Tag Archives: certification

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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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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Ten years of Cisco Certification

Matt Schmitz/ August 29, 2017

It’s August of 2017 – which means it’s been a long ten years since I originally obtained by CCNA certification in 2007. I figured it might be a good time to take a minute and look at what that has meant for me, and how the last ten years of my career have gone. When I got my CCNA certification,

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Alright – Now What?

Matt Schmitz/ May 11, 2017

So it’s now been over two months since I finished college and obtained my magical piece of paper. It has been interesting to finally have some free time to do things that I want to do, and not having to constantly balance my time between school and work. So now that I’ve had a bit to sit back and take a break,

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College vs Certification – Which is better?

Matt Schmitz/ March 28, 2017

As of the beginning of this month, I have officially completed my four years of trying to balance working full time and going back to school. I finished up my last college classes and now I can sit back and appreciate having some free time to myself again. I’ve never been really into the concept of school, but ultimately I went back because

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Why Have a Home Lab?

Matt Schmitz/ March 21, 2017

If you really want to become great at something, you practice it a ton, right? Well networking and IT work exactly the same. You’re not going to become an expect by just reading a ton of tech books and blogs. While those certainly help, there is nothing better than simply getting your hands dirty. Having a good home lab setup

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Background Story (Continued)

Matt Schmitz/ December 20, 2016

This post is a continuation of last week’s “First, A Bit of Background” So once I had that magical CCNP certification, I finally felt like I needed to move on. I had gained as much experience from that first job as I thought I would, which meant that I needed to start looking. I got some help from a co-worker

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First, A Bit of Background

Matt Schmitz/ December 13, 2016

I wanted to start off my providing a little background on myself. Hopefully this will put some context around my future posts. In the beginning – I started off doing some minor PC repair for family and friends. Really quite minor stuff, like replacing power supplies, reinstalling the operating system, or troubleshooting application issues. The technical work really was fun for

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