CCDE Bootcamp doubts...

I was very excited to read about the possibility to attend CCDE bootcamp in London the next August...

The reason for which I never seriously took in consideration the possibility to try the CCDE practice exam was the lack of information about the exam structure. Since my CCNA exam 10 years ago I know that 50% of the success probability in any Cisco exam is about to know the structure and the caveats of any single exam, even if is terrible to tell, I think that many good network engineers with years of real world experience will fail even the CCNA exam if they will not be ready to the fantastic Cisco key words science... and I don't want to speak about CCIE exams where the preparation against time constraints and about the lab strategy is the foundation of the success.

Of course the deep technology knowledge stay the most important requirement, but this is even the funniest part so it never scared me.

Now I don't know if to try this CCDE exam, I'm CCIEx2 in R&S and SP with good knowledge of the Cisco Security Architecture with some interesting real world experience on a carrier grade mpls network, more I'm official Cisco Instructor so I know in deep what Cisco likes and which kind of technology are suggested in many scenarios, and more I think that to teach something is the best way to understand that in deep. For sure I will read some more book, 2 or 3 in the Petr suggested reading list, someone I read in my previous study. I know all this sounds good, but I'm doubtful. I just started to study CCIE Security, for sure it will take me more hours of study in confront of CCDE, simply becouse I don't think I can learn the design in one year studing, I think you can learn this studing but it's a long process, made of reading, thinking, designing reading; but about the CCIE I know how to do, I have a consolidated working method, that if not on he first try, will bring me on success the second... about CCDE it's a blackhole, if I will fail, what I will do in order to improve my knowledge? Read some more book? Mmmm I don't think it's the key.

So what I would ask to someone that attended the exam, how much is doable? And I would like to ask to some INE person, how much the Bootcamp will give me a chance in my position?

I know that it's hard to tell, but any advice will be very apreciated.

 

Comments

  • I had answer from nobody... so when you can't know in advance, you can only try first! I decided to attend the CCDE Bootcamp in London before the 27 Aug Practice Exam, I will tell you after my feelings and one review :)

  • peetypeety ✭✭

    Have you tried the CCDE written?  It can be used to recertify your CCIEs, so I thought I'd see what it was like.

    I averaged 41%.

    I'm going to stick with CCIE for now. ;)

  • I did, without any trick becouse I wanted to test myself seriously, I failed with something like 72%... I think is not a so bad result in the end. For sure I have to go more in deep with the overlay Layer 3 VPN part, and maybe is not a bad idea to go more in deep with Layer 2 MPLS VPN from a Design point of view.

  • I shall see you at the bootcamp! [:D]

  • Very good! You wil take the practice on 27?

  • Yes, it will be my first shot at the exam.

  • I had answer from nobody... so when you can't know in advance, you can only try first! I decided to attend the CCDE Bootcamp in London before the 27 Aug Practice Exam, I will tell you after my feelings and one review :)

    CCDE has been always into my dreams but im still too far from it, anyway Virgilio i make you my best wishes to pass the exam!!

  • CCDE has been always into my dreams but im still too far from it, anyway Virgilio i make you my best wishes to pass the exam!!

    Thanx really! I passed my written in August I actually will try the practice. I'm reading some very interesting book from the Petr list to complete my preparation. I'm totally not sure if I have some chance to pass the exam, my choice is more driven bt the wish to attend an INE bootcamp with the Brian McGahan hero :)

     

     

  • I joined the INE bootcamp over the weekend in London with Brain and managed to pass the CCDE lab yesterday.

    The bootcamp was great to get some specific things understood and the content of the bootcamp was relavent to the exam.

  • Hi Quinton

    Can you please share your exam experience please..

     

  • congrats for passing the exam..

  • Hi,

    Thanks for sharing experience.

    For now I try to achieve my R&S Lab and after that I'll focus on CCDE my main goal.

    Thanks,

  • Cisco NDA does not allow you to share anything... [;)]

  • Yesterday in Singapore I cleared the exam... soon my report

  • Wow thAt's an excellent result Virgilio.

    Many many congratualtions!!

  • congratualtions!

    It seems easy for you. [:)]

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