Awesome Putty tips and tricks for work and the CCIE Lab!

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If you use Putty on a daily basis or have only encountered it in the CCIE lab exam then you will know what a great tool it is. Simple and effective (with no tabs!) Most people though may not use putty on a daily basis preferring something like SecureCRT so will not be familiar with changing putty settings. Here are a few of my putty tips and tricks. In this short blog post I will go through some of the changes I make to my putty client. When you are sitting the CCIE Lab exam you have 8 hours in front of a different keyboard, mouse and monitor. You want to try and make the experience as familiar as possible, well you can't change the mouse or keyboard or monitor,¬† but what you can change is the putty settings. The most annoying one … [Read more...]

CCIE Version 4 one more attempt!

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For regular visitors to my blog you may have noticed a countdown calendar has appeared again. I have managed to get a lab date in Brussels before the version 5 change. I had previously failed the lab at the mobile lab in London in December and after¬† Christmas my plan was to get one more date in Brussels, but as most of you know this was going to be difficult. I have been monitoring the calendar on a daily basis and yesterday 1 seat was available, I booked it straight away. So I now have 90 days before I pass the CCIE version 4 Lab exam! Keep positive. My advice to any others who are in the same boat and are trying to get a seat is to keep an eye on the calendar. However there are only about 2 weeks now before every seat in … [Read more...]

CCIE Lab Exam attempt #2 – London Mobile Lab

Well it is now just over 36 hours until my second attempt at the CCIE Lab Exam in Routing & Switching. This time I will be taking it at the mobile lab in London. The exam is held at the Cisco office in Finsbury Circus. Kick off is at 8:30 am I only have a 2 hour train ride into London tmw, instead of traveling to Brussels which is going to be good. Just going through some notes now and trying to get a couple good nights sleep as I have been burning the midnight oil a bit lately. Hopefully I will be posting a success story on Friday! Roger … [Read more...]

CCIE Lab Attempt #1 Brussels – Close but no Cigar!

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Well I have returned from Brussels after my first attempt at the CCIE Lab Exam in Routing and Switching in Brussels and sadly on this occasion I did not bring home my digits. Simple fact I was not fast enough on the troubleshooting and I did not verify everything as I configured which caused me some issues later in the lab. So I am booked again for August 9th and I will be spending a few solid months on my troubleshooting and improving my exam technique, getting slicker with the configuration and verification. There will be a lot of posts coming on configuring a technology and then the commands used to verify, probably some on troubleshooting as well! If you are interested I made a small video of my journey to Brussels from … [Read more...]

Thank you all for your good wishes

I just want to say thank you to everyone who has been wishing me all the best for my lab exam over the last week. I had no idea that so many people followed my blog! After next Friday I am planning a big post (whatever happens!) to lay out my journey this far. What I have been studying, how I have been stuyding, what works and what doesn't For the last few days I have been picking random IP Services and just doing mini labs and reading the Doc CD Then next week I will be doing a few more full labs Sunday at 6pm UK time I will be watching Brian's latest PFR vSeminar Thursday morning I am on the Eurostar overnight at the NH Brussels Hotel and then Friday morning … [Read more...]

How to automate loading INE rack details to SecureCRT


I have started to use a lot more ccie rack rentals from INE and currently use Secure CRT as my terminal client. At the moment I am using the tabbed screens and to set this up you need to enter a different username for each device. Up until yesterday I was entering this info manually, so I went on the hunt for a script and found this blog post on the ieoc - Credit for the work for my solution goes to runhegge, markus.wirth and Brian McGahan as they have all contributed to my final solution which is a collaboration of all the suggestions. Don't worry all the scripts are in a zip file at the bottom of the post. To make this work you have to create a separate login script for each device and … [Read more...]