Lab Attempt #1
I flew out early Thursday just in case there were any flight issues or delays. It is a good thing I did. It just so happened that a nice winter storm was rolling through North Carolina and surrounding states. It wasn’t very bad, but it was more ice/freezing rain than they were used to. My flight was delayed about 4 hours, but I still arrived in RTP with plenty of daylight.
After getting my rental car and checking into my hotel. I mapped out my exact route to Cisco’s campus. I then jumped in my car and drove there. I found where building 3 was and where I should be parking. I highly, highly recommend everyone does this because you don’t want to be surprised by any construction detours or bad directions. I found something for dinner, and then settled into my hotel room for a very anxious night.
Step One: Acquiring Training Materials
Jumping to the next phase in my studying didn’t take me too long, I didn’t want to lose my excitement or drive. So, in February of 2010 I started poking around the Internets to find out what the best way to go about tackling the lab exam would be. There were two ways I could go: 1) do a complete self-study and piece it all together myself or 2) dish out a fair amount of cash and go with a training provider like INE or IPexpert. After looking through the different packages that they both offered and asking around on a few different forums, I decided on IPexpert.
I am still in a little bit of shock after seeing the ‘PASS’ marked next to my lab report from last week. I have to say, initially I thought I failed. When I logged in to get my score report, I immediately looked to the bottom of the score report list and read ‘FAIL’. My heart sank. It wasn’t until my wife said “YOU PASSED!!!” and gave me a giant hug that I looked again to see the four most beautiful letters ‘PASS’ at the top of the score report list. Now, as a newly minted CCIE, I am looking forward to any new opportunities that this may open up. I have to say, it feels good to know that I am one of ~1400 people in the world with my Voice CCIE.
It is done. My year and a half long journey to obtain my CCIE has been fulfilled.