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Dec
16

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 bmcgahan@ine.com.

Happy labbing!

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Dec
04

Click here to download the INE VIRL topology and initial configs

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
export@cisco.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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Nov
24

A long time student of INE, Neil Moore has done it again, last time becoming the worlds first 7x CCIE, and this time becoming the worlds first and only 8x CCIE. And no, he doesn’t work for Cisco.

As a side note, INE has been experiencing phenomenal growth, and tremendous passing rates for people that have been sitting our R&S, Data Center and Collaboration bootcamps. In fact, of just the bootcamps we’ve held this year, nearly all of our students have reported back to us a pass in the 3-4 weeks following their bootcamp experience. Now mind you, these folks come to us studied up and prepared for the bootcamp, but they all credit us as being the deciding factor in their pass.

We’re also adding new content all the time, including Python scripting, Openstack and SDN such as OVS. Check out our Black Friday deals and grab an All Access Pass or sign up for a bootcamp and check out what’s new!

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Oct
22

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.

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Oct
03

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.

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Jul
21

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.


Jul
16

INE is reducing the cost of our live, instructor-led bootcamps by $1,000 each. Our new pricing model will still include access to our workbooks and ATC video courses with the purchase , but will separate out the Lab Exam Voucher and access to our All Access Pass as optional add-ons to provide you with a more flexible options for both your learning style and your budget. If you would like the existing complete, bundled solution, you have until Aug 1 to make a bootcamp purchase.

See this advert for more details.

Look forward to seeing you in a bootcamp soon!

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Jul
10

Tomorrow’s CCIE Routing & Switching Advanced Technologies Class v5 is postponed, as baby 3.0’s shipping date has arrived ;)   Class will tentatively return the week of July 21st, however I will post more information and updates about workbook changes before that.

In the meantime the current CCIE RSv5 ATC streaming playlist can be found here, and the download playlist can be found here. Some videos are still in post processing and will be posted within the next few days.

Although we’re only in week 47 of the class (or so it seems), we’ve put a huge dent in the overall topic scope so far.  You can see our current progress in the overall CCIE RSv5 Expanded Blueprint here.  Some of topics that haven’t been covered in the v5 ATC officially yet can be found in the CCIE RSv4 ATC and the RSv4 to RSv5 Transition Technologies addendum at the end of that playlist.

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Jul
08

Tomorrow (2014-07-09) at 08:00 PDT (15:00 UTC) I will be starting our next major section of the CCIE Routing & Switching Version 5 Advanced Technologies Class – MPLS. This class is free to attend for all at http://live.ine.com – simply sign up for a free INE members account here or sign up for a free trial of our All Access Pass - which includes streaming video access to our entire video library – including all of the new CCIE RSv5 ATC videos up to this point.

For me personally when I was first learning MPLS, the biggest hurdle I found was sorting through all the buzzwords and acronyms. For the life of me no matter how many books I read, I couldn’t figure out why MPLS would even be needed in the first place. Tomorrow’s class will cut to the chase, as essentially MPLS 101 for CCIE Candidates.

Specifically I will be first starting with the main MPLS use case, tunneling BGP over the core. Through live examples on the Cisco IOS CLI I will show why MPLS is the preferred transport method for Service Providers that offer both public and private IPv4 & IPv6 transit services, and then expand into further use cases such as Layer 3 VPN and Layer 2 VPN services, and talk about where MPLS is even applicable in the Enterprise.  As always, questions are welcomed and encouraged during the class – the more you put into class ultimately the more you get out of it.

I hope to see you live during class tomorrow at http://live.ine.com!

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Jul
07

Despite Outlook’s reminder to me this morning, CCIE R&S v5 Advanced Technologies Class will continue this morning at http://live.ine.com at 08:00 PDT (15:00 UTC).  ;)

Today’s class continues with advanced BGP design and implementation.  The tentative topic schedule for this week is as following:

  • Advanced BGP
  • IGP and BGP Convergence Optimizations
  • MPLS VPN
  • IPsec VPN

Additionally the vast majority of previous class sessions are now available on the CCIE RSv5 ATC Playlist here.  Specifically the current recordings cover the following:

  • CCIE RSv5 Advanced Technologies Class Introduction
  • CCIE RSv4 to RSv5 Changes
  • CCIE Preparation Resources & Strategy
  • LAN Switching Introduction
  • VLANs & Trunking
  • VLAN Trunking Protocol (VTP)
  • VTP Version 3
  • EtherChannel
  • Layer 2 EtherChannel Configuration
  • Layer 3 EtherChannel Configuration
  • Spanning-Tree Protocol
  • Optional Spanning-Tree Features
  • Rapid Spanning-Tree Protocol
  • Multiple Spanning-Tree Protocol
  • WAN Circuits
  • PPP over Ethernet (PPPoE)
  • IPv4 Routing
  • Policy Based Routing
  • IP SLA & Enhanced Object Tracking
  • GRE & IP in IP Tunneling
  • Classic EIGRP
  • EIGRP Named Mode
  • EIGRP Classic Metric Calculation
  • EIGRP Wide Metrics
  • EIGRP Traffic Engineering & Unequal Cost Load Balancing
  • EIGRP Classic Authentication
  • EIGRP Automatic Key Rotation
  • EIGRP Named Mode Authentication
  • EIGRP Summarization
  • EIGRP Traffic Engineering with Summarization
  • EIGRP over DMVPN
  • EIGRP Stub Routing
  • Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) Protocol & Operation Overview
  • OSPF Single Area Configuration
  • Troubleshooting OSPF Adjacencies
  • OSPF Areas and LSAs
  • OSPF Media Dependencies & Network Types
  • Configuring OSPF Network Types
  • OSPF Virtual Links
  • OSPF Stub Areas
  • Configuring OSPF Stub Areas
  • Traffic Engineering with OSPF Stub Areas
  • Configuring OSPF Not So Stubby Areas (NSSA)
  • Controlling NSSA Redistribution
  • Default Routing with OSPF NSSA
  • OSPF NSSA Translator Election & Forwarding Address
  • OSPF Path Selection
  • OSPF Authentication
  • OSPF Authentication Enhancements
  • OSPF Summarization Overview
  • Configuring OSPF Summarization
  • Dynamic Multipoint VPN (DMVPN) Overview
  • Basic DMVPN Configuration
  • DMVPN Phase 1,2,& 3
  • DMVPN Phase 1 Configuration
  • Routing protocols over DMVPN Phase 1 :: Part 1
  • Routing protocols over DMVPN Phase 1 :: Part 2
  • DMVPN Phase 2 Configuration
  • Routing protocols over DMVPN Phase 2
  • DMVPN Phase 3 Configuration
  • IPv4 Route Redistribution Overview
  • Basic Redistribution Examples
  • Why Routing Loops Occur
  • Preventing Routing Loops/ Feedback
  • Redistribution Case #1
  • Redistribution Case #2
  • Redistribution Case #3

 

 

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