Posted by: Richard @ | September 3, 2008

The last few weeks

Weeks 29 to 34 à “No excuses now”


Weeks 29 to 34 Study Time (estimated):

Study Hours = 26 inc.
Lab Hours = 3Total study time so far:
Total Study Hours = 355  inc.
Total Lab Hours = 23.5

What I have studied during the last 4 weeks:
“Bridging and LAN Switching”
“IP Routing” inc. RIP, EIGRP, + OSPF

Recent test scores:
None (CCIE QuickFire Workbook only – about 85% correct first time)

After a few weeks of not being able to put the number of hours I would like to into studying I can now see the light at the end of the tunnel.  I am hoping that everything should return to ‘normal’ from now on – I have just returned from the last of the trips-away scheduled for during my first few weeks at Cisco (2-day training course) and will now be at home in the evenings for the immediate future.  Within the limited number of study hours I have managed to do over the last few weeks I have used some of the time to start and finish documenting (inc. labbing) all of the methods of route filtering for RIP that I can think of/find, and also to start doing the same thing for EIGRP – the idea being that I will complete the task for each routing protocol on the CCIE R&S blueprint.
I recognised a while back that I was in desperate need of some way of ‘mixing-up’ my learning, and so, I decided to spend some time working through creating some ‘pretty’ images that depict various configuration practices – allowing me to mix theory with some CLI time

I have traffic blackholing/droping, advert filtering, and neighbor adjacency prevention on my todo list in addition to the route filtering I am working on now.
Here is what I’ve put-together for RIP Route Filtering:

Please note.  It’s a large image/file that needs some zooming to be readable – it might be worthwhile downloading it first.
Please please please leave a comment if I have missed any methods/made any mistakes

I plan to complete the EIGRP image, work through OSPF, and then finish with BGP.

Leanne continues to be a star – I don’t mention her enough on this blog – without her support (inc. a kick up the **** every now and again) I would really struggle to stay focused on the prize at stake.  It was a very personal goal of mine in the past but now I’m also looking around at Cisco and realising that I have so much catching up to-do! – the amount the people around me know not only about technologies/protocols but the Cisco hardware itself is quite astonishing!  And R&S is just “the basics” in many people’s eyes!

Lastly, I thought I would share some pics from last week – my first visit to San Francisco, and my first GSM:

This is just before Rick Justice’s Hollywood style entrance (John Chambers closed the show)

A view of the Bay Bridge from the restaurant hosting my team’s get-together dinner – the sheer size of it is a sight to behold – the island to the left isn’t the end of it!

San Francisco @ Night – taken from the lift/elevator of the hotel I was staying in (nobody else was in the lift at the time!)

Oh, and it was my daughters first day at school today!  Wow, I can’t believe how quickly she has grown-up!


  1. Nice post :-). I never knew R&S was ‘basic’ to some although I know it was the most popular CCIE track. Still ‘basic’ or not, the amount of time and dedication is really plentiful hence I could imagine for the other tracks not to mention more $$$ ;-).

  2. Hi Nickelby,

    Maybe “basic” is a little strong (although it’s a word I have heard). My specialisation at Cisco is going to be R&S – if you think that most people in the same role as me have a minimum of a CCNP and some have CCIE and then think they specialise in another technology…. it means it’s very difficult to distinguish yourself as THE specialist! What I’m saying is EVERYBODY knows a great deal about R&S at Cisco but not many people have that same base level for ALL of the other technologies Cisco offers to its customers.

    You’re right though – the dedication is appreciated and the CCIE R&S is still respected a great deal within Cisco.

    Thanks for your comment


  3. Hi Richard I know what you mean I have met a few of your colleagues over the last couple of weeks and they sure are an impressive lot. Even our account manager (I do not think that is his title though) is a CCIE. However you are still young and are just starting out at Cisco after you have been there for a little while I am sure you will be spouting off the figures for Sup720 throughput and such wonderful things without thinking about it. Besides knowing all that stuff is not what makes you a good engineer being able to explain complicated solutions to a customer in a way they understand and being able to speak to the customers management are the keys to really successful engineers in my opinion. Anyhow good luck with the studies.

  4. Hi Ferret,

    You’ve echoed the sentiments of my colleagues exactly there.



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