Could the Cisco CCIE lab in RTP be moving? CONFIRMED!

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Let me preface this post by saying that this post is not Cisco official nor sponsored.  This post should be taken as speculation and I am presenting what I have been able to put together.  Until Cisco has announced something official, take everything I have here with a grain of salt and do not assume it as fact.  If something changes I will update the post as appropriate.

Jump to updates  – SJC too?
11/12 – New Cisco Learning thread on this topic

Adding the latest updates to the top.

In a series of tweets today from @LearningatCisco they have confirmed today (14-Nov-2018) that RTP and SJC are transitioning to mobile test sites and the new home of the lab is Richardson, TX. The last on-sites dates for CCIE testing in SJC is 28-Nov-2018 and for RTP is 07-Dec-2018.

Effective immediately, the last on-site testing date before San Jose, CA CCIE lab is transitioned to a mobile test site is November 28, 2018. For RTP, NC the last on-site testing date is December 7, 2018.
— LearningatCisco (@LearningatCisco) November 14, 2018

Cisco is adding a new, permanent #CCIE lab in Richardson, TX. RTP, NC and San Jose, CA will now become mobile test sites, adding to the 40+ locations we offer globally for convenient access to lab testing, https://t.co/mzGeE7DqBE. Scroll to News section.

While the CCIE Lab in Richardson, TX, is not on the lab locations page it is an on-site testing facility as of now. Any available seats can be seen on the schedule, please check current availability by logging in to the CCIE Online Lab Scheduler.
— LearningatCisco (@LearningatCisco) November 14, 2018

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— END OF UPDATE ABOVE, now back to regular post.

Last night I saw a post on my Facebook social media feed about that CCIE lab in RTP that caught my attention.  The post was about the CCIE lab in RTP moving at the end of December 2018 to Richardson, TX! 

Facebook post on 05-Nov-2018 approx.  15:45 Eastern
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I had a hard time believing this, so I did some quick research that actually leads me to some job postings for a CCIE Proctor in Richardson, TX.  Both of these posting are no longer live, so I have included links to their cached copies.

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10 Year CCIE – My Reflection

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How time flies – it is now over 10 years ago that I earned my Cisco CCIE R&S number of 22061.  It was the culmination of failing the lab quite a few times, trying to study as hard as I could, and had the pressure that my CCIE written prequalification was going to expire soon.  I want to do a quick post with my reflection of the CCIE, what it means to me, what it has done for me,  and what I see with it now.

When I first earned my CCIE, like many people out there I suspect, my head was bigger than my shoulders could carry and I would let everyone know that I am a CCIE.   Looking back on that I realize how much of an arse I probably sounded (and may have acted) like.  Lesson learned – just because you have a cert does not mean you need to tell everyone. My advice to you – be proud of what you have accomplished, but don’t let it get to you.  

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Juniper Nxtwork 2018 – Recap

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The other week I had the privilege of attending Juniper Nxtwork 2018 in Las Vegas, NV.   I have attended the previous two Nxtwork events (2016 and 2017) and this year’s event outdid them in every way.

What made this year’s event so much better you might ask? Well in my view it is simple – everything.  With the event being in Las Vegas it provided much more room for attendees, speakers, vendors, testing,  as well as endless evening entertainment options.   To cap off the event the closing speaker was amazing – more on this later in the post.  All in all, this year the event had over 1000 people in attendance, and that is many times over what the other years.  Being in Las Vegas there was always sufficient seating for the sessions, dining, and breaks.

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