New CCSP... for however long that lasts

mikearamamikearama Posts: 749Member
3 years, I suppose.

I passed the IPS exam today... 823. I found it a surprise... I'd heard that it wasn't that tough, but still had no less than a dozen questions that were nothing more than best guesses.

The Nuggets were good... the Study Guide was too... having the 4240 to play with was priceless. The sims were pleasantly easy after getting lots of hands-on.

So, I have to say, after all the reported changes, finally getting my SP with an ASA Specialization is no where near the high I thought it would be.

On to the VP, or whatever it's called now.
There are only 10 kinds of people... those who understand binary, and those that don't.

CCIE Studies: Written passed: Jan 21/12 Lab Prep: Hours reading: 385. Hours labbing: 110

Taking a time-out to add the CCVP. Capitalizing on a current IPT pilot project.

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  • mikej412mikej412 Posts: 10,090Member
    Congratulations on the IPS Pass icon_cheers.gif and the CCSP!! icon_cheers.gif
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  • JSKJSK Posts: 166Member
    Congrats Mike! I hope Cisco comes up with some sort of upgrade path to the CCNP Security.
  • peanutnogginpeanutnoggin Posts: 1,096Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    CONGRATS!!! Good luck with your CCVP...err... CCNP:Voice! icon_cheers.gif

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  • wireratwirerat Posts: 251Member
  • LizanoLizano Posts: 230Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    Congrats! I´m on the same wagon as you. Taking SNAF on 11/19.
  • ConstantlyLearningConstantlyLearning Posts: 445Member
    Lizano wrote: »
    Congrats! I´m on the same wagon as you. Taking SNAF on 11/19.

    Me too. :)
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  • BGPBGP Posts: 26Member ■□□□□□□□□□
    Congrats on the pass and don't stop continued Until the CCIEsec
  • mikearamamikearama Posts: 749Member
    Thanks guys. It was two years (almost) to get the SP done, and I'm glad to have it.
    BGP wrote: »
    Congrats on the pass and don't stop continued Until the CCIEsec

    One day bro... one day. Got a lot to cover between now and CCIE.

    Case in point, this has been my schedule to date, and plans:

    1) CCNA July 16/07

    2) BCMSN Oct 1/07

    3) BSCI Aug 18/08

    4) ISCW Nov 24/08

    5) ONT [Now CCNP] Jan 7/09


    6) CCNA Security Sept 29/08

    7) SNAF May 29/09

    icon_cool.gif SNRS Dec 10/09

    9) SNAA Aug 27/10

    10) IPS [Now CCSP] Oct 21/10


    11) CVOICE - CCNA Voice

    12) CIPT1

    13) CIPT2

    14) TVOICE

    15) CAPPS [Now CCVP]


    16) CCIE R&S

    Hey, a guy can dream. I figure 2014's gonna come anyway... might as well be ready.
    There are only 10 kinds of people... those who understand binary, and those that don't.

    CCIE Studies: Written passed: Jan 21/12 Lab Prep: Hours reading: 385. Hours labbing: 110

    Taking a time-out to add the CCVP. Capitalizing on a current IPT pilot project.
  • APAAPA Posts: 959Member
    Congratz!

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  • shednikshednik Posts: 2,005Member
    Congrats Mike!
  • earweedearweed Posts: 5,192Member ■■■■■■■■■□
    Congrats and good luck with achieving your cert goals!
    No longer work in IT. Play around with stuff sometimes still and fix stuff for friends and relatives.
  • powerfoolpowerfool Senior Member Posts: 1,623Member ■■■■■■■■□□
    Congrats on that. Hopefully I stay on course with my plans so that I can start on the CCSP/CCNP Security at the start of 2011 and finish up before the old exams get retired.

    Best wishes on your Voice path.
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  • jamesp1983jamesp1983 Posts: 2,475Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    congrats!
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  • LizanoLizano Posts: 230Member ■■■□□□□□□□
    Good News bro, I posted just posted this in the CCSP Changes thread, Cisco reviewed the changes they made, and you won't be a CCSP for just 3 years now, you will be able to renew your CCSP by taking any 642.
  • EdgarDiazEdgarDiaz Posts: 1Registered Users ■□□□□□□□□□
    I'm currently doing CCNA Security @01/21/2011, then i'm goes to SNRS, and then i'm stuck, i don't find any doc or book to learn about ASA Firewalls.

    i have 3 ASA Firewalls and 4 PIX'es 515ER. plus an IPS4240.

    if you could send me the "list" of "what to read" to get my ASA Specialist, and IPS Specialist, i'll really appreciate that.

    hope you could help me.

    thanks for your time.

    edgar
  • powerfoolpowerfool Senior Member Posts: 1,623Member ■■■■■■■■□□
    So, is there a lot of overlap between IINS and SNRS? I assume that there is, but I am not sure. I plan on jumping on those two, and then SNAF and SNAA... finally finish up with the IPS exam.
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  • mikearamamikearama Posts: 749Member
    EdgarDiaz wrote: »
    if you could send me the "list" of "what to read" to get my ASA Specialist, and IPS Specialist, i'll really appreciate that.

    I had the Cisco ASA, PIX and FWSM Firewall Handbook by Hucaby as my main resource, and it was excellent. I added in the CBT's, and with 4 pairs of ASA's to play with at work, found the SNAF quite passable. The SNAA was a little tougher, as we don't use VPN's at work... Citrix for remote access... but I did get to take one external pair of ASA's and configure both a clientless SSL vpn setup, and then the AnyConnect push to remote clients, which my manger likes so much we left in place and use frequently.

    Going through the exam blueprint and googling for a couple docs / white papers saved my bacon on the SNAA, no doubt about it.

    As for the IPS exam, I scored a demo from our Cisco account rep (we use TopLayer IPS's at work, for some reason)... I plan on replacing the TopLayers in 2011, and said I'd like a demo to get familiar with. Used it for all the hands-on labs I could find for the exam. I found the 642-533 CBT's very good. I followed along with Jeremy when in the GUI and labbed up everything he did. Priceless. The Cisco Press Study Guide I had was for the 532 exam, which covered all the important stuff.

    Hope that helps.
    powerfool wrote:
    So, is there a lot of overlap between IINS and SNRS? I assume that there is, but I am not sure.

    There is a lot of overlap, based on the blueprint. You can be sure that the SNRS takes everything you'll learn in the IINS a step further... that's always the way. Same as when I took my NA: Security... a perfect lead into the SNRS.
    There are only 10 kinds of people... those who understand binary, and those that don't.

    CCIE Studies: Written passed: Jan 21/12 Lab Prep: Hours reading: 385. Hours labbing: 110

    Taking a time-out to add the CCVP. Capitalizing on a current IPT pilot project.
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