• CCIE vs. MBA

    Posted November 14, 2011 - 11:27 am

    When CIOs look to add talent to their staffs right now, who should they be recruiting: employees with deep technical skills or deep business skills? That's one argument raging in corporate IT departments over the benefits of hiring staff with technical certifications such as Cisco Certified Internet Expert (CCIE) or business degrees.
  • Four Major Updates for Proctor Labs Voice vRack Customers

    Posted August 28, 2009 - 12:29 pm

    Four things have been changed to give everyone a much better experience when renting Voice vRacks from Proctor Labs.
  • MPLS QoS – Uniform Mode

    Posted August 28, 2009 - 10:48 am

    In this post we look at an MPLS QoS mode often used when the SP manages the CE devices and therefore controls the QoS settings between them.
  • MPLS basics

    Posted August 26, 2009 - 9:32 am

    See how easy it is to get MPLS up and running through LDP and BGP and configure some specific LDP features.
  • OSPF over Frame-Relay - Part 4: Point-To-Multipoint

    Posted August 10, 2009 - 5:12 pm

    Point-to-multipoint OSPF network type over frame-relay is what I like to call the "cheater method". Why?
  • OSPF over Frame-Relay - Part 2: Broadcast

    Posted August 5, 2009 - 10:32 am

    In part I of our series, we looked at the default OSPF network type on frame-relay (non-broadcast). This begs the question of "OK we know non-broadcast, now what about broadcast?" Excellent, let's get started!
  • OSPF over Frame-Relay – Part 1: Non-Broadcast

    Posted August 3, 2009 - 2:52 pm

    OSPF is a topic that must be absolutely mastered for the CCIE lab exam. Many students understand the fundamental concepts, but get thrown for a loop when it comes to OSPF running over a frame-relay topology. There are so many different network types and variations, that it can quickly become confusing.
  • CCIE Amnesty Program

    Posted July 20, 2009 - 6:16 pm

    If you have not been informed there are many ways to use your CCIE number. A few of these methods are frowned upon by Cisco and can even cost you that hard earned number. Yes, recently I personally witnessed the revoking of a pair of CCIEs who had associated their numbers to a channel they did not work for. This is strictly forbidden by Cisco and can result in severe penalties to the Channel and the CCIE.
  • THE BEST OF THE BEST - Narbik on Steroids!

    Posted June 25, 2009 - 5:45 pm

    A: Eman I think we are both nuts driven by a passion that is based upon our love of helping others. What we do is not all for money we both spend so much time helping others and we are lucky we get paid for what we do and love. Vacation is for people who are stressed out every day and need a break. We are kindred spirits in that way and we don’t need a relief from stress, just more time with family that is less interrupted! I know you took my call because it was me. How many calls did you not take?
  • Preparing for the CCIE R/S Written Exam

    Posted January 26, 2009 - 10:00 am

    Anthony Sequeira, author of CCIE Routing and Switching Exam Quick Reference, shares tips and advice for passing the CCIE R/S Written Exam, including 3 classic mistakes exam-takers make.

  • Starting the New Year with a Bang!

    Posted January 5, 2009 - 5:51 pm

    I did it again this New Year’s eve. I waited in line for an hour to get into Saint John the Devine for the annual concert for peace. The idea for the Concert for Peace was originally developed by Leonard Bernstein. He chose Copeland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man”, as the opening piece and it has been used since the 1980s.
  • Inspire Awe

    Posted December 21, 2008 - 7:39 pm

    What you and I can do in 2009 to help others is to inspire awe. Yup, as a CCIE you can do this, you can inspire awe. Think about how hard it was to prepare and then pass the lab. That act can inspire another to do the same thing, to be focused and to forge ahead. So inspire awe. You can do it, after all it is only three letters and you can spell it and create it. Be a mentor and you will see what I mean.
  • Be brave because it is not over yet!

    Posted December 8, 2008 - 7:38 pm

    Start out slow don’t hyperventilate or step on your own tongue. Ask the same questions of all prospective employers so you can rate their answers against each other properly. What is important to you? If you are in the USA don’t ask for a company car, if you are in England don’t ask for an American car, if you are in Fiji don’t ask for too little money, if you are in Dubai ask for more of everything, if you are in Finland don’t ask to work from home, if you are in China don’t ask for an American car, if you are in Russia don’t ask for Chinese food, if you are in India don’t ask for less than a 14% increase, if you are in Brazil don’t ask for more holidays, if you are a CCIE in prison for killing your wife don’t ask for Eman!
  • Interview with Celia Harper-Guerra on the SRS Program

    Posted October 22, 2008 - 8:47 pm

    The Senior Director of Worldwide Channels for Cisco Systems, Celia Harper-Guerra gave me the opportunity to ask her a few questions. One of her boldest efforts to help the Cisco Partner community to acquire the manpower needed to thrive, has been the SRS program. I have been personally involved in this international effort for nearly a year and I am truly a fan of what Celia and her team is trying to accomplish. Instead of continuing to present my opinion and experience in this effort, I wanted to give Celia a chance to answer a few questions.
  • Do The CCIE Test Questions Need An Overhaul

    Posted October 8, 2008 - 12:30 pm

    Terry Slattery did a blog post in May 2008 with a suggestion to Cisco about their test question database. He had just passed his CCIE recertification written test and had used the preparation tools offered by NetMaster Class (Bruce Caslow, #3139 and Val Pavlichenko, #3765). He continued to see a high incidence of repeat questions on the Cisco written test.
  • My Lunch With CCIE #1026

    Posted September 4, 2008 - 4:04 pm

    Terry Slattery and Emmanuel Conde meet for lunch to discuss the next CCIE Mixer to be held in Washington DC in late October 2008
  • Confessions of an iPhone junkie

    Posted August 8, 2008 - 12:48 pm

    All those Rose Sniffers need to leave me alone!
  • How CCIEs can survive these economic hard times

    Posted July 15, 2008 - 9:08 pm

    We have all heard the bad news about high gas prices, the mortgage crisis, recession scenarios, pandemics and layoffs. None of us are immune to the economic blues, but CCIEs are able to cope if they stay on their toes. I would like to share some of what I have learned about how CCIEs can better survive and even thrive in this economic turbulence.
  • Thanks Ethan Banks for sharing your "Touch of Grey"

    Posted June 24, 2008 - 9:19 pm

    Every silver lining has a dark cloud. For Ethan Banks that silver lining was passing his CCIE lab, and the dark cloud was being publicly accused of cheating.
  • CCIE job search considerations

    Posted April 1, 2008 - 10:17 pm

    You have a great resume, bought a new tie, shined your shoes, cut your hair, taken out a few of your visible piercings and are shopping for a new job. Don't go into the job market even one in such high demand as CCIEs without giving your next steps some thought! When preparing for your job search you must take stock of where you have been.
  • CCIE salaries - What are you worth?

    Posted January 15, 2008 - 4:36 pm

    Here is a rundown of the annual salaries I have been quoted in American dollars.

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