Saturday, September 8, 2007

Bootcamp scheduled

Once I passed the written, I decided I was probably going to attend a CCIE bootcamp. I got a heck of a lot of studying done so far this year and it's tough to keep dedicated with a 6 week old son and graduate school going on at the same time. I just so happened to get a marketing email from IPexpert this week and decided to follow up on it. The date, location, and price was right, so I went ahead and signed up. Apparently I get to actually take the class twice for the price of one, so I'm going the first time the end of September. Now I just have to work hard the next two weeks on my home rack before class starts to make sure I'm adequately prepared.

Unfortunately, studying didn't happen tonight.

On the left is my car which got hit while parked. My wife was standing on the passenger side and literally had to dive out of the way to avoid serious injury. Thankfully, everyone's fine.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Lab Date Scheduled

The backlog was a little longer than I expected, so a lab date of January does not look possible. I have instead scheduled my lab date for February 22nd. Which basically means I have until January 22nd to commit to that date or push it back further.

I'm currently in talks with a few bootcamp providers to decide what to take. I'm leaning toward IPexpert's 5 day bootcamp in December, but I haven't committed to anything yet.

No rack time yet this week :(

Saturday, September 1, 2007

Getting back in the groove

Wow, it's been a while since I've posted. I've had a few distractions to studying. For starters, my son, Kyle, was born in July. That alone has made rack time all but impossible for the past month.

So instead I focused my studying on the Written exam, which expired a couple of years back so I needed to retake it. There was one new section in particular, MPLS. I knocked out the written on Friday after about a month of studying (thanks ccbootcamp and netmasterclass!!!). An interesting note on ccbootcamp's material: there are a LOT of errors. Strangely, I think this helped me. Because of my distrust of the material, I was forced to hunt for resources on every questionable item. I ended up spending as much time on univercd as I did studying the material.

Now I'm all out of excuses to continue my studies. As it stands, I have:

Completed the IE Advanced Technologies Class-on-demand
Completed the first 4 IE workbook 2 labs
Completed the first 3 IE core labs

My intentions are to take the Lab at the end of January. In order to accomplish this, I'd like to complete all of the IE core labs and half of the IE workbook 2 labs by the end of the year. I'm also intending on taking a bootcamp in early January. The question is, which one? I'm considering IPexpert, IE, NetmasterClass, Unitek, or Global Knowledge. I've got a few months to figure it out.