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
    13

    Log into your members account, or check out ine.com to view our latest addition to the INE video course library, GIT Fundamentals.

     

    Why Study GIT Fundamentals:
    GIT Version Control Systems are popular among many organizations, you should learn the basics now so that when faced with a GIT based project you’re able to contribute to your team quickly and efficiently.

    About the Course:
    This course is 3 hours and 27 minutes long and taught by Eric Parker. This is an introductory course, meant to familiarize students with the core GIT system concepts.

    What You’ll Learn:

    At the end of the course, students will be able to modify and commit data to both local and remote GIT repositories. Upon the completion of the course, you will be ready to start contributing to GIT based projects of your choice.

    About the Instructor:

    Eric Parker is a native Texan and a graduate of Texas A&M University and is more than happy to tell you all about it! He has spent the last 12+ years building software solutions in the Raleigh, NC area and has architected JAVA, .NET and JavaScript based software projects in both mid-size and enterprise level companies. He currently leads the infrastructure engineering team for a leading professional AV manufacture. The team focuses on DevOps, Continuous Integration and Infrastructure Automation for both on-premise and cloud-based solutions.

    Before teaching himself how to create .NET web apps, Eric spent 15 years in the construction industry. He still enjoys woodworking and has built a large majority of the furniture in his home. When not spending time with his wife of 20+ years and his 3 boys, you will find Eric outside hunting, fishing and loving every type of outdoor activity.

    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

    Feb
    07

    Last week we added a new CCNA Cyber Ops Course. This course is available to AAP members through your members and to everyone else through ine.com

     

    Why You Should Watch:
    Cisco’s CCNA Cyber Ops certification provides individuals with the knowledge to identify and respond to security incidents. This certification provides a path to working in a Security Operations Center (SOC) and security positions. As a CCNA level certification, Cyber Ops provides introductory knowledge so one may be aware of the security landscape, understand security concepts and general networking.

    About the Course:
    This course will cover the exam topics of the Understanding Cisco Cybersecurity Fundamentals (SECFND 210-250) Exam.This course is taught by Andrew Crouthamel and is 7 hours and 32 minutes long.

    What You’ll Learn:
    We will dive into topics such as networking concepts and IP addressing, as well as security concepts including access control models, risk assessment and the CIA triad. We will also review cryptography methods and host-based analysis details, as well as security monitoring tools and attack methods used by threat actors.

    About the Author:
    Andrew is a seasoned IT engineer with over 12 years of experience. He started out in IT as an assistant computer technician, blowing dust out of computers for a school district, moving up through the ranks to systems administrator, network engineer, and IT Manager. He currently works for an international satellite communications company, ensuring LAN and WAN connectivity for a large network of ground stations and customers such as NASA, ESA, JAXA, Boeing, The U.S. Air Force, and more. Andrew holds numerous Cisco and CompTIA certifications, and is a part-time Cisco Instructor.

    Andrew’s hobbies outside of technology include many outdoor activities, such as hiking and canoeing. He is currently learning woodworking and is working on a 17′ cedar wood-strip canoe in his garage, much to his wife’s dismay. He lives in Pennsylvania, where his family has been for generations, dating back to 1754. Andrew lives with his wife, young daughter and too many pets

    Feb
    05

    Join 4 time CCIE Brian McGahan for our 2 new online live sessions, CCIE Service Provider v4.1 Advanced Technologies. These live sessions are available to All Access Pass members via our live classroom interface, which you can access through your members account. For those who are not All Access Pass members, you can view and purchase AAP packages here. Read on to learn more about these online live classes.

    When: Tuesday, February 13th & Wednesday, February 14th at 8 am PDT (11 am EST)

    Why You Should Watch: This SPv4.1 class will complete the SPv4.1 courses and bring us current for the Cisco Service Provider Blueprints.

    Instructor info: Brian McGahan, CCIEx4 #8593, CCDE #2013::13

    About the Instructor:

    At the age of 20, Brian McGahan earned his first CCIE in Routing & Switching, and became known as the “youngest engineer in the world.” He continued on to earn CCIE certifications in Security, Service Provider, and Data Center. Brian has developed and taught for INE since 2002, setting the bar for CCIE training and helping thousands of engineers obtain their own certifications–we’re proud to have such an accomplished and driven instructor on the INE team. When he is not developing new products for INE, he consults with large ISPs and enterprise customers.

    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
    29

    Last week we added another Google Cloud Platform Course to our video Library. You can find this course, Google Cloud Platform: Networking Fundamentals, on our All Access Pass streaming site and also at ine.com.

     

    Why You Should Take This Course:

    Google Cloud Platform enables developers to build, test and deploy applications on Googles highly-scalable, secure, and reliable infrastructure.

     

    About the Course:

    This course covers specifically Google Cloud Platform Networking services. We will review the features and functions of Google Cloud Platform Networking Services so that you will understand the GCP options available.

    We will also dive into GCP Networking fundamentals such as Software Defined Networking, Load Balancing, Autoscaling and Virtual Private Clouds. As an added bonus, we will also dive into identity and access management from a networking security perspective.

    This course is taught by Joseph Holbrook and is 3 hours and 51 minutes long.

     

    What You’ll Learn:

    After taking this class students will understand what GCP Cloud services will enable their organization around networking services. Whether you’re a developer or architect, this course will help you understand the basic capabilities and some of the useful advanced features of GCP networking services and features.

     

    About the Author:

    Joe Holbrook has been in the IT field since 1993 when he was exposed to several HPUX systems on board a US Navy flagship. He has migrated from UNIX world to Storage Area Networking(SAN) and then on to Enterprise Virtualization and Cloud Architecture. Joseph has worked for numerous companies such as HDS, 3PAR Data, Brocade, Dimension Data, EMC, Northrup Grumman, ViON, Ibasis.net, Chematch.com, SAIC and Siemens Nixdorf. Joe currently works as a Subject Matter Expert specializing in Cloud/IT Security focused on Data Storage infrastructure services and Data migrations to the Cloud.

     

    Joseph holds Industry leading certifications from Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, Brocade, Hitachi Data Systems, EMC, VMWare, CompTIA, HP 3PAR ASE, Cloud Credential Council and other orgs. He is now working on the Google Cloud Platform for several organizations.

     

    Joe is married with children and lives in Jacksonville, Florida. In his free time, Joseph enjoys traveling to South America, spending time with his 5 year old daughter and learning about cryptocurrencies.  Joe is also an avid hockey fan and takes pleasure in skiing whenever he can get out of Florida.

    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
    22

    As promised, last week we added another Google Cloud Platform course to our collection. The fourth in this series of Google courses, Google Cloud Platform: Data Storage, can be found on our All Access Pass streaming site and ine.com.

     

    Why You Should Take This Course:

    Google Cloud Platform enables developers to build, test and deploy applications on Google’s highly-scalable, secure and reliable infrastructure.

    Whether you’re a developer or architect, this course will help you understand the basic capabilities and advanced features of GCP Data Services.

    About the Course:

    This course covers Google Cloud Platform Data Storage and Database Services. More specifically, it covers the features and functions of Google Cloud Platform Data Storage Services so that you can understand the GCP options available.

    This course is taught by Joseph Holbrook and is 3 hours and 27 minutes long.

    What you’ll Learn:

    Students will dive into Cloud Storage, Cloud SQL, Cloud Datastore, Cloud Spanner, Bigtable and why Persistent Disks are important. As an addedd bonus, we will also look at Data Transfer services such as Cloud Storage Migrator Service.

    After taking this class students will understand what GCP Cloud Services can enable your organization around Data Storage and database services.

    About the Instructor:

    Joe Holbrook has been in the IT field since 1993 when he was exposed to several HPUX systems on board a US Navy flagship. He has migrated from UNIX world to Storage Area Networking(SAN) and then on to Enterprise Virtualization and Cloud Architecture. Joseph has worked for numerous companies such as HDS, 3PAR Data, Brocade, Dimension Data, EMC, Northrup Grumman, ViON, Ibasis.net, Chematch.com, SAIC and Siemens Nixdorf. Joe currently works as a Subject Matter Expert specializing in Cloud/IT Security focused on Data Storage infrastructure services and Data migrations to the Cloud.

    Joseph holds Industry leading certifications from Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, Brocade, Hitachi Data Systems, EMC, VMWare, CompTIA, HP 3PAR ASE, Cloud Credential Council and other orgs. He is now working on the Google Cloud Platform for several organizations.

    Joe is married with children and lives in Jacksonville, Florida. In his free time, Joseph enjoys traveling to South America, spending time with his 5 year old daughter and learning about cryptocurrencies.  Joe is also an avid hockey fan and takes pleasure in skiing whenever he can get out of Florida.

    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

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