- Silver, 250 points or more
On Friday, I passed the CCIE R&S lab on my first attempt. I just got the email this morning. This is an incredible feeling.
I started my journey in June of last year. I had no Cisco experience at all, but I started the CCNA. Got that on July 19th. Got hired as a network engineer and got my CCNP in October. Started on the written in Jan of this year and passed on Feb 3rd. Then I started on the lab. I used a well-known vendor's workbook, and the following books:
Routing TCP/IP Vols I and II
Internet Routing Architectures
Wendell Odom's QoS Exam Cert Guide
BCMSN Exam Cert Guide
The DocCD (duh!)
My study routine usually consisted of renting 11 hours of rack time every Saturday, and doing one of the labs 2 times. I would then spend the next week reviewing the lab and configuring any confusing parts on my mini-lab at work. As the weeks progressed, I would take some labs and do them all in Windows notepad. No tabs or question marks to help. I also read the complete command references several times for all routing protocols, QoS, frame relay, IP applications, IP addressing, switching, etc etc. Anything I couldn't understand, I labbed it up until I did understand it.
Thanks for reading. I just had to share my excitement with everyone! Now I just need to get it to say CCIE by my name...