IRB – Integrated Routing and Bridging.


My understanding of IRB: I did another Volume 1 lab yesterday. Again i hit my head against the infamous IRB feature. IRB stands for Integrated Routing and Bridging. Below is my understanding of the technology. I could be very wrong about this, so please correct me if i state something completely incorrect.
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Going forward.


Its been just over two weeks since my lab attempt. I have basically done no studying at all during that time. Time has come to get back in the game. I do have alot of work to do in the near future, but i will still try and do all the studying i can squeeze in.
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Great walkthrough of the Cisco Documentation.


I had a bit of spare time yesterday, and i stumbled across a great video walkthrough of the Cisco documenation by Internetwork Expert (INE), and i thought i would share it with you in case you hadnt already discovered it:
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First shot = Failure.


First shot = Failure. So i had my first lab attempt on tuesday the 2nd of November. Boy was it hard 🙂 Unfortunally i didnt pass this time around. I did very well in the troubleshooting part, but the configuration part, got the best of me.
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Latency Madness.


At the bootcamp last week, i was almost out of reach from my lab. Even though i just got the remote power controller, the network at both the conference place as well as the hotel (especially the hotel!) was pretty bad.
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Bootcamp October 2010 and General Update.


This was all written yesterday 🙂 Airport fun! So right now (im sitting in London Stansted Airport after having attended the last of Narbiks bootcamp. Its going to be good to get home to the girlfriend and my puppy. He had a guest with him this time around.
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www.gns3vault.com


I wanted to point your attention to gns3vault.com. Alot of students use GNS3 (front end for dynamips) to do alot of their lab work. Rene Molenaar created this site, which is basically a site with free labs that you can download and practice on.
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Back from vacation.


Im back from vacation. I can now with convinction state that hotels in Spain are not up to par with other places. I have been to Spain twice now, and they NEVER have an internet connection in the rooms. You had Wifi in the lobby, 2€ for an hour, and it barely worked.
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Learning EEM (Embedded Event Manager).


Awesome. Got alot of EEM ground covered today. Seems like a very powerful scripting engine that stands out, by having the ability to be triggered under certain circumstances. Lets check out an example using the topology below: EEM Topology R1 is connected to an ethernet segment.
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Progress report – Monday 23-08-2010.


I have started doing IPexpert Vol 1. technology labs. They are pretty challeging. They make you think out of the box. Almost none of it is vanilla configuration. I dont know how closely these labs reflect the real one. Ofcourse these are Vol.
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Progress report – Saturday 14-08-2010.


Woke up early this morning to get a head-start on the Video-on-Demand courses. I do it by looking at the PDF’s thats covered on each configuration section, and try and replicate the topology as well as solving all the tasks.
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Progress report.


Update 11-08-2010: I can now create RMON alarms and events. It seems the command set for RMON is pretty limited. Not much around the net as to how deep to go into this. Hope its enough. I just looked over the detailed blueprint which is authored by cisco.
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Submarine cables.


Okay these are some really cool maps if you are into networking (and i know you are): http://www.cablemap.info/ http://www.telegeography.com/product-info/map_cable/index.php They show submarine communications cables. What a job to lay down those suckers. I followed the PPC-1 installation a while back. Its the new submarine cable going into Australia.
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Customers Vs. Service-providers.


I wanted to take the opportunity to pitch in on the discussion thats presented in this article by Ivan Pepelnjak: http://blog.ioshints.info/2010/07/p2p-traffic-is-bad-for-network.html with the headline of “P2P traffic is bad for the network”. I agree with the headline… Somewhat… P2P is bad for the network, in the sense that it causes congestion and because of that, it makes using the net a bad experience for everyone else.
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IOS Study License


I have vented about this topic before and will do so once again. I am doing this because i believe its very important. Students who are studying for Cisco exams or engineers who are trying to lab up a technology before deploying it, have found Dynamips and used Cisco hardware very useful in the past.
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The art of troubleshooting.


Troubleshooting. An artform in itself. I have been doing trouble-shooting labs for the last week and its not going the way i want it to. In all fairness, its very good practice! having all the components in one lab, with all sorts of technologies interconnected really makes life interesting.
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New site design.


Im trying out a new design layout. Its not quite finished yet, need some tweaks here and there, but im hoping it will be a bit easier to read my posts in the future. Let me know if you have any suggestions!
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Cisco strategy and direction.


Anyone who has been following Cisco products recently (last year or so), must have noticed Cisco’s new products. This includes the Flip video recorder as well as the new tablet that has just been announced. On top of that, adding the Linksys brand to their portfolio a couple of years ago, proves they are going in a completely different direction than previously.
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Trying to get to another bootcamp


I am in the process of figuring out how to get to another bootcamp (Narbik). Unfortunally alot of classes in Europe have been cancelled due to lack of students. This pretty much leaves me with going to the US at some point.
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Links of the week.


A a couple links that you guys mind find good:

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][1] http://lovemytool.blip.tv/posts?view=archive&nsfw=dc

First one is a great overview of some BGP options.

The second one is a page with a list of videos of Sharkfest. All things wireshark it would appear 🙂

Time Time Time or the lack thereof.


My apologies for the huge lack of content lately. I have been insanely busy with work along with doing lots of labs. Especially IPv6 labs was challenging. I have done 50% of a blog post about my trials with this beast.
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CCIE Study


I wanted to take some time to write up something about the cost of doing the CCIE track. This is prompted by some recent events in the CCIE training community and some discussion on twitter about studying in an economic downturn.
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PVC Interface Priority Queueing – PIPQ


New technology i just learned about! Its called PIPQ, and stands for PVC Interface Priority Queueing. As the name implies, its a Queueing method, and its only for frame-relay. It basically functions in the same way as a PQ scheme, in that it has 4 queues, high, medium, normal and low.
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Back in the labs.


Im pretty much back at my lab practice again. Doing Narbik’s labs. Last 5-6 labs is all about frame-relay, including FRTS, PIPQ (Which i never encountered before), fragmentation and compression. All good stuff. As someone on twitter mentioned, its really amazing that frame-relay is still on the lab exam.
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Queueing Galore!


Just finished a VERY busy day at work. Virus attack at a customer site + a complete FTP server change. Anyways. I wanted to let you know of a book i just started which i think will come in handy in the lab.
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OEQ = Thing of the past


This just in, well not really, as the news is a couple of days old. The dreaded OEQ for the R&S lab exam is now a thing of the past. The news created alot of buzz on the forums, twitter and facebook.
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What sort of lab do you use?


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Morning BGP command.


I have a few minutes this morning that i want to use to clarify a special BGP feature which i had misunderstood until a few days ago. This has to do with the aggregate-address that you use to create a summary address.
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Mid-april update.


Long time since last post. There are reasons for that. First of is labs. Ive been doing quite alot of labs. I finished Narbik’s Vol 1 workbook. All good stuff, and I learned alot of material that was not covered in the written blueprint.
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BGP quest.


In my continued quest through BGP i ran into a couple of things which i wanted to share my thoughts about. All of them has to do with a non-direct peering between BGP peers. Originally the BGP protocol was designed to be run between directly connected routers.
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Motivation has been gone.


Lately I have been having a motivational down-period. I was doing alot of labs all evening/night and I was burned out. So I have been enjoying easter with family and girlfriend. It has been very nice. However, im starting to feel the urge of going back to the labs again which is good.
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Learning new things.


Im learning something new at work almost every day. We do alot of voice installations, some directly for the customer, others we host. Voice has always been a strange world to me, and it still is. Basically it boils down to the fact that it doesnt interest me what so ever.
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BGP – Inject-map


I want to point your attention to a great article right here: ardenpackeer.com, good stuff, deffinately worth the read. I am looking this up today, as i ran into it last night doing more BGP labs. Again, just to re-iterate. The feature gives you the ability of taking a network, thats advertised by a certain source, and inject a more specific route of this network into the BGP table (and then to the routing table).
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Tidbit of the day: NSSA – External forwarding address.


I wanted to share a very interesting tidbit i figured out the hard way. Again, its about NSSA areas in OSPF. When redistributing a route into an NSSA area, how is the forwarding address chosen? Some say the lowest IP address of any loopback interfaces thats advertised into the NSSA area.
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Labs again and again and again.


I havent been very good at updating my blog lately. The reason for this is that i have been really focused on doing labs. Im still doing Narbik’s labs. They are great! They really make you think about what you are doing and contains the nasty 007 tricks 🙂
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Archive functionality


Cool useful functionality this time around. Even though it has little to do with CCIE (in the way i have not encountered it on any blueprint :)), i was asked to implement a functionality to make sure we always had the most recent configuration from our routers.
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Study Status


I wanted to give a status update on my study progress as it stands on February 28th 2010. At the moment im still hitting Narbik labs. There are alot of good ones, and i havent even hit the troubleshooting labs yet.
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Fallback Bridging


First off, thanks to the two sites below, i finally learned what this beast was about. Thanks guys! Human Modem CCIE Candidate I got around to play with fallback bridging yesterday. I want to summarize its important points here. To understand it in the first place, it helps to give some information on why its needed.
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Studying fallback-bridging


I had a very long day at work yesterday, but still felt like doing a lab when i got home. My next lab was about fallback-bridging. Yet another topic i know nothing about 🙂 So today/tonights plan calls for figuring this technology out.
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Unexpected behavior with 3560 and snmp.


Yesterday evening I was playing around some more with SNMP and sending different traps. I was mainly playing around with my 3560 switches. They were running IOS 12.2(35)SE1 (IPServices). What struck me as odd was the behavior when configuring multiple snmp hosts.
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