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CCIE Recertification + Certification News 2015


The last time I re-certified, it took me three times to pass the CCIE R&S written exam. While that exam is a challenge that many people fail to pass the first time out, I felt like I was getting rusty on some fundamentals. Three times was not the end of the world, but the effort felt forced. I wanted a refresher.

Networking Books Up For Auction – Good Stuff Cheap


I've put several of my networking books up for auction on eBay. Lots of CiscoPress titles, but several others as well. Many design guides. Routing protocol coverage such as OSPF, including an OSPF vs ISIS guide by Jeff Doyle. Some are older, what I consider classics. Some are fairly new. Some are targeted at certification seekers. I need to clear some space here in my home library, and would like...

What The Juniper Learning Portal Offers For Free


I’ve been working with Juniper SRX firewalls, MX routers, and EX switches for over a year now. I don’t spend a ton of time at the CLI. Mostly, I have some project I need to accomplish, so I do my homework, mock up in a lab what I’m able to, and wing the rest. Usually, that gets me to “good enough.” Sometimes, I feel like the ignoramus that I am. I don’t like...

Burst: Jeremy Filliben’s 2014 CCDE Bootcamp Schedule Posted


Followers of this blog may know that I attended Jeremy Filliben’s CCDE bootcamp in July 2013. You can find those blog posts here to read my thoughts on the bootcamp experience and how it translated into my approach to CCDE studies, which I’m still working on. I have a long way to go yet. Jeremy has posted his 2014 CCDE bootcamp schedule. My two cents is that if you’re interested...

Burst: CCIE Routing & Switching v5


The Cisco Learning Network has posted information about version 5 of the CCIE Routing & Switching program. Key Points If you’re in the version 4 program, 3-June-2014 is your last day to attempt the lab. IPv6 needs to be a part of your life now. As I looked over the blueprints, IPv6 is deeply enmeshed across all topics and not really a separate area of study. Layer 2 WAN technologies...

CCDE Group Study KBase Site Is Up


I’ve built the framework for a CCDE knowledge base at The site uses the “KnowHow” theme designed for WordPress, which is very clean and makes it easy to organize information. There is very little actual content at the site yet. I have created several dozen articles that map to the CCDE 2.0 Written exam official blueprint from Cisco, but I’ve...

CCDE Practical Exam Testing Locations Expanded


Cisco PR let me know about some changes to the CCDE practical exam testing and process. Rather than summarize the points myself, I’ll just quote the official statement. Learning@Cisco today announced that the Cisco CCDE® practical exam will be available at all Pearson Professional Centers (PPCs) worldwide beginning with the February 20, 2014 exam administration. The ability to conveniently...

Ethan Banks On productivity.

Most people know me because I write & podcast about IT on the Packet Pushers network. I also co-authored "Computer Networks Problems & Solutions" with Russ White.

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