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Brian Dennis and I attended Cisco Live! – Networkers this week, and both enjoyed the privilege of sitting down to talk privately with Yusuf Bhaiji (Program Manager over the entire CCIE program) and Ben Ng (Program Manager over the CCIE Voice track) for roughly 45 minutes. It was quite an enjoyable and spirited talk, and I believe it benefited both sides – our side to gain a better understanding of why some of the choices have been made, and theirs possibly to see things a bit more ‘through the eyes of the typical hard-studying student’. I would like to take a moment to jot down some of the highlights from our conversation, and then unpack them in a bit more detail, so that you may benefit from the open conversation.


I’ll jot down some very simple, high-level topics that were discussed during our conversation, and then unpack them in more detail in the following section.

  • Upcoming changes to every CCIE Lab Exam
    • Protecting the integrity of the CCIE certification
    • Robust, matured results-based grading engine
    • Heuristic logic embedded into task wording
    • Accuracy and detail of lab score reports
    • Cisco’s CCIE Lab Delivery System and virtualization for mobile labs
    • No re-reads
  • CCIE Voice
    • Next blueprint version expectation
    • Topics for current and next blueprint versions
  • CCIE Data Center
    • CCIE Storage grows up
  • Reason behind CCIE Statistics web page being removed

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The author and poet Maya Angelou said “Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning.”. Well that is certainly what we have attempted to do with the CCIE Voice Deep Dive self-paced Class on Demand series – that is to bring the human instructional voice element to infuse deeper meaning to what is already fantastic Cisco Documentation. Anyone that has set out and determined to undertake the task of studying for and ultimately passing any CCIE Lab exam, knows that at some point during your studies, the words on paper (Cisco Docs, RFCs, books) – while a absolute phenomenal source of information – can at times seem to loose their impact. Perhaps you have been studying too long, read one too many docs, have the time pressure of your family and friends waiting for you to return to be a part of their life, or perhaps you are just starting out on your adventure and don’t know where to begin. Whatever stage you are at or whatever the case may be, it is certainly helpful to have a tutor and mentor there beside you at times, assisting you in understanding what each complex technology’s documentation is trying to teach you, in possibly a deeper and more insightful way than you can manage on your own.

Wait no longer for such help to arrive! INE is happy to announce that each Live-Online Deep Dive course that we have taught has been recorded, and you have the ability to access these extensive repositories of knowledge at any time.

Here are a couple of great demo’s of just a portion of the latest Deep Dive session we held on Globalization & Localization in order to whet your appetite:

Demo 1: Globalization Prezi – Theory and Reasons

Demo 2: Inbound Calling Party Localization

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Thank you for all the great feedback on the vSeminars. We have released the following vSeminars as free videos on demand.

  • Recorded April 12, 2010
    • Instructor: Josh Finke, CCIE #25707
    • Topic: CUCM – Getting Started, Registering Phones, and Testing
    • Target Audience: CCIE Voice and CCVP Candidates
    • Duration: 45 Minutes
    • Recording: Watch Now
  • Recorded April 14, 2010
    • Topic: “Secrets” to Version 4 Routing & Switching Success
    • Target Audience: CCIE Routing & Switching Candidates
    • Duration: 1 Hour
    • Recording: Watch Now
  • Recorded April 16, 2010
    • Instructor: Mark Snow, CCIE #14073
    • Topic: Simplifying Globalization and Localization in CUCM
    • Target Audience: CCIE Voice and CCVP Candidates
    • Duration: 1 Hour
    • Recording: Watch Now

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Hello everyone,

We are excited to announce that our CCIE Voice Core Knowledge Simulator has been released! You can try out a sample here. So far, the first 100 questions have been released, and will be followed shortly by additional updates.

The simulation is designed to help prepare candidates for the newly added “open ended” section of the 3.0 Voice CCIE Lab Exam. This new section of the exam consists of four computer based, short-answer questions which candidates have 30 minutes to complete.

The simulator is designed to:

* Pinpoint your areas of weakness on Core Knowledge
* Provide study documents to improve in these weak areas
* Practice with question interpretation and your short-answer responses

Enjoy the questions, and as always, good luck with your studies!

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Hi Everyone,

We are pleased to announce the latest updates made to our renowned CCIE Routing & Switching Advanced Technologies Class-on-Demand. The new content covers MPLS Layer 3 VPNs (LDP, BGP, PE-CE Routing etc) and the new Security features (such as Zone-Based Firewall and IOS IPS) found in the updated CCIE R&S v4.0 lab exam. All customers who already purchased the existing version of the CoD will get the updates for FREE under our Investment Protection Program.  There are more updates coming soon to cover additional topics such as OER, 802.1x, etc.

Existing customers should expect to see the new content posted to their INE classroom accounts shortly today or tomorrow.

Happy studying!

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Hi everyone,

Here is a short list of the recent updates to some of our CCIE-related products:

R/S and Security

The exciting new troubleshooting IEWB-RS VOL4 now has three full-scale labs! Each new lab is over 60 pages in length, featuring detailed breakdowns and explanations of the important troubleshooting processes. Another lab is on its way to be added to IEWB-RS VOL4 very soon.

New blueprint topics, specifically MPLS VPNs and new Security features, are to be added to IEWB VOL1 next month as well. I know many of you are excited to see these additions!

Security IEWB-SC VOL2 now features a completely updated full-scale Lab 5, and Lab 6 is on its way.

Next, as some of you may have noticed, the R&S rental racks were booked solid during August. To satisfy growing demand, our partner company, GradedLabs, has added extra racks to the R&S rental pool, and this issue should be taken care of now.


New features have been added through your members site for Voice Rack rentals. You can now easily setup a PSTN test phone by simply entering the “mac-address” on an online web form. The phone configuration will be taken care of for you. In addition, you can now reload your routers and switches within your rack with the initial configurations, or soon to come lab configurations, including pre-built troubleshooting scenarios. Both of these features are covered in detail in the Voice Rack Access Guide.

Finally, Voice Volume I, is undergoing large updates this week, with new sections being released continually. Look for the newly updated Call Routing section, followed by part two of the CUCM labs These cover media resources, applications, and advanced features and services. The Unity Connections section will be released in the next few days, followed shortly by Presence and CUCCX. The updated QoS labs will be released next week as well.

Thanks so much for choosing INE and happy studying!

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Hi everyone,

Further voice updates for IEWB-VO VOL1 have been released today, and will continue to be released this week. Two new reference guides have been posted covering in demand topics. The first guide is the Registering Remote SIP Softphones, which covers step by step instructions for registering a free SIP Phone on your local computer to our Voice rental racks. The addition of SIP phones to the new lab blueprint allows for a free and easy to setup testing environment. This guide is available through the Rack Access Info section in your members site.

The second reference guide is the beginning of a Voice Command Reference. This guide covers often used troubleshooting and verification commands, along with brief descriptions and sample output. The guide is developed to focus on the commands that are key to verifying and troubleshooting each technology used in the CCIE voice track. This guide will be continually updated with new commands as further lab sections are released.

In addition, new labs have been posted for the CUCM section. Call routing will be completed this week, in addition to the new Gateway/Gatekeepers section. Finally, additional in-depth explanations, troubleshooting and verification sections have been updated for both the CUCME and CUCM sections.

Happy studying, and check back soon for more updates soon!

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Hi everybody,

Real quick, a short overview of our recent updates


new “Hotfix” section posted to VOL1 v5.0 area. This new section is designed to cover the recent addition to CCIE SC blueprint. So far it’s just about 50 pages, but we’re going to update it constantly until we cover all “hot” topics. Check it out for some new ASA features, IOS FPM, ZFW and CPPr.

VOL2 Lab3 has been released with updated solutions. Lab4 should be coming out this weekend as well.

Routing & Switching:

Look into your VOL2 v5.0 area to see updated Labs 8 and 9 added there. We’re going to post additional four labs this week and then switch back to releasing the updates for CCIE RS v4.0 track.


New addition to VOL1 labs of IEWB-VO. Here is the updated list of the new labs:

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Hi everyone,

We’re looking for a talented person to join our team as a CCIE Voice developer and/or instructor. The requirements are simple: Energetic personality, CCIE Voice + CCSI, extensive instructor background, experience teaching CCVP classes or CCIEV bootcamps. Excellent knowledge of the latest CCIE Voice lab topics and technical English writing skills are also a must. In addition to that, as an instructor, you should be able to travel across the US up to two weeks per month.

What do you get? First, being a CCIE instructor or developer is a lot of fun and challenge! If you are all about networking, you will enjoy working with the latest Cisco technologies and putting your skills at test. Next, as an IE employee, you would gain tremendous experience and meet a lot of nice people. And last but not least – the job is well paid!

If you are interested and ready to take the challenge – send your resume and expected salary to!

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Hi Everyone,

we’ve just posted the remaining labs in the BGP sections and the content should be available to all subscribed accounts. There are now 61 feature-focused labs in total, listed below. From now on, we will focus on the new blueprint topics for CCIE R&S track, as outlined in New CCIE R&S Reload. The updates for VOL1 and VOL2 will go in parallel. Anyone preparing to the new lab according to the new blueprint could safely use the current labs for their practice and practice the new material as it being posted.

Happy studying!

The list of BGP topics follows:

Establishing iBGP Peerings
Establishing EBGP Peerings
BGP Update Source Modification
Multihop EBGP Peerings
Neighbor Disable-Connected-Check
Authenticating BGP Peerings
iBGP Route Reflection
Large Scale iBGP Route Reflection with Clusters
iBGP Confederation
BGP Next-Hop Processing – Next-Hop-Self
BGP Next-Hop Processing – Manual Modification
iBGP Synchronization
BGP over GRE
BGP Redistribute Internal
BGP Peer Groups
BGP Network Statement
BGP Auto-Summary
BGP Bestpath Selection – Weight
BGP Bestpath Selection – Local Preference
BGP Bestpath Selection – AS-Path Prepending
BGP Bestpath Selection – Origin
BGP Bestpath Selection – MED
BGP Bestpath Selection – Always Compare MED
BGP Bestpath Selection – AS-Path Ignore
BGP Bestpath Selection – Router-IDs
BGP Bestpath Selection – DMZ Link Bandwidth
BGP Bestpath Selection – Maximum AS Limit
BGP Backdoor
BGP Aggregation
BGP Aggregation – Summary Only
BGP Aggregation – Suppress Map
BGP Aggregation – Unsuppress Map
BGP Aggregation – AS-Set
BGP Aggregation – Attribute-Map
BGP Aggregation – Advertise Map
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