Throwing down the SWITCH gauntlet on 3-30-12

vinbuckvinbuck Posts: 785Member
I am finally ready to take SWITCH on. I still feel like I could study more in a few areas which i'll be doing over the next few days, but if I push it out any more, it will just be procrastination and not (hopefully) lack of preparation. My study material consists of:

Books: OCG, FLG, Various Cisco Docs and Study Blogs
Video: CBT Nuggets
Lab: 2x3550, 2x2950, IOU and GNS3
Practice Questions - Boson EX-SIM MAX and OCG questions.

Lastly, over 1500 flashcards I created from the various sources and put into Mnemosyne.

I was gonna take it next Monday, but i have to go on a road trip for work so I would rather take it and be done and focus on TSHOOT and finally CCNP!
Cisco was my first networking love, but my "other" router is a Mikrotik...

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  • MAC_AddyMAC_Addy Posts: 1,740Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    Best of luck mate!
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  • wavewave Posts: 342Member
    Good luck!! Did you use both the OCG and FLG for ROUTE too? I'm just using the FLG (inc. Appendixes) for ROUTE as I don't really want to fork out the money for another book. I figure that the Boson Ex Sim max exams will reveal if there are any areas not covered in the FLG and I'll buy the OCG at that point.

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  • NetworkVeteranNetworkVeteran Posts: 2,338Member ■■■■■■■■□□
    wave wrote: »
    Good luck!! Did you use both the OCG and FLG for ROUTE too? I'm just using the FLG (inc. Appendixes) for ROUTE as I don't really want to fork out the money for another book. I figure that the Boson Ex Sim max exams will reveal if there are any areas not covered in the FLG and I'll buy the OCG at that point.

    Wave, sorry to say, you just missed the $10 sale for the ROUTE OCG.

    (Personally, I did not buy the ROUTE OCG, because I feel the ROUTE FLG is an awesome book and covers plenty!)

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    Vinbuck, you sound incredibly prepared. Should be a piece of cake. :)

    PS - Hopefully, you checked out the Switch OCG author's website, to review the exam content not in his text.
  • RoguetadhgRoguetadhg Posts: 2,472Member
    Wave, sorry to say, you just missed the $10 sale for the ROUTE OCG.

    (Personally, I did not buy the ROUTE OCG, because I feel the ROUTE FLG is an awesome book and covers plenty!)

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    Vinbuck, you sound incredibly prepared. Should be a piece of cake. :)

    PS - Hopefully, you checked out the Switch OCG author's website, to review the exam content not in his text.

    I just got the FLG in the mail. I've been through the EIGRP and OSPF sections for OCG already. I'm hoping for a better experience. I'll start to read through it, but I already like how "MPLS" is a more mentioned technology in this book, just by glancing at the few pages. I have high hopes.

    Whose the hottie on the front cover?

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    I thought that the OCG ROUTE was big. This is biggerer.
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  • veritas_libertasveritas_libertas CISSP, GIAC x5, CompTIA x5 Greenville, SC USAPosts: 5,735Member ■■■■■■■■■■
    @Poetic Badger: They had the e-book on sale yesterday for $9.99. I decided I'd rather kill a tree for that book though, It's hard to flip pages quickly when I practice configs...

    @OP: Best of luck with SWITCH.
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  • SharkDiverSharkDiver Posts: 844Member
    Vinbuck,

    Good luck to you on the SWITCH exam. You can do it.

    Rogue,

    I have often wondered why I don't run into more IT people that look like the one on the cover of that book.
  • NetworkVeteranNetworkVeteran Posts: 2,338Member ■■■■■■■■□□
    Roguetadhg wrote:
    Whose the hottie on the front cover?

    I had that same thought. Followed quickly by, if that's Diane Teare, I wonder if she's single! Alas, she is not. ;)
  • ZartanasaurusZartanasaurus Posts: 2,008Member
    I had that same thought. Followed quickly by, if that's Diane Teare, I wonder if she's single! Alas, she is not. ;)
    They have a picture of her in the Cisco Data Center blog banner. I agree she's very attractive. Reminds me of Mariska Hargitay.
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  • RoguetadhgRoguetadhg Posts: 2,472Member
    She needs to model cisco equipment.

    Nothing sexier than a woman with brains!
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  • wavewave Posts: 342Member
    I bet they've pulled someone's EA out from her desk for a quick photo-snap.

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    SWITCH Passed 25 September 2012
    TSHOOT Passed 23 October 2012
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  • vinbuckvinbuck Posts: 785Member
    Thanks for all the support y'all....been hitting my weak areas and trying to reinforce them. Probably going to do all the major case study labs in the SLM along with verification commands one more time so it's all fresh in my head.

    Three days to go and counting...
    Cisco was my first networking love, but my "other" router is a Mikrotik...
  • vinbuckvinbuck Posts: 785Member
    Vinbuck, you sound incredibly prepared. Should be a piece of cake. :)

    PS - Hopefully, you checked out the Switch OCG author's website, to review the exam content not in his text.

    I did download the guide and have reviewed the material. Most of it I was able to brush up on using the FLG, so it wasn't entirely new. I'll probably give it one more read through before I take the exam.
    Cisco was my first networking love, but my "other" router is a Mikrotik...
  • N2ITN2IT Posts: 7,483Inactive Imported Users
    Good luck! I have an exam that day as well..... Here's to both of us coming up a winner!
  • vinbuckvinbuck Posts: 785Member
    Headed to Pearson Vue...feeling good. icon_smile.gif

    "Once more unto the breach, dear friends..."
    Cisco was my first networking love, but my "other" router is a Mikrotik...
  • wavewave Posts: 342Member
    vinbuck wrote: »
    Headed to Pearson Vue...feeling good. icon_smile.gif

    "Once more unto the breach, dear friends..."

    Awesome, go knock it out of the park!

    ROUTE Passed 1 May 2012
    SWITCH Passed 25 September 2012
    TSHOOT Passed 23 October 2012
    Taking CCNA Security in April 2013 then studying for the CISSP
  • martell1000martell1000 Posts: 389Member
    I had that same thought. Followed quickly by, if that's Diane Teare, I wonder if she's single! Alas, she is not. ;)

    lol i did a google picture search for diane teare after i got this book ... maybe its her daughter :D
    And then, I started a blog ...
  • MrBrianMrBrian Posts: 520Member
    It's been a while since you left to pearson vue lol.. hopefully you tackled it!!
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  • vinbuckvinbuck Posts: 785Member
    Great success!!! 901 out of a 1000. Almost there. Just a tshoot away! Will post a full debrief when I get to a pc
    Cisco was my first networking love, but my "other" router is a Mikrotik...
  • MAC_AddyMAC_Addy Posts: 1,740Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    Well done! Congratulations! can't wait for a good read on your write up.
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  • MAC_AddyMAC_Addy Posts: 1,740Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    Roguetadhg wrote: »
    Whose the hottie on the front cover?
    She's not really a hottie in my option. I bet she's a bit**. She doesn't really have a butt and her arms look like twigs. It also looks like she's got an overbite. Plus, they made it to where you can't see her ring finger... Damn you photographer! *shakes fist.
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  • Nate--IRL--Nate--IRL-- Posts: 103Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    Fantastic, congrats.

    Nate
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