From a long time lurker, to a contributor and finally a CCIE candidate!
I've been reading experiences, sharing information and opinions on TE for the past 4~ years, from CCNA all the way to the CCNP, UF specialist, ITIL and now about to get to a new level: the CCIE.
I started my networking career at the age of 21, in 2012. In the same year, i achieved my CCNA RS and SEC. Started as a junior net admin on a government insitute (for about 7 months) and then moved to a MSP (DC hosting company) in 2013. Left after 1.1 year to join a fortune 10, but due to the remote-only condition of my job I wasn't able to adapt myself to the routine.
On dec 2014 i left them to join a major steel manufacturing company (as a contractor) and got a great offer from a network player when my contract ended.
I am now supporting large ISP/Enterprise customers, being challenged everyday and getting my hands dirty with routing and VPN, along with hardware/software/management stuff pretty often.
After 9 months and 2 attempts, i made it through the CCIE written last monday, and now it is time to prepare for the fun part: the CCIE Lab.
I've got plenty of support from my managers and coworkers to pursue the CCIE, access to physical and virtual gear and INE LAB tokens. So i am certain that i am gonna achieve this, sooner or later!
Here is my approach for the lab:
--Walk through every single INE advanced tech labs (one technology/week) and a foundations lab every 4 weeks.
--Keep taking notes on weak topics and work on them alongside with the foundations lab (every 4 weeks).
--Vacations scheduled to may-jun, but the time won't be wasted. I will watch the INE tshoot labs during the 2 weeks i will be traveling.
--Back home, I will review the past 4 weeks topics and tackle another foundations lab.
--Will take the next 2 weeks working on technologies i am not 100% familiar such as DMVPN, IPSEC, security and IPV6 routing (mainly eigrp/dhcp)
--Around july i will start going through full scale labs (on the weekends) and a major advanced tech labs on larger topics, such as OSPF, BGP and MPLS.
--Since there are only 3 full scale labs, i will start doing the same but adding the troubleshooting labs, and then review weak topics alongside.
Planning to be ready to the LAB in november, and seat for the mobile right here.
I will also try to summarize my progress on this thread every week as a refresher and to remind about the weakest topics.
Let the fun begin!