January 13, 2011
When Cisco or Microsoft invite you to a technical presentation you always leave with a lot of great information. I feel educated. I feel really excited about the technology. But what I learned about other vendors (looking at you Symantec and Quest vRanger), what ever their invite reads, it’s a pure sales pitch.
I seriously don’t mind they they pitch the product, by all means. Do! But if you invite engineers (as in, not sales staff) to TECHNICAL presentation I don’t care about your stock price. I don’t care about your sales model. I don’t care about your merger. I don’t care. Tell me what problem you are solving, how to install it and how to fix it.
One more thing, if you give me a free t-shirt I’ll love you for at least a year. Or until your competitor gives me t-shirt.
January 6, 2011
So I just passed 642-902. BY A HAIR! I probably didn’t deserve to pass. Then again, I don’t think my study materials covered everything I was being hit with anyway. Gonna spend a few days and read up on multicast and ISIS just so I can hob nob with the CCNPs who passed under the 642-901 exam. Then I need to hurry up and pass Server+. Yeah, you read it right. Server+. Why not? Free cert paid by work.
Then I am all about passing Cisco’s Switch exam. I have quickly discoved my old switches and packet tracer are not gonna cut it. Then my favorite tech hang out pointed me to packetlife.com looks like the people there just GIVE rack time away. PERFECT! There is wait, but who cares? You gotta read the chapters ahead of time anyway.
I went and reserved some time for a week from Saturday. I’ll let you guys know how it works out. Really excited! Eventually I need to get a set of my own 3550s. Especially considering I want to take on voip later this year. But for now this is ideal.
November 8, 2010
Alright! Just excited to post my success yesterday. Nearly 3 years in the works and I passed my 70-298 exam! I am officially an MCSE with Security specialization. I know it’s an old cert. But really it was soooo much information and it took years to get the experience in ISA, VPN, IAS, Security Templates, Services optimization, Exchange, PKI, IPSec so on.
But I got it! Next step is to get more Cisco. Hoping to knock out CCNP’s Route exam by the end of the year. I’ve already put 200+ hours into studying last year. I quit when they changed the exams out. So hopefully 3 months is enough time. Anyhow, 3 months, 3 years. Keep moving forward and hope it pays off someday.