Archive for March, 2012

Mar
27

INE is proud to announce that our long awaited CCIE Service Provider Lab Workbook Version 3.0 is now available!  The initial pre-release of the workbook contains over 500 pages of technology focused labs to help you prepare for Cisco’s newest CCIE Service Provider Lab Exam.  Similar to other “rough cut” books, the pre-release of the workbook is for students that want to begin work on their hands-on preparation for the lab exam without further delay.  Over the next few weeks the workbook will be updated to include more technology labs, along with the full scale labs.  The workbook includes a GNS3/Dynamips .net file that is compatible with the topology, and rack rentals that include IOS XR will be available soon.  A sample of the workbook can be found here.

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Mar
23

As many of you already know I’ve been teaching our brand new Routing and Switching CCIE bootcamps for the past couple months. I’ve recently restructured the bootcamp in that mock labs are not done during the second week to allow for expanded coverage of the CCIE blueprint topics. The mock labs are now done after the bootcamp and I give every student 1500 tokens to schedule them. The new structure allows for roughly 100+ hours of hands-on demonstration using my own rack over the course of the two weeks. I start at 9am and go until roughly 8pm each night (Friday’s included). After 8pm the students usually go for dinner and start working on the labs and/or review for the next day. Every topic is covered hands-on by me during the two weeks. Students are given the R&S CCIE ATC Videos free of charge when scheduling the bootcamp because even with 100+ hours we do not have time to cover the basics.

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Mar
22

With the recent advent of the new 2.0 version CCNA, CCNP and CCIE Wireless certifications, as well as the (probably more notable) CCIE Data Center being announced this week (something that we reported to you first 8 months ago), INE is proud to announce that we are developing training for both of these prestigious Cisco certification tracks. We should have CCNA, CCNP and CCIE Wireless products all covering the new 2.0 version by this summer, and we will be purchasing at least one complete Data Center rack and develop courseware surrounding that new CCIE as well. We will evaluate the market, and our costs to asses if it is feasible to procure more CCIE Data Center racks for rental at that time.

Also we should note that we have just finished up 62 hours of a brand new CCNP Voice v8 bootcamp that will be available for stream or download next week, and that our new CCNP Security bootcamp is being filmed beginning on Monday, April 30, and should be available for stream or download the following week. Also that we will be adding 2 new CCIE Voice labs to our Volume II workbook here in the next month (one in about a week and one in about 3 weeks), and lastly (but by no means even close to least) that we are on track to release the new CCIE SPv3 workbook by the end of next week.

We look forward to working with all of you in your certification endeavors!
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Mar
19

After the early snafu with Cisco releasing the CCIE DC CiscoLive slides last week they now are now officially making the announcement.

https://learningnetwork.cisco.com/community/certifications/ccie_data_center

I’ll update this post once I’d have more time to digest this but my first opinion is that it looks really expensive to say the very least.

** UPDATE Cisco lists a 5148 Blade Chassis when it should actually be a 5108.

Hardware Blueprint:
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Mar
19

I just finished up 2 weeks of a really great CCNP Voice bootcamp, covering all 5 of the latest 8.0 version exams from Cisco (CVOICE, CIPT1, CIPT2, CAPPS, & TVOICE). All in all we ended up with 62 completely brand-new hours of informative video that we are sure you will be excited to watch when they are posted to our streaming and download sites here in probably just about a week. We went fairly in-depth on most every topic, one of them being MGCP during our TVOICE section of class.

BTW, with this new 62 hours of CCNP Voice video, this brings INE to 320 hours of total CCNA-to-CCIE Voice video-on-demand training. Far, far more than any other vendor. And it is all up-to-date and taught by me, not by subcontracted instructors.

You may recall that in my last post related to MGCP Troubleshooting, we took a basic look at the MGCP commands that a Call-Agent (server) instructs a Gateway (client) to preform – something the RFC refers to as “verbs”.

In this post, we are going to take a look at the output of the “debug mgcp packets” command for a single call, and then break down each section of the output into “transactions” (i.e. Command and Response).

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Mar
07

At INE we’re always looking for ways to improve our offerings, with the ultimate goal of helping you – our customers – learn new technologies in the fastest in most efficient way possible.  Over the past year we’ve nearly finalized our migration from Flash based video delivery to our new HTML5 streaming and download formats, which allowed us to offer enhancements such as cross-platform support (e.g. Apple iOS, Android, etc.), bookmarking and notation of videos, and searchable text transcripts.  We’ve gotten a lot of good feedback as to these changes and are so far very happy with the results.

With a number of new upcoming product releases, one of the most notable being our new CCIE Service Provider Version 3.0 Lab Workbook, I’d like to pose a question to our customer base: how do you learn best?  Some delivery formats, such as streaming video, work best for some learners, while others prefer more traditional methods like printed books.  Please spend a moment to take the poll below and comment on what works and doesn’t work for you in your studies.  This will help us better understand how we can enhance our offerings in the future.

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Mar
05

I’ve been getting a lot of emails recently asking when our updated CCIE Service Provider Version 3.0 Workbooks and Rack Rentals are going to be released.  And the answer is… soon :)  In fact sooner than ever.  We’re looking at somewhere around the end of March for the release of both the updated Workbook and Rack Rentals.  The updated Workbook will be broken down into two sections, Technology Labs and Full Scale Labs.  Essentially this will be the merging of the previous Volume 1 and Volume 2 workbooks into a single workbook that has two parts.  A sample of the Technology Labs section of the CCIE SPv3 Workbook can be found here.

The technology labs closely follow the flow of our CCIE Service Provider Version 3.0 Advanced Technologies Class-on-Demand.  The idea being that you will be able to watch the videos and then follow along with the hands-on portion of the technology based labs, or do the technology based labs and then fall back to the videos for sections that you don’t fully understand.

As for the hardware requirements of the Workbook everything that is regular IOS based will be able to be configured on Dynamips/GNS3, however as there is not yet a public virtualization solution for IOS XR this means that you’ll need hands-on experience with real IOS XR routers.  You will be able to do this through our rack rentals, or the racks of several other vendors that will be compatible with our topology.

More information will be made available as the final release of the Workbooks and Rack Rentals approach.

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Mar
02

We are streaming our entire CCNA Voice 5-Day bootcamp free for the month of March (ends 31 March 2012). Just register here and watch.

Also we are streaming Day 1 of our brand new 10-Day CCNP Voice bootcamp, and if you’d like to join for the entire two weeks, we’ve reduced the price.
Click here to watch live on 5 March or here for more details on the reduced price class.
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