Series Archives: CCIE Preparation

CCIE Preparation is far more complex than lower-level certifications, due to the wide range of topics covered, and the variety of ways people reach the CCIE level. This series of posts will address some common questions posed, and issues faced by would-be CCIE mendicants.

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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 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: 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: 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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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: 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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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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