We've been running a study/meetup group for Cisco folks for the past three years (man I'm getting old). Now I'm getting close to taking my CCIE lab and am kicking our meetings into high gear because they help me retain/master the crazy amount of information.
We have in-person meetings (groups of 5-8 at local coffee shops in Pasadena and Ontario) and recently added an actual classroom in Rosemead thanks to a generous corporation (think Orange Chicken). We're all hands on using GNS3.
For May, we also have 12 remote sessions through Adobe Connect for regular folks going for CCNA and for experts going for CCNP/CCIE. All remote sessions are Pacific Time (GMT-7)
We're still going strong and I've just scheduled 24 sessions from now til end of July.
We ditched Adobe Connect and are now using Google Hangouts. The beginner sessions are recorded and shot to YouTube approx 10 minutes after the sessions are finished. Expert sessions are not recorded... mainly because we're often cursing at the crazy CCIE tasks in the various vendor workbooks.
This week I'm adding a monster server with an crazily overclocked Core i7 Ivy Bridge, 32 GB of RAM and large SSD to run multiple instances of GNS3 Workbench in VM. So if people don't have their GNS3 set up correctly, they can just remote control into a premade instance.