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Aug
31

Cisco just rolled out the Evolving Technologies v1.1 update, which will affect anyone taking their CCIE certification exams on, or after, August 30, 2018. Fortunately, the v1.1 updates are fairly minor. The CCIE/CCDE Evolving Technologies section still includes three overall categories; Cloud, Network Programmability and Internet of things, and still makes up 10% of all CCIE/CCDE written exams. However, changes can be found in the specific topics tested in each of the evolving technologies categories.

Cloud – v1.1

Compare and contrast public, private, hybrid, and multi-cloud design considerations

  • Infrastructure, platform, and software as a service (XaaS)
  • Performance, scalability, and high availability
  • Security implications, compliance, and policy
  • Workload migration

Describe cloud infrastructure and operations

  • Compute virtualization (containers and virtual machines)
  • Connectivity (virtual switches, SD-WAN and SD-Access)
  • Virtualization functions (NFVi, VNF, and L4/L1)
  • Automation and orchestration tools (cloud center, DNA-center, and Kubernetes)

Network Programmability (SDN) – v1.1

Describe architectural and operational Considerations for a programmable network

  • Data models and structures (YANG, JSON and XML)
  • Device programmability (gRPC, NETCONF and RESTCONF)
  • Controller based network design (policy driven configuration and northbound/ southbound APIs)
  • Configuration management tools (agent and agent-less) and version control systems (Git and SVN)

Internet of Things (IOT) – v1.1

Describe architectural framework and deployment considerations for Internet of Things (IoT)

  • IoT technology stack (IoT Network Hierarchy, data acquisition and flow)
  • IoT standards and protocols (characteristics within IT and OT environment)
  • IoT security (network segmentation, device profiling, and secure remote access)
  • IoT edge and fog computing (data aggregation and edge intelligence)

To Learn more about the changes between v1.0 and v1.1 of Cisco’s Evolving Technologies, read the full article on Cisco’s Website.


Jul
12

According to the 2018 CIO Survey many organizations are having trouble finding and retaining talent with the necessary skillset to fill positions related to some of today’s most popular and cutting edge technologies. Organizations point to education program’s inability to keep up with rapid changes in modern technology, as well as a general high demand for certain positions as the culprit (Florentine).

Luckily, at INE we add new courses every week on a variety of topics, including those that are considered among the newest and most cutting-edge. Continue Reading to see which IT jobs the CIO report has dubbed the highest in-demand.

This blog post is based off of an original CIO article by Sharon Florentine. To read the original article click here.

Jun
28

Training with INE will not only keep you team on the cutting edge of the industry’s leading networking technologies, it will also put you on the path to becoming a Cisco Partner; a tangible way to show clients that you’re on the forefront of Cisco technologies and training. Cisco registered partners enjoy access to a wide variety of Cisco channel partner tools and are eligible to apply for Cisco certifications and specializations.

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  • Credentials: Market your certified Cisco Expertise as a competitive differentiator to customers.
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May
04

It’s that time again! Tune in on May 7 at 10 am PST/ 1 pm EST for our monthly CCNA Kickoff session with expert instructor Keith Bogart.

 

This is a FREE session in which Keith (CCIE #4923) will present everything you need to know to get started on your CCNA journey.


What Keith will cover in this months webinar:

  • How to get started by making a study schedule
  • Strategies to prevent you from becoming overwhelmed throughout the exam process
  • CCNA certification test format
  • Which topics to study, and how in depth
  • What study tools will be the most useful
  • What to expect when you walk into the testing center

You can view this, and all of our other webinars here.

Feb
14

Cisco has announced that the CCIE Collaboration Lab blue print is changing from version 1.0 to version 2.0. The new blueprint goes live on July 23, 2018.
As expected, the lab will not have any physical devices, everything will be virtualized. The phones (8845), being the only physical devices, will be remotely controlled, students will not have them on their desk anymore.
Besides the phones, students will also have remote control of Spark, Jabber and the Cisco Meeting App.

Cisco also announced several new products and solutions, such as the Cisco Expressway Series, Cisco Meeting Server, Cisco Spark Hybrid Services, Cisco Unified Communications Mobile and Remote Access, and Cisco Cloud Services Router (CSR) 1000V. New topics such as APIs have also been added to ensure that CCIE Collaboration certified engineers have the knowledge and skills needed to satisfy dynamic requirements in customers’ collaboration environments today.

The traditional UC products are using version 12 (UCM/IMP/Unity Connection) and 11.6 in the case of CCX. All CCIE Collaboration v2.0 lab exam candidates will be provided a headset for questions that require audio verifications.

The new lab exam curriculum comprises seven domains. The new segmentation into these seven domains improves the logical exam topic structure and ensures alignment to Cisco’s Collaboration products and solutions. So, let’s have a quick look at these seven domains and how cisco has divided these domains into an approximate percentage value of questions that you may expect in the lab.

 

With network programmability having a continually larger slice of Cisco’s focus, it’s no surprise that Cisco’s list of topics added in version 2.0 starts off with Collaboration APIs. Here is Cisco’s list of major additions to their CCIE Collaboration unified topics:

Key topics added in v2.0:
Collaboration APIs
Cisco Expressway dial plan
Cisco Unified Communications Mobile and Remote Access
Cisco Spark Hybrid Services
Single-Sign-On
Ad-hoc and rendezvous conferencing on Cisco Meeting Server

Key topics removed from v1.0:
Digital telephony signaling: BRI/CAS/R2/NFAS
H.323 Registration, Admission, and Status (RAS) and gatekeepers
Cisco Mobile Voice Access (MVA)
Cisco Service Advertisement Framework (SAF) and Call Control Discovery (CCD)
IOS basic automatic call distribution (B-ACD}

So, let’s compare the Hardware and Software between CCIE Collaboration v1.0 and v2.0

 

 

Besides the blueprint change, Cisco also announced a format change in the CCIE Collaboration v2.0 exam. The lab v2.0 exam now consists of three modules:

Module 1: Troubleshooting:
In the Troubleshooting module, you’ll be presented with a series of troubleshooting scenarios to resolve. Your troubleshooting is done entirely on virtualized equipment, and what you do when troubleshooting one trouble ticket doesn’t impact any other trouble ticket. Similarly, these troubleshooting scenarios are performed on virtualized gear separate from what you’ll be working with in the Configuration module.

Module 2: Diagnostic:
During the Diagnostic module, you’ll be diagnosing collaboration issues using documentation only (e.g. e-mail threads, console outputs, trace files, traffic captures, etc.). Using the provided documentation, you’ll attempt to diagnose the root cause of the reported issue. You should also identify where the issue is located on a network diagram. If you successfully diagnose the root cause, you should be able to state the key piece of information that led you to your conclusion. If you were unable to diagnose the root cause, you should be able to state which key piece of information was missing from the provided documentation. The Diagnostic module does not provide actual access to any devices or applications.

Within the Diagnostic module, the items are presented in a format that is similar to the Written exam. It includes:
Multiple-Choice (single answer or multiple answers).
Drag-and-Drop type style.
Point-and-Click on diagrams.

Module 3: Configuration:
As you might guess, it’s in the Configuration module that you’ll be executing a series of inter-related lab tasks on a common collaboration topology. This module is most similar to prior lab versions.
You have to complete these modules in order, and you cannot go back to a previous module. So, you must do the Troubleshooting module first, and after you complete it, you cannot revisit it.
Next, let’s consider how much time you have for each module. The goal is to complete the modules in the following times, which total to 8 hours:
Module 1: 2 hours
Module 2: 1 hour
Module 3: 5 hours
However, let’s say you’re nearing the end of your allotted 2 hours for the Troubleshooting module, and you need more time. You have the option of taking 30 minutes from your Configuration module and adding it onto your Troubleshooting module. That would give you 2.5 hours for Troubleshooting and 4.5 hours for Configuration. Of course, you’ll be forced to make that decision without having seen the Configuration module. As a result, you won’t know if you’re making a wise decision or not.

 
In order to pass the lab exam, the candidate must meet these two conditions:

  • The total sum of all module scores must be at least the minimum value of the overall cut score or higher.
  • The minimum cut score of each individual module must be achieved.


  • Will You Be Impacted?
    If you’re currently preparing for your CCIE Collaboration v1.0 lab exam, the topics you need to know for that exam are still version 1.0 topics until July 23, 2018. If you already have a few months of study under your belt, you might want to accelerate your study efforts to clear the lab prior to the cut-over date. INE has a bootcamp which can help you achieve your CCIE before the blueprint change.

    When will INE be releasing the new CCIE Collaboration Lab Version 2.0 Video’s?
    The good news is that, INE has already chalked down an action plan for the new CCIE Collaboration v2.0 video series. Each of these videos would be technology based, with practical demonstration of the technology.
    Our first plan of action would be, to build a demo pod by mid-March where we could start creating videos for the new topics which cisco has listed in their v2.0 blueprint. Once the new blueprint is active, we would fine-tune our pods for rack rental. We expect all videos to be released to students by mid-August 2018.
    If you have any specific questions, you may email me on rpardasani@ine.com and I would be happy to assist you in achieving your CCIE Collaboration v1.0 or CCIE Collaboration v2.0.

    Feb
    08

    Presented by INE instructor Keith Bogart (CCIE #4923), this free 60 minute session is an open forum for anyone seeking information regarding the Cisco CCNA or CCNP Routing & Switching exam and related technologies. Ask questions live with an experienced industry expert!

     

    When: February 9th at 10 am (PST)/1 pm (EST)

    Who Should Watch: Anyone with questions about earning their associate or professional level Cisco certification

    Instructor: Keith Bogart CCIE #4923

    Jan
    31

    Tune into our live CCNA Kickoff session to get advice from a seasoned professional on what to expect during the CCNA Certification exam, and how to pass the first time.

    When: February 1st at 10 am PST/ 1 pm EST

    Estimated Length: 3 hours

    Instructor: Keith Bogart CCIE #4923

    Cost: FREE

    Who Should Watch:
    This webinar is for anyone and everyone! Since this webinar is geared towards those who are just starting out on their journey towards CCNA certification, no prior knowledge is needed in order to participate, just an interest in earning your CCNA.

    What We’ll Discuss:
    We will cover common trouble areas that most people experience when getting started with their CCNA certification, such as how to approach making a study schedule and strategies for not becoming overwhelmed by the sheer quantity of topics to be learned. We will also discuss the testing experience and the CCNA Certification test format. Topics include: Deciding whether to take one test or two to get your CCNA, What to expect when you walk into the testing center, which topics to study and how in depth, and what study tools can be useful. Last, Keith will talk about his own experience taking the CCNA exam and offer advice based off of his own personal observations.

    Check Out All of Our Upcoming Webinars:

    CCNA/CCNP Q&A: February 2018
    February 9, 2018 10 am (PST)/ 1 PM (EST)

    Deciphering Spanning-Tree Technologies
    February 16, 2018 10 am (PST)/ 1 pm (EST)

    Introduction to Networking Technologies
    March 15, 2018 10 am (PST)/ 1 pm (EST)

    Jan
    25

    Effective January 23, 2018 Cisco will be incorporating a new version of its CCIE Collaboration exam blueprint into both the written and lab exams. Those who are scheduled to take the CCIE Collaboration exam prior to this date will not be affected by the blueprint change.

    For those who are scheduled to take the CCIE Collaboration exam on or after July 23, 2018 here are the major changes you can expect to see:

    • New segmentation of topics among exam domains
    • Removal and addition of some key topics in both the written and lab exams
    • The lab exam format will be 100% virtual with no physical technologies use


    Domain Level Changes:

    The v2.0 CCIE Collaboration exam will be split into 8 domains unifying the written and lab exam topics. What this means is that instead of having 9 domains in the written exam and 7 in the lab exam, candidates will be tested on topics in only 8 domains total across both exams. In version 2.0 of the CCIE Collaboration exam, instructions will explicitly state which domains pertain to which exam, and the relative weight of each domain.

     
    Topics Added in v2.0:

  • Collaboration APIs
  • Cisco Expressway dial plan
  • Cisco Unified Communications Mobile and Remote Access
  • Cisco Spark Hybrid Services
  • Single-Sign-On
  • Ad-hoc and rendezvous conferencing on Cisco Meeting Server

  • Topics Removed in v2.0:

  • Digital telephony signaling: BRI/CAS/R2/NFAS
  • H.323 Registration, Admission, and Status (RAS) and gatekeepers
  • Cisco Mobile Voice Access (MVA)
  • Cisco Service Advertisement Framework (SAF) and Call Control Discovery (CCD)
  • IOS basic automatic call distribution (B-ACD}

  • Exam Format Changes:

    The written exam format will stay the same with only the topics changes incorporated, the lab exam format however will be extremely different. In version 2.0 of the CCIE Collaboration Exam most devices will be virtualized. Additionally, there will no longer be any physical IP phones on candidates’ exam desktops – IP phones will be remotely controlled from the candidate’s PC.

     

    For further information on the CCIE Collaboration exam blueprint updates visit the Cisco website.

    Jan
    19

    For those who may not have heard, Cisco recently updated their blueprint for the CCIE Service Provider Written and Lab Exams. According to Cisco, only about 10% of the overall blueprint has changed and topics on 4.1 will be similar to those on 4.0. Read on to learn more.

    Domain Changes:

    4.1 domain topics are almost exactly the same as 4.0 topics. The main difference in domains is that domains 1 and 3 (service provider architecture and evolution and service provider base services) have been merged into one domain. While other domain topics did not change, slight shifts were made to domain weights.

    Weighting of Domains:

     

     

    Topic changes within the Domains:

    • Domain 1 (Core Routing): No topics were added or removed within this domain, but some items were moved, rephrased, or merged into one single item.
    • Domain 2 (Service Provider Architecture and Services) now holds tasks of the original domain 1 and 3. Other items that were part of domain 1, such as software architecture, mobility node functions, and virtualization concepts, were rephrased to better define their scope.
    • Domain 3 (Access and Aggregation) had a few topics items removed.
    • Domain 4 (High Availability and Fast Convergence) remains unchanged, only the weights changed.
    • Domain 5 (Service Provider Security, Operations, and Management) had the most changes. In this domain, service provider operation oriented items have been removed.

    The CCIE Service Provider version 4.1 exam continues to focus on dual-stack solutions for both IPv4 and IPv6 technologies, as it was already deployed in the CCIE Service Provider version 4.0 exam. All solutions, for example, routing protocols, fast convergence, and L3VPN cover both IPv4 and IPv6 technologies.

     

    Changes to Recommended Hardware and Equipment:

    No new technologies or features were added to the exam topics and therefore, the impact of this software update is minor. Candidates who want to prepare for the exam using hardware equipment are advised to use the following Cisco equipment and Cisco Software releases, which are used in the Diagnostic module.

    • P, PE, and RR role: ASR 9000 Series running Cisco IOS XR 6.0 release

    • PP, PE, and CE role: ASR 1000 Series running Cisco IOS XE 3.13 (15.4S) release

    • PE and CE role: Cisco 7600 Series running Cisco IOS 15.4S release

    • Access and Aggregation role: Cisco ME 3600x Series running Cisco IOS 15.4S release

     

    Exam Format:

    No changes were made to the exam format. The Exam Number remained the same (400-201), and still consists of three modules: Troubleshooting, Diagnostic and Configuration.

    To learn more about these blueprint changes read the full Cisco Article

    May
    06

    I recently added a couple Catalyst 3850′s to my development rack as we are starting to develop them internally. I’ll do a few more detailed blog posts on the Catalyst 3850 in the near future but I just wanted to show how simple it is to perform basic QoS functions using the MQC on the 3850. Below is the configuration to limit VLAN 15 traffic received on a trunk link from a router to 512k.

    class-map match-any test
      match vlan  15
    !
    policy-map test
     class test
        police cir 512000
    !
    interface GigabitEthernet1/0/5
     switchport mode trunk
     load-interval 30
     service-policy input test
    

    Not only is it extremely simple to configure and intuitive from an IOS perspective but you actually get output from the show policy-map command.

    Rack1SW1#sho policy-map interface g1/0/5
     GigabitEthernet1/0/5 
    
      Service-policy input: test
    
        Class-map: test (match-any)
          Match: vlan  15
          police:
              cir 512000 bps, bc 16000 bytes
            conformed 18935704 bytes; actions:
              transmit
            exceeded 761225593 bytes; actions:
              drop
            conformed 0000 bps, exceed 0000 bps
    
        Class-map: class-default (match-any)
          Match: any
    Rack1SW1#
    

    I can’t imagine having to use the 3750 or 3560 switch anymore after working on the 3850 much less doing QoS on them. Basically if you know the IOS then you already know how to configure the 3850.

    Rack1SW1#sho ver | in Software
    Cisco IOS Software, IOS-XE Software, Catalyst L3 Switch Software (CAT3K_CAA-UNIVERSALK9-M), Version 03.02.01.SE RELEASE SOFTWARE (fc1)
    Rack1SW1#
    

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