Posts from ‘CCIE SP’

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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Jun
21

Edit: Full Scale Lab 4 is also now available.

A new update to INE’s CCIE Service Provider Lab Workbook Version 3.0 has been posted today, and is available to download from the INE Members’ Site. This update includes some minor typographical fixes to labs in the Technology Labs section, as well as a new Full Scale Lab 3. Two additional full scale labs will be posted within the next week or so which will bring the workbook to its completion. Right now the workbook is about 800 pages, so the final release will be somewhere around 1,000 pages.

Also congratulations to Daniel Wang, Jason Rowley, and Sangareddy M who recently passed the CCIE SPv3 Lab Exam! Here’s what they had to say about their experiences:

I passed my SP LAB at Cisco live 2012 last week. Without your outstanding workbook, video and online Rack, I couldn’t pass it at the first attempt within 3 month. It’s my third CCIE certificate, and I used your security workbook exclusively two years ago to clear my security track.
Kudos to all of you for excellent job.

Best Regards,

Long(Daniel) Wang
CCIE #25434(RS/SEC/SP), VCP, ITIL Manager

I passed my lab on May 15. The CCIE-SP Advanced Technology Class videos were well put together and helpful in my preparation. The convenience of being able to watch on my laptop at home, my work pc, or on my ipad was awesome. Good job INE.

Jason Rowley
CCIE #35456

After 2 years of hardwork, I finally cleared my ccie service provider lab #35224 on my third attempt. I used latest v3.0 INE videos and old workbooks for my preparation. The videos presented by Brian are great/fantastic. He clearly explained on all the technologies with great examples. I strongly recommend latest ATCv3.0 videos for CCIE-SP preparation. It covers all the IOS-XR related information that is required to pass the exam. Thank you Brian/INE.

Sangareddy M
CCIE# 35224

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May
29

Tomorrow I will be doing a vseminar on how to prepare for the R&S CCIE lab and Friday I will be doing another vseminar going over our new R&S CCIE Troubleshooting labs and racks along with a full lab walk-through. The first vseminar will last 4 or 5 hours and the second will last roughly 5 or 6 hours. If you would like to sign up for a session you can use the link below:

vSeminar Sign Up

Before the official announcements goes out tomorrow, if anyone is attending Cisco Live in San Diego in two weeks and would like to attend our party on Monday night (11 June) at the Altitude Sky Lounge next to the convention center (free food, booze and drawings for iPads every 30 minutes) you can sign up using the link below:

INE Party Sign up

Additionally we have space reserved at the convention center and are hosting four CCIE Troubleshooting sessions (two Wednesday and two Thursday). These sessions will last 3 hours each and we will be offering free R&S CCIE Troubleshooting Labs using our new 32 device topology with automated grading. We are giving away an iPad per session to the person who completes the troubleshooting lab with the highest score and fastest time. These new labs will be made available to the public for purchase after Cisco Live. There is extremely limited seating for the troubleshooting sessions so sign up now if interested using the form below. For the INE party we have space for a few hundred people but hurry up and get there early before Brian McGahan eats all of the sushi! ;-)

INE Troubleshooting Sign up

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May
10

Update: Congrats to Mark, our winner of 100 rack rental tokens for the first correct answer, that XR2 is missing a BGP router-id.  In regular IOS, a router-id is chosen based on the highest Loopback interface.  If there is no Loopback interface the highest IP address of all up/up interfaces is chosen.  In the case of IOS XR however, the router-id will not be chosen from a physical link.  It will only be chosen from the highest Loopback interface, or from the manual router-id command.  Per the Cisco documentation:

BGP Router Identifier

For BGP sessions between neighbors to be established, BGP must be assigned a router ID. The router ID is sent to BGP peers in the OPEN message when a BGP session is established.

BGP attempts to obtain a router ID in the following ways (in order of preference):

  • By means of the address configured using the bgp router-id command in router configuration mode.
  • By using the highest IPv4 address on a loopback interface in the system if the router is booted with saved loopback address configuration.
  • By using the primary IPv4 address of the first loopback address that gets configured if there are not any in the saved configuration.

If none of these methods for obtaining a router ID succeeds, BGP does not have a router ID and cannot establish any peering sessions with BGP neighbors. In such an instance, an error message is entered in the system log, and the show bgp summary command displays a router ID of 0.0.0.0.

After BGP has obtained a router ID, it continues to use it even if a better router ID becomes available. This usage avoids unnecessary flapping for all BGP sessions. However, if the router ID currently in use becomes invalid (because the interface goes down or its configuration is changed), BGP selects a new router ID (using the rules described) and all established peering sessions are reset.

Since XR2 in this case does not have a Loopback configured, the BGP process cannot initialize.  The kicker with this problem is that the documentation states that when this problem occurs you should see that “an error message is entered in the system log”, however in this case a Syslog was not generated about the error.  At least this is the last time this problem will bite me ;)

 

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May
02

CCIE SPv3 Rack Rentals – which include IOS XR – are now out of beta and available for normal scheduling via the INE Members’ Site. The rack topology is based on our CCIE Service Provider Version 3.0 Lab Workbook and the CCIE Service Provider Version 3.0 Advanced Technologies Class.

Currently each session costs 20 tokens, and each session is 3 hours long. If you purchase tokens in bulk this basically means that SPv3 rack time is around $3 per hour. Token based sessions start on Monday May 7th. People who booked beta sessions before this time (i.e. through Sunday) will still maintain their free sessions. Anyone who booked a beta session on Monday May 7th or later has had your session removed. You can of course add them back through the scheduler, but the sessions are no longer free to book after the end of this weekend.

A brief video on how to use the new scheduling system and SPv3 Rack Rentals is available here.

We’re continuing to add functionality to the new scheduler and its control panel, which includes choosing a config to pre-load before a session starts via the control panel, remote power control via the control panel, loading product configs, saving your current configs, renaming your previously saved configs, downloading your previously saved configs, and re-loading your previously saved configs onto a current session or session scheduled in the future.

If anyone runs into any problems with the scheduler or any of its features please submit feedback so we can get these issues addressed as soon as possible.

Thanks and good luck in your studies!

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