Narbik's Boot Camp
jason_lunde Member Posts: 567
Well I am in Richardson, TX about to attend Narbik's CIERS-I bootcamp this week. I will try to provide some nightly updates if you guys want to hear about it. I heard the class runs pretty late though, so we will see what happens. For now, back to my beer.
Or you can just post nightly "too tired, must sleep" or "too drunk, must sleep" updates to let us know you're still alive -- and then post a review after the bootcamp.
If you are going to a bootcamp I would completely forget about this place and all other distractions. Other than personal hygene, sleep and mealtimes all you should be doing is either sitting in class or working very late on labs. You will find two kinds of candidates in bootcamps, those who are serious and those who are not.
spot on... nothing else to add...
Thats an understatement. 9a-10p today. Had to hop online anyways, so thought I might drop a line here. 8 hr mock assessment lab to start the day, then on to layer 2 security , and frame relay. Narbik lives up to all expectations in terms of teaching approach and knowledge. We got lunch, but besides that your on your own...so bring plenty of snacks.
So day 1 was the mock assessment lab, and then switching security and frame relay. Day 2 was IGP's, day 3 was bgp and mpls, day 4 qos (l2 and l3), and a huge mock lab. Day 5 was a half-day covering multicasting. That is it, and about all you can cover in 5 days truthfully. If you want the other stuff you have to attend his 12-day in Glendale, CA (IP services, security, etc...).
I took enough notes to fill a notebook, and really just tried to soak everything in. The dude is brilliant, and his delivery is fantastic. You have all probably heard; he is solely whiteboard...no slides. He will note his outline of what he is about to cover for each subject on the board, and then he just crosses them off as he covers them. Even going 12 + hours every day, you never find yourself tired or about to fall asleep. It is a totally different experience than what I had in college. Narbik is full of energy, and it shows in his lectures that he is very knowledgeable and enthusiastic on what he is talking about. He is an ios dictionary, and can draw out headers from memory. He has fully labbed everything that he is talking to you about, and will tell you if what he has found is different than what Cisco or someone else tells you...then he will prove it to you. Like I said, it was a truly great week of learning and labbing. When you get back to your hotel you are so tired...but cant help yourself from cracking a beer and starting a telnet session to your rack. I do recommend Narbik's boot camp to anyone looking at boot camps as it is extremely useful in both gaining knowledge and affirming knowledge. Plus the dude is extremely funny, and will keep you having fun through the whole week.
Drink one for me...
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