Monthly Archives: March 2013

Staying Focused and Keeping Track of your Goals

Staying focused and keeping track of your goals is often a very hard thing to do, especially during times when you can be easily distracted. Perfect example is the Easter holidays. We often overlook our goals after the holidays end and think that we owe ourselves some sort of vacation. Well not for me, I had a great Easter weekend but now that the family is gone its time to buckle down and get back to studying. Staying determined is a key to your success. Only you control your fate and how successful you can/will become. Also never take for granted the time you have, make every second of everyday count. Exercise your brain every day and never settle for anything but the best. So remember to stay focused, stay determined, and stay CISCO!!!

Cisco Study Motivation

Push through your Cisco studies day in and day out. You WILL persevere! Never give up on any problem you face.

Cisco CCNP Route Study Plan

So I am uploading my Cisco CCNP Route study schedule in hopes that it will help some people out. Feel free to modify this in anyway you see fit. This schedule uses the following study materials:

  • CCNP Route Foundation Learning Guide
  • CBT Nuggets CCNP Series
  • Chris Bryant CCNP Series

(I also plan to make study schedules for CCNP Switch and T-Shoot)

(Please also note that the blank spaces are days where I could not get any studying in, this  schedule should be edited according to your preference)

Week 1 (EIGRP) CBT Nuggets (Lab throughout week) FLG Book Completed
Monday Concepts and Planning 57-83  
Tuesday Implementing Basic EIGRP 83-113  
Wednesday Implementing Adv. EIGRP & Part 2 113-144  
Thursday Best Practices and Design 144-155  
Saturday review+flashcards+ OSPF Foundation Concepts 1 155-179  
Sunday lab eigrp+OSPF Foundation Concepts 2 185-209  
Week 2 (OSPF) CBT Nuggets FLG Book Completed
Monday Implementing Basic OSPF 209-225  
Tuesday OSPF over NBMA & Part 2 (watch p1 twice) 225-244  
Wednesday Area Types and Options 244-281  
Thursday Area Types and Options Part 2+start index cards 281-315  
Saturday flash cards+lab  
Week 3 (IPv4 Redistribution) CBT Nuggets FLG Book Completed
Tuesday  controlling routing updates 325-344  
Wednesday Simple Redistribution 344-373  
Thursday Advanced Redistibution 373-398  
Saturday flashcards+some lab 398-416  
Sunday lab+bgp concepts and planning 471-492  
Week 4 (BGP) CBT Nuggets FLG Book Completed
Monday Basic BGP & Part 2 492-510  
Tuesday Tuning Attributes  
Wednesday Tuning Attributes Part 2 510-534  
Thursday 534-568  
Sunday review+flashcards+lab 568-587  
Week 5 (Path Control) CBT Nuggets FLG Book Completed
Monday BGP flashcards+Configuring Path Control 419-432  
Tuesday 432-446  
Wednesday flashcards 446-467  
Thursday Understand and Implement IPv6  
Saturday IPv6 Routing and Protocols 691-716  
Week 6 (IPv6 Routing) CBT Nuggets FLG Book Completed
Monday IPv6 Routing and Protocols Part 2 716-759  
Tuesday 759-782  
Wednesday Transitioning to IPv6 782-830  
Saturday 824-859
Sunday 859-897
Week 7 (Catch-Up) Catch-Up and review week FLG Chapters not Read Completed
Monday Index Cards for IPv6, first couple cbt nugs. lab it up this week. Chapters 1, 7 need to be read this week
Week 8 (EIGRP) Bryant Videos Labs Completed
Monday Lecture 43,44,45 (55min) Setup Lab
Tuesday Lecture 46,47,48 (50min)
Wednesday Lecture 49,50 (50min)
Thursday Lecture 51,52 (1hr)
Friday Lecture 53,54 (50min)
Saturday Lecture 55,56 (30min)
Sunday review + catchup
Week 9 (OSPF) Bryant Videos Labs Completed
Monday Lecture 57,58,59 (1hr)
Tuesday Lecture 60,61,62 (55min)
Wednesday Lecture 63,64 (1hr)
Thursday Lecture 65,66 (50min)
Friday Lecture 67,68 (30min)
Saturday review + catch up
Sunday review + catch up
Week 10 (BGP) Bryant Videos Labs Completed
Monday Lecture 69,70,71 (1.1hr)
Tuesday Lecture 72,73,74 (45min)
Wednesday Lecture 75,76,77 (1hr)
Thursday Lecture 78,79,80 (1hr)
Friday Lecture 81,82 (35min)
Saturday review + catch up
Sunday review + catch up
Week 11 (Remote Connectivity) Bryant Videos Labs Completed
Monday Lecture 83,84,85 (50min)
Tuesday Lecture 86,87,88,89 (55min)
Wednesday review + catch up
Thursday review + catch up
Friday review + catch up
Saturday review + catch up
Sunday review + catch up
Week 12 (IPv6) Bryant Videos Labs Completed
Monday Lecture 90,91 (35min)
Tuesday Lecture 92,93 (25min)
Wednesday Lecture 94,95 (30min)
Thursday review + catch up
Friday review + catch up
Saturday review + catch up
Sunday review + catch up
Week 13 (IPv4 Redistribution)  Bryant Videos Labs Completed
Monday Lecture 96,97,98 (45min)
Tuesday Lecture 99,100,101 (50min)
Wednesday Lecture 102,103,104,105 (45min)
Thursday Lecture 106,107,108 (45min)
Friday Lecture 109,110,111 (55min)
Saturday review + catch up
Sunday review + catch up


Stay Organized! Get Evernote!

So I have always found it tough to stay organized, not only in my studies but also with work  related tasks. So a few months ago I decided to try and find an application that can sync between all my devices that would allow me to add pictures, notes, and even whiteboards in an organized fashion. I tried out Microsoft OneNote for a short time however I was not a fan of their interface. I continued my search and stumbled upon Evernote.

All I have to say is that YOU NEED this application. Ever since downloading it, it has helped me stay organized any way I need. I even have my CCNP study schedule uploaded into it. It really allows me to see what I do on a day to day basis and also stay on track with work, life, and my studies. SO give it a shot! I promise you will not be disappointed.

Jeremy Cioara’s take on the changes to CCNA

Jeremy Cioara gives his opinion on the changes being made to the CCNA certification in 2013


My Resources for CCNP Route

Here is a list of what I am using to prepare myself for CCNP Route:

  • Cisco Press CCNP Route Foundation Learning Guide
  • CBT Nuggets CCNP Video Series
  • Chris Bryant CCNP Video Series
  • 101 CCNP Labs
  • Cisco CCNP Student Lab Manuals

I am hoping this will be enough to prepare me for the CCNP. I plan to sit the exam in about 4-6 months

Some Motivation Before Your Long Weekend

Great video for some motivation!!

My potential break into the networking field

About a month ago I was contacted by a company that had found my resume on monster. They were interested in me joining their networking team as a network engineer. I had a technical test that I guess they use to screen out people that do not answer them correctly. The questions ranged from packet analysis to how I perform under pressure.

After the initial screening the HR department wanted to schedule a phone interview. During that interview I was asked typical HR questions such as “What do you like to do outside of the workplace?” or “What are some of your future goals?”. I answered all the questions honestly and felt like I aced it after we had gotten off the phone.  A few hours later I received an email that said they wanted me to come in and have an in-person interview with a few members of the network team.  I was very excited but at the same time nervous for what was to come.

Upon interview day I woke up extra early to do some last minute CCNA review (I was expecting to get drilled with cisco questions, since the companies infrastructure is all cisco). I got changed into my new suit; had a big breakfast and was on my way. During the drive to the interview my mind was racing so I played some motivational videos that always get me pumped up and ready to go.  I arrived about 15 minutes early and met first with the HR person I had spoken to on the phone with.  She told me that she had another written technical test for me, this one consisting of more cisco CLI based questions.  Upon finishing the test I felt more then ready to meet the engineers. I knew I had aced the written test questions so my nerves calmed down a bit.

I was then taken to a room to meet with two engineers and the HR person. The interview was very relaxed and I feel like I could have talked with the engineers for hours. The HR person would chime in every so often and ask those typical HR questions again. All in all I feel the interview went great. After the interview was over the HR person took me to an office and told me that the engineers liked me a lot and that she would like to schedule another in-person interview so I can meet the CIO and Director. I was estatic.

The following week I met with the CIO and Director. The interview again was very relaxed and seemed just like a regular conversation. They were both very nice just like everyone else I had previously met at this company. After my interview I bid my farewell to the CIO and the Director took me on a tour of the IT department. The building wasn’t in the nicest shape but like many IT departments they aren’t. However…upon entering the data center….I was BLOWN away! Everything was on such a bigger scale then what I am used too at my current job. Their was even two Nexus 7010s still on pallets that are waiting to be configured for the data center relocation project. I couldn’t believe I could potentially work here! After about a 30 minute tour the Director walked me out.

Upon arriving home I sent out thank you note emails to the HR person, CIO, and Director.  A few days later I received an email that I would have an offer the following week. I almost yelled out in joy when I read the email! I can’t believe it’s finally happening! I am going to be a Network Engineer! is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to