Just starting out... any input VERY much appreciated!
I've been a CCNP for many years and I've recently decided to take the plunge towards a CCIE. (*gulp*) I'm trying to map this out and it's a bit daunting to say the least.
Obviously one significant expense is the practice lab (whether physical, rack rental, or some combination thereof). My work place has quite a bit of gear lying around after several hardware refreshes, enough to potentially cobble together most of the lab for the INE prep path based on what I've read at their site. (**I've made a very general list of the equipment below**).
My questions are:
- for those of you that have tried to use an on-site physical *work* lab, was this a successful arrangement for you? Or did you find it limiting because it was not as convenient as a physical home lab?
- for those of you that cobbled together the pieces for your a physical lab, was the process pretty straightforward? )or did you find it frustrating having to track down different pieces and parts?)
- for those of you that have used the dynamips + physical 3550s/3560s combination, have you found that to be adequate? Or did you find this limiting at any point?