CCIP soon

Paul BozPaul Boz Member Posts: 2,621 ■■■■■■■■□□
I've been studying a lot for the QoS exam as a part of the CCVP track but realized that I'm only two exams away from the CCIP (Composite and QoS) so I'm going to handle that prior to the voice. I'm about 80% ready for the QoS exam and BGP/MPLS shouldn't be too bad. Hopefully I will have the CCIP by the end of the summer. I'm probably going to schedule both exams on the same day to minimize fuel consumption.... Isn't that a shame? They closed the local testing center (it was literally bike-riding distance from my house) so now I have to drive a few hours. Totally not worth it in this economy.

Hey Romain, I'm coming buddy :D
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  • gojericho0gojericho0 Member Posts: 1,060
    Good Luck Paul!
  • mikej412mikej412 Member Posts: 10,090
    Paul Boz wrote:
    BGP/MPLS shouldn't be too bad
    Don't under estimate these two -- both of theses exams trashed my "minute per question" average. I think the exhibit questions slowed me down and I remember finishing with 7 and 12 minutes remaining.

    I also remember skipping a task in a SIM when I hit the 10 minute mark -- but partial credit and the # of tasks in the SIM seemed to minimize the impact on my score. Or, since I had twice the number of SIMs I had come to expect on Cisco Exams, it may have been an ungraded trial question.

    Good Luck! icon_cool.gif
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  • Paul BozPaul Boz Member Posts: 2,621 ■■■■■■■■□□
    I'm banking on my telco/ISP experience to at least get me most of the way through BGP. MPLS is a whole new monster but it seems relatively straight forward.
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  • romainromain Member Posts: 222
    Good luck Paul !

    See you soon with your two silver stars ;)
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  • nullrouternullrouter Member Posts: 52 ■■□□□□□□□□
    I wouldn't advise anyone taking the composite for BGP/MPLS unless you work with a IP/MPLS network with a telco like the OP, and have some good knowledge of it already - I did my CCIP the three exam method, and MPLS exam topics throwback to a lot of what you needed to know for BGP. So if your BGP isnt too good then you probably won't be crash hot with your MPLS topics.
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  • macdudemacdude Member Posts: 173
    good luck paul. Let us know how you do.


    Mike,

    I see all of the cisco certs you have but I don't see the ccent, what happen?
  • Paul BozPaul Boz Member Posts: 2,621 ■■■■■■■■□□
    macdude wrote:
    good luck paul. Let us know how you do.


    Mike,

    I see all of the cisco certs you have but I don't see the ccent, what happen?

    I can't speak for Mike, but for me the CCENT did not exist when I got the CCNA and I have zero reason to regress and take it when I currently hold a CCNP.
    nullrouter wrote:
    I wouldn't advise anyone taking the composite for BGP/MPLS unless you work with a IP/MPLS network with a telco like the OP, and have some good knowledge of it already - I did my CCIP the three exam method, and MPLS exam topics throwback to a lot of what you needed to know for BGP. So if your BGP isnt too good then you probably won't be crash hot with your MPLS topics.

    That's actually very good news for me. Apparently I'm much hotter with BGP than I was giving myself credit for. I had to really lab confeds but that's no problem. It's impossible to see everything through experience so no problem icon_cool.gif
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  • Paul BozPaul Boz Member Posts: 2,621 ■■■■■■■■□□
    I'm pretty good on the MQC and best practices so I'm going to sit the QoS in the next week or two depending on whether I can get the exam scheduled or not.
    romain wrote:
    Good luck Paul !

    See you soon with your two silver stars ;)

    Sure thing friend :) I suppose you're not studying as much because you're too busy riding your bike around the countryside? Sounds nice, it's been around 100 degrees every day icon_redface.gif
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  • romainromain Member Posts: 222
    Paul Boz wrote:
    romain wrote:
    Good luck Paul !

    See you soon with your two silver stars ;)

    Sure thing friend :) I suppose you're not studying as much because you're too busy riding your bike around the countryside? Sounds nice, it's been around 100 degrees every day icon_redface.gif

    Hey Paul,

    I make a break this summer and will be back in september to nail my NP ;)

    See ya!
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  • Paul BozPaul Boz Member Posts: 2,621 ■■■■■■■■□□
    Depending on whether my wife can take off of work on Monday or Tuesday I'll be sitting the QoS exam on either of those days. I can pretty much schedule day-of so that's not an issue. It's just an all-day ordeal to get to the closest testing center so I have to work around her schedule.

    Either way, I'm looking forward to the composite and another silver star, as Romain would put it :)
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  • AlexMRAlexMR Member Posts: 275
    what happened?

    Did you pass the exams and are now CCIP?
    Training/Studying for....CCNP (BSCI) and some MS.
  • Paul BozPaul Boz Member Posts: 2,621 ■■■■■■■■□□
    In September I got a new job in an industry that I have no experience with, doing a job I have never done. My CCIP studies went to the wayside because I had to remediate my knowledge for my current job.

    I'm a security engineer for a firm that does third party auditing and analysis for the financial industry. I do pen testing, social engineering (onsite and pretext), risk assessments, etc. Prior to this job I worked for a service provider as a network engineer.

    Now that I have become adept at my current job I am re-dedicating myself to the CCIP. I am also studying for the SSCP and CISSP at the same time, but it is a different type of material so I can keep from getting burned out.

    Thank you for asking :)
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  • mikej412mikej412 Member Posts: 10,090
    And all this time I thought you were quiet because you were still busy cleaning up and recovering from the hurricane :D
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  • Paul BozPaul Boz Member Posts: 2,621 ■■■■■■■■□□
    Man I didn't have power for NINE DAYS. It was miserable. The thermometer registered at 85 degrees wet heat every night until the power came back on - it sucked. I started my new job a week after I got power, so it was from one crap situation to another back to back :D

    I bought a small generator and a window unit for the next big one though, that's for sure. I figure I can power a mini fridge, a hot plate, a few light bulbs, and an air conditioner. that is enough normalcy for me. I could probably rig up my TV and my xbox but I digress ;)
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  • networker050184networker050184 Mod Posts: 11,962 Mod
    Paul Boz wrote:
    Man I didn't have power for NINE DAYS. It was miserable. The thermometer registered at 85 degrees wet heat every night until the power came back on - it sucked. I started my new job a week after I got power, so it was from one crap situation to another back to back :D

    I bought a small generator and a window unit for the next big one though, that's for sure. I figure I can power a mini fridge, a hot plate, a few light bulbs, and an air conditioner. that is enough normalcy for me. I could probably rig up my TV and my xbox but I digress ;)

    Hey nice to have you back Paul!


    What no lab being powered off that generator? That new security job has your priorities all mixed up man icon_lol.gif
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  • Paul BozPaul Boz Member Posts: 2,621 ■■■■■■■■□□
    Well, if my choices are "TV and Xbox 360" or "lab" you can bet which one I'm picking ;)
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  • JavonRJavonR Member Posts: 245
    Paul Boz wrote:
    Well, if my choices are "TV and Xbox 360" or "lab" you can bet which one I'm picking ;)

    Clearly you are referring to your lab here icon_cool.gif
  • gorebrushgorebrush Member Posts: 2,741
    JavonR wrote:
    Paul Boz wrote:
    Well, if my choices are "TV and Xbox 360" or "lab" you can bet which one I'm picking ;)

    Clearly you are referring to your lab here icon_cool.gif

    It would be my choice, also. The 360 sucks far too much power!!
  • Paul BozPaul Boz Member Posts: 2,621 ■■■■■■■■□□
    Apparently you guys haven't played Left 4 Dead yet :D
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  • ITdudeITdude Member Posts: 1,183
    You mean that you guys do stuff other than studying? :)icon_wink.gif
    I usually hang out on 224.0.0.10 (FF02::A) and 224.0.0.5 (FF02::5) when I'm in a non-proprietary mood.

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