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.


I hate it when I cut cables wrong and don’t check them before I need to use them. I cut a T1 x-over cable for the T1 WICs I have sitting around and didn’t bother to check it. I went to use it tonight and I have the wrong 4/5 pin pair. All of my tools are at work, so I’m down a pair of T1 WICs for tonight’s labs. oh well.

I was able to run through a few frame relay OSPF labs tonight. Had I bothered to read further into the chapter 5 labs, I’d have seen that they covered different operation modes for frame relay OSPF. I understand the concept of virtual links and how to configure them. We’re using MD5 authentication for OSPF at work, so I’m familiar with that configuration. I’m suddenly having a much easier time remembering LSA types, modes of operation, specifics for the modes, and other wonderful details.

I’ve made it through most of the Integrated IS-IS section in the authorized self study book. I’ll follow that up with the exam study book, and labs this weekend. Actually, I should try to make it through the redistribution chapters in both books before the weekend, as well. I’m expecting some training materials from Trainsignal this week. I’m going to load those videos onto my PDA and listen to them as I’m on my way to work every day, and use any free time I get at work to go through the videos some more. I WILL be ready for this exam by the end of this month.

Slightly OT: my wife wants to have one more little person sometime next year. If I’m going to do the IE, I’d better do it soon. I’m going to shoot for the written by December of this year, and pray that I get at least one attempt at the lab by the end of next summer.