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    The MSISA is pretty boring to be honest. I don't feel like I'm learning a lot in comparison to my undergrad degree. It could have been because I already worked in security or because I got my CISSP done so I was taught a lot of the fundamentals but it's been really hard to motivate myself to get the busy work done.
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    The main busy work is writing the papers to the rubric standard.

    My papers always wound up being twice as long as their "recommendation".

    Probably the busiest piece of busy work ahead of you will be the capstone. My best advice on the capstone is to start planning for that ahead of time. It will drag on you if you don't have a good plan and stick with it.
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    Took yesterday off from studying to party. Back to the books today. Finished Chapter 5. Onto Chapter 6!
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    Glad to see you're back at it
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    If you'd like, I have summarized notes for each chapter from the FLG. I can email it to you. Basically a copy/paste job of the book including diagrams, but it cuts the fluff out.
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    Good luck with the studies! I actually found the OCG book a bit better broken up than the FLG however the FLG I feel is more in-depth. I totally agree with INE being dry but its really good information. I found it as a good resource regardless of its dry nature. I need to ramp myself back up for the last time. Just bought a house and the chaos that involves so my studies have been lacking pretty heavily to finish off Route. Keep up your momentum!
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    Congrats! Sounds like you have a solid plan!
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    I'm working on CCNP ROUTE too I'm currently on chapter 10 of OCG. I have the FLG but have not started reading that yet. You seem to be going at a fast pace... I hope you retain the info!
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    When are you taking the test?
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    I haven't set a date for the test. Until I'm done with the two books and heavily labbing, I doubt I'll set a projected date. I'd rather learn the information.

    Didn't update this last week because I was working on MSISA work all last week. Finishing Chapter 6 today
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    Finished Chapter 6. Working on Chapter 7 tonight. Goal is to get done with Chapter 10 by the end of the week (halfway through the book)
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    Halfway through Chapter 7 today and then onto 8 tomorrow. I finished a MSISA class last night as well and will finish another one by the end of the week. That leaves me with 3 classes and a Capstone until graduation.

    Goal of the week: Finish another Master's class and finish chapter 10 of the OCG (official halfway point of the book)
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    How the heck are you retaining all of the book material? Please share your secret.
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    Quote Originally Posted by phoeneous View Post
    How the heck are you retaining all of the book material? Please share your secret.
    I read two books while taking EXTENSIVE notes (OCG is what I'm reading now and FLG next). Going to then watch training videos (Trainsignal) and lab like crazy. This is my new home lab. I need to buy a rack:
    20130710_182714.jpg

    My company was moving from a larger corporate office to a smaller one. We had to get rid of a TON of inventory for non-company standard models and old models of routers and switches. I snagged probably about 30 routers and 8 switches for free. I gave the lesser ones out to various friends working on their certifications but I kept the following for myself:
    2651XM Router
    3550 XL Switch
    2x 3550 Switches
    2821 Router
    2x Pix-525 firewall
    3845 Router
    7200 Router
    3725 Router

    plus all the T1, DSU, and flash cards I could carry. Not bad for the price of free



    After reading, videos, labbing and flashcards, I'll take the test.

    Since I'm a network engineer now, I also try to check production configs and see stuff I'm working on in play
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    I want to say that I am in awe of what you are doing, and commend you on the EPIC adventure you have undertaken. With that being said, good luck!!
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    Finished Chapter 7 yesterday. Just finished Chapter 8 before work. I'll start chipping away at Chapter 9 on my lunch but I suspect I won't get it done until tomorrow. I'm right on target for my goal of getting through Chapter 10 by the end of the week
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    Quote Originally Posted by Iristheangel View Post
    This is my new home lab. I need to buy a rack:
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    How the heck did you get them to stick to the wall like that?

    in all seriousness, I am very glad you started this thread. As one who is thinking about going the NP route when the time comes, its helpful to have documented experience like this.

    You see a decent amount of CCIE blog/threads, but not so much on CCNP (at least lately). Keep up the good work, best of luck on exam day, and thanks for sharing the experience!
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    How the heck did you get them to stick to the wall like that?

    Lots and lots of tape! Jking In all seriousness, I've never made a "progress" thread before but I went through a couple months of not studying or doing any homework so this was my way to get back on track. It was sort of weird to not go home and study every night since I've been doing that for 5+ years EVERY day and I became a little complacent
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    Finishing Chapter 9 today. IGP Redistribution - Actually review for me since I read Network Warrior already and this was brought up several times in it. I'll work on Chapter 10 tomorrow and probably take Sunday off to do laid back things.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Iristheangel View Post
    I read two books while taking EXTENSIVE notes (OCG is what I'm reading now and FLG next). Going to then watch training videos (Trainsignal) and lab like crazy. This is my new home lab. I need to buy a rack:
    Attachment 4095

    My company was moving from a larger corporate office to a smaller one. We had to get rid of a TON of inventory for non-company standard models and old models of routers and switches. I snagged probably about 30 routers and 8 switches for free. I gave the lesser ones out to various friends working on their certifications but I kept the following for myself:
    2651XM Router
    3550 XL Switch
    2x 3550 Switches
    2821 Router
    2x Pix-525 firewall
    3845 Router
    7200 Router
    3725 Router

    plus all the T1, DSU, and flash cards I could carry. Not bad for the price of free



    After reading, videos, labbing and flashcards, I'll take the test.

    Since I'm a network engineer now, I also try to check production configs and see stuff I'm working on in play

    I'm super jelly! Wish my company as big as it is would offer things like this to their NOC engineers. I am sure a lot of my colleges and myself would learn a lot having access to retired / end of life equipment.
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    Didn't get to finish up Chapter 10 over the weekend as planned so nailing that today. Progress is ongoing My goal is to have this book done by the first week of August and then start tackling FLG. If all goes well, I'll be ready to take the exam by October
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    Finished Chapter 10 and 11 today. Tomorrow is all about Chapter 12. Almost caught up with my MSISA work as well
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    Finishing Chapter 12 today. It's nice to finally dive into BGP. I've configured it but I didn't really know much except that basics so I'm excited to learn a little more. I ordered the CCNP Route Simplified book last night just in case I need something for review. Wendell Odom was a GREAT read for my CCNA but I find him really dry for the CCNP for some reason. I still have the FLG to read, about 150 pages of someone else's notes to read, the lab manual to go through, Trainsignal videos to watch and a bunch of other resources so the CCNP Simplified book may end up going to waste but who knows... Routing is one of my weaker areas because I don't get the opportunity to do very complex things with it daily and it's been almost 2 years since I received my CCNA so there is some knowledge fade there. Some projects are coming up soon (network refresh, new datacenter being added, etc) that I'll be able to exercise some complex routing so I'd like to be ready for them.


    Also finished up another MSISA class last night. I have exactly 2 classes and a Capstone until graduation. Can't wait to be done with this exhausting degree.
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    Keep going! I love reading about your study efforts. It's inspiring to myself!
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