Archive for the ‘Certification’ Category
Well, I’m still working towards my CCIE: Route/Switch, I figured I’d post an update about it, and why not focus on the books I’m using to prep for the CCIE: R/S Written exam:
- Routing TCP/IP Volume I 2nd Edition
- Routing TCP/IP Volume II
- Cisco LAN Switching
- CCIE: Routing & Switching Certification Guide
- Troubleshooting IP Routing Protocols
- QoS Certification Guide
- BGP Design & Implementation
- Developing IP Multicast Network
- MPLS Fundamentals
- Deploying IPv6 Networks
- IPv6 for the Enterprise
- Optimal Routing Design
- Cisco Firewalls
- CCNP: Security SECURE
I’m sure that will be enough to cover the objectives of the CCIE:R/S Written. I’ve actually already read through a good portion of the books mentioned, hopefully in the next month or two I will be ready to tackle the written exam!
Anyway back to reading and labbing, I’m working my way through the Multicast objectives, then I’m going to tackle IPv6, and review VRF/MP-BGP and then I’ll be ready to take on the exam!
I guess it’s time I should update my library page.
Well, I’ve decided to go down the path and become a CCIE! After all I have my CCNP, CCIP, & CCDP I’ve really only got one more level to go to Expert! So while I am still building my lab, I only need a few more routers, a bunch of WICs, and even more cables I have enough to keep studying and moving forward.
So I’ll be trying to get out even more blog posts covering various topics, or whatever topics I stumble upon while tackling the CCIE (and I’m sure their will be a lot of them)
So here goes nothing! (and I’m sure I’ll be saying that 6+ months later when I’m still studying for this)
After 4 months of getting lost in design guides/books I finally decided to take a shot at the CCDP exam, and passed! I’m sure the experience I gained at worked helped out even more since a good portion of job is network design.
Much like the CCDA it covered the best practice and design for a broad array of different technologies IP addressing, remote access, security, virtualization, multicast, & various other topics. Just from my own experience the difficulty of the questions varied I found the layer 3 routing protocol and IP address questions to be quite simple, what I consider along the lines of just good common sense for any network design. Compared to the data center/virtualization technologies where I found them a little bit more difficult because I don’t typically find myself playing with NX-OS often. I will say however my previous experience managing and maintaining a few VMWare ESX clusters did come in handy.
I am looking forward to a small break before I start going down another path, whether it be CCNP: Security or towards my CCIE: R&S. So for now it’s back to blogging, labbing, working, and living life!
Now to figure out what more I need to complete my CCIE lab!
Well after 7 months of studying and 2 exams later I’ve finally obtained my CCIP! When I initially thought about going after my CCIP I said this shouldn’t be too bad after going through Routing TCP/IP Volume II, BGP Design & implementation, and half way through MPLS fundamentals (See my Library page on the left for links) I was really starting to feel it. I kept moving along and passed the 642-691 I got a little bit of hope and jumped right into QoS. The funny thing about QoS was I didn’t realize how much I really new about it, nor did realize how much more I could do with it. QoS certainly was an interesting topic to learn, and I am sure I’ll be learning even more about it as time goes on.
Now that I’m done with my CCIP, I think I am going to take a small break from studying. I am going to focus back on my blog (So hopefully I will get some more updates out) and I am going to start building my own home lab for whenever I decide to start studying for my CCIE (not sure when but I will pursue that eventually). Not a bad way to start the new year right?
Well, I was taking a SonicWall class last week, and finally got around to taking the certification test earlier this evening. It was a 60 question exam, and I passed the exam with an 88%, not perfect but the passing score was an 80% plus I didn’t want to go back and double check all the questions I marked. Since the voucher code I was given provided me with 3 attempts I was not feeling the pressure. It wasn’t a very complex exam it had a mixture of basic IPSec, NAT, VPN functionality, but still not as in depth as what is covered in the CCNA/CCNA: Security exam if you’ve debugged a few IPSec VPN’s on a Cisco device you can definitely read the logs on a SonicWall device. The other half of the test was all related to SonicWall functionality its routing, security, & wireless features. If you’ve got some good security experience and can navigate your way through a SonicWall like the back of the your hand then I’d say go for it. Of course considering my existing number of certifications I have yet to find out if adding SonicWall to my credentials will pay off, only time will tell.
Now back to the 642-642 QoS Exam (Which I was studying for in the middle of the SonicWall class), let’s see if I can take & pass this exam by the end of the year!
Well I was finally able to sneak out of the office to go take the BGP+MPLS 642-691 exam earlier this week, something I have been trying to do for almost 2 weeks now. I really didn’t think finding the time to schedule the test was going to be the toughest part. The test took me an hour, and I passed so all my studying and work has paid off.
I was honestly a bit disappointed with the test, it seemed a bit more one-sided to me and the simulations were less than challenging in my opinion. I’ve done much more complicated labs in GNS3 and at work that matter. So as I was going the exam I felt more and more confident and really over-prepared. I do suppose it’s better than the alternative and failing the exam so I won’t dwell on this any further I passed and I am one step closer (well two technically) to getting my CCIP certification.
I’ll be jumping into QoS in hopes of taking this test by end of the year, and starting 2012 with my CCIP Certification!