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Passed CCDE written and Recertified my CCIE – Killed two birds with one stone

June 16th, 2008 · 5 Comments · CCDE, CCIE, CISCO, consulting, MPLS, Technology

Today was a good day, I knocked two major items of my todo list. The first, was passing the CCDE written.

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This is the first step towards sitting for a practical examination that will hopefully be released this October. And, in response to Micheal Morris’s blog post – Yes Mike, I can pass the CCDE written.

The second big item on my todo list was to recertify my CCIE. Thankfully, Cisco counts the CCDE written towards my recertification requirements. I am waiting for the system to update, but I think this will set me up to be certified till June of 2011.

There is one interesting side effect of passing my CCDE written the week before networkers. I had originally planned on using the free exam at networkers as a “safety” exam in case I struck out on this attempt. Now of course, that is not necessary. Since I am already a CCIE, there isn’t much incentive to take a professional level exam.

So, after weighing my options, I have decided to take the CCIE Service Provider written. It covers much of the MPLS / IP Next Generation Networks material that I have been studying. I only have 7 days to prepare, so the odds are against me. However, with the heavy service provider focus in the CCDE blueprint, I have a feeling after I battle the CCDE practical I will be set to roll right into the CCIE Service Provider lab.

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  • 1 Against Me » Blog Archive » Passed CCDE written and Recertified my CCIE - Killed two birds … // Jun 16, 2008 at 10:24 pm

    [...] Passed CCDE written and Recertified my CCIE – Killed two birds … I only have 7 days to prepare, so the odds are against me. However, with the heavy service provider focus in the CCDE blueprint, I have a feeling after I battle the CCDE practical I will be set to roll right into the CCIE Service … [...]

  • 2 Dara // Jun 17, 2008 at 5:04 am

    Congratulations Colin,

    great news !!!!

  • 3 two birds | Lasts information // Jun 18, 2008 at 9:24 am

    [...] Passed CCDE written and Recertified my CCIE – Killed two birds …… the CCDE practical I will be set to roll right into the CCIE Service Provider lab. Post from: Colin McNamara – CCIE 18233 , RHCE, CCVP, GIAC-GCIH, GEEK. Passed CCDE written and Recertified my CCIE – Killed two birds with one stone …Colin mcnamara – CCIE 18233 , RHCE, GCIH,… – http://www.colinmcnamara.com [...]

  • 4 two birds | Hottags // Jun 18, 2008 at 9:25 am

    [...] Passed CCDE written and Recertified my CCIE – Killed two birds …… the CCDE practical I will be set to roll right into the CCIE Service Provider lab. Post from: Colin McNamara – CCIE 18233 , RHCE, CCVP, GIAC-GCIH, GEEK. Passed CCDE written and Recertified my CCIE – Killed two birds with one stone …Colin mcnamara – CCIE 18233 , RHCE, GCIH,… – http://www.colinmcnamara.com [...]

  • 5 ecrunner // Jun 26, 2008 at 9:37 am

    Congrats on passing! These tests are not easy, I recently got my CCVP from Cisco, great company.

    http://www.cisco.com/go/learnnetspace?utm_source=blog+commenting&utm_medium=media&utm_content=Google&utm_campaign=Domestic

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