Archive for August, 2008

Get 10% off IPExpert products

Monday, August 25th, 2008

Get 10% off the following ::

-Blended Learning Solution
-Boot Camp
-End to End purchase

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Pretty nice deal. Any little bit helps when you’re trying to scrape together cash for CCIE expenses (believe me, I have spent my fair share of cash!)



DOC CD going away

Sunday, August 24th, 2008

Per Cisco’s CCIE web site ::

CCIE labs changing from UniversCD to Cisco Documentation
On Sept 24 2008 CCIE labs will no longer support using the UniversCD documentation for the lab exam.

All labs are migrating to Cisco Documentation only. For those scheduled to take the CCIE lab prior to Sept 24 access will still be available for UniversCD.

The Cisco Documentation pages have the same information that currently resides on UniversCD, please refer to the links on the CCIE web pages to view these pages and become familiar with the new format.

After Sept 24 2008 only the Cisco Documentation web pages will be available for CCIE labs.

Oh well, not very surprising I guess.

What worked for me…

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

I have to really give props to IPExpert, their training materials are great. I will come out and say I have never tried any other labs besides theirs. My opinion is bias, but why shop around when you know what works.

I studied the hands-on lab part for about 6-7 months. I started around February of this year. I bought their Lab workbook and proctor guide. I did every lab at least once and read over all labs as part of my preparation.

Breakdown ::
Volume 1 labs – 20 or so smaller technology based
Volume 2 labs – 15 8 hour labs
Volume 3 labs – 10 8 hour labs with walkthrough

I didn’t have time to go over the Video bootcamp before my lab, nor did I finish the Audio bootcamp. I think the audio bootcamp is great to listen to on the way to work. Use it to fill in your gaps of time, the more exposure, the better.

-Do the labs
-Understand the labs
-Get your butt kicked by the labs


IPExpert Bootcamp Experience

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

Last week before my lab, I attended the IPExpert R&S bootcamp in San Jose. Jared Scrivener was our instructor for the week. Days started at 9am and ran until about 5pm, at which point they provide you with a lab to do. My days were basically from 9am till about midnight. You can choose to do the lab in class or back at your hotel (if you have internet access).

I prepared for the bootcamp in such a way that I was expecting to get my butt kicked. I spent the week prior studying about 16 hours a day.


CCIE #21785

Tuesday, August 19th, 2008

Just got the email! I have to catch a plane, so I will have more to say later!