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CCNP Switch Study Update – 8/5/13

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
Monday SICK
Tuesday SICK Chapter 14 X
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
X
Thursday The Switches Domain: Additional Life Saving Tech Chapter 15 X
Friday OFF
Saturday Chapter 12 X
Sunday Monitoring: Your Pulse on the Network X
Week 4   Bryant Advantage Lab Completed
Monday Lecture 2-5 1hr X
Tuesday Lecture 6-8 X
Wednesday Lecture 9-11 1hr X
Thursday Lecture 12-15 1hr X
Friday OFF
Saturday Lecture 16-19 1.5hr X
Sunday Lecture 20-23 1.5hr X

CCNP Switch Study Update – 7/25/13

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
Chapter 6 X
Tuesday -Redundancy in the Campus:HSRP,VRRP,GLBP
-Redundancy in the Campus:HSRP,VRRP,GLBP p2
Chapter 11 X
Wednesday
-Campus Security: Port Security and 802.1X
-Campus Security: VLANS and Spoofing Attacks
Chapter 13 X
Thursday -Campus Security: STP Attacks and other Considerations
-Campus Securty: VACLs
Chapter 16 & 17 X
Friday OFF
Saturday OFF
Sunday Campus VOIP: Overview, Considerations, Auto QOS X

CCNP Switch Study Update – 7/17/13

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
Chapter 2 X
Tuesday VLANS: VTP Chapter 3 & 4 X
Wednesday -STP: Foundation PVST Concepts Part 1
-STP: Foundation PVST Concepts Part 2
Chapter 5 X
Thursday STP: RSTP Concepts and Config Chapter 7 & 8 X
Friday Chapter 9 & 10 X
Saturday Ether Channel: Agg. Redundant Links X
Sunday OFF

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.

CCNP Switch Study Plan

Please note that this guide should be altered to fit your study habits. This is a merely to help you organize yourself in your studies. Some days you may do more or less then what is expected.
Materials Used:

CBT Nuggets
The Bryant Advantage
CCNP Switch OCG (Cisco Press)
CCNP Switch Simplified
101 CCNP Labs
Cisco SLM Switch Manual
Week 1 (VLANS) CBT Nuggets OCG Completed
Monday The Switches Domain: Core Concepts and Design Chapter 2
Tuesday -VLANS: Configuration and verification
-VLANS: In-Depth Trunking
Chapter 3 & 4
Wednesday VLANS: VTP Chapter 5
Thursday Review/Flash-cards/Catch-up
Friday Review/Flash-cards/Catch-up
Saturday Review/Flash-cards/Catch-up
Sunday Review/Flash-cards/Catch-up
Week 2 (STP) CBT Nuggets OCG Completed
Monday -STP: Foundation PVST Concepts Part 1
-STP: Foundation PVST Concepts Part 2
Chapter 7
Tuesday STP: RSTP Concepts and Config Chapter 8
Wednesday Chapter 9
Thursday Chapter 10
Friday Review/Flash-cards/Catch-up
Saturday Review/Flash-cards/Catch-up
Sunday Review/Flash-cards/Catch-up
Week 3 (EtherChannel & L3 Switching & Redundancy) CBT Nuggets OCG Completed
Monday Ether Channel: Agg. Redundant Links Chapter 6
Tuesday -L3 Switching: InterVLAN Routing
-L3 Switching: Understanding CEF Optimization
Chapter 11
Wednesday -Redundancy in the Campus:HSRP,VRRP,GLBP
-Redundancy in the Campus:HSRP,VRRP,GLBPp2
Chapter 12
Thursday Chapter 13
Friday Review/Flash-cards/Catch-up
Saturday Review/Flash-cards/Catch-up
Sunday Review/Flash-cards/Catch-up
Week 4  (Security) CBT Nuggets OCG Completed
Monday -Campus Security: Port Security and 802.1X
-Campus Security: VLANS and Spoofing Attacks
-Campus Security: STP Attacks and other Considerations
-Campus Securty: VACLs
Tuesday Chapter 16
Wednesday Chapter 17
Thursday Review/Flash-cards/Catch-up
Friday Review/Flash-cards/Catch-up
Saturday Review/Flash-cards/Catch-up
Sunday Review/Flash-cards/Catch-up
Week 5 (VoIP & Wireless & Monitoring) CBT Nuggets OCG Completed
Monday Campus VOIP: Overview, Considerations, Auto QOS Chapter 14
Tuesday -Wireless LAN: Concepts and Design p1
-Wireless LAN: Concepts and Design p2
-Wireless LAN: Frequencies and 802.11 Standards
-Wireless LAN: Understanding the Hardware
Wednesday Chapter 15
Thursday -The Switches Domain: Additional Life Saving Tech
-Monitoring: Your Pulse on the network
Friday Review/Flash-cards/Catch-up
Saturday Review/Flash-cards/Catch-up
Sunday Review/Flash-cards/Catch-up
Week 6 (VLANS & STP & VTP) The Bryant Advantage SLM/101 Completed
Monday Lecture 2-5 Lab
Tuesday Lecture 6-8 Lab
Wednesday Lecture 9-10 Lab
Thursday Lab
Friday Lab
Saturday Lab
Sunday Lab
Week 7 (Adv. STP & Security) The Bryant Advantage SLM/101 Completed
Monday Lecture 11-15 Lab
Tuesday Lecture 16-19 Lab
Wednesday Lecture 20-23 Lab
Thursday Lab
Friday Lab
Saturday Lab
Sunday Lab
Week 8 (Multilayer & Design) The Bryant Advantage SLM/101 Completed
Monday Lecture 24-27 Lab
Tuesday Lecture 27-31 Lab
Wednesday Lab
Thursday Lecture 32 Lab
Friday Lab
Saturday Lab
Sunday Lab
Week 9 (Voice & Multicast & Wireless & Queueing & AAA) The Bryant Advantage SLM/101 Completed
Monday Lecture 33-36 Lab
Tuesday Lecture 37-39 Lab
Wednesday Lecture 40-42 Lab
Thursday Lab
Friday Lab
Saturday Lab
Sunday Lab
Week 10 (LANS/VLANS/STP) CCNP Simplified Lab Completed
Monday Chapter 1 Lab
Tuesday Chapter 2 Lab
Wednesday Chapter 3 Lab
Thursday Review/Flash-cards/Catch-up Lab
Friday Review/Flash-cards/Catch-up Lab
Saturday Review/Flash-cards/Catch-up Lab
Sunday Review/Flash-cards/Catch-up Lab
Week 11 (Adv. STP/EtherChannel/Sec.) CCNP Simplified Lab Completed
Monday Chapter 4
Tuesday Chapter 5
Wednesday Chapter 6
Thursday Review/Flash-cards/Catch-up Lab
Friday Review/Flash-cards/Catch-up Lab
Saturday Review/Flash-cards/Catch-up Lab
Sunday Review/Flash-cards/Catch-up Lab
Week 12 (Multilayer/Redun./Wireless) CCNP Simplified Lab Completed
Monday Chapter 7 Lab
Tuesday Chapter 8 Lab
Wednesday Chapter 9 Lab
Thursday Review/Flash-cards/Catch-up Lab
Friday Review/Flash-cards/Catch-up Lab
Saturday Review/Flash-cards/Catch-up Lab
Sunday Review/Flash-cards/Catch-up Lab
Week 13 (QoS) CCNP Simplified Lab Completed
Monday Chapter 10 Lab
Tuesday Review/Flash-cards/Catch-up Lab
Wednesday Review/Flash-cards/Catch-up Lab
Thursday Review/Flash-cards/Catch-up Lab
Friday Review/Flash-cards/Catch-up Lab
Saturday Review/Flash-cards/Catch-up Lab
Sunday Review/Flash-cards/Catch-up Lab

CCNP ROUTE PASSED!!!

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.

CCNP Route Scheduled!

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
  • GNS3vault.com

CCNP Route Study Update – 6/5/13

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.

CCNP Route Study Update – 5/21/13

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.

CCNP Route Study Update – 5/12/13

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?

CCNP Route Study Update – 5/2/13

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.

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