Posts from ‘CCIE R&S’
INE CCIE RSv5 Lab Cram Session is now available for viewing in our All Access Pass Library. This course includes over 35 hours of new content for CCIE Routing & Switching Version 5, including both technology review sessions as well as a step-by-step walkthrough of two new CCIE RSv5 Mock Lab Exams. These new Mock Labs are available here as part of INE’s CCIE RSv5 Workbook.
This class is designed as a last minute review of technologies and strategy before taking the actual CCIE RSv5 Lab Exam. Each of the two Mock Labs covered in class are subdivided into three sections – just like the actual exam – Troubleshooting, Diagnostics, and Configuration.
Rack rentals are available for these mock labs here. Technical discussion of the labs is through our Online Community, IEOC.
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I had an interesting question come across my desk today which involved a very common area of confusion in OSPF routing logic, and now I’m posing this question to you as a challenge!
The first person to answer correctly will get free attendance to our upcoming CCIE Routing & Switching Lab Cram Session, which runs the week of June 1st 2015, as well as a free copy of the class in download format after it is complete. The question is as follows:
Given the below topology, where R4 mutually redistributes between EIGRP and OSPF, which path(s) will R1 choose to reach the network 126.96.36.199/32, and why?
- What will R2′s path selection to 188.8.131.52/32 be, and why?
- What will R3′s path selection to 184.108.40.206/32 be, and why?
- Assume R3′s link to R1 is lost. Does this affect R1′s path selection to 220.127.116.11/32? If so, how?
Tomorrow I’ll be post topology and config files for CSR1000v, VIRL, GNS3, etc. so you can try this out yourself, but first answer the question without seeing the result and see if your expected result matches the actual result!
Good luck everyone!
Edit: Recordings of these video series are now available per the below links.
- CCIE Routing & Switching v5 Overview and Preparation
- CCIE Service Provider v4 Kickoff
- Intro to IPv4 & IPv6 Multicast
This week I will be running the following free online classes:
- CCIE Service Provider v4 Kickoff – Tues April 14th @ 09:00 PDT (16:00 UTC)
- CCIE Routing & Switching v5 Overview and Preparation – Thurs April 16th @ 09:00 PDT (16:00 UTC)
- Intro to IPv4 & IPv6 Multicast* – Fri April 17th @ 09:00 PDT (16:00 UTC)
*Free for AAP Members
INE will also be offering the following free upcoming online classes:
- CCNA R&S Overview and Preparation – Tues April 21st @ 09:00 PDT (16:00 UTC)
- CCNP R&S Overview and Preparation – Thurs April 23rd @ 09:00 PDT (16:00 UTC)
- CCNP R&S TSHOOT Overview and Preparation – Thurs April 30th @ 09:00 PDT (16:00 UTC)
CCIE Service Provider v4 Kickoff
This class marks the kickoff of INE’s CCIE SPv4 product line for the New CCIE Service Provider Version 4 Blueprint, which goes live May 22nd 2015! In this class we’ll cover the v3 to v4 changes, including exam format changes and topic adds and removes, recommended readings and resources, INE’s new CCIE SPv4 hardware specification and CCIE SPv4 Workbook, and the schedule for INE’s upcoming CCIE Service Provider Version 4 Advanced Technologies Class. Class runs tomorrow, Tuesday April 14th at 09:00 PDT (16:00 UTC), and is free to attend. Simply sign up for an INE Members account or visit this direct link for the class.
CCIE Routing & Switching v5 Overview and Preparation
This class is an update for our previous How to pass the CCIE R&S with INE’s 4.0 Training Program write-up. This session covers in detail the recommended process of preparing for, and ultimately passing, the CCIE R&Sv5 Lab Exam. Class topics include how to develop a study plan, recommended readings and resources, how to get the most out of INE’s CCIE RSv5 Workbook & Advanced Technologies Class (ATC), an overview of our new upcoming CCIE Routing & Switching Lab Cram Session, and final strategy for the actual day of the Lab Exam. Class runs Thurs April 16th at 09:00 PDT (16:00 UTC), and is free to attend. Simply sign up for an INE Members account or visit this direct link for the class.
Intro to IPv4 & IPv6 Multicast
This class is for engineers looking to get their feet wet in learning why and how to implement IP Multicast Routing for both IPv4 and IPv6 based networks. This one-day class will focus on IPv4 & IPv6 Multicast practical use cases, how Protocol Independent Multicast (PIM), IPv4 Internet Group Management Protocol (IGMP), & IPv6 Multicast Listener Discovery (MLD) work from a theory point of view, and implementation examples of configuring and verifying multicast routing operations on Cisco IOS based platforms. This class will also benefit candidates preparing for the CCIE RSv5 or CCIE SPv4 certifications. Class runs Friday April 17th at 09:00 PDT (16:00 UTC), and is free to attend for All Access Pass members. More information on All Access Pass subscriptions and benefits can be found here. AAP members will find the link to this class on Friday via their INE Members account, or via this direct link for the class.
I hope to see you all in class this week!
Troubleshooting Lab 3 and Full Scale Lab 3 have now been added to the CCIE RSv5 Workbook!
The new Troubleshooting Lab 3 uses the Full Scale Lab 1 logical topology, but breaks all of the protocols you’ve previously built. I suggest you take your time with each ticket so that you can fully digest why each fault occurs. Practice your time and knowledge skills by taking the Troubleshooting Lab 3 challenge!
Full Scale Lab 3 is built on a brand new logical topology, and has a strong focus in MPLS and BGP technologies. The solution guide features detailed breakdowns of each topic domain to give you a better understanding of the solutions used to solve each task. Keep in mind that there are multiple ways to solve most problems.
For discussion on these new labs visit our online community, IEOC.
Foundation Lab 2 has now been added to the CCIE RSv5 Workbook. This lab is great for working on your configuration speed and accuracy when combining multiple technologies together. It also has a great redistribution section that I hope you’ll all enjoy More Full Scale, Troubleshooting, and Foundation labs are in progress and will be posted soon. I’ll post another update about them when they are available.
In addition to this we’ve added some feature enhancements to the workbook in response to customer requests and feedback. First, there is a new Table of Contents for the workbook that allows you to view all tasks, and to check off tasks that you’ve already completed. This will help you track your progress as you’re going through the workbook.
You can additionally check off the progress of a task in the upper right hand portion of the individual lab page.
Multiple bookmarks are now supported, and will be added to a section under the Table of Contents. When you open the workbook it will now also prompt you to load your latest bookmark.
Lastly, configuration solutions are now hidden by default when you open a lab. This will help prevent “spoilers” in the config before you’ve had a chance to attempt the lab. To see the solution configs, click the Expand button as seen below.
If you want to hide the configuration solution again you can click to collapse.
We’re always looking for additional ways to improve our products, so if you have any suggestions you can submit feedback through the workbook labs themselves, post on our Online Community, or feel free to send me an email directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
After long anticipation, Cisco’s Virtual Internet Routing Lab (VIRL) is now publicly available. VIRL is a network design and simulation environment that includes a GNS3-like frontend GUI to visually build network topologies, and an OpenStack based backend which includes IOSv, IOS XRv, NX-OSv, & CSR1000v software images that run on the built-in hypervisor. In this post I’m going to outline how you can use VIRL to prepare for the CCIE Routing & Switching Version 5.0 Lab Exam in conjunction with INE’s CCIE RSv5 Advanced Technologies Labs.
The first step of course is to get a copy of VIRL. VIRL is currently available for purchase from virl.cisco.com in two forms, a “Personal Edition” for a $200 annual license, and an “Academic Version” for an $80 annual license. Functionally these two versions are the same. Next is to install VIRL on a hypervisor of your choosing, such as VMWare ESXi, Fusion, or Player. Make sure to follow the installation guides in the VIRL documentation, because the install is not a very straightforward process. When installing it on VMWare Player I ran into a problem with the NTPd not syncing, which resulted in the license key not being able to register. In my case I had to edit the /etc/ntp.conf file manually to specify a new NTP server, which isn’t listed as a step in the current install guide. If you run into problems during install check the VIRL support community, as it’s likely that someone has already run into your particular install issue, and a workaround may be listed there.
Once VIRL and VM Maestro (the GUI frontend) is up and running, the next step is to build your topology. For the INE CCIE RSv5 Advanced Technology Labs, this topology will be 10 IOS or IOS XE instances that are connected to a single vSwitch. All you need to do to build this is to add the 10 IOS instances, and then connect them all to a single “Multipoint Connection”. Logical network segments will then later be built based on the initial configurations that you load on the routers for a specific lab. The end result of the topology should look something like this:
You may also want to add some basic customization to the topology file and the VM Maestro interface. I set the hostnames of the devices to R1 – R10 by clicking on the router icon, then setting the “Name” under the Properties tab.
Next under the File > Preferences > Terminal > Cisco Terminal you can set the options to use your own terminal software instead of the built in one. In my case I set the “Title format” variable to “%s”, which makes it show just the hostname in the SecureCRT tab, and set the “Telnet command” to “C:\Program Files\VanDyke Software\SecureCRT\SecureCRT.exe /T /N %t /TELNET %h %p”, which makes it spawn a SecureCRT tabbed window when I want to open the CLI to the routers. Your options of course may vary depending on your terminal software and its install location.
Next, click the “Launch Simulation” button on the topology to start the routers. Assuming everything is correct with your install, and you have enough CPU & memory resources, the instances should boot and show the “ACTIVE” state, similar to what you see below:
If you right click on the device name you’ll see the option to telnet to the console port. Note that the port number changes every time you restart the simulation, so I found it easier just to launch the telnet sessions from here instead of creating manual sessions under the SecureCRT database.
You should now be able to connect to the consoles of the routers and see them boot, such as you see below:
R1 con0 is now available Press RETURN to get started. ************************************************************************** * IOSv is strictly limited to use for evaluation, demonstration and IOS * * education. IOSv is provided as-is and is not supported by Cisco's * * Technical Advisory Center. Any use or disclosure, in whole or in part, * * of the IOSv Software or Documentation to any third party for any * * purposes is expressly prohibited except as otherwise authorized by * * Cisco in writing. * ************************************************************************** R1> R1>enable R1#show version Cisco IOS Software, IOSv Software (VIOS-ADVENTERPRISEK9-M), Experimental Version 15.4(20141119:013030) [jsfeng-V154_3_M 107] Copyright (c) 1986-2014 by Cisco Systems, Inc. Compiled Tue 18-Nov-14 20:30 by jsfeng ROM: Bootstrap program is IOSv R1 uptime is 46 minutes System returned to ROM by reload System image file is "flash0:/vios-adventerprisek9-m" Last reload reason: Unknown reason This product contains cryptographic features and is subject to United States and local country laws governing import, export, transfer and use. Delivery of Cisco cryptographic products does not imply third-party authority to import, export, distribute or use encryption. Importers, exporters, distributors and users are responsible for compliance with U.S. and local country laws. By using this product you agree to comply with applicable laws and regulations. If you are unable to comply with U.S. and local laws, return this product immediately. A summary of U.S. laws governing Cisco cryptographic products may be found at: http://www.cisco.com/wwl/export/crypto/tool/stqrg.html If you require further assistance please contact us by sending email to email@example.com. Cisco IOSv (revision 1.0) with with 484729K/37888K bytes of memory. Processor board ID 9B2DD0A36JBLXZY7SLJTF 2 Gigabit Ethernet interfaces DRAM configuration is 72 bits wide with parity disabled. 256K bytes of non-volatile configuration memory. 2097152K bytes of ATA System CompactFlash 0 (Read/Write) 0K bytes of ATA CompactFlash 1 (Read/Write) 0K bytes of ATA CompactFlash 2 (Read/Write) 1008K bytes of ATA CompactFlash 3 (Read/Write) Configuration register is 0x0 R1#
With this basic topology you should have the 10 IOSv instances connected on their Gig0/1 interface to the same segment. The Gig0/0 interface is used for scripting inside the VIRL application, and can be shutdown for our purposes. The end result after the images boot should be something similar to this:
R1#show cdp neighbor Capability Codes: R - Router, T - Trans Bridge, B - Source Route Bridge S - Switch, H - Host, I - IGMP, r - Repeater, P - Phone, D - Remote, C - CVTA, M - Two-port Mac Relay Device ID Local Intrfce Holdtme Capability Platform Port ID R9.openstacklocal Gig 0/1 177 R B IOSv Gig 0/1 R8.openstacklocal Gig 0/1 167 R B IOSv Gig 0/1 R3.openstacklocal Gig 0/1 155 R B IOSv Gig 0/1 R2.openstacklocal Gig 0/1 177 R B IOSv Gig 0/1 R7.openstacklocal Gig 0/1 156 R B IOSv Gig 0/1 R6.openstacklocal Gig 0/1 146 R B IOSv Gig 0/1 R5.openstacklocal Gig 0/1 129 R B IOSv Gig 0/1 R4.openstacklocal Gig 0/1 153 R B IOSv Gig 0/1 R10.openstacklocal Gig 0/1 146 R B IOSv Gig 0/1 Total cdp entries displayed : 9
Next you can load your initial configs for the lab you want to work on, and you’re up and running! I’ve taken the liberty of converting the CSR1000v formatted initial configs for our Advanced Technologies Labs to the IOSv format, as the two platforms use different interface numbering. Click here to download these initial configs as well as the .virl topology file that I created.
For further discussions on this see the IEOC thread Building INE’s RSv5 topology on VIRL.
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Rack Rentals for INE’s CCIE RSv5 Workbook’s Troubleshooting Labs and Full Scale Labs are now available via the Members Site. To access them login to http://members.ine.com, click “Rack Rentals” on the dashboard on the left, and then click “Schedule” under “CCIE Routing & Switching v5 Full Scale.”
This topology uses 20 routers and 4 switches and is for both Troubleshooting and Full Scale Labs. The topology above it, “CCIE Routing & Switching v5″, uses 10 routers and 4 switches, and supports all the Advanced Technology Labs and Foundation Labs.
The loading and saving of initial configs is supported through the Rack Control Panel, which can greatly save you time in your studies, especially with very large topologies such as those used in the Troubleshooting and Full Scale Labs.
Additionally, Full Scale Lab 2 and Troubleshooting Lab 2 have been posted to the CCIE RSv5 Workbook. More Foundation, Troubleshooting, and Full Scale Labs are currently in development and will be posted soon. For discussion on these new labs please visit the CCIE RSv5 Workbook section of IEOC, our online community.
Full Scale Lab 1 has been added to the CCIE Routing & Switching v5 Workbook. More Foundation, Troubleshooting, and Full Scale Labs will be coming soon, including additional updates before the end of the weekend. I will post more information about additional content and its release schedule shortly.
This lab uses a 20 router topology which will be available through our rack rental system shortly. In the meantime if you have your own lab built on CSR1000v, IOU/IOL, etc. the initial configs are available to download on the lab 1 tasks page. For technical discussion of this lab, please visit the Full Scale Labs section of our Online Community here.
The CCIE Routing & Switching Advanced Technologies Class v5 resumes Wednesday, July 23rd at 8:00 AM PDT (15:00 UTC) at live.ine.com, where we will be discussing MPLS Layer 3 VPN. In the meantime, you will find the streaming and download playlists have been updated and now includes over 63 hours of content.
We have some other great news as well. The CCIE R&S v5 Rack Control panel has been released with the built-in telnet, loading and saving configs and one click device configurations and reset requests. Also, new content will be posted this week to the workbook, including all new troubleshooting labs.