Sunday, November 13, 2011

About Me

Original (November 2011):

I have received a few e-mails from readers asking me questions about myself and what I do, so I thought I'd write a blog entry about it.

I'm a 27 year old Cisco network engineer living in Australia. I work for a large, multinational company, and have been with them for about seven months now and am thoroughly enjoying myself.

I'm currently studying for the CCNP certification, and once completed, I plan to start studying for the CCIE R&S certification.

In my spare time, when I'm not studying or blogging on here, you can usually find me helping out on internet forums. The one I most frequently visit would be the Whirlpool forums where I post under the name Cisco Freak.

Speaking of which, a Whirlpool thread that I started quite some time ago may come in use for some of you who are studying for Cisco certifications. For those of you who are only interested in the links and not the users' posts inbetween, I also created a wiki version of the thread.

When I'm not talking Cisco, I'm either playing with custom firmwares, Linux or some other geeky activity. I have put together a brief list of my extra curricular activities below. If you have any questions or need any assistance with anything I have mentioned, please feel free to pop me an e-mail and I'll do all I can to assist.

And finally, when my free time clears up, my next couple of projects will be:
  • A new website that will assist Cisco newcomers to get through the basics and gradually bring them all the way up to dealing with large, complex networks. The first phase of the site has been completed, however, due to my CCNP studies, I have decided to put the site on the back burner for now.
  • I also plan to create a new Network Security blog. I have always had an interest in Network Security and after having read Cyber War: The Next Threat to National Security and What to Do About it (as suggested by the bloggers on Network World), my interest has increased greatly. 

If anyone has any further questions, please feel free to drop me an e-mail or make a comment on this entry and I'll happily respond.

Update: Below are a couple of photos of my home lab.
 


2015 Updated:

See this page to find out what I've been up to over the years since this entry was originally posted.

As always, if you have any questions or have a topic that you would like me to discuss, please feel free to post a comment at the bottom of this blog entry, e-mail at myciscolabsblog@gmail.com, or drop me a message on Twitter (@OzNetNerd).

Note: This website is my personal blog. The opinions expressed in this blog are my own and not those of my employer.

11 comments:

  1. Stumbled upon your site and enjoy the info. I am currently preparing for the ICND2 exam in a month or so and it's good to read what you went through to prepare.

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    1. I mean as far as the information your posting, not in you preparing for the ICND2, sorry I'm a bit tired.

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    2. Thank you for the messages. If there is anything I can do to assist you with your studies, please feel free to ask. I'd be happy to help.

      Good luck!

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  2. Thanks, I appreciate the offer. I'll try not to make you regret that offer ;)

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    1. Not a problem at all buddy. haha, not to worry, I'm sure I won't. I love to help where I can.

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  3. I just want to say thanks for starting up this blog! I'm currently studying my way through IT Cert 4 Networking at TAFE, which includes CISCO, Redhat and Microsoft certifications. After a quick inspection I've now bookmarked your blog as a study resource. Oh and Whirlpool brought me here.

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  4. The information I have stumbled upon here, especially in regards to how you setup you CCNA lab, has been a great source of motivation and inspirational for me. I am completing my review for Network + and scheduled to take the N10-005 exam on 07/20/2013. Immediately after that, I'm diving into CCNA which I want to acquire by end of October (Sooner if possible). I have started familiarizing my self with the content through Wendell Odom, Todd Lammle and Chris Bryant Material. I will be checking in from time to time. Keep up the good work and thanks!

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  5. this is an amazing setup. especially at your age you must have started young to be this good. I am currently in college for Networking with a specialty in Cisco tech. I am 27 as well and I guess I've got a late start but I'm trying to follow your path. do you mind if i pick your brain sometime?

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    1. Thanks codepro, I really appreciate it.

      It's never too late, and at 27 you're still very young! (It has been a while since I wrote this post and I am now going on to 29 in a couple of months).

      Sure, feel free to pick my brain any time you like. Either drop me an e-mail or a post on the blog and I will respond as soon as I can.

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  6. Hi mate, Hope you can help or point me into the right direction!! I'm a Uni student, doing master of networking - I just finished CCNA (ICND1 & 2) - It took me 3 weeks and I did it by myself using materials given by my professors and watching cbt nuggets videos. Now, I'm quite interested doing further studies in switching and routing and want to study CCNP. I really don't have budget to spend on switches and routers - so NO home lab :(

    All i want to know, Do you know if I should be able to complete CCNP without any lab. ie. what if I use packet tracer or on-line simulator/practice labs ?? Do you think they value ccnp these days as I've gone through whirlpool forum and it seems, there are lots of guys out there who has done ccnp or some sort of cisco certification.

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    1. ok, I've updated my profile. What I really want to know - does one really need a lab to complete CCNP or can it be done using any virtual labs? Would you be able to recommend any good websites/forums or any other alternatives? Cheers.

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