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Routing TCP/IP, Volume I (CCIE Professional Development) by Jeff Doyle

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The Final Six Months

With a now-solid background combining practical and theoretical knowledge, your final six months of preparation should involve reading the Cisco IOS Configuration Guides from cover to cover. As you read each chapter, review the associated chapter in the Cisco IOS Command Reference to ensure that you are familiar with the full configuration capabilities of the IOS for that protocol. Then use your lab to configure the protocol covered in the chapter in as many ways as you can. Play “what if” games, trying to make the protocol work in unusual situations. You will find that the best learning experiences result not when a configuration works as expected, but when it doesn't.

Keep a notebook of your configurations and your thoughts ...

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