Passing the lab is a lot about psychology. You will be put into an environment you have never been in before. You won’t know what the room looks like, what keyboard you will use and there are a lot of unknowns. As one well known CCIE said “We don’t want to do anything for the first time in the lab except pass it.” In my preparations I have taken some measurements to keep these unknowns to a minimum. I am using PuTTY for access since that is used in the R&S lab. I am also using a keyboard with an american layout to be used to finding the keys I will need on the lab. I bought a screen of similar size to the ones used on the lab and I’m not using dual screens even though I prefer that since we only have one screen at the lab. This post at the netcraftsmen talks about the environment of the lab.
CCIE link of the day # 5 – Know your enemy