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My Juniper Networks Certification Journey from JNCIA to JNCIE in less than Two Years

by David Roy (door7302) ‎01-23-2012 07:32 AM - edited ‎01-24-2012 10:16 AM

This is a guest blog post. Views expressed in this post are original thoughts posted by David Roy, Network Support Engineer at Orange Domestic Backbone. These views are his own and in no way do they represent the views of the company he works for.

 

Hi, my name is David Roy; I have been working for Orange for the past four years in the Network Support team for the Domestic Backbone. Here’s a short story of my Juniper Networks certification journey, which took me just under two years to complete.

 

My Juniper certification journey started back in 2010 with the M/T track, which was the closest certification related to my job. At the time the books from Harry Reynolds were available and constituted most of my learning for this certification track, I found these to be awesome books, which helped me a lot. I would recommend that you try to get hold of these books if you can, you might have to try the second hand market on ebay. Next up was the JNCIS-M/T; to be honest I didn’t find this track so difficult. After that, I then prepared for the JNCIP-M/T Lab (actually, the P level of the old track was an eight hour lab exam.) To prepare myself for this exam I used a Junos emulation (called Olive), with ten logical systems. All topics for the P level are well implemented in Olive. The first lab was so impressive after two hours I passed, so to configure my topology and playing with several interfaces I was a little more relaxed and I finished the final exam in eight hours (no more, no less). The preparation of my JNCIE-M/T was done by using Olive again for the IGP/BGP/VPN configurations. Nevertheless, I used a real MX960 to prepare the L2VPN part (not well supported by Olive). The E level was much more difficult, the IGP topology was quite unstable. I was so stressed and I spent a lot of time debugging it, and unfortunately I didn't have time to finish the entire exam (so I lost critical points) a little disappointing at the time. Needless to say I didn't pass the JNCIE the first time. However, second time round for JNCIE I was much better prepared for the troubleshooting part as I had created more scenarios in my own lab, which I think armed me with a better understanding and knowledge going into the exam, I finished the exam on time and I passed the JNCIE-M/T in December 2010.

 

At the start of 2011 I had planned to begin my second certification track: ER, but during the year all the Juniper certification tracks had been changed: M/T became SP and ER became ENT. So, I started studying the enterprise track, I more or less used the Juniper site and its technical documentation, which helped me pass the sample written exam as well. I passed the JNCIS-ENT in February 2011. Before starting to study the P-ENT level and in order for me to finish a complete track, I passed the JNCIP-SP written exam which allowed my JNCIE-M/T to become a JNCIE-SP. It was completed during July 2011.

 

Then, I started studying JNCIP-ENT using Junos Enterprise and Routing 2nd Edition, and Junos Enterprise Switching - more awesome books and I recommend you buy these books if youre studying this level. With this good preparation in hand, I passed the JNCIP-ENT in November 2011.

 

Next step: I want to pass the JNCIE-ENT during Q1 2012. In order to do this I will use a lab I have already created with two EXs, one SRX and one MX960 to prepare for it. In parallel, I believe I will be able to pass the JNCIS-SEC written Exam. I'm also very interested in trying out the security track, and will need to schedule this in at some point.

 

All in all what can I say? I just love Juniper certifications. I would be interested in hearing how you’re getting on with your certifications, so drop me a note in the comments field below.

About the Author
  • Enterprise Security Architect & Juniper Ambassador. Designing & deploying “keep the bad guys out” technologies. Delivering elephants and not hunting unicorns.
  • ISP Network Engineer currently enjoying the security side of the Juniper product range. Busy studying for the JNCIP-SP and ENT. Outside of work I enjoy the great outdoors: Mountaineering, Bouldering, Rock or Ice climbing, Tramping (hiking to non-Kiwis) and Snowboarding. I'm also a member of the Alpine Cliff Rescue Team in Christchurch, assisting is vertical rescues or those requiring specialist access or extraction techniques, crevasse rescue etc.
  • I'm a Network Security Engineer working with Vodafone in their Cloud and Hosting Services team based in Leeds, UK. My role is to implement, test and deliver secure cloud based solutions to external customers.
  • I am one of a small team of Network Engineers working for Lumison Ltd, a UK ISP/MSP based in Edinburgh, Scotland. I have been with the company for almost 6 years moving from frontline support to the Managed Services team dealing with customer network design and implementation before talking up the role of Network Engineer. As well as the JNCIE-ENT certification.
  • Triple CCIE #21946 (R&S / Service Provider / Storage), JNCIE-SP #851, Technical Consultant at Telindus-ISIT
  • Networking & Security nerd (geek overall), Hockey fanatic, and Junos junkie! Born and raised in Grand Rapids, MI, with a few years of my life out in MN. Been in the IT field since I got out of High School. I've used Juniper products since around 2007, and really enjoy working with them. I currently work for a large retailer based in MI, with a footprint all across the Midwest.
  • Steve Puluka is a Senior Network Security Engineer with UPMC in Pittsburgh, PA. He is part of a team that manages about 400 firewalls primarily ScreenOS and Junos with a Palo Alto presence and two Cisco VPN router clusters. He holds a BSEET along with the professional level certification in Junos Security and specialist level in ScreenOS and SSL VPN and his original associates in ER & EX. He also has certification and extensive experience in Microsoft Windows server, along with strong Vmware skills starting with with version two. He has enjoyed supporting networks for more 20 years.
  • Senior Network Engineer / Architect working for a large ISP in New Zealand. JNCIE-SP#2204, JNCIE-ENT#458.
  • Zoe Sands is Head of Digital Marketing at Juniper Networks and is responsible for digital marketing and social media across EMEA. She is an experienced Digital Marketer since 1997 with PRINCE2 practitioner status, during this period Zoe has successfully launched many new online innovations for Juniper Networks, Cisco, Dialogic, the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) and Hyundai, including content managed and e-commerce based websites to integrated social media programmes. She has International exposure running projects globally, regionally and at a country level. Zoe’s approach is to create an environment where those around her can share her passion for the Internet and the opportunities it presents. She says sharing knowledge, championing and communicating the benefits of digital capabilities enhances both the user experience and offers additional online communication channels and business opportunities. Zoe has a blog ‘Learning and sharing...’ to share her experience of all things online marketing, social media, chat online, SEO, SEM and mobile related content. You connect with Zoe via LinkedIn or find her on Twitter: @zoe9 and @ZoeSands.
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