Part of keeping myself true to my goals I schedule time to look at where I’m at and where I’m going. Am I on schedule to reach my goals or do I need to make any adjustments?
The plan is to do this every three months. I’ve made some changes to my current goals so I decided review progress early.
First off, I am postponing my CCNP R&S. I’ve studied for the majority of CCNP SWITCH and have failed the exam twice but my current projects and family life has made me put this off for a bit. Simply put, I can’t dedicate enough time to study for it. The plan is to keep learning by reading and practicing.
The switching knowledge has helped me tremendously. I need to brush up on routing technologies and more specifically EIGRP. There’s just no need for me to learn BGP or OSPF intimately. I know enough to understand those routing protocols but I’m not an expert yet.
VMware VCP5-DCV Certification
VMware VCP5-DCV is still on track. I’m taking the course from Ohlone online. The labs are working well for an online course. I’m slowly making a first pass at the VCP5 certification guide. The best part is I am using VMware every day at work.
CCNA Voice is still on track. I just went through a CUCM upgrade and I find myself lacking quite a bit in voice. Slowly, I am understanding. I don’t know how you voice engineers do it! I’m using the CCNA Voice certification guide from Cisco Press as my main resource. I just got a router to practice with and we have plenty of spare phones. Hopefully, within two weeks I can get that guy going.
Just recently I’ve had to put my IT management skills to use, or lack thereof. It involves a lot of communication and delegation. It’s a whole other area vastly different from technical skills. Combining and blending a good amount of management and technical abilities sounds like a big win. Fortunately, my employer is providing management training which has taught me more than I can ever learn on my own.
As of late, I’ve been getting into a lot of wireless. I’m talking wireless site surveys, spectrum analysis, upgrade of access points and wireless controllers. All very cool technology. I want to do things right, without guessing. The tools I get to work with are Ekahau Site Survey Pro and Metageek Chanalyzer. Expect to see a few blog posts about those two tools. I’m using the CWNA certification study guide to learn as much as I can. At this point I’m not going for the certification. I just want to educate myself on wireless technologies.
PowerShell is hard to avoid when you’re working in a Windows environment. A few weeks ago I watched a friend of mine upgrade a number of domain controllers to Windows Server 2012 domain functional level using PowerShell. I’ll admit that any type of scripting is a weak point for me which is why I need to get with the times and pick it up sooner rather than later. Especially when the IT team is very small!
So that’s where I’m at and those are my goals. Those are the big items I’m working on for the rest of 2014. I expected my goals to shift a little and that’s okay. It’s in line with the work I’m doing. I love what I do and change happens. It’s a matter of what you do with that change.