CCNP R/S Certified – 1,283 days and 286 posts on Loopedback.com later! :)

On April 5th 2016 (4/5/2016), I made my first post to this blog, and today on October 10th 2019 (10/10/2019) I have passed my final CCNP Exam the TSHOOT 300-135 🙂 Along the way I have hit many major life events that could very well have stopped my progress, gave me a reason to put … Continue reading CCNP R/S Certified – 1,283 days and 286 posts on Loopedback.com later! 🙂

TSHOOT – Critical understanding of Cisco Published Topologies, troubleshooting methods, and must knows for exam day!

These 3 diagrams have been publicly available for years, I downloaded this TSHOOT Topology off Cisco's official learning forum, post can be viewed here. I doubt this is exactly the Topology used on exam day, it very well could be, however if this is not it the Topology will be something extremely similar to this. … Continue reading TSHOOT – Critical understanding of Cisco Published Topologies, troubleshooting methods, and must knows for exam day!

300-115 SWITCH Exam Crushed! Tips on how I navigated this mentally exhaustive exam for the Pass grade!

It's been a long couple of years of medical issues that have stopped me from actually taking the exam, but have studied the material over and over, and finally took it today and passed it on the first attempt. I have to say that all of the questions on the exam were absolutely outside what … Continue reading 300-115 SWITCH Exam Crushed! Tips on how I navigated this mentally exhaustive exam for the Pass grade!

The CCNP R/S Refresh is here – Migration Tool, exam life times during migration explained in detail, and a peek at the monster ENCOR blueprint!

Correction: 2/23/20 is the last day to take 300-101, 300-115, and 300-135 specifically! (Updates / timelines of exam expirations at bottom of post!) It turns out the new exams are also 300-XXX, and I'm too lazy to re-write that graphic 🙂 As mentioned in the above graphic / title, 2/23/2020 will be the last day … Continue reading The CCNP R/S Refresh is here – Migration Tool, exam life times during migration explained in detail, and a peek at the monster ENCOR blueprint!

3 must know tactics to get a “Pass” score on exam day, as can be seen here on my ROUTE exam score printout (finally)! :D

Finally after my first two Failed attempts at the ROUTE exam, I have finally FINALLY passed it!!! I have to say I took the first fail as a learning experience, but after some intense brushing up on all topics and failing again, I didn't reschedule a 3rd attempt as I didn't think I wanted to … Continue reading 3 must know tactics to get a “Pass” score on exam day, as can be seen here on my ROUTE exam score printout (finally)! 😀

Now at 160 / 195 total countries with me on the CCNP Grind, that is 82% of the world, fellow Cisco geeks unite!!! :)

**Updated country hit list, up to 160 countries of the 195 total countries in the world checking out (some regularly) my notes, that is 82% of the world!!* First and foremost I am always amazed and humbled by the amount of traffic I get from almost every corner of the world, I hope my ad-free … Continue reading Now at 160 / 195 total countries with me on the CCNP Grind, that is 82% of the world, fellow Cisco geeks unite!!! 🙂

RE-Updated Physical lab when 3550 died, may it RIP! Also a word on why using physical labs > virtual if you have the money, and they are CHEAP now adays!

That right there is my bundle of Cisco pride and joy! A breakdown of my equipment, and what I use for my topologies: From top device to the bottom: 2509 Access Router w/octal cable 3750v2 - 15.x (SW1) 3750v2 - 15.x (SW2) 3750v2 - 15.x (SW3) 3560 - 12.2 (SW4) 1841 ISR Router (R1) 2621XM … Continue reading RE-Updated Physical lab when 3550 died, may it RIP! Also a word on why using physical labs > virtual if you have the money, and they are CHEAP now adays!

Setting up EVE-NG for CCNA / CCNP / CCIE level studies, includes multiple vendor node support, an absolutely amazing study tool to check out ASAP!

This obviously is the most basic test setup you can possibly make within EVE-NG, I am completely new to this emulator, but have seen huge Topologies from fellow Cisco geeks on LinkedIn and wanted to make a quick post on guides I found helpful to get up and running quick. I personally use an older … Continue reading Setting up EVE-NG for CCNA / CCNP / CCIE level studies, includes multiple vendor node support, an absolutely amazing study tool to check out ASAP!

TSHOOT – Unicast Reverse Path Forwarding (uRPF), and VLAN Access-List (VACL) details reviewed for exam day!

A full understanding of the mechanics of uRPF (the different behaviors of the two modes especially), along with knowing the basic configuration and theory of how VACLs work, so when you are faced with tricky word play / config examples of either on a Cisco exam or while on the job troubleshooting a production network! … Continue reading TSHOOT – Unicast Reverse Path Forwarding (uRPF), and VLAN Access-List (VACL) details reviewed for exam day!

TSHOOT – IPv6 ACL configs, quirks, and must know IPv6 subnetting for exam day!

There was some lack of depth in my review of ACL's in general, so wanted to jump on my lab to demonstrate some output and concepts for on the job and the exam room. If you read absolutely nothing else in this post, jump down to the bottom where a chaotic looking IPv6 ACL line … Continue reading TSHOOT – IPv6 ACL configs, quirks, and must know IPv6 subnetting for exam day!

TSHOOT – GRE DEEP DIVE!!! MTU / Fragmentation / TCP-MSS / PMTUD / Recursive Routing / Interface States / must know information for exam day!

The graphic above shows a VPN Tunnels two modes (Transport and Tunnel), along with how their payloads differ when configured with AH (Authentication only) and ESP (Encryption) on the tunnel, and what protocols correlate with all of it. The basics of GRE and IPSec Tunnel Modes and Packet Formats Basic GRE tunnel configuration has absolutely … Continue reading TSHOOT – GRE DEEP DIVE!!! MTU / Fragmentation / TCP-MSS / PMTUD / Recursive Routing / Interface States / must know information for exam day!

TSHOOT – Attempt #1 – I have found one of the 10,000 ways NOT to pass it! :)

Today the TSHOOT exam cleaned my clock pretty well, and though I'd much rather be posting a Pass grade printout, I'd like to share what I've learned from this experience! I never realized it until I took the TSHOOT exam, but I am "Shoot from the Hip" guy Sitting the TSHOOT exam today has revealed … Continue reading TSHOOT – Attempt #1 – I have found one of the 10,000 ways NOT to pass it! 🙂

TSHOOT – Mnemonic to remember Logging Levels 0-7, Troubleshooting Methods, and Maintenance Models must know for exam day success!

I wanted to write a quick post to brain wash myself with right before I walk into the exam room tomorrow to Pass TSHOOT, as this theory has a very good chance of being on the exam in some format, and I have a habit of forgetting things I can't lab. So to cover these … Continue reading TSHOOT – Mnemonic to remember Logging Levels 0-7, Troubleshooting Methods, and Maintenance Models must know for exam day success!

TSHOOT – Management Plane vs Control Plane vs Data Plane, MPP (Management Plane Protection) review for exam day!

This graphic that I created to help myself understand CEF Hardware Packet Switching is also very similar to the Management Plane vs Control Plane vs Data (Forwarding) plane. Management Protocols run at the Management Plane (hence the name Mgmt Plane) is where Management Protocols such as SSH / Telnet / SNMP / HTTP / HTTPS … Continue reading TSHOOT – Management Plane vs Control Plane vs Data Plane, MPP (Management Plane Protection) review for exam day!

TSHOOT – Mgmt Tools (NTP / Syslog / SNMP / IP SLA Tracking) review and troubleshooting for exam day!

If a trouble ticket pops up for these an issue with these protocols, to know if a protocols port # is not being forwarded correctly, or being blocked by an ACL somewhere, in addition to all the other misconfigurations that might go wrong. For IP SLA, perhaps someone can correct me here in the comments, … Continue reading TSHOOT – Mgmt Tools (NTP / Syslog / SNMP / IP SLA Tracking) review and troubleshooting for exam day!

TSHOOT – HUGE shout out for Boson Exam Simulator for the 300-135 TSHOOT exam, and of course my study resources!

Notice the tabs to access the Layer 2 / Layer 3 IPv4 / Layer 3 IPv6 Diagrams! I don't know if others are expecting this, but this was a TKO punch when I first opened the first simulation question in Boson, and had no idea what to look at and start pinging. I just cannot … Continue reading TSHOOT – HUGE shout out for Boson Exam Simulator for the 300-135 TSHOOT exam, and of course my study resources!

TSHOOT – Gigantic BGP review, verification commands, and troubleshooting for exam day!

This will be the BGP Topology you will very likely be working Trouble tickets from on the TSHOOT, it could be iBGP or eBGP, and there is a whole lot of BGP to know even for that! Review of BGP BGP is called a "Path Vector" Protocol that basically is the internet at Layer 3, … Continue reading TSHOOT – Gigantic BGP review, verification commands, and troubleshooting for exam day!

TSHOOT – Redistribution Part 5 – The OSPF / EIGRP / BGP / Redistribution lab!

To round off Redistribution series of posts for Dynamic Routing Redistribution, what better way to drive it home, than to Redistribute every Dynamic Routing Domain into every other one and see what we can break? There will be a LOT of output from this lab to demonstrate how to verify and configure / troubleshoot everything … Continue reading TSHOOT – Redistribution Part 5 – The OSPF / EIGRP / BGP / Redistribution lab!

TSHOOT – Redistribution Part 4 – Route-Map review, and COMPLETE review of Redistribution issues and Troubleshooting – Must know info for exam day!

Going back to this above visualization of 2-way Redistribution which is a perfect case use for a Route-Map to perform "Route Tagging" for routes being Redistributed, which assigns tag # values to Routes as they Redistribute and can filter (drop) routes that contain a certain tag value to ensure routes are not re-learned into their … Continue reading TSHOOT – Redistribution Part 4 – Route-Map review, and COMPLETE review of Redistribution issues and Troubleshooting – Must know info for exam day!

TSHOOT – Redistribution Part 3 – OSPF, OSPFv3, and BGP Redistribution review and troubleshooting!

I will wrap this up with a look at OSPF and BGP Redistribution, above is a Topology I labbed during ROUTE studies of the BGP MED concept, this is to demonstrate visually the difference of iBGP vs eBGP being the AS that BGP Routers reside in. Troubleshooting Redistribution into OSPF and OSPFv3 OSPF is very … Continue reading TSHOOT – Redistribution Part 3 – OSPF, OSPFv3, and BGP Redistribution review and troubleshooting!