Monday, November 3, 2014

CCIE Journey - 11/3/14 - Study Plan v5

I am back on the CCIE v5 studies again. I have been studying on and off for a few years now, but now I am motivated more than ever. After reviewing blogs/discussion boards on how people who are also on the same grueling but equally rewarding journey studied for their CCIE exam, I put together a study schedule that I believe fits my busy schedule. The most challenging aspect of studying for one of the toughest exam is finding "uninterrupted" time slots where you can actually study. People always ask me “when do you find the time to study with family, kids, work and life?” My response to them is always the same "you don’t find time. You and I both have the same amount of time in day. What matters is how you utilize it". If you need more time to do what you want – then be awake for most of the day and get up early!!

CCIE has been sort of like a light switch in my brain that I have been turning on and off and this time I am rewiring this light directly into the main grid and it's staying on ... constant. Here is the study schedule for now till I get closer to my full 8hr labs. 

Total Time/week ::: 19hrs

Waking up at 3:30am has been tough, but I am getting used to it. I'll post more as I continue on my CCIE journey.

Hopefully, someone will find these posts about my CCIE journey inspirational, motivational, educational and get them through times when they just want to quit. 


  1. I wish you all the very best, I enjoyed going through your blog.
    One day when I would prepare for my CCIE exam I would plan to follow your study plan.

  2. Do you know, how long would you study for , 6 months or 1 year or more.
    How many study and lab hours are you planning to put before you would appear for you ccie lab, i know its a stupid question as it can vary.

    1. Plan is to study for the next 3 months and take the written. Then study for another 6-8 months and take the LAB. I am planning to put in close to 1200+ hours total (lab + study).

  3. What books and labs are you doing currently , I would like to make a list for myself just like you did.
    I have completed my CCNP and now I am planning to go for CCIE.
    Could you kindly share your study books and labs... Many thanks in advance.
    Again wish you all the very best.
    Besal Mon

    1. 1) CCIE v5 Study Guide by Narbik
      2) I do have an account with INE and have access to their Workbook so I'll be doing all of their workbooks which includes full 8hr labs.
      3) Various other Cisco documentation along the way.

      As I find more stuff I'll be sure to post.

      Thanks again.

  4. thanks for your reply, much appreciate it.

  5. I just build a home lan with ESXi 5.5 Host using:

    Intel Xeon E3-1220V3 Haswell 3.1GHz LGA 1150 80W Server Processor BX80646E31220V3

    ASRock Z87 PRO3 LGA 1150 Intel Z87 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard (which support 32G Mem)

    I am able to run more than 20 VMs of CSR 1000v at the same time. My question is: I know the ESXi host only has one NIC, and I know how to create a 2 Network adapter. How do I manage all this devices remotely if I am connecting the physical port on my CPU built to SW1?

    I am sure I am missing something, I am just tired of using GNS and would want to get hands-on on physical devices.

    1. You're ESXi needs to have 2 interfaces. 1 interface will be in VSWITCH where all your routers connect and that same interface needs to physically plug into your SW1.

      The 2nd NIC will be in another vSWITCH where you're routers / linux VM / other VMs will connect to ... but this is your management interface which you will use to manage your ESXi host as well as your linux VMs and such. Read my CCIE INE Lab tutorials and you'll see what I am talking about.