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How to prepare for CCIE R&S Open Ended Questions?

Submitted by cciebuzz on Tue, 04/28/09 - 2:53pm.

This is CCIETalk again with a new topic - How to Prepare for CCIE R&S Open Ended Questions.

As some of you might know, I attempted the CCIE R&S Lab in March and came pretty close to getting my number. However, being rusty on CCIE Written cost me my number :)

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Why are you trying to obtain your CCIE?

Submitted by cciebuzz on Thu, 01/15/09 - 10:17am.

Hello everyone, this is CCIE Journey back with question. With all the focus lately on why the CCIE growth levels are lower in the United States than other parts of the world, I wanted to ask other readers why are they trying to obtain their CCIE? Is it salary growth that is motivating you? Is it the focus on the technologies, the learning curve, or was it just always a goal of yours?

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CCIE R&S - Finding the Right Training Vendor

Submitted by cciebuzz on Wed, 12/10/08 - 3:30pm.

This is CCIE Talk again after a short absence. I have been busy with a Disaster Recovery implementation and was not able to find any time for blogging. Last week I provided an overview about the CCIE Routing & Switching track and the various stages you will go through. Here I am assuming that you have already passed your CCIE R&S Written exam and are ready to start preparing for the lab.

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Tackling The CCIE Written Exam

Submitted by cciebuzz on Mon, 12/08/08 - 10:11pm.

This is CCIE Pursuit back for another Monday CCIE Buzz posting. This week we'll be looking at the CCIE written exam.

The CCIE is unique among IT certification in many regards. In order to pass the CCIE you must pass both a written test followed by a lab exam. You cannot schedule the lab exam unless you have already passed the written exam. This week's post will cover the written exam and how to prepare for it.

The Exam

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Making the CCIE Plunge

Submitted by cciebuzz on Mon, 12/01/08 - 2:09pm.

Hola. This is CCIE Pursuit back again after taking last Monday off (too much work and family obligations). My last couple of posts have looked at common reasons for pursuing the CCIE as well as some of the costs involved. This week we'll take a look at determining whether or not the attempting CCIE certification is a good idea or not.

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How Much Does It Cost To Become A CCIE?

Submitted by cciebuzz on Mon, 11/17/08 - 10:21pm.

A quick note before I get started on this post: I mentioned in my first post that there are a number of different CCIE tracks (Routing and Switching, Security, Voice, etc.). I should mention here that my posts will be specific to the Routing and Switching track. A lot of this information can be applied to all tracks, but I will be focusing on the Routing and Switching track. This is the track that I am pursuing (as well as the most popular) so it's the track that I am most familiar with.

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Why Become A CCIE?

Submitted by cciebuzz on Mon, 11/10/08 - 9:00am.

Last week I posted an overview of the CCIE program. This week we'll take a look at some of the reasons that candidates chase the CCIE.

As I discussed last week, the CCIE is a very difficult and expensive (potentially VERY expensive) certification. So why in the world would anyone want to spend the time and money necessary to pass the CCIE lab exam and get their digits? While each CCIE candidate has their own reasons for doing this, there are some common benefits:

1) Salary

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Getting Started on the Cisco CCIE Routing & Switching Track

Submitted by cciebuzz on Sun, 11/09/08 - 10:25am.

I am the blogger over at and I will be writing about the different stages during a CCIE R&S journey. At this point I am assuming that you have already passed your CCIE Written and you know exactly what you are putting yourself into :) Don't make the same mistake as most other candidates who start off in a wrong order. There is nothing better and quicker than starting from ground zero, building everything one block at a time.

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An Overview of the Cisco CCIE Certification

Submitted by cciebuzz on Mon, 11/03/08 - 2:38pm.

I'm the blogger responsible for the mess at That blog chronicles my (so far unsuccessful) quest to attain the holy grail of networking certification: the CCIE (Cisco Certified Internetworking Expert). NetworkWorld has asked me to write about my experience - proving that NetworkWorld has really low standards. :-) Each week I will write about a different aspect of the CCIE in a more-or-less linear manner. These weekly posts will be exclusive to NetworkWorld.

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