Posts from ‘CCIE Data Center’
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).
The Application Control Engine (ACE) 4710 has been removed from our normal CCIE Data Center rack rental topology, and is now available as a standalone rack rental. From now until Sunday March 23rd 2014 you can book ACE rack rentals for free. To book ACE rentals, login to your http://members.ine.com account, click the Rack Rentals option on the left, and you should see the ACE scheduler as seen below:
Click the Schedule/Cancel Session button, and the calendar window will appear. Select your start and end date, and if it is within the beta period it will show a zero token cost for the session. Note that during the beta period you can only reserve blocks of 4 hours at the most.
ACE rack rentals include the following:
- ACE 4710 Appliance
- Catalyst 3750G Switch
- 3 x Apache Server Virtual Machines
- 1 x Windows Client Virtual Machine
The topology for ACE rack rentals looks as follows:
Although the ACE 4710 is End-of-Life, there is still a large install base of these boxes in the field. Even if you’re not preparing for the CCIE Data Center Lab Exam it can’t hurt to see how the ACE works, as other load balancers & application switches such as Citrix NetScaler or F5 Local Traffic Manager use the same type of logic for traffic switching.
We’ve heard you loud and clear, and we understand that gaining access to Nexus 7000s, Nexus 5000s, UCS and Storage for hands-on practice is probably one of the more difficult parts of studying for the CCNA/CCNP and CCIE Data Center certifications. That’s why we’re happy to announce that we have just added 5 new DC racks available for rental immediately.
Enjoy – and remember to lab responsibly this holiday season.
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.
Tags: CCIE Data Center
Congratulations to Neil Moore on passing the CCIE Data Center Lab Exam, and becoming the first and only Seven Time CCIE in the world!
This past Monday I passed the CCIE Data Center Lab Exam in San Jose CA, making me four time Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) #8593 in Routing & Switching, Service Provider, Security, and Data Center, as well as Cisco Certified Design Expert (CCDE) #20130013. This was my first – and thankfully last – attempt at the DC lab exam, and also my first experience in the San Jose CCIE Lab location. In this post I’m going to outline my preparation process for CCIE Data Center, as well as to talk about my experience with the actual day of the lab.
Congratulations to Brian McGahan on passing the CCIE Data Center Lab Exam today on his first attempt! This makes Brian a 4 x CCIE (R&S, SP, Security, DC) and CCDE! Brian will be writing up a follow-up post on his way back from San Jose with more information on his journey to passing the CCIE DC. Congrats BM!
A few weeks back I posted about the top contributors for IEOC in May receiving prizes (iPads, Mac Air, etc) from INE. Below are the top contributors for IEOC in their respective categories along with the overall top contributor and the one additional contributor that I’ll give an iPad or Galaxy Tablet to for helping with workbook support.
Top Overall IEOC Contributor:
Additional Top Contributor in regards to the workbooks in general:
We’ll do the same prizes for June that we did for May so don’t miss out!
Edit: The INE party will be at the Hard Rock *Hotel*, not the Hard Rock *Cafe*.
I would like to thank the over 600 people who RSVP’d for INE’s 2013 Party at the Hard Rock Hotel in Orlando during Cisco Live. Registration is closed as of today for our party but I wanted to be the first to let everyone know about the grand prize giveaway we are doing. On top of the standard giveaway prizes (iPads, MacBook Airs, AAP Memberships, Bootcamps, etc) we are giving away a Harley Davidson 2013 XL 1200X Forty-Eight to a lucky winner during our party.
On top of the Harley Davidson 2013 XL 1200X Forty-Eight we’re having a second grand prize giveaway. Details on the second grand prize giveaway will be revealed after the drawing for the winner of the Harley Davidson at the party.
As a side note I don’t personally ride anymore but that bike really does look cool when it’s all blacked out.