A few weeks back I posted about attending training for my CCNP studies.  I had started/stopped studying for the ROUTE exam several times over the past year and was kicking off what I was hoping would be my final attempt at getting some momentum on this exam.  I am very pleased to share that last tuesday I took the ROUTE exam and passed the test with a healthy score.

For the most part the test was fair in the topics covered.  In typical Cisco fashion, I felt like someone who speaks english as a second or third language wrote the exam questions.  I much preferred the simulation questions as there are clear objectives and verifiable results.  Now that I have cleared the hurdle of ROUTE I have already started down the path of SWITCH and I am looking forward to the challenge that lies ahead.

I’m quite excited as this week I will be re-initiating my pursuit of the CCNP route and switch certification.  This is something that I have started a couple times but has been sidelined due to various personal and work related reasons.  I am hoping that this time around I can get some momentum behind me and am happy to be kicking it off with some instructor lead training.  I am typically more of a self-learner (more of necessity rather than desire) but this time around my work is providing for me to attend the ROUTE class at Global Knowledge.

I picked ROUTE first as this is the area I have the least amount of experience in and will most likely take the most effort to achieve.  I was previously responsible for a number of larger campus/metro networks that relied heavily on switching concepts and little on routing.  In fact…when I started at the company everything in the network was controlled with static routes…in 2005…

Moving forward to the current day I am still a bit surprised that I’m here.  When I made the move to my current employer about 9 months ago it was as a  SysAdmin with a focus on Virtualization.  I have never been a “Network Engineer” in the truest sense since I have never had a job exclusively focused on packet manipulation.  My manager knew I had some skills in the area but it took my friend Jeff Fry leaving the organization to even give me the opportunity to do work on the network side of things.  Talk about some large shoes to fill…

I’m hoping the the uninterrupted time, combined with some live instruction, is just what is needed to get me moving towards my CCNP.

First, let me forewarn you that this post is not even remotely technical in nature.  I have had a couple of significant events happening int he background that have been my priority over the past couple of weeks and wanted to give an update here on why things have been stale (if that’s even possible with only one technical post).

Change #1 – New Daughter

That’s right, on 5/23 my second daughter, Lydia Joy, was born around 8:30 AM.  Everything went as smooth as possible and like many others before me, this week has been a week of settling in and adjusting to the demanding schedule that a newborn requires.  This time around was a lot easier from a preparation standpoint as we already had all of the necessities from our first.  That being said, my wife and I took the more traditional route and didn’t know the gender before birth.  I guess we lucked out as their was no required mad rush to the store to buy boys clothing.  I’m enjoying the process a little more this time as it is familiar and couldn’t be more excited that Hannah (our first) wants nothing more than to be a great helper.  I’ll spare you any more details and just post the picture like any proud father should:

Change #2 – New Job

After 6 years at my current employer, KidsPeace, I have decided that the timing is right to pursue new opportunities elsewhere.  I am extremely grateful for the opportunities I’ve had while working at KidsPeace and am excited to bring the experience I have gained there to new projects and challenges.  As I’m sure you can imagine, the past two weeks have been daunting with transitioning current responsibilities to my team members and having a baby during the process.  It certainly has not been boring and am glad that the bulk of the craziness is done for a while.  I will be joining the systems team at kgb starting tomorrow which I’m sure will bring a bevy of new topics to cover on this blog.  I am still planning on pursuing my CCNP (even though it falls out of the purview of my new responsibilities) and even possibly VCP in the near future as virtualization will be a large component of my position.


So now that the news is out of the way, I promise that my next post will be a technical one.  Until then…