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November 25, 2012

Books - not so much lately

There's a post on my "CCIE Study Notes" blog that I want to talk about here. It's about how much there is to do to prepare for the CCIE Lab Exam. If you're wondering why there are no networking books on the Read List for 2012, it's because I'm focusing on videos and lab practice on remote racks. It's a lot of material and a lot of work.

The pictures on that post show three full pages of flip chart filled with a list of every task that I'm going through in the Workbook. There are 5 columns of about 30 lines each - for each page. And that is just Workbook I. Then I list all the videos (number and hours to complete) and then the number of configuration and troubleshooting labs that are found in the other three workbooks. It's pretty overwhelming when you look at it all.

This is something that you can't just do "in your spare time" as a hobby. You really have to focus and practice, practice, practice. I found that those pages of flip chart have provided a lot of relief. I can see my progress and it really keeps me going. I'm also using it to plot my rack sessions and make better use of the time. But it still takes a long time to complete it all.

This is a test of stamina as much as a test of skill.

Posted by BlueWolf on November 25, 2012 05:58 PM