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“Don’t wish it were easier, wish you were better. Don’t wish for fewer problems, wish for more skills. Don’t wish for less challenges, wish for more wisdom.” – Earl Shoaf

I think that quote pretty much sums everything up to this point. It is definitely time to move forward once again. I have been idle for far too long. I haven’t really done much since failing my first attempt this past October. I had some decisions to make as to what to do for equipment and material. In that end I am moving forward with my Narbik workbooks, and my INE end to end program. The biggest factor in all of this is equipment. I have Dynamips running on my Mac Mini bridged out to real 3560’s for Narbik’s and a full blown rack for my INE material. The INE rack was easy to update since I already had a 1841 router in the rack. Just used two more 1841 spares to update the rack. Budgets are tight right now, I have to make the most use of what I have available already. To make use of any other vendor material would of added another cost to everything.  Also, I worked it out to receive a bootcamp in exchange for the INE banner that I have on the site. So I will be attending one of their camps in the next few months to really get moving. That in itself does not limit or influence blog posts or experiences with any material used by INE, or anyone else.

One thing I really need to do is sit down and work a plan out. I don’t even know where to begin! A good amount of the core material is still fresh in my head. Do I start with MPLS and my weak points? Do I start again with the five day COD to refresh? Do I work with INE’s workbook I and Narbik’s 2.0 and hammer down that way? Do I work right from the blueprint top to bottom? I am honestly not sure. I do have the new forth edition of the written guide as well I want to read through. Either way I have been fighting this day off for a few months, but it is time to simply move forward…


5 Responses to “Status Update 01.12.2010”

  1. Paul Stewart on January 13th, 2010 9:20 am

    I am in a similar situation with my CCIE Security. After a failure in November, I had some medical issues in my immediate family that has been resolved now. So I am pressing forward. Having experienced the lab once, I know I have the ability to pass it. I just need to hone my skills just a bit more.

    Nonetheless, I have decided to take on the daunting task of reading the DocCD that pertains to my track. Now that is thousands of pages, but there are some good bits of information that allow me to see how some things really work. Beyond that, I am really breaking down the blueprint in two directions. What related things can each device on the HW list do? How does this map to the blueprint? Then I’m going to make sure I can do each and every one. Beyond that, Yusuf Bhaiji has some really nice Security Labs that I will do until I can complete them very quickly. Additionally, I will go through a couple of my IPExpert Labs that have a lot of any of my weak areas in them. Weekend before the Lab, I’ll probably go to RTP and do Yusuf’s 2 labs one more time. That’s my plan. I hope it works.

  2. ahmed on January 13th, 2010 7:49 pm

    I am also preparing for CCIE R&S v4, you can start with BSCI then go to BCMSN then go to other topics, keep the mpls in last topic, get 3.0 score first then brushup all the new stuff.

  3. CCIE Journey on January 14th, 2010 11:43 am

    Glad to hear the medical issues were resolved! Yea the daunting task of the doc cd… :/ Having that lab attempt in makes a big difference in just getting rid of the fear factor!

  4. Joe Astorino on January 16th, 2010 5:54 pm

    Hey Carl! I am glad to see you dusting yourself off and getting back up on the horse buddy!

  5. Mike on January 26th, 2010 1:11 pm

    Carl, glad to see you’re picking back up and dusting off. I’m doing the same thing.

    Best of luck to us both.


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