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How to configure OSPF Totally Stubby Area in Cisco Routers- Series 1?

In this series of posts lets configure OSPF Totally Stubby Area, but before proceeding further let’s summarise the below topology

OSPF Totally Stubby Area
  1. Two OSPF Areas Area 0 and Area 5
  2. R1, R2 and R4 are part of Area 0 and OSPF is configured on the directly connected links on each router ( R1 – R2 link , R1-R4 link)
  3. R4 has four loop back interfaces  loopback 1 (10.0.1.1) , loopback 2 (10.0.2.2) ,loopback 3 (10.0.3.3) and loopback 4 (10.0.4.4) ,these loopback interfaces networks are redistributed into OSPF
  4. R2-R3 are part of Area 5, R2 happened to be a ABR
  5. OSPF Area 5 is configured on the interfaces connected between R2-R3.

Currently Area 5 is a normal area and its not been configured as a totally stubby area,  R2 installs the R4 loopback interface networks as Type 5 LSA and forward the same to Area 5

We can see from the below snap shot R2 received R4 loopback networks as Type 5 LSAs and the routes are installed as Type 2 External OSPF routes, also we could see the interface connecting R1-R4 are also advertised as Type 3 LSA

R2 - R4 route
R2 - type 5

R3 sees R4 loopback interfaces network as Type 5 LSA and R1-R4 , R1-R2 links network 192.168.14.0/29 , 192.168.12.0/29  as Type 3 LSAs

R3 LSA table

In next post, let’s see by what impact Area 5 will have especially after configuring it as  OSPF Totally Stubby Area.

Does CCIE track selection need counselling?

When it comes to choosing a CCIE track most of the CCIE aspirers are confused, every day I encounter at least one CCIE aspirers approaching me for advice. Some times I petty them but there are in need of guidance, so I morally try to support them and guide them to best of my ability.

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Why are most of them are confused in choosing CCIE tracks?

Its been observed that most of them are confused at the step 1 of CCIE, they struggle to choose a CCIE track for them, some of them try to meet instructor after instructor of different tracks to select the CCIE track, this makes them more confused. Even I have seem some people start with a CCIE track A for few months and then again they change their track to track B, this is not a good sign for some one who already started the journey of CCIE.

I believe most of them want to choose a CCIE track for different reasons like

  • Which CCIE track is in more demand?
  • Which CCIE track is easy to pass?
  • Which CCIE track offers me more remuneration?
  • Which CCIE track is easy to simulate?
  • Which CCIE track costs less?

So and so forth, well these are not the valid reasons to select a CCIE track. I strongly believe there should be strong desire and passion towards a particular track, which comes out when you ask the series of questions which mentioned in the article “ The Journey of CCIE – Series 1”. Yet some people may need some sort of Pre CCIE counselling in selecting a CCIE track and planning their journey.

Well, as per my knowledge no one is offering such service if someone wants to seek any guidance they can reach me out I can assist them in choosing their passions. Yes, CCIE is a passion and can be only achieved when someone gives more than 100%. Please do feel free to reach me out, I will more than glad to help you.

Passed CCIE Routing and Switching Lab

By the grace of Almighty I passed the CCIE Routing and Switching lab exam. I have been preparing for this for almost a year and was vigorously working hard for past four months. The preparation kept me away from blogging for almost a year. My dream to peruse CCIE Routing and Switching has turned into reality. I would like to thank especially my Wife and my Son for their tremendous support.

Without their support I believe it was not possible. I would also like to thank Narbik Kocharians for his amazing work books andBrain McGahan for the great Advance Technology Class videos, they are simply awesome. I really enjoyed watching ATC videos and it gave me the thorough understanding of the concepts. Whereas Narbik Kocharians work books gave the practical experience and further strengthened my understanding of the concepts.

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Since I passed I received lot of emails, linked messages and phone calls to know what my approach was. I believe IT Knowledge Exchange is a best platform for me to share my CCIE journey not only with my friends but also the readers of this blog.  Sine this is the first post of year I thought of sharing about the work books I used and the videos I watched.

I will keep this short but promise to comeback to share my experience and the path I adopted to pass the CCIE Routing and Switching lab.

Routing and Switching CCIE Version 5 Update expected this November?

Since I am preparing for the CCIE Routing and Switching Lab exam, I am following up all the latest developments very closely. Recently I was reading an INE blog post on CCIE Routing and Switching Version 5 update. According to INE an announcement is expected sometime in November. Cisco Live Milan does have a session dedicated to CCIE Routing and Switching Version 5 presented by Bruno van de Werve, the CCIE R&S Exam Product Manager.

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The updated version of CCIE R & S seems to be a 100% virtual lab environment similar to the current troubleshooting section of CCIE R & S lab. Some older legacy technologies like frame relay is expected to be removed along with some least used IOS features like Zone- Based Firewall, WCCP, IPv6 Multicast and PfR also topics like IPSec, read more………………………….

 

A review for CCIE Routing and Switching Certification Guide (4th Edition)

When it comes to CCIE Routing and Switching Written Exam you need to study lots of books especially the titles published from Cisco Press.

As we all know CCIE Routing and Switching is not an easy task, it needs lots of preparation. Since I am in the process of perusing CCIE Routing and Switching I thought of starting my journey with CCIE Routing and Switching Certification Guide ( 4th Edition) published by read more……..