Tag Archives: ccie

CCIE: Strategy & What’s Next

Matt Schmitz/ January 25, 2020

Things That Helped One of the big things that helped me was just the experience I had prior to starting on the CCIE. My experience going into the studying likely gave me a huge step up compared to if I tried the exam earlier in my career. If I tried the CCIE eight years ago like I originally wanted to,

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CCIE: Lab Day

Matt Schmitz/ January 25, 2020

In the weeks leading up to the lab exam – I felt very unsure of where I was at. On one side, I felt like I was doing pretty well at most of the practice labs I was working on. But on the other side, I felt like I didn’t have any true idea of what challenges the real exam

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CCIE: Written Exam & Lab Prep

Matt Schmitz/ January 25, 2020

Written Exam Finally in early 2019 I gave up on trying to gauge where I was at – and figured it was time to just give the exam a shot. I had already been studying for almost a year and a half, and I was craving some definitive way of figuring out where I was at. I went ahead and

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Story Time! How I Started Working Toward the CCIE

Matt Schmitz/ January 25, 2020

Now that we’re firmly into 2020 – I finally decided it was about time to get this posted. I actually wrote most of this shortly after passing the exam, but it just sat unedited and collecting dust since them. In about a month, most of the exams will be changing over to the new blueprints so I’m not sure how

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CCIE R&S Study Resources

Matt Schmitz/ July 25, 2019

Over the past year and a half (and still ongoing), I’ve burned through a handful of books and other resources while working toward the CCIE. I know quite a few people have already dumped out their recommended reading lists – but I figure it’s still worth writing out what has been working for me 🙂 I went ahead and studied

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CCIE Progress Update

Matt Schmitz/ October 19, 2018

Just over a year ago I posted that I was starting work toward the CCIE R&S exam. My original goal was to take the written exam by June of this year – so what progress have I made, and where am I at now? Well I ended up missing the original goal I had set. It’s now October and I

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L2 Basics: Configuring an EtherChannel

Matt Schmitz/ January 30, 2018

Today we’re going to take a look at how to configure an etherchannel between two Cisco Switches. What is an etherchannel? It’s a way of taking multiple independent links and bundling them together, so that they appear as one logical connection between two devices. Etherchannels are commonly used between two switches, or between a switch and a host – which

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One Year Later

Matt Schmitz/ January 2, 2018

2017 is over! Now we’re on to whatever 2018 may bring. The past year has been very interesting for me. For one thing, it was the first full year of this blog which started in December of 2016. While I didn’t quite accomplish everything here that I had hoped for, I still managed to do a lot more than I

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L2 Basics: Spanning-Tree Protocol

Matt Schmitz/ November 14, 2017

Spanning-tree protocol (STP) is one of those network technologies that is easy to forget about. It exists in the background of almost every network, and for the most part it does it’s job without any issues. However, there is still a huge benefit to understanding what STP does and how it works – because it’s default behaviors might not the

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My 2018 Goal: CCIE R&S

Matt Schmitz/ October 10, 2017

I first completed my CCNA certification back in August of 2007. After that I started working on certifications pretty heavily, because I wanted to learn as much as I could about networking. I used the certifications as both motivation to learn and a measurable goal of my knowledge. Over the next few years I obtained a number of Cisco’s associate-level

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