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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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
At INE we’re always looking for ways to improve our offerings, with the ultimate goal of helping you – our customers – learn new technologies in the fastest in most efficient way possible. Over the past year we’ve nearly finalized our migration from Flash based video delivery to our new HTML5 streaming and download formats, which allowed us to offer enhancements such as cross-platform support (e.g. Apple iOS, Android, etc.), bookmarking and notation of videos, and searchable text transcripts. We’ve gotten a lot of good feedback as to these changes and are so far very happy with the results.
With a number of new upcoming product releases, one of the most notable being our new CCIE Service Provider Version 3.0 Lab Workbook, I’d like to pose a question to our customer base: how do you learn best? Some delivery formats, such as streaming video, work best for some learners, while others prefer more traditional methods like printed books. Please spend a moment to take the poll below and comment on what works and doesn’t work for you in your studies. This will help us better understand how we can enhance our offerings in the future.
Each month we would like to say thank you to our top IEOC community members for answering questions, helping others and making it an all around great online Cisco certification support community. The awards for the top four most active October 2011 members go to:
- Alexander Halim
- Cristian Matei
We will be doing this every month, so keep posting answers to those questions, we appreciate it!
Also, since we know that our RS forums are much busier than our Voice boards are (simply out of more people studying for the RS exams across all levels), we’ve decided to also include another free iPad each month for the top Voice board poster. Note, this doesn’t include asking questions in the Voice forums, but rather helping out and answering questions for other posters. So Voice people – log on and help out! Also keep in mind that you don’t necessarily have to log on to the website to answer questions. You can subscribe to the various forums, receive posts via email, and simply reply to those emails, making it a dualistic forum/mailing list.
I would like to personally reach out and say thank you to our top IEOC community members for answering questions, helping others and making it an all around great online Cisco certification support community. The awards for the top four most active July 2011 members are:
Deepak Arora - Apple iPad 2 – 32GB
Apple iPad 2 – 16GB – Apple iPad 2 – 32GB
Apple iPod Touch – 32GB – Apple iPad 2 – 32GB
Apple iPod Touch – 16GB – Apple iPad 2 – 32GB
In August we will be doing the same by giving away two more iPad 2s and two more iPod Touchs to the top four members. Contribute to the IEOC community in August and be rewarded by INE.
Just a quick reminder that the CCDA and CCDP exams are updating to version 2.1 on November 8, 2010.
Our upcoming CCDP Bootcamp will reflect the new 2.1 exam, and we will be updating our CCDA Bootcamp in November/December 2010 as well. As always, customers that had previously purchased the CCDA Bootcamp will receive the updates free of charge.
Thank you so much for choosing INE, and enjoy your studies!
“I am proud to say that after dedication, perseverance and lot of hard work – late nights and early morning preparation for last year and half have paid of on Sept.17,2010 in RTP when I passed my CCIE for Routing and Switching. The INE online material CCIE 4.0 Advanced Technology Class prepared me to handle some of the toughest material (TS and Config questions) that have been added to the new version of Routing and switching lab exam. Thank you for putting out the best training material in the business. I plan to take a break for 6 months and then get back in groove for the preparation of Security track training offered by INE. ”
Emil Patel Manager – CCIE R&S EMR Infrastructure
Congratulations Emil! Share in his success with the biggest sale ever on one of our most popular products, CCIE Routing & Switching Advanced Technologies Class! Use discount code: 27005 to save $300 on this great class on demand. Read more about the CCIE Routing & Switching Advanced Technologies Class.
INE knows Voice. As the only CCIE vendor on the market employing 4 CCIE Voice Instructors, we are constantly trying to pool our collective brain-trust to find a better way to communicate what we know to you, to help you achieve your goals in passing this rigorous practical exam. We’ve all been mulling over for some time now the best possible way to get this information from our heads, to yours. We gave the idea a go where each of us would perform a vulcan mind-meld with the student, however there are still a few roadblocks in the way of us being able to achieve success with this method. The biggest issue we kept running into was that once Petr would step into the room and begin his knowledge transfer, the candidate’s brain would often overheat and we ended up taking a few too many to the hospital to have their brains cooled down with liquid nitrogen. Needless to say – we haven’t quite worked out all of the technical glitches out of our method just yet.
So instead the idea was collectively reached that we should instead develop a brand new product that allows us to perform a sort of “Deep Dive” with each candidate. The concept of this “deep-dive” method goes far beyond what most candidates expect and subsequently receive when purchasing some fashion of Self-Paced On-Demand or Classroom Bootcamp style training. Instead we take one subject, whatever that subject may be for the day, and we vet it fully. To that end I mean that we don’t stop collectively learning until the concept is grasped fully by all candidates.
The format of each class module will be focused around roughly a 4-5 hour window of instruction per topic, however some topics will inevitably go longer. If a topic spans more than the time allotted in a single day’s module, then and there another day to complete the materials will dynamically be scheduled, and any attending students will automatically be added to the continued new module.
The specific breakdown for each module will look like this:
- I will lead the discussion for each and every class module
- We will collectively discuss and fully understand all concepts involved in the technology topic for a given day
- We will then define a very specific set of Tasks to be accomplished
- We will whiteboard the Tasks, notes about them, and how they will be logically implemented*
- We will then demonstrate with live, hands-on interaction, how the concepts are implemented and properly configured
- We will test the configuration thoroughly
- While testing, I will vary the configuration so that we all can see how different permutations effect the outcome
- We will Debug and Trace the working configuration to understand what we ‘should be seeing’
- We will then break the configuration and Troubleshoot with more Debugs and Traces to contrast from the working set
*Each whiteboard sketching will available for download after each module as separate JPG or PDF documents
Here ye, here ye, VTP experts. (We are not referring to the Vandenberg Test Program, although they are very likely experts in their field as well. )
Can you predict the results of a 3 switch VTP client/server scenario?
SW1-3, are connected, as shown in the diagram.
Here is the initial output of show VTP status, and show VLAN brief on each. Note that SW1 and SW3 are servers, while SW2 is a client. We will be adding a failure to the network in just a moment. Continue Reading
One of our students in the INE RS bootcamp today, asked about an OSPF sham-link. I thought it would make a beneficial addition to our blog, and here it is. Thanks for the request Christian!
Reader’s Digest version: MPLS networks aren’t free. If a customers is using OSPF to peer between the CE and PE routers, and also has an OSPF CE to CE neighborship, the CE’s will prefer the Intra-Area CE to CE routes (sometimes called the “backdoor” route in this situation), instead of using the Inter-Area CE to PE learned routes that use the MPLS network as a transit path. OSPF sham-links correct this behavior.
This blog post walks through the problem and the solution, including the configuration steps to create and verify a sham-link.
To begin, MPLS is set up in the network as shown with R2 and R4 acting as Provider Edge (PE) routers, and MPLS is enabled throughout R2-R3-R4.
R1 and R5 are Customer Edge (CE) routers, and the Serial0/1.15 interfaces of R1 and R5 are temporarily shut down, (this means the backdoor route isn’t in place yet, and at the moment, there is no problem).
Currently, R1 and R5 see the routes to each others local networks through the VPNv4 MPLS network, and the routes show up as Inter-Area OSPF routes with the PE routers as the next hop. Continue Reading
Using an IPS Sensor, we can dynamically apply rate limiting/policing on a router interface, based on a signature match or an event action over-ride, which is generated on the sensor appliance. Ok, I know there is no Sensor Appliance in the RS lab, but what if we need to trigger a rate limit of specific traffic, destined to a router, based on current conditions on that router, such as transmit or receive loads on an interface.
This is a job for, da dada dahhh: Embedded Event Manager (EEM). In this example we will create a service policy which we will apply to the control plane based on a interface threshold being exceeded. Full labs on Embedded Event Manager can be found in our RS v5 Vol1 workbook in “System Management“. Let’s break down the individual steps, first for the control plane policing policy, and then the EEM to apply it. Continue Reading