Hello, and welcome to the first post of my CCIE blog
In 2011 I decided to create this blog and wanted it to be different from any other networking blog I have come across over the years. In my opinion CCIE4ALL is unique because if you’re studying for CCNP/CCIE level exams I will provide you with a full blown GNS3 topologies which will work for you no matter what CCIE related technology you want to practise.
I am the author of the following Cisco training workbook material :
CCIEv5-Configuration & Troubleshooting Lab 1-4 – Questions & Solutions – DOWNLOAD WORKBOOK HERE
“CCIEv5 R&S Advanced Workbook”
“CCIE Routing and Switching v5.0 Advanced TSHOOT(build) Configuration and Troubleshooting Workbook LAB1”
I have been working exclusively in cisco networking field for almost 12 years now. This followed a 2 year first-line IT Helpdesk support, 3 year IT Desktop/Network Support during which I studied for the CCNA/CCNP certifications. I passed the CCNP exam in may 2010 and around Jan 2011 I decided to go for CCIE status. After over 12 years combined working as a Network Engineer for previous organizations I secured a position of a Borderless Network Consultant at one of the Cisco Gold Partner in London and so far it has been the greatest and the most challenging networking role based on many crucial facts how the company operates its goals and objectives!
My main motives to reach CCIE status are personal. Although I did get a great deal of satisfaction after passing CCNA and CCNP I didn’t however feel like I was fully stretched during the learning track.
The CCIE represents the pinnacle of the industry I work in and something that I know will push me to the limits. The journey to the ultimate Cisco Certification is a long one, most candidates say they put in around 1000 hours on the command line and hours and hours of reading. This is not an exam you can pass by swatting up on a few practice questions. This is a real world exam testing your configuration and troubleshooting skills on Cisco hardware. Once you have completed it you will put yourself among an elite group of only about 30,000 engineers worldwide.
When approaching the CCIE I decided that I would keep the lab and written exams quite separate, from previous experience of Cisco exams I believe the written exams do require knowledge from ‘real-life’ but it’s mainly about knowing the theory. The lab exam is all about turning the theory into practice and will involve a lot of hands-on study time.
When I am not working on anything CISCO related I participate in London Marathons , Triathlons and Tough Mudder events !