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    Finished the two security chapters in the OCGs. Read through some of the AAA stuff in the Network Security and Technologies book, but going to read through the DMVPN stuff as well in the next couple of days. No labbing as I was out of town last week and the connection there for VPN connection was terrible. Goals this week: More labbing for MPLS, possibly start DMVPN/IPSec labs Start the Routing TCP/IP Vol 1 book.

    EDIT: I also noticed OTV and GET VPN in the written blueprint, so I found a good article online for GET VPN: https://www.cisco.com/c/dam/en/us/pr...0_External.pdf The OCG wasn't enough IMO for either of those topics. OTV I may pull out my data center fundamentals book to take notes on that. I have some already, but they're not complete.
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    I just started my studies and, like you, my own thread for it. I've looked forward to reading what you have written so far and will definitely use it towards my own study plan.
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    I just started my studies and, like you, my own thread for it. I've looked forward to reading what you have written so far and will definitely use it towards my own study plan.
    Good luck on your travels.

    I haven't posted here for a couple of weeks. Lots going on, for the better.

    Started TCP/IP Vol 1 a bit over two weeks ago. Read through the first few basic chapters, which includes all of basic routing stuff, RIPv2/ng, finished EIGRP. Might I say though, some of the EIGRP information is old, and the RFC does very good on covering changes, and it's a good read. Seriously, lots of gold you won't find in the routing tcp/ip book.

    Labbing completed: the remainder of MPLS, and finished IPSec labs. My OneNote notebook in this thread has been streamlined a bit more to include a couple more Python scripts I used to quickly rewrite specific aspects of INE's scripts.

    i also have streamlined my automation script more, eliminating the burden of waiting for a reload, I will be constituting the config replace command after importing a baseline script. This will reduce time drastically. I will be posting that tomorrow probably, so keep your eye out on here or my Github page.

    Lastly, I started the OSPFv2 chapter, about 50 pages in now.

    Goals for the remainder of the week:

    -Finish OSPFv2 reading, start and/or finish OSPFv3 depending on how much additional is not covered in my notes.
    -I would like to complete labs for DMVPN this weekend, but unfortunately that may not happen as write speeds on my UCS with a LSI 1064E RAID controller are terrible, and I bought a controller with BBU and cache support, as I don't find the I/O acceptable on the current card. In fact, I may just not RAID if the next one isn't sufficiient. Anyway, I will need to take new snapshots, redeploy OVAs, and all of that jazz. May take a good chunk of my time this weekend.
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    I took a look at your python script and I really like how you set it up. I made a similar one but for setting a baseline I just setup a config with everything that I needed set (IP, authentication... ect) and use "copy baseline startup-config" command followed by reload.
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    Good luck sir, the more I am coming to realize I have a major distraction problem with reading for any amount of time I get distracted, unless I watch videos of the technical materials first and lab it up a bit based on those videos.

    I want to some day pursue the CCIE level R/S, but I don't foresee that until probably the next version refresh, I realized I need the CCNP Sec knowledge first for my work place.

    Good luck with your journey!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by EricsLearning View Post
    I took a look at your python script and I really like how you set it up. I made a similar one but for setting a baseline I just setup a config with everything that I needed set (IP, authentication... ect) and use "copy baseline startup-config" command followed by reload.
    Hi Eric, I actually recently modified my script to eliminate the need to reload when implementing the baseline configuration, using the "configure replace" command.

    You can see my post here about it: https://extensibleandautomated.wordp...mation-part-3/ And here is the updated code. I'm sure you'll like it: https://github.com/OfWolfAndMan/CCIE-Lab-Automation
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    Good luck sir, the more I am coming to realize I have a major distraction problem with reading for any amount of time I get distracted, unless I watch videos of the technical materials first and lab it up a bit based on those videos. I want to some day pursue the CCIE level R/S, but I don't foresee that until probably the next version refresh, I realized I need the CCNP Sec knowledge first for my work place. Good luck with your journey!!
    Thanks! Same to you.
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    I am using routers, switches and firewalls with the same option so config replace wasn't an option since the ASAs don't support the command. I will definitely take a look at your new version though.
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    Hi guys.

    It's been a couple of week. Was working on process with buying a house the past twoish weeks, so have been busy sorting finances, making sure inspections are done by the right people, making sure to find the right house, getting a realtor, broker, etc. All that fun-filled adventure.

    I still had some time to work on things, but not nearly as much. Moreso reading about taxes and hidden costs so we know what we need to go in with.

    ANYWAY, got tired of the CSRs for a bit. The configure replace seems to crash the router, whether I automate it or not, so may need to setup an alternate approach for later. For now, using the IOSv nodes on VIRL. They do what I need, can fill the initial configurations with the scenario related stuff, and less resource overhead, but seemingly more stable (And there seems to be some DMVPN features I didn't have on the CSR that I do on IOSv).

    Finished Routing TCP/IP Volume 1 about two weeks ago. Started the QoS book yesterday but haven't done any reading in between that time.

    I got all of the DMVPN labs knocked out. That was some fun stuff for sure. Very cool technology, and some more practice with refreshing on IOS IPSec configurations. Not too much reading aside from the first couple of chapters of the QoS book (Enjoyable so far). Finished the policy routing labs as I thought it'd be good to brush up on that. Tonight will entail some QoS labs regarding marking and classification.

    Let's see, did some updates to DMVPN notes, as well as adding some links to my link listing for solutions. I would like to knock out the QoS book in a matter of about two to three weeks. While it is about a 700 page book, a good chunk of it doesn't apply since the current IE seems to focus heavily on the MQC.

    Goal for this week: Finish a few chapters of the QoS book (MQC, Classification and Marking, Queueing Chapters), do some QoS labbing.

    That's it for now, folks.
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    Last few weeks:

    -QoS book is finished. Notes taken. Anki cards to follow
    Skipped QoS topics:
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    *Link Efficiency Tools (Although good reads about header/payload compression in places)
    Additional reading required outside of the book:
    *NBAR (See links in Onenote)
    Worthy Mentions:
    *ECN feature for WRED (Not mentioned in many places, but on the blueprint)
    -Half of the QoS labs completed.
    -Multicast Book started

    Note-taking changes
    -Modifying configurations in onenote to create a more modular, easier to read approach. This will take some time, but make browsing for configuration-specific stuff easier, as I have distributed commands specific to a topic, which appears clunky to me personally
    -Porting the notes into a well structured word format (Including ToC, table of tables/figures) when done. This will make printing the notes and making manual scribbles easier since Onenote lacks providing an efficient page break feature when printing or exporting to PDF
    -Providing direct links to RFCs whenever mentioned

    Labbing:
    -Complete QoS labs, while working in Multicast Labs

    Modifications to reading list:
    -Adding a chapter or two from QoS end-to-end network design for modern use cases (Bit more modern than the cert guide on design approach)
    -Need to read a chapter out of IWAN to cover the topic for PfR (Performance Routing)
    -Additions to the Excel spreadsheet I have for good links
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    A quick silly question, how do you bring your books around to read?

    I'm using public transport and sometimes I have to stand and there's no chance I can lug that Jeff Doyle's heavy book around.

    I tried to copy several pages only, but that quickly becomes troublesome as well

    Note: I can't use tablet as my eyes get tired looking at the combination between screens and texts for long period
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    Quote Originally Posted by r_balest View Post
    A quick silly question, how do you bring your books around to read?

    I'm using public transport and sometimes I have to stand and there's no chance I can lug that Jeff Doyle's heavy book around.

    I tried to copy several pages only, but that quickly becomes troublesome as well

    Note: I can't use tablet as my eyes get tired looking at the combination between screens and texts for long period
    r_balest,

    This is my thought on the matter: Reading and writing notes is obviously next to impossible when you have to stand, so having to think of how to make an efficient strategy of time in this situation would go something like this:

    -Since I make flash cards with Anki, and Anki has a mobile app, I could go through the flash cards
    -If possible, keep mobile versions of the book for active review
    -Reviewing your notes. Onenote has a mobile app. Not all other note-taking options do

    Past that, you are obviously limited to what you could do, but those are the few that come to mind when I am stuck in a tight space with little room.

    On a related topic, there is a really good learning strategy course free on Coursera here:

    https://www.coursera.org/learn/learning-how-to-learn

    Very good course, and some tools in there as well. It has really enhanced my study routine and helps me retain information more easily.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OfWolfAndMan View Post
    r_balest,

    This is my thought on the matter: Reading and writing notes is obviously next to impossible when you have to stand, so having to think of how to make an efficient strategy of time in this situation would go something like this:

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    Thanks for this, however I'm still confused about how to read books on the go. Especially our cisco books generally are thick and heavy.

    Do you use digital version of all the books you're reading?
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    Thanks for this, however I'm still confused about how to read books on the go. Especially our cisco books generally are thick and heavy.

    Do you use digital version of all the books you're reading?
    I use digital versions when in a situation like that. Obviously, I can't afford having both digital and paperback, so I keep some paperback, some digital, and the rest goes to the credit of Safari Books.
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    Checking in. Still working on Multicast reading and labbing. Just need to knock out the IPv6 multicast section, and I'll be done with multicast. The rest has been multicast labbing. Also, some packet analysis related stuff to study certain headers.
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    Long time, no post.Finished all relevant IPv6 material. That was somewhat of a drag, but it was fun learning how the engineers of IPv4 improved upon their original design.Have been doing some review the last couple days, and read through the evolving technologies document once. I will be taking notes the second read around, as it's a new spectrum of material, so it doesn't hurt talking two reads to obtain an appropriate level of familiarization.My upcoming goals:Flash cards to make:-IS-IS structure of NETReview:-IP SLALearnfR-Evolving Tech-EEM-6RD-6PE/6VPEAnyone have a good solid document on EEM? Guess I could go find a Cisco config doc, but never hurts to ask for recommendations.
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    Found this blog from INE.

    I personally have only used EEM to clear NAT translations automatically when wan link fail-overs occure on networks with VoIP phones since for reasons I don't understand IP phones just stick to old nat entries. Never could get TAC involved to figure it out so just created the EEM script to clear them.
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    Found this blog from INE.

    I personally have only used EEM to clear NAT translations automatically when wan link fail-overs occure on networks with VoIP phones since for reasons I don't understand IP phones just stick to old nat entries. Never could get TAC involved to figure it out so just created the EEM script to clear them.
    That's a great overview. Have been doing some labbing with it and also looking through INE's workbook on it. Fun stuff. Probably will consume the rest of my weekend, alongside ACI components
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    You have in your signature block you are taking the written in August. Have you scheduled it yet?
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    You have in your signature block you are taking the written in August. Have you scheduled it yet?
    It was a rough date. September is looking more realistic right now. Been caught between network automation stuff and other life matters...

    Might as well check in though. At this point, I moved all my notes into a word format with table of figures/tables and a ToC. Looking to be about four parts and over 200 pages. Time to run through all of them and add comments for things that need more detail. Past that, more flashcards and Boson practice study. Nothing else to report aside from finishing up ACI/PfR notes, along with some EEM.
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    It's been a while since I reposted here. Been a really busy last couple of months. Many new things for the better, unquestionably! However, it did not deter me from my studies, only delayed them a bit.

    As of yesterday, I passed the written with a passing score. If you want my opinion, I thought it was a pretty fair test. I would also say that don't slack off on not studying those more obscure technologies in the blueprint, as it might come back to bite you .

    As for the lab, I will begin today starting out with a few labs, and go from there. I currently have INE's ATC workbook as well as Narbik's Tshoot CCIE book (Which I haven't even touched yet). I will probably start by delving into the switching technologies, since a ran through all routing related stuff last time around.

    Also, my lab has evolved. Originally, I had CSRs, but got tired of their instability, so now I'm running IOSv instances in ESXi without VIRL. I have a python script I use to automate my lab environment, and I've got it to work quite efficiently for the most part. If you'd like to see it, check out my Github (I had posted it earlier in this thread I believe, but it's been updated enough to reiterate):

    https://github.com/OfWolfAndMan/CCIE-Lab-Automation
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    Congrats mate!! I've been mia on the site, but I've now returned. And I return to great news from you! That's awesome man!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by OfWolfAndMan View Post
    It's been a while since I reposted here. Been a really busy last couple of months. Many new things for the better, unquestionably! However, it did not deter me from my studies, only delayed them a bit.

    As of yesterday, I passed the written with a passing score. If you want my opinion, I thought it was a pretty fair test. I would also say that don't slack off on not studying those more obscure technologies in the blueprint, as it might come back to bite you .

    As for the lab, I will begin today starting out with a few labs, and go from there. I currently have INE's ATC workbook as well as Narbik's Tshoot CCIE book (Which I haven't even touched yet). I will probably start by delving into the switching technologies, since a ran through all routing related stuff last time around.

    Also, my lab has evolved. Originally, I had CSRs, but got tired of their instability, so now I'm running IOSv instances in ESXi without VIRL. I have a python script I use to automate my lab environment, and I've got it to work quite efficiently for the most part. If you'd like to see it, check out my Github (I had posted it earlier in this thread I believe, but it's been updated enough to reiterate):

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    Fantastic work Wolf and congrats on the CCIE Written pass! When are you looking for the Lab date?

    Unfortunately my CCIE studies have slipped a bit, and I need to recertify my CCNP (which I'm sitting in 3 weeks actually) before I pick it up again

    Good luck with your studies and keep up the great work!
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    Thanks guys!

    Alright, so checking in first week after running labs. Relatively easy this week (It was all system management stuff).

    Just an FYI, I am currently using INE's workbook. I do have one from Narbik's site as well, but it is explicitly troubleshooting, which will come later.

    A few key topics that were labbed:

    - NTP
    - SNMPv2/3
    - Configuration Archive
    - CDP
    - Syslog

    I have created an Excel spreadsheet which contains the following fields in each tab (Each tab contains a whole section from the lab, so in this case, system management, BGP (Probably will need to be broken down into multiple tabs), OSPF, etc).

    Command Topic | Example Configuration Commands | Config Command Notes | Example Show commands
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    So having the config command notes is nice in the case I need to note something specific, if it's an obscure command that needs to be explained, or more specific things.

    I was thinking about using mind maps in this process, but I'd only see it useful in certain situations i.e. order of operations when configuring something such as Flexible netflow.

    Lastly, I created a "Default configurations" section to entail commands that are in a running config by default, but only appear when typing "show run all". This may not be needed for all commands, but I could see it being useful in certain cases if I need to take notes about the command.

    That's all I have for now. Will check in next week
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    Weekly check-in. Finished the IP Services labs, as planned. Participated in active review on Sunday. I find this to be a great workflow for myself personally. Main topics covered:

    - HSRP
    - VRRP
    - Object tracking for HSRP
    - Various TCP services/legacy security-problematic services i.e. UDP/TCP small-servers
    - NBAR protocol discovery
    - A variety of NAT scenarios, including
    * Basic NAT
    * PAT
    * Reversible NAT
    * NAT with route maps
    * Static policy NAT
    * NAT TCP load distribution
    * Static Extendable NAT

    For the variation in each of these NAT scenarios, I found it appropriate to build a mind map in how each is crafted. I find the mind map approach for certain things such as command sequence for a particular technology useful. In addition, mind maps are just awesome in general for this kind of thing.

    That's it! Nothing too crazy, although I have to say all the NAT scenarios were fun to see.

    This week: Security. I have already gone through some of the AAA labs today, hopefully this should be a one-week move through the labs.

    After week four (The fourth set of labs), I will be undergoing a broad active review of the last four lab section I have gone through to keep fresh. This is an additional piece to my methodology moving forward.
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    Another week of fun. Plenty of labbing fun. This week was Security. Key topics included:

    - AAA Authorization and Authentication
    - Standard ACLs
    - Extended ACLs
    - Time-based ACLs
    - Even octet matching ACLs (This was an interesting one. Something I'll need to look back at again later)
    - Specific ACL functions i.e. fragments, established TCP connections, etc
    - uRPF for mitigating packet spoofing
    - Using PBR with ACLs for filtering (The only thing I found useful adding PBR was specifying packet size)
    - NBAR for matching URL extensions
    - VLAN filtering for IP/Non-IP traffic (AKA VACLs. NOT an SVI ACL)
    - Port Security
    - DHCP Snooping
    - IP ARP Inspection
    - IP Source Guard
    - Control Plane Policing
    - VTY Line access control
    - BGP TTL Security Mechanism

    There were a couple other labs, but they mostly wrapped into the aforementioned topics.

    I started the QoS labs this morning (Which will be a greater degree of effort this week in comparison to the first three weeks. The material is a bit deeper). Fortunately, I have gone through these labs once when I was working through the written, so that should help retain a good pace, but we'll see.

    As for my mind map I've been using for certain topics I find useful for mapping out, here's the link:

    CCIE Lab Topics -- XMind Online Library

    Just to reiterate, I also am reposting the link to my onenote notes here. Check in the section "Lab notes" under "Readme". It contains all my progress as well as my schedule if you want an idea on shaping an approach.

    https://1drv.ms/u/s!Apb-qyBHn-lncomCp0gstw3M-UI

    I need to update the lab automation scripts as well. I will be sure to provide a link to those once they're updated.
    Last edited by OfWolfAndMan; 11-13-2017 at 03:19 PM.
    Reading: Lab Books, Ansible Documentation Goals: Bash Shell/Python Automation Refinement [], CCIE R&S Written [X], AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate (Maybe) [] CCIE R&S Counter: Somewhere between zero and infinity
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