Last week I was in Orlando, Florida, where I taught my eleventh CCDE Practical bootcamp class. Thank you to all of the students who traveled to Orlando to attend the class, as well as those who braved the many hour time differences and attended remotely. It was great to have all of your experiences and questions during the class. My online students and I also recently completed a review of our four CCDE practice exams over the last two weekends. These online training events are open to all of my students, until they pass the CCDE Practical exam. For those taking the exam on May 19th, good luck. I can't wait to add more names to my list of 63 successful students!
My next CCDE Practical bootcamp will be held in Dubai, UAE, the week of October 18th. Details can be found at this page, and registration is now open via Eventbrite. Dubai is beautiful in October; we will be there just after the summer heat has begun to dissipate. During my last class in Dubai I had the opportunity to tour the Dubai Mall, the Burj Khalifa and the Madinat Jumeirah resort. It truly is an amazing city. More details concerning my last class can be found in this blog post. Unfortunately due to the timezone and venue challenges I will not be able to offer remote access to my October class.
If travel is an issue, or you can't spare a week away from work to attend training, I am continuing to offer my self-paced CCDE practice exam training. With this class you get same-day access to my four CCDE practice exam scenarios, as well as access to my CCDE overview training and the instructor-led exam review sessions. I regularly update the content of these exams to reflect feedback from my students and to align with public news regarding the CCDE Practical exam. Feedback for this training has been great; a former student gave me a nice compliment in his blog, ccdewiki.wordpress.com. Thanks Ken!
If you are going to be at Cisco Live in San Diego, let me know so we can catch up and say hi. It is certain to be an interesting Cisco Live, considering the recently-announced CEO transition at Cisco. Chuck Robbins sure has large shoes to fill! I wasn't able to attend last year, so I signed up for a full slate of technical sessions. I even plan to slip into the self-paced labs as time permits to test some of my configuration skills. I still work on production networks every day, but we do not use every possible technology so lab time is greatly appreciated (and anticipated!).