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Log 1: The CCIE Journey Begins

Week: 1-2

Hours: 0-23.5

So some of you may be thinking “How could you already have two weeks of studying for the CCIE under your belt if you only just finished CCNP yesterday?”. Good question. My Tshoot studies encompassed starting my CCIE studies. For the past two weeks I have gone through Narbik’s CCIE Foundation Volume 1 and am currently about halfway done Volume 2. 

So far the workbooks have been mostly a review but it is nice to finally start labbing routing topics again. Currently I am working on the BGP labs which is already teaching me a ton that wasn’t covered in the Route exam. The current breakdown of the Narbik Foundation Volumes goes like this.

Volume 1:

  • 3560 Switching
  • Frame-Relay (I skipped this since it won’t be in CCIEv5)
  • RIPv2
  • EIGRP

Volume 2:

  • OSPF
  • BGP
  • Redistribution
  • IPv6
  • QoS

My plan from the start was to skip over topics completely that will not be in the CCIE v5. This includes:

  • Flexlinks
  • ISL
  • Layer 2 Protocol Tunneling
  • Frame-Relay
  • WCCP
  • IOS Firewall
  • IOS IPS
  • RITE
  • RMON
  • RGMP
  • RSVP QoS
  • WRR/SRR

After completing Volume 2 this week my plan is to go through the INE Written Bootcamp videos and start reading TCP/IP Vol 1 & 2

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!

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