CCIE Security: The Journey ends here

Thanks to all of you following me, your support is extremely valuable.

Now my focus will shift to my family and our new kid in the making..

Who knows.. maybe I will join the league of experts some other time

Once again, thanks

UPDATE 10.03.2018: I realized that I never shared my final result..
Once more I got a Pass + Pass + Fail = Fail
In the Config section I got a pass rate of 61% (close but no cigar)

CCIE Security: waiting time

Now the waiting game is on..

TSHOOT I was 30min ahead (spend 1.5 hours)

DIAG is always a bit 50/50.. I feel confident, but it can go both ways. (Spend 1 hour)

CONFIG: due to my fast TSHOOT I had 5.5 hours to CONFIG.. everything went after the book and time schedule.. BUT.. 2.5 hours before end time, things started to get buggy, periodically not working, and I started to get nervous and make small mistakes..

At the sound of the proctor’s “Time is up” I pasted the last bit of configuration in the router for the last task (without verification afterwards)..

Soo.. did I pass? Only time will tell..

CCIE Security: T minus 12 days until lift off

12 days until I land in Brussels Airport and 13 days until my next and final lab attempt.. I am so ready.. I would like to do the attempt tommorow, but I will have to wait just a little while longer..

It might be a good thing, because I am starting to get ill, so hopefully it will drift along and within the next 7-10 days I am 100% fit for fight..

CCIE Security Lab attempt, bring it on…

CCIE Security: short update

Today marks the halfway point between last lab attempt and the next (final) lab attempt..

I am keep saying “final”, to push myself 🙂

The last month with only Christmas Eve and New year’s Eve as “no lab days” have been used to build my own Mock Lab out of the bits and bytes I remembered from my Lab attempt.. and I thinks it’s quite a nice mock lab I have build..

Not sure if I can share a picture of my build without breaking NDA, so I better not..

I might modify the build after I am done, and then share it..

Besides building the mock lab, each workday evening I am practicing parts of the topology and in the weekends I go through the entire thing, timing and counting points.

I promise to do the Tips and Tricks blog post after my last Lab attempt.

Once again, thanks for all your lovly comments.

CCIE Security: Pass + Pass + Fail = Fail

8 hours was all it took for the “Pass/Fail” email to arrive from ccie@cisco.com

Troubleshooting - Met the minimum requirements

Diagnostics - Met the minimum requirements

Configuration - FAIL

Overall lab requirement: FAIL

At the exam I counted points, and at the TSHOOT section I was pretty convinced I passed with 70-80%.
The DIAG section was a bit more challenging for me, I know for sure I had 40% right, but the last 60% was more 50/50 – but hey I passed DIAG.. YAY!

CONFIG Section.. wow – just wow..
What can I say – it was overvelming.
The tasks was not unfair at all, there where just so many, really, really many of them.

Now the most important thing; I learned how to battle the exam next time, and yes, there will be a next time.. actually it will be at February 13th 2018. (I have allready booked the lab) – and also where my weak points are.. (right now speed is killing me on all topics, but there are also technologies I need to learn more about)

I will create a seperate section on the Blog with tips and tricks for the lab exam.

CCIE Security: Is it a plane? Is it a train? No it’s my Ford Mondeo

Once again I feel lucky – this time with transportation from Denmark to Brussels.
I had scheduled a flight from Billund Airport, Denmark to Brussels the day before my lab attempt, so I could arrive with peace in mind before the “big day”.

When I arrived at Billund Airport everything was joy. We were called to the gate for boarding, and after 15min at the gateway it started to look weird that there was no airplane.

A guy checked the Brussels Airport homepage and saw that the plane didn’t even had left Brussels yet (due to wheather conditions) — after another hour with no news from the Airport in Billund it was time to take a decision, either wait at Billund Airport and maybe get on the plane, or just take my car and drive to Brussels (10-11 hours drive)

I didn’t dare to take the chance to maybe/maybe not get on the plane, so I rushed to my car.. After 5 hours it showed up as the right choise, bechause the plane in Billund was cancelled.

22:30 PM I arrived at the hotel in Brussels – and like all other CCIE candidates I could not sleep.. and of course I woke at 5 AM

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CCIE Security: INE Bootcamp Day 6 & 7

Oh boy oh boy…

The last two days of the INE Bootcamp in London ended like a nightmare.
On day 5 we finally ended the VPN section and moving forward towards ISE and new technology like FTD.
BUT… Cristian (the Instructor) was not able to get the Lab working, so everything “failed” saturday – and sunday was cancelled by an heart broken Cristian. (I feel sorry for him – but I do not understand why this was not tested prior to the Bootcamp)

All-in-all, INE should have cancelled the entire Bootcamp before it even started, so we didn’t had to experience this.
It’s pretty clear that INE has no CCIE Security v5 Material nor functional CCIE Security v5 Racks yet. (My best guess is that it will take atleast 3-6 month before something usefull is ready from INE.. maybe summer 2018??)

We recieved nothing from the bootcamp, no Study Guides, Lab guides, Mocklabs nor bootcamp schedule for what we should have learned by the end of the week.

INE has compentatiated the experience with a Bootcmap Voucher and 1 year All-Access-Pass to all participents.

Next-up: Lab exam in Bruxells on Tuesday

 

CCIE Security: INE Bootcamp Day 2, 3, 4 and 5

The last four days have been some of a ride.

We are 11 students in class, 3 from US/Mexico and 8 from Europe – all great guys.

After sitting in a frigid the first day – day 2 was like sitting in a sauna – and of course i got a cold from the A/C. (but at day 3 we finally got the A/C under somekind of control, and here on day 5 I am getting OK again from my cold)

I arrive at class arround 8 AM, the class starts at 9 AM and ends arround 9 PM (with no Dinner break) – having a mild cold is not getting it easier to stay awake in the late hours – but what the hell.

It’s pretty obiviuos that INE has no CCIE Security material yet.. The Instructor, Christian, struggles on-the-fly with creating material, teaching us and figthing with “buggy” Cisco software.. all-in-all not the best expirience for niether us students, nor Christian as the instructor. (Until now we have spend 3 days on VPNs, that should have takeing 1 day)

I’m writing today because the class ended early (7 AM), due to missing Licences. So it’s not possible to continiue before tomorrow.. hurra for the opportunity to blog.. but hey.. we paid for a full cource and are spending time away from family.. soooo….