My CCIE experience

In really enjoyed to read all the blog post of people passing the CCIE lab exam over the years. I’ve found the stories very inspirational so now it’s time for me to give back. I started working as a system engineer in 2001 supporting Microsoft Windows 2000 client and server for a bank. I had the opportunity to work with some network engineers for a project and being intrigued by the new world I started to study what seemed to be the right choice for the moment: Cisco CCNA.

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I noticed that not everybody knows how to download Cisco certs PDF files or order additional printed copies. Just open this link , login with your Cisco credentials and enter the menu “Certification Fulfillment”. An additional CCIE plaque costs 150USD, paper certs cost 15USD. <img src="http://www.ifconfig.it/images/cert_fulfil.png" alt="cert_fulfil"> HTH

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Cisco stopped to publish CCIE statistics some time ago but in Cisco Live presentations we can find some slides like this: A couple of days ago on twitter Bob McCouch who passed his lab on February 21st posted this: I know 14 days are not enough to make statistics, but let’s play with the numbers since they’re very fresh. There’re 9 CCIE lab locations worldwide , suppose each lab locations ha 5 seats per day.

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After one week of training in Milan and passing the exam I’ve added an Alcatel-Lucent certification to my c.v.: “Alcatel-Lucent Certified Field Expert - ACFE - OmniSwitch R6/R6 ” OmniSwitch have some proprietary features, like mobile vlans, that may be very useful in some deployments. The new 10K platform with MC-LAG and other featuers seems great as core switch. The bright side of working for a system integrator is the opportunity to messplaywork with many different vendors and accumulate experience with many devices.

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Passed Brocade 150-220 exam, another badge added to my c.v. Having a CCNP background and some CCIE theory knowledge I found this exam quite easy.On the exam blueprint just some QoS implementations, VRRP-E and Metro Ring Protocol are different than Cisco exams. STP and IGP/BGP are almost the same, and no EIGRP of course!

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HP Fast Track

HP allows Cisco certified people to achieve it’s MASE/ASE certs using Fast Track : <img src="http://www.ifconfig.it/images/hp_ase_fasttrack-300x130.png" alt=""> While HP certifications aren’t as popular as Cisco’s they can be a way to learn a different platform and increase career opportunities. The official cert guide is available on Amazon .

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Today I passed Cisco¬†642-983 DCUCI exam and it was a surprise to see two certifications on my Cisco curriculum: Cisco Unified Computing Technology Support Specialist and Cisco Data Center Support for UC Specialist The next step would be “Cisco Data Center Unified Computing Support Specialist ” but since VCP is a requirement and is not in my plans I have to skip that cert.

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