Archive for May, 2011


Our Congratulations to Fatai Adekunle, who passed the CCIE Voice Lab Exam this past week!

I passed my lab yesterday in Brussels. Now i will take out time to rest and relax. Thanks Mark – God bless so much. It was a stressful but worthy journey.

Mark Snow is an instructor I cannot but keep following. I
actually followed him from IPExpert to INE.

I used INE new video that mark snow did and it did not only
re-taught me the technology, it gave me a better confidence to pass.

In fact, as a CCIE voice, i have mandated my Company to buy the new
CCNA/CCNP voice to the library as a reference document.


Fatai Adekunle, CCIE #29052 (Voice)

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Wow! I can’t believe we’re finally wrapping up this product release. It’s the longest online class we’ve ever done at just over 80 hours and at the end of the day we ended up with over 8TB (that’s 8000 gigabytes of video!) in raw format. We captured all of the video locally to the instructor in HD (720p). This allowed us to professionally edit all 150+ videos and make them available in various resolutions and formats. We are offering the videos in three 16:9 formats. The first is 640×320 and is designed for low bandwidth Internet connections and small portable devices. The second is 960×540 and is designed for standard Internet connections and tablet computers (iPad, etc). Lastly we offer a 1280×720 HD option for people with high bandwidth Internet connections and viewing on large screens (computer monitors, TVs, etc). All of the videos have a downloadable option for customers with access to them. If you’re interested in the downloadable version of the class the low bandwidth format is roughly 80 to 100MB per hour of video. The high bandwidth format is roughly 250 to 500MB per hour of video and finally the HD format is 1GB to 1.4GB per hour of video.

For our overseas customers we’ve purchased bandwidth and storage in datacenters located in Europe and Asia with our CDN to allow for faster streaming and downloads.

We’re starting to release more of the RS ATC videos by Wednesday with all of them being released by June 6th. Additionally all of the videos are being transcribed to allow for closed captioning and to allow searching within a particular video or all videos which enables us to link you to exactly what you are looking for. An audio version of the videos will also be available starting next week.

The next product for CCIE Routing and Switching that we’re releasing is the video from a live 12 Day Bootcamp taught by Petr and Brian McGahan. For CCIE Voice we’re releasing a totally new ATC done by Mark that is over 60 hours of content in HD. The videos from the latest CCIE Voice 5 Day Bootcamp that was held here in Seattle will also be available next week. While we’re on the topic of new videos we have a CCDE product being finalized for release, a new CCNA class coming out, more RS CCIE Deep Dives in the works and this is just what’s being released in the next 6 weeks!

The best news is that everyone with an All Access Pass subscription will have access to all of these new videos with their subscription. That’s a lot of value for just $159 a month or $1599 for a year’s access.

Oh, I almost forgot to include the link to the ATC sneak peek of the first five modules: :

**** UPDATE ****

Here are the direct links to the audio versions of the sample.

Using the Cisco Documentation
Ethernet Overview, Layer 2 Switchports, Trunking, ISL, 802.1q, DTP
VTP, VTP Authentication, VTP Pruning
VTP Prune Eligible List, VTP Transparent, VTP Troubleshooting, Trunk Allowed List, Extended VLANs


We are happy to congratulate our student, Ahmet Gokhan Yalcin on obtaining his prestigious CCIE Security certification! It is my personal pleasure to congratulate Ahmet, after meeting him in our CCIE Security Bootcamp in Tampa this year. Here is what Ahmet has to say about his road to CCIE:

Hi all,

I passed my CCIE Security lab exam on my first attempt on 21 April. It took my 6 months to overcome this exam. I attended to CCIE Security Bootcamp prepared by INE and intsructed by Petr Lapukhov, this was really helpful in understanding the nature of the exam and getting a detailed overview. Other than that I used the practice bundle containing the Volume 2 Workbook and rack rentals, this gave me the feeling of doing an actual lab exam and experiencing the real exam difficulties. I want to thank to INE team who prepare those beneficial documents, and also I want to thank to my family for their great support during my studies.

Once again, congratulations, Ahmet!

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This blog post reviews and compares two most common types of traffic contracts – single rate and dual-rate agreements and their respective implementations using single-rate and dual-rate (two-rate) policing. We are also going to briefly discuss effects of packet remarking on end-to-end throughput and finally look at some examples of IOS configuration.

What is Traffic Contract

Service-providers network topology typically follows core/aggregation model, where network core has meshed topology and aggregation layers use some variation of tree topology. This design results in bandwidth aggregation when flows converge toward the core. Therefore, to avoid network resource oversubscription, accurate admission control is necessary at the network edge. The admission operation was trivial with circuit-switched TDM-based networks, but became significantly more complicated in packet switched networks. In a packet network, there is no such thing as a constant traffic flow rate, as flows only exist “temporarily” when packets are transmitted. In packet networks, it is common for service providers to connect customer using a sub-rate connection. Sub-rate a connection that provides only a fraction of the maximum possible link bandwidth, e.g. 1Mbps on a 100Mbps connection.

Implementing sub-rate access requires special agreement between service provider and customer – a specification known as “traffic contract”. Traffic contracts are enforced both at customer and SP sides by using traffic shaping and policing respectively. Traffic contracts may vary and include multiple QoS parameters, but there are two most common types that we are going to look at today: single-rate and dual-rate traffic contracts.
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I thought it would never end, but after 17 class days and over 80 hours of lecture, I’m proud to announce that our new CCIE Routing & Switching Advanced Technologies Class is now complete!

This is by far the most complete run of this class I’ve ever done, and from what I’ve seen there’s nothing else that comes close to the length, breadth, and depth of this content.  For those of you that attended the live classes, I hope it was both informative and enjoyable.  For those of you who couldn’t attend live, the On-Demand versions will be available in both our new HTML5 streaming format and available for download starting this week.  More information will be posted shortly with along with additional samples.

Below is the outline of the topics that I covered in class:

  • Class Overview
    • Introduction
    • Using the Cisco Documentation
  • Bridging & Switching
    • Ethernet Overview
    • Layer 2 Switchports
    • Trunking
    • ISL
    • 802.1q
    • DTP
    • VTP
    • VTP Authentication
    • VTP Pruning
    • VTP Prune Eligible List
    • VTP Transparent
    • VTP Troubleshooting
    • Trunk Allowed List
    • Extended VLANs
    • SVIs
    • Native Routed Interfaces
    • Router-on-a-Stick
    • Layer 2 EtherChannel
    • EtherChannel Load Balancing
    • Layer 3 EtherChannel
    • 802.1q Tunneling
    • Layer 2 Protocol Tunneling
    • EtherChannel over 802.1q Tunneling
    • STP Root Bridge Election
    • STP Root Port Election
    • STP Designated Port Election
    • STP Priority
    • STP Cost
    • STP Port-Priority
    • Day 2 Review
    • STP Timers
    • STP PortFast
    • STP UplinkFast
    • STP BackboneFast
    • STP BPDU Filter
    • STP BPDU Guard
    • STP Root Guard
    • STP Loop Guard
    • Unidirectional Link Detection (UDLD)
    • Multiple Spanning-Tree Protocol (MST)
    • Rapid Spanning-Tree Protocl (RSTP)
    • Rapid-PVST
    • MST with Multiple Regions
    • Flex Links
    • Frame Relay
    • Frame Relay Configuration Part 1
    • Frame Relay Configuration Part 2
    • Frame Relay Switching
    • Back-to-Back Frame Relay
    • Frame-Relay End-to-End Keepalives
    • PPP
    • PPP PAP Authentication
    • PPP CHAP Authentication
    • PPPoFR
    • PPPoE
    • Transparent Bridging
    • IRB
    • Fallback Bridging
  • IP Routing
    • IP Routing Overview
    • Switching Paths
    • Static Routing
    • Static Routing Examples
    • IP Default-Gateway
    • IP Default-Network
    • On-Demand Routing (ODR)
    • Floating Static Routes
    • Backup Interface
    • Enhanced Object Tracking
    • IP SLA
    • Reliable Static Routing
    • Policy Routing
    • GRE Tunneling
    • GRE Recursive Routing Errors
    • Reliable Backup Interface with GRE
  • RIP
    • RIP Overview
    • RIP Versions
    • RIP Auto-Summary
    • RIP Split-Horizon
    • RIP Timers
    • RIP Broadcast Updates
    • IP Directed Broadcast
    • IP Broadcast-Address
    • Smurf Attacks
    • Fraggle Attacks
    • RIP Unicast Updates
    • RIP Offset-List
    • RIP Authentication
    • RIP Summarization
    • Prefix-Lists
    • RIP Distribute-List Filtering
    • RIP Administrative Distance Filtering
    • RIP Default Routing
    • RIP Conditional Default Routing
    • RIP Triggered
    • RIP Validate Update Source
    • EIGRP Overview
    • EIGRP Auto-Summary
    • EIGRP Split-Horizon
    • EIGRP Update Types
    • EIGRP Neighbor
    • EIGRP Passive-Interface
    • EIGRP Hello-Interval
    • EIGRP Hold-Time
    • EIGRP Authentication
    • EIGRP Time Based Authentication
    • EIGRP Path Selection
    • EIGRP Metric Weights
    • EIGRP Traffic Engineering
    • EIGRP Unequal Cost Load Balancing
    • EIGRP Variance
    • EIGRP Summarization
    • EIGRP Leak-Map
    • EIGRP Stub Router Advertisement
    • EIGRP Default Routing
    • EIGRP Route Filtering
    • EIGRP Router-ID
    • Miscellaneous EIGRP Features
  • OSPF
    • OSPF Overview
    • Establishing OSPF Adjacencies
    • Understanding the OSPF Database
    • OSPF Network Type Broadcast
    • OSPF DR/BDR Election
    • OSPF over NBMA
    • OSPF Network Type Non-Broadcast and Point-to-Multipoint
    • OSPF Network Type Point-to-Point
    • OSPF Network Type Mismatch
    • OSPF Network Type Point-to-Multipoint Non-Broadcast
    • OSPF Per Neighbor Cost
    • OSPF Network Type Loopback
    • OSPF Path Selection
    • OSPF Convergence Timers
    • OSPF Authentication
    • OSPF Summarization
    • OSPF Stub Areas
    • OSPF Totally Stubby Areas
    • OSPF NSSAs
    • OSPF Totally NSSAs
    • Controlling OSPF NSSA Redistribution
    • OSPF Type 7 to 5 Translator Election
    • OSPF LSA Type 3 Filter
    • OSPF Forwarding Address Suppression
  • Route Redistribution
    • Route Redistribution Overview
    • Route Redistribution Configuration & Verification
    • Connected Redistribution
    • OSPF External Path Selection
    • TCL PING Scripting
    • Routing Loops Overview
    • EIGRP Route Loop Prevention
    • Metric Based Routing Loops
    • Route Tagging
    • Administrative Distance Based Routing Loops
    • Debug IP Routing
    • IP Route Profile
  • BGP
    • BGP Overview
    • BGP Peering Types
    • Establishing BGP Peerings
    • EBGP Multihop
    • BGP Neighbor Disable Connected Check
    • BGP TTL Security
    • BGP 4-Byte ASNs
    • BGP Local AS
    • BGP Peer Groups
    • BGP Next-Hop Self
    • BGP Next-Hop Processing
    • BGP Local AS
    • BGP Peer Groups
    • BGP Next-Hop Self
    • BGP Next-Hop Processing
    • BGP Route Reflectors
    • Large Scale BGP Route Reflectors with Clusters
    • BGP Confederation
    • BGP NLRI Advertisements
    • BGP Network Statement
    • BGP Redistribution
    • BGP Aggregation
    • BGP Aggregation & Summary-Only
    • BGP Aggregation & Unsuppress-Map
    • BGP Origin
    • BGP Aggregation & AS-Set
    • BGP Aggregation & Advertise-Map
    • BGP Conditional Route Injection
    • BGP Bestpath Selection
    • BGP Multipath
    • BGP Weight
    • BGP Local Preference
    • BGP Local Preference and Communities
    • BGP AS-Path Prepending
    • BGP MED
    • BGP MED Missing As Worst
    • BGP Deterministic MED
    • BGP Communites
    • BGP Regular Expressions
    • BGP Filtering
    • BGP Convergence Timers
    • BGP Default Routing
    • Miscellaneous BGP Features
  • MPLS
    • MPLS Overview
    • MPLS Label Distribution Protocol (LDP)
    • MPLS Tunnels
    • MPLS Penultimate Hop Popping (PHP)
    • MPLS Layer 3 VPNs Overview
    • VRF Lite
    • MPLS Layer 3 VPNs and VPNv4 BGP
    • MPLS Layer 3 VPN Verification & Troubleshooting
    • MPLS Layer 3 VPN OSPF PE-CE Routing Overview
    • MPLS Layer 3 VPN OSPF PE-CE Routing Path Selection & Sham-Links
    • MPLS Layer 3 VPN OSPF PE-CE Routing Loop Prevention & Down-Bit
    • OSPF Capability VRF-Lite
  • IPv6
    • IPv6 Overview
    • IPv6 ICMPv6 ND
    • IPv6 over NBMA
    • IPv6 Routing Overview
    • IPv6 Static Routing
    • IPv6 RIPng
    • IPv6 EIGRPv6
    • IPv6 OSPFv3
    • MP-BGP for IPv6
    • IPv6 Tunneling
  • Multicast
    • Multicast Overview
    • IGMP
    • PIM Overview
    • PIM Dense Mode
    • PIM Sparse Mode
    • PIM Sparse Mode Configuration
    • PIM Sparse Mode RPF & RP Troubleshooting
    • Auto-RP
    • Multicast over GRE Tunnels
    • Bootstrap Router (BSR)
    • Bidirectional PIM
    • Source Specific Multicast (SSM)
    • MSDP
    • Anycast RP
    • IPv6 Multicast Routing
  • QoS
    • QoS Overview
    • IntServ QoS
    • DiffServ QoS
    • IP Precedence
    • DSCP
    • MQC
    • HQF
    • MQC Classification
    • FIFO
    • FQ
    • WFQ
    • CBWFQ
    • HQF
    • LLQ
    • WRED
    • Traffic Shaping
    • Traffic Policing
    • Frame Relay Traffic Shaping (FRTS)
    • RSVP
    • Catalyst 3560 QoS
  • Security
    • IOS Security Overview
    • Access Lists (ACLs)
    • Time Based ACLs
    • Dynamic ACLs
    • Reflexive ACLs
    • TCP Intercept
    • Content Based Access Control (CBAC)
    • Zone Based Policy Firewall (ZBPF)
    • AAA
    • Local Authentication
    • Local Authorization
    • Role Based CLI Access
    • Port Security
    • Static CAM Entries
    • Storm Control
    • 802.1X Authentication
    • PACLs
    • RACLs
    • VLAN Access Maps (VACLs)
    • DHCP Snooping
    • Dynamic ARP Inspection (DAI)
    • IP Source Guard
    • Protected Ports
    • Private VLANs
  • IP Services
    • IP Services Overview
    • HSRP
    • VRRP
    • GLBP
    • NAT
    • DHCP
    • DNS
    • NetFlow
    • WCCP
    • Miscellaneous IP Services
  • System Management
    • System Management Overview
    • NTP
    • NTP Authentication
    • SNMP
    • RMON
    • Syslog
    • Telnet
    • SSH
    • Banners
    • EEM Scripting
    • Miscellaneous System Management


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The whole INE team is happy to congratulate Rock Bassole, CCIE #28657! It was my personal pleasure to meet Rock in our CCIE R&S Bootcamps, and I’m glad to see him getting the so well-deserved CCIE title! Keep up the good work, Rock!

After many months of preparation, I finally passed the CCIE lab exam on April 14th. I want to thank INE for its great material that helped me in this preparation. I used the advanced technologies class on demand and the CCIE Workbooks VOL 1, 2 and 4 to deepen and perfect my knowledge. The CCIE Bootcamp was a nice and rewarding experience. It was a rich source of opportunity that allowed me to re-enforce the most important areas of the blueprint. A long side of the long days of hard work in Tampa, I had the opportunity to tie up new relationships in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Many thanks to INE Instructors for their precious advices and guidance. I finally want to thank my family and friends for their constant support. A page is now turned; hope to write another one, in the future, with INE.

Congratulations, Rock, and thank you for choosing INE to help you in pursuit of your goals! Everyone else – stay tuned for upcoming in-depth technical blog posts from INE!

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Our Congratulations go out to Sorin Platon, who recently passed the CCIE R&S Lab Exam! Here’s what Sorin had to say about his preparation:

I finally finished my journey on May 9th in San Jose

I started on September 2009 with the CCIE 2.0 program

I used it to pass my written and study for my lab, I remember when I pass the written I wasn’t reliefed just happy I can finally start on VOL1

I exclusively used the graded labs for Vol1 this gave me a feeling of real equipment behaviour and also I had a precise studying schedule

I did vol1 and took good notes, something that you can revise quickly, then I went for week 1 of the bootcamp in August is Chicago, Brian was our teacher and it was a good experience, we revise and cemented a lot of key concepts.

Then I went and I tackled VOL2, I used both GNS3 for its flexibility and the graded labs, the experience gained in Vol1 was invaluable for this portion of the preparation.

The vol2 is a great tool, the key is how you use it, in the beginning I used to look at the solution but that wasn’t the best way to do it, IEOC was always helpful when I had a question of a solution I used and why is not the SG solution or if is right or not.

I took first graded lab and I did horribly but it was a useful experience to take the full 8hrs and just do the complete lab, usually I was spreading a Vol2 lab over a few days, but is not the same experience.

To change the pace I used vol3 that taught me how to be faster in my IGP and BGP.

Vol4 was the hardest one but it was a good revision tool

In February I went to the week 2 mock labs of the bootcamp in Chicago and that was an eye opener, Petr new mock labs are one of the best preparation tools out there

The mock days lab are getting your brain trained to concentrate for 8 hours and how fast those hours fly and how soft your brain gets in the last 2 hours

I went for my first try in March and it was a failure, I knew that my stress was way too high and I can do it if I use all the knowledge and all the ‘how to” that I’ve learned. The next day after I got my score I went and schedule my next attempt.

On my second attempt I was calmer, cooler and my attitude was a positive one without being a forced positive, after I did the troubleshooting I knew I had a real chance of passing it.

The last hour of the lab was the hardest but I’m sure if I didn’t step it up during that hour I wouldn’t be writing this right now.

I got my result 35 minutes after the lab and I took me forever to have the courage and log in, when I saw pass I couldn’t believe it and I checked and recked, the joy was taking all my energy left i barely could talk to my wife

Thank you INE for the training, thank you to all my family and friends for the support

Sorin Platon CCIE #28841

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The whole INE team would like to congratulate Blake Fincher, who is now CCIE Security #28738! Blake was one of our bright students attending INE’s CCIE Security bootcamp in August last year. We are more than happy to see him passing the lab and getting the title he deserved! Once again, congratulations, Blake! Here is what Blake has to say about INE’s training:

I wanted to let you guys know i passed my Security lab on April 26th in RTP, i am now CCIE# 28738, and wanted to take a brief moment to share my success story with you guys since your company was such an integral part of my success. I have been preparing for this test off and on for about 7 years now, i have been in the industry for 15 years. I have been a member of INE for several years but did not start taking my studies seriously until about 3 years ago, i attended a boot camp back in August of 2010 that was taught by Petr Lapukhov in Reno and it was exactly what i needed, Petr developed a 5 day lab challenge that was absolutely amazing, shortly after the bootcamp i sat the lab and missed it by a narrow margin, i was somewhat discouraged but Petr emailed me and chatted with me on IM and encouraged me to continue to move forward and told me to continue working on his 5 day lab and pointed out specific CCIE Security Vol 1 and CCIE Security Vol 2 labs to work on, he also pointed me to several Blog posts on the INE site that were priceless in helping me understand certain technologies that i was struggling with, Petr never once hesitated to answer any questions that I had, which has made me and the company I work for INE customers for life. I sat the lab again on April 26th and felt more than prepared and passed. I cannot thank Petr and INE enough, they were so instrumental in my learning and helping me prepare to pass one of the most rigorous exams in the industry, THANK YOU INE and THANK YOU PETR!!!


Blake Fincher
CCIE# 28738 (Security)
Lead Network Engineer

Thanks, Blake, and hope to see you soon in INE’s R&S classes!

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It is time for Somit to celebrate his well-deserved CCIE title! We would like to congratulate him and wish all the best in his pursuit of perfection in mastery of networking technologies! Here is what Somit has to say about INE and his CCIE story!

Now it is the time to write my own success story, it was a big dream for me and dreams do come true. This was a very long journey and it had a lots of ups and downs but the ultimate goal never changed to get the 5 digits. I cleared my CCIE (R&S) Lab on 9th April from Banglore. My CCIE number is 28603. This was my second attempt. My CCIE Journey started back in Feb last year (2010) when I cleared my CCIE Written Exam with a perfect score (1000/1000). At that time I got enrolled in CCIE 2.0 program (now CCIE 4.0 program) from INE and I extensively used your Workbooks 1-4 especially Workbook VOL 1, which is one of a kind and was the base for all of my CCIE preparation. I cleared my Troubleshooting section in 40 minutes straight. Thanks to INE’s Workbook VOL 2 and VOL 4 which has really boosted my confidence and I cleared the Configuration part in 3.5 hours with ample time in hand for verification. I also used extensively INE’s Blog to clear most of my doubts. I want to thank INE (the Brian duos, Petr, former instructor Keith), my family (wife Renuka and daughter Navya) and my friends (Hansraj and Shrikant) who all supported me a lot during my preparation. Also I would like to thank Robert Deweese from INE Sales team for giving me a good deal in getting enrolled in INE CCIE 2.0 program. It’s time to move forward and start preparing for CCIE Security Lab.

Thanks and Regards,
Somit Maloo
CCIE# 28603

Once again, congratulations from INE!

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As everyone knows we’re making a massive push to release more videos and moving over to a new delivery method (HTML5).  With this new solution we can support closed captions.  I’ve uploaded a sample CCIE Voice Deep Dive video with closed captions enabled to YouTube and wanted to know the community’s feedback as to the value it will add.

Click on the “cc” icon in the YouTube player to enable closed captions if they are disabled.

Closed captions will allow us to offer transcripts of the videos and allow every video to be searchable so you can quickly find which video covers a particular topic and the exact part of a video that it’s cover in. Additionally we’ll be able to link you to that exact part of the video. Let me know what you all think by commenting below.

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