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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.

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...

My Historical CCIE Study Posts Imported


You might know that I ran a popular CCIE study blog in 2007-2008. The current owner of that blog encouraged me to import the content I’d written for that site to my blog here. I’ve done that. If you have any interest in that old content, you can browse through the archives via this link, which starts in reverse chronological order. You might do better searching via the pop-out on the...

CCIE Agent™ Eman Launches New Website (by Eman Conde)


If I am a member of your network or you of mine (how does that work anyway?), you may know I have been working diligently to reach as many hiring companies and CCIEs as possible. In my quest for perfection I am a student of the internet. But while I was still enrolling in the, “School of the Ether” I did a few things I was not sure at the time were wise. I registered URLs. Yup I was thinking that...

Why Not Recertify With A Written Exam From Another Track?


The question has been posed as to why I’m going after the R&S written to recertify, as opposed to the written from another CCIE track. Intellectually, I’m interested in the other tracks.  I love networking.  It would be great to take the SP or Voice written exam.  However, it’s a matter of practicality.  I don’t do MPLS at all in my current job.  I do minimal voice...



Time, as they say, flies.  It seems like just yesterday I was doing my celebratory weep over the newly awarded digits, but here we are nearly two years later.  The time has come to re-certify. To certify at the CCIE level a second time represents a choice.  You might think it’s not much of a choice (some would go so far as to call it a “no-brainer”), but it depends on what your...

CCIE Amnesty Program (from Eman Conde)


A little something from Eman Conde, CCIE Agent… What does amnesty mean?  Well it has been years since I thumbed through my Funk and Wagnalls dictionary so I could not actually find it!  Instead I hopped on-line and looked it up. Noun1.amnesty – a period during which offenders are exempt from punishment Verb1.amnesty – grant a pardon to (a group of people) If you have not been...

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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