I thought I would pop on here and say hello as I have just commited the next 1.5 to 2 years of my life to the CCIE R&S certification!! Very excited and very focused.... so far! I fully expect to get to a low point and drink lots of beer at some point [B] but for now its very much focus focus focus!
I'm a full time emploeyee as a Senior network engineer doing R&S, Wireless, Security & Voice. My previous life existed of being a Microsoft jack of all trades so have some server background to mix in with it all! I have held the CCNP R&S certification since december 2011 and have just been building experience and trying to pick the area I like most..... which I have found to be R&S.
So far in the last few weeks, I have started collecting the reading list (had some already). This includes:
- Routing TCP/IP Vol 1 and 2
- CCIE OCG Vol1 & 2
- MPLS Fundamentals
Planning on getting the following later on
- QOS book....
- IPV6 book....
The blueprint is in Excel ready to put an initial score against myself on the relevant areas. I also have a study timetable to get the sign off from the wife to make sure i dont neglect her and the kids! [;)]. I have put aside around 20-30 hours a week to see how that goes and adjust if needed.
I have purchased the All Access Pass to get access to the videos, workbooks etc. After looking around, I have found I may have been a little premature with the purchase as its heavily geared towards the Lab.... however im thinking I might study for the lab, while reading... then do the written close to the lab (not that close!). Not sure if this is a good idea but have heard & read a few people approach it this way.
I have configured my home PC as an ESX server and have 20 CSR routers configured with 4 physical 3750 switches connected to it in readiness to lab stuff up while working through the workbook. Also managed to get automatic scripts running to push the inital configs out to the CSR using serial over the network in ESX world and it works like a dream. Punted the lab kit into the warehouse unit at work and is available 24/7
Anyway, just announcing myself to the forum with a view to become a frequent participater as time goes on! Sorry for rambling! [:D]