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  1. I drink and I know things Ertaz's Avatar
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    Guess you've never checked the costs of labbing for the CCIE Data Center or Security. Also, you still need a beefy enough platform to run those VMS and that's not cheap if you want any labs that scale
    I think he meant entry level labs...

    If you're doing the CCIE level labs as your first cert, like the OP is going for, then that's probably a little too enterprising...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ertaz View Post
    I think he meant entry level labs...

    If you're doing the CCIE level labs as your first cert, like the OP is going for, then that's probably a little too enterprising...
    He didn't specify. I have plenty of folks in my study group going for CCIE directly after X amount of years in the field and with no other certs. Even stepping away from Cisco certs, virtualization, systems, pen testing, etc usually requires some sort of resources (a server, big computer, etc) which it might not be as easy for someone starting out. When I got my first IT gig, I had a second full time securitu guard gig to get money for my educational expenses. That may have worked for someone who's single and younger but not if you're married, have a kid, etc
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    Quote Originally Posted by Iristheangel View Post
    He didn't specify. I have plenty of folks in my study group going for CCIE directly after X amount of years in the field and with no other certs. Even stepping away from Cisco certs, virtualization, systems, pen testing, etc usually requires some sort of resources (a server, big computer, etc) which it might not be as easy for someone starting out. When I got my first IT gig, I had a second full time securitu guard gig to get money for my educational expenses. That may have worked for someone who's single and younger but not if you're married, have a kid, etc
    Everything changes when you have a kid. Wow, did I learn that one fast. The first month that $1,300 a month in day care kicks in, ouch.
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    The first month that $1,300 a month in day care kicks in, ouch.
    I remember! So glad to be out of that phase.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Iristheangel View Post
    He didn't specify. I have plenty of folks in my study group going for CCIE directly after X amount of years in the field and with no other certs. Even stepping away from Cisco certs, virtualization, systems, pen testing, etc usually requires some sort of resources (a server, big computer, etc) which it might not be as easy for someone starting out. When I got my first IT gig, I had a second full time securitu guard gig to get money for my educational expenses. That may have worked for someone who's single and younger but not if you're married, have a kid, etc
    Nope, he didn't. I just understood it to be in the context of the OP's situation. I didn't assume the CCIE was on the OP's radar. But hey, I've been wrong before, and there are 7 more hours in the day for me to be wrong again...

    And I completely agree with you on the resources required for advanced certs, since I have a beefy home lab box myself. (16c/32t, 128Gb Ram)

    I just can't seem to make myself pull the trigger on 4 of these :

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    Everything changes when you have a kid. Wow, did I learn that one fast. The first month that $1,300 a month in day care kicks in, ouch.
    Sure I pay more income tax in Quebec, Canada, but I was real happy to pay day care at 7$ CAD/day (about 5$ USD).
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    I remember! So glad to be out of that phase.

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    In other news, I signed up for a Master's program at wgu.edu today. Signed up for IT Management, but could switch it to cybersecurity, we'll see. Withdraw my MBA enrollment at the local university. Pretty excited about that, start May 1st. Gives me 2 months to finish Security+ and Network+.
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