Oct
30
So many students that pass on a first, or subsequent, attempt of the lab exam emerge to profess the importance of a complete "mastery" of the documentation that is available during the lab exam. Read More
Oct
15
This post helps to celebrate the upcoming 3-Day IPv6 Bootcamp here at INE. We always hear much excitement regarding the stateless address autoconfiguration capability in IPv6, but we never seem to get to see it in action. And also, we realize that one router can provide another with the address information it needs, but what about things like DNS server information? In this demonstration I will show how the stateless autoconfiguration can be setup, as well as a nifty stateless DHCPv6... Read More
Oct
13
Hang around our CCIE Forums in the IEOC for any amount of time and you will inevitably see students discussing Core Versus Non-Core tasks in their practice CCIE lab exams. I wanted to spend a moment here with you on the blog in order to provide exactly what these terms mean to me for my lab strategy. Folks, for me, it is this simple. If a task has other tasks that might depend on it, I consider this a core task. If the task cannot impact other points in the lab exam, it is a non-core task. It... Read More
Sep
18
When we ask students “what are your weakest areas” or “what are your biggest areas of concern” for the CCIE Lab Exam, we typically always here non-core topics like Multicast, Security, QoS, BGP, etc. As such, INE has responded with a series of bootcamps focused on these disciplines. The IPv4/IPv6 Multicast 3-Day live, online bootcamp, and the associated Class On-Demand version seeks to address the often confounding subject of Multicast. Detailed coverage of Multicast topics for the following... Read More
Aug
26
In this blog post we’re going to discuss the fundamental logic of how MPLS tunnels allow applications such as L2VPN & L3VPN to work, and how MPLS tunnels enable Service Providers to run what is known as the “BGP Free Core”. In a nutshell, MPLS tunnels allow traffic to transit over devices that have no knowledge of the traffic’s final destination, similar to how GRE tunnels and site-to-site IPsec VPN tunnels work. To accomplish this, MPLS tunnels use a combination of IGP learned information, BGP... Read More
Jul
22
A common question for the CCNA Voice candidate is - "Just how can we translate our analog voice waveform into the digitized form that is required for Voice over IP transmission through the converged network?" These active reading questions tell the story - enjoy! Questions Only In its natural form, what signal type is the human voice? To send voice as a series of zeros and ones is known as what type of encoding? Converting analog voice into digital data begins with taking “snapshots” of voice... Read More
Jul
18
As a CCIE instructor, this type of question is one that I see (in IEOC) or hear (in class) often. To help directly address this question, I have maintained a document I call the Expanded Blueprint for many years now. I was quite flattered to see the CCIE team at Cisco publish their own version and name it the Expansion Blueprint. :-) I made sure to correlate their’s against my own and ensure that I did not miss anything. In fact, what I learned quickly was the fact that they had some very... Read More
Jul
17
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Jul
16
We all know that the Version 4 CCIE R&S exam is a dramatically different animal from the Version 3 lab. In fact, there have never been such big changes in this track since the move from a two-day format to a one-day format. I suppose it is no surprise, therefore, that we are seeing a much greater number of students passing after a reread than ever before. Also, there have been reported cases on IEOC.com where students have received their passing mark after opening a Support Ticket with Cisco... Read More
Jul
15
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