This is from a doc I created related to non-technical (almost) aspects of the CCIE labs. It may help many people that fail for some reason that may not be technical sometimes. It does not apply to a specific track.
· Lab is impossible to pass
· 2000 hours of lab practice are necessary
· 10 years of experience
· Sacrifice your life for the lab
PLANNING TO TAKE THE LAB
· Blueprint is very important
· Try to see where you will have to make an effort
· Understand the parts of the labs
· Speak with your family – sometimes they may not understand why you work so hard and it may not help
· Where will you practice labs?
PREPARATION OF THE LAB
· Work every part separately (if possible). By doing a lot of master practice labs you might lose precious time that you could spend on getting a deeper knowledge of some point of the lab. Usually we do not have infinite time to prepare for the lab so time management is a key point.
· Be sure to know every way a technology (protocol…) can be configured
· If you think you don’t understand some point at 100% then work harder to understand it.
· If you think “ this topic will not come at the exam” you are probably wrong
· Do scenarii “mentally” and repeat step by step how to configure any topic of the lab blueprint
· When close to the lab date I (you don’t have to do it) enter in “lab mode” where I recheck mentally again and again everything so at lab time configuring a specific topic should be easier.
DAY BEFORE THE LAB
· Sleep well
· See where the lab will take place
· Remind all the steps for configs to refresh what you know
· Try to avoid last minute work , just do it to sleep well if needed!!
· Relax (if possible)- Stress is your worst ennemy at the lab. Many people I know failed because of the stress even if technically ready!! This point is 50% of your lab, don’t forget it.
DURING THE LAB
· Write down all configuration steps that you may forget later.. This would depend on the lab you are taking
· Read the lab
· Spot tricky points (and annotate not to forget later)
· Better go slow but well instead of fast and bad
· Try to avoid troubleshooting more than 10 minutes
· If there is a question you don’t know then don’t fight, do not do it, you would lose time for what you know
· At the end of the lab check if what you have done is still working
· Do not change a critical part at 30 minutes of the end
· Learn from failure
· Try to figure out what you did not understand well
· Prepare for next attempt
· There should be a short time between attempts not to forget what you’ve learnt
Fabien CCIE #6684 R&S/Security/Voice
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