Well, I finally finished the IPv6 book. And I'm looking at the rest of the 'list' [CCIE R/S Recommended Reading] and thinking ... how the heck am I going to get through all THAT? There's only one way -- right through the middle of it.
I've already prepared myself for what's coming. I know it's going to suck to be me for the next few months. But it's really really NOT going to suck to be me later on. It will be worth all the hard work.
Although the IPv6 book went slowly, I believe the other books will go much faster. It's material that I've seen and studied before. IPv6 was somewhat new and unfamiliar to me. The Wireless material is something I don't have a ton of experience with, so that may go a little slower than the review of RIP, EIGRP, OSPF, IS-IS, BGP, etc... The only other book that's going to slow me down a bit is the MPLS. So a first shot at the test in October is probably a realistic (although ambitious and exhausting) goal.
As I update the site, I'm going to start moving things around on the sidebar. The cert battle stats seem a bit obsolete. Although my Microsoft skills have helped in very many ways and situations, I'm at the point now where that cert is no longer relevant to my activities. I could keep up the MCSE if I maintained the CCNP, but the only way I'm going to advance to CCIE is to let go of that round of testing. That doesn't mean I'm going to forget it altogether, just not at the level to maintain certification. It's too much - especially now that I don't have a lot of hands-on opportunity to implement the activities I would be practicing or reading about. But I will still read and learn the material eventually. It's just going to be a more leisurely read.
So if I don't update anything other than the stats on the side - you know where I am... READING.
Posted by BlueWolf on August 24, 2008 10:01 PM