Monday, July 7, 2008

CCIE : A New Beginning

This is the new beginning of a long and arduous task. After considering hard and taken a long time doing that, I have decided to go for this exclusive and yet at times elusive certification, the grand mama of all Cisco certifications, the Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE). Ok it was some time ago, but this blog only started today ;-).

I have just bought IPExpert's Blended Learning Solution for the CCIE R&S track. I spoke to Matt Brooks who was nice enough to spend time answering my many questions. After doing a bit of more research and also gotten a cool discount from Mike Down's blog, I took the plunge to spend over USD 900 for the package.

I am now waiting impatiently to receive the portable hard disk drive from IPExpert and start studying a little :-). Let's hope they arrive within this week?

As some of you may be aware, I am yet to complete my CCNP (ONT left). However, I figure that since the CCIE R&S track depends mostly on the BSCI and BCMSN part, I would like to study further into this area.

I have gotten myself 13 USB LAN adaptors which will complement my Dynamips setup on my Core2Duo laptop for the labs to link up with the 4 units of Cisco 3560 switches (8-ports model unfortunately). It will be a challenge itself to get this setup but I have gotten a head start by utilizing Scott Vermillion's topologies (Scott happens to use just a Mac Mini plus 4 units of Cisco 3560 switches to pass his CCIE R&S exam).

As of now, I am flipping through my BSCI books to try and refresh all the routing protocols in my head especially my favourite routing protocol, EIGRP :-).

1 comment:

Caue said...

Hey man!

Welcome to the CCIE & Blog world!

Let me know when your BLS arrives! It´s really impressive!

I´ve spent today watching it for hours!

Wish to hear more about you, your study strategies! You´ll find that a Blog is a wonderfull tool to push you up, and to have all of your notes in one place! ;)

If I can assist you in anything, just tell me!

Cheers! And Welcome!