Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Almost decided....

Yes I almost have a concrete course of action:....

December will be used to prepare for the written exam to be taken in January as posted earlier; having come from a CCIP should make some topics easier. having an old ccnp won't help much in some areas: So to borrow cisco's tips:

My weakest areas from the exam blueprint are as follows (Top is weakest):

IP Multicast

  • Not used much here (kenya) yet and at work so apart from my small lab and probably in small ways used for redundancy for some equipment/databases, I have not delved into any multicast technologies deeply. I'll probably work on it sometime in January so its still fresh for the exam. practice labs should be interesting.

Bridging and Switching

  • Frame relay
  • Catalyst configuration: VLANs, VTP, STP, MSTP, RSTP, Trunk, Etherchannel, management, features, advanced configuration, Layer 3
  • Tunneling
  • Frame relay is a technology I havent touched for more than 3 years now. I however doubt the theory has changed so. The labs will definately kick my ass...

IP IGP Routing

  • Comes a close third in due to the fact that IPV6 is not a very strong point for me. However the theory/written RS exam doesn't worry me much. Im pretty sure I can hold my own in an exam situation. I'll however have to spend more time on the rack for this. Kenya is making slow progress towards IPV6 and I think it will be good knowledge to practice and archive for when the time comes.
  • The rest OSPF,EIGRP,RIPv2,GRE,ODR,Filtering, redistribution, summarization and other advanced features will be brushed on. Im not worried much.

IP and IOS Features
  • I see alot of new features. The doccd will probably help here. I need to confirm which IOS is used in the labs.


Thats the list......

I'll start with switching and bridging today and concurrently start affiliating myself with the IOS hopefully I get some notes in today.....

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