Keith Foster, CCIE #18411


I passed the R&S Lab yesterday in San Jose. I'm so amped that I can't sleep! This was my third attempt and this came after a 2 year break in studying. I decided to focus on studies after passing the written (again) back in February. I pretty much studied every day for four months before the attempt. It was very difficult because I work in the TAC which means normally I have to work on cases from home :) I believe my TAC experience is what got me through due to the extensive troubleshooting skills required day-to-day. I don't know what I can offer for advice that hasn't already been said...but I would say don't give up in your studies. It was very difficult to start all over again from scratch. Just stay focused and committed. Even when you attempt the lab, don't give up. There was at least a couple of points in the lab yesterday where I said, "I'm not doing well...I'm not going to pass." But, I managed to push myself and the reward is so sweet. For my studies, I used Internetwork Expert's Class-on-Demand and the Version 4 Lab Workbook. The videos were essential in my understanding of a lot of the subjects. I would also advise to use all of the usual Cisco Press books for reference. The Doc CD also serves as a great reference. After each workbook task, I would search the Doc CD to not only make sure I knew where to find the reference, but also to read up further and understand the feature or technology. As if everyone didn't know, this is a great community of networking professionals. I found the answers to a lot of my questions here on Groupstudy. Thanks to all those who helped me and didn't even know it :-)

- Keith Foster, CCIE #18411 (CCIE Routing & Switching)