The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step....

albinorhino187albinorhino187 Member Posts: 117 ■■■□□□□□□□
Time to post. I did this for my CCNP, and I think it helped keep me focused and motivated to make my intentions public. Quick back story: I got my first IT job as IT support/jack of all trades in 2011. Six years later, I moved into my current junior network engineer role solely focused on networking. I earned my CCNA in March 2016 at the old job, started this job in June 2017, started studying for CCNP at the same time, and earned CCNP in August 2018.

I decided to keep pushing for the top and go for the CCIE. A coworker is doing it as well, so we're trying to keep ourselves motivated. We have INE and Safari, so those will be my primary study resources.

I don't have a real timeline yet, but I'm hoping my job sends us to Cisco Live this year, so that's my tentative goal date to take the written.

This is pretty intimidating. There are many topics on the blueprint I've never touched, configured, or even know what some of the acronyms stand for, but that first step has to start somewhere.
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  • SaltyHashesSaltyHashes Member Posts: 33 ■■■□□□□□□□
    Sending support, encouragement, and positive vibes.

    Perhaps look to Keith Barker's training through CBT Nuggets?[email protected]E2yiiFo:20181026172011:s
  • albinorhino187albinorhino187 Member Posts: 117 ■■■□□□□□□□
    I love CBT for CCNA, somewhat so for CCNP, i haven't looked at their CCIE content yet. But i've heard feedback that they don't go deep enough at that cert level.
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  • williebwillieb Member Posts: 108 ■■■□□□□□□□
    They don't go deep enough at any cert level. Most of us need several sources.

    I will be on the CCIE path in a couple weeks so I will feel your pain soon. Take it a step at the time, and it's not a question of if you will get your CCIE, but when.

    We can do anything we put our minds to. Game on brother.
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  • ccie14023ccie14023 Member Posts: 183
    Commitment is a huge part of it... I remember putting it off for years and then saying, "this is the year." Once I decided it, I did it that year. That was a long time ago.

    If you make it to Cisco Live I should have a session in the certification track called "The CCIE in an SDN world". At least, I'll have it if I don't bomb in CL Barcelona and Melbourne. :) Look it up, it should be interesting and relevant.
  • albinorhino187albinorhino187 Member Posts: 117 ■■■□□□□□□□
    I'm slowly but surely making my way through this sea of material.  I'm starting off with the CCIE Written videos on INE.  Taking a few notes, but I'm not going too deep on it.  I'm treating this as a sort of primer for the material, a bit of a refresher to the CCNP material, plus a little extra.  It's about 30 hours, and I'm 30-40% through it.  I've covered layer 2, generic routing stuff, RIP, and EIGRP.  I'm in the middle of an OSPF section now.  This is all pretty high level though, not even yet to the detail that the CCNP videos went.

    After this course is when the real fun will begin.  I plan on doing the INE advanced technology course, which is 100 hours, full of very detailed videos.  I'll take a few of those at a time, trying to move incrementally.  After watching a video or two, I'll do the accompanying labs on INE, maybe related labs on GNS3, and then hit the books, white papers, RFCs, etc,  for the same material.  So something like watch a basic EIGRP video, lab a basic EIGRP scenario, and read about general EIGRP from various resources.  And then the later EIGRP videos will get more in depth with more options and features, and then I'll lab and read those as well.  Rinse and repeat until test time.
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  • albinorhino187albinorhino187 Member Posts: 117 ■■■□□□□□□□
    Well it's taken longer than I'd prefer, but I'm finally done with the 33 hour INE Written videos.  I have tons of notes, and a mile-long reading list of various books, white papers, product guides, config guides, and RFCs.  Next up is INE's 104.5 hour Advanced Technology Course.  I plan to watch a couple videos at a time from each section, so that I can keep moving around to try and keep everything as fresh as possible.  In between videos, I'll also be doing the associated labs, and then supplement all of that with related reading materials.

    I'm still targeting the written in June at Cisco Live, but I'm also still trying to take the "lab first" approach.
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  • albinorhino187albinorhino187 Member Posts: 117 ■■■□□□□□□□
    Haven't kept this thing updated, but I got the approval to attend Cisco Live next month, and my written is scheduled for that Tuesday the 11th.  Haven't done as much studying as I'd like, but I've been reading the OCG.  Hopefully that and the no-pressure of a "free" exam attempt will help me out.
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  • albinorhino187albinorhino187 Member Posts: 117 ■■■□□□□□□□
    Live was great, but I missed written by about 4 questions.  It's the first cert test I've ever failed, and one I probably studied the least for.  Just got really busy in the months leading up to it, picked up a new hobby or two, and just didn't give it the time and respect it deserved.  Lots of questions on IS-IS, MPLS, QoS, and multicast that I wasn't familiar enough with.  

    And now news of the cert refresh, I'm sort of in a weird limbo.  I'm not sure if i want to push 12-18 months of studying into 8, and that's assuming I'd be able to pass in one try.  I'll probably start working my way through INE's lab material either way.  We'll still need it for the new version.  It'll just be harder to get experience with the SDN topics.
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  • JoJoCal19JoJoCal19 Mod Posts: 2,834 Mod
    Sorry to hear you didn't clear the written exam. I haven't done a comparison of the new lab exam topics to current, but is there a huge difference for R&S? I hate that I missed out on Cisco Live this year since it was in San Diego. I manned my company's booth last year in Orlando. 
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  • albinorhino187albinorhino187 Member Posts: 117 ■■■□□□□□□□
    You mean the changes happening in February?  They're pretty massive.  Automation, scripting, SD-WAN, DNA Center all added.  Changing the format from the current tshoot, diag, config to something else that involves a design and optimization phase.  Still hoping to get a shot at lab before they change.
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