Where to Go from Here
First, you should build your library of documentation for your reference and ongoing learning during your studies. Then, become acquainted with some of the available CCIE Collaboration discussion boards and blogs (such as the one mentioned earlier in the “Preparation Hints” section). Next, determine how you are going to do your hands-on practice. Will you use a rack rental, or will you build a home lab? When you have your home lab, you need a collection of practice labs to work through. These labs can be purchased from a CCIE Collaboration training company of your choice.
Consider attending a CCIE Collaboration Lab boot camp from a CCIE training provider (such as a Cisco Learning Partner [CLP] participating in the Cisco 360 program). Finally, because you are going to be spending hundreds of hours working through your practice labs, find a way to make it fun. Crank up the music, celebrate your successes, and become incredibly curious about the topics you are studying.