This morning I’m in Las Vegas for Cisco Live 2016, and am attending TECCCIE-3644 – CCIE DC Techtorial which focuses on the new CCIE Data Center v2 updates.
I’m live blogging the session so please feel free to submit your questions for the CCIE team as a comment here and I’ll try to get an answer for you.
Final Update - UCS M4308 is no longer part of the topology (device is End of Sale). The official blueprint has been updated to include the following software packages and versions:
- UCS Software Release 3.x Fabric Interconnect
- Cisco Data Center Manager Software v7.x
- Application Policy Infrastructure Controller 1.x
- UCS Central 1.x
- Cisco Integrated Management Controller 2.x
- UCS Director 5.x
- ASAv 9.x
Update 8 – 14:08PDT - Access to ESXi, VCenter, and CIMC will be allowed in v2 lab exam for troubleshooting tasks such as Nexus 1000v.
Update 7 – 14:03PDT - UCS Central will be tested on in the lab.
Update 6 – 13:55PDT - UCS will be running 3.x, not 2.x as currently listed on the blueprint.
Update 5 – 11:30PDT - Starting Storage Networking now. Interested to see what the scope is going to be now with the MDSes removed and the N9K’s added.
Update 4 – 09:15PDT - One major format change for the CCIE DCv2 Lab Exam is the introduction of the Diagnostics section, similar to other tracks such as RSv5. Here are some highlights and demo questions illustrating the format of the Diag section.
- Diag section consists of one or more independent Tasks.
- Each Task can have one or more Questions.
- Questions are typically 1 point apiece, but could be 2 or 3 points.
- Each Question within a task is graded individually. It is possible to get Task 1 Question 1 wrong but still get Task 1 Question 2 correct.
- The goal is to reach the minimum cut score, but the cut score is not published and changes between specific exam deliveries.
- Questions have deterministic answers. There is typically only one correct answer, but it’s possible that two answers are correct (e.g. multiple choice multiple answer). You must sort through all the information and find what is relevant and what is irrelevant.
- You CAN go back and forth between tasks and questions in diagnostics section, and you CAN change your answers.
- All information is needed is provided at once for each task. This is not the same as the CCDE engine where you get additional information as you go on
Update 3 – 08:57PDT - Timing of the Diagnostics and Configuration/Troubleshooting section are different from the R&S exam. Diagnostics is fixed at 60 minutes, and Config/TS is fixed at 7 hours. If you finish Diag early, you cannot add this additional time to Config/TS.
Update 2 – 08:30PDT - Grading is done manually by the proctors. Automated tools are used to gather information, but ultimately the pass/fail decision is up to the proctor. Tasks can have multiple solutions, and grading does check for this. Just because your solution works doesn’t mean it’s right. You have to meet the requirements of the question!
Update 1 – 08:29PDT - Don’t change the device passwords otherwise they can’t grade the exam. Hopefully this is self explanatory
About Brian McGahan, CCIE #8593, CCDE #2013::13:
Brian McGahan was one of the youngest engineers in the world to obtain the CCIE, having achieved his first CCIE in Routing & Switching at the age of 20 in 2002. Brian has been teaching and developing CCIE training courses for over 10 years, and has assisted thousands of engineers in obtaining their CCIE certification. When not teaching or developing new products Brian consults with large ISPs and enterprise customers in the midwest region of the United States.
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