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Feb
14

Cisco has announced that the CCIE Collaboration Lab blue print is changing from version 1.0 to version 2.0. The new blueprint goes live on July 23, 2018.
As expected, the lab will not have any physical devices, everything will be virtualized. The phones (8845), being the only physical devices, will be remotely controlled, students will not have them on their desk anymore.
Besides the phones, students will also have remote control of Spark, Jabber and the Cisco Meeting App.

Cisco also announced several new products and solutions, such as the Cisco Expressway Series, Cisco Meeting Server, Cisco Spark Hybrid Services, Cisco Unified Communications Mobile and Remote Access, and Cisco Cloud Services Router (CSR) 1000V. New topics such as APIs have also been added to ensure that CCIE Collaboration certified engineers have the knowledge and skills needed to satisfy dynamic requirements in customers’ collaboration environments today.

The traditional UC products are using version 12 (UCM/IMP/Unity Connection) and 11.6 in the case of CCX. All CCIE Collaboration v2.0 lab exam candidates will be provided a headset for questions that require audio verifications.

The new lab exam curriculum comprises seven domains. The new segmentation into these seven domains improves the logical exam topic structure and ensures alignment to Cisco’s Collaboration products and solutions. So, let’s have a quick look at these seven domains and how cisco has divided these domains into an approximate percentage value of questions that you may expect in the lab.

 

With network programmability having a continually larger slice of Cisco’s focus, it’s no surprise that Cisco’s list of topics added in version 2.0 starts off with Collaboration APIs. Here is Cisco’s list of major additions to their CCIE Collaboration unified topics:

Key topics added in v2.0:
Collaboration APIs
Cisco Expressway dial plan
Cisco Unified Communications Mobile and Remote Access
Cisco Spark Hybrid Services
Single-Sign-On
Ad-hoc and rendezvous conferencing on Cisco Meeting Server

Key topics removed from v1.0:
Digital telephony signaling: BRI/CAS/R2/NFAS
H.323 Registration, Admission, and Status (RAS) and gatekeepers
Cisco Mobile Voice Access (MVA)
Cisco Service Advertisement Framework (SAF) and Call Control Discovery (CCD)
IOS basic automatic call distribution (B-ACD}

So, let’s compare the Hardware and Software between CCIE Collaboration v1.0 and v2.0

 

 

Besides the blueprint change, Cisco also announced a format change in the CCIE Collaboration v2.0 exam. The lab v2.0 exam now consists of three modules:

Module 1: Troubleshooting:
In the Troubleshooting module, you’ll be presented with a series of troubleshooting scenarios to resolve. Your troubleshooting is done entirely on virtualized equipment, and what you do when troubleshooting one trouble ticket doesn’t impact any other trouble ticket. Similarly, these troubleshooting scenarios are performed on virtualized gear separate from what you’ll be working with in the Configuration module.

Module 2: Diagnostic:
During the Diagnostic module, you’ll be diagnosing collaboration issues using documentation only (e.g. e-mail threads, console outputs, trace files, traffic captures, etc.). Using the provided documentation, you’ll attempt to diagnose the root cause of the reported issue. You should also identify where the issue is located on a network diagram. If you successfully diagnose the root cause, you should be able to state the key piece of information that led you to your conclusion. If you were unable to diagnose the root cause, you should be able to state which key piece of information was missing from the provided documentation. The Diagnostic module does not provide actual access to any devices or applications.

Within the Diagnostic module, the items are presented in a format that is similar to the Written exam. It includes:
Multiple-Choice (single answer or multiple answers).
Drag-and-Drop type style.
Point-and-Click on diagrams.

Module 3: Configuration:
As you might guess, it’s in the Configuration module that you’ll be executing a series of inter-related lab tasks on a common collaboration topology. This module is most similar to prior lab versions.
You have to complete these modules in order, and you cannot go back to a previous module. So, you must do the Troubleshooting module first, and after you complete it, you cannot revisit it.
Next, let’s consider how much time you have for each module. The goal is to complete the modules in the following times, which total to 8 hours:
Module 1: 2 hours
Module 2: 1 hour
Module 3: 5 hours
However, let’s say you’re nearing the end of your allotted 2 hours for the Troubleshooting module, and you need more time. You have the option of taking 30 minutes from your Configuration module and adding it onto your Troubleshooting module. That would give you 2.5 hours for Troubleshooting and 4.5 hours for Configuration. Of course, you’ll be forced to make that decision without having seen the Configuration module. As a result, you won’t know if you’re making a wise decision or not.

 
In order to pass the lab exam, the candidate must meet these two conditions:

  • The total sum of all module scores must be at least the minimum value of the overall cut score or higher.
  • The minimum cut score of each individual module must be achieved.


  • Will You Be Impacted?
    If you’re currently preparing for your CCIE Collaboration v1.0 lab exam, the topics you need to know for that exam are still version 1.0 topics until July 23, 2018. If you already have a few months of study under your belt, you might want to accelerate your study efforts to clear the lab prior to the cut-over date. INE has a bootcamp which can help you achieve your CCIE before the blueprint change.

    When will INE be releasing the new CCIE Collaboration Lab Version 2.0 Video’s?
    The good news is that, INE has already chalked down an action plan for the new CCIE Collaboration v2.0 video series. Each of these videos would be technology based, with practical demonstration of the technology.
    Our first plan of action would be, to build a demo pod by mid-March where we could start creating videos for the new topics which cisco has listed in their v2.0 blueprint. Once the new blueprint is active, we would fine-tune our pods for rack rental. We expect all videos to be released to students by mid-August 2018.
    If you have any specific questions, you may email me on rpardasani@ine.com and I would be happy to assist you in achieving your CCIE Collaboration v1.0 or CCIE Collaboration v2.0.

    Feb
    05

    Join 4 time CCIE Brian McGahan for our 2 new online live sessions, CCIE Service Provider v4.1 Advanced Technologies. These live sessions are available to All Access Pass members via our live classroom interface, which you can access through your members account. For those who are not All Access Pass members, you can view and purchase AAP packages here. Read on to learn more about these online live classes.

    When: Tuesday, February 13th & Wednesday, February 14th at 8 am PDT (11 am EST)

    Why You Should Watch: This SPv4.1 class will complete the SPv4.1 courses and bring us current for the Cisco Service Provider Blueprints.

    Instructor info: Brian McGahan, CCIEx4 #8593, CCDE #2013::13

    About the Instructor:

    At the age of 20, Brian McGahan earned his first CCIE in Routing & Switching, and became known as the “youngest engineer in the world.” He continued on to earn CCIE certifications in Security, Service Provider, and Data Center. Brian has developed and taught for INE since 2002, setting the bar for CCIE training and helping thousands of engineers obtain their own certifications–we’re proud to have such an accomplished and driven instructor on the INE team. When he is not developing new products for INE, he consults with large ISPs and enterprise customers.

    Jan
    25

    Effective January 23, 2018 Cisco will be incorporating a new version of its CCIE Collaboration exam blueprint into both the written and lab exams. Those who are scheduled to take the CCIE Collaboration exam prior to this date will not be affected by the blueprint change.

    For those who are scheduled to take the CCIE Collaboration exam on or after July 23, 2018 here are the major changes you can expect to see:

    • New segmentation of topics among exam domains
    • Removal and addition of some key topics in both the written and lab exams
    • The lab exam format will be 100% virtual with no physical technologies use


    Domain Level Changes:

    The v2.0 CCIE Collaboration exam will be split into 8 domains unifying the written and lab exam topics. What this means is that instead of having 9 domains in the written exam and 7 in the lab exam, candidates will be tested on topics in only 8 domains total across both exams. In version 2.0 of the CCIE Collaboration exam, instructions will explicitly state which domains pertain to which exam, and the relative weight of each domain.

     
    Topics Added in v2.0:

  • Collaboration APIs
  • Cisco Expressway dial plan
  • Cisco Unified Communications Mobile and Remote Access
  • Cisco Spark Hybrid Services
  • Single-Sign-On
  • Ad-hoc and rendezvous conferencing on Cisco Meeting Server

  • Topics Removed in v2.0:

  • Digital telephony signaling: BRI/CAS/R2/NFAS
  • H.323 Registration, Admission, and Status (RAS) and gatekeepers
  • Cisco Mobile Voice Access (MVA)
  • Cisco Service Advertisement Framework (SAF) and Call Control Discovery (CCD)
  • IOS basic automatic call distribution (B-ACD}

  • Exam Format Changes:

    The written exam format will stay the same with only the topics changes incorporated, the lab exam format however will be extremely different. In version 2.0 of the CCIE Collaboration Exam most devices will be virtualized. Additionally, there will no longer be any physical IP phones on candidates’ exam desktops – IP phones will be remotely controlled from the candidate’s PC.

     

    For further information on the CCIE Collaboration exam blueprint updates visit the Cisco website.

    Jan
    19

    For those who may not have heard, Cisco recently updated their blueprint for the CCIE Service Provider Written and Lab Exams. According to Cisco, only about 10% of the overall blueprint has changed and topics on 4.1 will be similar to those on 4.0. Read on to learn more.

    Domain Changes:

    4.1 domain topics are almost exactly the same as 4.0 topics. The main difference in domains is that domains 1 and 3 (service provider architecture and evolution and service provider base services) have been merged into one domain. While other domain topics did not change, slight shifts were made to domain weights.

    Weighting of Domains:

     

     

    Topic changes within the Domains:

    • Domain 1 (Core Routing): No topics were added or removed within this domain, but some items were moved, rephrased, or merged into one single item.
    • Domain 2 (Service Provider Architecture and Services) now holds tasks of the original domain 1 and 3. Other items that were part of domain 1, such as software architecture, mobility node functions, and virtualization concepts, were rephrased to better define their scope.
    • Domain 3 (Access and Aggregation) had a few topics items removed.
    • Domain 4 (High Availability and Fast Convergence) remains unchanged, only the weights changed.
    • Domain 5 (Service Provider Security, Operations, and Management) had the most changes. In this domain, service provider operation oriented items have been removed.

    The CCIE Service Provider version 4.1 exam continues to focus on dual-stack solutions for both IPv4 and IPv6 technologies, as it was already deployed in the CCIE Service Provider version 4.0 exam. All solutions, for example, routing protocols, fast convergence, and L3VPN cover both IPv4 and IPv6 technologies.

     

    Changes to Recommended Hardware and Equipment:

    No new technologies or features were added to the exam topics and therefore, the impact of this software update is minor. Candidates who want to prepare for the exam using hardware equipment are advised to use the following Cisco equipment and Cisco Software releases, which are used in the Diagnostic module.

    • P, PE, and RR role: ASR 9000 Series running Cisco IOS XR 6.0 release

    • PP, PE, and CE role: ASR 1000 Series running Cisco IOS XE 3.13 (15.4S) release

    • PE and CE role: Cisco 7600 Series running Cisco IOS 15.4S release

    • Access and Aggregation role: Cisco ME 3600x Series running Cisco IOS 15.4S release

     

    Exam Format:

    No changes were made to the exam format. The Exam Number remained the same (400-201), and still consists of three modules: Troubleshooting, Diagnostic and Configuration.

    To learn more about these blueprint changes read the full Cisco Article

    May
    18

    Congratulations to Neil Moore on passing the CCDE Practical Exam this week, and becoming a NONTUPLE (9x) CCIE & CCDE!

    Neil was a student in both my CCIE Data Center Bootcamp and CCDE Bootcamp within the past few years, and is truly an inspiration to us all. Neil’s brother Kelly is also a CCIE in Data Center. Neil likes to introduce himself and his brother to people at Cisco Live that they have 9 CCIEs between the two of them! ;) This year Neil gets to bump that up to 10 CCIEs and CCDE between the two of them!

    Neil for sure will win the longest badge this year at Cisco Live 2016 Las Vegas!

    Neil currently works for VMWare as an NSX Systems Engineer, is a VMware Certified Implementation Expert — Network Virtualization (VCIX-NV), and has plans to pursue the VMware Certified Design Expert (VCDX).

    Congrats Neil!

    Apr
    15

    Edit: The recording of this session is now available here

    This coming Tuesday, April 19th 2016, at 09:00 PDT (17:00 UTC) I will be joining the VIRL team for a discussion and demo of using cloud hosted servers, VIRL, and INE material for CCIE preparation, with a focus on large topologies (30+ devices). The Webex signup link is here. The session will also be simulcast on live.ine.com.

    Specifically in this session I will be covering:

    • How to deploy VIRL on cloud servers
    • Loading INE topology files into the VIRL cloud instance through GIT
    • Launching and managing multiple large topologies

    Attendees will also have an opportunity to submit questions to me as well as the VIRL team.

    Hope to see you there!

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    Jul
    01

    As we reported last April, Cisco changed the CCIE Lab Exam retake policy to an exponential backoff, meaning that the more attempts you took at the lab the more time you had to wait between attempts.

    In a sudden change of heart, today Cisco announced that they are reversing their policy change until at least December 31st 2015. Per Cisco:

    “For a limited time, we will waive the current lab retake policy so that all lab candidates will be able to retest for their lab exam with only a 30-day wait period.” “If you register for any CCIE lab exam between now and December 31, 2015, you will have the option of retaking the exam with only a 30-day wait regardless of the number of attempts you may have already made.”

    Frequently Asked Questions about the policy changes:

    Q: Does this mean that between now and December 31, I can take the lab every 30 days?
    A: Yes.

    Q: Is the original policy back in place after December 31?
    A: What happens after December 31 is dependent on the results of our research from now until that date.

    Q: What does this mean if my current wait period is 90 days and I’m in the middle of the waiting period? Can I sign up now or do I have to continue to wait?
    A: Yes, you can sign up now. You do not have to wait. The policy that is active at the time you schedule your lab will determine the time you have to wait. If you are beyond the 30-day wait period, you can book the earliest available seat you find.

    Q: What if I’m already scheduled for a lab that I had to schedule out 90 days because of the original policy?
    A: You will have the option to reschedule your lab attempt to an earlier date through the system.

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    Feb
    25

    Do you think you have what it takes to become a featured instructor at INE? We are looking for talented individuals to propose and execute new courses across multiple domains including: networking, programming, systems administration, and security. If you’re an expert in any of these domains, or related topics, then it’s time to share your knowledge with the world! Speak a language other than English? That’s great! We’re open to ideas for courses in different languages.

    Click here for more information and to submit an application.

    Not interested in becoming an instructor but have some ideas for content you’d like to see us cover? Drop us a line at topics@ine.com.

    May
    05

    This weekend while working on content updates for CCIE R&S Version 5, I ran into an interesting problem.  In order to test some nuances of routing protocol updates and packet fragmentation, I was trying to generate BGP UPDATE messages that would exceed the transit MTU.  To do this I manually created a bunch of Loopback interfaces and did a redistribute connected into BGP.  When I looked at the packet capture details, I started to realize how many routes I’d actually need in order to fill up the packet sizes.  After wasting about 30 minutes copying and pasting new Loopbacks over and over, I decided to come up with a better automated solution instead.  I thought, “why not just have the router generate its own random Loopback addresses and then advertise them into BGP?” Well surprisingly I actually got it to work, despite my amateur at best coding skills.

    The following TCL script is used to generate a given number of Loopback interfaces with random IPv4 and IPv6 addresses.  To use it simply start the tclsh from the IOS CLI, paste the procedure in, then invoke it with generate_loopbacks X, where “X” is the number of routes you want to generate.  Note that I didn’t add any error checking for overlapping addresses or invalid address and mask combinations.  If someone wants to update the script to account for this, please feel free to do so and I’ll throw 100 rack rental tokens your way for the trouble. Edit: Special thanks to Jason Cook for adding the error checking for me.

    A quick demo of the script in action can be found after the jump.

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    May
    17

    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.

    Sportster Forty Eight

    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.

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