I took the security lab in san jose on tuesday (may27) but didn't quite pass. I did manage to score much better than i thought I would, considering it was my first lab - ever. I estimate based on my score results I came within two questions of passing.
Anyway, like I said this was my first lab attempt, ever. The first hour or two I was just getting over my own nerves and stress. and it really wasn't until after the lunch break that i got into a 'groove'.
The test was fair, there were just two topics (as far as teh blueprint goes) that I need to brush up on.
For those of you that have never attempted the lab, dress in layers, youre in the same room as the equipment, so the AC is cranked. For those of you attempting VOICE labs reading this, TURN YOUR RINGERS DOWN PLEASE :)
now for the question many of you want to know, I used Internetwork Expert as my primary resource of studying. I have both Vol1 (technology labs) and Vol2 (mocklabs). I went over Vol1 many times (home lab) but unfortunately never did any mock labs. I did ready/study 5 of the mock labs in the 4 days prior to the actual lab. I'm pretty sure this was the difference in me passing and not passing.
IE Vol1 does not do an adequate job with 'identity management', but just from reading the mock labs, those deficiencies are covered there. Overall, i'm quite happy with IE and see no reason to branch out my vendor workbooks stack. I will however be doing some mock labs between now and my next attempt (aug 25, san jose - it's so nice out there, despite the 3hr time change from where i'm at). Also, just from reading over the 5 mock labs, they appear to be harder than the actual lab (which IE states in the vol2 intro somewhere) - this is a good thing, btw.
I think that's all. If i can think of anything else that doesn't violate the nda, i'll post it. feel free to ask me anything too.
good luck to all.
Cisco router firewall security (MUST HAVE)
Complete VPN config guide (MUST HAVE)
ASA all in one (needs updated on some sections for lab)
Complete security troubleshooting guide (should have read this more thoroughly)
NAC V1 / V2 (great books if you have no NAC experience like me)
Of course there are numerous resources here.
I will be sure to more thoroughly read the 3550 configuration guide this time though, as well as the ASA 7.2 guide.
(i'm trying to tell myself i failed on purpose, b/c i'm trying to time it so i get number 24601).
I have studied on and off since last july or august. If you push all my study time together, i probably put in somewhere between 4-6 months of moderate to intense study.