Jul
14
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... Read More
Jan
31
Today's CCENT-level challenge involves the methods that are commonly used to describe and compare modern network infrastructures regarding such things as performance and structure. Read More
Jan
26
In our recent Implement Layer 2 Technologies series, we examined Q-in-Q tunneling in great detail. In this discussion, I mentioned a big caution about the Service Provider cloud with 802.1Q trunks in use for switch to switch trunking. This caution involved the use of an untagged native VLAN. Read More
Jan
15
Beginning January 17th, 2011, Cisco will add Layer 2 Switch Troubleshooting to the 2 hour Troubleshooting section of the lab exam. Like the Layer 3 Troubleshooting that you will perform, these switches are emulated devices using Cisco's IOU product - that stands for IOS on UNIX and is a similar approach to the popular Dynamips platforms. Cisco calls the ability to emulate switches on UNIX - L2IOU. Read More
Jan
13
Many times, students believe that they could use a bit of a boost when it comes to solving the very complex and difficult Practice Lab Exams featured in our famous Volume II workbook here at INE. To respond to this, Keith Barker and I came up with an idea for a new INE product unlike anything that had been created before. We created a fully interactive video guide to lab exam strategy and actual solutions for the first five labs of the workbook. But we did not stop there. We also recorded bonus... Read More
Jan
03
Continuing my review of titles from Petr’s excellent CCDE reading list for his upcoming LIVE and ONLINE CCDE Bootcamps, here are further notes to keep in mind regarding EIGRP. About the Protocol The algorithm used for this advanced Distance Vector protocol is the Diffusing Update Algorithm. As we discussed at length in this post, the metric is based upon Bandwidth and Delay values. For updates, EIGRP uses Update and Query packets that are sent to a multicast address. Split horizon and DUAL form... Read More
Dec
28
INE is happy to announce a new class dedicated to the recently introduced Cisco Certified Design Expert (CCDE) certification. The first CCDE Practical Bootcamp is to be run on May 1-5th in Chicago, right before the actual CCDE practical exam that is scheduled on May 6th. Our goal was designing a "last-week" refresher and booster class to finalize your CCDE exam preparation. Students are assumed to have solid theoretical knowledge of the exam's technology base prior to attending. This blog posts... Read More
Dec
24
We'd like to send a huge congratulations out to Steven Glowacki who just emailed to thank us for helping him pass his CCIE Voice exam and get the newest number - 27831! Read More
Nov
28
Just as with the CCDP, Cisco has delayed the release of the new DESGN exam. The DESGN exam (640-864) is expected to be available on December 16, 2010. Here are the topics promised fro the new exam: Describe the Methodology used to design a network Describe developing business trends Identify Network Requirements to Support the Organization Describe the tools/process to characterize an existing network Describe the top down approach to network design Describe Network Management Protocols and... Read More
Nov
27
Worried about topics like EEM, OER, IP SLA, SNMP and the seemingly endless list of Network Services that might appear in your CCIE R&S (or related track) Lab or Written Exam? The latest of the 3 Day Technology Bootcamps arrives just in time for the new year. Read More

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