Sunday, September 28, 2008

IPexpert Volume 2 Section 3 Review

I knocked this one out in about 5 hours, but scored roughly between 70-80. This was my favorite IPexpert lab so far. It had:

-IPv6 with OSPFv3 and RIPng redistribution, virtual links, and 3550/3560 configuration.
-Multicast with BSR and group filtering, it was easy though :)
-A VMPS task! I thought it was a task about wonder I couldn't find the right commands.
-Total of IPv6, Qos and IOS Feature section was 42 points. I missed 14 points there.

Here are the misses:

-4 Task 1.2 - Switching. VMPS server configuration. I tried dot1x, and it was obviously incomplete.

-4 Task 6.2 - IOS Features. Logging configuration was way off. Needed "logging trap errors" and "service sequence-numbers." I had "logging trap critical" and different facility for each switch. The task gave you a list of things for which logs should be generated and a list of things for which logs should not be generated. I guessed it was "critical" level (2) but it was the "errors" level (3). Spent awhile on the DocCD for this one, but found no help.

-3 Task 6.4 - IOS Features. I Forget "traps snmp" at the end of the snmp-server command. I had "snmp-server host EIGRP" but it should have been "snmp-server host EIGRP traps snmp." I always forget this...

-3 Task 8.2 - QoS. Didn't match "ftp-data" in my priority-queue configuration. I only put ftp in the high queue. Easy points and I missed them.

-4 Task 8.3 - QoS. Didn't enable FRTS between R2 and R5 back-to-back frame link. Task asked for FRTS on R2, R4, R5 and R6. They were all connected in the cloud but R2 and R5 also had a direct frame connection to one another. I was only focused on the cloud on this one. Something to keep an eye on in the future.

-2 Task 9.1 - Security. I only blocked traffic with destination port 80, not source. Task asked to block www traffic inbound on R8 ethernet. It would have been a question for the proctor. These questions are always worded weirdly, especially since they don't say where the servers are located.

-3 Task 9.2 - Security. I Enabled rotary on port 3023 instead of port 3033. Pure bonehead.

That completes 9 8-hour proctor lab session since last Saturday. I'll probably only have one this week before I go on a little vacation. I got tickets for the MLB playoffs, game 3 Dodgers vs Cubs. Hopefully the series is tied 1-1 (or 2-0 Dodgers!). I don't want to drive 700 miles to see the Dodgers get swept!


  1. Hey there, first thank you for the excellent blog. I have found some very useful information on it. I am currently going through the IPEXPERT Volume 2 8 hour Labs and am very impressed on how fast you get through these. Do you have some tips? For example, do you configure Layer 2 switching first, then assign ip addressing everywhere- Frame-Relay next etc? I seem to be wasting a lot of time on the order I am configuring my Lab and looking for some advice. Thanks!

  2. Hello,

    I do have somewhat of a mental checklist. I always check to see if VTP is needed. If so, I configure my trunks links first since VTP requires trunk links to operate. If etherchannels are required I configure these at the same time. Sometimes this is the 2nd or 3rd task so I may jump ahead.

    Then I configure my vlans, test LAN connectivity and finish the switching section. I may skip a task if it requires some more in depth configuration or research in the doccd.

    Next I move on to WAN. I usually find the WAN configuration pretty self-explanatory as to what networks types are required. If there is OSPF over the cloud, I keep that in mind. I have practiced many types of Frame, PPPoFR, MFR, MLPPP so it is becoming second nature now.

    Hope that helps!

  3. Thanks for the info, I feel like I use the same methodology. But I feel like I could be faster. Do you use notepad to build configs for the etherchannels, VLANs, IP Addressing, Frame-Relay etc.? How about BGP? Do you assign ip addresses on each device first or do you build each device one at a time? Sorry for all the questions, I sit my LAB next Tuesday and I am looking for all the speed advice I can find. Maybe I am using too much notepad and losing time! Thanks again,


  4. I use notepad for some things like etherchannels or if I need to copy the same config into multiple devices, such as interfaces with frame-relay maps. I used to use it a lot, but now I don't too much.

    good luck!


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