Original Written Exam Study Plan

CCIE – Written Test Study Plan

Weekday schedule:

7:00 – Get up
7:45 – Set-off to work
8:30 – Work day begins
12.00 – Lunch begins
12.30 – Post blog entry and then spend 20mins on technical reading
13.00 – Lunch ends
17:15 – Work day ends, set-off home
18:00 – Arrive home
18:10 – Eat Dinner, bath the children, put the children to bed (inc. story….)
19:40 – Wash up
20:00 – Start studying
22:00 – Stop studying, do something unrelated to ICT
22:30 – Go to bed

Learning sources:
Main written exam learning source is:

CCIE Routing and Switching
Official Exam Certification Guide
Second Edition

Hereby known as ‘RSCG2’

Additional Sources:

Additional sources will be used almost exclusively for MPLS, IPV6, MDRR, CBAC, RPF, and WCCP (RSCG2 doesn’t covered these areas in depth)

Miscellaneous:

  • Purchases before CCIE studies:
    • Stationery – £10
    • RSCG2 – £10 second hand
    • Internetwork Expert CCIE Routing & Switching Mock Lab Exam (IEML-RS)
      • Special $99 (£50.17) offer (usually $249/£125.44) – can be taken at anytime so I didn’t want to miss the offer
  • Initial Lab hardware/software (for written test prep only):
    • Dynamips (GNS3/Dynagen) on Centrino 1.8Ghz Duo & 1GB RAM Laptop
    • Dynamips (GNS3/Dynagen) on P4 3Ghz & 1GB RAM Desktop PC
    • 2 x Catalyst 2950 24 Port Switches
    • 1 x Catalyst 3548 24 Port Switch
    • Live environment at workplace
  • Test Databases:
    • RSCG2 Test Engine
    • Boson ExSim Kit (to be purchased)
      • I will not be using TestKing due to the questions and answers matching the real exam – no point in that false sense of security when it comes to lab preperations.
  • Software:
    • SecureCRT (because it’s used in the real lab, putty will always be no.1)
    • Wireshark
    • 3cDaemon
    • UltraEdit
    • Freemind


Study Time Allocation:
Monday 7th January to Monday 14th January

  • Read RSCG2 Part 1 – Chapter 1 – Ethernet Basics
  • Find information from additional sources (and record useful information)
  • Make notes for ‘Ethernet Basics’
  • Read RSCG2 Part 1 – Chapter 2 – Virtual LANs and VLAN Trunking
  • Find information from additional sources (refer to exam blueprint)
  • Make notes for ‘Virtual LANs and VLAN Trunking’
  • Review ‘Ethernet Basics’
  • Self-test using RSCG2 test engine (revisit areas that require further learning)
  • Review ‘Virtual LANs and VLAN Trunking’
  • Use lab to cover ‘Virtual LANs and VLAN Trunking’ concepts
  • Use David Bombal’s ‘Command Memorizer’ tool to check that I can remember the correct commands
  • Self-test using RSCG2 test engine
  • Read RSCG2 Part 1 – Chapter 3 – Spanning Tree Protocol
  • Find information from additional sources
  • Make notes for ‘Spanning Tree Protocol’
  • Use lab to cover ‘Spanning Tree Protocol’ concepts (debug + packet capture)
  • Review ‘Spanning Tree Protocol’
  • Use ‘Command Memorizer’ tool
  • Self-test using RSCG2 test engine
  • Review all Part 1 subjects

Tuesday 15th January to Sunday 20th January

  • Read RSCG2 Part 2 – Chapter 4 – IP Addressing
  • Find information from additional sources
  • Make notes for ‘IP Addressing’
  • Work through self-created examples for ‘IP Addressing’
  • Review ‘IP Addressing’
  • Self-test using RSCG2 test engine
  • Read RSCG2 Part 2 – Chapter 5 – IP Services
  • Find information from additional sources
  • Make notes for ‘IP Services’
  • Use lab to cover ‘IP Services’ specifics
  • Review ‘IP Services’
  • Self-test using RSCG2 test engine
  • Read RSCG2 Part 2 – Chapter 6 – TCP/IP Transport and Application Services
  • Find information from additional sources
  • Make notes for ‘TCP/IP Transport and Application Services’
  • Use lab to cover ‘TCP/IP Transport and Application Services’ specifics
  • Review ‘TCP/IP Transport and Application Services’
  • Self-test using RSCG2 test engine
  • Review all Part 2 subjects

Monday 21st January to Sunday 10th February

  • Read RSCG2 Part 3 – Chapter 7 – IP Forwarding (Routing)
  • Find information from additional sources
  • Make notes for ‘IP Forwarding (Routing)’
  • Use lab to cover ‘IP Forwarding (Routing)’ specifics
  • Review ‘IP Forwarding (Routing)’
  • Use ‘Command Memorizer’ tool
  • Self-test using RSCG2 test engine
  • Read RSCG2 Part 3 – Chapter 8 – RIP Version 2
  • Find information from additional sources
  • Make notes for  ‘RIP Version 2’
  • Review ‘RIP Version 2’ notes
  • Use lab to cover all ‘RIP Version 2’ specifics
  • Review all ‘RIP Version 2’ information
  • Use ‘Command Memorizer’ tool
  • Self-test using RSCG2 test engine
  • Read RSCG2 Part 3 – Chapter 9 – EIGRP
  • Find information from additional sources
  • Make notes for  ‘EIGRP’
  • Review ‘EIGRP’ notes
  • Use lab to cover all ‘EIGRP’ specifics
  • Review all ‘EIGRP’ information
  • Use ‘Command Memorizer’ tool
  • Self-test using RSCG2 test engine
  • Read RSCG2 Part 3 – Chapter 10 – OSPF
  • Find information from additional sources
  • Make notes for  ‘OSPF’
  • Review ‘OSPF’ notes
  • Use lab to cover all ‘OSPF’ specifics
  • Review all ‘OSPF’ information
  • Use ‘Command Memorizer’ tool
  • Self-test using RSCG2 test engine
  • Read RSCG2 Part 3 – Chapter 11 – ‘IGP Route Redistribution, Route Summarization, and Default Routing’
  • Find information from additional sources
  • Make notes for  ‘IGP Route Redistribution, Route Summarization, and Default Routing’
  • Review ‘IGP Route Redistribution, Route Summarization, and Default Routing’ notes
  • Use lab to cover all ‘IGP Route Redistribution, Route Summarization, and Default Routing’ specifics
  • Review all ‘IGP Route Redistribution, Route Summarization, and Default Routing’ information
  • Self-test using RSCG2 test engine

Monday 11th February to Sunday 24th February

  • Read RSCG2 Part 3 – Chapter 12 – Fundamental BGP Operations
  • Find information from additional sources
  • Make notes for  ‘Fundamental BGP Operations’
  • Review ‘Fundamental BGP Operations’ notes
  • Use lab to cover all ‘Fundamental BGP Operations’ specifics
  • Review all ‘Fundamental BGP Operations’ information
  • Use ‘Command Memorizer’ tool
  • Self-test using RSCG2 test engine
  • Read RSCG2 Part 3 – Chapter 13 – BGP Routing Policies
  • Find information from additional sources
  • Make notes for  ‘BGP Routing Policies’
  • Review ‘BGP Routing Policies’ notes
  • Use lab to cover all ‘BGP Routing Policies’ specifics
  • Review all ‘BGP Routing Policies’ information
  • Use ‘Command Memorizer’ tool
  • Self-test using RSCG2 test engine
  • Review all Part 3 subjects

Monday 25th February to Sunday 9th March

  • Catch up if behind/review all areas studied so far
  • Book 350-001 exam
  • Order Boson ExSim
  • Use Boson ExSim to check competency levels of areas studied so far – if required re-visit topics

Monday 10th March to Sunday 23rd March

  • Read RSCG2 Part 4 – Chapter 14 – Classification and Marking
  • Find information from additional sources
  • Make notes for  ‘Classification and Marking’
  • Review ‘Classification and Marking’ notes
  • Use lab to cover all ‘Classification and Marking’ specifics
  • Review all ‘Classification and Marking’ information
  • Use ‘Command Memorizer’ tool
  • Self-test using RSCG2 test engine
  • Read RSCG2 Part 4 – Chapter 15 – Congestion Management and Avoidance
  • Find information from additional sources
  • Make notes for  ‘Congestion Management and Avoidance’ + MDRR
  • Review ‘Congestion Management and Avoidance’ + MDRR notes
  • Use lab to cover all ‘Congestion Management and Avoidance’+ MDRR specifics
  • Review all ‘Congestion Management and Avoidance’ + MDRR information
  • Use ‘Command Memorizer’ tool
  • Self-test using RSCG2 test engine
  • Read RSCG2 Part 4 – Chapter 16 – Shaping and Policing
  • Find information from additional sources
  • Make notes for  ‘Shaping and Policing’
  • Review ‘Shaping and Policing’ notes
  • Use lab to cover all ‘Shaping and Policing’ specifics
  • Review all ‘Shaping and Policing’ information
  • Use ‘Command Memorizer’ tool
  • Self-test using RSCG2 test engine
  • Review all Part 4 subjects
  • Self-test on Part 4 subjects using Boson ExSim

Monday 24th March to Sunday 30th March

  • Read RSCG2 Part 5 – Chapter 17 – Synchronous Serial Links and Protocols
  • Find information from additional sources
  • Make notes for  ‘Synchronous Serial Links and Protocols’
  • Review ‘Synchronous Serial Links and Protocols’ notes
  • Use ‘Command Memorizer’ tool
  • Read RSCG2 Part 5 – Chapter 18 – Frame Relay
  • Find information from additional sources
  • Make notes for  ‘Frame Relay’
  • Review ‘Frame Relay’ notes
  • Use lab to cover all ‘Frame Relay’ specifics
  • Review all ‘Frame Relay’ information
  • Use ‘Command Memorizer’ tool
  • Self-test using RSCG2 test engine
  • Review both Part 5 subjects
  • Self-test on Part 5 subjects using Boson ExSim
  • Re-test on Parts 1 to 3

Monday 31st March to Sunday 13th April

  • Read RSCG2 Part 6 – Chapter 19 – Introduction to IP Multicasting
  • Find information from additional sources
  • Make notes for  ‘Introduction to IP Multicasting’
  • Review ‘Introduction to IP Multicasting’ notes
  • Use lab to cover all ‘Introduction to IP Multicasting’ specifics
  • Review all ‘Introduction to IP Multicasting’ information
  • Use ‘Command Memorizer’ tool
  • Self-test using RSCG2 test engine
  • Read RSCG2 Part 6 – Chapter 20 – IP Multicasting Routing
  • Find information from additional sources
  • Make notes for  ‘IP Multicasting Routing’
  • Review ‘IP Multicasting Routing’ notes
  • Use lab to cover all ‘IP Multicasting Routing’ specifics
  • Review all ‘IP Multicasting Routing’ information
  • Use ‘Command Memorizer’ tool
  • Self-test using RSCG2 test engine
  • Review both Part 6 subjects
  • Self-test on Part 6 subjects using Boson ExSim

Monday 14th April to Sunday 20th April

  • Read RSCG2 Part 7 – Chapter 21 – Security
  • Find information from additional sources
  • Make notes for  ‘Security’ + CBAC + RPF
  • Review ‘Security’ + CBAC + RPF notes
  • Use lab to cover all ’Security’ + CBAC + RPF specifics
  • Review all ‘Security’ information + CBAC + RPF
  • Use ‘Command Memorizer’ tool
  • Self-test using RSCG2 and Boson ExSim test engines

Monday 21st April to Sunday 22nd April

  • Read RSCG2 Part 9 – Chapter 24 – Miscellaneous Networking Theory and Practices
  • Find information from additional sources
  • Make notes for  ‘Miscellaneous Networking Theory and Practices’ + WCCP
  • Review ‘Miscellaneous Networking Theory and Practices’ + WCCP notes

Monday 23rd April to Sunday 4th May

  • Read RSCG2 Part 10 – Appendix C – MPLS
  • Find information from additional sources
  • Make notes for  ‘MPLS’
  • Review ‘MPLS’ notes
  • Use lab to cover all ’ MPLS’ specifics (debug + packet capture)
  • Review all ‘MPLS’ information
  • Self-test using RSCG2 and Boson ExSim test engines

Monday 5th May to Sunday 11th May

  • Find information on IPv6 from additional sources
  • Make notes for  ‘IPv6’
  • Review ‘IPv6’ notes
  • Use lab to cover all ’ IPv6’ specifics
  • Review all ‘IPv6’ information
  • Use ‘Command Memorizer’ tool
  • Self-test using RSCG2 and Boson ExSim test engines

Monday 12th May onwards

  • Cover anything that is on the exam blueprint that I haven’t studied 
  • Catch up if behind/review all
  • Use ‘Command Memorizer’ tool to check command memory
  • Use Boson ExSim to check competency levels – if required re-visit topics
  • Hopefully pass the 350-001 exam 🙂
  • Book lab test (min of 180 day wait?)
  • Create lab test study plan and begin studies


 

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