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Today Cisco posted their official announcement on the upcoming changes for CCIE Routing & Switching Version 5.  The majority of the announcement is along the same lines as previously rumored changes, except for the official launch date, which is now scheduled for June 4th 2014.  This should bring a great sigh of relief to you if you’re currently nearing the end of your CCIE R&S v4 preparation, as you now have a 6 month window to pass the v4 lab exam before the change to v5 occurs.

Specifically the announcement details changes to technical topics covered both in the written and lab exams, the equipment used, as well as the exam format, as follows:

Technical Topic Changes

New Lab Topics:

  • Interpreting Packet Captures
  • Bidirectional Forwarding Detection (BFD)
  • Multi Address Family (AF) EIGRP
  • Dynamic Multipoint VPN (DMVPN)
  • IPsec
  • IPv6 First Hop Security

Of the new topics announced, the big ones are DMVPN and IPsec.  These are specifically listed as DMVPN Single Hub and IPsec with Pre-Shared Keys, so the scope is not nearly as large as the CCIE Security.  If you don’t yet know what any of these terms mean, don’t worry, you soon will ;)

Topics moved from the Lab to the Written:

  • IPv6 Multicast
  • RIPng
  • IPv6 Tunneling
  • 802.1x
  • Layer 2 QoS
  • Performance Routing (PfR)

Topics completely removed:

  • Flexlinks
  • ISL
  • Layer 2 Protocol Tunneling
  • Frame-Relay
  • WCCP
  • IOS Firewall
  • RITE
  • RMON
  • RGMP
  • RSVP QoS

For topics removed, there are three killer areas here: Frame Relay, PfR, and Layer 2 QoS.  Frame Relay’s removal is no surprise, as Ethernet based last mile access solutions such as Metro Ethernet and Virtual Private LAN Services (VPLS) have exploded in the past few years and have eclipsed legacy methods such as DS3 Frame Relay.  From a technology design point of view though, a lot of the Frame Relay theory transfers directly over to DMVPN, as DMVPN could be thought of as a way to emulate legacy hub-and-spoke network designs over a public transport.

As for PfR’s removal, this one is a bit of a surprise, and I can already hear Brian Dennis’s screams of agony:

While the general idea of PfR is great, I’ve never seen it implemented other than in very small scale environments due to the management complexity.  You have to give Cisco credit though, as PfR is essentially SDN version 1.0, and now a very large portion of the industry is focused on this type of application.

The other large change here is the removal of Layer 2 QoS.  While this is still a very important topic, the problem with L2 QoS is that it is highly platform dependent, and the way that Catalyst 29xx/35xx/45xx/65xx implement L2 QoS is generally unique to each.  Therefore in the interest of platform independence and virtualization, L2 QoS gets the axe.  This brings us to our next topic, which is the hardware changes in the new blueprint.

Equipment Changes

As previously rumored, the new CCIE R&S v5 equipment is going all virtual.  As CCIE R&S v4 had already been using virtual IOS for the troubleshooting section of the exam, this should come as no surprise. The biggest implication of this change is that the size of the topology is now arbitrary.  I wouldn’t be surprised going into the exam and seeing a configuration section with 20+ routers in the topology.

The other implication of this change is that certain features can no longer be tested on, as they’re not supported in the virtual IOS.  Those topics that can’t be tested, such as Layer 2 QoS or Flexlinks, are now explicitly excluded from the topic scope of the exam.

Format Changes

Last but not least, a new testing section has been introduced into the R&S v5 lab exam format.  While the written exam format stays the same, the lab now includes a “diagnostic” section, which focuses on the diagnosis and resolution of network issues from a more high level point of view.

This new section won’t use equipment, but instead will present the candidate with information such as network diagrams, CLI outputs, log outputs, traffic captures, and email exchanges, based on which they will be expected to diagnose a presented network problem.  Based on the description in the announcement, I would assume that this format is going to be similar to the CCDE Practical Exam testing format, which tests analytical skills without the need of access to actual devices CLI.

Another minor change to the exam is how the timing of sections works.  In the v4 format, candidates had a maximum of 2 hours to complete the troubleshooting section, and a minimum of 6 hours for the configuration section.  If the candidate used less than 2 hours in troubleshooting, the extra time rolled over to the configuration section.  In the v5 format this changes along with the addition of the diagnostic section.

In v5, candidates will have a maximum of 2.5 hours to complete troubleshooting, a fixed 30 minutes for the diagnostic section, and the rest to complete configuration.  Any time less than 2.5 hours used in troubleshooting will be credited towards configuration.  For example if a candidate uses only 1.5 hours in troubleshooting then the configuration section would be 6 hours, which along with the .5 hour of diagnostic adds up to a total of 8 hours for the exam.

How Does This Affect Me As An INE Customer?

The good news is that if you’ve purchased and of the R&S v4 products from INE, you’re covered for the v5 products.  You won’t have to pay anything to upgrade to the v5 products, including the Bootcamps.  If you already attended a v4 bootcamp and want to resit a v5 bootcamp, there’s no charge for it.

As it’s no secret that Cisco’s blueprint changes have been in the works for quite some time, as have INE’s plans for the v5 update.  We have a bunch of new exciting product updates and more importantly new product features that we’re going to be launching along with the v5 product updates.  More information will be available about these updates in the coming weeks.

In the short term I’m going to be running a free online class this Friday – December 6th 2013 – at 10:00 PST (GMT –8) on Introduction to DMVPN for CCIE R&S Candidates.  I’ll post another blog update tomorrow with more information on this.



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Many students keep asking us – how do I get the most from IEWB-RS VOL1? This product is a Tier-1 solution, designed to teach students the fundamental technologies of the CCIE R&S lab. However, the workbook looks intimidating to many beginner students due to its huge volume. In short, the problems that many people have dealing with a large amount of knowledge covered in the workbook could be summarized as follows:

  1. Limited time – can’t go through all the labs.
  2. Memorization issues, tendency to forget things learned earlier.
  3. Time planning problems, cannot allocate time properly between the workbook sections to get the most use of it.

Resolving these issues is the best way of improving VOL1 effectiveness. Let’s see the ways to address the outlined issues.

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Hi everyone,

we have just uploaded the initial update of IEWB-SC VOL1 “VPN” section to all subscribed accounts. The update contains 15 new labs listed below:

LAN-to-LAN VPN between IOS and ASA
IPsec and NAT Interaction in ASA Firewall
Peer Authentication using Digital Signatures
ASA Tunnel Group Names
ASA Certificate Mapping Rules
Filtering traffic inside LAN-to-LAN tunnels
LAN-to-LAN tunnel between IOS Routers
IOS IPsec NAT Traversal
IOS IKE Aggressive Mode
VPN between Overlapping Subnets
IOS VPN with Digital Signatures Authentication
IOS Certificate Access Lists
Virtual Tunnel Interfaces
GRE over IPsec

The following labs are in process of being developed should be available soon. Notice that there might be more labs than currently are on the list.

IOS ezVPN Server
IOS ezVPN Server with RADIUS
IOS ezVPN Server with Digital Certificates
IOS ezVPN Remote
ASA ezVPN Server
ASA ezVPN Server with RADIUS
ASA ezVPN Server with Digital Certificates
IOS Clientless SSL VPN
ASA Clientless SSL VPN
ASA L2TP over IPsec
IPSec High Availability

The next thing you guys would see updated is the long-awaited IEWB-RS VOL1 v5.0 “BGP” section :)

Have fun!

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Hi everyone,

as promised before, updated Security VOL2 Lab1 has been posted to all subscribed members accounts. The new lab features completely new diagram (I hope you guys like it ;) and significants updates to its contents. Alongside with removing the PIX and VPN3k sections we’ve added tasks covering such topics as IPsec VTI, Zone-Based Firewall, IPS virtual sensors/VLAN groups, ASA reliable static routes, 802.1x authorization and a few more goodies to this lab. The updated content should be less “crazy hard” than its v3.0 predecessor and better mimic the difficulty of the real exam. Still, it was designed to be *harder* than the real stuff, just to make sure you don’t relax too much and don’t let your guards down ;) Anyways, enjoy the first update in the series! We plan to post updates periodically and finish the whole process in June.

For you CCIE-RS folks waiting for the BGP section to be posted. Our apologies for the delay, we’re working to get it done ASAP. The section appears to be bigger than we estimated before, and it may take an extra week to finish it. We’ll try to make an intermittent update by the end of this week, covering at least some of BGP Section tasks. Thank you for your patience!

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Hi Everyone,

Per our release schedule, the “Multicast” section of IEWB-RS VOL1 has been posted on the members site. IEWB-RS VOL1 is a collection of advanced technology-focused labs with detailed breakdowns and verifications, aimed to provide you with in-depth understanding of every networking technology needed to pass the CCIE lab. The new section is more than 150 pages in size. Here is the list of the topics covered:

PIM Dense Mode
Multicast RPF Failure
PIM Sparse Mode
PIM Sparse-Dense Mode
PIM Assert
PIM Accept RP
PIM DR Election
PIM Accept Register
Multicast Tunneling
Auto-RP – Multiple Candidate RPs
Auto-RP – Filtering Candidate RPs
Auto-RP Listener
Auto-RP and RP/MA Placement
Filtering Auto-RP Messages
Multicast Boundary
PIM Bootstrap Router
BSR – Multiple RP Candidates
Filtering BSR Messages
Stub Multicast Routing & IGMP Helper
IGMP Filtering
IGMP Timers
Multicast Helper Map
Multicast Rate Limiting
Bidirectional PIM
Source Specific Multicast
DVMRP Interoperability
Multicast BGP Extension
Anycast RP
Catalyst IGMP Snooping
Catalyst Multicast VLAN Registration
Catalyst IGMP Profiles

You may find a sample lab from the section posted on this blog at Understanding BSR Protocol. The remaining “BGP” section of IEWB-RS VOL1 in being updated and should be posted soon as well.

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Hello everybody,

as promised before, we posted the initial update to our Security Workbook VOL1 matching new new CCIE Security v3.0 blueprint. It covers the “ASA Firewall” section of the lab exam blueprint and contains 50 technology focused mini-scenarios. All customers with active subscription to the existing version of IEWB-SC VOL1 should see the new material under their members site accounts. The new content has been rewritten from scratch, with the task wording changed along with breakdowns, comments and explanatins added. You will see the mini-labs presented in “challenging” format, matching our new philosophy for the updated line of CCIE products. Of course, there are new scenarios covering the updated CCIE Security lab blueprint. If you are wondering why we jumped from version 3.2 to v5.0, there are few good reasons. Firstly, it symbolizes the unified design philosophy of our RS and SC products as the most recent version of RS products is v5.0. Secondly, you should remember how they jumped to IPv6 from IPv4. We thought that’s a good idea too. And last, but not least – Cisco did the same trick to their line of unified communication products! ;)

Finally, Here is the list of topics covered in this update. The highlighted topics correspond to the completely new scenarios added to the section. Notice however, that all other tasks have been completely updated as well! Happy studying!

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Labs 4 and 5 in the CCIE Routing & Switching Lab Workbook Volume 2 Version 5.0 is now posted on the members site. More labs in this series will be posted shortly, along with more updates to Volume 1.

Happy Labbing!

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Lab 3 for our CCIE Routing & Switching Lab Workbook Volume 2 Version 5.0 is now posted on the members site.  A Lab Meet-Up for this scenario is scheduled today at 10:00 Pacific time (GMT -8).  The Class-on-Demand version will be posted shortly afterwards.  More labs in this series will begin posting next week, which will give people more time to actually configure the scnearios before attending the Lab Meet-Ups.

Also, Lab Meet-Ups will resume running on a weekly basis (starting today).  More detailed scheduling information will be available on this shortly.  Hope to see you there!

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The IPv6 section for IEWB-RS Volume 1 Version 5.0 is now posted on the members site. This leaves only BGP and Multicast left for completion, which are both currently in development. More information will be posted on those shortly. The following sections are available for IPv6:

  • IPv6 Link-Local Addressing
  • IPv6 Unique Local Addressing
  • IPv6 Global Aggregatable Addressing Continue Reading

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The OSPF section of Internetwork Expert’s CCIE Routing & Switching Lab Workbook Volume 1 Version 5.0 is completed and available on the members site.  The final release contains around 50 lab scenarios in approximately 250 pages, and covers all relevant aspects of OSPFv2 routing, with extra detail focused on understanding how OSPF path selection occurs, and reading the OSPF database.  The final release consists of the following sections:

  • OSPF over Broadcast Media
  • OSPF over Non-Broadcast Media
  • OSPF DR/BDR Election Manipulation
  • OSPF Network Point-to-Point
  • Continue Reading

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