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CCIE Routing & Switching

Number of attempts: 2 (two) CCIE Lab location(s): Brussels, August 13 2001 and Tokyo, September 13 2001 CCIE Lab format: 2-day exam (both) Sponsored by: company (IBM, both) Written Exam: January 26 2001 Total number of practice lab hours: 900+ Primary CCIE Workbook: CCbootcamp Classroom training taken: Cisco ICND (2000), in the very beginning of the journey Short story: Went to Brussels for the first time after about 6 months preparation, failed in Troubleshooting section (second day last part), couldn’t sleep after failure, went to Tokyo exactly 1 month after the first attempt, passed the lab with still 1 hour time left Moments to remember:

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    Sleep in the office for 9 months

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    Start practice lab with only 2 routers and lots of loopback interfaces

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    Must “borrow” routers from customer premises to build the lab

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    First time flying to Europe, first Schengen Visa

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    First time flying with Business Class

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    Able to take 2nd attempt even the company policy was flying freeze

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    Japanese proctor with little English to communicate

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    Japanese Keyboard, Japanese Windows

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    Get the CCIE number in yellow color post-it paper

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    Want to drink Sake after passing, but get lost in the middle of Tokyo, eventually end up in McDonald

Inspiring quote: “There is no spoon” (The Matrix)

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