Indra Prasetyo, CCIE #29281


The journey start from March 2009, After I completed My CCNP, I want
to take the CCIE Exam, but I know exactly, the exam will be tougher
than any other CCXP because it will take 8 hours lab. I was starting
the study by watching INE CoD by two brians (the old one), that was
good for bridging us from fresh CCNP, then start the Vol1 INE.

I've spent about an hour a day to do those Vol1 Lab, because at that
point I was taking my post-graduate study (Work at Morning, Lecturer
at night >. have more time spare for study CCIE. It takes me around 1,5 years
labbing up the Vol1.

In January 2011, I asked the Company, where I worked, to give me
sponsorship, and Alhamdulillah, they granted my wish. Then I
scheduled the Lab for June 16 2011 at Hongkong. After that approval,
I started Vol2, now this was the First time Ever, I feel how the CCIE
exam looked like, even though I did it in my home or in the Office.

as you may Know, Lab by Lab, I always FAILED, because

1 - I couldn't manage my time

2 - The Multiprotocols Scenario was completely messed-up, when you're
not verified it bit-by-bit So, simply I failed lots and lots of Lab.

Then 1,5 Month before taking the Real Exam, I asked to my Company to
have full day Studying + setting up my Own Rack (9 ISR Routers + 4
3560) to be exclusively me to used. This was great, again, they
granted my wishes. So I've spend night and day, either in the Office
or at my home to Labbing up! I could study for 14 Hours straight at
that moment, but I like it :)

I took my first mock Lab Exam (Mock Lab1), in week 2 of my intensive
preparation, and I passed with the score 84, cool that increasing my
confidence level!

the next 2 week, I took another Mock Lab Exam (Mock Lab3), got 84,
great!!! the last one I took the Mock Lab2, but unfortunately, I was
sleeping overnight, because My friends were coming home and stayed. I
failed the Exam and Got 78! I learned that in order to take the Exam
you must have a good rest the night before.

Ok, the lab day was Coming, I flew to Hongkong 2 days before the
Exam. I didn't touch any routers nor switches to begin with.

And Finally, I took the Exam. The TS section was really challenging,
you must timing yourself, I got tough question in the early
Incidents. But, I realized if in 5 minutes, I even didn't get a clue,
go to the next question, not forget to document ALL your thought in
the provided paper, whether you solve the Incident or not, because
you could use it later on (yeah it probably take you around 30
seconds to do so, Need a practice).

The Config Section, mostly, are straight forward. In the middle of
Lab exam I feel great. I finished 2 hours earlier, so i could
re-re-re-re-verified my works, And at that Time I found some of my
task wasn't fulfill the requirement >. After I finished the Exam, I feel down, mostly because I'm afraid I
missed so many task due to my careless.

Finally, After two hours waiting, the Confirmation was come to my
mail, and I opened it up with my heart pounding on it.......

and, Alhamdulillah God helped me to achieve this Certification.

I hope this has been Informative, and I'd like to thank you for
reading :)

Indra Prasetyo Nugroho, CCIE#29281

Hi Everyone,

I?m happy to say that Alhamdulillah, I?ve passed the CCIE-SP Lab exam several days ago, in Mobile Lab. It was my second CCIE Attempt. I watched the Incredible INE Video, understanding the fundamental concept and practicing the SP Workbooks (old version and the latest version), since the old one still contain a great resources such as QoS, Security (RTBH), Internet Access, Etc. I was Practicing the Full scale Lab, where lab 1-2 was a warming-up lab, since I could get above 80 on both lab on my First Attempt ;), Lab 3 was quite great, since it was becoming more complex, and finally Lab 4 was totally complex in limited gear fashion and there were so much restriction on the task requirement, CCIE Lab style, hehe.

After finishing the INE Workbook, I used the CCIE-SP Sample Lab Exam, which was available on the Cisco Partner Education Center (PEC), the lab task seems straight forward, but the devices were bigger :P

In My opinion, strategy to tackle SP is slightly different from tackling R/S, since in the SP everthing was related, from building your IGP/BGP/MPLS Backbone Infrastructure to delivering Services to Tier-2 and Tier-3 small SPs, so what I did in the exam were:

? The first 60 minutes I read the task requirements carefully and making the Diagrams (there were a bunch of devices involved), making correlation between IPv4 & IPv4 IGP/BGP/MPLS related Task, keep track the RD, RT, and the related Routers, and finally make the aliases for both IOS & IOS-XR. I did this because once you nail the lab task requirement, the deeper you config the more you would lose sight of what may happened in your IGP/BGP/MPLS, so that was why I preferred to look the Big Picture and predict what could happened in the first 60 Minutes of reading & Drawing Diagrams.

? I didn?t trust the Initial config, So I configure the whole IOS/IOS-XR config in every task requirements, eventhough it only mentioning about some expected result was not there.

? I found bug on some feature, where I did the verification, I detected somekind ?unidirectional? status on my routers on one side but the other-side it was Ok, I try to shut and no shut the Interface, but it was still the same. The Only option for me was to reloading the GSR Box, but with that PRP in place, it could took 50-70 Minutes to booting up, So I just leave the task at it is, and I have to sacrifice some points >.<

? I managed to finish almost all the task and still have 1.30 hours to did the re-verification on all the tasks I finished, and counting the points I had earned.

? I used the tclsh to verify all the prefix could be reachable, but unfortunately you couldn?t do that on XR Box, I used manual method instead :(

I Thought the result would be fast like R/S, but I just got it next morning, Since I was very tired and oversleep right after getting home. I opened up the OLSM, and Alhamdulillah I passed the Exams.

Thanks INE for providing best materials for the Service Provider Track ;)

- Indra Prasetyo, CCIE #29281 (CCIE Routing & Switching, CCIE Service Provider)

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