For the last 9 years i work in the telecoms & service provider business for a well known local ISP.
Around end of November 2006, i decided something that was already in my mind for a long time.
Go for the ultimate certification regarding my occupation...Cisco's CCIE.
It took me around 2 weeks in order to find information about the certification and all the other steps i could follow in order to be prepared as much as possible.
The history so far...
Start Day : 16 Dec 2006
- 640-801 (CCNA): 18 Dec 2006
Start day: 20 Dec 2006
- 642-811 (BCMSN): 27 Dec 2006
- 642-821 (BCRAN): 27 Dec 2006
- 642-831 (CIT): 28 Dec 2006
- 642-901 (BCSI): 4 Jan 2007
CCIE R&S Written
Start day: 10 Jan 2007
- 350-001 (CCIE R&S): 7 Feb 2007
Most of the CCNA/CCNP topics were very well known to me, because in my work i'm responsible for ~200 switches, ~100 routers (dial/isdn & bras), multicast, aaa/radius/tacacs and most of the new services implementations.
BCMSN & BCRAN were the easiest. BCSI was the hardest one, because i had to dig deeper into IS-IS, EIGRP & BGP. CCIE written was a sum of all the CCNPs plus some extras which weren't too difficult.
A lot of work during the next months makes me abandon the idea of a lab around June.
Before the end of summer 2007 i'm starting to look for an available CCIE lab date during November.
As soon as i book it, new projects come into play in my work, so the lab date gets rescheduled for Jan 2008 (hoping that this time it will be final).
During September i inform my employer about my decision and that i'm going to give priority to it. It went well ;)
Immediately afterwards i order some books about CCIE practice labs (i already had bought a few about the written test), i find some sample scenarios on IE's site (great info there) and i start to prepare my personal lab.
On Oct 19th i'm ready to start playing with my virtual lab (thanks to the dynamips author). The journey had begun...
CCIE R&S Lab
Start day: 19 Oct 2007
- Lab: ?