another candidate gets his number

I just want to put this out there to congratulate Ethan Banks on getting his number.  He passed his lab today.  He only has his Blackberry with him, so he had his wife get onto his Cisco account to check his results, and he is now CCIE #20655.

Now I just need to get my butt in gear and get through some exams myself!

had some time to sit down and watch some more videos

With the upcoming changes in our network, I’m going to have my hands on a lot more switches than routers over the next few months.  I figured this would be a good time to start watching the BCMSN videos to brush up on STP knowledge, as well as focus on GLBP, HSRP, and VRRP.  Depending on how my studies go over the next month or so, I may also try to take the BSCI/BCMSN composite exam, or I may just use those studies as a baseline and start focusing directly on the IE written.  I’ve already been told that the certs aren’t going to do me any good in regard to pay or title with the new company, so it’s all personal at this point.  I still want to have the written out of the way by the end of this year.  If things keep up they way they are, I’m going to be pushing it.

Ethan Banks is scheduled to make his first lab attempt this week.  I’ve been reading his blog, as well as a few others for a while.  Ethan seems to be one of the more frequent bloggers, and definitely knows his stuff inside and out.  I only hope to be at the level that he and a few other IE candidates are at someday.  I can’t wait to see his results and look forward to seeing him get his number.  Good luck, Ethan.

been a while..

I feel like a horrible blogger.  I haven’t updated in a few weeks.  We’ve gotten into the full swing of this transition at work, and I’ve been working like a dog.  I haven’t had a day off in two weeks, and there’s no stopping in sight.

I currently work in a Foundry shop, but with our recent acquisition, we are in the process of plannning our migration to Cisco.  By August, our entire corporate network will have been re-IP’d and all gear will be standardized on 6500’s, 3750’s, 3800’s, and a few 7200’s.  I’m excited about the transition, but it’s a lot of work.

Because of everything going on, I haven’t had any time to really study or focus on labs.  The Skingers at Trainsignal were very cool in hooking me up with training materials for BSCI, BCMSN, and asked me to review the CCNA materials.  I’ve been through the BSCI videos twice, and they were awesome.  After failing the exam in february, I went back through the videos and paid attention to the sections where I was weak.  Chris Bryant had a way of explaining things so that they make sense, and he was very thorough with the material.  For some reason, I missed some topics in the books that he made sure to touch upon.  I’ve been really impressed with the VBT.  They’ve allowed me to take as many notes as I want without having to stop mid page to write, then continue.  Things seem to flow much better.  Also, having Chris pull up the racks with different topologies to demonstrate configurations and what he’s teaching is awesome. 

I’m also considering selling off some of the gear in my rack to make room for a mac mini and/or iMac.  I figure by the time I put money into RAM and flash upgrades for some of the 2600XM’s, I can get a mini, anyway.  Add a few USB nics to the mix, and I’d be set.

BTW, what’s with this new dashboard look on wordpress?  I don’t think I care for it very much.

ugh….

I haven’t abandoned this blog.. I haven’t stopped prepping for the BSCI exam, although I definitely didn’t have as much time as I wanted to last week.  My goal was to take the exam again by Friday.  Instead, I my youngest was hospitalized, and I spent half the week camped out in a hospital room.

We have visitors from our new parent company this week.  Hopefully I’ll be able to sneak in some study time in the evenings.