taking the plunge

CCIEWANNABECCIEWANNABE Posts: 465Banned
well, it looks like i will be attempting the CCIE R&S. issues at work have made it possible for me to start studying. i will be able to put in about 30-40 hours a week in study time. i just ordered the CCIE R&S Exam Guide, 3rd edition and will begin studying in January. I will be building a lab that consists of two workstations with 5 routers running on each, each with a NIC assigned to it. I will also be purchasing several 3550's to tie into my virtual lab. I plan on purchasing some workbooks and Videos, but have not decided which vendor to go with yet. To all those pursuing the CCIE in 2009, good luck :)

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  • gorebrushgorebrush Posts: 2,741Member
    Best of luck.

    There are more books that are highly recommended.

    I've been dipping in and out of the Doyle TCP IP Routing books (Both volumes) - they are superb.
  • CCIEWANNABECCIEWANNABE Posts: 465Banned
    nice, i will definately be picking up those books as well. I will begin my studies using the ccie exam cert guide along with narbik's gap from ccnp to ccie workbook. after that i will be using a combination of workbooks to include ipexpert, internetwork expert and narbik's advanced ccie r&s labs. 2009 is going to be a good year...
  • GT-RobGT-Rob Posts: 1,090Member
    Welcome to the club :D Take one last look at your friends and family, and let them know you will be missing for a little while.

    Im jk. Its not the bad really. Well...



    Anyway, don't worry too much about hitting all the vendors. I know it sounds like a good idea to 'maximize your exposure' but it almost becomes counter-productive. They all cover the blueprint and its about learning the technologies more than hammering out lab after lab.


    Good luck and keep us updated.
  • CCIEWANNABECCIEWANNABE Posts: 465Banned
    yeah, i'll probably be MIA all through 2009. i guess its good that i don't have many friends (i have friends at work, but don't really hang out with them). i really don't have the time for those relationships. family is all that matters in the end. thanks for the advice on the vendors :)
  • AhriakinAhriakin SupremeNetworkOverlord Posts: 1,800Member ■■■■■■■■□□
    Best of luck with your studies, remember Safari Bookshelf is your (and your wallet's) friend :)
    We responded to the Year 2000 issue with "Y2K" solutions...isn't this the kind of thinking that got us into trouble in the first place?
  • mikej412mikej412 Posts: 10,090Member
    Good Luck! icon_cool.gif

    Remember to keep your eye on the target. Finish up that CCNA:Security, knock out the Design Certs, and work that CCIP. But whatever you do -- don't get distracted by those shiny CCVP or CCSP Certifications.
    :mike: Cisco Certifications -- Collect the Entire Set!
  • JavonRJavonR Posts: 245Member
    mikej412 wrote:
    Good Luck! icon_cool.gif

    Remember to keep your eye on the target. Finish up that CCNA:Security, knock out the Design Certs, and work that CCIP. But whatever you do -- don't get distracted by those shiny CCVP or CCSP Certifications.

    mikej412

    Certifications: CCNP CCIP CCSP CCVP CCDP CCDA CCNA CS-CIPSS CS-CIPTDS CS-CIPTOS CS-CIPCSS CS-CFWS CS-CVPNS CS-CISecS ISSP 4013 4011

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  • mikej412mikej412 Posts: 10,090Member
    JavonR wrote:
    CCSP CCVP
    Exactly! I have those -- but no CCIE yet! Distractions!

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    :mike: Cisco Certifications -- Collect the Entire Set!
  • CCIEWANNABECCIEWANNABE Posts: 465Banned
    haha, yeah, i really like security now after going through ccna:security. the only thing stopping me from going to ccna:voice is the lab materials. I would love to do ccvp and ccsp, but for now i will attempt the ccie r&s. i want to build a pretty nice lab for voice and security, but i need to start with my foundation lab setup for ccie r&s.
  • ITdudeITdude Posts: 1,183Member
    mikej412 wrote:
    JavonR wrote:
    CCSP CCVP
    Exactly! I have those -- but no CCIE yet! Distractions!

    icon_lol.gif

    Are you sure it is just the certs that are distracting you, Mike? :)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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