Why  to become CCIE? Well first of all because IT networks fascinate me.

Then, because when you want to master an art perfectly you have to train and train until you become an expert. That is why I am         going through the Cisco learning track and want to be a CCIE. I took my CCNA in may 2008, become a CCNP in september 2009   and  I have started to  study for CCIE in july 2011. If you want to master an art you have to start with the theory and know it 100 %  then you have to practice and practice until you become an expert.

This blog will help me to be more organized in my training  and also to share my ideas, challenges during my journey to the CCIE.

Thanks for passing by!


  1. Karsten
    October 26, 2011 at 09:14

    Go for it Monsieur Prat… 😉
    Jeg er 100% sikker på du består den!

  2. October 26, 2011 at 15:57

    Mange tak Karsten! Lad os se…;-)

  3. francis xavier saucedo
    February 6, 2012 at 09:22

    best of success on your december12 exam.
    purchased INE materials for R&Sv4 Written & Lab plus 2000 hours rack time.
    written scheduled for may 31, 2012.

    “In order to make this plan I used MS Project. ”
    I don’t know MS Project, could you share an example for lapukhov’s plan?

    thank you,

  4. February 6, 2012 at 17:42

    Hi Francis,

    Thanks for your interest in my blog. MS Project is a program from Microsoft that is designed to help project manager to better manage a project as well as the resource assigned to the project. I will try to post an example on how I use it for the CCIE.

    Good luck with your written exam.


  5. February 16, 2012 at 23:43

    Thanx Laurent,
    I will look into a suitable replacement in the form of a free online app. Trying to get away from MS software. I look forward to your example of Petr’s howto in MSP!

  6. Sanjeev
    May 6, 2012 at 12:03

    All the best for exam

  7. Jason
    August 12, 2012 at 00:31

    Hey great site keep up the great work!

    So I especially like your idea of tracking everything in MS Project, this makes sure you’re sticking to your plan. Any chance you’d be interesting in sharing your workflow?

    • August 12, 2012 at 12:43

      Hi Jason,

      Thanks for your comment! For sure I will share how I did to plan my training using MS Project. I will try to make a post on it really soon.

  8. March 17, 2013 at 21:20

    I have also purchased the INE labs and I like the format. I started studying in November of 2011, but I guess I’m a little more thick headed because it is not easy to retain all of the information in all of the areas. I took the lab last September but I wasn’t really ready to take it, bad planning and once within the 90-day window couldn’t change it. I feel like I have to be able to do any of there labs easily to be ready to take the lab exam again. I have no idea how long that will take. I believe the boot camps can be valuable, but the cost is too high when I consider I will probably forget what I’ve tried to learn in a short time frame. Any advice?

    • May 4, 2013 at 16:15

      One good advice I could give you it to be well organised in your training strategy, I will publish really soon which strategy I have used for my training, maybe it can help you.
      Once you master a topic you will not forget it, the secret is to lab and lab until you have a really deep understanding of the technology. It has also helped me a lot to blog on specific topics I was not so comfortable with but blogging is time consuming. As for the bootcamp (INE with Brian Dennis), I would highly recommend it but only once you are almost ready to go for the lab.


  9. Any
    May 1, 2013 at 20:34

    Dear Laurent,

    Thank you for such interesting topics. I`m taking my lab exam in 2 months, and I want to ask you for advise in TS section. It it possible to write some question to you? OR if you`ll be some where around Munich, we can meet for coffee/beer. Thank you for your kindly reply!



    • May 4, 2013 at 15:42

      Hi Anton,

      You can contact me, no problem. I am available on Google talk here at this address: laurenprat@gmail.com or you can write me an e-mail if you want.


  10. Fahad Ali
    August 30, 2013 at 00:22

    Love you Sir … My CCIE hero 🙂 …. Your Fan from Pakistan 🙂

  11. September 22, 2013 at 11:33

    Waitng for your Strategy Post for CCIE

  12. Bayou
    February 7, 2014 at 15:17

    Thanks so much for sharing. Your contents are very useful. Could you suggest on what I should do after finish lab setup ? Where can I find and download lab configuration to practice ?

  13. Claudio Cubillos
    May 7, 2014 at 16:20

    Hi Laurent,

    Can you add the al config for Router R1 and R3 in the topic of “L2TPv3 VLAN-to-VLAN”

    Best regards

  14. KHayal
    November 9, 2015 at 20:35

    hello all, l passed ccna exam 3 months ago but l have not get certificate yet . l would like to study ccnp who have latest ccnp documents? Rest regards

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