Archive for April, 2014

Apr
30

Per the CCIE team, CCIE Routing & Switching Version 4 lab seats are now at 100% capacity:

The last day to take the CCIE Routing and Switching Lab exam v4.0 is June 3, 2014. Presently, all of the lab exam seats for the v4.0 lab exam are filled through the June 3rd last day to test date. Since the original announcement was made, there has been a tremendous number of candidates that have scheduled this lab exam. To meet the demand, Cisco increased capacity as much as possible, yet the demand for lab exam seats continues to exceed the number of available lab exam seats.

If you do not have a seat to take the v4.0 lab exam, you will not be able to schedule one, and the support team is no longer able to help you to get a seat. Please do not open a case through the support tool. We recommend that you focus on preparing for and taking the CCIE Routing and Switching Lab exam v5.0.

In other words, stop refreshing the lab scheduler 1000 times a day and stop crossing your fingers that you’ll still be able to book an RSv4 lab seat ;)

For those of you that were originally planning on taking the lab exam in the v4 format, but are now faced with the v5 format, I would encourage you to attend our  CCIE RSv4 to RSv5 Transition Technologies Class coming up on On May 9th & 10th, 2014.

Apr
28

It’s about that time of year again – with Cisco Live US 2014 just a few weeks away, INE has several new and exciting developments to talk about.

First, I’d like to invite all of you to join us at INE Rewired, our 2014 Customer Appreciation Party at Cisco Live. The party is on Tuesday, May 20th, 2014, at 6:00pm at the Mezzanine Nightclub San Francisco. We’ll be serving complimentary cocktails and appetizers, there will be over $25,000 in prizes and giveaways, and most importantly we’ll have a sneak peak at INE’s revolutionary new training platform, which will completely change the way you learn – but more on that coming soon. Second, we have two important announcements regarding new and updated products for CCIE R&Sv5.

On May 9th & 10th, 2014, I will be running an online CCIE RSv4 to RSv5 Transition Technologies Class. This online course is for candidates who have already invested a significant amount of time preparing for the CCIE Routing & Switching version 4 blueprint, but will be taking the lab exam in the new version 5 blueprint format that begins on June 3rd, 2014. This class focuses on technologies that have been newly introduced in the v5 blueprint, such as IPsec VPNs, DMVPN, GETVPN, and Embedded Packet Capture, as well as technology enhancements such as VTPv3, EIGRP Multi-AF Mode & Wide Metrics, EIGRP HMAC & OSPF SHA Authentication, Bidirectional Forwarding Detection (BFD), and OSPF Loop Free Alternative (LFA) just to name a few. All Access Pass members can attend the class for free, but customers who purchase the CCIE RSv4 to RSv5 Transition Technologies Class will have real-time access to ask me questions via chat and will also be granted early beta access to our new new training platform, which is scheduled for release shortly after Cisco Live.

Last but not least, this week we will begin releasing our updated CCIE Routing & Switching Version 5 Workbook. INE’s CCIE Routing & Switching v5 Workbook will collapse the previous four volume format used in our CCIE Routing & Switching v4 Workbooks into a single product. Customers who previously purchased either INE’s CCIE Routing & Switching Workbook Volume I or Volume II will have the new Version 5 Workbook automatically added to their INE Members account before the end of the week. Anyone who purchased just Volume III or Volume IV as standalone products can get in touch with sales@ine.com for special upgrade pricing to the new Version 5 workbook.

The new CCIE Routing & Switching Version 5 Workbook will be priced at $499, or $299 for AAP Members. However, if you purchase either the current Volume 1 or Volume 2 workbook before Thursday, you’ll still be eligible for the free upgrade to the Version 5 Workbook, and essentially save $300 on it.  Just don’t tell my sales team that I told you about this loophole ;)

 

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Apr
24

Introduction

In a continuing effort to protect the integrity of the CCIE program, Cisco has announced a major change regarding the retake policy of the CCIE Written and Practical Lab exams. These changes take effect on August 1, 2014. Assuming a candidate happens not to pass on their first attempt at either a written or a practical “lab” exam within a given track, the frequency with which they will be allowed to retake the exam will change dramatically from past allowances, effectively not allowing the candidate virtually ‘unlimited’ retakes within a single calendar year (more specifically, within 12 calendar months from the date of the first attempt).

Changes to CCIE Practical Lab Exam

Perhaps the most interest for most people will be the frequency with which one will be allowed to re-sit for a CCIE Lab exam. Assuming a candidate does not pass on their first attempt at a given lab exam, they will still be allowed to attempt to retake the exam after 30 days has elapsed. The major change comes with the possibility that the candidate does not pass on their second attempt – after this attempt they must now wait for another 90 days to make their third attempt. Unlikely, but assuming a failure on attempt three, and a need to sit for attempt four, the candidate must wait another 90 days. Same goes for attempt four to attempt five. After a very, very bad year whereby a need to appear a sixth time becomes necessary, the wait period goes up to a full six months between attempts. The changes can be seen in a screenshot from a recent webinar below (after the jump).
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Apr
17

As many of you hopefully already know, the CCIE Routing & Switching certification blueprint is changing from version 4 to version 5 on June 3rd 2014. As this date quickly approaches, and as the last of the v4 lab seats are fully booked, it’s time to start planning your attack on the RSv5 blueprint.

While Cisco’s official blueprint for v5 is now more detailed that it has ever been in the past, it still lacks some details in certain areas, for example “Implement, optimize and troubleshoot filtering with any routing protocol.” Additionally it would be difficult to use Cisco’s blueprint for a study plan as it stands in its current linear format. For example “Layer 3 multicast” is listed before “Fundamental routing concepts”, which from a learning perspective doesn’t make sense, because you must understand unicast routing fully before you learn multicast routing. To help remedy this we’ve re-ordered and expanded Cisco’s blueprint into INE’s RSv5 Expanded Blueprint, which you can find below after the jump.

Our CCIE RSv5 Expanded Blueprint is meant to be used as a checklist that you can use as you go through your preparation. This way when you’re finally ready to attempt the lab exam, you can be assured that you’ve at least heard of all the topics in the scope, regardless of how obscure some of them might be. Additionally note that some topics listed below might appear only on the written exam and not the lab exam, such as MPLS Layer 2 VPNs or RIPng, but are still included in our content and the outline below.

The below outline will continue to be updated, so check back periodically during your preparation to see changes, adds, and removes.  Good luck in your studies!

INE’s CCIE RSv5 Expanded Blueprint

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