Rewind 12 months

Just to put some perspective on exactly where we are in the journey I will go through what has been done so far.

December 2015 – Official journey begins

  • Signed up with IP Expert for their Written course and they threw in a bonus bootcamp with the price to help fast track my lab attempt.
  • Purchased a basic lab consisting of:
    • 3750 POE
    • 7 phones (3×9971 and 4×7965 for HQ, BR1, BR2 and PSTN)
    • 1801 router for l2vpn to proctor labs
  • Spent the next three months doing labs at proctor Labs and going through the on-demand videos from Andy Vassar

April 2016 – IPExpert closes down

  • Switched gears and started focussing on just the Written exam and put the labs on pause

July 2016 -Written Passed

  • Took the exam special at CiscoLive and passed the Written just days before the syllabus was due to change.

September 2016 – Signed up with Cisco learning networks

  • Bought premium membership for the Cisco 360 and went through all the CCIE material available

November 2016

  • Bought the CCIE collaboration bundle to get lab time as only offered rack rentals and they did it in 7day blocks not 4 hour tranches as I prefer.
  • virtual labs are painful as there are no real phones for you to see and touch. you have to remote to the pod assigned by 360 and through vpn you access all three sites plus pstn. The workbooks however are very helpful as their answer key is very clear allowing you to understand what is being done and why.

December 2016

  • Bought the Kevin Wallace Walkthrough series as I got a 50% off one day special. The videos are interesting in that he has a different approach from what I saw at IPExpert and Cisco 360.
  • Signed up with NC-Expert for their 2 part bootcamp series as the date for the lab will expire soon and need to focus.
  • Expanded my lab to include more kit:
    • 3560 POE as the 3750 died
    • 3×2811 routers for HQ, BR1 and BR2
    • 1×2801 router for PSTN and WAN
    • serial 2WIC cards for frame relay WAN
    • 2port VWIC cards for pstn
    • PVDM for transcoding and T1/E1 channels
    • 4 port Switch modules for BR1 and BR2
    • currently trying to find a reasonable vmware server for my vms so currently using vmware fusion on my mac as a stop gap

I will be posting my topology and configurations in the days to come in addition to how I got my vms finally working on my mac.



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