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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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Nov
28

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 jobs@ine.com. 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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Jun
22

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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Jun
11

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!

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