Monthly Archives: December 2013

The CCIE and Me

As you can tell from my last post I have decided that it is best for me to begin my CCIE training as soon as I complete CCNP.  The reason behind this decision is because in my current role I am surronded by BGP, QoS, Multicast, EIGRP, and MPLS. As we all know most of these topics are only touched on if even mentioned in the CCNP. Multicast is such a big technology in my current environment that I feel I need to bring myself up to speed on it. Hopefully this will make the studies a little easier since I am around it everyday. I am in no rush to pass my CCIE by a certain date but my goal is to complete it in two years.

With the CCIEv5 around the corner and training on those topics being limited I have decided to start studying the v4 material. Honestly most of the topics still remain the same so it really does not make a difference. I know the CCIEv5 OCG from Cisco Press is set to release in May of 2014 so I will be sure to pick that up. Here is the current training material I have to work from:

  • Routing TCP/IP Volume I and II
  • INE CCIE Video Series
  • INE Workbooks Volume I and II
  • Narbik Foundations Workbook Volume I and II
  • Narbik Advanced R&S Workbook Volume I and II

So as you can see I have a pretty decent amount of training material to go through to build a good foundation for myself. My current plan is to go through Narbik’s Foundation Workbooks and read Routing TCP/IP where necessary. After that I plan to go through the INE videos and finish up reading the Routing TCP/IP volumes. Once that is completed I am going to need to pick up three more books: MPLS Fundamentals, Cisco QoS, and Developing IP Multicast Networks. I will then go through Narbik’s Advanced R&S Workbooks while also reading through my new books. Once that is completed it will be time to move onto the INE workbooks!

Of course this is all just a plan I came up with in my head and nothing is set in stone yet. I still have other material that I need to purchase such as:

  • INE Workbooks Volume III-IV
  • Narbik Advanced Bootcamp Workbook
  • Books Books Books!
  • Other material that comes out for the CCIEv5

I am going to make another post where I can consolidate all this training material so I can better keep track of it for myself. But for now this is what I got! I am ready for this journey and I am super excited. This training alone will make me a better overall engineer and that excites me to no end. I  am in this for the long haul and nothing is going to stop me!

Happy Holidays!!!

Hope everyone had a great holiday, I know I did! Work has been going great so far and I am learning a ton. Hours are long but every second is worth it! The people I work with are very knowledgeable and helpful.  The current environment  I work in utilizes MPLS, BGP, EIGRP, QoS, and Multicast  heavily so I am very excited to announce that I will be pursuing CCIE after I pass Tshoot. I plan to take the Tshoot exam next weekend. Also I am going to make another blog post that explains how I will tackle the CCIE and what my plans are moving forward! So again Happy Holidays everybody!


Best Christmas present ever!

My First Week In Review

I have had absolutely zero time to make a blog post since starting my new job until now. I’ve decided that I am going to try and give weekly updates on what I am working on and also how I am progressing both in the real world and my certifications studies. My hours are a lot longer now because I have taken on a lot more responsibilities compared to my last job. Also the environment in 10x bigger then anything I have ever seen before.  So all my free time is taken up with trying to bring myself up to speed as well as finding time to study for my CCNP.

Most of my week was filled with meeting other members of my team as well as gathering all necessary networking tools and diagrams. I will be the 9th engineer joining the network services team. There are also three other network teams that handle different aspects of the network. So I would say the total amount of network engineers is somewhere in the range of 30-40. The most engineers I have ever worked with at a previous job was 3 so you can imagine the transition this is going to be for me.

Everyone on my team is extremely bright and talented in many areas of networking. Many also are very skilled at coding. We use a lot of in house applications that were developed by both current and previous engineers. This got me to thinking that I should probably brush up on my computer science. I had a bunch of computer science classes in college however I absolutely hated it. I am hoping that this time things may be different since I will be self teaching it to myself. I will most likely try and learn some Python in my downtime at work. It is definitely not a top priority of mine, however I feel with SDN on the horizon it can’t hurt to learn.

Besides that I am really excited to work in this environment. There is constant changes being made to the network so it will definitely be a great learning experience for me. 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