I am taking the bsci and bcmsn training in two months. Now I can go straight ahead into the CCNP or brutally pound my head against the wall for the CCIE. Now I would like to go for the CCIE, since routing and switching are my speciality but my question is. Can someone study from the books with a small lab and study effectively for the CCIE cert? My lab consists of 5 routers (4x 3640 and 1 3620) and 3 switches (3x 2950's). Now I understand I might need a 3550 for l3 switching? Can't I resolve by just using a router on a stick as a l3 switch'ing? Please help. I gotta make a decision soon regarding what path to take, CCIE or CCNP.
Thanks for the help!
JV from New Jersey