my lab experience
i made my first attempt in R&S on 13rd in Brussels.
I stayed in NH Hotel which I definitely recommend, very good price and they also have a hotel shuttle.
As far as the lab goes, without breaking the NDA I can say .. work environment ok, very quiet, friendly proctors. The Access to the routers and switches is being made at the speed of light and IOU/IOL is very stable.
You have access to DOCCD in the lab, however it is painful to search in the DOCCD because you cannot use tabbed browsing. You need to go back and forth.
TSHOOT pass, DIAG pass, CONFIG fail. Basically a day that started well but ended badly.
TSHOOT was a nice one, enough said. DIAG is complicated but manageable (much info). INE is the best training for the purpose.
As INE points out, strategy and timing are critical. Please avoid borrowing the half an hour from CONFIG to finish the TSHOOT. The amount of tasks and the size of topology in CONFIG are overwhelming. Most of the tasks are interdependent.
If you have not been to the lab yet - it is manageable as long as you can implement technologies at your typing speed. You do not have time to think, you need to act. If you have hesitations that take you 30 Minutes for a 2 point task - you will fail. If you do not intepret their wording - you will fail. It is not do difficult if you know the basics - obviously I need moe time to work on them.
According to the blueprint and lab guides, Layer 3 is 40% - just focus on doing it right.
For the security and for the "infrastructure features" part, please expect the most obscure featureas being tested and not necessarily 100% according to the blueprint.
I will make a short break and then rethink my strategy for the second attempt.
And something for sure - no more theory, just lab lab lab from now on.