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CCIE Preparation: Vendors and Workbooks

Choosing a training vendor is a key decision to make early on in your CCIE studies. Who/what are they, what do they offer, and why do they exist? It’s not cheap if you’re paying for it yourself, so you want to know what you’re getting into. This post runs through what the training vendors offer, […]

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CCIE Preparation: Study Processes and Scheduling

Once you’ve figured out why you want to become a CCIE, and you’ve made that commitment, you need to figure out HOW you’re going to go about it. This post covers some practical aspects, such as study processes, and how to schedule your time. Theory and Application – Written and Lab There are two parts […]

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CCIE Preparation: Commitment

This is the start of a new series on preparing for the CCIE lab. This will address many of the common questions would-be CCIEs have when they start out, such as study processes, training vendors, lab equipment and bootcamps. Hopefully it will also prevent a few of the time-wasting mistakes candidates make. Before getting into […]

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CCIE Version 5 Update

UPDATE 4/12/13 – this is now official – see https://learningnetwork.cisco.com/docs/DOC-22703. Once I’ve had a chance to digest the changes, I’ll post some thoughts. An update to the CCIE Routing and Switching blueprint has been strongly rumoured over the last year, but with no official confirmation. The Cisco Live Milan program schedule has been published, and it […]

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CCIE: One Year On

Today marks one year since I passed CCIE Routing and Switching, and was branded number 36708. This is supposed to be a huge achievement, bringing fame and fortune, right? You’re supposed to immediately change jobs, with an accompanying large pay rise, right? No more drudgery for me, I’m a rock star now! Isn’t that how it’s […]

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How Long Before CCIE SDN?

Cisco made some announcements about SDN certifications at Cisco Live US, in June this year. These didn’t seem to get a lot of attention at the time, perhaps due to little detail being available. A few more things have started to come out, but it’s still not full released. What might these SDN certifications be […]

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HP ASE – Network Architect v1

I’ve just passed the HP0-Y45 exam, which means I have completed the requirements for “HP ASE – Network Architect v1.” As I have previously completed HP Master ASE – Network Infrastructure, I only had to pass one exam to complete this certification. I’m at HP Discover in Las Vegas this week, and since you get a […]

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CCIE R&S v5 Rumours and Speculation

Update: We’re getting closer to an official announcement, and this post is attracting a lot of hits – you probably want to read my latest post, which contains some more info: lkhill.com/ccie-version-5-update/ It’s been over four years since the last change to the CCIE R&S blueprint. Version 4 was announced in April 2009, and went live […]

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HP Master ASE: HP0-Y37

I have just passed the HP exam “HP0-Y37: Migrating and Troubleshooting Networks.” This means I I have now passed all required exams for “HP Master ASE – Network Infrastructure[2011].” This is a run-through of my impressions of the exam, and what I used to study for it. Overall Impressions: This was a good, challenging exam. […]

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