Saturday, April 19, 2014

4-19-2014: CCDE Status Report


Here it goes:

1.  I passed the CCDE Written Exam on April 1st.

2.  I then passed the Certified Wireless Design Professional Exam.

3.  I passed the Aruba Certified Mobility Associate Exam.

4.  I failed the Certified SonicWall System Administrator Exam.

5.  I passed the Certified Wireless Network Administrator Exam.

6.  I passed the Certified Wireless Analysis Professional Exam.

7.  I failed the Certified Wireless Security Professional Exam.

Now I have a dilemma.  I missed the CSSA exam by only 2 points or just 1 question and I missed the CWSP exam by only 7 point so about 3-4 questions and I can go back and re-take them both or drive on ahead and continue my with my goals.

I have the CCDE Practical in just about 4 weeks to think about too.

I know many people would try to take a single exam at a time but those are the exams I took this month.   Mind you, I also completed a SonicWall Remote ILT and about 3 days of self-paced CBT online to prep for the ILT also by SonicWall.

So it's not like I have not been busy these past 3 weeks or so.

Never mind the other stuff I have to do day in and day out.

I had to drive 3 states to take an exam and fail for example - not Kewl.

And I had to spend 10 days out of town or so.

A busy month some might say but it's Easter weekend and I'm gathering up my books that make up my reading list for the next month.

I was hoping to be able to take advantage of at least 6 of the 7 available CCIE Written Exams over the next 11 days or so as a form of diagnostic skills check up to know definitively if I am up to the CCDE Practical.

I'd also like to try the CCDA and CCDP during this same time frame and see where I am with them
It will be interesting to know if a person who scores as I do can pass or fail the CCDE Practical.

If I take as many of the drake exams as possible it might serve as a sort of baseline to let others know what it might take to attempt this very elite exam that was the work of so many talented and skilled professionals as Cisco Distinguished Engineers might devise for us mere mortals.

Think about it for a second, I have to write three Wireless Summaries on my WI-FI experiences and projects, I have to survive a peer review, and survive a very huge expensive Cisco Certified Architect Review Board interview.  Ouch!  All this just to prove I have a lot of super Jedi reading comprehension skills and a vocabulary straight from
Hell.   Whew!

But hey,  it's a life.  I don't chase a dollar and I'm sponsored so the classes, training materials, exams, even equipment comes free to me these days...  If you are a life-long learner like myself, what else could you ask for?

Well...   I was thinking of asking for a full paid ride at Western Governor's University and then I would hope to continue my studies at the SANS Institute in Security and complete my Master's Degree.  

Who knows maybe I can find a decent Doctoral Program with an emphasis on network design, security, or even social engineering that emphasizes my various skills I've acquired over the past say 20 years or so....

I live for learning...   I'm in the swamps...  What else y'all want me to do count frogs and Mosquitos or something? Sort of a world-class engineer living on dial up so to speak...

Any way, Anakin Skywalker here is try to grow up to be Yoda and has some reading to do.  A lot of it.  

Do or do not do...   What was the question?

Darby Weaver
Systems Integration Consultant
Network Planning Engineer
Network Design Architect