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!