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[–]Cristek 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Nice!! congratulations man!!

[–]Herc08[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thank you!

[–]BosonMichaelSenior Content Developer, Boson Software 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Congrats x2! Glad we could help. :)

[–]kapache33 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Congratulations OP. You are indeed someone that should consider the CCIE and truly stick to this field because you seem like a natural.

[–]Herc08[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Oh wow. Even though I don't know you well, that truly means a lot. My wife actually said the same thing when I told her I wasn't sure about going for the CCIE. Even though she doesn't understand the Cisco world (but she knows networking), she broke it down to me like a video game:

So you just got your CCNA, which means you beat level 5. You worked your butt so far, but you why give up now? Levels 6 through 9 is your CCNP. They are tough, and it took you a while but you got it after you understood the layout Then the final level is your CCIE. You may have to go back to a few times, but with hard work, you beat it and you get that sense of relief. Bottom line, go fly out to Cisco, do those crazy networks, and blew them away.

[–]SgtPackets 0 points1 point  (5 children)

I'm surprised you didn't use a book. Did you do much labbing on PT /GNS3?

[–]Herc08[S] 1 point2 points  (4 children)

Honestly, I'm not a book person. I have to see it and do it. I rarely read books unless I have to. That's why videos are my goto for any study material.

I did use labelling in GNS3 because when networks with 9 or 10 routers, it can get confusing. Packet tracer labels were annoying.

One more thing, I use skillport as well. I got access when I was in the army. Your name reminded me of that.

[–]Yankee_Fever 1 point2 points  (3 children)

Did you write down any notes when watching videos? Or do you strictly focus on the videos and just internalize the material

[–]Herc08[S] 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Nope. No notes. Because most of the videos had white boards I was able to make mental notes. For example, the default for eigrp metrics is 10100. To remember, I figure I use eigrp 101 (as an introductory) and that helped me remembered certain things.

I also think using gns3 with the videos helped as well. It became muscle memory of things to look for. Like the show ip protocols gives a lot of info about a routing protocol in one place.

[–]Yankee_Fever 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Lol, me and you think exactly the same way. I wonder how far we can get before we actually have to sit down and write out a bunch of shit. I still prefer to just buy other people's notes lol

[–]Herc08[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I honestly think in the CCNP and CCIE worlds, we may have to take notes. But then again, someone else will have a "cheat sheet" and once we go off that, it's all good from there.

[–]Vanie1994 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Can’t believe u did nt use any book

[–]Herc08[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I don't get how many people are surprised I don't use books, as I am not a book reader at all. I feel like a book is something that I have to imagine. It's like watching a movie that also has a book (including comic books) .Without authentic Cisco equipment, I needed to see the real thing. Not to mention, seeing experts work on the equipment that I plan on using is key. I think if I had the actual routers, maybe I could use a book, but without it, it seem pointless to me.

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[–]Herc08[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thank you!