Posts from ‘Cisco Live’

Apr
28

It’s about that time of year again – with Cisco Live US 2014 just a few weeks away, INE has several new and exciting developments to talk about.

First, I’d like to invite all of you to join us at INE Rewired, our 2014 Customer Appreciation Party at Cisco Live. The party is on Tuesday, May 20th, 2014, at 6:00pm at the Mezzanine Nightclub San Francisco. We’ll be serving complimentary cocktails and appetizers, there will be over $25,000 in prizes and giveaways, and most importantly we’ll have a sneak peak at INE’s revolutionary new training platform, which will completely change the way you learn – but more on that coming soon. Second, we have two important announcements regarding new and updated products for CCIE R&Sv5.

On May 9th & 10th, 2014, I will be running an online CCIE RSv4 to RSv5 Transition Technologies Class. This online course is for candidates who have already invested a significant amount of time preparing for the CCIE Routing & Switching version 4 blueprint, but will be taking the lab exam in the new version 5 blueprint format that begins on June 3rd, 2014. This class focuses on technologies that have been newly introduced in the v5 blueprint, such as IPsec VPNs, DMVPN, GETVPN, and Embedded Packet Capture, as well as technology enhancements such as VTPv3, EIGRP Multi-AF Mode & Wide Metrics, EIGRP HMAC & OSPF SHA Authentication, Bidirectional Forwarding Detection (BFD), and OSPF Loop Free Alternative (LFA) just to name a few. All Access Pass members can attend the class for free, but customers who purchase the CCIE RSv4 to RSv5 Transition Technologies Class will have real-time access to ask me questions via chat and will also be granted early beta access to our new new training platform, which is scheduled for release shortly after Cisco Live.

Last but not least, this week we will begin releasing our updated CCIE Routing & Switching Version 5 Workbook. INE’s CCIE Routing & Switching v5 Workbook will collapse the previous four volume format used in our CCIE Routing & Switching v4 Workbooks into a single product. Customers who previously purchased either INE’s CCIE Routing & Switching Workbook Volume I or Volume II will have the new Version 5 Workbook automatically added to their INE Members account before the end of the week. Anyone who purchased just Volume III or Volume IV as standalone products can get in touch with sales@ine.com for special upgrade pricing to the new Version 5 workbook.

The new CCIE Routing & Switching Version 5 Workbook will be priced at $499, or $299 for AAP Members. However, if you purchase either the current Volume 1 or Volume 2 workbook before Thursday, you’ll still be eligible for the free upgrade to the Version 5 Workbook, and essentially save $300 on it.  Just don’t tell my sales team that I told you about this loophole ;)

 

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Jun
23

Edit:  For those asking where to meet me tomorrow for passes, my first session is “BRKCRT-8862 – Cisco Certified Architect: How to complete the journey from CCIE to CCDE to CCAr” which I believe is in room 309.  The session runs from 8am – 9:30am, and I’ll be hanging around outside the room after the session for a bit if you want to come get passes.  After that check my twitter to come meet up with me!

 

Today wrapped up Day 0 of Cisco Live 2013 in Orlando Florida, US (#clus).  Brian Dennis and I attended the CCIE Routing and Switching Techtorial (TECCCIE-8000), and despite rumors of a blueprint change, CCIE R&S is going to remain as the current version 4 for the near future.  Version 5 is of course on the horizon, but I think the official announcement is still a ways out (Cisco Live 2014 Milan Italy?).

Me (Brian McGahan), Bruno van de Werve – CCIE R&S Exam Product Manager, and Brian Dennis

In other news, all of us here at INE our gearing up with final preparations for our CCIE Candidate Party 2013 at the Hard Rock Hotel!  We’re expecting a *huge* turnout, and along with prizes of iPads, MacBook Airs, AAP Memberships, and Bootcamps, just to name a few, we are giving away a Harley Davidson 2013 XL 1200X Forty-Eight!

If you don’t already have passes to the party, follow me on twitter, along with Brian Dennis and Mark Snow to meet up with any of us tomorrow to get admission passes.  I hope to see you all there, it’s going to be a rockin’ time!

 

 

Jun
21

Just as every year, I will be attending the additional 8-hour CCIE Voice/Collaboration Techtorial at Cisco Live, this Sunday June 23 2013, and will be tweeting live all of the additional nuanced details that I find out about changes to the CCIE Collaboration exam as it transitions from Voice. I’ve already downloaded the slide deck, and there are plenty of mentions about the new Collab track, but nothing that we don’t yet already know. You can be sure that many questions will be asked and those will yield the information worth tuning in for. You can follow me on Twitter for up-to-the-minute information, and then as I do every year, I’ll create a summary post here that includes all the details that were discussed.

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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
13

Since it looks from here at Cisco Live like we won’t be updating any CCIE Voice topics anytime soon (looks like roughly 12 months out – so rest easy and keep studying), then this post is most likely one that CCNP’s will be focusing on for now – though CCIE’s will still certainly benefit from this as well.

Here we will continue our series on Call Control Discovery via Service Advertisement Framework. Today we’ll look at the 4th video in that series (video #56) from our current 62-hour CCNP Voice v8 bootcamp.

  • CCD via SAF :: Overview (29m)
  • CCD via SAF :: CUCM Inter-Cluster Call Routing (1h 32m)
  • CCD via SAF :: CUCM Call Routing with PSTN Failover (29m)
  • CCD via SAF :: CUCM Call Routing during SRST Fallback (48m)
  • CCD via SAF :: CUCM to CME Call Routing (54m)
  • CCD via SAF :: Inter-Cluster RSVP via SIP Preconditions (21m)

Once we finish this series (probably in the next week), I will be starting a brand new long-running series around all of Cisco Unified Contact Center Express and advanced scripting. We’ll start with the basics for every one to be able to follow along, but very quickly ramp up to the advanced scripting sessions, so stay tuned for that. It’s something a lot of students I’ve run into here at Cisco Live asked for – and we love to listen to what you all want.

By the way, should the lab be updated anytime sooner – you can already see from this post that INE is way ahead of the development curve for advanced UCM topics, including UCM v9 and TelePresence topics. We’ve got you covered with the normal extremely in-depth knowledge that you need – not just to “pass a lab”, but rather to truly make you an Expert!

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Jun
12

A few seats are still available for the 10am and 2pm CCIE Routing & Switching Troubleshooting sessions that INE is running at Cisco Live US in San Diego. Sessions are being held in the Revolution room of the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego. Candidates who previously RSVPed to the sessions at the INE party last night will get priority, and seating after that will be on a first come first serve basis.

In these sessions students will be using our new 28 router and 4 switch CCIE R&S troubleshooting topology. Users will have 2 hours to complete a lab of 10 trouble tickets. Afterwards the sessions will be automatically graded and score reports presented. The user with the highest score for each session will win a new iPad! In the event of a tie the user with the fastest time and highest score will win.

Admission is free, but seating is limited, so get there early!

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Jun
11

Right now I’m at Cisco Live US in San Diego waiting for the World of Solutions Expo to open. Tonight is our CCIE Candidate Party at the Altitude Sky Lounge. If you haven’t RSVPed to the party yet and want to attend come find me on the expo floor and pick up a ticket.

We’re also running CCIE R&S Troubleshooting Lab Sessions for free tomorrow and Wednesday near the Cisco Live conference. If you signed up already make sure to come to the party tonight to secure your reservation.

You can also follow me on twitter at @brianmcgahan. I look forward to meeting many of you tonight!

Jun
10

I’m sitting today in the CCIE Routing and Switching Techtorial here at Cisco Live in San Diego. I’ll be update this blog post and tweet about anything ground breaking but it looks to be the exact same presentation as last year.

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8:45AM – Update
The topic of troubleshooting tickets and configuration task dependencies came up. They stated that you could see one ticket that requires a previous ticket to be resolved but not more than one ticket. In the configuration section if you had a PPPoE task that you couldn’t resolve and then later in the IGP section you just configured OSPF over the Ethernet interfaces because you couldn’t get the PPPoE task working you’ll lose points for both tasks. They will not tell you that one ticket or task depends on another.

8:55AM – Update
You will get a single 22″ monitor and they are working on migrating to dual monitors but no time frame.

9:00AM – Update
They do not care what solution you used as long as you meet the requirements. They are concerned with the “state” of the rack and not the solution you implemented in the configuration. This means there can be multiple solutions to resolve a ticket/task and they do not care what solution you used as long as you meet the requirements of the ticket/task and didn’t violate the guidelines.

9:05AM – Update
Do not remove any feature to resolve a task. You must resolve the issue without removing the feature UNLESS the only solution is to remove the feature. I’ll talk to them later one-on-one to get clarification.

9:10AM – Update
5 routers (3825 and 1841s) and 4 switches (3560) in the real lab for the configuration section. The routers are running 12.4(15)T and 12.2(44)SE for the switches.

9:20AM – Update
No dedicated Frame Relay switch but you will still have Frame Relay. This means one of your routers will be a Frame Relay switch.

9:30AM – Update
The students are up in arms over the topic of pinging yourself in regards to Frame Relay. Cisco says they don’t care but admit that the full reachability requirements could led someone into thinking it would be required.

9:45AM – Update
The topics are starting to slow down as they go over example questions.

10:30AM – Update
We went on break. Still not much happening as they are going over sample questions. Here is a sample question:

The ALPS topology and the MATIP architecture implemented in Phase III between R3 and R4. Provide end-to-end transportation of airline protocol traffic across the network between these two routers. Use either the P1024B ALC or P1024C UTS protocol to provide the TCP/IP-based MATIP protocol conversion to the connected to the mainframe on R3′s S0/1/0 interface. Do not use the alps default-circuit command under the alps ascu configuration. Use a clock rate of 48000. 3 Points.

Here is the documentation example: Airline Product Set (ALPS) Configuration Examples

This of course is a joke question ;-)

11:00AM – Update
Now this part is interesting. There are going over a redistribution example. They state they want optimal routing after the redistribution occurs but their solution is wrong in the slide as it seems to have been updated after the printing of the material. Also the presenter was trying to draw on a whiteboard in a room that is 10 rows deep. They need to draw on the projector and not a whiteboard ;-)

11:10AM – Update
Bruno van de Werve (R&S Program Manager) came in and saved the redistribution question with a quick word about how the solution should really be implemented (different than the slide). Basically just a mix up between the updated slides and the hand-outs. I was really surprised they asked for optimal routing with the redistribution but I think it’s good they do.

1:00PM – Update
Right before lunch they talked about ZFW and hinted you should expect questions regarding it. Someone asked about IPS in the IOS and I got the feeling from the answer that although you could get a question on it, it’s very not likely.

1:30PM – Update
The presenter asked if anyone was using the Cisco 360 Program to prepare for the exam. You could hear crickets chirping while he waited for an answer. Actually one person said they are using it.

1:50PM – Update
Not much happening. Guest speaker from Cisco talking about his experiences with the CCIE lab. Not sure of his name but seems like a really nice guy.

2:10PM – Update
Someone asked about 5 point questions. They stated that they won’t have any 5 point questions but there could be questions that interrelate so two questions together basically become a 5 point question.

3:40PM – Update
They are walking through a troubleshooting lab scenario. Not very exciting except having 50+ people trying to answer a question is kind of funny.

Session ended around 4:45. They just went over sample troubleshooting tickets. I’ll do another vseminar covering what minor changes I noticed in the presentation between last year and this year.

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Jun
05

Well, we had all heard the rumors that it was coming down the line, and today Cisco decided to make it official just ahead of Cisco Live. Something very interesting thing about this update -no doubt as a result of really listening to the community’s voice in regards to the things that threaten the enterprise most these days- is that they’ve added a heavy emphasis on Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) over wireless threats. With the addition of a Wireless Lan Controller (WLC) and at least a single AP, along with the Identity Services Engine (ISE). For those of you who may not be familiar with the ISE, this is basically an evolution of a few devices combined into one – it is sort of a mix of the ACS, NAC Appliance and NAC Profiler. However, it is NOT a replacement for the ACS, namely because it does not do TACACS+, instead only supporting RADIUS for 802.1x and NAC. This is the reason that Cisco decided to leave ACS server in there – but upgrading it to v5.x (most likely 5.3). Also, if you happen to not have any experience with wireless technologies in general – you’re in luck! INE is releasing our 20-hour CCNA Wireless class later today, which covers Lightweight Access Points (LWAP) being controlled by WLCs, and those WLCs being controlled by higher-up Wireless Control System (WCS). In fact, since I’ve mentioned the WCS, it’s quite interesting that Cisco (in sort of a nonchalant way) mentions that the ASA firewalls may be configured by “Cisco Prime Tools”. If you aren’t familiar with Cisco Prime, it is basically the new branding of Cisco’s network management as a whole. LMS would now fall under Prime, something called Prime NCS (evolution of Cisco’s WCS), and Prime Tools fall under the new Prime branding.

There’s also a smidge of Voice device authentication as well, though it doesn’t even begin to really touch on Unified Communications security – something I still think will largely be addressed in the next CCIE Voice update. Basically they have a 7900 phone (probably 7965) and you do NOT have to configure the Unified Communications Manager (UCM) server to get it to work, you only have to dot1x authenticate it onto the wired network. Basically setup the ISE or ACS to auth it and interact with the actual phone display to input your credentials. Don’t be concerned – it’s nothing difficult at all.

Cisco also (finally) introduces their IronPort acquisition to the exam, by way of the S-series Web Security Appliance (WSA). This device goes way beyond days of old where you blocked or allowed certain websites, but rather digs deep into the functionality of websites and web-based applications and provides ‘acceptable use enforcement’ of these sites or webapps. Take for example Facebook. Many (if not most) companies these days have a social presence and use Facebook as a tool to conduct business, but that doesn’t mean they want their users surfing FB all day. The WSA allows strategic enforcement of what is and is not allowed to occur via these type web sites. It also blocks against threats such as malware.

They mention simply including “VPN Client Software” which will no doubt be the Cisco Secure Services Client v5 installed on one or possibly more Windows 7 virtual desktops placed around the topology. This would make sense for both wired and wireless 802.1x authentication with the ACS/ISE. Something we also go into in the new 20-hour CCNA Wireless class I just recorded a few weeks back. Question is whether AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client will also be tested. It’s not in there per-se, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t possible.

The addition of at least one 2911 ISR-G2 only makes sense, as IOS version 15.2 can’t be run on an older ISRs (making me wonder why the inclusion of the older ISR is even there, save maybe that there are far more deployed currently).

Links to both the new v4 blueprint and v4 hardware/software equipment list, as well as a more detailed checklist for studying:

CCIE Security v4 Blueprint

CCIE Security v4 Equipment List

CCIE Security v4 Checklist

There are obviously still a lot of questions that need to be answered by Cisco to have a complete and full picture of this new version of the prestigious CCIE Security exam, and those will no doubt be addressed during the 8-hour seminar this Sunday at Cisco Live in San Diego. I should note that this 8-hour session is an additional charge ($799) on top of your normal admittance to the convention – it is not considered a “breakout session”, all of which come included with your convention pass. Some obvious questions might be:

  • Will we need to know how to configure ASA via Prime Tools, or is that simply another option?
  • How many Windows 7 desktops will there be, and will we be using AnyConnect NAM on them or something like CSSC?
  • Will there be both ASA and ASA-x versions? And if so, what would be the reason? (ASA-X series runs 8.6, whereas ASA only goes up to 8.4, amongst other things
  • And many others we’ll come up with and have asked and answered

You can be sure that INE will be there, tweeting and live-blogging from the event.
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Jun
03

The rumors have been swirling for many months now about a (seemingly) overdue update to the CCIE Voice blueprint, and having wondered about them myself, I decided to contact 3 proctors that I know and speak with regularly. While they (of course) could not divulge anything specific, they had all heard ‘rumors’ themselves. No one knows exactly when we might see an update officially announced, but two main theories seem to exist as to when it will come.

  1. It will happen one week from today at Cisco Live during the paid 8-hour CCIE Voice seminar

  2. OR

  3. It will come sometime during the month of July

The reasons behind the two schools of thought is that the first just seems to make sense 1) Big Cisco event, seems like the perfect time to announce, and 2) Wait until UC v9 comes out of beta to give a bit more longevity to the exam (have the version of UC servers being tested not as ‘old’ 3 years from now when they update again). It’s possible Cisco could even surprise us and announce a new lab blueprint at Cisco Live and announce the still-in-beta v9 – though I personally think that is much less likely to happen.

Either way, INE will be there to update you live. I will be tweeting and live blogging from the 8-hour CCIE Voice seminar one week from today (Sunday, June 10) beginning at 8am PDT (GMT -7). I will also be tweeting anything interesting that we might find out about the CCIE DC track during the Monday morning session.

At a minimum, we will see an update to UC v8.6 servers, at the maximum, v9. While there are a number of new enhancements to v9 such as redacted and redacted (after all it is still in beta and NDA ;-) ), I personally don’t think it will make too much of a difference either way.

Some of the things we know almost certainly that we’ll see updated are new UCM technologies such as:

  • UCM Session Management Edition (SME) – Think of UCM as a hierarchical proxy/gatekeeper over multiple UCM clusters (my guess is one cluster would be pre-configured)
  • Call Control Discovery (CCD) via the Service Advertisement Framework (SAF) – think IGP dynamic routing protocols for DNs
  • Extension Mobility Cross-Cluster (EMCC or some say CCEM) – nuf said
  • SIP Normalization via Lua scripting language – this is cool
  • Geo-Location Filtering – basically restricting VoIP-to-PSTN hop-off in certain areas due to government law
  • LDAP Custom Filters – self explanatory
  • Security! – This is clutch these days, and UCM 8 and above have it in spades (and an absolute necessity for things like EMCC)

Now, some of the things that I’d be willing to wager on, but we certainly can’t be sure of until announced are things such as :

  • TelePresence Video Communication Server (VCS) (and possibly even VCS Expressway with an ASA)
  • ISR-G2 voice/video gateways with PVDM3 – needed to conference/transcode/transrate/transsize Video
  • 89xx or 99xx series phones – I’d pick the former since they have newer models with built-in cameras – go figure
  • Jabber Client (replacing CUPC)

One that I don’t think can be tested is the Intercompany Media Engine (IME). This in a nutshell is the ability for UCM clusters to securely ‘discover’ other UCM clusters out on the internet (between multiple companies or autonomous organizations) and learn/build secure SIP trunks between them and then auto-route calls between them. This contrasts with Call Control Discovery (CCD) which is used to auto-learn DNs from other UCM clusters, but within a single autonomous organization. CCD only requires 2 UCM clusters with 2 routers to provide the EIGRP-driven Service Advertisement Framework. IME requires 2 UCM clusters, 2 IME servers each with reachability to either GoDaddy or Cisco.com, and 2 ASA’s to build the secure linkage between them. It is for this reason that I highly doubt that IME could/would be tested.

Whatever may be announced – one thing you do not need to do is panic. Yes, these are new things that you would have to learn. Yes that may take some time. However everything you have already been studying is still 100% relevant and necessary to know. Not only that, but you’ll have around 6 months to finish up your studies and pass the exam before this new blueprint would go into effect.

Also, and perhaps much more importantly, INE has you covered. I’ve already been teaching all of these new topics for well over a year now in certain settings. Most of them can be found in my recently released 62 hour CCNP Voice bootcamp. I’ve also recently started a blog series on Call Control Discovery (CCD via SAF). It has 5.5 hours of video teaching you everything you need to know. Also I will begin another blog series on Extension Mobility Cross Cluster (EMCC) directly following the week of Cisco Live.

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It’s sure to be a great time at Cisco Live even if we don’t see an update. Hope to see you there!

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