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Hold Yourself Accountable, in Public

October 24, 2011
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Last week, I wrote an article aimed at those studying for any of the various networking certifications entitled, “Why You Should Be Blogging”. I talked about the benefits of blogging and how to get started. There’s a real easy way you can use your blog to help ensure your meet your goals and that’s by […]

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Why You Should Be Blogging

October 20, 2011
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As a network engineer, systems administrator, or just a general IT guy (or girl), you probably don’t think of yourself as a “brand”. You probably just think of yourself as an average person who happens to have a fairly marketable skill. Each of us, however, are our own unique “brand” and blogging can help you […]

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Announcing Free CCNA Labs (and Giveaway)

September 21, 2011

Those of you studying for the CCIE lab exam have some great resources at your disposal. In particular, there are some excellent lab workbooks with “hands on” exercises to work through to help prepare you for that $1500 lunch with Cisco. One thing that really annoyed me as I was working towards the CCNP certification […]

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Cisco adding Switching to IOU on Lab Exam

January 14, 2011

From the Cisco Learning Network: In alignment with CCIE level requirements, Cisco is adding L2 switching features to the CCIE R&S Troubleshooting exam through L2 IOS software on Unix (L2IOU) virtual environment. The new feature will be available starting January 17, 2011. The CCIE R&S exam consists of 2 sections – the troubleshooting (TS) section […]

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Want a free shot at the SolarWinds Certified Professional exam?

October 4, 2010

Are you currently studying for the SolarWinds Certified Professional certification? If so, read on. At the first Gestalt IT Tech Field Day event aimed specifically at networking, Josh Stephens, Joel Dolisy, and Brandon Shopp from SolarWinds gave us a great presentation on the Orion Network Performance Monitor (read my thoughts here) and gave all of […]

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Well, Now What?

September 29, 2010

At the end of July I passed the Cisco Building Scalable Cisco Internetworks (BSCI) examination, the last of four to earn the Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) certification. I recently found myself wondering, “Well, now what?” A year ago, if you asked me what my plans were after completing the CCNP the obvious answer would […]

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Free CCNP TSHOOT Webcast

August 17, 2010

On August 31st, Cisco Press and Pearson IT Certification will be conducting a free CCNP TSHOOT webcast to demonstrate a troubleshooting scenario that is like what you might see on the Cisco CCNP TSHOOT exam. Kevin Wallace (author of the CCNP TSHOOT 642-832 Official Certification Guide) will take you, step-by-step, through an HSRP trouble ticket. […]

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HP ASE Certified

August 13, 2010

I wrote previously about the “Fast Track to HP Certification for Cisco Certified Professionals” in which a current CCxP or CCIE could earn either HP Accredited Systems Engineer (ASE) or Master Accredited Systems Engineer (MASE) by passing one online exam. I was having trouble sleeping last night so I thought I’d go ahead and give […]

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Fast Track to HP Certification for Cisco Certified Professionals

August 1, 2010

Those of you who hold valid Cisco Professional or Expert level certifications (e.g. CCNP, CCIP, CCIE) may be interested in this, especially if you deal with heterogeneous network environments. Several months ago, HP ProCurve introduced their “Accelerated Certification Program” which is designed to teach the similarities and differences between Cisco and HP ProCurve network devices, […]

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Changes to Juniper Networks Certification Program

August 1, 2010

On Thursday, August 5th, Juniper Networks will be conducting a webinar to announce changes to the Juniper Networks Certification Program which will affect those of us who currently hold Juniper certifications: The new Service Provider Track will be replacing the M/T Series Track, The new Enterprise Track (of which details are not yet available) will […]

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