CCIE # 28445
Just wanted to let everyone know that on March 21st I passed the R/S lab in RTP. This was my third attempt in just under 2 years. I'm not gonna write some long drawn out post about how I want to thank this person and that person, instead I want to let everyone know that the CCIE is VERY attainable and that you don't have to be superman to get it. I'm just a regular guy working at a Natural Gas Company. I studied a lot, but not constantly. I still had a life while I was going through the process. I had time to go hang out with my friends and watch Family Guy on Sunday nights. Granted I did not start any large project at home (yes dear...I will paint the bedroom soon).
I used INE WB 1, 2 and 3 as well as the different video products available. The best source of info is the DOC CD...its what you have in the lab...get intimate with it. I used a hybrid Dynamips/physical switch topology and that worked well for me considering I was on a budget. I went through WB1 once, then hit certain sections (QoS, Security, Sys management) 2 and 3 times. I went through all 20 labs sequential. The first time this took me close to 6 months. The second time it took me about 2 months. Then I used WB3 to really solidify the L2/3 stuff. Remember, that all the "frilly" stuff (MPLS, OeR, IPv6, etc) is just icing on the cake. At the end of the day, its a Routing and Switching exam. If you spend too much time munching on the cake you wont ever get to the icing.
When I walked out of the exam room I was VERY doubtful about me passing. I knew that I did much better than the first 2 times, but again, I was skeptical. I was second guessing myself on the ride home and the sinking feeling got worse every minute. The more I thought the less I felt like I passed. But low and behold...at 8:45 the same day, my score report was posted and there is my number...28445...right next to my name.
Keep it up everyone. The CCIE wouldn't be as coveted if it were easy, but to the contrast, if I did it then you can do it too....
Peace out everyone....(for now....hmmm...wonder how I can make this 7940 ring ?? [:P] )
Matthias Buchholz CCIE R/S # 28445