Highway to HCIE - part 1

Latest reply: Jul 23, 2019 02:08:11 1713 9 7 3

Beside saying hello this will be my first post here.

I got HCIE-certified and afterwards I got to know this forum. I really regret that the this order wasn't different - then it would be easier to pass all the exams as I already noticed that much relevant information is covered here. :-)

So let me share with you my experience in passing all the required exams to become HCIE. I dedicate this post especially to engineers that posses certificates from otzher vendors, like Cisco or Juniper, as it exactly have reflected my situation. I'll start with few words about HCNA. Advance certificates are to be covered in next posts. 

Please do not hesitate to ask questions. Enjoy!

HCNA and the very first contact

Thanks to the partnership between ngworx.ag and Huawei, in late 2017 I had access to some extensive eLearning resources. The materials I got there were: training and lab scripts, and nice video material. This was for both entry and intermediate HNTD (Huawei Network Technology and Device Training) levels, that are prerequisites for HCNA routing and switching exam. There was also a mock exam, but I didn’t find it anywhere close to the real exam I took later. Still, it’s good to test yourself; if you’re not sure how to answer the mock questions, just go back to learning, otherwise you’re going to fail at the testing centre. For HCNA I did not use Huawei’s graphical network simulation platform (eNSP) a lot, but I spent 6 – 10 hours learning the VRP syntax and understood the general philosophy behind this operating system.

eNSP is a GNS3-like platform (Graphical Network Simulator from Cisco), but it’s Huawei-proprietary and disallows to add other vendor images to its topologies. The eNSP requires VirtualBox to be installed. The problem is that those days current VirtualBox release could not be too old and not too up-to-date as well. Moreover, I have never succeeded in creating a long-term working eNSP on Windows 10. Almost every Microsoft update was breaking something and wasted plenty of time to recover the platform. I gave up and instead of a modern notebook, I started using my desktop PC running Windows 7 and never again had any problems. Recently I noticed that there are some newer eNSP releases that hopefully are working well on Windows 10. Below is a picture of how the eNSP looks like.


I watched all the videos, read all the materials and went through lab exercises, scheduled an appointment at Prometric and passed the exam. The number of questions about proprietary technologies and non-technical areas was moderate. In total, I spent quite a lot of time preparing for this entry-level exam – one month, 8 hours a week.

Highway to HCIE - part 2 https://forum.huawei.com/enterprise/en/highway-to-hcie-part-2/thread/550783-911

Highway to HCIE - part 3 https://forum.huawei.com/enterprise/en/highway-to-hcie-part-3/thread/556279-911

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Admin Created Jul 16, 2019 02:03:45 Helpful(0) Helpful(0)

Thanks for sharing.
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MVE Created Jul 16, 2019 05:17:58 Helpful(0) Helpful(0)

Nice sharing
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Created Jul 16, 2019 11:25:12 Helpful(0) Helpful(0)

Compatibility issues have always been a headache.

And which one do you think is better, eNSP or Cisco Packet Trace?
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MVE Created Jul 16, 2019 11:44:00 Helpful(0) Helpful(0)

Welcome in Group ..We are looking for valuable post in future too...Highway to HCIE - part 1-3002377-1
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MVE Created Jul 18, 2019 01:39:23 Helpful(0) Helpful(0)

waiting for the next part of your journey :)
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Created Jul 22, 2019 01:29:34 Helpful(0) Helpful(0)

Nice sharing
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MVE Created Jul 22, 2019 01:37:16 Helpful(0) Helpful(0)

Thanks for sharing. This will help a lot of new comers
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Created Jul 22, 2019 07:50:24 Helpful(0) Helpful(0)

Posted by Will.Swift at 2019-07-16 11:25 Compatibility issues have always been a headache. And which one do you think is better, eNSP or Cisc ...
For me Packet tracer is just a simulator, while eNSP is an emulator (more like GNS3 with IOS images).
Packet tracer simulates many aspects of the networking and integrate a lot of useful features. It's fast and very reliable.
eNSP on the other hand is more problematic to make it running, it's slower and more resource-intensive.

However, Cisco Packet tracer is a simulator and you can face there a lot of issues you won't see in real network. Functionality-wise, Packet Tracer may not supprot plenty of basic networking features (I used to use it 10 years ago) - it may be good for CCNA, partially for CCNP, but not for CCIE.
eNSP will support the majority of the feature-set that real devices do, and you can face the same problems. eNSP can be used for studying for HCNA, HCNP and HCIE with no restrictions - this is exactly what used it for.
Last but not least, eNSP is for free, at least if you have a valid Huawei account. I'm not aware about further restrictions - For me it was plug-n-play - I'm really happy about it. Cisco Packet Tracer - as far as I know - is available only to users who are active students of Cisco Networking Academy (NetAcad) - a paid learning course.

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Created Jul 23, 2019 02:08:11 Helpful(0) Helpful(0)

Posted by tchmielewski at 2019-07-22 07:50 For me Packet tracer is just a simulator, while eNSP is an emulator (more like GNS3 with IOS image ...
Thank you for your detailed answers
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