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RFC, or Request for Comments, are documents published that describe various items surrounding computer networking. Generally, these are memorandums published by the Internet Engineering Task Force.

RFCs can be a great resource. For some unknown reason, most candidates preparing for the CCIE don’t take the time to review these documents, which can be very helpful in assisting with understanding the how and why of various networking components. Perhaps the language is a bit dry, or they prefer books with shiny covers.

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Petr Lapukhov is an incredible inspiration to so many of us in the Cisco Certification space. But sometimes, when you are speaking with an individual that has never tasted failure, you begin to wonder what advice or life lessons they can provide to us “mere mortals” pursuing such lofty goals.

Well, it turns out that Petr had finally encountered a practical certification exam he could not immediately master! In fact, he failed it many times over! What exam you might ask?????

The Nevada Driver’s License Practical Skill Test!


Petr – congratulations on this incredible achievement and enjoy your new privileges.

NOTE TO STUDENTS: Please consider public transportation options when visiting the Reno, Nevada INE facilities. In fact, we recommend avoiding the various public road systems as much as possible.

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12-day CCIE R&S Bootcamp students often indicate that the most important day of the training is Day 3 of the 6-Day Mock Lab Workshop. This entire day is dedicated to a discussion about successful strategy for passing the CCIE Lab Exam. The strategy discussion begins with effective study techniques, and then guides students through everything from the night before the exam, to what is best to do during the lunch break!

Perhaps the most satisfying thing for the instructors during the event is watching students raise their score by more than 20 points on a mock lab following the strategy discussion. We confiscated this student video taken at the last Mock Lab Workshop and thought we would leak it here. :-) We hope you enjoy.

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Number 10: “Will you please stop talking about VLANs at dinner parties!”

Number 9: “Daddy, what are those round things you keep staring at?”

Number 8: “Honey, it is Sunday, take a shower day!”

Number 7: “And this is my boyfriend’s office, he has promised to come out before the next blueprint change.”

Number 6: “You are going off to bootcamp? When did you enlist???”

Number 5: “I think Dad is starting to lose it Mom, he just demanded our lunch boxes possess globally unique IPv6 addresses.”

Number 4: “Are you sure you are smart enough to pass this test?”

Number 3: “The exam costs WHAT?????”

Number 2: “What the hell is this charge on my credit card for RENTMYRACK.COM????”

And the Number 1 Comment Heard from the Family of a CCIE Student:

Number 1: “No – I DO NOT want to see your routing table!”

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I would like to thank all of our blog readers that are constantly asking me for more Top Ten lists. I hope you enjoy the latest installment and have a safe, happy, and prosperous 2009.

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Part 3 – A Chapter Closes

Andrew Spruce arrived his usual 15 minutes early to the lab building at the Research Triangle Park Cisco location. He sat in the car with the heater running.

Is this North Carolina or Siberia? thought Andrew as he looked over the building where he would soon be configuring a rack of equipment at near super human speeds. The temperature on this January morning had to be about one degree.

Another car pulled along side and Andrew glanced at another candidate. They shared a moment’s eye contact that seemed to acknowledge volumes in a single instant.

I am going to pass today. Yes, I am going to pass today.

Twenty minutes later Andrew was greeting the RTP proctor, Hubert.

I should add this guy to my Christmas Card List, thought Andrew as he sat at his cube with his 15 inch CRT and scratch paper.  Andrew had seen him more in the last year than he had seen most of his relatives.

There it was, the lab booklet; so plain, so in descript; so potentially full of brain-busting fun!

I am going to pass today. Yes, I am going to pass today.

Andrew smiled confidentially and immediately engaged his tried and true lab strategy. He quickly confirmed the configurations on his pod were correct and examined the lab sections he would face that day.

Ten minutes later Andrew made his first verification (a very happy 802.1Q trunk), collected two points, and smiled even wider.

I am going to pass today. Yes, I am going to pass today.

From the cube next door, Andrew suddenly heard a loud slap of a palm against the cheap plastic monitor. Obscenities followed that would have made Andrew Dice Clay sound like Mr. Rodgers.

Andrew reached for some of the lightly salted peanuts he had brought to his desk, smiled at the photo of his daughter wearing her Cisco Kid T-shirt, and went back to his Layer 2 configurations.

I am going to pass today. Yes, I am going to pass today.

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Part 2 – The Arrival

Andrew Spruce emerged from the fourth floor elevator and checked the sign ahead for his room number.

He had taken the advice of many of his peers and he was in Raleigh, North Carolina two full days prior to his lab attempt. The plan was to study for the remainder of the evening, and then have a relaxing, casual, non-study kind of day tomorrow.

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Part One – Take Flight

Andrew Spruce looked on in horror as the hard-backed, Jeff Doyle Routing TCP/IP Volume II slide from his unzipped travel bag and tumbled from the overhead baggage compartment. In what appeared to be frame-by-frame video motion, he watched as the book fell through the air, smashing the nose of the frail, elderly, female passenger.

Oh my God! Andrew thought, Please tell me this is not an omen.

“Whose book is this?, Whose book is this?” barked the platinum blonde ExpediteAir flight attendant incredulously. She stood, football linebacker-like, hovering above the now seated, and badly injured geriatric passenger.

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I’m currently working on a new design for a customer network, and am trying to decide which routing protocol to migrate to. Brian Dennis mentioned to me that some type of election is going on today… so I decided to have an election of my own!

What is your favorite routing protocol?

  • Scott Morris (38%, 195 Votes)
  • OSPFv2 (21%, 111 Votes)
  • BGP (12%, 60 Votes)
  • EIGRP (11%, 56 Votes)
  • OSPFv3 (6%, 29 Votes)
  • IS-IS (4%, 20 Votes)
  • Static Routing Protocol Version 2 (3%, 16 Votes)
  • Routing Is Overrated – SR/TLB! (2%, 9 Votes)
  • ODR! (1%, 6 Votes)
  • RIPv2 (1%, 5 Votes)
  • EIGRPv6 (1%, 4 Votes)
  • EGP (0%, 2 Votes)
  • Policy Routing (0%, 2 Votes)
  • RIP (0%, 2 Votes)
  • RIPng (0%, 1 Votes)
  • IGRP (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 518

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Update: Thanks for all your feedback! Based on everyone’s overwhelming response we’ve decided to implement Scott Morris routing, as follows:

Rack1R1(config)#scott-morris unicast-routing
Rack1R1(config)#router scott
Rack1R1(config-router)#version 6
*Jan 17 09:06:53.718: %SYS-5-CONFIG_I: Configured from console by console
Rack1R1#show ip route
Codes: C - connected, S - static, R - RIP, M - mobile, B - BGP
       D - EIGRP, EX - EIGRP external, O - OSPF, IA - OSPF inter area
       N1 - OSPF NSSA external type 1, N2 - OSPF NSSA external type 2
       E1 - OSPF external type 1, E2 - OSPF external type 2
       i - IS-IS, su - IS-IS summary, L1 - IS-IS level-1, L2 - IS-IS level-2
       ia - IS-IS inter area, * - candidate default, U - per-user static route
       o - ODR, P - periodic downloaded static route, SM - Scott Morris

Gateway of last resort is not set

SM [10/2] via, 00:00:00, Serial0/0 is subnetted, 10 subnets
C is directly connected, FastEthernet0/0
SM [10/1] via, 00:00:08, Serial0/1
C is directly connected, Serial0/1
C is directly connected, Serial0/0
SM [10/2] via, 00:00:08, Serial0/1
SM [10/1] via, 00:00:00, Serial0/0
SM [10/1] via, 00:00:01, Serial0/0
SM [10/1] via, 00:00:00, Serial0/1
SM [10/2] via, 00:00:00, Serial0/1
SM [10/2] via, 00:00:00, Serial0/1
SM [10/2] via, 00:00:00, Serial0/1  

Rack1R1#show ip route scott
SM [10/2] via, 00:00:03, Serial0/0 is subnetted, 10 subnets
SM [10/1] via, 00:00:04, Serial0/1
SM [10/2] via, 00:00:04, Serial0/1
SM [10/1] via, 00:00:03, Serial0/0
SM [10/1] via, 00:00:03, Serial0/0
SM [10/1] via, 00:00:04, Serial0/1
SM [10/2] via, 00:00:04, Serial0/1
SM [10/2] via, 00:00:04, Serial0/1
SM [10/2] via, 00:00:04, Serial0/1
                   [10/2] via, 00:00:03, Serial0/0 is subnetted, 6 subnets
SM [10/2] via, 00:00:04, Serial0/1
SM [10/1] via, 00:00:03, Serial0/0
SM [10/2] via, 00:00:03, Serial0/0
SM [10/1] via, 00:00:04, Serial0/1
SM [10/2] via, 00:00:04, Serial0/1
                  [10/2] via, 00:00:04, Serial0/0

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10. Attempt to download pornography.
9. E-mail Brian Dennis from your iPhone.
8. Urinate in your chair. (Errr, according to the proctors – THIS HAPPENED!)
7. At the lunch break, speak of your recent successful investment in Nortel.
6. Doodle on your lab papers.
5. Two words – format c:
4. Feint. (Yeah, this happened too!)
3. Play paper football with the candidate in the next cube.
2. Begin a proctor question with “I hate to bother you, you evil bastard, but…”
And the Number 1 Thing Not to Do While Taking the CCIE Lab Exam:
1. After verifying a successful 4-point configuration task, stand on your chair and scream “I am a Cisco Router God!”

Note: Thanks to a recent high school grad, Andrew, on a Southwest flight for helping with this list. I am sure you will have great success in whatever you decide to pursue!

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