Getting Started your CCIE Journey …………………

You should have a keen desire for achieving your goal that makes your journey easier.  You may never reach the heights of CCIE those who are not enjoy networking.

When you first start your journey you should   need to assess your strengths and weaknesses in relation to the technologies and topics covered in the CCIE Lab Exam.  It is vital that you are honest with yourself when making the self assessment.

Now you know where you are at and where you are going…………….

Some will have a head start in this journey through on the job networking experience and some will be taking their first step.  No matter where you are in your journey. The will to win and the desire to succeed bring you towards success.

Do not look for “short cuts” on the way.  During your preparation stay away from cheat sheets, brain dumps etc. You may get discouraged at times and think that it may not be worth it.  Don’t give up or stray from your path, you will reach the goal   with hard work and desire …

“Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure.”

You want to pass the CCIE lab exam as a byproduct of learning the technologies and topics covered in the blue print.

How can I start…………?

  1. You get an understanding of what the technology or feature does and why it was implemented.….

This can be done by purchasing the various books available or by just using the freely available white papers, RFC, etc. available on the Internet.

2.  Learn how Cisco has implemented the particular technology or feature.

You can do this by using the configuration examples, tech tips, and documentation available on the Internet and Cisco’s website along with the Cisco Press books and information available on the Cisco DOC CD.

i) Gaining experience with the technology and feature through hands on practice.  Although anything is pretty much theoretically possible, you can not expect to pass the CCIE Lab Exam without hundreds of hours of hands-on practice on the routers and switches.  In the CCIE lab they will be trying to test your experience. This means that for every one hour of reading about a technology or topic you should expect to spend two hours doing hands-on practice.

ii)Someone who is more familiar will also be faster.  You don’t worry about your keyboard typing speed if it’s not the fastest. By faster I don’t mean that they can type faster but that they can do a task faster than someone without the equivalent technology knowledge.

At this level you are assumed to have at least a CCNP level of knowledge and experience before starting your lab preparation.

Reading Prior to Starting the Lab Practice

Most of this knowledge can also be found in the books in the reading section.

Hands-on Practice each technology

To build strong foundation on each technology you have to spend some more time for practice hands on labs.

MOC Labs And Troubleshooting  Practice

This is the last step before attending the Lab Exam. During this session you have to care the exact interpretation of each question and found the appropriate method to get the correct answer.

Here are some of the more common reasons people have a hard time with the mock labs:

1) Do not understand the technologies and topics covered

2) Had problems understanding the requirements from the wording given in the tasks

3) Made too many little mistakes

4) Overwhelmed with all of the tasks and didn’t have time to complete them all.

If you failed because of number 1, you definitely should step back and fill in the gaps you have in your knowledge.  Don’t go any further with the workbooks until you have done this.

If you had problems with number 2 it could be a couple of issues.  First off you may not understand the technologies and topics enough to grasp the wording of the tasks.   If you understand the technologies and topics you should be able to complete the task.  Secondly you may be “over thinking” the tasks.  Do what the task is asking and nothing more.   Do try to apply real world logic or design to the task.

The third is little mistakes (forgetting to no shut an interface, etc) as you become more of an “expert” you will make fewer mistakes and solve the ones that you do make quickly.  You will always make little mistakes as it’s just human nature but with experience you will be better at finding and fixing your own mistakes.  For many people that fail the lab it’s the little mistakes that get them into some big problem as you might think.

Finally the lack of time management builds pressure and you will lose the presents of mind. So you should keep this in mind and plan your Lab with proper Time Management.

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