Posts from ‘CCIE SP’

Apr
14

I’ve had a major enhancement added to the rack rentals that many people have wanted for a long time. Starting late next week we will move away from the standard start times and fixed session lengths for the rack rentals and allow sessions to be started anytime and run for any length of time. There will be a minimum of a one hour session length but other than that there are no restrictions.

This means for example if you want to start a session at 9:30am (your local time) and run for 4 hours you can do that. If you want a session to start at 5:00pm (your local time) and go for 7 hours you can. Also the longer your session is the cheaper it will be. We will even allow for sessions running days or weeks at a time which will really drop the price.

The first phase of this enhancement is already in place. This first phase allows you to start your session anytime. You do not need to wait for the next slot to start. The remaining time in the current slot will be prorated and you can either just use the remaining time for your rental or add it to the following session for a longer rental.

Below is a session I rented showing that the session was prorated down to 9 tokens from 12 to account for only having a little over 2 hours left on the session when I scheduled it.

The second phase which will become active next week will totally remove the concept of fixed start times and session lengths by allowing you to determine your own start time and session length days, weeks or even months ahead of time.

Also just to steal Brian McGahan’s thunder for his blog post tomorrow the DC workbooks and racks will be available Monday or Tuesday ;-)

Jan
28

I know that we live in a globalized world, full of virtual friends linked via social sites – and honestly that is great. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting so many people all over the world now that our world is indeed so much ‘smaller’ because of technology. I love it. I do. However, when I actually get to really meet those people, in person, face to face, I can’t help but feel something of a bit more connected to them. Shaking someone’s hand, actually seeing their face, still means something I think. I think this is why all of us in the networking community really enjoy coming together annually at Cisco Live – Networkers. We get to put faces with names, and see old faces that we have connected with in years past.

It’s one of the reasons I still very much like teaching live classes, and I believe why students still like attending them. You not only get a captive audience with the student/instructor for a solid two weeks, but you also get to see and hear and talk to someone in person. You get to hear their story. What makes them … them. What drives them. You get to actually know them. I also think that meeting in person is something intentional, and that if you had the inkling of maybe putting off your studies for a night after work, that if you were a part of a study group that actually met in person, you’d be less likely to cancel – maybe feel a bit more committed or obligated to show up.

So to that end, I would like to find out if there is anyone living in the Los Angeles / Orange County / San Diego area that would be interested in a CCIE study group one night per week. I propose Mondays, but I am open to any night Monday-Thursday, really. This would be a group where anyone studying for their CCIE in any track could come together and study for a few hours each week. Obviously, we’d break apart and each study in our own sub-groups dedicated to the track we are trying to attain. When we first meetup, we would devise an agenda for the coming months, and focus on those topics when we meet each week. And as is usual, the stronger in a given topic domain help out the weaker, and we all grow. We all have our strengths and weaknesses, and we all have something to gain from each other.

I would like to find out who all might be interested in meeting in this area, and actually in any area for that matter. While I can’t host the group in every city, I’d still be interested if there are more than just one person studying for a given cert in each city. I would venture to guess that there are. :)

For the LA/OC area, I would be more than happy to host, and provide all the coffee and a snacks each week. As I said above, we could have multiple people come together even if studying for different tracks. I would be quite happy to participate in the Data Center, Voice and Security groups primarily. Respond either in the comments below or by known unicasting me some email if you are interested, or even if you would be interested in hosting a group in another city.

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Dec
12

Between now and the end of the week we will be releasing our January to June 2013 schedule. You will see a lot of new classes/bootcamps added covering a wide range of topics. These include CCNA Data Center, CCNP Data Center, CCNP Wireless, CCNA Service Provider, CCNP Service Provider, Nexus 1000v & Open vSwitch, UCS & OpenStack, Nexus Live Online Bootcamps, Nexus Live Onsite Bootcamps, etc. You will also notice we are adding new 2 day online courses covering a wide range of topics (ISE, WSE, IOS XR, IOS XE, OpenFlow, etc).

The biggest change that you will notice for 2013 is that for ALL of our new products we will offer hands-on labs and equipment rentals. We’ve made a big push for new hardware in 2012 and we’ll be making an even bigger push for 2013. During the first week of January you will see the new CCNP and CCIE Security racks along with the new CCIE Data Center racks coming online. Additionally our new CCNP Security course will have hands-on labs available around the same time frame.

In 2013 we will be making all of our CCNA courses available free of charge like how our CCNA and CCNA Voice courses are now. Not only will they be free to stream online, we will offer hands-on labs and equipment access for all tracks (CCNA Service Provider, CCNA Data Center tracks, etc). Some of the equipment will be offered free of charge for AAP members and some equipment even free of charge to the general public. The key to learning at this level isn’t to be bored to death with some “professional presenter” going over hours and hours of PowerPoint slides or some low budget video production with a “professional presenter” dancing around the screen. You need to be engaged by watching a real instructor cover the topics hands-on while you also following along on the equipment. Lastly in regards to the CCNA, you will see the current courses redone to allow for this new format.

For the workbooks will be retiring the workbook volume structure (Vol 1, Vol 2, etc) that we first introduced years ago and is now copied by nearly every vendor. We will be moving to a new format that is a single solution laid out in a structured manner as opposed to a portfolio of products. This new format allows for quicker updates and additions to the products along with many other benefits. The new CCIE Security and CCIE Data Center products will be the first to be offered in our new format.

Lastly I will be making a separate post later this month in regarding a new series of online classes that I personally will be doing next year.

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Dec
11

The CCIE Data Center exam is finally upon us, and it looks like we’re getting more testing dates than we were originally told to expect. Each of the 4 sites that currently tests the CCIE Storage (San Jose, Brussels, Sydney and Tokyo) each get one day per week to test the DC lab on. So on average, there should be about 4 DC seats per site per month, or roughly 16 seats available worldwide per month. Then, beginning in February, RTP gets the Wednesday slot, and since they are only open 2-3 Wednesdays per month (a strange but common day off there I suppose), we will see roughly 2-3 spots added for the DC lab beginning then. Finally, the very rough timeframe to ramp up on testing racks, and therefore add additional CCIE DC seats, is set to takeoff sometime around July according to sources.

Also, for anyone wanting to get a last minute testing date in even this week, the RTP site just went live a few hours ago with additional seats for this Saturday and Sunday (Dec 15-16). Jump online to book those seats, as they’ll go quickly. Routing and Switching, Voice, Security and Service Provider are all open this weekend.

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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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Oct
31

I’m in the process of finalizing new updates to the Service Provider CCIE racks and publishing the new hardware specification. I’m going to be using the new hardware specification for my London SPv3 Bootcamp in two weeks before releasing it to the public. I’ve already replaced the two CE 2600XMs with four 1841′s running IOS 15.1T for the CEs. This allows for additional IPv6 VRF support along with many other newer features on the CE devices. Also having 2 extra CE devices is nice.

For VPLS we now support large scale VPLS implementation by adding a four port OC3 POS card to each SDR. This is great for the bootcamps so that students can interconnect their racks. Also if someone wants rent two racks they will be able to interconnect them to test larger scale scenarios. As far as interconnections between the racks I’ve added in a backbone GigE connection between the racks so we can do BGP peering.

From my understanding we are the only training company that offers SPv3 rack rentals and workbooks much less VPLS support. Also I’m fairly sure we’re the only training company that’s offering a dedicated rack now for each SPv3 bootcamp student. I can’t verify this since I don’t have a rearview mirror but this is just what our customers are telling me ;-)

Below is the new POS interconnection diagram.

After my London SP bootcamp in three weeks I’ll publish the new hardware specification along with finalizing our new graded Service Provider Mock Labs. These new graded SP mock labs will use two full SP racks which means 4 IOS XR SDRs, 12 7200VXRs, 4 ME3400 switches, and 8 1841′s for CE devices. These labs will be fun!

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Aug
28

We’ve added a few more SPv3 racks to the rental pool this morning. There are also a couple reserved specifically for students who attended the live SPv3 bootcamps. We will be adding a few more in the next couple weeks to bring our total to 13 (12 rental and 1 development). Additional we are looking into adding SPv3 Mock Labs that will use 4 x XRs, 12 x 7200VXRs and 8 ISRs in the future. Sales is currently into the demand for this product.

As many of you know I’ve taken over the CCIE SPv3 product line from Brian McGahan and I’m going back through the workbook to add additional content and full scale labs. I’ve made a few changes to the racks after teaching the last SPv3 Bootcamp. The 2 x 2600XMs were updated with 4 x ISRs running IOS 15.1 for added CE functionality (IPv6 VRF support, etc). Additionally we’ll be adding 4 more POS interfaces to each XR over the next two weeks. This will allow the racks to be interconnected during the bootcamps and mock labs plus allow them to be used for large network testing (24 x XRs 72 x 7200VXRs, 36 x ISRs, etc).

Good Luck!

Jun
28

The IOS XR Introduction vSeminar that I ran during our last CCIE Service Provider Version 3.0 Bootcamp is now available for viewing. This vSeminar covers the basics of interacting with the IOS XR interface, using the admin mode for verifying RP and Line Card hardware properties, configuring Secure Domain Routers (SDRs), managing configuration commits and rollbacks, and other first steps of the primary differences between regular IOS and IOS XR.

For those of you interested in learning more about IOS XR be sure to check out our CCIE Service Provider Version 3.0 Advanced Technologies Class on Demand, our CCIE Service Provider Version 3.0 Lab Workbook, and our CCIE Service Provider Version 3.0 Rack Rentals.

Enjoy!

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Jun
25

With the growing popularity of our CCIE Service Provider Version 3.0 Rack Rentals, which include IOS XR, our support staff has been receiving an increasing number of trouble tickets where users are reporting physical connectivity problems of the IOS XR routers to their attached Ethernet switches.  In 99% of these cases the problem doesn’t stem from physical layer 1 issues, but instead from a misunderstanding of how IOS XR link negotiation works, since it is different than most other platforms.  While the fix for this problem is very simple, it’s one of those issues that can be incredibly frustrating for candidates learning IOS XR for the first time, since it’s really demotivating to not even be able to ping your directly connected layer 2 neighbor! :)  First, let’s examine the problem.

XR1 is connected to SW1 via GigabitEthernet as follows:

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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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