I have a question. I currently have passed the ONT, and BCMSN and I am now working on the BSCI (reading ch8 right now). I have to say that I feel
overwhelmed. I feel knowledge slipping though my fingers. Did any of you feel that way. I confess to being a lab rat. I don't have enough gear to do the labs most of the CCNP track reqires. I have (3) 3640's and (1) 2924<--too old. I tried Dynagen, but with just 3 routers setup it locked my system up. I'm wondering if I should just quit this whole thing. The last thing I want to do is get a job as a Network Engineer, and be asked to configure something and not remember how to do it. As you all know CCNP says that I can handle most Network situations, and I would probably lose a job over it, and with a small son who depends on me I;m just not sure that this is a risk I should be taking. Thoughts....
Believe me if you go into your first engineering job with an NP you will be ahed of the game. You'd be suprised how many people are experts in their company's infrastructure but do not know general networking. I remember working in a a NOC for a fortune 500 company anad having a senior architect ask me what an unknown unicast was. I had another guy ask me what ospf was. (yes I'm serious.) He wasn't a senior architect but he worked with BGP peerings with new customers. We were peering via the circuit IP's so we never ran our IGP to them. Since he ws only concerned with circuits and peerings he probabaly didn't know our IGP (IS-IS ironically) was there. I say this to remind you how many people do not even bother with certifications. They just learn whatever the company they hapapen to be working for uses (Usually by breaking it) and just ignore everything else. So just sit back relax and try to learn as soon as possible. P.S don't worry if you fail the BSCI the first time. I know more people that passed the CCIE R&S on the first try than the BSCI and they were taking the easier versions. Stop worrying go have a beer (or a whiskey) and just be glad you not a garbage man or a rodeo clown.
Simply from what I've read, ISP's use IS-IS as their IGP in many cases. Yes, they still use BGP as well.
Not to sound like the jerk of the bunch, but stop putting so much pressure on yourself.
I work as a VoIP Engineer for a decent sized place. . .no CCNA. No college degree. Only 6 months of knowledge for CallManager and Unity, and some stuff I'd read for Cisco network stuff.
A smart employer isn't going to say "You're a CCNP, you must know all!!" A smart employer is going to look at you, see your potential, and gauge you with that. The reason I got my job wasn't the knowledge I had, it was that I knew more than most who had been in the field for much longer, so the potential was there for good things.
Don't be so hard on yourself. Everyone has to consult a manual now and again to remember things. The important part is that you know what you CAN do, not that you know how to do it off the top of your head.
ISP's would use IS-IS.
Sounds like you need a couple weeks off after your next exam.
If you are worried about not having the right equipment, I always recommend online rack rentals.
just enter "cisco rack rental" into your favorite search engine and you'll get some results.
Keep going... When I got my first real engineering job I was shocked by how little of what I had learned I used on a daily basis. The first is configuration. Most of the things that you learn to configure studying for the tests are set in "cookie-cutter" style policies in most enterprises. If you are configuring things such as bgp peerings or adding interfaces to ospf you will have a set proceedure to work with. If you are designint such policies you will be encouraged to look things up on cisco.com or even consult a live engineer. As far s the lab goes you may wnt to look into some of the legacy gear for learning the basics. I have two three foot racks full of 25oo's and 2600's that I have used to impreove my speed and all but master the basics. While they are useless for some of the newer features I don't think I'll ever have a problem troubleshooting faailed bgp or ospf peerings or simple routeing problems. So keep studying! No one is going to care if you forget what a type 8 LSA is or the length or the stp max_age timer.
I think you can get by with that equipment. I used Boson NetSim and 2 3550's running EMI code for my CCNP. Just take your time and absorb it all. Nobody said you HAD to get a new job the instant you get the CCNP, right?