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    You guys get it a lot easier, there's bags and bags of material out there for CCNP nowadays. Not so much when I completed mine... (2010)

    Best of luck on your CCNP endeavour, btw!
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    Welcome guys!

    Joel-- it's really an intriguing book, and Vol. II arrived today, so I'll glance at that later.

    gore--

    Thanks! I agree, we're spoiled now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by joelsfood View Post
    Routing TCP/IP Volume 1 IS the Bible. I have it on my shelf here and I don't even do route switch (or not much), as I'm more of a datacenter guy. The information in that book, even as old as it is, still directly applies to every single CCIE track in one way or anotehr, even if it is just helping you understand how a CCIE thinks
    No no noooo don't say that please, now I have to buy it. This freakin Amazon cart is never empty! It's been on the back of my mind. I'm totally focused on the data center track, but I feel I need it for solid understanding. Not to mention, help me down the line in the interview when they drill me.

    Always good to get feedback from you guys.

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    Thanks for starting this thread, siggnation.
    It inspired me to start off with How to Master CCNP ROUTE instead off FLG.

    Kicking off ROUTE first here as well.

    Good luck man!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trashman View Post
    Thanks for starting this thread, siggnation.
    It inspired me to start off with How to Master CCNP ROUTE instead off FLG.

    Kicking off ROUTE first here as well.

    Good luck man!
    You're welcome and thank you!

    Glad I could help in any direct or indirect way. I will update this thread periodically as I encounter different concepts during my ROUTE studies. Feel free to post any questions in here.

    Cheers.
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    Is the How to Master CCNP Route book updated to the current version of the test? I was looking at the hardcover but in the description it says it was published in 2013.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shyguyIT View Post
    Is the How to Master CCNP Route book updated to the current version of the test? I was looking at the hardcover but in the description it says it was published in 2013.
    I'm using the old one just to kick off studying and refresh things from CCNA.
    Just moved out from Juniper Networks and the OSPF world since I passed my exam last week, so need to refresh EIGRP a bit.

    So it seems to be a good book to start off with before jumping on the FLG / OCG books.

    The website states "100% up-to-date for the CCNP V2.0 ROUTE 300-101 exam." and on Amazon it is added "Edition: 2015th".

    How to Master CCNP ROUTE - GNS3vault
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    I felt burned out last week and this weekend, so I didn't get much to studying. I feel confident with Redistribution and Policy Routing/Path Control.

    Moving into BGP feels very foreign to me, a beast i've never encountered. So far, I'm understanding it is a an extremely complex configuration, mostly used by ISPs and very large enterprises.

    The TCP session must establish first, and then the BGP neighborship may establish thereafter. At the present, i'm trying to understand the attributes and later the configuration.
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    Quote Originally Posted by siggnation View Post
    I felt burned out last week and this weekend, so I didn't get much to studying. I feel confident with Redistribution and Policy Routing/Path Control.

    Moving into BGP feels very foreign to me, a beast i've never encountered. So far, I'm understanding it is a an extremely complex configuration, mostly used by ISPs and very large enterprises.

    The TCP session must establish first, and then the BGP neighborship may establish thereafter. At the present, i'm trying to understand the attributes and later the configuration.
    You reading both the Route simplified and routing tcp/ip?
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    Indeed joe...

    I am sticking with Routing TCP vol I and II mostly, while incorporating Route Simplified's chapter summaries and to get a second perspective on wording/understanding. This has worked well for me. INE helping me with BGP also.
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    I cleared Route today! What a beast of an exam. Interesting enough, my weakest area was Layer 2 Technologies.

    Guess we know where to go from here... onward to SWITCH studies.
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    Cool
    So what resources did you end up using?

    The hard part is over.. switch should be easy compared to route
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    Quote Originally Posted by joetest View Post
    Cool
    So what resources did you end up using?

    The hard part is over.. switch should be easy compared to route
    So I've heard, Joe... We'll see.

    The ROUTE: Simplified series provided detailed information and afterwards I read bits of the OCG by Kevin Wallace. He was able to fill in additional information regarding the newer exams 300-x I also bought Chris Bryant's CCNP all-in-one 2015 video courses for like $10? I can't remember, but he and Udemy are always throwing out good deals on his courses--very informative and you can lab along with him.

    I used GNS3 for all of my labbing, it was plenty.
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    Congrats! Very cool accomplishment.
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    Good job.
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    Thanks guys.

    Here we are starting SWITCH in earnest. Boy was I surprised when I saw SWITCH's exam objectives at 1.75 pages vs. ROUTE's 5-6 pages. This could be misleading as I imagine there are plenty of sub categories to explore. In addition, labbing may be difficult due to owning only 1 L3 switch.

    Anyone out there that has had success implementing virtual switching to GNS3 and the like?
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    Just take lots of time to read and lab.. and let it soak!! Don't rush it.. August 2011 I had just finished my CCNA, and wasn't working, so with tons of motivation I started studying 8 hours a day for about 1.5 months.. I've never learned more in that duration in my life. The 8 hours per day tapered off, but continued with at least 4 hour days for awhile.. Anyways, it took me 2 years to fully knock out all 3 exams to obtain the NP.. and I was really taking my time(but had a lot of it that first year).

    I can easily recall how some topics were so foreign, and it really took repetition and trusting the process and things really started to click as long as I put the time in. You can do it.
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    Solid, Brian.

    Thanks for your support and good advice. Taking the Switch topics in slowly, ensuring I have the fundamentals down now before I venture into VLANs.
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    SWITCH Update:

    Rescheduled the exam a week earlier due to the first testing center getting "deauthorized" to proctor/administer the exam.

    Sat today and failed with a 780, so I'm pretty gutted.

    I thought I was doing well, some questions ify, but hey, that's how it goes right? I wish they would provide more detail on which specific area requires improvement, etc.

    On L2 Services: 88%
    Infra Security: 92%
    Infrastructure Services: something like a 65-70% i think

    Any advice is welcome. Clearly i need it.

    In addition, would anyone happen to know the soonest you can schedule a re-take?

    Thanks.
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    Sorry to hear that. 5 calendar days is how long you have to wait to re-take.
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    Thanks koz.

    Update on my actual category scores as I found the paper:

    L2 Technologies: 80%

    Infrastructure Security: 92%

    Infrastructure Services: 75%

    Hmm...
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    Category scores don't look all that bad to be honest. My guess is you lost a lot of points on the sims.
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    Category scores don't look all that bad to be honest. My guess is you lost a lot of points on the sims.
    Very possible.

    I wanted to ask to those that have taken this exam. It seems to me some wording in the exam was poorly written or unclear. On a certain simulation i felt they omitted a task, so I configured extra. Would they dock points for "over configuration?"
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    Quote Originally Posted by siggnation View Post
    Very possible.

    I wanted to ask to those that have taken this exam. It seems to me some wording in the exam was poorly written or unclear. On a certain simulation i felt they omitted a task, so I configured extra. Would they dock points for "over configuration?"
    Good question, I am not sure. I got an 854 on the exam so I may not be the best person to ask. The issue I had was with "no" on the exam. I entered some commands that I later tried to back out on and it wouldn't delete them, so I lost a lot of points there for sure. Be careful with that!
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    Double or nothin' ... SWITCH re-take scheduled for Jan. 30th.

    Let's do it.
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