Monday, April 27, 2009

and... still... reading...

So much to read and learn... while I enjoy reading, I think I'd enjoy configuring much more.

off topic - if your employer "helped" to get you your CCIE, ie, paid for training, paid for the exam, gave you time at work to study...

What do you owe them in return? If anything?

Friday, April 17, 2009

still reading...

Just wanted to post that I"m still still reading MPLS Fundamentals. Still very interesting and lots of information.

Work has gotten a bit busy with a new project and I'm squeezing in reading time whenever I can.

Can't wait to get the written over with and start doing some labs.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Reading is fundamental.

Still going strong with the reading... I'm realizing I'm definitely going to have to read this book more then once, probably more then twice. What with all the new concepts, it kind of feels like I'm starting from scratch. Regardless, it's still interesting so I'm ok with it.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

RFCs and other documents

... still reading the book but reading some RFCs and some other Cisco docs... it's a good change of pace from doing the hands on configurations but I'd rather be doing that instead :)

Weekend plans, reading, reading and more reading.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

4 Chapters into it...

Four chapters into the book and I have to say, I'm learning a lot!

MPLS is an incredible technology, very intelligent, can be complex or simple, but very powerful none the less. I can see the benefits to both the Service Provider and the Customers.

An interesting miss-conception that I had about WHY you should go with MPLS, the thought that it's a "faster" network because it doesn't have to look up destination IPs instead it simply looks at the label appended to a packet, was blown out of the water. And it should've been obvious too... Routers are getting so much faster and smarter so the resources used to do an IP look up now is nominal AND its not "slow" by any means. There are more COMPELLING reasons why MPLS is the WAN technology to go with.

I think I made a good choice in pursuing SP, I work for an SP and so I can kind of relate to it better, making it that much more interesting. Although the argument can be made that it's not valuable in the "real world" meaning outside of the SP realm but it's good to know both the enterprise side and the service provider side. The only disadvantage I can see is opportunity cost :) Not being able to study VOICE or SECURITY or more importantly have a life :)

Sunday, April 5, 2009

First impressions of "MPLS Fundamentals"

I'm studying for the written and I've begun to read "MPLS Fundamentals" as well as some RFCs. The book it self is a very good read and from what I can tell, takes an approach that's conducive to learning. While I haven't finished the book, I can already tell that this is an excellent place to start to learn about MPLS as a whole.

Surprisingly, it's starting off as a quick read, I'll let you know more once I'm done and if I still feel that way :)

Thursday, April 2, 2009

First Post... and the trek begins again ;)

Decided to pursue SP, reason being, I work for an SP :)

Hope I blog my pursuit of the CCIE SP better then I've done for RS (

Will update soon!