Archive for May, 2014


Whe you are plugging along with your studies or enjoying a cookout today – I thought I’d post a short video to make you smile today. If you couldn’t make it out to INE’s Rewired party at Cisco Live this past week in San Francisco, or if you just had to leave early and catch the end of the CCIE Party, you missed something special. This is our very own Brian McGahan shredding it up with the band. I think he was sad that he couldn’t stay to see Lenny Kravitz play, and felt the need to participate in his own way. He may have imbibed before this took place, so you’ll forgive him ahead of time if there is a time or two where he’s off tempo.

Anyway, enjoy! And Happy Memorial Day!


Today is the start of INE’s new CCIE RSv5 Advanced Technologies Class. Today’s session, starting at 08:00 PDT, is free for all to attend. Come join us at


The first of the new “Foundation Labs” in our CCIE RSv5 Workbook series is now available on the members site, as seen below:

These Foundation Labs are designed to refine your configuration skills on the core technologies used in the CCIE lab exam. Each lab guides you through the critical steps necessary for building and verifying a working networking topology. The labs are designed to increase your speed and refine your task-management skills, capacities that are crucial when working in a timed full-scale lab environment.

Currently Lab 1 is still in Beta, as there are some other topics I’m going to add to it. I figured I’d post it now anyways, just in case you have the day off today because of the long Memorial Day weekend, and you wanted to get a head start on some new material. The rest of the lab tasks will be posted shortly.

Also don’t forget that tomorrow is the kickoff for the new CCIE Routing & Switching Advanced Technologies Class v5. AAP members can attend for free. It’s not too late to sign up for an AAP or buy the standalone download of the RSv5 ATC, both of which will get you access to the live class tomorrow. Class starts at 8am PDT and will run just a few hours, as mainly I’m going to be talking about what the overall scope of the new class will be, and other key changes with new technologies, the new topology, etc.

Everyone is welcome to attend the class tomorrow even if you don’t have an AAP, so if you have any questions that you’d like answered in real-time then I would highly recommend attending.

Hope to see you there!

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Revisions have been made to our materials that obsolete some (but not all) of the information in this document.
Please see the latest updates here.


Many of you have been asking us for an update to our CCIE Voice to CCIE Collaboration materials transition. This document will serve to update you both on where we currently are with new materials, as well as give you a transition path and material to work on until we have everything fully transitioned over to the new Collaboration blueprint.

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Final Edit: Overall the session today was very informative about the upcoming changes for RSv5. Cisco will be posting a demo for the new format of the exam soon. I’ll be posting a recap of this session and others after Cisco Live has concluded at the end of the week.

09:45 PDT – Mobile labs will start to have more seats. It’s unlikely that the lab will be delivered at regular Pearson Vue sites.

09:40 PDT – On the new retake policy. It’s not yet clear if it’s effective retroactively. E.g. if you fail twice now do you have to wait 90 days after August? Bruno said an official announcement will be coming out shortly.

09:20 PDT – On configuration section “more preconfiguration is going to be there.” For example IPv4/IPv6 addresses, VLANs, etc. “for example show vlan brief before starting.” “The questions are inter-dependent by nature.” No visible countdown timer, refer to the proctor’s clock. “Most of the time we have obvious explicit requirements and then hidden implicit requirements.” “Focus on the technologies and not the topologies.”

09:19 PDT – On diagnostic section “All tickets are visible before starting” “no partial grading just like other sections” Format is “still multiple choice but different from the written exam.” “for example you could have two scenarios each with three questions” “you’re going to be playing the role of a support engineer” Could include design specifications, emails, topology diagrams, console outputs, packet captures.

09:11 PDT – On grading “We are not reloading your rack, we are not reloading your session. We’re grading in the exact state that you leave your rack.”

09:05 PDT – On troubleshooting section “We’re not going to check which solution you used.” “Big rumor is we’re expecting a special CCIE solution.” “It’s very much based on output.” For example “regardless how you arrive that the route is there we only care that the route is there.”

09:00 PDT – On point weighting per section “Scores are visible in each section.” “You don’t have to get all points in the exam.” “If you get stuck move on.” “Troubleshooting questions are meant to be independent.” “Configuration section is the only one with inter-dependencies.”

08:58 PDT – On the new scoring “You still have a chance of passing even if you screwed troubleshooting.” :)

08:56 PDT – On timing of sections “Only diagnostic is fixed to 30 minutes.” “If you finish troubleshooting in an hour you get the remaining time automatically credited to your configuration section.”

08:50 PDT – On diagnostic module, it’s used to ”assess that you can come to the conclusion of what the root cause is.” ”What process did you use to get to the root cause?” “What information do you need to ask the customer for example from the help desk?” “Diagnostic is about assessing practical skills.”  ”It’s going to be more difficult for candidates that don’t have actual experience.  That’s what the diagnostic section is about.”

08:45 PDT – On delivery “Delivery is web based. There is no more printed workbooks.”

08:42 PDT – On IPsec – “We’re not testing PKI or dynamic crypto.” “Only the most basic IPsec configurations using a pre-shared key.”

08:40 PDT – On packet capture – “We can give you a sniffer trace and ask you to do something with it”. “It’s not collecting the capture it’s using the capture.” “We’re going to be using a web based version of WireShark.”

08:37 PDT – IS-IS is in the written but not the lab, because it’s relevant for new technologies like FabricPath and OTV. If you haven’t heard of OTV before, don’t worry, it’s just a Fancy GRE Tunnel ;)

08:35 PDT – In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past 6 months ;)

08:30 PDT – Per Bruno ”In configuration the topologies are going to be much bigger”.  ”In v5 it’s going to look like an actual network.”

08:25 PDT – The session PDF can be found here.

08:15 PDT – Rule #1 – “Know what you don’t know” :)

08:00 PDT – TECCCIE-3000 – CCIE Routing & Switching Version 5 Techtorial is starting now.  If you have any questions you want me to ask the CCIE team please comment below.



Edit: If you’re having issues viewing the stream try the direct url

The CCIE RSv4 to RSv5 Transition Technologies Class continues today at 08:00 PDT. Today I will be covering details of DMVPN and how it affects layer 3 routing design. Class is free for AAP members to attend. Click here to login to the class.

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This Sunday I will be live blogging the CCIE Routing and Switching Techtorial (TECCCIE-3000) at Cisco Live 2014 in San Francisco. If you have any questions that you would like me to ask the CCIE team, such as specifics about the new retake policy, submit a comment below. The session runs from 08:00 – 17:00 PDT (UTC -7) on 2014/05/18, so check back on the blog as I post updates live from the techtorial.

Sunday will also be your last chance to get a VIP invitation package to INE Rewired – our 2014 Cisco Live Customer Appreciation Party. Come find me on a break during the CCIE RSv5 seminar which is scheduled in “Moscone West 2010” in order to claim one. There’s only a few left so make sure to get there early!

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More details are now available on INE’s CCIE R&S v5 Hardware Topology here.

Join our discussion on IEOC on the CCIE RSv5 Equipment Build here.

Questions and comments are welcome.

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We are excited to announce the arrival of INE’s CCNP Routing & Switching 10-Day Bootcamps!

Both live on-site and online interactive Bootcamp formats are available for purchase. As an added bonus, if you purchase the CCNP Routing & Switching 10-Day Bootcamp, you will receive a complimentary 1-Year All Access Pass!

Visit INE’s website for course dates/locations. Be sure to reserve your seat today, and let one of our Training Advisors know if you require additional assistance. We look forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming CCNP Routing & Switching 10-Day Bootcamps!

Week 1 Topics Include:

  • IP Routing Overview
  • EIGRP Protocol Overview
  • EIGRP DUAL Calculation
  • EIGRP Authentication & Summarization
  • Advanced EIGRP Features
  • EIGRP Troubleshooting
  • OSPF Protocol Overview
  • OSPF SPF Calculation
  • OSPF Media Dependencies
  • OSPF Areas & LSA Types
  • OSPF Single and Multiple Area
  • OSPF Authentication and Summarization
  • Advanced OSPF Features
  • OSPF Troubleshooting
  • BGP Protocol Overview
  • BGP Attributes & Bestpath Selection
  • BGP Peering & NLRI Advertisements
  • BGP Route Reflectors & Confederations
  • BGP Authentication and Summarization
  • BGP Troubleshooting
  • Route Filtering &Traffic Engineering
  • Running Multiple Routing Protocols
  • Understanding Distribute-Lists, Prefix-Lists & Route-Maps
  • One-Point Route Redistribution
  • Multi-Point Route Redistribution
  • Fixing Routing Loops
  • Route Redistribution Troubleshooting
  • Policy-Based Routing & Path Control
  • IPv6 Overview

Week 2 Topics Include:

  • Enterprise Campus Network Architecture
  • Layer 2 Switching vs. Layer 3 Routing
  • VLAN Design
  • Private VLAN
  • DTP & Trunking
  • VTP Overview & VLAN Pruning
  • VLAN Troubleshooting
  • STP Protocol Overview
  • Rapid STP & Multiple STP
  • STP Advanced Features & Security
  • STP Troubleshooting
  • Layer 2 & Layer 3 EtherChannel
  • EtherChannel Troubleshooting
  • Inter-VLAN Routing
  • DHCP Protocol Overview
  • Multilayer Switching Overview
  • High Availability with NSF & SSO
  • Layer 3 Redundancy Protocols – HSRP, VRRP, GLBP
  • First Hop Redundancy Troubleshooting
  • Layer 2 Security Features (802.1x, VACL, Port Security)
  • DHCP Snooping, Dynamic ARP Inspection & Source Guard
  • Layer 2 Security Troubleshooting
  • Layer 2 Voice & Video Support
  • Wireless Design Overview
  • Wireless Standards & Protocols
  • WLC Deployments (Local & HREAP)

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INE’s CCIE Routing & Switching v5 Workbook is now available in initial beta release. The RSv5 Workbook combines our previous four volume format into a single product, offering Advanced Technology Labs to learn new technologies in a step-by-step approach, Advanced Foundation Labs to increase your speed and accuracy at core configuration tasks, Advanced Troubleshooting Labs to help you master a structured troubleshooting approach, and Full-Scale Practice Labs to simulate the CCIE Routing & Switching Lab Exam.

The RSv5 Workbook is delivered in an online format that allows you to instantly access the content in both HTML and PDF format. The format also includes advanced features such as bookmarking and notations that can be added and accessed from your PC, Mac, iOS, or Android device, and has no restrictions on access, printing, or time limits. A sample of the online format can be seen here. The RSv5 workbook uses an updated topology which includes IOS version 15.4 and Catalyst IOS version 15.0. Rack rentals are available for the v5 workbook here.  I would recommend to start booking your sessions now for v5, as they are currently 1/2 priced during the workbook beta, only 3 tokens per hour.

Right now about 200 new and updated Advanced Technology Labs are available in the beta release. During the beta period, updates will be continue to be posted on a daily basis, so keep an eye on the release notes section of the workbook for new updates. During the beta period new customers who purchase the RSv5 workbook will additionally get access to the RSv4 Workbook Volumes 1 – 4. Upgrades for previous RSv4 Volume I & Volume II Workbook customers are free, and should already be posted to your members account.

Additionally we now have a hard timeline for the CCIE Routing & Switching v5 Advanced Technologies Class. The RSv5 ATC will run as a live online class over the course of about 3 – 4 weeks, starting immediately after Cisco Live. All Access Pass members can attend the live class for free, and will have access to the recordings in streaming format afterwards. If you purchase the current v4 ATC download, you will also be able to attend the new v5 class live, and get access to the videos in both streaming format and download format afterwards. Special bundle pricing is available which includes the RSv4 & RSv5 Workbooks, RSv4 & RSv5 ATC, and Rack Rental Tokens.

Specifically the RSv5 Advanced Technologies Class has the currently planned initial schedule:

  • Saturday May 24th at 09:00 Pacific – RSv5 ATC Kickoff
  • May 27th – 30th 08:00 Pacific
  • June 16th – 20th 08:00 Pacific
  • June 23rd – 27th 08:00 Pacific

The first class session on May 24th is free for anyone to attend. In this session I will be covering introductory and overview topics such as key changes to RSv5 vs. RSv4, scope and depth of topics that will be covered, initial preparation strategy, initial preparation resources, etc. Initially I’m budgeting 3 weeks for the class, but it may run more or less depending on how the flow of topics go, as the scope is seriously immense – more so than ever before. Also note that if you have an AAP membership or you buy the class you don’t have to attend all sessions. Feel free to drop in and out as you like, but remember that when you attend the class sessions live you will be able to ask me questions in real-time, which you obviously don’t get when you’re watching the videos in recorded format afterwards.

I look forward to seeing you all in class!

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