Brian Dennis and I attended Cisco Live! - Networkers this week, and both enjoyed the privilege of sitting down to talk privately with Yusuf Bhaiji (Program Manager over the entire CCIE program) and Ben Ng (Program Manager over the CCIE Voice track) for roughly 45 minutes. It was quite an enjoyable and spirited talk, and I believe it benefited both sides - our side to gain a better understanding of why some of the choices have been made, and theirs possibly to see things a bit more 'through the... Read More
Today my WikiHow of the Day was none other than - How to Study for an Approaching Exam. What an appropriate topic as I peered from my laptop onto the sold-out Tampa 12-day Bootcamp students that were all wrestling with a brutal IPv4 Multicast scenario. I thought I would share the tips in this WikiHow with our blog readers, and try and tailor it for the CCIE R&S Lab Exam specifically. I hope you enjoy, and can tailor a couple of these to benefit yourself in your own preparation. Step 1 - Calm... Read More
The author and poet Maya Angelou said "Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning.". Well that is certainly what we have attempted to do with the CCIE Voice Deep Dive self-paced Class on Demand series - that is to bring the human instructional voice element to infuse deeper meaning to what is already fantastic Cisco Documentation. Anyone that has set out and determined to undertake the task of studying for and ultimately passing... Read More
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... Read More
If you have spent any time in the R&S forums in the IEOC, you have seen the username ndiayemalick. Malick has achieved Elite status in the forum and is always challenging and helping his peers with his excellent posts. Thank you so much Malick, and we look forward to celebrating your number soon. We are placing 100 GradedLabs rack rental tokens in your account as a small gesture of our appreciation. I am sure many are interested in Malick's story...here it is: My name is Malick Ndiaye as you... Read More
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Many people studying for CCIE are looking for a solution to better memorize and retain the new information. The biggest enemy of good memory is the fact that speed of forgetting is directly proportional to the amount of information learned. One can actually start off this and write a simple ordinary differential equation that models the forgetting process: dY(t)/dt = V – aY(t) where Y(t) is the amount of information memorized at moment t and V is the speed of the new information being... Read More
What is a fun and effective study approach for many CCIE Lab Exam topics? Well try this out... Step 1 - Find an Expanded Blueprint you can trust - hey, you can trust our blog! Step 2 - Select a topic from that blueprint that you think you can fully explore within the timeframe you have set aside for studies. Perhaps you decide that you have 2 hours maximum for this particular study session. For this example, we will pick the RIP Version 2 Timers. Read More
I expanded upon the awesome CCIE Lab Technology Outline found in the Resources section or our main Web Site. I am looking to add features to this list soon, and of course, please post any changes you feel I should make in our comments section. I plan on fixing the formatting as I add new features. Enjoy your studies. I. Bridging and Switching A. Frame Relay I. L2/L3 Resolution - static vs dynamic II. Broadcast/Multicast Support III. LMI IV. Full Mesh/Partial Mesh V. Hub and Spoke using... Read More
I saw a CCENT student ask a pretty common question on a Cisco forum the other day...they wanted to know tips for making all the theory really "stick" when studying. Read More

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