I have already passed the CCIE SP Written Exam 350-029 and having passed the written R&S Exam 3 times in 2001, 2003 & 2005 without ever having taken the lab exam [for various reasons] I have bitten the bullet and decided to knuckle down whilst time is still a little on my side.
My first approach is to get a handle on the blueprint and work my way through CCO, study guides, book & notes until I have read through every topic listed prior to typing in a single command.
Switching – I am using IPEXPERT’s 3550 paper and IEWB-RS v4 lab workbook and a friend loaned me a copy of his Narbik Foundations CCNP-CCIE book, thanks D!
My lab setup consists of a PC running Dynamips/Dynagen/2 IOS images for the 7200 & 3600 router models and a physical 3550 switch. Many thanks to Ray for the loan of the switch [www.complete.ie]. I am not using the 3700 IOS as I agree with Brian McGahan’s comments that the 3600 can cover the topics on the lab as per his SP class. I previously had the full lab setup for a number of years from 2001 with a full 42U 19” rack populated with 2500’s, 2600’s, 2950’s & 3620’s but got wind of dynamips back in 2005 and sold up! I may post pictures at a later stage.
As this is SP Prep I am focussing on the 3550 only – I know nothing about the 3560 – this is an objectives based project with result of passing the CCIE Lab – nothing more or less.
I browsed through the ipexpert white paper – features, slots, etc. No issues there. I also went through the IEWB-RS 3550 switching sections as the SP version does not have the detail the RS solutions guide has. Guess they thought the SP guys were more savvy/experienced than potential RS guys.
As I am an internetworkexpert SP customer I loaded up the initial config’s for R7 to my 3550 and connected my PC to it. Again as per Brian McGahan, a 2950 with a router could also suffice.
Finally for this evening, I should state at this point that this a 4 month blog [I hope] and time is very tight between my job and family hence the reason for the tunnel [no pun intended!] vision on passing the exam. Time wise I am looking at the following schedule.
Monday-Wednesday -> 3 nights * 3 hours = 9 hours.
Thursday – Night off
Friday – 3 hours
Saturday & Sunday – 2 * 4 hours = 8 hours
Total Weekly = 20 hours.
I am planning some days off for studying and I have provisioned in 8 days off @ 10 hours/day = 80 hours. So total studying time of ~ 80 + [20*16] = 400 hours + my previous experience.