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    Default That last step is a doozy

    I passed the written last month and it's been a year since I finished the CCNP. I've been studying for the last six months or so but in a very haphazard fashion, I need to be more organized about it.

    The CCIE was a certification I always wanted to complete so while I'm no longer doing tier-3 networking, I can still use the knowledge and it's a personal goal. It being a personal goal has its pros and cons though. While it really won't impact my career other than making me a bit more effective as a manager, there's less incentive to study because there's no reward other than personal satisfaction. Balancing study, activity (hiking, skiing, bike riding) and home improvement will be a chore.

    I'm fortunate enough to have access to not just the INE CCIE R/S material but also Cisco 360 CCIE material. I'd like to take Narbik's boot camp but am unsure if that will happen. I have 600 tokens that came with the INE subscription that I'll use for some of their larger labs.

    Resources include:

    INE CCIE R/S v5
    Cisco 360 CCNP to CCIE Progression
    Cisco 360 Preferred Bundle
    Cisco Lab Builder time

    Books:

    Routing TCP/IP vol 1 & 2 (latest versions), Troubleshooting IP Routing Protocols, Narbik's "Bridging the gap" book, Cisco Press IP Multicast and a few other misc. books

    So not including any classes, I have access to about 1500 hrs worth of study resources but my biggest annoyance is that Cisco tends to do maintenance at the most inconvenient times. What's the point of having resources in the cloud when you schedule a week-long outage?

    For a couple of reasons, I've given myself a hard deadline of 18 months from today to pass the lab with an initial lab goal of six months. If I don't pass within 18 months, I'll have to pivot into a different way of studying. I'll decide in five months whether the following month is good or that a later month is an appropriate target. I need a target to aim for else I kind of do a little here and a little there in a disorganized fashion. So call the target 180 days away.

    Current plan:

    I've decided to start over with the "progression" labs while continuing to watch the INE videos. I'm also going to put together command sets to simply type out at work. Anyone who has taken a typing course knows that the key to speed is repetition. I plan on taking 10-20 minutes each day at work and simply typing commands in Notepad.

    Assuming I'll be studying for 23 of those 26 weeks and assuming 22 hrs per week gives about 500 hours of study from today to the target date. Remembering that I've already done quite a bit of study to get to this point, I'm ball-parking the use of that time as follows:

    Videos: 100 hrs
    Reading: 50 hrs
    Labs: 325 hrs
    360 Assessments: 25 - 50 hrs
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    Good luck in your pursuits! I definitely know how hard it is to pursue something that isn't going to immediately and directly help you. I gave up on studying the PMP because I was in the same situation with it. It's just hard to keep the drive up.
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    Some infrastructure labs, reading and videos. DMVPN has been playing a role at work so have been reading a bit more about it. The tablet also fits well into a bracket on the elliptical so I can't use either as an excuse to avoid the other.
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    EANx,

    I thought you were reading the story of my life...lol. I'm in the same boat and currently in a bootcamp to retake my written exam on the 6th of March and begin the CCIE # chase again. I've moved on to a manager position where a only supervise but it was a goal that was never finished a few years ago. I have around 2500 INE tokens and CCIE Written/Lab bootcamps that have been paid for already along with a lab voucher. I was also thinking about going to ISOLThailand towards the end of my studying and take the weeks 5-8 for the lab, Go to Dubai in December and attempt the Lab and party Win, Lose or Draw. Next try at least 2 more times every 90 days and If after 3 tries I don't have my number curl up and die with my CISSP,CCNP and PMP and act like I really didn't want the CCIE....lol
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    Still working away, the last week found me taking Narbik's class (see my other post reviewing the class). It was good but I head information overload each day. I managed to get a score on the hard assessment exam similar to people Narbik felt were close to ready for the lab but I know I'm not close.
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    hey man, keep us posted on that
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    I agree! I'm rooting for you! Now I'm worried that Cisco will change the Lab after Cisco Live.....Not that I've been studying alot but I've decided to do it or stop talking about it. It's been a 4 year lie I tell to myself.
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    Hah! Thanks guys. Not long after that last entry I was in an accident that sidelined my ability to hunch over a keyboard for hours at a time. I could watch videos and read books but it doesn't stick until I've done it several times. Got back to it a few weeks ago and since MPLS has always been a weak point, that's what I'm focused on now.
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    auch, man! I hope you are doing better now.

    Anyway, although practice is important, reading books/rfcs is always welcome.

    On MPLS, i could recommend MPLS fundamentals. MPLS content for the CCIE lab is not a big deal, as you will only work with L3vpns. Focus on that + PE-CE routing and you will be fine. Having no QoS on MPLS and TE makes it waaaay simpler.

    Focus on your recovery first, but don't stop going after it! Getting back after a break is really tough!
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    Quote Originally Posted by heatmizer6 View Post
    I agree! I'm rooting for you! Now I'm worried that Cisco will change the Lab after Cisco Live.....Not that I've been studying alot but I've decided to do it or stop talking about it. It's been a 4 year lie I tell to myself.
    That's always a concern. However, if they were to announce something, the exam won't change right away as they will set a date for the change. I passed both of my two CCIEs a month before the exam changed, and my JNCIE a month after. The good news is, the bulk of the content doesn't change. Most of your studying is worthwhile. A few subjects can get added, and a few dropped. In a way, it's better to take it after a change because you get more current material. I studied DLSW+ for my exam. Not sure how many people here remember DLSW+ but it was pretty dated even when I took R/S.
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    Today I spent the better part of the day at an 8-hour strategy-session for passing the R/S Lab at Cisco Live. While there were a number of nuggets and a lot of info that was news to some attendees if not me, the biggest eye-opener for me was the grading process for the lab as well as how any rereads might occur. In short, the grading scripts gather a lot of information about the state of your devices at the time you leave them and dump it into a database. They are not rebooted and the config, while saved, is generally not looked at. Instead, the concern is on the state of an interface or a routing process or the result of a particular show command. This means that if you configured a process correctly but that configuration also required you to start and restart that process and you neglected to, you would lose the points. A reread involves taking another look at the data gathered at the end of the exam, it does not involve reloading the configs.
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    if you are at cisco live, make sure you try at least one WISP. tried one last year in Vegas, and was really good to assess how well you are approaching the lab.
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