Archive for October, 2011


INE’s long awaited CCIE Service Provider Advanced Technologies Class is now available! But first, congratulations to Tedhi Achdiana who just passed the CCIE Service Provider Lab Exam! Here’s what Tedhi had to say about his preparation:

Finally i passed my CCIE Service Provider Lab exam in Hongkong on Oct, 17 2011. I used your CCIE Service Provider Printed Materials Bundle. This product makes me deep understand how the Service Provider technology works, so it doesn`t matter when Cisco has changed the SP Blueprint. You just need to practise with IOS XR and finding similiar command in IOS platform.

Thanks to INE and keep good working !

Tedhi Achdiana
CCIE#30949 – Service Provider

The CCIE Service Provider Advanced Technologies Class covers the newest CCIE SP Version 3.0 Blueprint, including the addition of IOS XR hardware. Class topics include Catalyst ME3400 switching, IS-IS, OSPF, BGP, MPLS Layer 3 VPNs (L3VPN), Inter-AS MPLS L3VPNs, IPv6 over MPLS with 6PE and 6VPE, AToM and VPLS based MPLS Layer 2 VPNs (L2VPN), MPLS Traffic Engineering, Service Provider Multicast, and Service Provider QoS. Understanding the topics covered in this class will ensure that students are ready to tackle the next step in their CCIE preparation, applying the technologies themselves with INE’s CCIE Service Provider Lab Workbook, and then finally taking and passing the CCIE Service Provider Lab Exam!

Streaming access is available for All Access Pass subscribers for as low as $65/month! Download access can be purchased here for $299. AAP members can additionally upgrade to the download version for $149.

Sample videos from class can be found after the break: Continue Reading

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I bought INE’s self study bundle in mid 2010 to prepare for CCIE R&S
lab. Since then I’ve been continuously using their workbooks 1-4, the
vast collection of video lectures, multiple mock labs, rack rentals
and also listened to their audio lectures while driving to-and-from
work. I also read a lot of blogs for more in-depth explaination on
various topics written by the instructors on the INE website. All of
their materials are very nice, thorough and comes with precise
explaination. I was really impressed by the amount of hard work the
instructors had put in preparing these products. And last but not the
least their sales & support teams are very nice and prompt in
responding. Thank you to the whole team for all the help. I highly
recommend INE’s CCIE R&S products to all CCIE candidates.

Sapan Shroff
CCIE# 30910

Our sincere congratulations go out to Sapan on his excellent achievement! We will be shipping him a custom CCIE polo shirt today! Why don’t you get started with our CCIE Routing and Switching products today?

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In January of 2009 I passed my Routing and Switching lab exam the
first time using INE materials – but my journey was not over. Having
moved into a new role where network security was my primary
responsibility, I decided to set my sights earning the Security CCIE
as well.

Saying I was in over my head when I started that quest would be an
understatement. I started ordering training material and studying
hard. Having experienced success with INE previously I ordered the
written exam prep material and went through it all. Once I was
confident in my academic knowledge I took the written portion of the
exam – Success!

Then came the lab. Having taken it once before I knew that academic
preparation was not enough for the 8 hour ordeal. I found a terrific
deal on and signed up for an in-person bootcamp and Workbook
bundle and started booking rack rental space for the Volume 1
workbook immediately. After completing the exercises in the Volume 1
workbook it was off to the bootcamp where Petr Lapukhov was able to
help me identify and work through my weak spots. My next challenge
was to work through Volume 2 of the CCIE Security lab workbook, which
was a lot easier with a full week of classes under my belt.

I walked in to the lab exam confidently and can honestly say that the
INE material left me well prepared. There was nothing in the lab that
we had not covered in class and in the workbooks.

Today I am a dual CCIE and I could not have done it without the
material and instructors at Internetwork Expert.

Adam Black
CCIE# 23393

Our sincere congratulations go out to Adam on his excellent achievement! We will be shipping him a custom CCIE polo shirt today! Why don’t you get started with our CCIE Security products today?

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On October 19, 2011 I finally passed my CCIE lab at RTP becoming CCIE
#31014. I have taken the exam twice before this, both times coming
extremely close but not quite making it. I started studying about a
year ago using mainly INE products as well as reading blogs and group
study. I went through Vol 1 to get started and then jumped right into
Vol 2 where I spent the majority of my study time. I went through Vol
2 probably close to 3 times over the year I spent studying. I would
go through each lab carefully, referencing the DocCD and Vol 1 for
any technologies I was unsure of. The one thing I neglected to spend
a lot of time on was troubleshooting. I kept telling myself “I know
the technologies so well I can figure out the troubleshooting section
when I get there”…this is the wrong answer. Yes, I knew the
technologies inside and out but the first two times I failed the exam
was due to the fact that I did not have a solid troubleshooting
strategy. For all the other candidates out there, make sure you
practice troubleshooting, have a solid strategy, read the guidelines
carefully and you will do fine. I want to thank everyone at INE,
especially Petr who taught the bootcamp I attended in Tampa this past
spring. The bootcamp, along with all the other INE products are
top-notch and I wouldn’t be where I’m at without them.

Josiah Chonko
CCIE# 31014

Our sincere congratulations go out to Josiah on his excellent achievement! We will be shipping him a custom CCIE polo shirt today! Why don’t you get started with our CCIE Routing and Switching products today?

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My CCIE Voice journey started in August of 2010. I passed my written
that month and began preparing for what I now know was a journey of a
lifetime. My preparations began with another vendor and the Cisco
360 program. In addition to my own study time I attended a couple
bootcamps in preparation. After approximately 6 months of intense
studying and preparation I felt I was ready for my first attempt in
March of 2011. I was sure that I was going to past the first time,
but the real exam was an eye opener. I didn’t even come close to
finishing the exam and really struggled with the dial plan.

That first attempt humbled me and I really didn’t know if I was cut
out to finish this. I am a father of two and a husband. While the
employer I work for was supporting me I was still working long hours
on implementations and trying to study in between. The second
attempt in July went much like the first. I purchased the all access
pass and started watching all the voice deep dives. The content and
the way Mark delivers it is excellent. Unfortunately there was not
enough time to get through everything before my second attempt. So I
did fail that second time, and again time was my enemy.

At this point I really thought about quitting. It was all just to
much. Eventually I decided I had put way to much time and effort in
this to give up. So I sat through and watched all the deep dives,
and the 5 day voice bootcamp that Mark Snow recorded. I believe that
recorded bootcamp was the final tool that allowed me to pass my exam
on Oct. 4th and become CCIE#30704. Mark’s delivery in that bootcamp
along with the strategy tips he provided allowed me to finish the lab
in 6 hours and have time to test and troubleshoot any issues. For
anyone out there wondering which vendor they should go with for their
CCIE voice preparations INE is the best!!! Special thanks to Mark
Snow, my family, friends, and employer for all their support.

Westley Watkins

Our sincere congratulations go out to Wes on his excellent achievement! We will be shipping him a custom CCIE polo shirt today! Why don’t you get started with our 1-year CCNA to CCIE Voice plan today?

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In our R&S CCIE Mock Lab 2 there is a BGP task that relates to having a particular router prefer an iBGP route as the preferred path to exit its local AS over an eBGP learned path. This seems like a very simple task and it is if you are very thorough with your verification but it ends up being the most commonly missed task in this particular mock lab. Lets start by going over the task and the solution most commonly implemented by students.

In the lab R1, R2 and SW2 are in AS 300. R1 and R2 each have an eBGP peering session with R3. The task states that AS 300 should use the T1 link between R1 and R3 to reach paths originating in AS 54 (BB3). R3 (sub-AS 65003) appears as AS 100 but is actually in a confederation with R4 (sub-AS 65004) and R5 (sub-AS 65005). This doesn’t have any bearing on the task but needs to be mentioned for clarification when looking at the diagram and the output of the show commands. Below is the full task and the diagram (click the image to enlarge).
BGP Route Preference
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Hi Guys,

I finally got my CCIE Voice. I took it yesterday 10/17/2011 and just
checked the status.

It always took me more attempts to get my CCIE. There is nobody
around can study together wih me for all my CCIEs. When I worked on
my first CCIE (R&S) in 2001, I don’t know a lot about Cisco devices
yet. I don’t have any other cisco certificate. I just bought books
and bought some Cisco 25xx routers (there was no dynamips yet) to
study. When I failed my first two attempts, I was very frustraed
because I don’t know what is the correct answer. Things had been
changed since I found Internetwork Experts (INE). I think they
provide the best product in the world if you want to become a real
CCIE (not a paper one). I tried some other materials, but the
problem is the answers are not so clear as INE’s. Their step-by-step
solution guide let you know what you are doing.

Anyway, I failed so many times because self-study for CCIE is really
hard. But I will say that I wll never pass all my CCIEs without INE.

Brian Dennis, Brian McGahan, Petr Lapukhov and Mark Snow are so
knowledgable to help people like me to get their CCIEs. Thank you
all. Your Voice Deep-Dive and ATC are so great. Without them, I can never pass my lab.

Next, I will go after CCIE SP, I already purchased their CCIE SP’s
materials, I am waiting for their version 3.0 update. I believe te
quality of the update is worth to wait.

Good luck to everyone.


Peng Zheng
CCIE#13584 (R&S, Voice)

Our sincere congratulations go out to Peng on his second great achievement! We will be shipping him a custom CCIE polo shirt today! Why don’t you get started with our 1-year CCNA to CCIE Voice plan today?

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I’m currently working on updating the Vol 2 Troubleshooting labs. I’m changing a good portion of the tickets and increasing the difficultly level of each lab. So if you’ve done the Vol 2 Troubleshooting labs in the past it’ll benefit you to go back through them. I’m also adding in a lot more layer 2, QoS, MPLS VPN and multicast related tickets. I hope to have this finished and uploaded sometime late next week or early the following week.

In addition to updating the Vol 2 Troubleshooting labs I’m currently working on a brand new Troubleshooting workbook for R&S. This one is based on a new rack topology that has 28 routers and 4 switches. Our new troubleshooting racks are being built now and we should start beta testing early next month. This workbook will support our new Troubleshooting racks, GNS3 and I even have a couple Cisco employees who are going to test the labs out for IOU support. Anyone who has our current workbook series will automatically receive the new Troubleshooting workbook free of charge.

I’ll be making another post later this month or early next month regarding additional updates and changes to our R&S workbooks. As always current customers will get the updated workbooks free of charge. Keep submitting any issues for our R&S workbooks using the feedback form in the members’s site. Weeks like this between teaching my brand new live R&S bootcamps I look through the reported issues to see if any updates are needed.

Over the coming weeks, you may notice blocks of racks being reserved as I’m having the 2600XMs removed and replaced with 2811s. The 2600XMs will replace the 2500s as the backbone routers. This will speed up the reload and rack reset times. The only changes you will see if that R1 and R2′s serial interfaces will now be S0/0/0 and S0/0/1 in contrast to S0/0 and S0/1. R1 and R2 will also have an additional Ethernet connection to SW1 and SW2 along with BB1 being connected by Ethernet to SW1 Fa0/24. These changes will not affect the current workbooks and our rack automation has already been updated to support the interface changes.

Our new CCNA and CCNP racks are being finished this week and should be available for rent after the recording of the CCNA and CCNP bootcamp videos this month.

Lastly we will be releasing new mock labs between November and the end of the year. These new mock labs will be based on a different physical rack topology than INE’s currently physical topology. I’ll post more information regarding them in the coming weeks.

If you have any specific questions regarding the R&S workbooks feel free to email me directly or post your comment below.

Good luck with your studies!

Brian Dennis, CCIEx5 #2210 (R&S/ISP-Dial/Security/SP/Voice)

If anyone was wondering what they get for $300 when you add-on the printed option to the R&S CCIE Workbook bundle see the image below. Since I’m working on the updates, I ordered a printed set for myself. I’ve been working on the electronic versions and knew it was a lot of material but was surprised at the sheer amount of material it is when it’s all printed out and laid on the floor in front of you.

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One of our most anticipated products of the year – INE’s CCIE Service Provider v3.0 Advanced Technologies Class – is now complete!  The videos from class are in the final stages of post production and will be available for streaming and download access later this week.  Download access can be purchased here for $299.  Streaming access is available for All Access Pass subscribers for as low as $65/month!  AAP members can additionally upgrade to the download version for $149.

At roughly 40 hours, the CCIE SPv3 ATC covers the newly released CCIE Service Provider version 3 blueprint, which includes the addition of IOS XR hardware. This class includes both technology lectures and hands on configuration, verification, and troubleshooting on both regular IOS and IOS XR. Class topics include Catalyst ME3400 switching, IS-IS, OSPF, BGP, MPLS Layer 3 VPNs (L3VPN), Inter-AS MPLS L3VPNs, IPv6 over MPLS with 6PE and 6VPE, AToM and VPLS based MPLS Layer 2 VPNs (L2VPN), MPLS Traffic Engineering, Service Provider Multicast, and Service Provider QoS.

Below you can see a sample video from the class, which covers IS-IS Route Leaking, and its implementation on IOS XR with the Routing Policy Language (RPL)

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The BGP MED attribute, commonly referred to as the BGP metric, provides a means to convey to a neighboring Autonomous System (AS) a preferred entry point into the local AS.  BGP MED is a non-transitive optional attribute and thus the receiving AS cannot propagate it across its AS borders.  However, the receiving AS may reset the metric value upon receipt, if it so desires.

Previous versions of BGP (v2 and v3) defined this attribute as the inter-AS metric (INTER_AS_METRIC) but in BGPv4 it is defined as the multi-exit discriminator (MULTI_EXIT_DISC). The MED is an unsigned 32bit integer.  The MED value can be any from 0 to 4,294,967,295 (2^32-1) with a lower value being preferred.  Certain implementations of BGP will treat a path with a MED value of 4,294,967,295 as infinite and hence the path would be deemed unusable so the MED value will be reset to 4,294,967,294.  This rewriting of the MED value could lead to inconsistencies, unintended path selections or even churn. I’ll do a follow up article on how BGP MED can possibly cause an endless convergence loop in certain topologies.
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