Thursday, November 27, 2008

What I'm thankful for - CCIE study edition

In the spirit of this holiday I thought I'd make a list of things that make labbing, studying and the overall process of preparing for the CCIE Lab exam a lot easier. In no particular order:

- Vendor Wars. Great deals are among us!

- Groupstudy. It's taken some criticism lately, but it still remains the best place to brainstorm with fellow CCIE candidates and those that have already passed. And don't forget the archives!

-Ebay. Couldn't have built my lab without it!

- Debug ip packet + ACL. Excellent when you need to debug ip packet but you've got sub-second ospf hello timers. Believe me, I found out the hard way!

- Show access-lists. Easy way to see if you get a hit on an ACL

- Static routes. Just for workarounds while you get reachability in place. I had a ppp task where the router needed an address via dhcp (proxy) but the server couldn't respond unicast to the destination subnet (no route) and no routing protocols were in place yet. Remember to remove them after!

- Colored pencils for each routing protocol. I prefer light green for OSPF, dark green for EIGRP, orange for BGP, black for RIP. I only have 4 colored pencils in my apartment and I put them to good use.

- Regular expressions for parsing show commands with the include, exclude and section arguments.

- Route tagging. Really makes route redistribution a whole lot easier to deal with.

- Master Command index on the DocCD. Nothing short of a life saver sometimes :)

- Trees. A whole lot of scratch paper going on around here...

- And last but not least...Blogrolls!

Well that's my list for now. What are you thankful for?

1 comment:

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