CCIE Hopeful

ewehbeewehbe Posts: 10Member ■□□□□□□□□□
Hello to everyone at TechExams.Net,

I just wanted to tell everyone my story because I have been reading many CCIE testimonies and they have really inspired me.

I just currently graduated with a B. Comm degree majoring in Networking and Telecommuications.

Some of the networking courses I took at my university include:

Intro To Network Technology
Intro to Nework Admin
Telecom Technologies & Apps
Mgng Emerging Telecom Networks
Advanced Data Communications
Managing Info Sys and Telecomm
Data Comm Network Design

Currently I have opened my own IT consulting company and signed a 3 year contract with a hospital to be their network administrator. While I worked there, I met many CCIEs and I learned to troubleshoot many aspects such as QoS (VoIP), Multicast, trunking, bridging, EIGRP, OSPF, VTP, etc. etc. (Don't want to bore you all. :) )

I have no Cisco certs but over my time I have gained a lot from the courses I have taken as well as the experience I've gained from work. I believe with hard work, determination, the right mindset (and a lil bit of luck) and some money :) you can achieve anything.

I will be studying for the written exam from:

Jeff Doyle's CCIE Professional Development Routing TCP/IP Volume I, Second Edition
CCIE Professional Development Routing TCP/IP Volume II
CCIE Routing and Switching Exam Certification Guide, Third Edition
& CCBootcamp CCIE Routing & Switching Written Exam Study Guide

I also have some CBT Videos, some flashcards, and some other more detailed books to look at.

As for the Lab, I have some CCIE RS labs but I will get my own rack.

I am here for any help that is needed from the community and to learn from everyone's successes and failures (you learn the most from failing).

I know this will be a long process and could take years to complete but I will move forward even if I will have to move jobs, get married, have kids, watch football games, etc. The CCIE is certainly my goal and I know I will get it over time but I will not sacrifice my family or life (completely :) ) because without my family or life, there is no reason to live :) lol

I will try my best to keep active in the forum, best of luck to everyone. Let me know if any1 needs some help and hopefully I can ask for the same.
CCIE Hopeful

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  • ewehbeewehbe Posts: 10Member ■□□□□□□□□□
    Oh, btw, why are some words "3rd party" words censored?
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  • dynamikdynamik Posts: 12,314Banned ■■■■■■■■□□
    It's either a **** resource or they've spammed here.
  • ewehbeewehbe Posts: 10Member ■□□□□□□□□□
    dynamik wrote:
    It's either a **** resource or they've spammed here.

    Thanks, I was hoping I didn't say anything wrong to offend TechExams.Net
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  • dynamikdynamik Posts: 12,314Banned ■■■■■■■■□□
    Well, using an illegitimate resource isn't going to be looked upon favorably. It seems like it was an accident in your case, but use something like www.certguard.com/search.asp to verify your resources.
  • ewehbeewehbe Posts: 10Member ■□□□□□□□□□
    dynamik wrote:
    Well, using an illegitimate resource isn't going to be looked upon favorably. It seems like it was an accident in your case, but use something like www.certguard.com/search.asp to verify your resources.

    Thanks for the resource, one of my main prorities for getting this cert is to do it in a way where I actually become a CCIE and not a "paper" CCIE. I know way too many people who try to shortcut life and it kinda pisses me off but then I realize that those people will get what's coming to them (their employers might see that they are not that educated or sufficient for the job.).

    I am definitly not expecting to get my CCIE in a few months; it will take some time. Just like some people on this board mentioned, this is not a sprint but a marathon. (I was always better at long distance running anyways.)

    I edited my post above because I do not want people to think that I am trying to get this cert as quickly as possible but the thing I really like about this cert is because of the lab, you can't just expect to pay a lot of money and buy yourself the cert.
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  • kryollakryolla Posts: 785Member
    Can you be a paper CCIE?
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  • tierstentiersten Posts: 4,505Member
    kryolla wrote:
    Can you be a paper CCIE?
    Yeah. That'd be pretty hard to do.
  • snadamsnadam Posts: 2,234Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    tiersten wrote:
    kryolla wrote:
    Can you be a paper CCIE?
    Yeah. That'd be pretty hard to do.

    i guess you could be a 'paper' on at least the written portion.
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  • ewehbeewehbe Posts: 10Member ■□□□□□□□□□
    snadam wrote:
    tiersten wrote:
    kryolla wrote:
    Can you be a paper CCIE?
    Yeah. That'd be pretty hard to do.

    i guess you could be a 'paper' on at least the written portion.

    I think the CCIE is probably the hardest cert to get as a "paper" cert but the written can be passed with many "****" books; but the lab would need to be brute forced with a lot of money spent on bootcamps, lab exams, etc.
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  • MishraMishra Posts: 2,468Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    Good luck! It's always nice to see motivated people.

    Do you mind sharing the story about how you got the gig with the hospital? I wouldn't mind detail. ;)
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  • ewehbeewehbe Posts: 10Member ■□□□□□□□□□
    Mishra wrote:
    Good luck! It's always nice to see motivated people.

    Do you mind sharing the story about how you got the gig with the hospital? I wouldn't mind detail. ;)

    Well, the hospital gig was a blessing because it was all about connections. I knew a friend with a consulting company that had great ties to this hospital and infinite trust from the CIO, CFO and IT director. So with the fact that I majored in networking and telecommunications and I was a positive worker; my friend believed that once I was able to jump in I would learn the enviornment in no time. (He probably made a nice cut off me too) I learned a lot in this job and I can't stress how important hands on work is compared to the great theoretical world of University. Just to watch other CCIEs at work is a great experience and when you watch them and you understand and love what they are doing then you know you should be getting into networking (plus you know your a nerd; I know I am now).

    Since most of you work in I.T. and know the ways that these departments "usually" work (politics, laziness, holding back information to "protect" your job, etc.), I find it extremely gratifiying that I always have something to push for and never sit back and enjoy the simply ride. I know A LOT of people who just want to sit in their cubicle, do 8 hours a day and go home. But truly, I'm not afraid of losing my job, or holding back information and I will not get into this whole political mess especailly when it does more harm then good to the organization.

    I just tell people do what you love and you will be the best at it. I love networking, even when there are times when $hit just isn't working correctly; I love solving things so that alone gives me the motivation to study an extra 3 hours a day after 8 hours of work and then study on weekends and whenever I have time.

    The point of this is #1 Do what you love #2 Connections are important (Look at George W. Bush; would he really be president if his father was a nobody?, I'm sure that all of you who post on this msg board are smarter than him.)

    Btw, thanks Mishra!
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  • garry scootgarry scoot Posts: 12Member ■□□□□□□□□□
    HMm nice story there..Enjoyed reading this thread Good luck!!
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  • ewehbeewehbe Posts: 10Member ■□□□□□□□□□
    HMm nice story there..Enjoyed reading this thread Good luck!!

    Well I'm half way through "CCIE Professional Development Routing TCP/IP, Volume I, Second Edition" By Jeff Doyle and I noticed that IS-IS is explained in the book, so I looked at the written & lab exam for routing and switching and it does not show IS-IS (It is in the service provider CCIE).

    I was just wondering since this book is supposably a CCIE R&S book, will IS-IS be on any of the exams?

    BTW, we are using a mixture of OSPF & EIGRP at the hospital. OSPF is running on Extreme Networks equipment and EIGRP on Cisco. (Don't ask me but I didn't make the decision to put in the purple dinosaurs.)
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  • GT-RobGT-Rob Posts: 1,090Member
    That book is a bit dated, I believe by a few years now.

    But no, IS-IS is not covered anymore in the written or lab.
  • ewehbeewehbe Posts: 10Member ■□□□□□□□□□
    GT-Rob wrote:
    That book is a bit dated, I believe by a few years now.

    But no, IS-IS is not covered anymore in the written or lab.

    I also Have Volume II by Doyle (which I think is still pretty old) and the CCIE Routing and Switching Exam Cert Guide by Wendell Odom (this is much newer than the others).
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  • GT-RobGT-Rob Posts: 1,090Member
    ya I think Vol II is actually older lol


    Vol 1 and 2 are more of like, part 1 and 2. They cover completely different topics. (IGP in vol 1, BGP in vol 2 for example)


    The routing a switching exam guide is great for the written exam. Those 3 books plus cisco.com reading should be enough to get you through the exam (assuming you have done CCNP)
  • ewehbeewehbe Posts: 10Member ■□□□□□□□□□
    GT-Rob wrote:
    ya I think Vol II is actually older lol


    Vol 1 and 2 are more of like, part 1 and 2. They cover completely different topics. (IGP in vol 1, BGP in vol 2 for example)


    The routing a switching exam guide is great for the written exam. Those 3 books plus cisco.com reading should be enough to get you through the exam (assuming you have done CCNP)

    Well I haven't done my CCNP but based on my initially message, I went to university and took like 9 networking courses from network administration to advanced switching and routing, and I've been a network admin for 3 years now.
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  • moss12moss12 Posts: 222Banned
    ewehbe god bless you brother , nice story
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