gimmie more!

Just finished chapter 1; we’re on a lunch break. The class is pretty fast paced, as there’s a ton of material to cover in just 5 10 hour days. We’ve got a really good instructor named Muhamed Ali (no relation ;) who is quite prone to making sure that people are paying attention to pick up the important bits… the thing is, it’s almost all important bits :)

Already today I’ve done more handwriting than I have in the past several years… 12 pages of legal sized paper filled with notes and diagrams. I think I’ll probably end up scanning them in for reference of the curious. They provided us with a Cisco book called Interconnecting Cisco Network Devices, which is pretty much exactly the material of the exam. The training director made a cameo appearance this morning to tell us that the CCNA exam has been recently changed; now it is mostly simulation based, as opposed to a more traditional standardized test style. The passing threshold also got raised from 70% to 85%, and the training director said that the CCNA is now considered the most difficult exam in any of the Cisco certification tracks (I’m sure he means that in a relative fashion; obviously each level builds upon the previous).

The shuttle from the hotel to the training center supposedly left at 7:30 instead of 8:30; thus myself and three others who are staying at the hotel arrived about 10 minutes late. Clearly the hotel people are mistaken on the drop off / pickup times.

I’m also feeling quite rested; nothing like a full night’s sleep + a very narrow focus. That’s what makes this bootcamp thing such an attractive idea; you’re in a hotel away from everything, doing nothing but this stuff all day – no distractions, no work… very easy to handle this correctly.

Chapter 1 covered mostly the OSI model, which is pretty important conceptually. Much of it was review for me (Please Do Not Throw Sausage Pizza Away :) Hopefully we’ll get into some of the hands-on stuff soon. There’s two full racks of Cisco gear in the corner of the training lab; switches, routers, etc, so I’m sure we’ll be tinkering on it before long.

Back to the hotel after the first day of class… right after lunch we started to get into actual router practice; each student has his own 2500. We did all the basic stuff as far as setup / config. The instructor had us broken into groups of three, and we set up connections between the routers in each pod. Fun stuff :) Even though this exam is supposedly harder now, I feel very confident now after the first day that I will pass without a problem. The guy sitting next to me is pretty quick; we were the first pod to get our links to each other up and start hax0ring each other’s routers… heh.

Now I shall start reviewing today’s stuff… lots of information :)

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3 Responses to gimmie more!

  1. b0rked says:

    heh, this is making me jealous. one question though: is the test covering a significant amount of material on IPX/SPX, token ring, and other outdated (obsolete even?) networking protocols, or are they finally concentrating on what is really important: TCP/IP, ethernet, ATM, etc.?

    • blackmagic says:

      MORE IMPORTANTLY!!!

      BANYON VINES BACKHAULS!!!

    • dre says:

      CCNA contents

      Getting started:
      internetworking concepts
      assembling and cabling cisco devices
      operating and configuring a cisco ios device
      managing your network

      Interconnecting Catalyst Switches:
      catalyst 1900 switch operations
      extending switched networks with vlans

      interconnecting cisco routers:
      interconnecting networks with tcp/ip
      determining ip routes
      basic ip traffic management with access lists
      configuring novell ipx

      extending the network to WANs:
      establishing serial point to point connections
      completing an isdn bri call (woo boy ;)
      establishing a frame relay pvc connection

      So, mostly useful stuff; definitely more towards the basics / fundamentals side. However, the instructor is a badass at everything, and I’ve been tossing him questions that go beyond the CCNA material during the breaks, so at least I’m getting the enrichment I need :)

      I think I’ll be posting my notes as well… stay tuned ;)

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