Just when you thought the four-month mark was busy, the fifth month shows up to sucker-punch your productivity. I don’t know about the experience of others, but I feel like this is also the time that you meet “the forgetting monster” — you start getting more flash-cards wrong, you begin to question the things you learned in the previous modules/months, and getting overwhelmed becomes a reality.
But the good news is, that you can push through all of this. I don’t think it’s common to go through a long-period of study without problems, struggles, or anxieties. In this case, my problems have all revolved around trying to get my house ready for adoption (cleaning, yardwork, renovation, etc), or motorcycle repair.
Where Am I Now?
Last month I was excited about finally being able to move on to a new topic, which was OSPF. Not working with it regularly meant that I was going to have to hit the books hard, and I think I can say that I really did. I read through the OSPFv2 chapters of “Routing TCP/IP Vol. 1,” and the CCIE 5.1 OCG, as well as the Middle Section of “OSPF: Anatomy of a Routing Protocol.” Along with these was several RFCs (ugh) and the Cisco Documentation on OSPF. The protocol came somewhat naturally to me, and I was even able to cram Redistribution (uggggggh) into this month as well.
The speed-run of the INE ATC Labs also happened, although I feel like it wasn’t a very speedy speed-run. These went pretty easy — I think the basics are sticking; the forgetting monster isn’t as effective as he seems. All of this is good news.
The bad news is that I didn’t get a chance to go over EIGRP OTP, or DUAL FSM states again. I feel like my grasp of EIGRP OTP is fine, but I would like to take a deeper look at LISP.
Next month will be all about BGP (yet another protocol that I don’t deal with much). I expect it to take the majority of the month. If I’m lucky I’ll be able to include the “Protocol Optimization” module in and look at EIGRP LFA, OSPF throttling, etc. I’m curious as to how well I’m going to pick this up; I feel like I had the same attitude about OSPF, but it came naturally. Hopefully I’m wrong about BGP too?