Friday, October 8, 2010

It's been awhile, again

Yep, things have been quiet on the CCIE studying front. Work has been busy and I have a 6 month old at home now too, who keeps me even busier.

Additionally, I've been spending a lot of time at the gym trying to get rid of some of the additional "baggage" that comes along with getting 2 ccie's. It looks like it's going to take 3 months of hard work to get where I want to be. I just don't see having the energy to study while I'm wearing myself out on a daily basis. But right now that's definitely the priority.

So hopefully around xmas my name will change to "Double CCIE with 6 pack abs" lol. Ok, I probably have as much chance of that as somebody who has never seen a router passing the CCIE in 3 months. But hey, no harm in dreaming :).

Thursday, August 5, 2010

MSPRP Complete

As expected, I was able to knock off the MSPRP exam without studying. A little better knowledge of XR would have been very helpful, but I had a high enough score on it and the remaining sections to carry myself through.

On to MSPVM

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

CCNP SP Operations Page Live

Cisco has the CCNP SP Operations page up now:

https://learningnetwork.cisco.com/community/certifications/ccnpspops

Friday, July 30, 2010

CCNP SP Operations

Now it's time for me to begin working on CCNP SP Operations. This certification is not fully live yet, but the details are at https://learningnetwork.cisco.com/docs/DOC-8149

There are 4 exams required:
642-770: Operational Foundations for Cisco Service Provider Core Networks (OFCN)
642-775: Maintaining Cisco Service Provider Routing Protocols (MSPRP)
647-780: Maintaining Cisco Service Provider VPNs and MPLS Networks (MSPVM)
642-785: Maintaining Cisco Service Provider Quality of Service (MSPQS)

All 4 show up on Vue's website, so it looks like the certification is fully live.

Now I just need to decide what to take first.
OFCN is all about processes and management tools. I'll need to study a lot for that so I'll hold off for now.
MSPRP focuses on BGP, OSPF, and IS-IS. Sounds like a great place to start!
MSPVM is the MPLS exam. Another good one!
MSPQS covers QoS. Not a bad topic but I'm a little rusty on some of the details.

So I should be able to knock out MSPRP and MSPVM by the end of August. I'll give myself another 2 weeks on MSPQS and then 6 weeks on OFCN. That would get me the CCNP SP Ops by the end of October. I like doing my CCIE studying over the winter anyway, so the timing should work out well.

CCNA SP Operations Complete

Well, I decided I'd just go ahead and take the SSPO exam 640-760 so that I can target my studying a little better. I was pleasantly surprised when I scored a pass.

The blueprint and study questions on Cisco's site are pretty accurate. I was also happy that most of the information on the exam was pretty relevant. I didn't find many of those "who the heck cares" questions. So all in all I'd say it was a pretty good exam.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

CCNA SSPO Review Questions - Set 3

Key Performance Indicator:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Performance_indicator

Incident Management vs. Problem Management:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Information_Technology_Infrastructure_Library#Incident_Management

Monday, July 19, 2010

CCNA SSPO Review Questions - Set 2

Here's what I need to review for Set 2:

Network Management:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Network_management

FCAPS:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FCAPS

NMS Model:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telecommunications_Management_Network

Cisco information center:
http://www.ciscosysteme.com/en/US/products/sw/netmgtsw/ps996/index.html

Cisco ip solution center:
http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/sw/netmgtsw/ps4748/index.html

CCNA SSPO Review Questions - Set 1

The quiz is located at https://learningnetwork.cisco.com/docs/DOC-7318

Topics I need to review:
NGN Architectural Layer
Service Exchange Framework
ITIL
eTOM

For NGN Architecture, there's an ASR9k link which seems the most relevant:
http://cisco.biz/en/US/prod/collateral/routers/ps9853/solution_overview_c22-501795.html
I'll be reading this many times over.

Service Exchange Framework is here:
http://www.cisco.com/en/US/solutions/collateral/ns341/ns525/ns537/ns549/net_implementation_white_paper0900aecd80592c03.html

Cisco's Introduction to eTOM:
http://www.cisco.com/en/US/technologies/collateral/tk869/tk769/white_paper_c11-541448.html

As for ITIL, there's a comparison to eTOM on the above link. We'll see if I need to know more than that.

SP Operations CCNA

A search on Amazon for 640-760 (the ccna spo exam) comes up with nothing Cisco related. Uh oh, this really is new territory. Interestingly, the CCIE SP written was very much the same. There was little to no material dedicated directly toward it.

However, Cisco does have several quizzes on their site that provides a general idea of the types of questions. I'll try to absorb this information before taking my first crack at the CCNA OPS exam, hopefully this week.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Maybe a different direction...

I keep trying to steer myself toward Security, and I can never seem to get motivated to start working on it.

The bottom line is my current role has little to do with security. I'm primarily working with service provider technologies. Little did I know just how much the SP CCIE would help me. I'm ahead of the curve now on mpls and the time and effort I put into the lab has already paid off nicely.

So, the more I think about it, combined with my current lack of motivation to get going in Security, tells me it's time to switch to another track. The new SP Operations ccie should be right up my alley. I'm sure there will be a lot of carry over from R&S and SP, and I have a bunch of NGN experience as well.

The big issue with SPO is there is practically NO training material for it yet. So I'll be running with this one almost completely on my own--at least until the training providers catch up.

So that being said, I'm going all the way down to the associate level and am beginning to study for CCNA-SPO.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Stay Tuned...

I've been busy with other things and decided to hold off on the studying for a bit. My wife and I had a baby last month, and that definitely took priority over ccie #3.

Once things start to settle down (relatively) I'll be trying to get back into the groove.