Posts Tagged ‘CCIE Voice’
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.
Cisco hasn’t exactly changed their minds, but has made some – ahem – slight adjustments for those current CCIE Voice holders and how they may transition to the new CCIE Collaboration. Three options are laid out quite clearly here on Cisco’s Learning Network page. Note that option 2 (what most previously thought was the only designated path) does expire on Feb 13, although that’s Feb 13, 2016, so there is plenty of time to make your decision.
Just as every year, I will be attending the additional 8-hour CCIE Voice/Collaboration Techtorial at Cisco Live, this Sunday June 23 2013, and will be tweeting live all of the additional nuanced details that I find out about changes to the CCIE Collaboration exam as it transitions from Voice. I’ve already downloaded the slide deck, and there are plenty of mentions about the new Collab track, but nothing that we don’t yet already know. You can be sure that many questions will be asked and those will yield the information worth tuning in for. You can follow me on Twitter for up-to-the-minute information, and then as I do every year, I’ll create a summary post here that includes all the details that were discussed.
After a huge outcry by many on Twitter, Facebook and even a Change.org petition with currently almost 1,200 signatures gathered in less than a week, Cisco seems to have recanted their position, and will be allowing current CCIE Voice certified individuals, as well as those that certify before the February 14, 2014 switchover date, to migrate to the new CCIE Collaboration, simply by taking and passing the new CCIE Collaboration Written exam, which will debut on November 21, 2013.
To all of our CCIE Voice professionals. Here is a statement from Fred Weiller, Director of Marketing at Learning@Cisco:
“We are listening to the feedback from our valued CCIE community, and will be adjusting the CCIE Collaboration requirements. As a quick preview of the evolution of the CCIE Collaboration certification, a current holder of the CCIE Voice designation will now be able to migrate to a CCIE Collaboration credential by taking the CCIE Collaboration written exam only. We appreciate all of the great feedback and patience of the community while we update our webpages to reflect this change. We will be communicating further details about this modification as soon as possible.”
9 Months and counting to get your CCIE Voice v3 finished before CCIE Voice v4 –err, I mean before CCIE Collaboration– debuts.
Overwhelmingly, the question I have been asked over and over again in the short time since this was announced is: “If I get the CCIE Voice certification, will I lose it come February when the new CCIE Collaboration debuts?”. In short, No, you will not lose your CCIE Voice. Once you obtain the CCIE Voice certification, then provided that you maintain any CCIE Written exam every two years, you will still be called a CCIE Voice. If you take and pass both, then you will in fact be a double CCIE.
So we finally have our answer. Those of us who are already CCIE Voice – we are not grandfathered in as CCIE Collaboration. CCIE Collaboration is a completely new CCIE track. Voice had a good 10 year run. Now it’s time to get busy and move on with the new CCIE that’s in town. At least that is what Cisco is telling us. It actually makes very little sense why they have done this. The hardware blueprint is almost identical, with a few slight enhancements. Testing days don’t overlap. Cisco even calls it CCIE Voice v4 on a few docs. Why the full retirement vs. a simple name change is beyond me. CCIE R&S has gone through massive changes over the 20 years it’s been out (next year) -it clearly looks nothing like it did in 1994- and it’s still called the CCIE R&S. Security as well. CCIE Communications and Services looks nothing like the CCIE Service Provider of today, but a simple name change sufficed in that case. At any rate, let’s take a look as to what has changed.
Again, while not officially a blueprint change just yet, it’s clearly coming. To that end we have gone ahead and taken the initiative to add another CCIE Voice bootcamp based on the current v3 blueprint.
A quick check of the Cisco CCIE Voice testing seats just now showed that there are still plenty available – with nearly one available every day between now and November in SJC, RTP and Tokyo, and fewer, but still plenty in Brussels, Bangalore and Sydney.
Those will all go quickly, just like our bootcamp seats will, so book both soon!
A number of people had indicated that they thought my CCNA-to-CCIE-in-a-Year program was a bit aggressive for those with both family and job life to consider, so I’ve revised the plan into an 18-month plan, and also added a downloadable XLS spreadsheet to assist you in your studies. Simply plug in your starting date, and the spreadsheet should keep you on task on a week-by-week basis. Here’s the link to my previous blog post where you’ll find the updated plan to download, as well as links to all of the products used in the plan: From CCNA Voice to CCIE Voice in One Year – A Detailed Study Plan – REVISED Dec 31, 2012
Well, we had all heard the rumors that it was coming down the line, and today Cisco decided to make it official just ahead of Cisco Live. Something very interesting thing about this update -no doubt as a result of really listening to the community’s voice in regards to the things that threaten the enterprise most these days- is that they’ve added a heavy emphasis on Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) over wireless threats. With the addition of a Wireless Lan Controller (WLC) and at least a single AP, along with the Identity Services Engine (ISE). For those of you who may not be familiar with the ISE, this is basically an evolution of a few devices combined into one – it is sort of a mix of the ACS, NAC Appliance and NAC Profiler. However, it is NOT a replacement for the ACS, namely because it does not do TACACS+, instead only supporting RADIUS for 802.1x and NAC. This is the reason that Cisco decided to leave ACS server in there – but upgrading it to v5.x (most likely 5.3). Also, if you happen to not have any experience with wireless technologies in general – you’re in luck! INE is releasing our 20-hour CCNA Wireless class later today, which covers Lightweight Access Points (LWAP) being controlled by WLCs, and those WLCs being controlled by higher-up Wireless Control System (WCS). In fact, since I’ve mentioned the WCS, it’s quite interesting that Cisco (in sort of a nonchalant way) mentions that the ASA firewalls may be configured by “Cisco Prime Tools”. If you aren’t familiar with Cisco Prime, it is basically the new branding of Cisco’s network management as a whole. LMS would now fall under Prime, something called Prime NCS (evolution of Cisco’s WCS), and Prime Tools fall under the new Prime branding.
There’s also a smidge of Voice device authentication as well, though it doesn’t even begin to really touch on Unified Communications security – something I still think will largely be addressed in the next CCIE Voice update. Basically they have a 7900 phone (probably 7965) and you do NOT have to configure the Unified Communications Manager (UCM) server to get it to work, you only have to dot1x authenticate it onto the wired network. Basically setup the ISE or ACS to auth it and interact with the actual phone display to input your credentials. Don’t be concerned – it’s nothing difficult at all.
Cisco also (finally) introduces their IronPort acquisition to the exam, by way of the S-series Web Security Appliance (WSA). This device goes way beyond days of old where you blocked or allowed certain websites, but rather digs deep into the functionality of websites and web-based applications and provides ‘acceptable use enforcement’ of these sites or webapps. Take for example Facebook. Many (if not most) companies these days have a social presence and use Facebook as a tool to conduct business, but that doesn’t mean they want their users surfing FB all day. The WSA allows strategic enforcement of what is and is not allowed to occur via these type web sites. It also blocks against threats such as malware.
They mention simply including “VPN Client Software” which will no doubt be the Cisco Secure Services Client v5 installed on one or possibly more Windows 7 virtual desktops placed around the topology. This would make sense for both wired and wireless 802.1x authentication with the ACS/ISE. Something we also go into in the new 20-hour CCNA Wireless class I just recorded a few weeks back. Question is whether AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client will also be tested. It’s not in there per-se, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t possible.
The addition of at least one 2911 ISR-G2 only makes sense, as IOS version 15.2 can’t be run on an older ISRs (making me wonder why the inclusion of the older ISR is even there, save maybe that there are far more deployed currently).
Links to both the new v4 blueprint and v4 hardware/software equipment list, as well as a more detailed checklist for studying:
There are obviously still a lot of questions that need to be answered by Cisco to have a complete and full picture of this new version of the prestigious CCIE Security exam, and those will no doubt be addressed during the 8-hour seminar this Sunday at Cisco Live in San Diego. I should note that this 8-hour session is an additional charge ($799) on top of your normal admittance to the convention – it is not considered a “breakout session”, all of which come included with your convention pass. Some obvious questions might be:
- Will we need to know how to configure ASA via Prime Tools, or is that simply another option?
- How many Windows 7 desktops will there be, and will we be using AnyConnect NAM on them or something like CSSC?
- Will there be both ASA and ASA-x versions? And if so, what would be the reason? (ASA-X series runs 8.6, whereas ASA only goes up to 8.4, amongst other things
- And many others we’ll come up with and have asked and answered
You can be sure that INE will be there, tweeting and live-blogging from the event.
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Continuing on in our series on CCD, today we’ll look at the 3rd video (the shortest) in that series (video #55) from our current 62-hour CCNP Voice v8 bootcamp.
- CCD via SAF :: Overview (29m)
- CCD via SAF :: CUCM Inter-Cluster Call Routing (1h 32m)
- CCD via SAF :: CUCM Call Routing with PSTN Failover (29m)
- CCD via SAF :: CUCM Call Routing during SRST Fallback (48m)
- CCD via SAF :: CUCM to CME Call Routing (54m)
- CCD via SAF :: Inter-Cluster RSVP via SIP Preconditions (21m)
I’m very proud to announce that once again INE will be awarding CCIE scholarships. We will be awarding 8 CCIE R&S scholarships and 2 CCIE Voice scholarships. The R&S scholarships will be awarded one per region: Africa, Asia, Canada, Europe, Middle East, North America (US/Mexico), Oceanic (Australia) and South America. The CCIE Voice scholarships will be awarded globally. Each scholarship includes:
- 2 Year All Access Pass (access to all of our videos)
- 1500 Tokens for Rack Rentals or Mock Labs Exams
- CCIE Lab Exam Voucher (value $1500 to $1800)
- Complete Set of CCIE Workbooks
- Live Onsite 10-Day Bootcamp Seat
In addition to the 10 scholarships that INE is awarding I’m going to personally award 8 more that I will pay for out of my own pocket (basically the CCIE lab exam vouchers worth at least $12,000). Some people in the industry like to talk about helping others but I’m going to put my money where my mouth is This means there will be a total of 18 CCIE scholarships given away in 2012 by INE worth nearly $250,000.
Since INE has been so successful over the years helping people become CCIE’s and making INC 5000′s list of Fastest Growing Educational companies last year and will again this year, it’s vitally important that we give back to the community that has continued to make INE the leading CCIE training company in the industry. It’s important for any company in the education business to always balance growing the business with helping people and that’s why we are giving back. We try to pass on part of that success by offering free training (CCNA Voice, CCNA R&S, etc), free customized polo shirts when you pass the lab, keeping our pricing low and by offering these scholarships.
To apply for the scholarship you can use the link below:
Brian Dennis, CCIEx5 #2210 (R&S/ISP-Dial/Security/SP/Voice)
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