Month: October 2016

An Unfortunate Opportunity

I have been given the chance to compare the retired CCNA 200-120 test with the new CCNA 200-125. Did Steve score a sweet deal with Cisco? Nope. Then, you must be retaking the test with the purpose of writing a compare and contrast post. Wrong again. Actually, I don’t have a choice…at least if I want my CCNA.

I failed ICND2. Actually I failed it twice and chose not to write about it until a month later. I needed some time to let the bitter fade.

So why was I bitter? That test was hard. Really hard. I’m an excellent test taker and I enjoy the challenge of a good test, but both attempts were utterly draining. I know Cisco is hard charging to foil the test question banks, but this is getting ridiculous. I noticed when taking CCENT that a lot of questions left me with staring at the screen with a “huh?” in my brain, but I made it through nonetheless. My CCNA attempts were ten times worse.  On my first attempt, I almost ran out of time and scored a 740. I wasted a ton of time just trying to wrap my head around questions. The second time around, I made up for lost time by piling a month of studying on topics where I knew I had trouble, but I still only hit 784. 40 points short. I’m still a tad bitter, both at myself for not studying better and at Cisco. I’m not perfect by any means, but I can ace any practice test on the first attempt; that’s actually the bar I use to determine when to take an exam. Further, I’ve been working in networking for a minute, so I’m comfortable with most topics and I’ve supplemented the technologies I’m short on experience with labs.

So why didn’t I pass? I simply couldn’t figure out the best answer. There was not a single gimme question on the exam. Fortunately, it wasn’t multiple answer heavy, but I was left doubting almost ever choice I made. It was like every question had three good answers and I could have chosen one with just a little more information. Instead, I went with my gut reaction on nearly half of the test.

I could have done better, period. The test was passable and I blame myself for not knowing the material well enough. I do not, however, think I could have had enough preparation and experience to have done well.

But I am still hopeful. I’m hoping the revision of the CCNA exam will have taken a bit of esoteric head-scratching out of the test. I plan to take the revised exam in about six months, but first I want to knock out the CWTS. I need a change of study material for a minute.

I’m way too lazy for this

I broke my website….

As you can tell, I host my website on WordPress. While many of you cringe at the very name, I like WordPress. WordPress may have only recently dropped from the security chatter, mostly due to shouts of “YAHOO” raising the noise floor, and WordPress can be very clunky, but I like it. So, as a bit of a personal challenge, I wanted to host my site myself.


I really only have a few, and I mean a few, regular readers, all of whom I interact with regularly, so I took the site down at my lease-lapse to save a little coin while I built. Exported the config, saved to my daily PC, Dropbox, and my home Samba server. Safe and sound.

Now it’s time to bring it SteveInIT back up.

But, as you can see, there are not 20 posts behind this one. I broke (fixed) it. Well, I lost it. The hard drive in my PC crashed, so the local copy is gone. I can’t find it in my Dropbox at all, which is weird because I don’t ever delete anything from Dropbox. But I still have the Samba server, right? Wrong! Well, maybe wrong. I can’t find it there either. What I can find is the notepad I took to log where I put the exported config copies.I have the filename of the config in my log, so I can search for it, but no luck yet. My Dropbox is even installed in the Samba server, so I should be able to search the whole array and find 2 copies of the config. Again, haven’t yet, but I’ll upload it when I find it.

I have a few things to talk about, so I’m doing that first.

*Edited, since I fixed it.