Edit: thanks everyone for attending class this week!  Next class is scheduled for this Monday, June 23rd at 08:00 PDT (15:00 UTC).  The playlist for ATCv5 videos from this week will be updated after the weekend with new videos.

INE’s CCIE Routing & Switching Advanced Technologies Class is free to attend today! Visit either http://ine.co/atclive or http://ine.co/atcios on mobile.  Today’s class focuses on Advanced OSPF.

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INE’s CCIE RSv5 Advanced Technologies Class continues right now at 08:30 PDT (15:30 UTC).  This week’s topics will focus on IPv4 IGP Routing, starting today with EIGRP.  Click here to join the class.

All Access Pass members can attend the class for free as well as those who purchase the download version of the class. The first batch of recordings for the RSv5 ATC playlist can be found here.

I hope to see you in class!

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In this short video I outline how to use the Configuration Rollback and Replace feature, which can save you a great deal of time when you’re switching between blank configs or initial configurations for INE’s CCIE Routing & Switching Version 5 Workbook.

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Today it’s official, the CCIE RSv5 Lab Exam and Written Exam are now live! Additionally the recordings in INE’s CCIE RSv4 to RSv5 Transition Technologies Class playlist along with the first week of the CCIE RSv5 Advanced Technologies Class playlist are now available on the INE Members Site.

All Access Pass members will have streaming access to both playlists, while if you purchase the new CCIE RSv5 Advanced Technologies Class you will have download access to both playlists.

The next live class session for RSv5 ATC is Monday June 16th, starting at 08:00 PDT (15:00 UTC).  Anyone with streaming or download access to the RSv5 ATC can attend the live class sessions.

As the class progresses the new recordings will be posted to the playlist on a weekly basis. Currently the playlists contain the following topics:

CCIE RSv4 to RSv5 Transition Technologies Class

  • CCIE RSv4 to RSv5 Transition Technologies
  • CCIE RSv4 to RSv5 changes
  • Embedded Packet Capture (EPC)
  • IPsec VPNs Overview
  • Configuring IPsec VPNs
  • IPsec Verification & Troubleshooting
  • IPsec GRE & VTI Tunnels
  • DMVPN Overview
  • DMVPN Configuration
  • DMVPN and IPsec
  • DMVPN Phase 1
  • DMVPN Phase 2
  • DMVPN Phase 3

 CCIE RSv5 Advanced Technologies Class

  • Introduction
  • CCIE RSv4 to RSv5 Changes
  • CCIE Preparation Resources & Strategy
  • LAN Switching Introduction
  • VLANs & Trunking
  • VLAN Trunking Protocol (VTP)
  • VTP Version 3
  • EtherChannel
  • EtherChannel Configuration
  • Spanning-Tree Protocol
  • Optional Spanning-Tree Features
  • Rapid Spanning-Tree Protocol
  • Multiple Spanning-Tree Protocol
  • WAN Circuits
  • PPP over Ethernet Server


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Whe you are plugging along with your studies or enjoying a cookout today – I thought I’d post a short video to make you smile today. If you couldn’t make it out to INE’s Rewired party at Cisco Live this past week in San Francisco, or if you just had to leave early and catch the end of the CCIE Party, you missed something special. This is our very own Brian McGahan shredding it up with the band. I think he was sad that he couldn’t stay to see Lenny Kravitz play, and felt the need to participate in his own way. He may have imbibed before this took place, so you’ll forgive him ahead of time if there is a time or two where he’s off tempo.

Anyway, enjoy! And Happy Memorial Day!


Today is the start of INE’s new CCIE RSv5 Advanced Technologies Class. Today’s session, starting at 08:00 PDT, is free for all to attend. Come join us at http://ine.co/stream1


The first of the new “Foundation Labs” in our CCIE RSv5 Workbook series is now available on the members site, as seen below:

These Foundation Labs are designed to refine your configuration skills on the core technologies used in the CCIE lab exam. Each lab guides you through the critical steps necessary for building and verifying a working networking topology. The labs are designed to increase your speed and refine your task-management skills, capacities that are crucial when working in a timed full-scale lab environment.

Currently Lab 1 is still in Beta, as there are some other topics I’m going to add to it. I figured I’d post it now anyways, just in case you have the day off today because of the long Memorial Day weekend, and you wanted to get a head start on some new material. The rest of the lab tasks will be posted shortly.

Also don’t forget that tomorrow is the kickoff for the new CCIE Routing & Switching Advanced Technologies Class v5. AAP members can attend for free. It’s not too late to sign up for an AAP or buy the standalone download of the RSv5 ATC, both of which will get you access to the live class tomorrow. Class starts at 8am PDT and will run just a few hours, as mainly I’m going to be talking about what the overall scope of the new class will be, and other key changes with new technologies, the new topology, etc.

Everyone is welcome to attend the class tomorrow even if you don’t have an AAP, so if you have any questions that you’d like answered in real-time then I would highly recommend attending.

Hope to see you there!

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Many of you have been asking us for an update to our CCIE Voice to CCIE Collaboration materials transition. This document will serve to update you both on where we currently are with new materials, as well as give you a transition path and material to work on until we have everything fully transitioned over to the new Collaboration blueprint.

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Final Edit: Overall the session today was very informative about the upcoming changes for RSv5. Cisco will be posting a demo for the new format of the exam soon. I’ll be posting a recap of this session and others after Cisco Live has concluded at the end of the week.

09:45 PDT – Mobile labs will start to have more seats. It’s unlikely that the lab will be delivered at regular Pearson Vue sites.

09:40 PDT – On the new retake policy. It’s not yet clear if it’s effective retroactively. E.g. if you fail twice now do you have to wait 90 days after August? Bruno said an official announcement will be coming out shortly.

09:20 PDT – On configuration section “more preconfiguration is going to be there.” For example IPv4/IPv6 addresses, VLANs, etc. “for example show vlan brief before starting.” “The questions are inter-dependent by nature.” No visible countdown timer, refer to the proctor’s clock. “Most of the time we have obvious explicit requirements and then hidden implicit requirements.” “Focus on the technologies and not the topologies.”

09:19 PDT – On diagnostic section “All tickets are visible before starting” “no partial grading just like other sections” Format is “still multiple choice but different from the written exam.” “for example you could have two scenarios each with three questions” “you’re going to be playing the role of a support engineer” Could include design specifications, emails, topology diagrams, console outputs, packet captures.

09:11 PDT – On grading “We are not reloading your rack, we are not reloading your session. We’re grading in the exact state that you leave your rack.”

09:05 PDT – On troubleshooting section “We’re not going to check which solution you used.” “Big rumor is we’re expecting a special CCIE solution.” “It’s very much based on output.” For example “regardless how you arrive that the route is there we only care that the route is there.”

09:00 PDT – On point weighting per section “Scores are visible in each section.” “You don’t have to get all points in the exam.” “If you get stuck move on.” “Troubleshooting questions are meant to be independent.” “Configuration section is the only one with inter-dependencies.”

08:58 PDT – On the new scoring “You still have a chance of passing even if you screwed troubleshooting.” :)

08:56 PDT – On timing of sections “Only diagnostic is fixed to 30 minutes.” “If you finish troubleshooting in an hour you get the remaining time automatically credited to your configuration section.”

08:50 PDT – On diagnostic module, it’s used to ”assess that you can come to the conclusion of what the root cause is.” ”What process did you use to get to the root cause?” “What information do you need to ask the customer for example from the help desk?” “Diagnostic is about assessing practical skills.”  ”It’s going to be more difficult for candidates that don’t have actual experience.  That’s what the diagnostic section is about.”

08:45 PDT – On delivery “Delivery is web based. There is no more printed workbooks.”

08:42 PDT – On IPsec – “We’re not testing PKI or dynamic crypto.” “Only the most basic IPsec configurations using a pre-shared key.”

08:40 PDT – On packet capture – “We can give you a sniffer trace and ask you to do something with it”. “It’s not collecting the capture it’s using the capture.” “We’re going to be using a web based version of WireShark.”

08:37 PDT – IS-IS is in the written but not the lab, because it’s relevant for new technologies like FabricPath and OTV. If you haven’t heard of OTV before, don’t worry, it’s just a Fancy GRE Tunnel ;)

08:35 PDT – In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past 6 months ;)

08:30 PDT – Per Bruno ”In configuration the topologies are going to be much bigger”.  ”In v5 it’s going to look like an actual network.”

08:25 PDT – The session PDF can be found here.

08:15 PDT – Rule #1 – “Know what you don’t know” :)

08:00 PDT – TECCCIE-3000 – CCIE Routing & Switching Version 5 Techtorial is starting now.  If you have any questions you want me to ask the CCIE team please comment below.



Edit: If you’re having issues viewing the stream try the direct url http://ine.co/stream

The CCIE RSv4 to RSv5 Transition Technologies Class continues today at 08:00 PDT. Today I will be covering details of DMVPN and how it affects layer 3 routing design. Class is free for AAP members to attend. Click here to login to the class.

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