CCIE Pursuit Blog


I am a network engineer located in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota.  I currently work for a Fortune 100 company in the health care industry.  I have seven years of experience working with Cisco routers and switches.

My current Cisco certifications are: CCNA and CCNP (I am currently working on CCIP).

I began pursuing the CCIE certification on 01 April, 2007(inauspicious date?).


  1. Glad you like the blog. I’m a little nervous that the R&S written test is changing to the version 3.0 blueprint on (I think) 6/17/2007. The OECG 2nd Edition covers IPv6, but it’s not deep. That section is mostly about IPv6 address formatting and some of the new nomenclature, but there’s little about IPv6 routing. There’s also an MPLS appendix in the back, which is the length of one of the longer chapters, around 50 pages or so if I remember right. Anyway, Cisco will be changing the written exam about 1 month before I want to take it. I’m hoping that doesn’t hurt too bad. I am working with the TESTiT written exam review from, and they say that they will update their TESTiT question database when the new test is released. I hope that update happens closer to 6/17 than 7/22 or so at Networkers (when I plan to take the exam). It’s all making me a bit nervous, as there’s just SO MUCH you’re supposed to know.

    Ah, well – this too shall pass. 🙂

    Comment by Ethan Banks — May 22, 2007 @ 2:44 pm | Reply

  2. Hopefully they phase in the new material slowly like they did with the newest incarnation of the CCNP. I have put off taking the CCIE written exam until September of this year. I am pursuing the CCIP right now. I’ve completed the QoS exam and will be taking BGP exam in the next couple of weeks. Then I’ll concentrate on the MPLS exam. BGP and QoS are/were my weakest areas and I haven’t done anything with MPLS (outside of connecting our routers to an MPLS cloud at work). Hopefully I’ll have momentum going into the CCIE written.

    IPv6 is one of those areas that can be troublesome depending on how deep Cisco decides to test you on it. The IPv6 questions in the CCNP (last version) were very simple. Hopefully, the new CCIE written will be testing at a “50,000 foot level.”

    Good luck on your exam. After looking at your site, I’m sure that you’ll do very well. One of the bonuses of taking the exam at Networkers is that you can always attend one of the seminars/Techtorials to bone up on any weak areas before you take the test.

    Comment by cciepursuit — May 23, 2007 @ 6:45 pm | Reply

  3. Great Stuff, can u share wit me some of the resources u used for ur CCNP, am enrolled in that class at the monet

    Comment by Sunday McDickson Samuel CCNA — August 7, 2007 @ 5:55 am | Reply

  4. Excellent site and great source for information. It actually gave me the idea to start my own CCIE blog for motivation if not anything else. I added yours to my links as well. With all this great info listed it would be a shame not to.

    Comment by Carl — August 7, 2007 @ 11:10 am | Reply

  5. For the CCNP I used the Cisco Press books for each exam along with video training from TrainSignal. The TrainSignal videos are outstanding. The instructor is Chris Bryant. He also has a ton of good CCNP material at his site

    Comment by cciepursuit — August 8, 2007 @ 1:21 pm | Reply

  6. Hi Carl.

    Thank you. I checked out your blog as well and I am a fan already. I just blogged about your blog as well as the other CCIE R&S specific blogs.


    Comment by cciepursuit — August 8, 2007 @ 1:24 pm | Reply

  7. Thanks to have linked me in your blogroll!

    Good luck for CCIE

    Comment by fropert — August 30, 2007 @ 2:12 am | Reply

  8. Pas de problème, fropert. I enjoy reading your blog. It’s interesting to get a French view on the Cisco universe.

    Comment by cciepursuit — September 1, 2007 @ 6:57 am | Reply

  9. I send you this information, with respect that it only be this one time. I will not SPAM you in the future. Your assistance or referral would be greatly appreciated.

    Now that you can claim yourself to be CCIE, its time to make your mark in the Telecom Industry working for the Best.

    Are you ready?

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    Cisco Systems, Inc. is seeking a Consulting Support Engineers for Phoenix-Arizona, Columbus-Ohio and Somerset-New Jersey campuses. We will relocate the preferred candidate. You must be a US citizen.

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    The following technical skills are required:
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    Typically requires BS in CS or EE or equivalent plus 7-10 years related experience. You must have a current, completed CCIE to be considered. Candidate must be willing to be tested on strengths. Salary will be commensurate with experience, with exceptional Benefits and Stock options. We are competitive on our total compensation offerings. If you are interested in working for Cisco in this capacity then please submit your details and CV to Only those candidates that meet the requirements will be contacted.

    Comment by injones — September 13, 2007 @ 8:41 am | Reply

  10. I’ve been reading your blog for the past few months. It’s interesting to watch the progress of others.

    I just started working with a health care provider and I’m curious about this industry. Would you mind unicasting me? I know you are busy and all, but any pointers and tips would be appreciated. jon dot kintner at gmail dot com

    Comment by Jon Kintner — November 16, 2007 @ 1:17 pm | Reply

  11. We have been swapping trackbacks already, but I wanted to introduce myself. You have a great blog which is infinitely useful to others to learn from you triumphs and mistakes. Keep it up.

    As I dive deeper and deeper into my studies and read this ridiculous pdf library I have, I sometimes lose my way. So aside from blogging I check this site to get back on track.

    Comment by Luis — November 17, 2007 @ 1:29 am | Reply

  12. Hi CCIE Pursuit, I couldn’t find a contact address for you so I am posting my message here. I wanted to let you know that your site is one of Network World’s 20 useful sites for Cisco networking professionals Nice job! Linda Leung, Network World Assistant Site Editor.

    Comment by Linda Leung — February 20, 2008 @ 12:13 pm | Reply

  13. hi my friend , i think that u must be great person in networking & also i would like to be your friend , this is my email address & you can reply to me if you would like , i’m really interested in Networking , also i got my CCNA & MCSE certificates

    Comment by netw0rm — March 12, 2008 @ 5:20 pm | Reply

  14. Hey there! Awesome blog! I’m just starting my Cisco journey (CCNA) and I’ve actually been following your blog for a while (along with other CCIE blogs out there). Although a lot of the technologies written up on these blogs are still way above my head, they serve a great inspiration for me as well as good examples of effective study methods. Your blog is no exception. I hope you don’t mind that I put a link of your blog on mine.

    Have a good one..

    Comment by Aragoen Celtdra — May 16, 2008 @ 6:32 pm | Reply

  15. I have been reading, and like what I have read; keep up the great work! I do have a question. If you had a choice to run either OSPF or EIRGP for a network size of i would say medium which would you run and why? And we are saying that all the equipment is cisco.

    Comment by rob — June 12, 2008 @ 9:16 am | Reply

  16. Hi Ethan,

    Great Blog, you’ve got loads of really useful info here…. just wish I had the time to read it all…. got a quick question.., how did u get the banner on the head page? I’m trying to do the same but not sure how to install a banner in wordpress…. any help appeciated…


    Comment by dinesh2001 — July 2, 2008 @ 11:09 am | Reply

  17. Hi, could you let me know if its possible to have reciprocal links or advertise on your site:


    Comment by Sandeep — July 23, 2008 @ 10:18 pm | Reply

  18. Hello-
    Great blog! If u are interested in using Cisco Press products in your pursuit let me know – love to read what you blog about them!


    Comment by Jamie — August 4, 2008 @ 7:44 am | Reply


    Comment by someone — October 16, 2008 @ 12:50 am | Reply

  20. Cisco launched a $100k programming contest for the AXP (the ISR router’s development platform):

    Thought you and your readers might like to check it out; sorry to ping you with this over a comment. Let me know if you have any questions.

    Thank you!

    Comment by Ethan Bauley — November 19, 2008 @ 3:15 pm | Reply

  21. Hey I just found your website and love it! Great job – looking forward to reading more!

    I’d love to reciprocate links with my site at – Networking Tips

    Comment by Joe — December 12, 2008 @ 7:52 pm | Reply

  22. Hey guys,

    Do you know where I can post a couple of job opportunities requiring Cisco Certifications?

    I appreciate any information you can provide.



    Comment by Leah — January 14, 2009 @ 3:12 pm | Reply

  23. Hi,

    I was looking at your blog, CCIE Pursuit Blog and I thought our Q3, 2008 Job Market Statistics, providing a comprehensive picture of the Cisco job market including historical comparison of the demand trends, median salary and salary distribution would be of interest to you.

    Please take a look at Cisco Market Statistics (
    Better yet, you can compare Cisco to another skill of your choice. You can also add variables such as location, role, and industry.

    Here is an example of CCNA versus CCNE versus CCNP. (

    Here is another example of how Vincent McBurney analyzed the data and created “How to kick start your Datastage career” (

    You can post a widget of the stats comparison on your blog or site or post any of the individual charts comparing Cisco to another skill to support any blog entry or article concerning the statistics.

    If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. Thanks.

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    P.S: If you choose to use the data, apply your knowledge, analyze and create an exciting post, let me know about your blog entry and I can provide exposure to your entry from our site.

    Comment by Carl Williams — January 21, 2009 @ 12:40 am | Reply

  24. nice blog! you should check out my ccie blog at:

    Comment by ccieby30 — February 16, 2009 @ 11:28 pm | Reply

  25. Hello,

    I want to thank you for your blog.
    I used it for my CCIE R&S preparations and found it very useful.

    Thank you for your contribution man!
    Do you plan to continue with SP track also ?

    Thank you,
    Ioan Branet
    CCIE #23474

    Comment by Nutzul — February 19, 2009 @ 11:24 am | Reply

  26. Hey Pursuit- I passed my lab on Friday (the 13th of all days) @ RTP. I’d like to thank you for your contributions on your blog as I gleaned much valuable information from you and your contributors during my studies. I’d be happy to answer any questions you may have (well, any question with the exception of breaking the NDA) !!!!!!!

    If I can do it I know you can too !

    -Kevin Hatem
    CCIE # 23838

    Comment by kevhat — March 16, 2009 @ 6:37 am | Reply

  27. Hi man, have you achieved your CCIE???

    Comment by fssilva — August 16, 2009 @ 4:10 pm | Reply

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