Being a solution architect often means that you are more or less completely detached from the world of operations. I have a few larger customers that I do hands-on for but it doesn’t happen that often. That is seriously affecting my chances to pass CCIE (and therefor kinda pushing me towards CCDE but let’s not talk about that right now). But more importantly, it’s making me a little sad. Operations is fun. Implementations are fun. I miss it.
Spent 8 hours at proctorlabs yesterday and another 5 at gradedlabs. Status right now is that I would probably get around 65-70 on the lab. And yes, I can say that because I’ve done about 8 graded labs (Cisco 360) and every time I’ve guessed my results pretty close. Except for that one time when I got 90 and expected 60 due to INSANE redistribution that just never seemed to stop fscking up everything. By far the trickiest lab I’ve done so far! And also apparently one of the best I’ve done. I scored 90 because I never stopped verifying. I’m used to having at least a few tasks that plays with global connectivity but not that many in one single lab. There were so many tasks that completely broke Golden Moment that by end of that day I felt like killing either myself or the lab author. Probably the lab author.
So it seems I might have gotten started on this blog thing again. I was looking around in the blogger.com control panel thing and saw that they actually have statistics these days (I feel old). What really made me scratch my head was that in march of 2010 I had about 1k page loads. On a blog that’s more or less dead. Weird? Well, I found this: http://blog.ioshints.info/2011/03/interesting-links-2010-03-06.html . Somehow I think that had something to do with it
Been a while. Pretty much an entire lifetime in the world of IT, to be honest. Since last time I’ve managed to go to CIERS1 and CIERS2. I was about 3-4 weeks from being ready to do my lab.
At about this time I got a job opportunity that I just couldn’t pass on. I had a deal with my new boss that I would still be able to use work hours for studying. He never backed from that promise so I have no one to blame but myself. Work was pouring in and I’m just too nice to say no. So I lost about 6 months.
I have since then started over with doing IP Expert Workbook 1. Due to less than perfect scheduling possibilities at proctorlabs.com I’ve also started using INE and gradedlabs.com . INE has better scheduling possibilities but to be honest their workbooks are not as good as IPX. Which is why I’m using both. I find that it’s really good to use materials from several vendors. I’m currently doing technology labs with IPX workbooks and Troubleshooting labs with INE workbooks. In a week or so I’ll start doing complete mock labs again. I’ll be using both vendors for this.
I’ve stopped using Cisco 360. My account aged out on may 27th and I have no intention to renew. IPX and INE are more than enough from now on.