Saturday, August 18, 2012

About Ready for the Retake!

After a hectic 4 weeks including business travel and settling into the new house; I finally finished the last 3 chapters of the Sybex CVoice book. I'm going to review and go over study notes for the next 3-4 weeks and hopefully have the CVoice scheduled and PASSED this time around. There's a good 5-6 network projects going on at the same time right now. 2 VoIP migrations and even 1 PBX migration happening within the next 6 months.

The PBX migration starts next week, I'm working with an outside consultant for this one. I finished the new dial plan to integrate them on to our CUCM yesterday. There's also multiple MPLS and IPVPN turn-up's happening around the globe. I have all the networking hardware I need to make my voice lab, I just need to purchase a rack for all this stuff and cable management. I'm looking at Dell 2950's for my VM environment, can't wait to have the lab built, but I'm looking forward to how much more I still have to spend for it lol.


  1. Hi Shawn,
    I am new to your blog, and actually came across it while looking for CCNP Voice study materials ... very interested and with you on the trek to CCNP Voice, specifically CVOCIE right now, and headed to CCIE and CCIE Voice.

    Let me know how it goes with that exam, any tips on study material used would be invaluable.

    I have my CVOICE scheduled for 29 SEPT 2012, and I've studied Kevin's Cisco Press "Foundation Learning Guide" and related freebie videos. Looking for more materials ... and trying to figure out lab requirements, costs etc ...

    Always looking to connect with others young, ambitious with similar goals. I'm trying to double CCIE by age 21/22

    Cisco Network Engineer
    CCNA Voice, CCNA, TCTE, TCTS, MCTS (x2), Network+, Security+

  2. Hey Riley I highly recommend the following books:

    Cisco Voice Gateways and Gatekeepers
    Cisco QOS Certification Guide
    Cisco (CVOICE) Foundation Learning Guide (Kevin Wallace)
    Sybex CVOICE 8.0 Study Guide

    I had to read all four to finally feel like I was over the "hump" for this test. I feel about 90% ready this time around for my retake. Let me know how your test goes in the next few days, I really need to reschedule mine soon.

    P.S. I've added you on LinkedIN

  3. Hey totally aggressive plans and ideas you shared with us i am fully recommended from your blog keep continue sharing.

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