Sunday, June 12, 2011

Certification Path and TCP/IP Vol I

I decided not to go and test for the CCNA: Security at this point in time. I believe at this point there's really no need but I did cover all of the material and took what I've learned and applied as much as I could in my current job role. Most likely I'm going to take a hiatus from taking any actual tests and prepare to go straight for the CCNP: Voice in about 9-12 months since that's the field I'm in and I already have a really good start.

That doesn't mean I'm not going to study at all though. On the weekends I spend about 1-3 hours going through the CCIE TCP/IP Vol I book, I need to have IP Fundamentals understood as much as possible. Today I labbed up a simple four router network using nothing but static routes. I've learned that specifying an exit interface (i.e. FastEthernet 0/0) rather than the next-hop router IP address with static routing could generate excessive traffic on a broadcast network. The router uses ARP to query were the packet should be sent rather than just using the next-hop IP address defined in the static route. Below is to example static route configs along with the picture of the lab I worked on:

ip route (Next-Hop IP Address, preferred method)

ip route FastEthernet0/0 (Uses ARP/Broadcast, can be CPU Intensive)

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