Archive for April, 2012

Apr
29

I’m very proud to announce that once again INE will be awarding CCIE scholarships. We will be awarding 8 CCIE R&S scholarships and 2 CCIE Voice scholarships. The R&S scholarships will be awarded one per region: Africa, Asia, Canada, Europe, Middle East, North America (US/Mexico), Oceanic (Australia) and South America. The CCIE Voice scholarships will be awarded globally. Each scholarship includes:

  • 2 Year All Access Pass (access to all of our videos)
  • 1500 Tokens for Rack Rentals or Mock Labs Exams
  • CCIE Lab Exam Voucher (value $1500 to $1800)
  • Complete Set of CCIE Workbooks
  • Live Onsite 10-Day Bootcamp Seat

In addition to the 10 scholarships that INE is awarding I’m going to personally award 8 more that I will pay for out of my own pocket (basically the CCIE lab exam vouchers worth at least $12,000). Some people in the industry like to talk about helping others but I’m going to put my money where my mouth is ;-) This means there will be a total of 18 CCIE scholarships given away in 2012 by INE worth nearly $250,000.

Since INE has been so successful over the years helping people become CCIE’s and making INC 5000′s list of Fastest Growing Educational companies last year and will again this year, it’s vitally important that we give back to the community that has continued to make INE the leading CCIE training company in the industry. It’s important for any company in the education business to always balance growing the business with helping people and that’s why we are giving back. We try to pass on part of that success by offering free training (CCNA Voice, CCNA R&S, etc), free customized polo shirts when you pass the lab, keeping our pricing low and by offering these scholarships.

To apply for the scholarship you can use the link below:

http://www.ine.com/ccie-scholarship.htm

Good Luck!

Brian Dennis, CCIEx5 #2210 (R&S/ISP-Dial/Security/SP/Voice)
bdennis@ine.com

Internetwork Expert, Inc.

http://www.INE.com

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Apr
27

INE is proud to announce that our long awaited CCIE Service Provider Version 3.0 Rack Rentals are now available, which includes access to IOS XR routers! Furthermore during the initial beta testing of our new rack scheduling system, SPv3 rack rentals are FREE to book! Our new rack scheduler is easier to use than the previous version, and breaks rack sessions down into 3 hour blocks as opposed to the previous 6 hour blocks, which allows for more granularity and affordability in your study schedule. The new scheduler will remain in beta for the next week or so, during which sessions are free to book, but are limited to 1 concurrent session scheduled per customer. Below is a short HOWTO video that I created on using the new scheduling system:

For those of you on mobile platforms the direct link is http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=4DzgoiS9tPI

Additionally a new update has been posted to the CCIE SPv3 Workbook, which now includes the first Full Scale Lab. These updates can be found in the Workbooks tab of the members site, as seen in the above video.

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Apr
27

So we continue our series on CCD, something that is being talked about lately – in conjunction with UCM SME (Session Management Edition – think UCM as a Gatekeeper for other UCM clusters) – and something that is bound to be covered on the next version of the CCIE Voice blueprint (something that’s received a lot of chatter lately with the advent of UCM v9 beta training this week). Also, a topic that you must know understand well today if you are studying for your CCNP Voice CIPT2 exam.

Today we’ll look at the 2nd video in that series (video #54) from our current 62-hour CCNP Voice v8 bootcamp.

  • CCD via SAF :: Overview (29m)
  • CCD via SAF :: CUCM Inter-Cluster Call Routing (1h 32m)
  • CCD via SAF :: CUCM Call Routing with PSTN Failover (29m)
  • CCD via SAF :: CUCM Call Routing during SRST Fallback (48m)
  • CCD via SAF :: CUCM to CME Call Routing (54m)
  • CCD via SAF :: Inter-Cluster RSVP via SIP Preconditions (21m)

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Apr
24

Cisco keeps giving this week by allowing any desktop to join – for free – into any existing Telepresence video, and the quality of this video is really, really good. John Chambers recently said that Video is already the #1 traffic driver over Cisco’s internal network, and that by 2013 it is expected that over 90% of all traffic over the internet will be based on Video. There’s never been a better time to be training for Unified Communications!

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Apr
19

Just announced at the Cisco Partner Summit yesterday, Cisco is making Unified Presence, IM and it’s Jabber client for Mac, PC, iPad, iPhone, Cisco Cius, Blackberry and all Android devices completely FREE. This probably has something to do with how badly they’ve been spanked in Presence server and client sales by Microsoft basically giving away the presence features of Lync (although MS does make you pay when you want to add Voice/Video features to those clients – just as Cisco will). At any rate and for whatever their reasons and motivations – I personally think it is a very, very smart move for Cisco. It’s also one that makes complete sense seeing that UCM v9 is about to go into beta testing next week. Understanding that the Jabber client can interact with video from any IP phone or Telepresence unit, and the fact that Cisco announced that this free Jabber client and Presence support is not only for those with existing IP Phones, but for every member of any enterprise with a UCM server, this makes the announcement all that more powerful. This doesn’t include Voice or Video, but those can be enabled later with a simple license upgrade. Still not bad at all – especially with the new Jabber client for Windows, and the fact that once installed it enables all MS Office apps to have native presence tied into them directly to Cisco Jabber. This was the entire reason that Cisco purchased Jabber.

Another thing that Cisco is making free (at least for some limited time) is their WebEx Meetings Beta offering – for up to 25 participants. This includes desktop sharing and VoIP as well. Sign up here.

Also of no small merit, Cisco just shipped its 50 millionth phone – that’s 50,000,000 phones shipped. I still remember putting in my first Selsius Call Manager more than 13 years ago. Not bad Cisco, not bad at all.

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Apr
18

I will shortly be resuming the series I began on troubleshooting, but in the interim I have been getting a lot of emails from people regarding one of the newest sections of the CCNP Voice certifications (specifically it falls under the CIPT2 642-457 exam) dealing with Call Control Discovery (CCD) running over Cisco’s new Service Advertisement Framework (SAF) – a really cool new protocol with lots of potential. So I thought I would make public a new 6-part series that will cover every aspect of CCD over SAF.

This is something that I am sure CCIE Voice students will be interested in as well, because while we don’t know exactly when the change in blueprint is coming to our beloved lab, we all know it’s coming. Most of you I understand from your emails fear its arrival – even though there is nothing to be afraid of. In fact, this is one of the biggest changes in UCM in v8. And it’s a good idea to learn it now, since there are far more changes coming in UCM v9 and you know that will be on the lab as well (there are way too many to go into and they’re still under NDA, but once I can I’ll begin outlining them). Might as well get the biggest change for UCM 8 out of the way now!

Here are the topics we will cover via video and in this order:

  • CCD via SAF :: Overview (29m)
  • CCD via SAF :: CUCM Inter-Cluster Call Routing (1h 32m)
  • CCD via SAF :: CUCM Call Routing with PSTN Failover (29m)
  • CCD via SAF :: CUCM Call Routing during SRST Fallback (48m)
  • CCD via SAF :: CUCM to CME Call Routing (54m)
  • CCD via SAF :: Inter-Cluster RSVP via SIP Preconditions (21m)

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Apr
17

We just can’t stop! We’ve had such a positive response from you with all of our recent Voice program changes, that we just decided to keep it going! Now when you attend our newly formatted 10-Day CCIE Voice Bootcamp, you will receive absolutely everything you could possibly need to pass the exam – including Workbooks, VoDs, 2-Year All Access Pass subscription as well as 1500 CCIE Voice Rack Tokens.

It is a prerequisite that students have at least CCNA Voice level knowledge (you don’t have to have the certification- just that level of knowledge), however due to our new new bootcamp format, it is no longer a prerequisite that students must have a CCNP Voice level knowledge – as I demonstrate absolutely everything they might be tested on in the Lab with the students live in class. This style of teaching would certainly help out anyone that is currently pursing their CCNP Voice exams as well. Also, since students are allowed to come back and take our 10-Day course again at no charge, this would mean that someone studying for CCNP Voice could sit for my class, then come back and sit for it again when they are later pursuing CCIE Voice.

Based on a comment below I realize that I should add that as soon as anyone completes a purchase of any 10-Day Bootcamp, they receive all of the above material including rack tokens to get them started in their studies right away.

We’ve also added a new date in Dubai, UAE coming this Nov/Dec, as well as a date in London, UK in Sept, and we will be coming back to both Dubai and London regularly at least 2 times per year.

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Apr
12

Cisco Unified Communications is a truly exciting field to be in, and one that absolutely everyone runs across today at some point during their work in any enterprise environment. We believe it’s something that everyone should have access to learn be able to thoroughly understand. We also stand by our commitment to help people understand and attain certification in this highly lucrative field at a very affordable price. In keeping, we recently made our 25 hour CCNA Voice VoD product completely free to stream from our site as well as on YouTube, as well as creating the new Voice Scholarships. So to further this belief -and just as we recently did with our SPv3 Workbook- we have decided to combine the Volume I and Volume II Workbooks for our CCIE Voice track into one workbook, and also to lower the price. We certainly hope this just proves one more way that INE wants to earn your business by helping you to accomplish both your goals and dreams!

Also, we have added new 8-Hour labs with PDF-based solutions.

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Apr
08

Due to the positive reaction that we had giving free access away to our CCNA Voice video streaming product during the month of March, and our belief that once you watch that product and use it to pass your CCNA Voice exam that you will come back to us for all your CCNP Voice and CCIE Voice needs, we’ve decided to leave it as a free product indefinitely. We hope this is just one more way that we can both give back to our community, as well as showcase what’s in store for you with the rest of our Voice line of products.

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Apr
05

In addition to the 5 CCIE R&S Scholarships that Brian Dennis announced last week, we have decided to add on 2 more scholarships, specifically for the CCIE Voice track. Just like Brian with R&S, I will personally select two people to receive everything they need to pass the CCIE Voice Lab Exam (Newly-formatted 10-Day CCIE Voice bootcamp, Voice Rack tokens, Voice workbooks, all Voice-related videos for CCNA Voice, CCNP Voice and CCIE Voice, along with CCIE Voice Mock Assessment Labs). This includes paying for their actual lab exam fee once they feel ready to attempt it. Using these products will be straightforward as you work along a clearly defined path to the CCIE Voice Lab Exam.

We are excited to be able to give back to the community in this way, and we are excited to see how it has changed lives. In fact, I recently had the privilege of having one of the winners from Brian and Brian’s previous CCIE Scholarship program – Mr. Jeriel Atienza from Angola – in my recent 10-Day CCIE Voice bootcamp in Dubai. He had passed the CCIE Routing and Switching, which had changed him and his new family’s life in such a positive way, and he was back for more with the CCIE Voice. It was very nice to see an up-close-and-personal example of how such a thing can really help someone.

As Brian mentioned, more information including how to enroll into this scholarship program will be shortly forthcoming.

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