Re-New. Again

Re-New. Again. Greetings. Welcome to my first blog post. I have to say, I feel a little out of my class in the esteemed … [Read more...]

Visual aids for networkers


Because a picture is worth 1,024 words. Much of what we study are abstract concepts invisible to the human eye. Sure, we … [Read more...]

CCIE RS – it’s the payload, not the header

There is some actual content here, but first - a few drips of sap. The title is a nerdy rendering of the adage 'its the … [Read more...]

CCNP RS – a road traveled

A former colleague who started following the blog asked about the study program used for the CCNP R/S. By the time an email … [Read more...]

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CCIE Route-Switch sample budget

Departing the lovely, sterile, electronic testing center after passing the final CCNP Route/Switch exam, and I'm on the way … [Read more...]

CCDE and CCAr Certificates – FAQ

CCDE is the de facto expert level, vendor neutral, and infrastructure network design certification in the industry.   I have … [Read more...]

Are certifications tests still worth your resources in the day of Hybrid IT?


Let me start by laying out this disclaimer:  This is in no way intended to devalue or criticize any vendor or vendor neutral … [Read more...] Bite-sized IT Training Videos On Demand


These days, access to the web means that users are simply a click away from discovering anything - from how to expertly … [Read more...]

Second CCIE, or CCDE?

"Should I get a second CCIE, or a CCDE?" A number of people have asked me this recently; in the process of answering … [Read more...]

The Value of Certifications

I hope to clear the air on what a vendor certificate (or any certificate, such as a degree/diploma/etc) is, and is not. Too … [Read more...]

CCIE Lab Exam attempt #2 – How I’m going to study better!

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Well it has been just over 7 weeks now since I failed my first attempt at the CCIE Lab Exam in Routing & Switching in … [Read more...]

CCIE Security v4 Reading List – Update From The Program Manager

Because of my personal interest in the CCIE Security program (at least the written exam the next time I'm up for CCIE … [Read more...]

Vendor Certifications: A Career Jump Starter

"...I'd love to share how certifications have propelled me into a mid-level networking position. I can share my own … [Read more...]

Book Review: How to Master CCNP Route

Book Details How to Master CCNP Route Rene Molenaar EBook PDF via instant download with … [Read more...]

The Dark Side of Vendor Certifications

Seen by many as the way to advance one's career, vendor certifications are pursued by many eager networking professionals. I … [Read more...]