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…

CCIE R&S Study Resources

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…

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…

One Year Later

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…

L2 Basics: Spanning-Tree Protocol

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…