Thanks. I am operating under the assumption that there is another mobile lab in Johannesburg in January 2013, and that will be my target. Pretty much gives me a year, which I think is good considering I still have my job and family to look out for too.
I've hardly ever used vendor specific books for any sort of qualification, and I usually research and study the specific technology from various sources. I will, however, be looking to subscribe to the INE material as well, seeing as they seem to be some of the best going by the comments on this forum.
I find myself difficult to study or stay in only one subject for a few days straight... sometimes I read something in forums or get something to do at work etc.. and I jump to that technology/protocol right away...
Or if you're messing with redistribution and noticed something strange you need to check that even if it has nothing to do with redistribution. Let's say redistribution between ospf & eigrp - AD is unexpected or External routes are not showing etc... you need to jump back to eigrp study and leave redistribution for a few hours...
At least that's how I study. It's very good to have a guideline, but not so strict. I would say - every 2 weeks I will change major subject - security, routing protocols, switching protocols, multicast, IPv6, QOS etc....
Less specific than your plan.
The schedule is really-really good. As positive feedback a couple of areas that I'm sure you've probably already gathered for, but could be worth mentioning for other folks in the forum.
It seems you're running the technologies in two full cycles, for which the length and structure are very similar in some areas and then you just start tackling full labs in November/December.
Taking some good practices from the guys in software development and Agile development, I would recommend exploring as a possibility the following approach:
- Run the first cycle as is.
- Then set up two weeks of mixed labs, notting the areas where you scored lower.
- Based on the results, still go through another iteration of full studies, but adjust the weights (a.k.a. the length) based on the results.
- Run another cycle of mixed labs.
- Third iteration with final adjustments.
- Final run of mixed labs.
As mentioned at the opening, still a very impressive schedule.
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