On October 19, 2011 I finally passed my CCIE lab at RTP becoming CCIE
#31014. I have taken the exam twice before this, both times coming
extremely close but not quite making it. I started studying about a
year ago using mainly INE products as well as reading blogs and group
study. I went through Vol 1 to get started and then jumped right into
Vol 2 where I spent the majority of my study time. I went through Vol
2 probably close to 3 times over the year I spent studying. I would
go through each lab carefully, referencing the DocCD and Vol 1 for
any technologies I was unsure of. The one thing I neglected to spend
a lot of time on was troubleshooting. I kept telling myself "I know
the technologies so well I can figure out the troubleshooting section
when I get there"...this is the wrong answer. Yes, I knew the
technologies inside and out but the first two times I failed the exam
was due to the fact that I did not have a solid troubleshooting
strategy. For all the other candidates out there, make sure you
practice troubleshooting, have a solid strategy, read the guidelines
carefully and you will do fine. I want to thank everyone at INE,
especially Petr who taught the bootcamp I attended in Tampa this past
spring. The bootcamp, along with all the other INE products are
top-notch and I wouldn't be where I'm at without them.

Josiah Chonko
CCIE# 31014

Our sincere congratulations go out to Josiah on his excellent achievement! We will be shipping him a custom CCIE polo shirt today! Why don't you get started with our CCIE Routing and Switching products today?

Mark Snow, CCIE #14073
About Mark Snow, CCIE #14073

You might say that Mark Snow began his networking career at the age of five, when his father, a patented research scientist at AT&T Bell Laboratories, started sharing his knowledge with Mark. He has been working with data and voice technology ever since, beginning with Unix System V and basic analog telephony and progressing to large data networking projects and large phone systems in both enterprise and 911 PSAP environments around the world. You’ll see Mark in all of INE’s Voice video courses and live Bootcamps. Mark Snow is also an accomplished pilot, and when he isn’t learning, labing, consulting, or teaching, he can be found jumping out of a perfectly good airplane, hanging off a rock somewhere, skiing out west, or just enjoying a quiet day at the beach with his wife and two wonderful kids. You may contact Mark Snow at msnow@ine.com, follow him on Twitter, or find him helping others in INE’s IEOC Community Forum.

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