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

Comments

  • Congratulations on the number.

  • Hi Matthias2280,

    Congratz and well done, and thanks for sharing your story here.



  • Congratulations Matthias! That's very inspiring.

  • Congrats.

  • Congratz Matthias!

    Having taken 3 attempts to get my R&S, I believe that is a very respectable number of attempts[:)]













  • It is very daunting to know that these guys that are so smart
    and knowledgeable are taking 3 goes to pass it..

     

    That makes me wonder if I am even capable..

     

    But practice makes perfect right? Need to stay positive.

     

    I have to fly 4000kms just to sit the exam so I don’t have the
    luxury of failing multiple times..

     

    Thoughts?

     

    -Aaron

     

    From: [email protected] [mailto:[email protected]] On
    Behalf Of
    DarrellEscola

    Sent: Thursday, 24 March 2011 12:39 PM

    To: [email protected]

    Subject: Re: [success] CCIE # 28445

     

    Congratz Matthias!

    Having taken 3 attempts to get my R&S, I believe that is a very
    respectable number of attemptsSmile







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  • Congratulation Collegue,

    we took INE bootcamp last year in Tampa....hope u remember me.

    congrat again ..hope to u all success

    Hamed Hajeer

     

  • Aaron,

    The key is study, practice and applying yourself to the tasks at hand.

    At the time of my unsuccessful attempts, I was distracted by long days and some long drives for work - my successful attempt occurred after I became determined to put in the necessary time and effort to become comfortable with the core tasks, and get more hands-on practice with non-core tasks, such as IP Services, Security, Multicast, etc. This was over the Thanksgiving, Christmas ans New Year holidays, which opened up a substantial amount of study and lab time.

    If you have a good understanding of the basics and put in the time and effort required, CCIE is definitely within reach.

    Good luck!


    It is very daunting to know that these guys that are so smart
    and knowledgeable are taking 3 goes to pass it..

     That makes me wonder if I am even capable..

     But practice makes perfect right? Need to stay positive.

     I have to fly 4000kms just to sit the exam so I don’t have the
    luxury of failing multiple times..

     Thoughts?

     -Aaron

     

    From: [email protected] [mailto:[email protected]] On
    Behalf Of
    DarrellEscola

    Sent: Thursday, 24 March 2011 12:39 PM

    To: [email protected]

    Subject: Re: [success] CCIE # 28445

     

    Congratz Matthias!

    Having taken 3 attempts to get my R&S, I believe that is a very
    respectable number of attemptsSmile







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  • Thanks Darrell for your words of encouragement.

     

    Sorry to hijack your thread Matthias you are a legend!! J

     

    Cheers,

     

    -Aaron.

     

    From: [email protected] [mailto:[email protected]] On
    Behalf Of
    DarrellEscola

    Sent: Saturday, 26 March 2011 1:18 PM

    To: [email protected]

    Subject: Re: [success] RE: CCIE # 28445

     

    Aaron,

    The key is study, practice and applying yourself to the tasks at hand.

    At the time of my unsuccessful attempts, I was distracted by long days and
    some long drives for work - my successful attempt occurred after I became
    determined to put in the necessary time and effort to become comfortable with
    the core tasks, and get more hands-on practice with non-core tasks, such as IP
    Services, Security, Multicast, etc. This was over the Thanksgiving, Christmas
    ans New Year holidays, which opened up a substantial amount of study and lab
    time.

    If you have a good understanding of the basics and put in the time and
    effort required, CCIE is definitely within reach.

    Good luck!



    imageariemer:





    It is very
    daunting to know that these guys that are so smart and knowledgeable are taking
    3 goes to pass it..

     That
    makes me wonder if I am even capable..

     But
    practice makes perfect right? Need to stay positive.

     I have to
    fly 4000kms just to sit the exam so I don’t have the luxury of failing multiple
    times..

     Thoughts?

     -Aaron

     

    From: [email protected] [mailto:[email protected]] On
    Behalf Of
    DarrellEscola

    Sent: Thursday, 24 March 2011 12:39 PM

    To: [email protected]

    Subject: Re: [success] CCIE # 28445

     

    Congratz Matthias!

    Having taken 3 attempts to get my R&S, I believe that is a very
    respectable number of attemptsSmile







    Internetwork Expert - The Industry Leader in CCIE Preparation

    http://www.internetworkexpert.com



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  • Its cool...no problem...

    Darrell is right.  Study the cores stuff and the rest will kind of fall into place.  One of the best things I learned what that I had to be in the right "mood" to study.  If I forced myself to sit at the console when I wasnt into it, the info went in one ear and out the other.  I was starting to notice that the forced study sessions were not only not helping, but were making me get burned out on the whole process way to fast.  I would set asside blocks of time after work or on the weekends and I would almost get myself psyched up to go in my office and knock out some cisco configs. Like I said in my initial post, getting the IE does not involve black magic.  It requires a little self discipline and determination.  If I can do it you can do it.

    Good luck and keep on it....

     


    Thanks Darrell for your words of encouragement.

     

    Sorry to hijack your thread Matthias you are a legend!! J

     

    Cheers,

     

    -Aaron.

     

    From: [email protected] [mailto:[email protected]] On
    Behalf Of
    DarrellEscola

    Sent: Saturday, 26 March 2011 1:18 PM

    To: [email protected]

    Subject: Re: [success] RE: CCIE # 28445

     

    Aaron,

    The key is study, practice and applying yourself to the tasks at hand.

    At the time of my unsuccessful attempts, I was distracted by long days and
    some long drives for work - my successful attempt occurred after I became
    determined to put in the necessary time and effort to become comfortable with
    the core tasks, and get more hands-on practice with non-core tasks, such as IP
    Services, Security, Multicast, etc. This was over the Thanksgiving, Christmas
    ans New Year holidays, which opened up a substantial amount of study and lab
    time.

    If you have a good understanding of the basics and put in the time and
    effort required, CCIE is definitely within reach.

    Good luck!


    imageariemer:



    It is very
    daunting to know that these guys that are so smart and knowledgeable are taking
    3 goes to pass it..

     That
    makes me wonder if I am even capable..

     But
    practice makes perfect right? Need to stay positive.

     I have to
    fly 4000kms just to sit the exam so I don’t have the luxury of failing multiple
    times..

     Thoughts?

     -Aaron

     

    From: [email protected] [mailto:[email protected]] On
    Behalf Of
    DarrellEscola

    Sent: Thursday, 24 March 2011 12:39 PM

    To: [email protected]

    Subject: Re: [success] CCIE # 28445

     

    Congratz Matthias!

    Having taken 3 attempts to get my R&S, I believe that is a very
    respectable number of attemptsSmile







    Internetwork Expert - The Industry Leader in CCIE Preparation

    http://www.internetworkexpert.com



    Subscription information may be found at:

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    Internetwork Expert - The Industry Leader in CCIE Preparation

    http://www.internetworkexpert.com



    Subscription information may be found at:

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  • Congrats !!!

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