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  1. So there was no mention at all of the new v5 blueprint in the CIscoLive that just happened?
  2. If they announce the CCIE R&S blueprint change in Cisco Live, Florida, some time in the range from June 23 to June 27, 2013 then when do you think the last day to take v4.0 of the lab would be? What date would be exactly six months away from June 27th, 2013? Would that mean December 27th, 2013 will be the last day to take the lab if the change is announced on June 27th, 2013 ?
  3. Still no news about changes from CCIE R&S v4 to CCIE R&S v5 ? So far a new CCIE Security blueprint has been introduced, CCIE SAN has already started to change over to CCIE Data Center, and CCIE Voice has started to change over to CCIE Collaboration. It makes sense that there would be another change in either CCIE R&S, CCIE SP or CCIE Wireless some time before the end of this year since they are slowly changing all of the CCIE tracks.
  4. Uh, DarXide, you are giving the forum members old / obsolete / incorrect information. The LPIC-1 and the Linux+ certification were merged together and now they are both the EXACT SAME THING see this thread for more info: [Hidden Content] If you pass the two Linux+ exams, then you automatically get LPIC-1 and two novell certifications on top of it. The information you posted was correct maybe 5 or 6 years ago when Linux+ was a pathetic / lame cert and LPIC was more difficult but CompTIA basically paid the LPIC people to redo the Linux+ exam from scratch, which is why if you pass Linux+ you automatically get LPIC-1 along with it (so better to pass Linux+ and get both LPIC-1 and Linux+ certifications and the two Novell certifications also than to only take the LPIC exam and not get the bargain deal of getting four different Linux certifications for the price of one). Hope this information helps someone.
  5. This goes back to my point about how HR (human resources) hiring managers and recruiters are dumb / ignorant and how Microsoft certs are the easiest / fastest way to get a foot in the door with a basic entry level IT job in most locations. When the HR person looks at the resume of a person who has passed one single Microsoft exam (maybe they passed the easy 70-270 exam that shows that they know how to configure Windows XP) they see that person listed as an MCP or "Microsoft Certified Professional". The HR people usually don't work in IT so they are dumb / ignorant and all they see is the word "Professional" in the resume of the person who passed one Microsoft exam. Now Cisco exams are much more difficult to pass than Microsoft exams are, and to become a CCNP and get that same "Professional" word in your resume you have to pass ICND1 then ICND2 then CCNP ROUTE then CCNP SWITCH then CCNP TSHOOT (very difficult stuff right?). It's sad but many HR people are so dumb that they don't know the difference between an MCP and a CCNP, they just see the word "Professional" and see that one has to do with Microsoft and one has to do with Cisco and assume a similar level of difficulty for both even though this is not the case. I personally did the much more difficult Linux / Cisco route instead of doing the easier Microsoft route, but if I had to start over again from the beginning, I would definitely do a single Microsoft exam to get MCP at around the same time I passed my CCNA. Also- avoid CompTIA exams at all cost. They are all totally worthless / useless except for the Linux+. I think the newest version of Linux+ is good but in my opinion A+ and Network+ are a waste of your time (try to do a Microsoft operating system certification instead of A+ so you can get MCP and pass ICND1 so you can get your CCENT certification from Cisco instead of doing Network+).
  6. It's not easier to find jobs in the US. The USA is having a major economic recession and I know people who had spent over a year looking for a job. He probably was fortunate enough to have been applying for jobs in one of the few areas where there was a shortage of Cisco people and they needed to hire some to staff an ISP NOC (heh, some people are lucky enough to live near by an ISP NOC and some people aren't). Look at the job listings in your area and compile statistics on how many job listings require different skills, i.e. how many job listings require Microsoft, how many require Cisco, how many require Linux, etc. etc. Then plan your certifications and resume so that it fits with whatever skil has the most demand in your area. In most areas of the world you will probably find more Microsoft listings than there are Cisco or Linux listings. The one area of Cisco that is big right now is the voice track because a lot of businesses want to use Cisco VOIP products instead of Avaya or Shoretel.
  7. I answered your question, gabber2. Sometimes you can get a job purely from having only a certification (with no experience and not even great skills) if the employer needs to hire a certain number of certified people for a partner requirement (i.e. they need to achieve "Gold Partner" or "Silver Partner" status). This happens most frequently with businesses that need to achieve Microsoft Gold Partner status. They will sometimes hire a paper MCSE that doesn't know how to do anything and pay that paper MCSE more money than a more qualified person just because they need to meet the requirement for MIcrosoft Gold Partner status within a certain time frame. This happened to me before at some jobs. I was knowledgeable at Linux and I was a CCNA at the time but a paper MCSE who was much less knowledgeable than me got hired and they paid him more money because they needed his certs to meet their Microsoft partner requirements (they had no desire for Cisco partner status so my CCNA was useless to them). I'm very bitter and angry about it, but this is sadly how the world works. I'm just being honest :-/ Look I know that Unix and Linux are better, but somehow you fail to understand that businesses are purely motivated by making money and/or cutting costs and nothing else. And there is also a very deep fear of trying new things in very large businesses, i.e. "We have always done things this way and it works for us, why should we change?" This is the response I always got when I tried to introduce Linux in to a large business. Look, I think Solaris 11, FreeBSD and OpenBSD are much better than Linux, yet many web hosting companies still use Linux and they would argue with me when I tried to migrate things away from Linux over to FreeBSD. Why is that? Maybe that's the way they've always done things and they don't want to change. Maybe they are dependant on some application like Cpanel or DirectAdmin that they think works better on Linux than on FreeBSD. Most non-webhosting businesses I've worked with are very dependent on things like Active Directory Group Policies and the way that Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Exchange and Sharepoint all tie in to eachother in a closed, proprietary way (you could try to replace some of this functionality with Zimbra or IBM Lotus Notes on Linux but you won't be able to replace all of the proprietary vendor lock in features that Microsoft has). You need to go out in the real world and do some IT for businesses that have more than 500 employees and see how they manage their desktops and how they do messaging and calendar scheduling, etc.
  8. They hired me because I was the only person who could figure out how to fix the problems they were having with their Linux web server. The CCNP R&S did not have much to do with me getting hired as they were not a Cisco partner and did not have a requirement to hire CCNP's / CCDA's / CCDP's for Cisco partner status. If you want to find the Cisco CCNP track that has the most job listing and pays the most money I would try for CCNP VOICE and not for CCNP R&S (there are too many people in the job market that already have CCNP R&S whereas CCNP Voice and the new CCNP datacenter are much more rare).
  9. I can download this torrent and seed it if someone else will seed it so that I can download it.
  10. In small businesses the title "Network Administrator" or "Network Engineer" is mistakenly used to refer to Microsoft MCSE / MCITP type people (Microsoft sysadmins). There's no real need for a CCIE to come in and work there when all the small business has is three netgear switches plugged in to a SOHO DSL modem. Cisco and Juniper don't care about small businesses. Cisco and Juniper like to sell to large ISP's, phone companies and huge multinational corporations (think of oil companies, for example) that make billions of dollars, and that's where you will find CCIE jobs also.
  11. Get certified in Sharepoint as an MCTS and watch the money start to come in and pay your bills. There are still lots of Microsoft Exchange jobs out there also (check job listings in your area and see how many hits you get for Sharepoint or Exchange). Sharepoint is the biggest cash cow in Microsoft IT right now and it will be easy for you to learn since you are already an MCSE. MSSQL DBA's can also pull in a lot of money (Oracle DBA's can even make more money but Oracle DBA is a very difficult field to break in to). Working in network security isn't as fashy as it looks in Hollywood movies. Network security is really just the IT version of being a mall cop or being a private security guard in a parking lot.
  12. CompTIA certifications are a joke. Compare CompTIA Network+ to CCNA or CCNP or CCIE R&S or with Juniper's certifications and you will see my point. There is no "CompTIA Gold Partner" status like there is for "Microsoft Gold Partner" status and Cisco partner status so companies have no incentive to hire CompTIA certified people.
  13. I got a CCNP and got a job as a Linux administrator for a long time where I did not even touch Cisco products. Maybe that was not the answer you were looking for :-/
  14. I think you are wrong. I've been using Linux for a long time (my own desktop computer has been Linux based for over 10 years now) and I have failed to see Linux gain any major traction outside of "niche" roles such as LAMP (Linux Apache MySQL PHP) http web applications and database server roles (i.e. running an Oracle database on a Linux server) and also cellular phones (if you consider Android to be Linux then cell phones are one of it's most popular uses).. Linux has been around for 20 years now and if it was going to take over on the corporate desktop it would have done so already, but instead Linux has little to no support from most major software companies other than Oracle and maybe IBM. The reason that no software company wants to support Linux is because Linus Torvalds constantly changes the ABI (Application Binary Interface) and DDI (Device Driver Interface) in the kernel and this causes things to break like crazy downstream when distros do-release-upgrade and apt-get dist-upgrade after the ABI change. When Linus changes the ABI then every software vendor would have to recompile for the new ABI instead of just distributing binaries (like MIcrosoft where a binary application from 1996 still runs just fine on Windows 7, try doing this with Linux) or like Solaris which actually guarantees the ABI won't change (you can run a Solaris SPARC application from 1989 just fine on Solaris 11 SPARC systems in 2013, try doing this with Linux and you will see what a failure Linux is when it comes to having a stable ABI). Linux is even more of a failure compared to IBM operating systems like z/OS (in z/OS mainframes the same application binaries from the 1970's will run without a re-compile on the latest and newest IBM mainframe in 2013). In the last 20 years most of the market share that Linux did gain was gained by taking marketshare away from traditional UNIX operating systems like Solaris, HP-UX and AIX (this is one tiny niche market eating up marketshare by cannibalizing another tiny niche market, not really a sign of any kind of real growth). Most of the places where I rolled out a new Linux server deployment it was to move Apache web applications that were running on Solaris over to an Apache web server on Linux or to move an Oracle database that was running on HP-UX over to an Oracle database on Linux, etc. I have yet to see a single Fortune 1000 company abandon Microsoft Windows Active Directory on the corporate enterprise desktop and use a Linux / LDAP solution instead. Also, most of the money IBM spent on Linux was for Linux interoperability with their z/OS mainframes (i.e. Linux on System Z) and for running Linux inside PowerVM on their big AIX Power systems which are other niche role which does not affect the 99% of businesses in the world that do not use IBM z/OS mainframes or AIX on IBM POWER. Not only did IBM spend money to make sure that Linux could boot and run inside an LPAR inside a z/VM mainframe (and inside AIX PowerVM), but IBM also uses Linux for a few other random things, like the management console that controles the mainframe used to run OS/2 but now runs SUSE Linux instead. IBM is a corporation and they want to make money. IBM is only interested in Linux as much as they can use it to as a marketing tool to keep their z/OS mainframe customer base from migrating off of System Z mainframes and on to a different hardware platform (i.e. "wait, don't migrate away from IBM System Z mainframes, did you know that they can run Linux virtual machines inside LPAR's now?). Why do you think IBM has not come out with their own Linux distro to compete with Ubuntu or Red Hat? Because there is not enough profit / money in it for them. IBM's highest profit margins are in their mainframe business and Linux is only interesting to them in terms of how it can boost sales in that particular mainframe market where IBM has more than 99.9% marketshare (IBM has almost a total monopoly on mainframe software and hardware now that Amdahl and Fujitsu and others have left that market). Sadly, the truth is that corporations are motivated by profit / greed and not by idealism. This is why they hire people who have Microsoft certifications because they want the partner status to get discounts from the vendor. If getting an RHCE certification gets them a discount from Red Hat and they use Red Hat Enterprise Linux then maybe they will hire an RHCE also, but I don't see any vendors giving discounts on products because a business hires an LPIC certified person and gets "LPIC Gold partner status" (if such a thing even existed).
  15. Extabit links are dead. Lumfile links still only for download by people with premium membership.
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