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CCIE #20655


I suppose the post title is a dead give away, but I’ll go ahead and give you the news:  Ethan passed the lab exam is now CCIE #20655.  By now, you’ve also realized that this isn’t Ethan posting, either.  Why?  Simple: he doesn’t have the strange habit of talking about himself in the third person.  This is Ethan’s wife, posting for him.  He called me this evening to help him access the test results as he took his crackberry with him, but not his laptop.  He will be back tomorrow and will post all the about the experience for himself. 


  • Congrats Ethan, I knew you could do it! I look forward to reading about CCIE #2 from you.


  • Mrs. Banks:

    Give Ethan my sincerest congratulations! I’ve been watching this blog all day for an update, and I’m glad that the update came in the form of a number.

  • Ethan,
    Great Job! I think the only doubts about today’s outcome were your own :) Congratulations again and I can’t wait to hear how it went for you. Back to Narbik’s in June for me I think.

    Rob Routt

  • Awesome, I wanted to post earlier but was at a public “all your passwords are belong to us” terminal. After seeing your dedicated preparation it’s good to see you passed (would have scared me otherwise). Now you just have to figure out what to do on the weekends.

    To quote my wife when I told her you passed, “You need to pass soon too; I want my husband back.” Enjoy, bask, rub co-workers faces in it.

  • Great news! I dont think anyone doubted that you would do it first time around, the amount of dedication that you have shown has been awesome, right the way through from the written to the lab!

    Now, can you bottle some of that up an send it over here for me!!

    Congratulations Ethan.

  • Now tell us — was it as hard as you thought it would be? Over-studied, right?

    Congrats!! Welcome to the club!

  • Congratulation Ethan and your wife !
    You show us an impressive skill, strong stamina over the labs, the quality of your blog and of course the result is here !

  • Oh, Yesss!!!! Ethan, you deserved that! Congratulations!

    And thanks for all the hard work you have put in to share your experience with us. I hope you will continue to blog, because otherwise I will miss reading your postings.

    My day is made!

  • A BIG congratulation Ethan !!!

    You deserve this having prepared soo well. And as someone already said, it would have been scary to others if you had failed first attempt.

    Your ccie journey has been an inspiration to me as I have been following it right from “ccie written days”.

    Now, it’s time to relax and spend some more time with your family.

  • WoW buddy!!!! I´ve been following your blog for a while now! This is a prove of your hard work! You showed us all that if you want, and study well, we can do it!

    I´m pretty sure you feel great right now! Wish you all the best, and enjoy the moment, buddy!!! Now it´s time to relax, enjoy the family, and take some time to you!

    Congratulations sir!!!!

    Caue Wailemann

  • Falconup from ‘My CCIE Training Guide’ passed on 04/18 as #20572, and now Ethan on the 29th as #20655 for a difference of 83 with 6 exam days separating them. Roughly 14 new CCIE’s a day?

  • On second thought, judging from Human Modem’s passing on 01/08/2008 and his #19747 number, relative to #20655 over the number of workdays between them, it works out to about 10.2 CCIE’s per lab day.

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  • Hooo haaaa hooooo

    That’s a very much relaxing moment for me here as well!!

    A good news.

    We have been through his pursuit, always checking and understanding sometimes learning sometimes making learn.

    That’s really good result outta his hard work.

    And yeah, I do remember Ethan @ one moment doubting that, will he be able to take his lab this April or will have to push it some behind !!!

    Great Work Ethan,
    Cheers for no second attempt on this one,
    Really great,
    :) :) :)

  • Congratulations to Ethan!!!!

    I also got the new that Victor Cappuccio passed yesterday in Brussels.

    Very nice to hear.

    Good Luck in all your ventures.

  • I forgot to mention two things in my previous comment.

    1. I’d like to sincerely thanking you for *not* referring to yourself in the third person
    2. It would be interesting to hear what you think you did wrong vs right in your preparation. I know what I think I’ve done right/wrong, and it might help to compare notes

  • Felicidades…
    You are the man….well done…as Narbik said on the bootcamp…that you was already ready and here is the result….so now what is next…. Security…Voice….or services provided how Narbik recomended……Again…Congratulations…..

  • Not sure why my post didn’t make it yesterday, but here goes:

    Great Job! I think the only doubts about today’s outcome were your own Congratulations again and I can’t wait to hear how it went for you. Back to Narbik’s in June for me I think.

    Rob Routt

  • Ethan,

    Congratulations!! I just recently found your blog and have been reading through your posts chronologically. It is truly inspiring to see somebody set such a huge goal and accomplish it while documenting the journey. God really does bless his children! Have a well deserved rest my friend.


  • Ethan,

    Congratulation Ethan, believe it or not, I was not surprised, I knew that you would get it in your first attempt. You were determined, you had the right strategy, you had the right support at home, you worked very hard and most of all you were focused. That’s what it takes to accomplish any goal. Good job M8.


  • WOW! Congratulations! My husband is taking the lab test in San Jose as I type this – it is his first attempt.

    Good news for you and your wife :) I know what kind of dedication it takes to take on such a task.

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