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CCIE Security

Number of attempts: 2 (two) CCIE Lab location(s): Brussels, December 8 2005 and Brussels, January 25 2006 CCIE Lab format: 1-day exam (both) Sponsored by: self funding (both) Written Exam: June 23 2005 Total number of practice lab hours: 600+ Primary CCIE Workbook: Trinetnt (now part of CCbootcamp) Classroom training taken: none Short story: Tried to impress Cisco by taking the lab, had many years experience in security but actually wanted to learn more into SP technology, went to Brussels after about 4 months preparation, failed with already above 70% score, couldn’t believe it and got into denial state, went back to Brussels about 6 weeks later, passed the lab this time Moments to remember:

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    Spend countless hours in Ebay to buy personal equipments

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    Going back and forth UAE post office to fight for the equipments

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    Self funded, so working hard to track expenditure and lab hour

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    Again, must “borrow” some equipments from customer premises :)

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    Pass Cisco CCIP in the middle of CCIE Security preparation

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    Get 9 days off due to the sad demise of UAE sheikh

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    The most balanced life between family time and CCIE preparation

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    First snowfall in life during second lab attempt

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    Lunch in Chinese Restaurant next to Brussels Grand Place after passing. Proper food after eating

only ramen noodles for few days. Inspiring quote: “It’s not who you are underneath, it’s what you do that defines you” (Batman Begins)

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