::cisco black belt::

March 12, 2009

Flip flop

Filed under: misc, News, rant, self-study — ccxx4488 @ 8:21 pm

I change my mind like the weather… I’ve been talking with a couple people that have been in the industry for awhile, and I’ve reversed my decision on doing CCNA Voice > CCVP. Gonna stick with CCNP, once I clear the CCNA Security that is. I guess its the unknown, not being 100% sure if you’ll secure the type of work your looking for when you hit the CC*P level. I was looking for leverage, by going the route of CCVP first. Its always been the core R/S I’ve been most interested in. Sure, I’d like to get into Voice one day, but I’ve been advised that I’ll have no problem securing the work I’m looking for with a CCNP. On top of all that, the Voice stuff is super expensive. I could have enough gear for CCNP and CCIP and pretty much CCIE R/S for the cost of a Voice lab. I know you can emulate a lot of it. Blindhog have some excellent tutorials. I guess it boils down to this, if I can’t get the job I’m looking for as a CCNP, then fuck ’em, the certs’ for me, not the job offers.


March 9, 2009

Back on Track

Filed under: CCNA Security, misc, News — ccxx4488 @ 11:51 pm

My CCNA Security Official Exam Certification Guide book arrived on Saturday. Not as much reading as the ICND1 or ICND2 books. I ripped the audio from CBTNuggets CCNA Security CBT and dumped it on my mp3 player. Been listening to that today, and got started on chapter 1. So far it seems like, ACLs and SDM are the only things kept from the CCNA exams. We’ll see when I get further along. I know I need to spend sometime reviewing CCNA material, its a been awhile since I’ve touched much Cisco stuff. I’m sure 90% of it will come right back to me in no time. Need to sharpen up my subnetting and do a review and some labs for a 3-4 weeks, then get started proper on the CCNA Security.

Been scanning ebay for deals lately, in the hunt for a 2811 Voice bundle with AIM-CUE, or a good deal on an AIM-CUE, a 35xx POE switch and 2511. I’m starting to think, there is no such thing as a good deal on an AIM-CUE module, haha. I’ve read a lot of posts that say you don’t really need Unity Express for the CCNA Voice exam, but I’d rather have it. I got by without the SDM for the CCENT and CCNA, but this is a little different. Besides, maybe I’ll pull a Jeremy Ciora and run CME/CUE system at home.

Back to the CCNA Security, it doesn’t seem like there’s much to it. In my preview of the materials so far it really boils down to 4 things, ACL, SDM, VPN and AAA. Basically master those concepts (at the CCNA level) and you should be good to go. I’m not underestimating this exam, I’m just seems not as in depth.

I got an email awhile back (around December) from Wendell Odom, thanking me for my errata submissions on the ICND books. I thought it was cool to hear from him, here’s me just a CCNA getting props from a CCIE. I printed off the email and brought it to my last job interview. Maybe it played a part, I landed a job with a Cisco Partner (albeit not the tech stuff I want to do, but hey).

What else is new, had to drop the old CSS, needed a refresh. Its cool to look around the blogs, and see everyone is still working on their goals or completing them. I’m really looking forward to the next couple years!

March 3, 2009

Back from the dead…

Filed under: misc, News — ccxx4488 @ 7:09 pm

So, I’m not dead after all, and six months without a post. PING. Anyhow I started college finally, what a dilemma, getting started. I’ve switched my degree paths and Schools. Now I’m doing a 2 year associates degree in IT-Programming, when I get that, I’ll either to a BA in Information Systems Assurance or a BA in Computer Science. We’ll see what happens.

At present I seem to have more time that I expected, now that I’ve switched colleges. So I’ve decided to get back to doing what I enjoy most which is playing with routers and switches. I give a lot of thought to the future and what I will do. I may change my mind about some things. For now, this is the battle plan:

  • June 1st take the CCNA Security exam. (I haven’t started studying for it yet, but I’m hoping this will be enough time)
  • Sometime before the end of 2009 take the CCNA Voice.
  • Obtain CCVP by the end of 2010.

You may ask why the change from CCNP to VP. To be honest I want to get all Cisco certs, haha, will that happen, who knows? My line of thinking is, it will be easier to find a job developing quality experience as a CCVP, than it is with a CCNP or CCSP. Who will want someone with little experience working on their production routers, or responsible for security with their freshly printed CCSP? I just think that I have more chance of securing a job with potential to cross train and develope a broad networking skill set by going the CCVP route first. I plan on doing the CCIP and CCNP before trying for the top. All this stuff will take years. Who knows I might change my mind a year from now, decide to go back to my original plan and try and get my CCIE R/S in about 4 years.

In the mean time, I started a new job with a Cisco Partner, not the technical experience builder I would like, but its a good job, and will serve my immediate needs for now. I ordered my CCNA Security book, got some CBTs from some ware z, and hope to have a linux box built by next month to run some labs. I had to sell one of my 2611xms last year, sucks… Probably gonna get a 2800 series when I get started working on voice.

So, things are going well, a couple CCNA concentrations by the end of this year, plus half way through my associates degree, then hopefully by the end of the following year, I’ll have my CCVP and my associates degree, and be ready to start the learning process for the CCIP and CCNP =)

I got big plans =)

September 9, 2008

CCIE pilot program being tested in China

Filed under: CCIE, News — Tags: — ccxx4488 @ 4:00 am

Picked this up from Colin McNamara’s Blog

Dear Candidate:

On August 27, Cisco will introduce a pilot for the CCIE Routing and Switching lab exam in Beijing, China. The pilot will add a 10-minute interview that will assess the candidate’s ability to apply expert-level
networking skills and knowledge to networking problems that are encountered on the job. After the lab orientation, a panel of three experts will conduct a verbal interview with each candidate, asking a series of expert-level networking questions (questions and answers will be in English). The ability to correctly answer these questions will affect the exam score.

September 2, 2008

Sittin’ on Chrome

Filed under: Articles, google, News — Tags: — ccxx4488 @ 11:30 am

Ok, its not the old Rap tune from 1995, its google’s new browser to be released shortly. Three horse race?

From BBC news:

Google is launching an open source web browser to compete with Internet Explorer and Firefox.

The browser is designed to be lightweight and fast, and to cope with the next generation of web applications that rely on graphics and multimedia.

Called Chrome, it will launch as a beta for Windows machines in 100 countries, with Mac and Linux versions to come. Continues

Google Books have a comic book describing the from the ground up design concepts and need for a new approach, check it out here. And the wiki here.

July 2, 2008

The Bernabeu home of InternetworkExperts

Filed under: CCIE, humor, News — ccxx4488 @ 6:04 pm

Had to put this on on here, funniest quote I’ve read in awhile, courtesy of Richard Bannister CCIE Blog

“x5 CCIE BRian Dennis
x3 CCIE Brian McGahan
x4 CCIE Petr Lapukhov

and now…

x4 CCIE Scott Morris

at InternetworkExpert à It’s the Cisco equivalent of the Real Madrid Galacticos! J”

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