CCIE: Lab Day

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’…

CCIE: Written Exam & Lab Prep

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…

Story Time! How I Started Working Toward the CCIE

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…

How to: Catalyst 9800 MAC Filtering

Update 2020 / 05 / 19 – I’ve added a video above that walks through the steps detailed in this blog post. If you’re using the ‘Basic’ Wireless setup, you may see an error when trying to apply the policy: “switch 1 dbm wireless Use…

CCIE R&S Study Resources

Note: I may receive commissions for purchases made through links in this post. This is to help support my blog and does not have any impact on my recommendations. Over the past year and a half (and still ongoing), I’ve burned through a handful of books and other…

Getting Started with Cisco NFVIS

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…

CCIE Progress Update

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…