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The Routing and Switching CCIE Bootcamp dates have been updated for the first half of 2013. You’ll notice that there are more bootcamps on the East Coast (RTP, NC Orlando, FL) along with San Jose CA next year. I’ve added another London date as the February bootcamp is already sold out. Also we’re working on a couple other locations for public R&S CCIE bootcamps overseas but we haven’t firmed up the locations and dates yet.

For those attending Cisco Live in Orlando this year we will be having another big party like we did in San Diego earlier this year. If you are planning on taking the lab exam at Cisco Live in Orlando we have a 10 Day Bootcamp and Troubleshooting Bootcamp the weeks leading up to Cisco Live.

Routing and Switching CCIE Bootcamp

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Edit: R&S Rack Rental Sessions have been dropped from 15 tokens per session to 10 tokens per session for the month of August.  Starting September 1st R&S Sessions will cost 15 tokens per session.

Over the past few months we have been working hard to overhaul our rack scheduling system. Initially we released a new rack system for our the CCIE Service Provider racks which covered the latest version 3.0 blueprint.  The feedback for this system was very positive.  Racks are set at a fixed price, and the session length was dropped from 6 hours down to 3 hours, each with a 30 minute tear-down at the end of the session.  Doing this allowed us to provide more spots for those looking to get their hands on the new GSR equipment.

With the positive feedback we received from the Service Provider rack rentals, we decided to implement this new schedule across all of our rack rentals.  This includes: Routing & Switching, Security, and Voice. Now these rack sessions are all rented for 3 hour session blocks and at a fixed cost per rack rental.  The benefit of this is to allow more sessions for the customers to choose from to help mitigate unused time on the racks, and to allow for better token estimations when planning your studies.

So what’s new:

  • Loading previously saved configs, or workbook configs can now be done 45 minutes prior to the start of the session.  This allows you to specify the configuration to be loaded onto your rack before the start of your session.  Previously, you had to do this yourself at the beginning of your session, which reduces your usable time by about 30 minutes. (Currently supported on R&S and Service Provider rack rentals)
  • Rack control panel for power cycling, and clearing lines are now supported on all rack rentals.  For Security and Voice rack rentals you can also control attached servers.
  • Rack control panel for loading and saving configs are currently available for Routing & Switching and Service Provider.
  • Sessions can be scheduled out up to two months in advance with a single one-click interface.
  • Sessions scheduled back-to-back and at the same time will be grouped and you will be placed on the same device.  Previously, back-to-back sessions might fall on different devices.
  • Back-to-back sessions booked at the same time will not undergo a rack tear-down, giving you 30 minutes of extra time on the racks without any additional cost. When booking multiple back-to-back sessions the duration would be: 2 session – 5.5 hours, 3 sessions 8.5 hours, etc.
  • Rack rental prices are no longer dynamic.  Prices are fixed across all sessions.  This makes for a much more predictable and stable token cost assessment for your studies.  You now know exactly how many tokens are needed for a specific amount of rack time.
  • Rack rentals may not be booked later than 45 minutes before session start.  This is to give the automation time to prepare the system and your rack for your session.
  • Scheduling and un-scheduling sessions are now done through the same interface.
  • In order to provide users the ability to maintain their current rack through multiple booked sessions, rack allocation is now dynamic.  Racks allocations are made 30 minutes prior to the start of the session.
  • Reminder emails about sessions are now sent out prior to your session.  These emails contain your rack assignment.
  • Booking CCIE R&S mock labs now require clicking 4 consecutive blocks in the schedule.
The prices for these sessions are now based on the previous rack rental schedule’s rolling average.  The initial price per session may changed depending on utilization, availability, and overall demand.  However, the current prices are very competitive.  Based on current token prices, the typical cost per hour on our R&S racks is now $3.00 per hour, whereas our competitors charge around $3.22 per hour.  Also, your rack rental sessions come with 24/hour hardware support and are supported by the best CCIE workbooks in the industry.
In development:
  • Loading and saving configs on Voice rack rentals
  • Single click mock lab scheduling
  • R&S user loaded configs

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Note: A complete study plan that utilizes all products in INE training program could be found here: How to Pass the CCIE R&S with INE’s 4.0 Training Program

The two foundation products for self-paced CCIE R&S studies are the IEWB-RS VOL1 and VOL2 workbooks. Together, these two sum up to 4000 pages of hands-on CCIE lab practice content. CCIE R&S VOL1 has over 600 technology-focused scenarios, while CCIE R&S VOL2 has 20 full-scale mock lab scenarios that now started featuring independent troubleshooting sections and detailed breakdowns, linking you to VOL1 scenarios relevant to a particular task. With this amount of training content, it is no surprise that people are having issues getting enough study time to cover all the material. Typically, the available time slots are random, highly fragmented (e.g. interruptions) and often limited to four hours per day at best. Commonly, students may obtain larger time-slots on weekends, which requires sacrificing personal spare time. Such limitation in contiguous time slots results in people biasing their study habits toward the exclusive use of small VOL1 scenarios, while neglecting the full-scale labs from VOL2, typically trying only a few out of 20 labs. This results in the following issues:

  • Working mainly through VOL1 in linear fashion, people tend to forget the information they learned earlier during the study process. Based on the logical grouping of VOL1 topics, these are typically advanced topics from L2/L3 and IGP/BGP technologies.
  • Lacking time to practice VOL2 (full-scale 8 hour scenarios), students find themselves in a situation where they know how to configure and troubleshoot technologies individually, but cannot deal with the complexity of mixed, multi-technology full-scale scenarios.

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