I am!

Last week I decided to put the CCIE on hold for awhile due to the new troubleshooting section. I feel like I could use another year or so of experience under my belt before trying to tackle that monster. I’ve been meaning to sit the CCDA exam for a few weeks now, but haven’t really gotten motivated enough to do it. Then I started tinkering with Juniper…

I went through the Fast Track stuff and did the pre-assessment last Sunday to get the 50% off. Oh a whim, I decided to do some studying and see how bad the test is, with the 50% off it’s only ~$60, so it wouldn’t upset me too bad if I failed.

I didn’t fail. The test was really, really easy, not to discount anyone who has taken it or anything, but it’s very basic. It had more advanced topics than the CCNA, but not much depth. I don’t want to break the NDA, but basically you just need some familiarity with the different Juniper models, some experience with the JUNOS CLI and J-Web (more J-Web than I’d have preferred – I used this guide from Juniper to learn it). You also need to know basic OSPF and VRRP concepts, and routing concepts in general. All in all, it’s really not bad, I think someone with a CCNA and some Juniper experience should be able to study for a week or so and knock it out with no problems.

Not sure what’s next. I really want to get the CCDP soon, so that means the DA should be my next priority. I’m definitely not done with Juniper certs though. I’d like to go for the JNCIS in the new few months. The pre-assessment for that one is much more difficult than the IA, so I imagine I won’t be able to breeze through the real exam.


Colby Glass has been in IT since 2002. He is currently a Systems Engineer (presales) with a Cisco Gold partner and holds the CCNP R/S, CCNP DC, CCDP, CCIP, JNCIA-ER.

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