Current Status * Certified
I wanted to inform that I passed my CCIE R & S certification Yesterday! I couldnt describe the moment when I saw my result 2:30 AM in the night!
It took me a few years and a few attempts to finally get it - but the keyword for me was "Determination".It was a much needed thing for me because my promotion was held up because of this... With my cert on hand - Hopefully the promotion and recognition $$$ will soon come [It better :-)] ... But more than anything else - it is the feeling of accomplishment which matters to me most!
Here are some of my comments about Core section and overall lab config portions: ( Disclaimer :This is just what I have seen - others may have a different opinion)
Core KS - Honestly speaking you cant really study for this...I guess you will learn the answers to these questions with your experience and along the way you prepare for written and Lab exams.3 out of 4 questions I had were of a nature as "what is the purpose of this config" & " what would happen if .."" - but mostly exhibit based just like we see in written preparation tools like simulation exams and like.....
Regarding the lab portion - It was worth 79 points .. But I dont believe they have shortened the lab to finish up in 7.5 hours - instead the questions are worth less points now.I finished up 30 mins to go and couldnt do a full review and fix one ping issue.
On the complexity Part - I would say around 7-8.However there were still some questions which I havent seen before OR had no idea on how to approach them.
GOOD LUCK to all who are preparing and/or have labs coming up soon.I will probably take over SP in next few months but for now I have to make it up to my wife and kids who were missing me for last few months! Lots of promises to make - the biggest one is taking kids to Disney in FL... Hopefully my boss feels like rewarding me:-)
P.S - A Big thanks to IE team without which this wouldnt have been possible.I did Vol1 and 2 for the most parts with few Vol3 labs , couple of poly labs and a mock lab.
Thanks and Good Luck!