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INE’s CCIE Service Provider v4 Advanced Technologies Class continues today at 08:00 PDT (15:00 UTC) with Inter-AS MPLS L3VPN. All Access Pass subscribers can attend at Recordings of some of the previous class sessions up to this point are now available via AAP library here.

Additionally, INE’s CCIE SPv4 Workbook is now available in beta format here.

Hope to see you in class!


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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, and why?

Bonus Questions:

  • What will R2′s path selection to be, and why?
  • What will R3′s path selection to be, and why?
  • Assume R3′s link to R1 is lost.  Does this affect R1′s path selection to 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!

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Edit: Recordings of these video series are now available per the below links.

This week I will be running the following free online classes:

*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)

More information on these classes can be found here.


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!


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!



Cisco has announced their plans to transition the CCIE Service Provider certification blueprint from Version 3.0 to Version 4.0 starting May 22nd, 2015.  The official announcement for the Written and Lab Exam Content Updates can be found here.

There are four key points to this announcement, which are:

  • Lab Exam format changes
  • Hardware & software version changes
  • New technical topics added
  • Old technical topics removed

CCIE SPv4 Lab Exam Format Changes

The Lab Exam format of SPv4 has been updated to follow the same format as the new CCIE Routing & Switching Version 5.0.  This means the exam now consists of three sections: Troubleshooting, Diagnostic, and Configuration.

CCIE SPv4 Hardware & Software Version Changes

Following along with the current CCIE RSv5, CCIE SPv4 now uses all virtual hardware as well.  Specifically the new hardware and software variants are as follows:

  • ASR 9000 running Cisco IOS XR 5.2
  • ASR 1000 running Cisco IOS XE 3.13S.15.4(3)S
  • Cisco 7600 running Cisco IOS 15.5(3)S
  • Cisco ME 3600 running Cisco IOS 15.5(3)S

Both the IOS XR and IOS XE variants are already available as virtual machines that you can download from and deploy yourself on VMWare ESXi 5.5 and other similar hypervisors.  The current IOS XRv release is 5.2.0, and CSR1000v (IOS XE) is 3.13S/15.4(3)S.  As for the 7600 and ME 3600 images, I would assume these will run as L2 IOU/IOL images, however I haven’t personally seen either of these complies yet.  The key functionality of them will be based around L2VPN for Ethernet, such as EVC and VPLS, which is not covered in depth in the current SPv3 blueprint.

CCIE SPv4 New Technical Topics Added

With the new IOS XR, IOS XE, and Catalyst IOS code versions used, the following is some of the key new features that have been added to the SPv4 Blueprint:

  • Ethernet VPN (EVPN)
  • Provider Backbone Bridging EVPN (PBB-EVPN)
  • Multicast Label Distribution Protocol (mLDP)
  • Unified MPLS (Seamless MPLS)
  • Locator/ID Separation Protocol (LISP)
  • mGRE VPN
  • IPv6 NAT44/NAT64/6RD
  • MPLS OAM & Ethernet OAM

CCIE SPv4 Old Technical Topics Removed

Frame Relay and ATM, the old holdouts for years, have finally been removed from the CCIE Service Provider Blueprint.  This was expected, as most L2VPN services now focus on Ethernet last mile (EVC, VPLS, L3VPN over Ethernet) vs. legacy Frame Relay and ATM.

More information about our plans for content updates will be available as we get closer to the official release date of the new blueprint.  In the meantime for those of you that want to get in before the Blueprint change I would recommend to book a lab date as soon as possible, and start reviewing our CCIE Service Provider v3 Advanced Technologies Class and CCIE Service Provider v3 Workbook.

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Earlier this year in April, we reported to you about a major change in policy to retakes of the CCIE Written and Lab exam. Just today Cisco updated that policy with a major blow for anyone who has been preparing under the old pretenses. Namely that: “These policy changes will be applied retroactively from the date of a candidate’s first lab attempt.” The seemingly innocuous announcement can be found on their CCIE Lab Policy page, just above the table indicating how long you must wait between attempts. This means that if you already have, for instance, two attempts (and unfortunate fails) going into August 2 (when the new policy goes into effect), you would have to wait 90 days from the time of your last attempt to retry the exam. This still gives folks a chance to get another attempt (or 2, possibly) in before this Aug 2 deadline, regardless of the number of previous failed (or missed, if you simply didn’t show) attempts. But of course the real goal of Cisco here is to try to get you to study harder before even attempting your first CCIE Lab – which isn’t a bad idea for everyone.

So as always – Happy Labbing and STUDY HARD!

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In a continuing effort to protect the integrity of the CCIE program, Cisco has announced a major change regarding the retake policy of the CCIE Written and Practical Lab exams. These changes take effect on August 1, 2014. Assuming a candidate happens not to pass on their first attempt at either a written or a practical “lab” exam within a given track, the frequency with which they will be allowed to retake the exam will change dramatically from past allowances, effectively not allowing the candidate virtually ‘unlimited’ retakes within a single calendar year (more specifically, within 12 calendar months from the date of the first attempt).

Changes to CCIE Practical Lab Exam

Perhaps the most interest for most people will be the frequency with which one will be allowed to re-sit for a CCIE Lab exam. Assuming a candidate does not pass on their first attempt at a given lab exam, they will still be allowed to attempt to retake the exam after 30 days has elapsed. The major change comes with the possibility that the candidate does not pass on their second attempt – after this attempt they must now wait for another 90 days to make their third attempt. Unlikely, but assuming a failure on attempt three, and a need to sit for attempt four, the candidate must wait another 90 days. Same goes for attempt four to attempt five. After a very, very bad year whereby a need to appear a sixth time becomes necessary, the wait period goes up to a full six months between attempts. The changes can be seen in a screenshot from a recent webinar below (after the jump).
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Congratulations go out to Keith Humphreys who recently passed his CCIE Service Provider Lab Exam on his first attempt! Keith was a student in a recent CCIE SPv3 Bootcamp that I taught in London, and posted a very inspirational story about his road to CCIE success on INE’s Online Commmunity. It’s a long one, but is definitely worth the read.

Congrats Keith!

Finally after years of preparation I have passed my 1st CCIE on my 1st attempt in Diegem, which is the party centre of the universe, isn’t it!? Below I will go through my preparation, what I did, when I did it and it’s probably all repetition of other peoples experiences but you only pass the CCIE for the 1st time once so I’m going to babble on cos this is my moment :D

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Below is a good write-up by now dual CCIE 35565 IEOC user ndiayemalick after passing the SP lab:

Hello IEOC,

I have passed the CCIE SP Lab yesterday at Brussels. The results came in pretty fast around 10 PM. I will share my experience here. I will only share things pertaining to the SP lab. There are many other posts about the lab in general, preparations, what to expect, the proctors, etc…. Here we go:

  • Don’t forget to commit your changes
  • Don’t forget to create the BGP_PASS RPL to allow eBGP routes to pass
  • Check each and every step on the way. You do not want to be troubleshooting CSC problem because one of your LDP session was not up.
  • Logging is disabled on all the IOS devices with “no logging on / no logging console”. I enable it but checked with the proctor who told me to make sure to put disabled it back at the end of my lab, which I did. Do not assume anything, you have a doubt, ask the proctor.
  • Keep track of :
    BGP peerings (Route reflector for IPv4/IPv6 VPNv4/VPNv6)
    RPs per site
    MSDP Peerings
  • Use the command ‘ip route profile’ to make sure that your routing is stable.
  • There’s a lot of reverse engineering in the lab. Many things are pre build for you with many many faults in IPv4 and IPv6 for all address families so know even worst get acquainted your protocols (BGP, OSPF, IS-IS,EIGRP, RIP, PIM) for both address families
  • Verify all your neighboring as you go. OSPF, IS-IS, BGP, LDP, RSVP, PIM,etc… You do not want to troubleshooting OSPF neighboring because your MPLS TE is not working. You can waste a lot of time. Things build up as go. The further you go in the lab, the harder it will become to see small details.
  • Besides the DOC-CD, Notepad is your next best friend. Many configurations are repetitive. You will gain time and reduce the chance of making a mistake by using it. I had 3 notepad widows one for TCL scripts, another one called “AT THE END” to put back the configurations I changed like logging, and another one for copy/paste configs to save time.
  • Read the lab end to end before starting type. Every word is important. The lab is pretty self explanatory but you have to know your stuff hence you need speed and accuracy.
  • It’s harder than the R&S lab but easier because to study because of less topic to focus on.
  • Sent private emails to Brian and he helps out a lot. Even Mark Snow was available to meet me personally in Columbus, Ohio. How cool is that ?
  • I was tested on all possible PE-CE Routing protocols, filtering and loop avoidance techniques.
  • Use TCL scripts to check reachability for all address families. It’s crucial. SP is all about reachability and doing the way they wanted it.
  • Found 2 typos in the lab: OPSF instead of OSPF and PIM-SW instead of PIM-SM. I was kind enough to send a feedback


  • during the end, my Internet Explorer froze. After killing the process in the Task Manager, I was not able to log back in the lab to display the tasks. I still had access to the devices. After multiple attemps with the proctor, we decided to save my configs and logg off. By doing that, I lost all my TCL scripts and notepad notes. Lesson: do not open multiple IE windows even when going for the documentation.
  • Request for reread after passing the lab ?????: You can request a reread even when you pass the lab. How stupid is that?????
  • Now INE owes me 2 CCIE shirts

Do not hesitate if you have questions, I will help out as much as I can without breaking NDA of course ;)

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A few weeks back I posted about the top contributors for IEOC in May receiving prizes (iPads, Mac Air, etc) from INE. Below are the top contributors for IEOC in their respective categories along with the overall top contributor and the one additional contributor that I’ll give an iPad or Galaxy Tablet to for helping with workbook support.

CCIE Data Center Technical
Antonio Soares

CCIE Voice Technical

CCIE Routing & Switching Technical

CCIE Security Technical

CCIE Service Provider Technical

Top Overall IEOC Contributor:

Additional Top Contributor in regards to the workbooks in general:

Jessica Oldow will be contacting the winners tomorrow to get their shipping addresses. Also if you own a few iPad’s already from INE (looking at you there daniel.dib ;-) you can just have them sent as an Apple Store gift card if you want.

We’ll do the same prizes for June that we did for May so don’t miss out!

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