Passed RS @ RTP - 2nd Attempt
HI guys, I've been busy these last month after I took the Lab Exam (Jul17.2015).
Finally I got my number. #49413
What can I say ? A BIG THANK YOU!!!!! Thanks everybody here that helped me out, Thanks to the Forum and thanks INE.
My exam feedback would be that, It is doable if you practice daily a couple of hours. It took me 1 whole year since my 1st attempt but I wanted to nail it this time, so I took the time to analyze what I did wrong on my self-study approach and I decided to start all over again. I watched all the previous ADV_TECH and the newer ones. Read The blog articles, did the workbooks (various times) I also did some of Narbik's and 360', I even ended up creating my own labs. It was crazy!!! I thank to my wife who supported me in every manner and this was a huge plus.
My Gear: IOU, GNS3, CSR1000v, 4xCat3750+10x1841 (Lucky to still have my real gear).
The books I used mostly for reference were the ones recommended by INE @ http://www.ine.com/resources/cciebooks.htm . There are plenty of sites that recommend these books, just google for "CCIE Reading list"
I can also recommend these for starters: IOS Cookbook 2nd Ed, Anatomy of an Internet Protocol (OSPF), IP Routing on Cisco IOS, etc.
CCNP ROUTE (Diane Teare), for SWITCH I prefered the old CCNP track from David Hucaby (BCMSN). There are few others, but the information is mostly redundant.
And last but not least, do labs like crazy. Get your hands dirty, after a while you'll start to feel comfortable and it won't be as hard as everybody says. The last 3 months I practiced daily, but didn't spent more than 3 hours a day with probably a few reading sessions. Well, I guess working at an ISP helps a lot, specially for troubleshooting. Anyways, no matter what, try to do a lab session per day, dont care the topic nor the time, just make sure you understand the technologies involved. At the exam I can assure you that even "muscle memory" will lead the way.
Oh, I almost forgot, and this is something very important that I missed on my first attempt.
READ ALL THE REQUIREMENTS PRIOR STARTING THE CONFIG SESSION!! Plan your approach. (Now I understand Brian's advice)
This will take you around 25mins or so, but it will save you lots of time later. You'll see that you can combine tasks, so you don't ended up going back and forward.
I finished almost 2 hours early, and this gave me enough time to review everything again. This was KEY!!
I would like to give you more details, but we all know I can't. So this is IMO, the most important tip I can give you for the config Session.
*Forgive my english, still practicing my writing. [:P]