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As everyone knows INE has made INC 5000′s list of fastest growing educational companies for two years running and we’re having our best year ever by roughly 30% over our 2011 numbers. With this growth INE is once again expanding. Starting mid-January 2013 INE will have a new office in RTP, NC. The office in RTP will be for sales and support so that means sales will be available starting from 6am EST (-5 GMT) in January. We’re also doubling the size of our datacenter in Reno, NV in January. We’ve signed the lease on the building next to our current Reno datacenter and are close to finalizing the RTP sales/support location. We’re looking for a mid-level rack support engineer for the RTP office location and for Reno. Hours would be from 6am to 2pm Monday through Friday for RTP and 9am to 5pm Monday through Friday for Reno. For the Reno location I’m willing to relocate the right candidate and their family within the US. These will be fulltime permanent positions.

Additionally I’m looking for four fulltime support engineers internationally. These engineers would be responsible for evenings (US time) and weekends. The ideal candidate would be located around the +1 to +6 GMT timezone (Nigeria, UAE, Egypt, India, Romania, Pakistan, etc). These will be hourly contract positions.

Without listing a bunch of standard HR type responsibilities and requirements, let me just sum these positions up. You need to be diverse in troubleshooting issues with a broad range of technologies (R&S, SP, SC, Voice, DC, Storage, Wireless, Linux, etc) to provide front line support for our rental equipment via phone, chat and email. Also you need to be able to integrate well with our existing team.

For our US locations we provide zero cost health care for you and your family plus relocation assistance. For all locations we will cover costs associated with obtaining your CCIE which includes travel, exam fees, etc. When you’re not busy answering chats, tickets, etc ideally you will be on the racks yourself studying for your CCIE. So what about pay for these positions? Pay depends upon ability and not necessarily just experience.

To apply send a cover letter and resume to Include your salary requirements in the cover letter. After reviewing the cover letters and resumes our Support Team Manager will contact you and schedule a time to do a two hour graded assessment prior to an initial phone screen.

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You all made it by far the best Cisco Live that we’ve been to thus far. We wanted to put together a video to help remember the night, and say thank you for being such great, loyal customers. We will be doing a party of at least this same magnitude next year. I say magnitude because that’s probably the best way to describe the night. This wasn’t just some low budget wings-n-beer social, we had a sushi chef, a taco stand, and top-shelf drinks being served. We actually had to have them bring in more food at one point because more people showed than we had planned for. It was a truly magnanimous party. At the peak we had 247 people on that roof (capacity was 250 at any one time). People came and went all night – and all-in-all we had almost 500 people show up for our customer appreciation party. All of INE was there, and we truly enjoyed meeting each one of you face-to-face – something that we can’t always do online. We really cannot wait to see all of you, plus many new faces at our customer appreciation party at Cisco Live next year in Orlando. If you didn’t happen to make it this year in San Diego, we certainly hope you can make it out to our event next year in 2013. Who knows, we may even do this in London or Melbourne next year as well.

By the way, stay tuned as early next week we lay out our CCIE Data Center training strategy and rack rental plans!

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Right now I’m at Cisco Live US in San Diego waiting for the World of Solutions Expo to open. Tonight is our CCIE Candidate Party at the Altitude Sky Lounge. If you haven’t RSVPed to the party yet and want to attend come find me on the expo floor and pick up a ticket.

We’re also running CCIE R&S Troubleshooting Lab Sessions for free tomorrow and Wednesday near the Cisco Live conference. If you signed up already make sure to come to the party tonight to secure your reservation.

You can also follow me on twitter at @brianmcgahan. I look forward to meeting many of you tonight!


As many of you already know I’ve been teaching our brand new Routing and Switching CCIE bootcamps for the past couple months. I’ve recently restructured the bootcamp in that mock labs are not done during the second week to allow for expanded coverage of the CCIE blueprint topics. The mock labs are now done after the bootcamp and I give every student 1500 tokens to schedule them. The new structure allows for roughly 100+ hours of hands-on demonstration using my own rack over the course of the two weeks. I start at 9am and go until roughly 8pm each night (Friday’s included). After 8pm the students usually go for dinner and start working on the labs and/or review for the next day. Every topic is covered hands-on by me during the two weeks. Students are given the R&S CCIE ATC Videos free of charge when scheduling the bootcamp because even with 100+ hours we do not have time to cover the basics.

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Note that this announcement from Cisco is sort of a “pre-announcement” in that the official CCIE Security 4.0 change hasn’t been announced but will be really soon. This means if you want to take the v3 Security lab you should book your date ASAP.


The Real Life of an Expert: Introducing the New CCIE Security

CCIE Security 4.0 is unusual among security certificates for its up-to-date, real-world content. It emphasizes security competency and efficient problem solving in networks that use cloud services, carry voice and multimedia traffic, and are accessed by a variety of wireless devices.

The content, currently in development, may include real-world applications that involve:

  • Securing both wireless and wired networks, including managing security policy by device and service
  • Extending application awareness to security devices, moving security up to Layer 7 from the stateless packets of Layers 3 and 4, and applying policy on a per-identity basis
  • Applying security policy in a network that has voice and video traffic
  • Securing networks that use managed services, dual ISPs, IPv6, or IP multicast
  • Cisco will soon announce the blueprints for the CCIE Security 4.0 written and lab exams; the first exam will take place approximately six months later.

    Although there are no prerequisites for registration, Cisco offers a preparation path through its CCNA and/or CCNP Security levels, and recommends that candidates have at least three years of hands-on network security experience.

    Also I hope to see a few of you at the CCIE party here in London tonight. I’ll be easy to spot as I’ll probably be one of the only sober CCIE’s there ;-) Lastly if you’re really bored you could follow me on Twitter while I’m here at Cisco Live Europe:

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    I would like to personally reach out and say thank you to our top IEOC community members for answering questions, helping others and making it an all around great online Cisco certification support community. The awards for the top four most active July 2011 members are:

    Deepak Arora - Apple iPad 2 – 32GB
    DarrellEscolaApple iPad 2 – 16GB – Apple iPad 2 – 32GB
    welshydragonApple iPod Touch – 32GB – Apple iPad 2 – 32GB
    LeninApple iPod Touch – 16GB – Apple iPad 2 – 32GB

    In August we will be doing the same by giving away two more iPad 2s and two more iPod Touchs to the top four members.  Contribute to the IEOC community in August and be rewarded by INE.


    Brian Dennis and I attended Cisco Live! – Networkers this week, and both enjoyed the privilege of sitting down to talk privately with Yusuf Bhaiji (Program Manager over the entire CCIE program) and Ben Ng (Program Manager over the CCIE Voice track) for roughly 45 minutes. It was quite an enjoyable and spirited talk, and I believe it benefited both sides – our side to gain a better understanding of why some of the choices have been made, and theirs possibly to see things a bit more ‘through the eyes of the typical hard-studying student’. I would like to take a moment to jot down some of the highlights from our conversation, and then unpack them in a bit more detail, so that you may benefit from the open conversation.


    I’ll jot down some very simple, high-level topics that were discussed during our conversation, and then unpack them in more detail in the following section.

    • Upcoming changes to every CCIE Lab Exam
      • Protecting the integrity of the CCIE certification
      • Robust, matured results-based grading engine
      • Heuristic logic embedded into task wording
      • Accuracy and detail of lab score reports
      • Cisco’s CCIE Lab Delivery System and virtualization for mobile labs
      • No re-reads
    • CCIE Voice
      • Next blueprint version expectation
      • Topics for current and next blueprint versions
    • CCIE Data Center
      • CCIE Storage grows up
    • Reason behind CCIE Statistics web page being removed

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    Wow! I can’t believe we’re finally wrapping up this product release. It’s the longest online class we’ve ever done at just over 80 hours and at the end of the day we ended up with over 8TB (that’s 8000 gigabytes of video!) in raw format. We captured all of the video locally to the instructor in HD (720p). This allowed us to professionally edit all 150+ videos and make them available in various resolutions and formats. We are offering the videos in three 16:9 formats. The first is 640×320 and is designed for low bandwidth Internet connections and small portable devices. The second is 960×540 and is designed for standard Internet connections and tablet computers (iPad, etc). Lastly we offer a 1280×720 HD option for people with high bandwidth Internet connections and viewing on large screens (computer monitors, TVs, etc). All of the videos have a downloadable option for customers with access to them. If you’re interested in the downloadable version of the class the low bandwidth format is roughly 80 to 100MB per hour of video. The high bandwidth format is roughly 250 to 500MB per hour of video and finally the HD format is 1GB to 1.4GB per hour of video.

    For our overseas customers we’ve purchased bandwidth and storage in datacenters located in Europe and Asia with our CDN to allow for faster streaming and downloads.

    We’re starting to release more of the RS ATC videos by Wednesday with all of them being released by June 6th. Additionally all of the videos are being transcribed to allow for closed captioning and to allow searching within a particular video or all videos which enables us to link you to exactly what you are looking for. An audio version of the videos will also be available starting next week.

    The next product for CCIE Routing and Switching that we’re releasing is the video from a live 12 Day Bootcamp taught by Petr and Brian McGahan. For CCIE Voice we’re releasing a totally new ATC done by Mark that is over 60 hours of content in HD. The videos from the latest CCIE Voice 5 Day Bootcamp that was held here in Seattle will also be available next week. While we’re on the topic of new videos we have a CCDE product being finalized for release, a new CCNA class coming out, more RS CCIE Deep Dives in the works and this is just what’s being released in the next 6 weeks!

    The best news is that everyone with an All Access Pass subscription will have access to all of these new videos with their subscription. That’s a lot of value for just $159 a month or $1599 for a year’s access.

    Oh, I almost forgot to include the link to the ATC sneak peek of the first five modules: :

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    Here are the direct links to the audio versions of the sample.

    Using the Cisco Documentation
    Ethernet Overview, Layer 2 Switchports, Trunking, ISL, 802.1q, DTP
    VTP, VTP Authentication, VTP Pruning
    VTP Prune Eligible List, VTP Transparent, VTP Troubleshooting, Trunk Allowed List, Extended VLANs


    As everyone knows we’re making a massive push to release more videos and moving over to a new delivery method (HTML5).  With this new solution we can support closed captions.  I’ve uploaded a sample CCIE Voice Deep Dive video with closed captions enabled to YouTube and wanted to know the community’s feedback as to the value it will add.

    Click on the “cc” icon in the YouTube player to enable closed captions if they are disabled.

    Closed captions will allow us to offer transcripts of the videos and allow every video to be searchable so you can quickly find which video covers a particular topic and the exact part of a video that it’s cover in. Additionally we’ll be able to link you to that exact part of the video. Let me know what you all think by commenting below.

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    Well this is the class that everyone wanted redone first so we’re running it online starting April 11th. Brian McGahan will be the primary instructor for the class with Petr and myself assisting. If you have an All Access Pass subscription or purchased the live version of the R&S ATC in the past you can attend the live class free of charge by contacting sales. Space is limited so if you want to attend the live version you need to contact sales ASAP.  Everyone who has purchased the R&S ATC CoD or has an All Access Pass subscription will automatically get access to the self-paced version.

    Lastly we’re going to be releasing a brand new 12 Day R&S Bootcamp CoD product in April for the All Access Pass customers.  I’ll make a detailed announcement in regards to it later this week but the reviews we are getting from the beta customers on it are excellent to say the very least.

    UPDATE –  If you would like to attend the online R&S ATC or just have access to the R&S ATC CoD (along with 1000′s of hours of additional training) but are a little short on funds you can sign up for the All Access Pass with a monthly subscription for just $159 a month.  Once you’re signed up for the AAP you can then register for the online class.



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