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    ONT has been scheduled - June 28th 2010

    Gives me 8 1/2 weeks from soup to nuts to get this done.

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    ONT has been scheduled - June 28th 2010

    Gives me 8 1/2 weeks from soup to nuts to get this done.

    Wish me luck
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    Good luck!!!
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    Well I seem to be going through another low point at the moment. Despite everything seemingly going my way lately, I just am not happy today.

    Had a foot infection and a busy week at work - and my manager resigned on Tuesday. He's on his 4 week notice period now, but man it is going to make life difficult if I am still there.

    I have a job interview tomorrow, and I've managed to get an introduction into the company through someone who works there... Been given tips/hints, so it should make the interview process very easy.

    I got my new car on Wednesday this week. Oh, I love it! What a car

    But at the end of it all, despite everything going my way, I am still bothered by one person. This person being my father. I havent' mentioned much about it up until now, and in fact I can't even talk about this to my fiancée at the moment - so this makes it even harder for me to keep it in.

    Ever since I met my fiancée my dad has been funny about even meeting with her family. We try and invite him down to our home and he makes excuses. We asked him this week whether he will or will not wear a suit like all the gents for our wedding, and he wasn't interested in that.

    Honestly, the man makes no effort whatsoever to be involved with our relationship and I find it heart breaking.

    The real bitter pill came this week where on MSN he tell's me he wants me to visit without my fiancée because he can talk face to face to me. "He is concerned about my future". What the **** is he on about? I live with the woman I love whom I will be married to this year, have a good job with prospects on the up, we have a very nice home together, but for some reason this gives him cause for concern?

    Nearly 14 years ago he went through a divorce, my mum left him and tried to take him for what he had - I think he has it in his head that all women are out to get men...

    Even when I said we had booked our wedding - the first word out of his mouth wasn't "congratulations"... it was "Why? - Stay as you are" and then a discussion about how "if things went wrong - she would take everything". Uhm, hello, this isn't my house - I moved in with her and she has the mortgage by herself. What exactly am I losing out on? Nothing.

    I think I have a serious case of a very very bitter old man who is determined for me not to be happy unless I was living at home, saving 99% of my money for no reason other than to just save it (i.e. he didnt like that I'd bought a new car, asking loads of questions about how I paid for it etc) and then spend 99.9% of my time studying/working.

    I'll hear him out, but I think one day very soon I'm just going to say "you know what, the hell with this, I'm done"

    Everybody else is over the moon for us- why can't be...

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    Oh and something I haven't mentioned yet.

    If I do get this new job, I will be server based, further away from Cisco. I might have to put off the CCIE formally for the time being and get my MCSE updated to 08 and look at Exchange 2010.

    However, CCIE I will be using to background read on.

    Why? Well, the company I'm going for are the right kind of company... They have Cisco people so ultimately I will be wanting to sideways myself into Cisco with my new employer

    Don't worry, I know what I am doing.
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    Ooh, it's been stickied!

    Thanks for that!

    Right, well I'm back and feeling much more positive. Let's get the boring personal life crap out the way. Going to see my Dad tonight. Foot is better. Reality of work is that there is no future in my current job. Interview went well, awaiting results.

    Phew.

    CCIE related studies then - ONT - up to Chapter 3 learning about Classification and Marking in QoS - thoroughly enjoying it.

    I'm getting there again
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    Quote Originally Posted by gorebrush View Post
    Ooh, it's been stickied!

    Thanks for that!

    Right, well I'm back and feeling much more positive. Let's get the boring personal life crap out the way. Going to see my Dad tonight. Foot is better. Reality of work is that there is no future in my current job. Interview went well, awaiting results.

    Phew.

    CCIE related studies then - ONT - up to Chapter 3 learning about Classification and Marking in QoS - thoroughly enjoying it.

    I'm getting there again
    Getting there is good. Think one or two years down the line. If you are still blogging then you have a chance. Little and often, but mosty often
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    I have these little blips from time to time...

    As it is, this is my 6th year of IT Certification...
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    Quote Originally Posted by gorebrush View Post
    I have these little blips from time to time...

    As it is, this is my 6th year of IT Certification...
    We all get them. It's my 13th so take heart!
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    Quote Originally Posted by gorebrush View Post
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    just keep the positive thinking going. you have a lot going your way right now.
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    Well I had my chat with my dad and is was nowhere near as bad as it was. It was quite easy but I had to open my eyes and I did.

    However im feeling more alive and ready for the certification war, because that's what it is not a simple few battles but an epic lifelong war and each battle I shall conquer and grow stronger at every step. I will achieve what I want, and a few setbacks here an there, while inevitable, won't stop me

    Tomorrow or early next week we'll know about the interview and then my friends it will be time to really step up to the plate and take the challenge to the next level. I can't wait!
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    I'm still here.

    ONT progressing slowly, but it is progressing. Managed to get through Chapters 8, 9 and 10 over the weekend.

    I'm doing it a bit out of order admittedly, but the wireless section was dead easy having done it a few times in the CCNP now. I felt that getting the wireless section out of the way would mean 30% of the chapter count done, and then I know I'm making good progress.

    I think I'd gotten up to halfway through Chapter 3 anyway, and 7 on AutoQoS looked a doddle.

    Round up of the work situation: -

    My boss resigned, he's finished. They not replacing his role. Only 2 of us left in the department when there were 4 there when I started 2 years ago.

    It really is time to move on, but competition for posts out there is seriously difficult. I've just been turned down one working for a massive IT Outsourcing/Consultancy firm. Bitterly bitterly disappointed as I had a friend working on that team who more or less got me an interview, but the guy who got the job apparently had slightly better experience. I can't do anything about that.

    Then on Friday I had an invite for another interview massive interview process though, but I'm relishing the challenge.

    At least I know I'm *kinda* comfortable where I am for now - I report into the Finance Manager and he has told me straight up that he is not technical, and he will need me to be his techy on the ground.

    It could have gone so much worse - we have a parent company which like to centralise everything.. fortunately we have 20 servers and ERP systems that they cannot support, so I think the local business has decided that they would prefer to have a guy on the ground to help.

    Tough times, but getting there, I hope.

    Exam is now July 19th, cutting it fine, but I've got 19th through 31st for resit if I make a hash of attempt #1

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    I'm still here and slowly plugging away.

    Covered most of the ONT book now, with about 4 weeks to go. Got about 2 chapters to go through, and i've read the rest.

    Hopefully put the CCNP to bed on the 19th and then I'm not sure what to do.

    Dying to get in there and clean up the MCITP 2008 upgrade... Though, I need to get my ass to the gym and lose some weight for my wedding!

    So much to do... so little time..
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    Another interview.... another disappointment.

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    Another interview.... another disappointment.
    on the positive side, another practice for the right job
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    Quote Originally Posted by gorebrush View Post
    Another interview.... another disappointment.
    Same here. I'm 0 for 2 post CCNP at this point. I'm getting a little frustrated at people wasting my PTO by asking me to come in during the work week for an onsite interview only to not hire me.
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    Sorry to hear that you guys. David keep up the momentum! CCNP and CCIE will be yours!
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    Yeah I know my interview skills are now top notch after 0 in 3 interviews this year.

    Disappointing, but I can do well at interview. It's always the same problem that stops me getting hired though - someone else with slightly more experience - I've got a lack of experience in a certain area, etc.

    The certain area that has dogged me this last two times is VMWare. So, I've been thinking about a VMWare project for my current workplace (to hell with it - If I can't get a job with VMWare on my limited personal experience, I will create a VMWare project here).

    I've looked at the VCP certification and then learned that in order to pass the certification you needed to go sit a training course as well. Guess it's a good thing for VMWare, but means £3K course fees. However, as soon as I'd mentioned this to my dad, he said "I'll pay for the course". My fiancée supports me as well and she cheered me up yesterday since I felt so down.

    I'm a very lucky man indeed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gorebrush View Post
    Yeah I know my interview skills are now top notch after 0 in 3 interviews this year.

    Disappointing, but I can do well at interview. It's always the same problem that stops me getting hired though - someone else with slightly more experience - I've got a lack of experience in a certain area, etc.

    The certain area that has dogged me this last two times is VMWare. So, I've been thinking about a VMWare project for my current workplace (to hell with it - If I can't get a job with VMWare on my limited personal experience, I will create a VMWare project here).

    I've looked at the VCP certification and then learned that in order to pass the certification you needed to go sit a training course as well. Guess it's a good thing for VMWare, but means £3K course fees. However, as soon as I'd mentioned this to my dad, he said "I'll pay for the course". My fiancée supports me as well and she cheered me up yesterday since I felt so down.

    I'm a very lucky man indeed.
    Yes you are =) remember that as you continue on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gorebrush View Post
    I've looked at the VCP certification and then learned that in order to pass the certification you needed to go sit a training course as well. Guess it's a good thing for VMWare, but means £3K course fees. However, as soon as I'd mentioned this to my dad, he said "I'll pay for the course". My fiancée supports me as well and she cheered me up yesterday since I felt so down.

    yep indeed life is good

    fwiw I wouldnt worry to much about the VCP cert as such most places are aware that you have to do the course to get certified in this area. resellers aside your just as weel putting a project together for work it shows far more experience for those that want VMWare.
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    Quote Originally Posted by laidbackfreak View Post
    yep indeed life is good

    fwiw I wouldnt worry to much about the VCP cert as such most places are aware that you have to do the course to get certified in this area. resellers aside your just as weel putting a project together for work it shows far more experience for those that want VMWare.
    Yeah I think your right

    We'll see
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    Quote Originally Posted by gorebrush View Post
    Yeah I think your right

    We'll see
    I wouldn't throw everything you have at VMWare unless you are very serious about specialising in that genre. I wouldn't drop 3K on the course. Instead, build what you can at home and see if it floats your boat. Similarly get a couple of decent books off amazon and hawk the VMWare website for white papers. Get upto speed on the platform versions and capabilities, invest some significant time in it at home.

    There are many more VMWare shops that need help than there are VCPs to go around so if you like it and have put some time in to understand its capabilities and how to drive it that should tick the boxes you have been missing in your interviews.

    I wouldn't want you to get too diverted from your CCIE mission!
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    Think real hard if you want to go the VCP route. I made that mistake late of 2009 by investing into VMware and was literally seconds from signing up with a VMware course for VCP 4.0

    Don't get me wrong, VMware is the way to go and the future if you want to invest into it. I found that it wasn't exactly what I wanted to primarily specialise in. I think it makes a good 1-2 combo between Cisco and VMware if you want to know both.

    I regret spending quite a bit of money building my own VMware lab. A lot of that money could have gone to my Cisco lab. Now I have a bunch of HP servers just laying around...
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    Some good advice here.

    I'm only interested in the VCP to try and prove that I am a capable IT Professional. Jobs that I have applied for, and they dont seem to come up very often - they often fail due to lack of experience.

    Am I applying for all the wrong jobs? I have 6 years experience in IT, and 4.5 of those years as a Senior Systems Administrator. You can see my qualifications, I've steadily been earning each of these since December of 2004...

    3K does seem like a lot of money. I'd rather put the 3K towards a CCIE lab - the return on investment would be FAR greater in the long run. I just worry that I wouldn't find a permanent job as a CCIE because I'd seemingly lack the experience. Are CCIE's not supposed to find permanent work though? I'd imagine a CCIE would be more suited to contract work? I've never done any contract work before, but as long as I could guarantee a steady (and generous) income, I'd be more than prepared to go for contracting.

    This screwed economy is really hampering my performance to shine.

    Knowing that I have the financial backing is great - however, I can still go ahead and do a VMWare project at work without needing the VCP and this would probably satisfy most new prospective employers.

    Turgon - I hear ya, the end goal is still CCIE - And I think you might be right - I probably shouldn't waste my study time on non-CCIE activities while my Cisco activity is good (And at the moment it's been great - managed to pile in 6 hours today and I'm feeling very confident)

    On the VMWare project - I'm hoping to combine our current off-site DR contract and make our own off-site (as we now have the potential to have servers at our 2nd site, and have a DR facility of our own)

    I am fairly confident that I can save my company more than £60,000 over the next five years in saving power, and cancelling this DR contract (£10K per annum) - I think they will listen to me when I float this number out that them, and hopefully I can invest in some new servers and creating a new (small) data centre in our second site that'll house VM's....
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    I think I may have been acting a little too hasty yesterday, going on what Turgon said "I don't want you to get too distracted from CCIE"

    Ultimately I think this should still be the main target.

    Maybe I won't bother for the VCP certification, but i'll certainly put together a good project for this company.

    In the meantime, I think there will be an upcoming area of IT that will potentially make Network Architects serious amounts of money - and that is IPv6.

    I don't think businesses have even begun to think of the implications of not being IPv6 aware, and sooner rather than later, the end of IPv4 address allocation is going to hit the world, and hit it hard.

    I'm personally willing to put a lot of time and money into IPv6 research and learning about IPv6 because it is going to change the way that we use every single device - and we will need the engineers who understand not only IPv6, but how we can migrate our systems from 4 to 6.

    I think potentially - this is where I could make some serious money as a CCIE - and I think this is what I should *really* be thinking about, if I am that serious about making serious money in IT.

    Any thoughts?
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