Archive for December, 2012

Dec
14

The Routing and Switching CCIE Bootcamp dates have been updated for the first half of 2013. You’ll notice that there are more bootcamps on the East Coast (RTP, NC Orlando, FL) along with San Jose CA next year. I’ve added another London date as the February bootcamp is already sold out. Also we’re working on a couple other locations for public R&S CCIE bootcamps overseas but we haven’t firmed up the locations and dates yet.

For those attending Cisco Live in Orlando this year we will be having another big party like we did in San Diego earlier this year. If you are planning on taking the lab exam at Cisco Live in Orlando we have a 10 Day Bootcamp and Troubleshooting Bootcamp the weeks leading up to Cisco Live.

Routing and Switching CCIE Bootcamp

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Dec
12

Between now and the end of the week we will be releasing our January to June 2013 schedule. You will see a lot of new classes/bootcamps added covering a wide range of topics. These include CCNA Data Center, CCNP Data Center, CCNP Wireless, CCNA Service Provider, CCNP Service Provider, Nexus 1000v & Open vSwitch, UCS & OpenStack, Nexus Live Online Bootcamps, Nexus Live Onsite Bootcamps, etc. You will also notice we are adding new 2 day online courses covering a wide range of topics (ISE, WSE, IOS XR, IOS XE, OpenFlow, etc).

The biggest change that you will notice for 2013 is that for ALL of our new products we will offer hands-on labs and equipment rentals. We’ve made a big push for new hardware in 2012 and we’ll be making an even bigger push for 2013. During the first week of January you will see the new CCNP and CCIE Security racks along with the new CCIE Data Center racks coming online. Additionally our new CCNP Security course will have hands-on labs available around the same time frame.

In 2013 we will be making all of our CCNA courses available free of charge like how our CCNA and CCNA Voice courses are now. Not only will they be free to stream online, we will offer hands-on labs and equipment access for all tracks (CCNA Service Provider, CCNA Data Center tracks, etc). Some of the equipment will be offered free of charge for AAP members and some equipment even free of charge to the general public. The key to learning at this level isn’t to be bored to death with some “professional presenter” going over hours and hours of PowerPoint slides or some low budget video production with a “professional presenter” dancing around the screen. You need to be engaged by watching a real instructor cover the topics hands-on while you also following along on the equipment. Lastly in regards to the CCNA, you will see the current courses redone to allow for this new format.

For the workbooks will be retiring the workbook volume structure (Vol 1, Vol 2, etc) that we first introduced years ago and is now copied by nearly every vendor. We will be moving to a new format that is a single solution laid out in a structured manner as opposed to a portfolio of products. This new format allows for quicker updates and additions to the products along with many other benefits. The new CCIE Security and CCIE Data Center products will be the first to be offered in our new format.

Lastly I will be making a separate post later this month in regarding a new series of online classes that I personally will be doing next year.

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Dec
11

The CCIE Data Center exam is finally upon us, and it looks like we’re getting more testing dates than we were originally told to expect. Each of the 4 sites that currently tests the CCIE Storage (San Jose, Brussels, Sydney and Tokyo) each get one day per week to test the DC lab on. So on average, there should be about 4 DC seats per site per month, or roughly 16 seats available worldwide per month. Then, beginning in February, RTP gets the Wednesday slot, and since they are only open 2-3 Wednesdays per month (a strange but common day off there I suppose), we will see roughly 2-3 spots added for the DC lab beginning then. Finally, the very rough timeframe to ramp up on testing racks, and therefore add additional CCIE DC seats, is set to takeoff sometime around July according to sources.

Also, for anyone wanting to get a last minute testing date in even this week, the RTP site just went live a few hours ago with additional seats for this Saturday and Sunday (Dec 15-16). Jump online to book those seats, as they’ll go quickly. Routing and Switching, Voice, Security and Service Provider are all open this weekend.

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Dec
10

The third and final portion of our CCIE Data Center Live Online Bootcamps – Unified Computing with Nexus 1000v – is now complete, and the videos are available for both streaming and download. This class focuses on the Cisco Unified Computing System – both B-Series and C-Series servers, Fabric Interconnects, and also the Nexus 1000v. We use the Nexus 5548UP switches along with Cisco MDS 9222i and a rack of JBODs to configure absolutely everything live in the class, including boot-from-SAN, FC zoning, static and dynamic pinning, normal and vPC port-channels, FCoE and vPC-HM (Host Mode) with MAC-Pinning. We also discuss many of the very recent enhancements to the Cisco UCS line with the new addition of version 2.1 and UCS Central.

All Access Pass (AAP) subscribers can view the videos in streaming format for no additional fee and also purchase the download version at a discounted rate. If you are not an AAP subscriber you can purchase the standalone download version here. As usual, all of these videos have cross-platform support (desktop, iPhone/iPad, Android, Windows phone, etc.), and the download versions are DRM free. After you purchase them, they are yours to do with as you please.

A few samples of the class, along with the outline can be seen after the break.
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