Apr
24
Last week we quietly snuck into the All Access Pass the recordings of the live UC on UCS and Nexus 1000v on UCS classes that I ran just a few weeks back. If you have never run Unified Communications in a virtual environment or have never worked with a distributed virtual switch in a VMware environment, these classes will certainly aid you in preparing for that first deployment. If you have worked with either product for a little while, these classes will deepen your understanding of what's... Read More
Jan
16
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... Read More
Jun
19
Finishing out our series on Call Control Discovery via Service Advertisement Framework, we'll look today at the 6th and last video in this series. 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)... Read More
Jun
17
So let's continue our series on Call Control Discovery via Service Advertisement Framework. Today we'll look at the 5th video in that series (video #57) 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... Read More
Jun
13
Since it looks from here at Cisco Live like we won't be updating any CCIE Voice topics anytime soon (looks like roughly 12 months out - so rest easy and keep studying), then this post is most likely one that CCNP's will be focusing on for now - though CCIE's will still certainly benefit from this as well. Here we will continue our series on Call Control Discovery via Service Advertisement Framework. Today we'll look at the 4th video in that series (video #56) from our current 62-hour CCNP Voice... Read More
Jun
03
The rumors have been swirling for many months now about a (seemingly) overdue update to the CCIE Voice blueprint, and having wondered about them myself, I decided to contact 3 proctors that I know and speak with regularly. While they (of course) could not divulge anything specific, they had all heard 'rumors' themselves. No one knows exactly when we might see an update officially announced, but two main theories seem to exist as to when it will come. Read More
May
17
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) Read More
Apr
27
So we continue our series on CCD, something that is being talked about lately - in conjunction with UCM SME (Session Management Edition - think UCM as a Gatekeeper for other UCM clusters) - and something that is bound to be covered on the next version of the CCIE Voice blueprint (something that's received a lot of chatter lately with the advent of UCM v9 beta training this week). Also, a topic that you must know understand well today if you are studying for your CCNP Voice CIPT2 exam. Today... Read More
Apr
24
Cisco keeps giving this week by allowing any desktop to join - for free - into any existing Telepresence video, and the quality of this video is really, really good. John Chambers recently said that Video is already the #1 traffic driver over Cisco's internal network, and that by 2013 it is expected that over 90% of all traffic over the internet will be based on Video. There's never been a better time to be training for Unified Communications! Read More
Apr
18
I will shortly be resuming the series I began on troubleshooting, but in the interim I have been getting a lot of emails from people regarding one of the newest sections of the CCNP Voice certifications (specifically it falls under the CIPT2 642-457 exam) dealing with Call Control Discovery (CCD) running over Cisco's new Service Advertisement Framework (SAF) - a really cool new protocol with lots of potential. So I thought I would make public a new 6-part series that will cover every aspect of... Read More

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