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INE Special

In Uncategorized on June 24, 2014 at 19:36


Just a quick note…

Recently I have had some discussions with the people over at INE and they have offered to extend a special to the visitors of this blog.  Just click on the URL  https://members.ine.com/dash/aap/sign_up/premium/FryGuySpecial and you will save $500 off an all-access pass subscription.


I have had access in the past and it is well worth the cost, especially if you are studying for any of the Cisco certifications!
Please feel free to share this link!



Cisco Exam Policy Changes and Cost Increases

In CCIE, Certification on June 24, 2014 at 14:15



There has been some talk on the twitter-verse and at Cisco Live around some of the changes that Cisco is making to the CCIE/DE written and lab policies.  Last month they posted those changes to their Certification Exam Policies website to let everyone know and read.  The ones that are key to CCIE/DE candidates (and some will be effective August 2, 2014) are:


  • Candidates who fail the CCIE/DE written must want 15 calendar days, beginning the day after the fail, before retaking the exam
  • Once passed, you cannot retake the same written exam within 180 days
  • Candidates may attempt the CCIE/DE written exam up to four (4) times per rolling calendar year.

Lab (here is the big one):

  • Candidate must wait 30 days between CCIE lab attempts (30 days starts the day after the failed attempt)
  • For your 1st  attempt there is no wait time.
  • For your 2nd  attempt, there is a 30 day wait time
  • For your 3rd, 4th, and 5th attempt, there is a 90 wait time between each
  • For your 6th , 7th  and onward, the there is a 180 day wait time between each.

NANOG 61 – My first!

In Uncategorized on May 30, 2014 at 20:55


I have been meaning to write a post about my upcoming NANOG 61 trip, just have not had the time to. Between Cisco Live, Kindergarten graduation, pool installation planning, and life –  time was focused on other things. So, here is the post!

I have been a member of the NANOG mailing list for a few years now, and if you are into networking you really should be as well.  There is alot of great conversations there around network technologies, outages, contact information, as well as many other things.  If you want to sign up for the NANOG mailing lst, you can do so here –  LINK, but please be sure to also read the Mail LIst Charter and Policy page first.

NANOG 61 is being held in Bellevue, WA at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue from June 2 to the 4th, 2014. The company I work for, Dimension Data, was nice enough to invite me to attend with some of my co-workers –  and how do you say no to being invited to an awesome event!

Some of the topics of discussion, based on the NANOG page, include:

  • Macro Trends in Complexity and SDN by David Meyer (Open Daylight Board Member)

  • Ethernet VPN (EVPN) – Overlay Networks for Ethernet Services by Greg Hankins

  • 464XLAT: Breaking Free of IPv4 by Cameron Byrne

  • Internet Governance Update by John Curran

  • Annual Worldwide Infrastructure Security Report by Gary Sockrider

  • An Overview of Energy Efficient Ethernet by Michael J Bennett

There are a few others as well and you can see a full list here:  LINK.

Well, if you are going to be at NANOG and have a moment, please feel free to come find me and introduce yourself. It would be nice to be able to meet others at the event like has happened at Cisco Live.



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