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You can’t put the future on hold

Greg Ferro recently participated in an “Ask Me Anything” thread on Reddit. In that thread, user “1DumbQuestion” made this comment: Last, never finished my CCIE because of what I perceive will happen with SDN in the next coming years. I’ve seen similar comments from others over the last couple of years. This concerns me because […]

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CCIE Renewed – Exam 400-101

The problem with obtaining certifications is that you need to renew them. CCIE is no different – I first passed the lab in September 2012, and I was overdue for renewing it. I’m pleased to report that I have now done that, and it is now current until September 2016. Here’s some of my impressions of […]

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Resources for learning HP Comware

HP is making more resources available to help with learning Comware. They’ve added free labs and courses to the already published simulators and virtual routers. This is a good resource for those looking to get started with Comware. HP Network Simulator (HNS, aka Simware) HP’s Network Simulator (HNS) is a modelling tool for simulating HP Comware networks. It includes […]

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Using OmniFocus for CCDE Study

A reader asked how I use OmniFocus to help with studying for certification exams. Here’s how I’m using OmniFocus to help with CCDE study. This may not be the ‘best’ way, but it’s what I use. Figure out your tasks Create a new Project in OmniFocus. Go through your usual sources of information for certification study […]

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HP Master ASE VIP Support

HP has announced that HP Master ASE holders can now get VIP support. This is supposed to give me:   Personalized 24/7 hotline for all Master ASE certified engineers, with preferential access to an experienced HP engineer upon validation Exclusive, enhanced access to HP networking senior product and solutions engineers from HP support teams and […]

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CCIEv5 DIAG Thoughts

The CCIE Routing & Switching v5 blueprint introduces a new module in the lab exam: DIAG. This section does not have any direct device access, but instead uses a variety of information sources, including some console output. …the objective of the new Diagnostic module is to further assess the skills required to properly diagnose network […]

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HP Simware – Comware OS Simulator

HP recently released “Simware”, a Comware network simulator that lets you create test networks of emulated Comware switches and routers. This can be used to create “virtual” networks, ideal for learning, feature validation, and change testing. It’s broadly similar to Dynamips. It’s not perfect, and it’s been a long time coming, but it’s a start. […]

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CCIE Preparation: How Deep Do I Go?

CCIE candidates often want to know how deep they should go with each topic. There’s an enormous amount of information to take in, and candidates are trying to find the balance between too much and too little. Here’s how I approach it. At some point on your CCIE journey, you will get sick of it. […]

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CCIE Preparation: Bootcamps

If you’re starting down the CCIE path, you’ve probably come across references to “CCIE bootcamps.” People rave about them, talking about how much they learnt, how tough they are, how “I couldn’t have done it without this course.” Is it true? I can just take a week-long course, and magically be granted CCIE status? Not […]

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CCIE Preparation: Lab Equipment

CCIE study requires a large amount of hands-on practice, to gain the configuration speed needed for the lab exam. So the question is: Where and how do I gain that hands-on time? That then leads into: What are these topologies people talk about? GNS3 vs rack rentals vs buying my own equipment – which one […]

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