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    OK no updates since March. Not good. I haven't touched any study in ages because, well, there are a number of reasons (personal). But luckily all of that is now finally behind me. I have the written scheduled in for Mid July now and I need to get on with it because at the rate I am going, I will have some problems by not sitting a written by early '17. So. I need to get on with this now in earnest. Have started to get myself mentally prepared to start, and reassess how far I got compared to what is left. Still a lot to go, need to get some books on the go. Nearly finished the video series that I did have but, no doubt, I am going to have to revisit the entire thing again from scratch between now and July.

    I want the written done now and then I can make decision on when to head back to London for another lab. I'm thinking early '17 also, so I might be joining Iris with her plan for the next version of the lab - because it is probably on the way very soon..

    So yeah, hopefully now I can start posting some progress to this thread, it is long overdue, I remember when I started the "first" IE proper, the first 100 hours were absolutely the worst. However, I must now make some progress otherwise I'm going to be left behind. Next year I intend to change jobs, and step one of that is to get the CCIE done. I also need to focus on some other very much neglected areas of my life, i.e. I've been living a bit too well lately and my weight is right back up again. But, with goals in mind, this helps me focus on getting the small tasks done.

    Mid 2017 I want to either progress within my company, or think about going elsewhere. We shall see. Step 1 = CCIE and getting back into some kind of shape. Let's do this.
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    Keep us updated, interesting to read your journey.
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    So, sadly - I'm hanging up plans for a lab. I need to do the written within the next month because there's a new job coming which takes me out of the shift pattern. Not to say I won't be keeping an eye on everyone in the CCIE threads here of course. But, never fear, there are plans afoot
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    So that's the written passed today.

    2 year clock reset. If I do a lab? Tempted.
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    I may well do that!
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    Congratulations, great news. How did you find the written?
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    A big giant mixed bag of stuff. It was useful I'd done R&S that's for sure.
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    So twelve months on, and where are we now? I changed jobs mid July last year and well, I just did it again. Thing is, I am now a Senior Network Engineer for a cloud security company, and they're really keen on training and people having certifications. I'm in a position to get back into this thing now... I've got 6 months to attempt a lab, that isn't going to happen, so I'm going to need to sit the written again before going for a lab (18 months to attempt a lab after written, did mine July '16).

    Going to take a slow and steady approach to this one - I need to get a written done to keep my actual IE active before Feb '19 - so I've got 18 months to get a written done. So my plan for this would be to head straight for lab and then do written on the way.

    So the plan of attack then?

    I need to first get my lab up to snuff. I need moar hardwares.

    I have a production ESX server that runs all my main stuff, that will be left alone.

    My old CCIE R/S lab machine is still in my rack - i7 2600 / 32GB DDR3 / 480GB SSD / ESX

    I want to get a single machine that will take 128GB RAM. Tempted to go all out for a Ryzen Threadripper machine this month that I *know* will take 128GB RAM, but that's going to be at least 1K dropped on that. Might get me an older server, but them things are big and loud.

    So if I were to get a new desktop machine (highly likely) then the replaced machine would then drop into my rack to join the machine above. That would be an i5-4570, 32GB DDR3, SSD, ESX etc. So job done then, we'd have 64GB RAM and 8 cores between those two hosts, and then I could run a bunch of stuff on the big beefy desktop.

    Anyone got any ideas on what to do?

    Could one run it all in the cloud?
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    I run an old server with 8 cores and 64 gigs of ram and most stuff works fine. I really wish I had gone the workstation route though. The server is loud and pumps out quite a bit of heat.
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    Yeah, this is what I keep coming back to. Beastly workstation is more expensive, but has a much higher WAF (Wife Acceptance Factor)

    The 128GB DDR4 RAM alone would be $1K by itself... However, if I am intending to run this thing for many years as a lab, then I think it would be a sound investment.
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    Must admit, I am quite tempted to do the CCIE Security lab- just had my 10 year R&S anniversary this week!! I also have been looking at virtualising the lab. Initially I looked at the older servers, but I think there will be more mileage with a AMD Threadripper or the recently announced Intel i9s. Presently, the Threadripper seems to offer the biggest bang per buck, but I bet Intel will lower prices somewhat to compete. RAM costs are the biggest killer and I would expect to use a minimum of 96GB. Fortunately, the lab looks like most can now be virtualised, so there are mega savings there....
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    Exactly my thinking.

    One can easily pick up an older Dell or UCS blade for a few hundred quid though and it's already got 128GB... I'd go that route if I had a brick shed or somewhere I could keep it running though.
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    Mine was free so its definitely worth it but I've invested a fair amount in noise canceling headphones and earplugs so it may be a wash =)
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    Glad to see you jumping back into this! I look forward to seeing your progress. I am also curious what you end up doing in regards to the lab you build out. I will soon be designing one for my IE studies as well.
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