Archive for July, 2009
Now it is time for us to examine yet another OSPF special area type – the Not-So-Stubby Area. I am sure you recall out topology from the previous parts, but here it is again:
In preparation for the upcoming CCIE R&S v4.0 Blueprint, new topics are being added to the CCIE R&S Open Lecture Series. For those of you that have been unable to attend the live sessions, Class-on-Demand recordings are now available for MPLS and Zone Based Policy Firewall. Currently there are 4 sessions on MPLS, totalling about 5 hours of class, that cover theory, implementation, and verification. Zone Based Policy Firewall has been added from today’s session, and covers the evolution from standard/extended ACLs to Reflexive ACLs to CBAC to Zone Based Policy Firewall.
If you have any topics that you would like to see covered in upcoming sessions please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Open Lecture Topic Request”.
Here is a short list of the recent updates to some of our CCIE-related products:
R/S and Security
The exciting new troubleshooting IEWB-RS VOL4 now has three full-scale labs! Each new lab is over 60 pages in length, featuring detailed breakdowns and explanations of the important troubleshooting processes. Another lab is on its way to be added to IEWB-RS VOL4 very soon.
New blueprint topics, specifically MPLS VPNs and new Security features, are to be added to IEWB VOL1 next month as well. I know many of you are excited to see these additions!
Security IEWB-SC VOL2 now features a completely updated full-scale Lab 5, and Lab 6 is on its way.
Next, as some of you may have noticed, the R&S rental racks were booked solid during August. To satisfy growing demand, our partner company, GradedLabs, has added extra racks to the R&S rental pool, and this issue should be taken care of now.
New features have been added through your members site for Voice Rack rentals. You can now easily setup a PSTN test phone by simply entering the “mac-address” on an online web form. The phone configuration will be taken care of for you. In addition, you can now reload your routers and switches within your rack with the initial configurations, or soon to come lab configurations, including pre-built troubleshooting scenarios. Both of these features are covered in detail in the Voice Rack Access Guide.
Finally, Voice Volume I, is undergoing large updates this week, with new sections being released continually. Look for the newly updated Call Routing section, followed by part two of the CUCM labs These cover media resources, applications, and advanced features and services. The Unity Connections section will be released in the next few days, followed shortly by Presence and CUCCX. The updated QoS labs will be released next week as well.
Thanks so much for choosing INE and happy studying!
Recently we’ve been working hard to put some things together and come up with new products for people who are just beginning their journey toward CCIE R&S. The new, 5-Day Kickstart bootcamp is designed for those who look to bridge the gap between CCNP and CCIE levels of knowledge.
This live, intense class is the fastest way to learn advanced topics such as MSTP, Catalyst QoS, Multicast, tricky NAT scenarios, and many other topics that students find notoriously difficult. All five days will be densely packed with technical information and with the detail level similar to that you find in many of our blog posts. Some of the topics covered in this new class cannot be found anywhere in Cisco documentation. These topics are the result of our hard work and research.
With all this said, probably the most attractive feature of the new class is its price – 2495$ base, which could be even less if you catch one of our special discount offerings!
The first class is scheduled for the first week of September and I’m going to be on the list of instructors of this one for sure! Of course, you are required to have a solid “foundation” prior to attending the bootcamp – at the very least, have a good understanding of all the topics covered in the CCIE Written exam.
Finally, remember that the ultimate goal of the 5-Day Kickstart class is to teach you the technologies that you need to know in order to pass the CCIE R&S lab exam. However, just knowing the technologies may not be enough to pass the exam – you need extensive hands-on practice and solid troubleshooting skills to complement your technical background.
As part of the improvements we discussed for the Core Knowledge Sim for R/S, the following rote memorization questions have been replaced:
QID: 123 – 124 – 209 – 211 – 212 – 213
Remember, if you want to experience the new questions right away (with no random intervention ), use the Answer Key Version of the product.
Thanks again for all of the excellent feedback regarding the improvement of this hugely popular product.
In this part of our blog series on OSPF area types, our Area 11 is going to undergo a major flashback! The area is going to be reintroduced to an early 1980′s American stereotype called Valley Girls and their Valspeak. The area is no longer going to be Stubby, but it is going to be like. . .like Totally Stubby! Lets review how we left Area 11 and how things looked when it was just a Stub area:
I am so sorry that I created some confusion with my earlier blog post about the eBGP Peering update to the CCIE Written course. In the previous blog post I provided a link directly to the new content for you, but I failed to mention where we placed it “permanently” in the course. We added the content to the existing Module 4 Lesson 4 BGP. We placed the interactive demonstration just before the end of lesson review and Core Knowledge questions.
Welcome back to our series on OSPF areas. Click here for Part 1 of the series. It is time to focus on normal areas and stub areas in this post. Recall our topology:
Thanks to one of our brilliant CCIE R/S Written students, Nish, for his request of this series of INE blog posts. Nish is still struggling a bit with the different OSPF area types and how exactly they impact Link State Advertisements (LSAs). In this series, we will tackle each of the different OSPF areas in great detail, confirming our Level 1 knowledge at the command line as we progress.
Here is the network we will use in this first post. Notice this simple network can be constructed easily in Dynamips, or with three pretty basic Cisco routers capable of OSPF version 2.