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-----Original Message-----
From: Lee Donald [mailto:Lee.Donald@xxxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Monday, March 15, 2004 9:56 AM
To: Nick Guy; ccielab@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: RE:

I'm trying to upgrade my equipment so I have everything for the lab to practice on, I wonder if anyone can help me with some hardware questions ?

One of the things I'm stuck on is upgrading a load of 2610's so I can run 12.2.23 ios on them. Where can I find the part-numbers for the 64mb dram and 16mb flash for them ?

Also I need to get some ATM kit for our lab, what do I need ?

Thanks alot for any help.


-----Original Message-----
From: nobody@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:nobody@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx]On Behalf Of
Nick Guy
Sent: 15 March 2004 14:49
To: ccielab@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Thanks to all of those who responded to my retrospectively  whiny post.
It is amazing how positive and supportive this group is.  Back to the
grindstone.  :-)  

-----Original Message-----
From: Nick Guy 
Sent: Sunday, March 14, 2004 9:54 AM
To: ccielab@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Failed again.

I want to start by throwing out the caveat that I just failed my 5th
attempt at the lab.  Just saying that makes me feel like a complete
idiot but it is time to start facing the fact that I am not able to nail
this exam easily.  In my own defense I have to prepare for the lab on
top of being a Dad and husband and running a network department for a
small, sometimes struggling company.  The caveat is there because I am
fully aware of the fact that I could be accused of being 
a little bitter.  I am in the state of shock one has after failing a lab
and still deciding if I care enough to try it again.
   One thing I would strongly recommend against is spacing out attempts
too far. Anyway it has not worked for me.

Here are some of my opinions/beefs, for what they are worth good, bad
and ugly

The good,

It is fair to say that the effort put into my CCIE prep has widened my
knowledge to arenas that I do not encounter very often in a Network
Engineering/Manager job.  In some circumstances that additional
knowledge has been useful for customers.

The proctors are awesome.

If I ever move to Mexico my knowledge of ISDN will be helpful... :-)
(sorry, could not resist)

The bad,

For $1250 air fare and prep costs I deserve more than the less than
thorough feedback I got.  15 minutes on the phone with a proctor would
be invaluable.

I think, and it is difficult to discuss this without violating NDA, it
is wrong to develop testing to trip people up on obscure gotchas.  It is
lazy.  Also, if Cisco is concerned about the Microsoftization of the
credential this is the kind of stuff that will generate paper CCIE's

On a similar note, while I can buy into the notion that to some degree
creating networks that would never exist in the real world might be a
reasonable measure of a candidate's handle on minutiae I fail to see how
this prepares one for running and or designing networks.  I reminds me
of taking a British driving test after driving in the States for a
while.  I had to 
learn to drive like an amateur.

The ugly:

I am beginning to feel ripped off.  

When I pass the test I will ban myself from configuring GSR's. and
confine myself to making little lans and data link switching people's

As a group I think it is important to us all to view and value the test
as an good measure of the kind of skills necessary to configure Cisco's
equipment for our customers.  It is I feel important though that as
customers of what I am sure is one of Cisco's higher margin departments,
that we apply our critical thinking skills to giving Cisco feedback
about our 
experiences.  I have done this using the feedback form already but for
any of you that have used it, it feels about as interactive as the
Internet over cable.

It is my hope that I will lick my wounds and develop another strategy.
Wanted to post this while I am still pissed off.

Anyway that is my .02 please do not flame me too much.

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