BCMSN Scheduled - June 1st

redwarriorredwarrior Member Posts: 285
My study plan got thrown off a week by a pretty nasty illness, but I'm back on track and have my BCMSN scheduled for June 1st. I'm feeling pretty good about the material, scoring well on practice exams, and hoping that by the end of next week I'll be working on my last exam for my CCNP, the big BSCI. It's taken me a year to get this far, but then it's been a pretty eventful year with a new job, moving a datacenter, and just life. I'm really excited to be nearing the home stretch, though.

My plan for the last week before my exam...review, review, review. I always have problems remembering tiny details like hold counters and such, so I'll be hitting those hard along with a lab every couple of days just to keep things fresh and some more practice exams to boost my confidence. Hopefully that poor exam won't know what hit it!

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BSCI - In Progress

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  • networker050184networker050184 Mod Posts: 11,962 Mod
    Good luck!
    An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made.
  • tomsettomset Member Posts: 79 ■■□□□□□□□□
    Good luck man!
    Next up:
  • skrpuneskrpune Member Posts: 1,409
    Good luck red - go kill that thing!! icon_thumright.gif
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  • mikej412mikej412 Member Posts: 10,086 ■■■■■■■■■■
    Good Luck! icon_thumright.gif
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  • btowntechbtowntech Member Posts: 198
    Good luck! Passed this exam last month, not to bad of an exam.
    BS - Information Technology; AAS - Electro-Mechanical Engineering
  • kryollakryolla Member Posts: 785
    Good Luck
    Studying for CCIE and drinking Home Brew
  • josunin75josunin75 Member Posts: 44 ■■□□□□□□□□
    Good Luck!

    I'll be doing mine on June 8. ^^;;
    Whole lot of review to do.
    Hope I can pass.
    on to BCMSN ^=============^

    2 x 3550 EMI
    2 x 2950
    2 x 3640
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  • SysAdmin4066SysAdmin4066 Member Posts: 443
    Good luck, looks like you're going to beat me :)
    In Progress: CCIE R&S Written Scheduled July 17th (Tentative)

    Next Up: CCIE R&S Lab
  • jamesp1983jamesp1983 Member Posts: 2,475 ■■■■□□□□□□
    that's a fun exam. def my favorite. good luck!
    "Check both the destination and return path when a route fails." "Switches create a network. Routers connect networks."
  • redwarriorredwarrior Member Posts: 285
    I passed with a bit of breathing room to spare! There was one sim which completely threw me off in the beginning, but I was able to regroup, regather my confidence, and I did pretty well. The funny part is, the areas I use every day, configuring vlans and inter-vlan routing were my weakest (77% on each of those), whereas some of the areas I have no real-world experience in I did great on. (VoIP - 100%) I guess I tend to overthink some of the questions on topics I deal with a lot. In any case, I'm going to do a little review of the areas I felt weak on and then move on to my final CCNP exam, BSCI. (Woo-hoo...routing at last!)

    For study, I used the following resources:
    Cisco Press Study Guide for BCMSN - I found this to be more than complete and a tough read, but good stuff.
    Cisco Press Lab Portfolio - This was more than worth buying...the labs in here were great.
    TrainSignal Videos and CBT Nuggets
    Switches and Bridges by Caslow - I did read a bit of this, but by the time I cracked it open, I was mostly through the study guide and just could stomach much of it.

    My Hardware Lab for this:
    2 x 3560's
    2 x 2950's

    I found I could do pretty much everything I needed to do on these except GLBP and the wireless. Trainsignal was particularly helpful at filling in those gaps.

    I'm planning on beginning my BSCI studies with Routing TCP/IP vol. 1 by Doyle and Caroll, then doing vol. 2 before diving into the actual study guide. I also plan on buying the lab portfolio for this one as well. Not sure on the hardware lab yet or if I will do dynamips. I do have a 6509 and some random routers I can use at work to build a lab, but I think most of them are 2500's. Already I'm thinking that multicast will be tough for me...it's always been tough for me to wrap my head around!

    CCNP Progress


    BSCI - In Progress

    http://www.redwarriornet.com/ <--My Cisco Blog
  • networker050184networker050184 Mod Posts: 11,962 Mod
    An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made.
  • nelnel Member Posts: 2,859 ■□□□□□□□□□
    COngrats man!
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  • mikej412mikej412 Member Posts: 10,086 ■■■■■■■■■■
    redwarrior wrote: »
    I passed
    Congratulations!! icon_cheers.gif
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  • miller811miller811 Member Posts: 897
    Congrats on your backward progress.... Good luck on the BSCI
    I don't claim to be an expert, but I sure would like to become one someday.

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  • btowntechbtowntech Member Posts: 198
    Congrats! icon_thumright.gif
    BS - Information Technology; AAS - Electro-Mechanical Engineering
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