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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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How to: Catalyst 9800 MAC Filtering

Matt Schmitz/ November 12, 2019

I’ve been spending a bit of time over the past few weeks building up a wireless lab. Trying to get a good understanding of how the new Catalyst 9800 wireless controller works, and how it differs from some of the previous iterations. In order to play around with the new controller, I decided to try to build a new configuration

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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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Getting Started with Cisco NFVIS

Matt Schmitz/ April 13, 2019

A few weeks ago I got my hands on a Cisco UCS C220 M4 server – which I’ve set up in a lab to install and test Cisco’s Network Function Virtualization Infrastructure Software (NFVIS). I really wanted to get this running on an Enterprise Network Compute System (ENCS) box, but you can’t always get everything what you want :). The

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Where is all the Automation?

Matt Schmitz/ July 24, 2018

The future is APIs! SD-EVERYTHING! Automation! Orchestration! Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning! Sound familiar? It’s all part of the messaging going around in just about everything IT-related. With as much as you keep hearing about it, you might think that it’s all anyone is doing anymore. Yet it still just seems like not a whole lot of people are really

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Tips for Working with Vendor Support

Matt Schmitz/ May 9, 2018

This post has been on my mind for a while now. I’ve worked as a network admin for long enough, and opened more technical support cases with vendors than I want to think about. Over the years I’ve developed my own process for how I handle those support cases in an effort to get a quick and efficient resolution. Some

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Thoughts on Cisco’s 2018 Annual CyberSecurity Report

Matt Schmitz/ February 21, 2018

When I started in networking, I never would have thought that security would be such an important part of my job. However, it has become something that I’m involved with almost every day – tasks like applying security configurations, participating in audits, or spending a day chasing down the latest vulnerabilities. It’s already become second nature to watch for what’s

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