CCNP Bootcamp – 3rd Day of class (Part 5)

Late in the afternoon we went through the lab of setting up OSPF under IPv6 with a virtual link. If you haven’t had much experience with IPv6 and haven’t scheduled your CCNP Bootcamp, you would be well served to spend some time getting familiar with IPv6. It will make several of the labs and learning exercises you will be going through a little less challenging and reduce some stress too.

Spent several hours last night studying the notes from the last two days of class and the document provided by the instructor. Also reviewed some of the class material from the Cisco books. Spent some time on a site recommended by the instructor, Jeff Ratchford, http://www.digitaltut.com. This site is done by the same person that did the www.9tut.com site you are probably familiar with from your CCNA days. There is a lot of good information here that will help you as you study for the CCNP ROUTE exam.

One that that if you didn’t bring a USB flash drive with you, from CCBootcamp’s student network, you should be able to get to Dropbox.com’s website. Even though some of the material you will be given will have some or all of the config printed out, I like to have a copy of what I did. I was able to create a folder on my Dropbox.com account and uploaded the final configs from each of the Lab’s that we went through. Even though I may not need them for a while, at least I have a copy that I can later put in Evernote to have as a reference when needed.

In the labs, you will do quite a bit of traceroutes to verify the path things are taking. I found a way to speed that up. By doing a trace 1.1.1.1 (replace with your ip address) and add the numeric keyword at the end to speed that up. Another way of doing this would be to make sure that you have the no ip domain-lookup command in the router or switch config. Sometimes making that kind of change may not be possible, especially if you are running in a managed router situation where someone besides you manages the config.

As you go through the different simulations that may be on the exam, once you get the commands down that will be needed, one thing that you might want to think about doing is to repeatedly write them down in order. Do this repeatedly until you can do it from memory. Unlike in the real world where we all have our little cheatsheets or notebooks, you will have to have it stored in a safe place in your head ready for instant recall come exam time.

In working with the IPv6 labs, when checking the interfaces when setting things up, it was second nature to keep using sh ip int br. A couple of times, I thought that I had lost the config or had some other problem. Just have to keep remembering to do a sh ipv6 int br and all will be well. That is true with any of the commands that have a IPv6 counterpart.

We spent the bulk of the afternoon building a foundation for BGP. I had some experience with this at a previous employer but not to the detail that we started to cover here. There is so much detail to BGP that Cisco has a separate course covering just BGP.

We spent this afternoon working through some other labs. Looking at another long night of reviewing what we have covered in class and reviewing the document he gave the class. Will be trying something different tonight and will be studying with some of the class that is staying at my hotel.

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