642-642 Scheduled for noon [edit] passed, 988/1k

Paul BozPaul Boz Member Posts: 2,621 ■■■■■■■■□□
Just got off of the phone with Pearson-Vue - Scheduled the 642-642 QoS exam for Noon. I'm going to frag some newbs in Unreal III, slam a power-breakfast, then hit the road. I'll post back with results..

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Passed.. Got a 988/1k. I was 15 mins late due to a full interstate closure as a result of an 18 wheeler accident. The lady at the testing center had some fresh home made cookies just for me which was a nice touch :)

I think I would have had a perfect score but I cheesed one of the questions and had a "doh!" moment right after I hit next. Oh well, I'll take it :)

Two down, one to go. Passed CCNP composite and QoS, just the MPLS/BGP comp left.
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  • networker050184networker050184 Mod Posts: 11,962 Mod
    Good luck!

    I can't wait to get back in test mode. I am thinking of starting yet another new job and just haven't had the time....
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  • dynamikdynamik Banned Posts: 12,314 ■■■■■■■■□□
    I'll be keeping an eye out for that pass post later today ;)
  • nicklauscombsnicklauscombs Member Posts: 885
    good luck! :D:D
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  • MishraMishra Member Posts: 2,468 ■■■■□□□□□□
    I require high expectations. I need to see a pass post and a record kill/death ratio for yourself.
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  • scheistermeisterscheistermeister Member Posts: 748
    Good luck! I have a friend who is studying the book for that one right now and I have been thinking of checking it out myself when I am done with the NP.
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  • kpjunglekpjungle Member Posts: 426
    Good luck!
    Studying for CCNP (All done)
  • srgsrg Member Posts: 140
    Good luck man! I'm thinging about taking the 642-642 next also, but might be doing that after the vacations :)
  • LuckycharmsLuckycharms Member Posts: 267
    Good Luck...
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  • shednikshednik Member Posts: 2,005
    Best of luck Paul!!
  • ITdudeITdude Member Posts: 1,183
    Go knock em dead Paul! I am thinking about hitting this one in the near future, so I will look forward to hearing how well your prep served you.

    Good luck! icon_wink.gif

    Actually, by now you probably have your answer.
    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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  • gojericho0gojericho0 Member Posts: 1,060
  • shednikshednik Member Posts: 2,005
    Congrats Paul icon_thumright.gificon_thumright.gif Good Luck on the BGP+MPLS Composite as well for the IP
  • gojericho0gojericho0 Member Posts: 1,060
    Congratulations! You are tearing them up
  • Paul BozPaul Boz Member Posts: 2,621 ■■■■■■■■□□
    Well that's what studying for 10 hours a day gets you icon_redface.gif
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  • scheistermeisterscheistermeister Member Posts: 748
    Congrats!
    Give a man fire and he'll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire and he'll be warm for the rest of his life.
  • ITdudeITdude Member Posts: 1,183
    Paul Boz wrote:
    The lady at the testing center had some fresh home made cookies just for me which was a nice touch :)

    Nice, it must be that Southern touch! Congrats! 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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  • dynamikdynamik Banned Posts: 12,314 ■■■■■■■■□□
    Paul Boz wrote:
    Well that's what studying for 10 hours a day gets you icon_redface.gif

    It causes you to miss one question? Yeah, that's um... terrible... Congratulations!

    How did you like QoS? I've seen some people say it was pretty dry/boring.
  • SieSie Member Posts: 1,195
    well done!! For 10 hours studying a day you well deserve it!!
    Foolproof systems don't take into account the ingenuity of fools
  • Paul BozPaul Boz Member Posts: 2,621 ■■■■■■■■□□
    dynamik wrote:

    How did you like QoS? I've seen some people say it was pretty dry/boring.

    I think everyone has their own preferences for technology. QoS is actually one of my favorites. I enjoy making something out of nothing, like a productive network out of some slow links. QoS has a ton of tools available to do a wide range of things so I enjoy that. I like QoS about as much as routing protocols and that says a lot :)

    I got to liking QoS when I implemented it on my home network. Making a custom QoS policy to ensure that my xbox 360's get preference on the network (xbox live), giving web/email/etc preference over bit torrent and FTP, using NBAR, it's all fun stuff.
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  • SlowhandSlowhand MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure, MCSA: Windows Server 2003/2012/2016, CCNA Routing & Switchi Bay Area, CaliforniaMod Posts: 5,163 Mod
    Schweet, congratulations on the pass!

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  • astorrsastorrs Member Posts: 3,139 ■■■■■■□□□□
    Congrats on the well deserved pass!
    dynamik wrote:
    How did you like QoS? I've seen some people say it was pretty dry/boring.
    I've heard the same thing, but I keep telling people that BGP, MPLS and QoS are essential skills to have in supporting any large enterprise network these days. For me I would do the CCIP right after CCNP (just like Paul). Who knows - maybe I will one day. ;)
  • networker050184networker050184 Mod Posts: 11,962 Mod
    Congrats!

    Ten hours a day for study must be nice!
    An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made.
  • dynamikdynamik Banned Posts: 12,314 ■■■■■■■■□□
    Paul Boz wrote:
    I got to liking QoS when I implemented it on my home network. Making a custom QoS policy to ensure that my xbox 360's get preference on the network (xbox live), giving web/email/etc preference over bit torrent and FTP, using NBAR, it's all fun stuff.

    Now you're speaking my language. ;)

    I have a feeling your setup is a little more impressive though ;)
  • Paul BozPaul Boz Member Posts: 2,621 ■■■■■■■■□□
    Congrats!

    Ten hours a day for study must be nice!

    I used to study 6-8 hours a day when I worked in a NOC center over night but when it got outsourced and I lost my job I just started studying full time. I've got a rental property that is bringing in more than enough to make my ends meet so I just study now. I'm sure I'll get a job doing what I do eventually, but since I was 18 I put in 50-60 a week and I want a break.
    dynamik wrote:
    I have a feeling your setup is a little more impressive though ;)

    Not really. I decomissioned my 7206vxr because it's loud and uses a lot of power so now I just use a 2621 with a 3550 behind it.
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  • mikej412mikej412 Member Posts: 10,090
    Congratulations! icon_thumright.gif
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  • APAAPA Member Posts: 959
    Congratz on the pass mate :) Great score as well

    Looking forward to knocking this exam for six when I sit ONT as well......

    Just out of curiosity did you use the QoS book to study for ONT as well?

    :D

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  • Paul BozPaul Boz Member Posts: 2,621 ■■■■■■■■□□
    A.P.A wrote:
    Congratz on the pass mate :) Great score as well

    Looking forward to knocking this exam for six when I sit ONT as well......

    Just out of curiosity did you use the QoS book to study for ONT as well?

    :D

    I used a lot of the same resources to study for the QoS and ONT exams. I also used a lot of the ISCW resources for the voice best practices. I think that most of my info came from practice though. It was a very, VERY simple exam. I'd say the ONT was probably twice as hard and the ONT was the easiest of the CCNP track.
    mikej412 wrote:
    Congratulations! icon_thumright.gif

    Thanks a lot mike :)
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  • APAAPA Member Posts: 959
    That's awesome.

    Keep up the good work, you'll have that CCIE in no time at all!! :D

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  • ITdudeITdude Member Posts: 1,183
    Paul Boz wrote:
    I'd say the ONT was probably twice as hard and the ONT was the easiest of the CCNP track.

    Hmm interesting. Now where did I put my QoS books? 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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  • ixg123ixg123 Member Posts: 15 ■□□□□□□□□□
    Hi Paul, congrats on the QoS pass.

    If I may be so bold though I personally would recommend against the combined BGP+MPLS exam. In the past I had thought that it was a good approach, I now wouldn't really recommend it to anyone!!

    I failed BGP standalone by a couple of points at Christmas because none of the simulator questions would work (couldn't type in the box). Cisco provided me with a "complementary voucher" so I could sit the test again for free. As I'd pretty much got BGP down, and had invested quite a bit of time on MPLS as well - Cisco and beyond - I decided that the best solution to keep me on track was to head for the combined exam .... after all, BGP is a huge part of MPLS anyway. All that I can say is that it was a huge mistake.

    Maybe it was just me and I was having an off day but the MPLS questions seemed to predate the material that I'd been studying with ... by a couple of centuries! To avoid the potential rath of the NDA I won't provide any details, but if you compare the "Exam Topics" it doesn't take a rocket scientist to see that one set of subjects are more "current" than the other. BGP+MPLS really isn't simply a condensed version of 661+611

    Good luck though, regardless of your decision!
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