Archive for November, 2013

Nov
26

Congratulations go out to the newly minted Cisco Certified Design Experts that passed the Practical Exam after attending INE’s CCDE Bootcamp with me in Chicago last week! So far I know of at least 9 students from this past week’s class and previous ones that passed the practical this time around. Here’s what some of them had to say:

I had accomplished 2 CCIE’s and was ready for the CCDE. I took the CCDE v1 test a couple of years ago and failed miserably. I came to the INE CCDE boot camp with really no expectations. I didn’t only learn some technical details through the boot camp, I learned the mental strategies needed to get through this test. Thanks, INE!!

Rob Gonzalez, CCDE #20130059

Brian’s approach in how to tackle the exam question were invaluable. I was able to successfully navigate several difficult questions there on my first attempt. Thanks to Brian and his insight I was able to pass.

Travis Jones, CCDE #20130060

Hi Brian,

Just wanted to drop you a note that I passed the exam today. Still in shock, but it’s starting to sink in. Thanks for a great session this week. I’ll highly recommend it!

Dave Fusik, CCDE #20130070

I passed the CCDE in Chicago after attending the 3 day INE CCDE Bootcamp with Brian McGahan. The room was full of very intelligent and experienced individuals who started discussions that helped solidify my knowledge in the topics tested on the exam. Thank you once again INE!

Dana Yanch, CCDE #20130071

As it seems that the interest in the CCDE track is continuing to grow, INE is going to continue to offer our study sessions which follow along with Cisco’s schedule for the Practical Exam. The next Practical Exam is scheduled for Thursday February 20th 2014, so expect our next session to likely run Monday – Wednesday that same week in Chicago. However since Cisco is now offering the CCDE Practical Exam at all Pearson Professional Center locations, there’s a possibility that we may be moving our next study session to an online format.

If you’re interested in attending one of INE’s CCDE Bootcamps in the future, let me know via comments below if you prefer it in an online format or a live onsite format. The advantage of course of running it online is that you can attend from anywhere, but at the expense of the live class discussion that happens in an onsite class.

Also don’t forget to check out our CCDE Practical Recommended Reading List, as the topic scope for the exam is immense to say the least.

Congrats again to the newest CCDEs of 2013!

Nov
05

A few changes have occurred with regards to the CCIE Data Center certification, some on Cisco’s part and a few on ours.

Cisco Makes a Change

Firstly, released a new testing rack into the system in the middle of last week, and a lot of new seats have opened up to sit for the CCIE Data Center exam. Jump online and book yours today if you’ve been waiting for one.

Next, Cisco made a seemingly inconspicuous change a few weeks back to the “Lab Equipment and Software Versions” document, not by adding anything, but rather by removing most minor version numbers from software that was previously listed. This doesn’t go against anything Cisco has done in the past or anything that they normally let the candidate know six months ahead of time – that goes for major software revisions or hardware changes only.

For instance, the software section previously looked like this:
• NXOS v6.0(2) on Nexus 7000 Switches
• NXOS v5.1(3) on Nexus 5000 Switches
• NXOS v4.2(1) on Nexus 1000v
• NXOS v5.2(2) on MDS 9222i Switches
• UCS Software release 2.0(1x) for UCS-6248 Fabric Interconnect
• Software Release A5(1.0) for ACE 4710
• Cisco Data Center Manager software v5.2(2)

And today looks simply like this:
• NXOS v6.x on Nexus 7000 Switches
• NXOS v5.x on Nexus 5000 Switches
• NXOS v4.x on Nexus 1000v
• NXOS v5.x on MDS 9222i Switches
• UCS Software release 2.x for UCS-6248 Fabric Interconnect
• Software Release A5(1.0) for ACE 4710
• Cisco Data Center Manager software v5.x
(A bit funny that ACE didn’t feel the love and remained untouched)

The implications to this are that things like a ‘true’ Admin context in Nexus 7Ks Sup1s (Sup2(e)s already have this) as well as Native FC Zoning in UCS, Single-Wire Cable Management for UCS C-Series from FIs and the biggest of all, Northbound FCoE from the UCS, can be potentially tested in the future. We’re told that for now many of these new UCS 2.1 features are not being tested, but we’ll go ahead and add content for them to prepare you.

What INE is Doing About it

We will be upgrading our code following our currently full bootcamp, which will give you the option to practice with the new features, while changing nothing from the current features that you already test with on our racks. We also will be adding scenarios to our online workbooks in the coming weeks, specifically demonstrating and testing you on these new features. Finally, beginning on November 16, you will see the amount of racks we have available for rent more than double.

We’ll continue to stay ahead of all major and minor changes that occur in the CCIE Data Center space and alert you as things progress.

Also, we’re currently completely booked full in our Data Center classes until March, and even now March and April classes are nearing capacity. If you have any intention of getting into one of these, you’d better head over here and register for one today.

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