I labbed for 4 hours this morning completing a lab from last night so latter MPLS VPN, QoS & Multicast. I hit a wall per se and it’s simply called tiredness. I have been on the routers 10 hours\day since Thursday and it takes its toll. Therefore I spent the rest of the afternoon and evening going through blog notes and crib sheets.
There are some great entries out there with both INE & IPExpert outputting top class SP tech-notes. Add these to Ivan Pepelnjak’s blog & MPLS VPN crib sheets, packetlife’s cheat-sheets [always hated that term!], Cisco Learning Network SP Notes and you have a great set of notes maybe 50-75 pages worth that cover the backbone [excuse the pun] of the SP Lab Exam.
Tomorrow is final prep day, some small labbing – going over concepts, reinforce my attack plan, pack the bag for Brussels – its an early flight – 0600 getting in at 0900 local time, a day in the hotel to chill out and get some sleep then report in for the Lab on Thursday morning.
My plan of attack? -> Fly out of the blocks and build up some real speed – I have been speed drilling for the last 2 weeks and its amazing how fast concepts such as MPLS & Multicast in particular can be typed. Obviously due care is required but I am determined to break the back of the MPLS VPN section by lunch time if at all possible. I cannot allow any IOS issues to stall this, there will be a 15 minute max limit placed on each section and I move on regardless. If the issues is core to the lab I move on anyway, perhaps to SP Management or QoS as I have proved that troubleshooting too long and you cannot see the wood for the trees – get away, do something else whilst rebooting the troublesome router should aid that process.
This is my final blog entry prior to the lab so I will be back on Friday with my results – positive or otherwise. Thanks for all the encouragement.