Posts from ‘CCIE Voice’

May
15

Again, while not officially a blueprint change just yet, it’s clearly coming. To that end we have gone ahead and taken the initiative to add another CCIE Voice bootcamp based on the current v3 blueprint.

The new date and location will be from Oct 7 – 18 in our brand new Seattle/Bellevue WA classroom and you can now register for it here.

A quick check of the Cisco CCIE Voice testing seats just now showed that there are still plenty available – with nearly one available every day between now and November in SJC, RTP and Tokyo, and fewer, but still plenty in Brussels, Bangalore and Sydney.

Those will all go quickly, just like our bootcamp seats will, so book both soon!

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May
15

UPDATE: We were contacted informally and kindly ask to remove the title that hasn’t been officially released as of yet.

UPDATE-2: The last day to test for the CCIE Voice Written will be Nov 20, 2013, and the last day to test for the CCIE Voice Lab will be Feb 13, 2014. This is much more than a blueprint change. Don’t yet know if those already certified as CCIE Voice will be grandfathered in, or if they will need to study for and pass a brand new Written and Lab exam. Seems like the official announcement will be made next week with more information as to the specifics of title progression.

It seems as though the new blueprint hasn’t been officially announced yet, the CCIE Voice track is slated to become the CCIE **redacted** track this November, 2013. As of now only preliminary information is available, but per a reliable source the we have heard that the CCIE Voice certification will be renamed CCIE **redacted** to reflect advances in networked collaboration solutions. The CCIE **redacted** certification will include voice, video, instant message, and presence.

Stay tuned, as more information is likely to surface as we get closer to Cisco Live 2013 in Orlando. Speaking of which, it’s not too late to RSVP to INE’s CCIE Candidate Party at Cisco Live 2013. Hope to see you there!

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May
02

The top contributors in May for the following forums will receive their choice of either an iPad or Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet. The top overall contributor for IEOC for May will receive their choice of an Apple Macbook Air (13″ 256GB) or Google Pixel with 4G LTE.

CCIE Routing & Switching Technical

CCIE Service Provider Technical

CCIE Security Technical

CCIE Voice Technical

CCIE Data Center Technical

Additionally the best CCIE success story (most details, inspirational, etc) post on IEOC in May will also receive their choice of either an iPad or Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet.

Good Luck!

May
01

Just a couple slides to show everyone from Cisco’s OpenFlow presentation that looks interesting for just about everyone reading this post.

The CSR1000v is here now. IOS XR4U (XR VR) has been around for a while. Is vIOS IOU? How about vNXOS, is it Titanium or something new? Seems that vIOS will be IOU and vNXOS is Titanium.

From what I’m hearing this is being delivered as an “appliance”. A web interface is used to deploy topologies simular to GNS3 and web IOU. The future looks bright!

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Apr
24

Last week we quietly snuck into the All Access Pass the recordings of the live UC on UCS and Nexus 1000v on UCS classes that I ran just a few weeks back. If you have never run Unified Communications in a virtual environment or have never worked with a distributed virtual switch in a VMware environment, these classes will certainly aid you in preparing for that first deployment. If you have worked with either product for a little while, these classes will deepen your understanding of what’s needed and what’s really going on behind the scenes. The Nexus 1000v class is also very useful for the Unified Communications engineer, as most deployments these days are virtual machines, and the Nexus 1000v is the recommended L2 switch to run them on, since the UCS can only match/mark at L2 CoS, whereas the Nexus 1000v allows you to match the L3 DSCP that the UC servers are natively sending and map them to a L2 CoS value, which is currently the only value seen and honored by any of your UCS or Nexus switches in your modern data centers.

I will be furthering this series with classes on the VSG with VNMC, the ASA 1000v, and later with the InterCloud 1000v as well as possibly more virtual devices in the weeks to come.

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Apr
23

Here is our updated and simplified CCIE bootcamp reseat policy:

Bootcamp Retake Policy
INE invites all students to retake a Bootcamp course for only a $500-per-week rack rental fee. Routing & Switching Bootcamps are excluded from the fee and are free of charge. How do you know whether seats are available for a Bootcamp retake? It’s simple! As long as the Bootcamp is not labeled “Sold Out” on our website, you can retake it. Unlike other training companies, we do not limit the number of seats for students retaking a course.

It really doesn’t get any better and simpler than this. For the non-R&S CCIE bootcamps if you calculate the reseat fee out the $500 is cheaper than you renting the rack yourself for a week especially for our Service Provider bootcamps and new Data Center Bootcamps.

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Apr
15

Once you have ESXi 5.1 up and running download the CSR1000v OVA (Open Virtualization Archive) file here. Note that you will need to use your Cisco CCO login to download. Once the download is complete you need to open your vSphere Client and connect to your ESXi server. Once connected select the Deploy OVF Template option from the file menu.

CSR1000v Installation

Select the source of the OVA file you downloaded from your local machine.

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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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Jan
16

A number of people had indicated that they thought my CCNA-to-CCIE-in-a-Year program was a bit aggressive for those with both family and job life to consider, so I’ve revised the plan into an 18-month plan, and also added a downloadable XLS spreadsheet to assist you in your studies. Simply plug in your starting date, and the spreadsheet should keep you on task on a week-by-week basis. Here’s the link to my previous blog post where you’ll find the updated plan to download, as well as links to all of the products used in the plan: From CCNA Voice to CCIE Voice in One Year – A Detailed Study Plan – REVISED Dec 31, 2012

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