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    Got a copy of How to master CCNP Switch, and it looked like an easy read, so I decided to knock that out. Finished it yesterday, and I've done all the labs twice from gns3vault.com which were also linked in the book. Going to move to the OCG now. I'm definitely taking this test within a month.
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    So about 3-4 months for you to do switch you think?

    I've just finished route after 7 months. But I don't touch layer 3 in my current role at all its all purely switching so hopefully switch will be much quicker
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    Wednesday will be 3 months. If I pass, I'd be pretty happy with the pace, but I gave my CCNA a lot more time. This is also the first bit of studying I've done since getting my B.S. last April. During that time, I was studying like crazy, at work, at home after kids were asleep, on the weekends. Now it's more like an hour or so during my lunch at work, and none at home.
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    Test booked for 10/14. At this point I'm just re-reading notes, redoing labs, browsing through the config guide. I sort of feel like I'm at the point where I'm not going to learn too much more without seeing the test.
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    Nice- Good luck! I scheduled my SWITCH exam for 10/16 , so I'll be interested in hearing how you find the exam to be. Do you have a lot of work experience with Cisco equipment? Most of mine is done through labbing/simulation at home as I work primarily with Juniper equipment at my job. I've also been using the practice exams /flashcards from Transcender which are decent for reinforcing syntax. I feel fairly confident, however I've also read that the SWITCH exam is more difficult than it seems so I'm making sure to constantly review my notes during any free time I have.
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    My last job I only managed our local LAN. Our core was a 2-switch stack of cisco 3750s, but everything else was HP. At my current job, we're all cisco, so there's that. But I'd still say a majority of my learning came from GNS3 and packet tracer.
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    Annnd we have a pass. I was getting too stressed out waiting two more weeks, and they had an opening pop up tonight so I took it. Glad to have one down. On to ROUTE!
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    Woohoo good effort mate!
    Route is a beast
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    Gonna stick to the same study formula for ROUTE as I did for SWITCH, so first up are Chris Bryant's videos on Udemy. Route is 129 videos split into 12 sections with a duration of about 17h 42m. Here we go!
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    Congrats on the pass. I took it on on the 4th and passed as well. I've been spinning up the Route INE videos since then. Maybe I was just burnt out on switch topics, but studying for route seems easier so far. I think it may just be the mystery of new topics since I work primarily with multilayer switching and not very much in the wan.
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    congrats
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    Awesome- congrats!
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    Things kick off with EIGRP. 12 videos into the series, covered some general routing basics and now EIGRP fundamentals. Digging into more advanced EIGRP topics now on packet types, timers, and distance.

    Routing is the area where I'm lacking the most experience. I've been in IT a little over 6 years now, and I've probably spent under 30 minutes on a production router. That will change quickly with my current job, so this course is very much needed.
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    Wow, one month in and I'm slacking big time. I've watched 36 of Bryant's ROUTE videos so far. That basically just covered routing review, EIGRP, and 2 videos remaining on OSPF basics like neighbor relationships After these next 2, it's on to more advanced OSPF, path preference, and general OSPF operations. The advanced topics get into more details on LSAs, area types, and redistribution.

    My study progress has taken a big hit. I've had almost 0 time to study at home lately with the wife's busy schedule forcing me to pick up more slack with the kids. And I have more going on at work, so my only real opportunity is during lunch. Hoping to rekindle the motivation in the next day or so, and I have some time off around the holidays when the kids are in daycare where I'm hoping to make up for lost time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by albinorhino187 View Post
    Wow, one month in and I'm slacking big time. I've watched 36 of Bryant's ROUTE videos so far. That basically just covered routing review, EIGRP, and 2 videos remaining on OSPF basics like neighbor relationships After these next 2, it's on to more advanced OSPF, path preference, and general OSPF operations. The advanced topics get into more details on LSAs, area types, and redistribution.

    My study progress has taken a big hit. I've had almost 0 time to study at home lately with the wife's busy schedule forcing me to pick up more slack with the kids. And I have more going on at work, so my only real opportunity is during lunch. Hoping to rekindle the motivation in the next day or so, and I have some time off around the holidays when the kids are in daycare where I'm hoping to make up for lost time.
    I resonate with this lol. Struggling to stay on top of things as much as I can but this last year's been one hell of a ride so far (and it doesn't seem to be slowing down either). I'm also married but no kids yet; on the other hand I have a very difficult customer and a team i'm trying to do right by and that's been sucking most of my energy and study time.

    I'm also doing OSPF right now albeit maybe a little bit more behind you by 1 chapter or so.

    I guess any sort of progress is welcome regardless of whether we'd expect a lot more at the end of the day.

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    Great thread so far. Really enjoying hearing your story so far, its getting me motivated to smash in the switching exam. Only started 6 weeks back studying, udemy course, flashcards via anki and on the job learning is my current study method. Keep up the momentum!
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    Congrats on the pass
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    Wow it's been a depressingly long time since I've updated. It's been a long few months. Lots of life getting in the way of studying. I just finished Chris Bryant's ROUTE videos. Going to start dabbling in the GNS3vault labs and also start the CBT Nuggets ROUTE series. I'll be watching more intently and just touching up on gaps in my notes, whereas with Bryant's i was pausing every 5 seconds to lab along or write notes since everything was new.Once i'm done with the nuggets, I'll move on to a book, and by then I hope i'll be ready to test. No hard date yet, but I'd like to be done with ROUTE by April.
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    Quote Originally Posted by albinorhino187 View Post
    Wow it's been a depressingly long time since I've updated. It's been a long few months. Lots of life getting in the way of studying. I just finished Chris Bryant's ROUTE videos. Going to start dabbling in the GNS3vault labs and also start the CBT Nuggets ROUTE series. I'll be watching more intently and just touching up on gaps in my notes, whereas with Bryant's i was pausing every 5 seconds to lab along or write notes since everything was new.Once i'm done with the nuggets, I'll move on to a book, and by then I hope i'll be ready to test. No hard date yet, but I'd like to be done with ROUTE by April.
    Good luck! Look into Boson Exsim 2-3 weeks before sitting the exam if you have the budget. I found some vouchers online as well for a 10% or 15% off (can't recall exactly) when I did my purchase a while ago.
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    We tried to slip in the full CCNP kit with ex-sim and lab-sim into our budget. He sent it off for approval, so fingers are crossed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by albinorhino187 View Post
    We tried to slip in the full CCNP kit with ex-sim and lab-sim into our budget. He sent it off for approval, so fingers are crossed.
    Great stuff. It's good value for the money.

    Learn Redistribution (and all the tricks that come with it during ROUTE) like the back of your hand for ROUTE. Initially when starting ROUTE you'd think BGP is big but the blueprint is kinda accurate on how much it weights for the exam even though real-world, it's all over the place.

    Oh, and get comfy with IPv6 - there's a great deal of it on the exam.
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    Thanks for the tips. I'll definitely keep that in mind.I'm about half way through the CBT nuggets for ROUTE. Chris Bryant is great, but I forgot how much I enjoy Jeremy Cioara's style.
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    Quote Originally Posted by albinorhino187 View Post
    Thanks for the tips. I'll definitely keep that in mind.I'm about half way through the CBT nuggets for ROUTE. Chris Bryant is great, but I forgot how much I enjoy Jeremy Cioara's style.
    Yes, Jeremy is very engaging but the amount /depth of info in the current CBT ROUTE series is so-so. Take a look at their old BGP series 642-661 and you'll spot the difference. By the way, I very much recommend that video series (642-661) for your ROUTE studies + this (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-MWqCyInQ94). Throw Chris Bryant in the mix and you'll know a lot more BGP than you need for passing ROUTE.

    The later vid also touches on MPLS and *why* a service provider would deploy MPLS in their core vs. doing full-mesh BGP. Kinda adds a little bit of a background to MPLS and what it helps with.
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    3 videos left in the CBT course. They're all on BGP, I wanted to save those for last since we also use BGP a ton at work. After this, I'll move on to a book. I also started going through INE's CCNP Route workbook, and I'll begin doing the gns3vault labs as well.
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    I have been trying to prepare for CCNP route since 2015, started by reading CCNP Routing and Switching ROUTE 300-101 Official Cert Guide by Kevin Wallace, finished it and then realized how much material was missing for the exam. So I started reading Implementing Cisco IP Routing (300-101) by Diane Teare, Bob Vachon and Rick Graziani and now I am realizing how much errata this book has, its discouraging and extremely difficult to study for CCNP because I am not in the field (I am IT Support trying to break into the networking field). I see a lot of people are mentioning Chris Bryant videos so I will give those a try. Hopefully some day I will be given an opportunity at a jr. network administration position, studying for Cisco certs will be easier, until then its blood sweat, labbing and self studying at home.
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