CCIE Lab – When are you ready?

It’s the question on the mind of every CCIE candidate:  when am I ready to take the lab?

Here are some signs you’re getting close.

  1. You can do EIGRP metric computations.  With non-default K-values.  In your head.
  2. Your 5 year old knows which piece of practice gear to power cycle when you say “R1″.
  3. You have developed a personal relationship with the proctor that shows up in your dreams.
  4. The word “mutation” makes you think of DSCP, not genetics.
  5. You write your own redistribution practice labs because you think your vendor’s are too easy.
  6. You know Brian Dennis’ CCIE number, his specialties, and when he earned them.
  7. You hate the guy who decided that internal & external OSPF routes should have the same AD by default.
  8. You re-write ACLs at work using non-contiguous wildcard masks, just because you can.
  9. Dueling with a mock lab seems like an excellent way to spend a Saturday.
  10. You have printed over 1,000 pages of DocCD PDFs and read them during lunch hours, neither of which strike you as odd behaviors. 😉

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