ISCW Scheduled - Dec 22nd - UPDATE - PASSED!!!

redwarriorredwarrior Senior MemberMember Posts: 285
I went ahead and scheduled my ISCW for Dec. 22nd, so I'm down to crunch time. I'm kind of nervous about this one...I've been studying quite a while on it, but for one reason or another, I just don't feel as confident on it. I'm going to hit the SDM hard in this last week as well as study up on some of the sneaky parts of VPN's and IPSec. I feel pretty comfortable with the general security stuff as well as MPLS and cable modem technology. I could be a bit stronger on DSL, particularly PPPoE and PPoA, so I'll brush up on those as well.

Wish me luck and any last minute study ideas? I'd really like Santa to bring me my ISCW! icon_santa.gif

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  • networker050184networker050184 Went to the dark side.... Mod Posts: 11,962 Mod
    Good luck!

    Like always review the objectives and make sure you are confident on ALL of them. Cisco loves to ask a lot of questions on topics you don't think would be very important!
    An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made.
  • gorebrushgorebrush ...loading... Member Posts: 2,743 ■■■■■■■□□□
    Man, a lot of people taking exams next week :D

    Good luck!
  • mikearamamikearama Senior Member Member Posts: 749
    Hey, good luck rw. Sounds like you know what you're doing in the studying department.
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  • mikej412mikej412 Cisco Moderator Member Posts: 10,086 ■■■■■■■■■■
    Good Luck! icon_rendeer.gif
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  • jamesp1983jamesp1983 Senior Member Member Posts: 2,475 ■■■■□□□□□□
    good luck!
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  • NullCodeNullCode Member Member Posts: 72 ■■□□□□□□□□
    If you have been good this year maybe Santa will bring you an ISCW ;) .
    Good luck mate!! I'm studying for ISCW too, so some tips after you take and pass the exam would be great.
    GL
  • redwarriorredwarrior Senior Member Member Posts: 285
    Well, I did tell him when I took my kids to see him...maybe that will help? (That and studying hard all weekend and having studied for a few months. LOL!)

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  • PlazmaPlazma Some white dude Member Posts: 503
    Good luck!
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  • redwarriorredwarrior Senior Member Member Posts: 285
    My exam is at 2pm, so my plan is to take off work at lunch, eat something healthy, and do some light reviewing until then. To tell the truth, my brain is about as burnt out as it's ever been. I took a study break last night and tried to play solitaire on my computer with just 1 card being pulled...I couldn't even do that!!! LOL! I'm definitely taking a break after this one!

    I'm pretty nervous and at this point I have no idea if I'll pass or not, but at least I know I've studied like crazy. I'll post back after.

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    BSCI - In Progress

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  • networker050184networker050184 Went to the dark side.... Mod Posts: 11,962 Mod
    You will do fine! Just relax and give it a shot. Once you get to the point where you can't look at the material anymore is when you know you are good and ready!
    An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made.
  • gojericho0gojericho0 Senior Member Member Posts: 1,059 ■■■□□□□□□□
  • gorebrushgorebrush ...loading... Member Posts: 2,743 ■■■■■■■□□□
    redwarrior wrote:
    My exam is at 2pm, so my plan is to take off work at lunch, eat something healthy, and do some light reviewing until then. To tell the truth, my brain is about as burnt out as it's ever been. I took a study break last night and tried to play solitaire on my computer with just 1 card being pulled...I couldn't even do that!!! LOL! I'm definitely taking a break after this one!

    I'm pretty nervous and at this point I have no idea if I'll pass or not, but at least I know I've studied like crazy. I'll post back after.

    Go keeeel eeeet
  • redwarriorredwarrior Senior Member Member Posts: 285
    I always freak out before I take an exam...I think it's just my pessimism coming through!

    I not only passed, but got a pretty respectable score - 937! :)

    Oddly enough, I got a 55% on IPsec VPN technologies...I'm thinking that is because there was one tricky multi-part question that I completely forgot to answer several of the other parts and clicked the dreaded "next" button! (Note to self, ALWAYS, ALWAYS check to make sure you've answered everything *before* clicking NEXT!!!) I was pretty nervous about the remaining questions after that. I'm going to do the "beer and review" technique on that section anyhow. The funny part is that it was one of the areas I had more experience with. I have never touched the insides of an MPLS VPN beyond configuring the CPE side, yet I got a 100 on that. Go figure!

    I'm taking a break to rest my brain over Christmas and hoping that Santa brings me some nice shiny new wireless books. Due to work demands, I'm being re-routed through the CCNA-wireless exam before I can come back for the other half of my PNCC!

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  • mikej412mikej412 Cisco Moderator Member Posts: 10,086 ■■■■■■■■■■
    redwarrior wrote:
    passed
    Congratulations! icon_santa.gif

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  • networker050184networker050184 Went to the dark side.... Mod Posts: 11,962 Mod
    Congarts!


    Good luck on the Wireless. You are a better person than me to be voluntarily working with a technology with such a sketchy physical layer
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  • gojericho0gojericho0 Senior Member Member Posts: 1,059 ■■■□□□□□□□
    Very Nice Score. congratulations and merry christmas!
  • JavonRJavonR Senior Member Member Posts: 245
    Congarts!


    Good luck on the Wireless. You are a better person than me to be voluntarily working with a technology with such a sketchy physical layer
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    I second that! I freaking hate wireless and everything to do with it.

    Good luck on the pass and enjoy your break :)
  • mamonomamono Senior Member Member Posts: 776 ■■□□□□□□□□
  • JohnDouglasJohnDouglas Senior Member Member Posts: 186
    congratulations.

    good to see all these passed posts. reminds me what i should be doing ... looking after me and the family.

    lots of studying planned while i "work [on my future employability]" over xmas.
  • ITdudeITdude Cisco Addict Member Posts: 1,181 ■■■□□□□□□□
    JavonR wrote:
    Congarts!


    Good luck on the Wireless. You are a better person than me to be voluntarily working with a technology with such a sketchy physical layer
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    I second that! I freaking hate wireless and everything to do with it.

    C'mon guys it isn't that bad, is it? icon_wink.gif Oh, almost forgot...Congrats on the pass redwarrior. 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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  • networker050184networker050184 Went to the dark side.... Mod Posts: 11,962 Mod
    No its not that bad. Its just much easier when its hard wired!
    An expert is a man who has made all the mistakes which can be made.
  • ITdudeITdude Cisco Addict Member Posts: 1,181 ■■■□□□□□□□
    True but wireless can be fun too! :)icon_wink.gif okay maybe not fun but interesting.
    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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  • skrpuneskrpune Baroo? Member Posts: 1,409
    Congrats redwarrior!! icon_thumright.gif Hopefully Santa will reward you well this year, you've worked your tail off and you deserve some goodies. Have fun celebrating your success! drunken_smilie.gif
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  • redwarriorredwarrior Senior Member Member Posts: 285
    It definitely is a bigger challenge to troubleshoot. It's also hard because, no matter what the actual cause is, to the end user, it just looks like wireless "doesn't work." So, no matter how many dragons you slay, if there's still one out there, to the user it looks like you ain't done squat.

    The good part is that my bosses know that. I've already tracked down two very thorny wirless issues at our site that's running an autonomous infrastructure. 1. Mobility trust sucks. Don't use it unless you want problems since you never can really trust a client machine for anything. Use dhcp snooping instead to update your mobility table. 2. Dhcp snooping does not work if you are having dhcp requests cross a FlexWAN module in a 6509 and your WDS is a WLSM module in that 6509. In fact, FlexWAN modules are just a pain in general. Avoid them like they were mobility trust. 3. Cisco LEAP does not support the windows password reset feature. It will let you *think* you are resetting your passwword, but you're not and then when you try to connect, it doesn't give you a authentication error despite the fact that EAP authentication doesn't work...makes things fun.

    LOL! Yep...wireless is a challenge, but then, you don't have people fighting you for jobs as often if no one else wants to deal with it. Besides, I get to do cool things like set up wireless bridges between trucks and buildings and block Iphones! ;)

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    BSCI - In Progress

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  • dynamikdynamik Senior Member Banned Posts: 12,312 ■■■■■■■■■□
    I'm not sure how I missed this, but congratulations! icon_santa.gif
  • gorebrushgorebrush ...loading... Member Posts: 2,743 ■■■■■■■□□□
  • kpjunglekpjungle Senior Member Member Posts: 426
    Great xmas present, congrats :) well deserved!
    Studying for CCNP (All done)
  • r_durantr_durant Senior Member Member Posts: 486 ■■■□□□□□□□
    Congrats on the pass!! Very nice score...
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  • Met44Met44 Senior Member Member Posts: 194
    Well done, redwarrior!
  • GT-RobGT-Rob Senior Member Member Posts: 1,090
    Congrats again on the pass Red! See, everyone agrees with me, wireless is smelly and lame :P
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