Jul
07

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.

Mar
05

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.

Sep
22

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!

Feb
01

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

Jan
17

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.

Nov
22

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.

Nov
16

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.

Nov
09

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.

Nov
04

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!

Oct
21

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!"

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