Cisco Live – Are you ready?

It is just about time for Cisco Live 2019!  Here are some quick things you should know before you go.

  • Bring a larger suitcase than you think you will need.  
    The reason for this is because you will probably get a new backpack, shirts, and other stuff from WoS that you will want to bring home.

  • Wear comfortable, broken-in shoes.
    You will be walking a lot, don’t be like Aaron at CLUS 2013. 

  • San Diego gets a nice coastal breeze that can get chilly at night. 
     You may want to bring a light jacket just in case.

  • Cisco Live is at the San Diego Convention Center. 
    The address is 111 W Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101

  • The Wireless SSID is #CLUS with a WPA2 passcode of @ciscolive

  • The Cisco Live sign will be located on the Marina Lawn.
    Get your pictures and post them to social media with the tag #CLUS

  • The Social Media hub is located on the 2nd floor by the Ballroom 20 foyer.
    Arrival Tweet-up is Sunday @ 5:45 – 7:15 PM at Sails Pavilion Foyer
    Departure Tweet-Up is Thursday @ 4:30 – 5:30 PM  at Marina Lawn – 3D Cisco Live Sign

    The registration for the event is at a few, convenient locations.
    They can be found below ( Click on image for larger version).
    One key one to note is that you can register at the San Diego airport – that is a good option if you land on Saturday or Sunday.

Please note that backpack pickup is only at the SDCC registration.  If you register at one of the other locations, just go SDCC Hall D and they will get you your backpack.

  • The CAE is Wednesday night at Petco Park.
    Want to know who, check out this link.

    Important to note:  
    There is a good chance you will go through security before being admitted access.  Leave all weapons and questionable items in your hotel room.  Right @jay25f?

  • The CCIE party is on Tuesday, June 11 from 7p – 10p at The San Diego Air and Space Museum.
    Shuttles will pick up at SDCC Hall G starting at 6:30p.
    Return shuttles will be to key hotels in the Gaslamp Area.

  • The CCIE/NetVet reception is Tuesday, June 11 from 12 – 2p.
    The reception is in the Keynote Hall GH.
    The CCIE/NetVet pins are available at registration.  

See you soon!

JNCP Emeritus – Automatic Enrollment

It seems as though Juniper Network Certification Program (JNCP) has been busy! As of today ( 6-May-2019 ) they tweeted that they have updated the JNCIE Emeritus certification.

Prior to this, similar to Cisco CCIE Emeritus, you had to enroll to be a JNCIE Emeritus. Now, based on that tweet and the post over at the Juniper Forums, you are automatically given the title of Emeritus on your 9th anniversary. The best part – it is FREE!

The post reads:

The Juniper Networks Certification Program (JNCP) is pleased to announce updates to our Emeritus Program!
Effective immediately, all active JNCIE certifications will be automatically enrolled into the Emeritus program on the 9th anniversary of their active date. As with before, candidates may maintain an active JNCIE certification after Emeritus enrollment if they wish to do so. If a candidate with an active Emeritus certification let his/her corresponding JNCIE certification expire after it was enrolled into the Emeritus program, he/she may reactivate the related JNCIE certification by meeting any of the existing expert-level recertification requirements.
Additionally, we eliminated the annual requirement to re-enroll into the Emeritus program and have configured the Emeritus designation so that it never expires! Note the Emeritus status alone does still not provide any of the benefits associated with an active JNCIE certification, such as partner compliance.
And the best part is that enrollment into our Emeritus program will continue to be free! It’s our way of recognizing and thanking those of you who have maintained an active expert-level certification for so long.

This is pretty awesome – you are automatically Emeritus on your 9th anniversary, so you won’t have to worry about renewing your certification if you don’t want to – greatly reducing the risk of losing it!

I have a few years yet to be eligible for Emeritus, but this is a nice step. Now – maybe Cisco will do something similar soon. (NUDGE NUDGE)

JNCIE-SEC Lab Experience (JPR-932)


Finally, yes finally, I can say that I have passed the Juniper JNCIE Security Lab exam and have earned the certification JNCIE-SEC #430. This was probably the toughest lab exam I have ever taken to date.

I won’t say too much about it as to not give away any secrets. I now understand why they say this one is the hardest of the JNCIE certifications – it is a tough, yet fair, test.

Thank you to all those that have helped me over the past few months ( you know who you are ) as well as a big thank you to @JuniperCertify. I could not have done this without any of you.