Friday, 19 November 2010

Juniper to buy Trapeze - Official

Earlier this week Juniper announced it is to buy Trapeze Networks. Below is a link to the announcement.

I am sure this can only be good news for Trapeze, juniper and the wireless industry as a whole.

http://forums.juniper.net/t5/The-Network-Ahead/Juniper-to-Acquire-Trapeze-Networks-What-It-Means/ba-p/62475

Friday, 12 November 2010

Whats next?

Well over the last few months some of the things I have wanted to study have been on the back burner as I was really struggling wiith the CCDA, now thats out of the way I can focus on a few things.

I have to take my CCNP R&S for career developement which is fine, just do not want to tackle another design exam. I struggle with business goals, technical goals etc and how they differ from constraints, sometimes the differences are subtle. The CCNP wil be a milestone, the ROUTE xam is the one I will struggle with most bu I have done a littel studying and its actually making sense.

My wireless exams I will get though as time permits as there are quite a few of them. CWNA, CWSP and the two new exams from the good people at CWNP and also the CCNP Wireless.

The CCNP R&S is going to take up much of my study time and I will be labbing alot, the CCNP Wireless I should be able to get through pretty easily. The CWNP exams well I think they are a different level as they test your understanding of the core concepts rather than deployment so I have to make sure my concepts are solid. Good thing is I know where I need to focus and I understand all of the wireless stuff unlike the CCNP R&S some of which has me scratching my head.

All in all i have about 12 or 13 exams to do, will it be worth it in the end? Well I guess I can only answer that later when I am getting towards my goals. At the end of the day its a journey not a destination.

Passed AWLANSE

Well after last week taking the CCDA I sat the AWLANSE today and passed. I didn't want to take it on the same day as my CCDA as I was under so much pressure with the CCDA it was untrue.

The exam was not hard but alot of the questions were a little dated, nothing at all on 802.11n and quite a bite on the WLSE, which I have only seen two of and do not like working with.

All in all a fair test but if you don't read wireless guff as a hobby, particularly Cisco it will be a struggle to study for as there is no real training material apart from the Cisco course.

Quite a few of the questions had me scratching my head and there were a lot of questions for a 75 minute exam. It was either know it or guess and move on.

Passing this also achieves a career milestone for me which I am really pleased about.

Friday, 5 November 2010

Passed CCDA

I have finaly passed my CCDA, not sure how to descrbe it as I was so worried perhaps I over prepared.

I studied for about 3 months, hence no blogging, and thought I wasn't ready but had to sit it anyway as the syllabus is changing thought "what the hell" and went for it.

Well I went along and did quite well in all areas.

It is a tough exam don't get me wrong but this is the one I have been avoiding for so long it has held me back in other areas.

Now its AWLANSE next week and a proper start on my CCNP and CCNP Wireless.

Just so glad that hurdle is over as it is well outside my comfort zone.