Archive for March, 2013

Mar
24

Update: The CCIE Data Center Technology Lab Workbook is now available here

After a long and highly anticipated wait, INE’s CCIE Data Center Workbook and Rack Rentals are (almost ;) ) finally here! This post covers three items of business, the state of the DC Workbook & Rack Rentals release, and the Implementing Nexus 5-Day Bootcamp that I am running online next week.  This post ran a little longer than I had initially anticipated, so below are some quick links to the particular sections that you may be interested in:

Implementing Nexus 5-Day Bootcamp
DC Workbook Delivery
DC Rack Rental Topology
DC Workbook and Rack Rental Pricing
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Mar
24

If anyone has time this week and is interested in beta testing the new lab 1 from the R&S Volume III Workbook reply to this post. I would like a few more people to run through it before I release it later this week.

The new R&S Vol III labs are being updated and having VRFs, MPLS, MPLS VPNs, IPv6 OSPFv3 and EIGRP for IPv6 added. Fundamental multicast for IPv4 and IPv6 will also be included in some of the labs. The troubleshooting section has been updated. Along with the initial and final configurations, the configurations are available per section. So if you want to start at route redistribution, BGP, IPv6, etc you can load up to that point. Additionally the route redistribution is being standardized to follow the same methodology that I teach in my bootcamps. I’ve included a detailed walk-through explanation of the route redistribution solution used and why it was selected over other solutions so by the end of all of the Vol III labs you will be able to check route redistribution off your list of topics to worry about in the real lab.

Once the beta is done, grading will be added to lab 1 so you can have your lab graded. It’s going to take me about a week per lab to get these all updated along with adding in grading and finally beta tested before released. In addition to the grading, the show commands from the solutions will be available to compare with the show commands from your lab. This should be available within the next couple weeks for not just these labs but the new Troubleshooting Labs.

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Mar
05

Graded R&S CCIE troubleshooting lab 3 has been released. You’ll find that this lab has detailed walk-through breakdowns with me explaining how the fault/faults were discovered along with the solution. Additional I discuss other possible solutions and explain why a particular solution is used.

After we released the first two labs a few months back and got the feedback from the users we know that this is the future of INE’s Routing and Switching CCIE labs going forward. I’m going to start writing new labs that focus on a mix of configuration and troubleshooting along with labs that focus on a particular technology (i.e. IPv6 multicast lab, BGP lab, OSPFv2 lab, etc) so not only will they help you with the troubleshooting section but also the configuration section.

We will be pushing a new update out sometime this month that will allow you to compare your command output right alongside the solutions command output. This way if you missed a ticket you can go back and look at exactly why your solution wasn’t valid.

Lastly I’ve lowered the pricing of the TS graded labs to 30 tokens. This is more in line with the rest of the rack pricing. If you have any questions concerning these new TS labs or any INE product feel free to email me directly at bdennis@ine.com.

For those who are unfamiliar with the new Troubleshooting labs you can book them for 30 tokens in your members site account.

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