage, 101 CCNP Labs, and Cisco SLM Labs. I think I may read through the FLG Route book again as well as go through the CBT Nugget videos. I really don’t feel confident enough yet to take the Route exam. I am going to play it by ear for right now and see how things go next week.
What did you use to pass your CCNP Route exam? Do you have any suggestions for me on study material?
So I finished up on remote connectivity rather quickly. I finished it in about two days. Unfortunately their was not much lab work for me to do that goes along with it so I started on IPv6. I watched the entire Bryant Advantage video series last night, which was about two hours or so. Today I started on the IPv6 labs. I did run into some trouble though because four of my routers did not support IPv6. So I had to update their IOS which took me about an hour and a half. After getting all the IOS stuff straightened out I started on the SLM labs. I finished the first three labs and plan to complete the last two tomorrow. On Saturday and Sunday I hope to finish up the IPv6 labs from the 101 CCNP labs workbook. They usually take a bit of time so I won’t be too bummed if I don’t finish it all by the end of the weekend.
Just wanted to post a quick update on my studies. Today I just finished up the BGP section of the 101 CCNP Labs. As expected they were very tough, it made me even question at times how far I have to go before even taking the CCNP Route exam. I just don’t know. I am feeling a bit in the dumps because I just finished up my 9th week of studying and I feel so far behind. Maybe the 101 CCNP labs are meant to be this difficult? I never have this problem when I do the Cisco Student Lab Manual labs. I am just gonna keep pushing forward and try not and doubt myself. I start on Remote Connectivity tomorrow, hopefully I won’t be too tired after my first day of work.
Today I finished up on the CCNP 101 OSPF Labs. As expected they were a lot more advanced then the Cisco SLM labs. Like I said before it is nice to get the additional challenge in the 101 CCNP labs because it forces me to stay on my toes on all the different CCNP topics. For instance, in one of the OSPF labs today I had to implement an EIGRP adjacency in case the primary OSPF link fails. Obviously this is not exactly ideal for real world, but is is nice to see how all these technologies can actually work together. I also liked how the 101 CCNP labs incorporated tunneling for fail over purposes as well. Additionally the 101 Labs almost always included some sort of route policing that needed to be implemented. Which again is great because that for me is a topic that I know will be tough.
So that is it for OSPF for now. I start on the BGP videos from The Bryant Advantage tomorrow morning. I have this whole week off from work until I start my new job as a network engineer next Monday! So I hope I can get a good amount of work done this week.
I had a pretty successful weekend in my studies. I was able to knockout almost all the Chris Bryant OSPF videos. I have only one more left that I will finish up tonight. After finishing up the videos I will dive right into heavy OSPF labing. First I will start with the Cisco Student Lab Manual and after I complete that I will lab from the 101 CCNP labs. This should take about 3-4 days to complete.
The reason I am doing the SLM Labs first is because I have noticed that they are somewhat easier. The 101 CCNP labs incorporate redistribution and manipulating your routing tables very early on. At least that is what I noticed from labing the EIGRP section last week. I like that they are more challenging because it will better prepare me for when I go and study that topic again. I have already read all of the CCNP Route Foundation Learning Guide and watched CBT Nuggets so I already have a decent grasp of what to expect.
I will update again after finishing up with OSPF.
Sorry for not updating the blog lately, I have been pretty busy with my studies lately. In the past 4-5 days I have gone through the entire EIGRP section from Chris Bryant’s Video Series, and yesterday I began labing from the Cisco Student Lab Manual. I have been very impressed from this manual so far. Very nice clear and concise instructions. I went through about 3-4 labs yesterday which took me about 2.5 hours. Took me much longer than I had anticipated.
So that is pretty much my goal for this week. I want to finish up all the EIGRP labs from the Cisco Lab Manual and also the EIGRP labs from the 101 CCNP Labs. This should take me about 2 more days to complete. After that I plan on jumping into the OSPF video series.