I reattempted on May 8th to sneak it in before the v4 to v5 change on June 4th, but unfortunately it was another failure. I had my first attempt fall of 2011, but was never able to reattempt quickly due to some major work projects I had taken on. However, this attempt I was very close to passing; after some post-lab reflection, I believe my primary downfall was time management. It can be easy to forget during the lab that they're designed to be very difficult to complete 100% in the allotted time. It forces the testee to solve the entire lab as a whole, but skip questions that don't affect the core route/switch configs, if time becomes an issue, which it does due to documentation referencing or tracking down issues from misconfigs (or whatever else comes up).
I had wanted to attend a bootcamp class before this last attempt, but the timing just didn't work out for various reasons. But now I'm more determined than ever to get my #, so off to an INE bootcamp this mid-June in Seattle! I have some work to do to get caught up on the new v5 topics, but its a relief that many of the legacy technologies have been removed or moved to the written exam only. Hopefully this bootcamp will be the final push over the edge to victory!
Some v4->v5 transition material from the great folks at INE:
- INE Live Blog of the RSv5 updates from Cisco Live 2014:http://blog.ine.com/2014/05/18/ccie-rsv5-techtorial-cisco-live-2014-clus/
- INE Expanded RSv5 Blueprint: http://blog.ine.com/2014/04/17/ines-ccie-rsv5-expanded-blueprint/