Up, Up and Away

So,

It’s been quite some time since I’ve posted to my blog and I feel it necessary to check in with everyone. I’ve recently passed the ROUTE portion of my CCNP and I plan on sitting for the SWITCH in a month or two. Only because I work with switching hardware more than anything else, do I feel more confident in that area of the ciriculuum. After that will obviously be the TSHOOT and that will conclude the track for my NP. If you’d asked me a year ago if I’d thought I’d be this far along in my studies I would have probably laughed at you. I thought of having passed even the NA to be a feat that I might not be able to obtain. But God and my family continue to be my driving force behind working as hard as I do. So, I will keep you all updated on when I sit for the SWITCH.

As for my WGU studies, I’ve not been concentrating on them as much as I should be, and plan on kicking that into high gear starting right after Christmas. I’m taking no technical courses this semester and I think that has derailed me a bit on wanting to study any of the course materials. But, I will do it to get it out of the way so I can finally finish the degree.

I’ve recently been thinking about what it would take to obtain a CCIE and I think I am going to continue on my Cisco studies after the NP and complete the IE. I want to have those numbers and have that feeling of accomplishment that so many other before me have. I am slowly building my library for the studies and I plan on having all of the litterature at arms length within the next few months. I am currently going by the reading list on Cisco’s learning network, but if anyone has any suggestions, I would gladly take them. I know this is going to be a long and arduous process. But totally worth it.

I’ve also been in my new position with CSC now for almost 90 days. I am working with a group of really smart guys and I am learning a lot from them. It’s definitely contributing to the wealth of knowledge that I know will be required for my attempt at an IE R&S. But, through my studies, I’ve also been able to contribute to the team, which is definitely a fulfilling experience. Being able to apply concepts and theory that I’ve studied so hard and watching them play out just as I’ve done in many, many lab scenarios.

I’ve got a few ideas still jotted down for some technical posts and I promise I will post them soon. Just trying to wrap up some loose ends before the holidays are here and gone. Off the top of my head, I can think of a RADUIS implementation post using Server 2008 R2 authenticating against Active Directory. While using Wireshark to verify PSK exchange between the RADIUS server and the end point device. Stay tuned!

-Ed