CCIE: Strategy & What's Next

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…

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…

An Afternoon with ARIN

I had the opportunity to attend an ARIN on the Road event last week. It was an all-day event that focused on education: who ARIN is, what they do, and some things they are working on. As a network admin I’ve had to work with ARIN a handful…

Quick Tips for Better BGP

A while back I wrote some basic information on how to get started implementing multi-homed internet using BGP. The details and configurations listed in that post are enough to get the connection up and running – but not quite in an ideal state. So today I want to share some…

Virtual Networking Contexts

I really want to take a moment to talk about how wonderful VRFs/firewall contexts really are. Both technologies essentially allow a network administrator to spin up a virtualized, isolated instance of a network device. I’ll be honest and say that I hadn’t had the chance…