I took the test this past Saturday 11/23 and passed with about a 900. Give or take a few points. Sorry I wasn’t able to update my blog sooner but I have been really busy getting things together for my new job. I start the new gig this Monday so I am kinda nervous. The environment is a lot bigger and I will be working with a lot more engineers. So I really don’t know what to expect. As for the Tshoot exam I plan to take it in about a month or two. I really want to brush up on the Route topics as well as go over some of the Tshoot study material I have. I know some people say you should just sit the exam right away, but honestly I really don’t feel comfortable doing that. I have all this training material for Tshoot including CBTnuggets, INE, and The Bryant Advantage I really would hate to not skim through it all. I began studying on Sunday and so far it all seems pretty easy but we will see as I get farther into it. I don’t expect this exam to be too difficult.
Rough week 16 since I went to New Orleans for most of it, but I came back strong with an INE bootcamp video week. I am still on pace to take the Switch exam in my 20th week. This week I am doing heavy labing as well as reading.
|Monday||-Campus Network Design
-L2 Switching and L3 Routing
-DTP,Trunking Allowed Lists,VTP
-Spanning Tree Protocol
|Wednesday||-Cisco PVST+ Enhancements
-RSTP & MSTP
|Saturday||-Layer 2 Security||X|
|Sunday||-Layer 2 Voice and Video
|Week 14||Switch. Simp||Lab||Completed|
|Week 15||Switch Simp.||Lab||Completed|
|Tuesday||Chapter 10 + Read other||1.5hr||X|
|Thursday||Read up on Security||1.5hr||X|
|Week 12||Video/Switch Simp.||Lab||Completed|
|Wednesday||Chapter 1, 2||X|
|Week 13||Switch. Simp||Lab||Completed|
My studying hasn’t been where it should be these past two weeks. Lot’s of things have been coming up with life/work which obviously had to take precedence. In addition to the below study plan I have also been reading Data Center Virtualization Fundamentals in my free time. It really is an outstanding book that also coincides in some ways with my CCNP Switch studies. I have noticed that the Data Center topics have a good amount of overlap with Switch, which is really nice because I am really really growing a liking towards Data Center tech.
I am going to try and kick some of my studies into high gear considering I am nearing my halfway point. If you didn’t know I typically give myself 20 weeks to pass an exam.
High Availability Part 2
|Tuesday||Layer 2 Security
Layer 2 Voice & Video Support
|Week 9||Video Training||Lab||Completed|
I had the opportunity to get the CCNP INE Series from work and I must say I am really impressed. Brian’s teaching style is on point and he even goes through real world examples which really drives many of the topics home. This video series has definitely been my favorite so far. Honestly I think it has been more helpful than The Bryant Advantage and CBT Nuggets combined. I strongly recommend it if you are looking for solid CCNP training material. Below is what I have completed since my last study update.
|Week 5||Bryant Advantage||Lab||CCNP Switch Simp. (At Work)||Completed|
|Thursday||Lecture 34-36||1hr||Chapter 1||X|
|Week 6||Bryant Advantage/INE||Lab||Completed|
|Tuesday||Campus Network Design||2hr||X|
|Wednesday||L2 Switching vs L3 Routing||2.5hr||X|
|Sunday||DTP,Trunking Allowed List, & VTP||X|
|Monday||Spanning Tree Protocol
|Tuesday||Cisco PVST+ Enhancements
RSTP & MSTP
The one month mark of my studying has been reached! I feel that I have made a lot of progress this month in my studies, partly because I am actually enjoying the content more then the Route exam. Most people say the opposite and that they prefer the Route content over the Switch any day. I think the reason I am enjoying the material so much is because it is going hand in hand with my everyday work. It has already helped me tremendously in understanding data center switching (I still have a ton to learn). FHRP, Etherchannels, and STP have all been the most overlapping topics with my daily work.
Below is what I completed in Week 3 & 4
|Week 3||CBT Nuggets||OCG||Completed|
|Wednesday||-Wireless LAN: Concepts and Design p1
-Wireless LAN: Concepts and Design p2
-Wireless LAN: Frequencies and 802.11 Standards
-Wireless LAN: Understanding the Hardware
|Thursday||The Switches Domain: Additional Life Saving Tech||Chapter 15||X|
|Sunday||Monitoring: Your Pulse on the Network||X|
|Week 4||Bryant Advantage||Lab||Completed|
So this week was my 3rd week of studying and damn was it awful….I fell victim to a stomach virus Sunday night and had to take off work Monday and Tuesday. I was really upset about having to take off of work because I have not even been with my employer for 3 months yet. However he was very understanding and told me not to worry about it. He even sent me home Tuesday morning when I dragged myself in/ Obviously this meant my studies went completely to hell on those days too. Honestly, I still feel pretty under the weather but I am going to push forward, I hate going 3+ days without at least looking at the material for 30 or so minutes.
Below is what I completed on WEEK 2. It was a pretty productive week!
|Week 2 (L3 & Redundancy & Security)||CBT Nuggets||OCG||Completed|
|Monday||-L3 Switching: InterVLAN Routing
-L3 Switching: Understanding CEF Optimization
|Tuesday||-Redundancy in the Campus:HSRP,VRRP,GLBP
-Redundancy in the Campus:HSRP,VRRP,GLBP p2
-Campus Security: Port Security and 802.1X
-Campus Security: VLANS and Spoofing Attacks
|Thursday||-Campus Security: STP Attacks and other Considerations
-Campus Securty: VACLs
|Chapter 16 & 17||X|
|Sunday||Campus VOIP: Overview, Considerations, Auto QOS||X|
So I am about 1.5 weeks into my studies and have already covered a lot more material then I had expected. Last week I was able to cover the following:
|Week 1 (VLAN & STP)||CBT Nuggets||OCG||Completed|
|Monday||-The Switches Domain: Core Concepts and Design
-VLANS: Configuration and verification
-VLANS: In-Depth Trunking
|Tuesday||VLANS: VTP||Chapter 3 & 4||X|
|Wednesday||-STP: Foundation PVST Concepts Part 1
-STP: Foundation PVST Concepts Part 2
|Thursday||STP: RSTP Concepts and Config||Chapter 7 & 8||X|
|Friday||Chapter 9 & 10||X|
|Saturday||Ether Channel: Agg. Redundant Links||X|
The first 4 chapters were a breeze…and then came STP….I don’t know what it is about these study guides but they always start out so fun and easy and then they punch you in the face with a confusing topic :(. lol. Right now I am just trying to get a solid overview of all the topics so I am not stressing to much if I don’t understand something perfectly.