In January of 2009 I passed my Routing and Switching lab exam the
first time using INE materials – but my journey was not over. Having
moved into a new role where network security was my primary
responsibility, I decided to set my sights earning the Security CCIE
Saying I was in over my head when I started that quest would be an
understatement. I started ordering training material and studying
hard. Having experienced success with INE previously I ordered the
written exam prep material and went through it all. Once I was
confident in my academic knowledge I took the written portion of the
exam – Success!
Then came the lab. Having taken it once before I knew that academic
preparation was not enough for the 8 hour ordeal. I found a terrific
deal on INE.com and signed up for an in-person bootcamp and Workbook
bundle and started booking rack rental space for the Volume 1
workbook immediately. After completing the exercises in the Volume 1
workbook it was off to the bootcamp where Petr Lapukhov was able to
help me identify and work through my weak spots. My next challenge
was to work through Volume 2 of the CCIE Security lab workbook, which
was a lot easier with a full week of classes under my belt.
I walked in to the lab exam confidently and can honestly say that the
INE material left me well prepared. There was nothing in the lab that
we had not covered in class and in the workbooks.
Today I am a dual CCIE and I could not have done it without the
material and instructors at Internetwork Expert.
About Mark Snow, CCIE #14073:
Mark Snow has been actively working with data and traditional telephony as a Network Consulting Engineer since 1995, and has been working with Cisco Call Manager and voice-over technology since 1998. Mark has been actively teaching and developing content for the CCIE Voice track since 2005, and the Security track since 2007. Mark's story with both data and voice technology started out quite young, as he began learning around the age of five from his father who was a patented inventor and a research scientist at AT&T Bell Laboratories. Mark started out on Unix System V and basic analog telephony, and went on from there to large data networking projects with technologies such as Banyan Vines, IPX and of course IP, and large phone systems such as Nortel 61c, Tadiran Coral, Avaya Definity and of course Cisco Unified Communications Manager in both enterprise and 911 PSAP environments across the US and internationally. Mark is also an accomplished pilot and punched his ticket in 2001. When Mark isn't learning, labing, consulting or teaching, he can be found either piloting or possibly jumping out of a perfectly good airplane, hanging off a rock somewhere or else skiing out west. He also might just be enjoying a quiet day at the beach with his wife and two wonderful young kids, Ryleigh and Judah.
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