Aug
07

Having passed the CCIE Voice 10 years ago, and having taught on the technologies surrounding both Voice and Collaboration ever since, one might think that the exam would be easy to pass. I can assure you that no matter how much you know, no CCIE exam is easy to pass. Cisco doesn't allow them to be. Every CCIE track requires hard work and preparation, even if it may, at first glance, seem somewhat of a repeat of things you already know. You may ask since I had the CCIE Voice already, why I didn't simply take the Collaboration Written exam and convert my cert to a CCIE Collaboration? The answer I think is pretty straightforward - it's the challenge!! Seeing if you still have it 10 years later. Seeing if what you've been teaching your students for 10 years is still up to par and still relevant. To take you back to when I passed CCIE Voice ten years ago, the track was literally brand new that year, and Cisco was testing on CallManager version 3.3, SIP wasn't anywhere to be found, and creating a hunt group meant tweaking Attendant Console to make it do things it shouldn't ever be expected to do (like work). I'm quite happy to find that I may still have 'it' and that my content is right on par and not only relevant on all accounts, but as always goes well above and beyond the minimum of what you need to know to pass the exam, and takes you into the deep inner-workings of the technologies and answers the all of the "why" questions. Bear in mind that we never create content with the singular goal of simply getting you "past" the lab exam (the people that can only barely pass the lab can't make it past a technical interview in the real world), but rather our focus is making you a true expert whereby, as a byproduct, you do pass the lab exam and quite handily at that. Over the past 10 years I've had the pleasure of helping over 1,500 people do just this, and it's been so enriching in my life to see their professional and personal lives bettered for it. So what took me so long to getting around to sitting for this new exam? Simply put - my schedule. As some of you may know, I've been teaching a lot of 2-week CCIE Data Center courses and 2-week CCIE Collaboration courses, as well as working on building all of the Collaboration racks and self-paced learning content, and quite frankly just hadn't found time in my schedule to get around to preparing to sit for and take the actual new lab exam until just a few weeks ago. So onto more of what you need to know and what it takes to be ready.

It's quite possible that I may be one of the only people besides Frog that possesses 3 or more CCIE's, where one of them is not Routing and Switching.

Firstly, what it's not. As I mentioned in a previous post, there isn't a whole lot of Cisco's "Collaboration" portfolio in the CCIE Collaboration written or lab exam blueprint. No TelePresence or DX/EX/MX/TX/SX or Codec endpoints (which differ vastly from simple 9971 phones), no MCUs, no WebEx, VCS-C / VCS-E Expressway (now Collab Edge), TMS or TPS in the exam. (Note: VCS/TMS are present in the backbone only – and all the hard work is on the VCS & TMS and out of the control of the student - you simply need to provide interop dialing with it.) This is much more of a Voice exam with a heavy video ephasis and a little bit of Jabber (8% of total score).

What do you need to know to be ready to sit for the exam? Since the new policy is now in effect that if you fail the exam twice that you have to wait 3 months before you're allowed to sit for it again, it is more important than ever to be 100% ready before you go sit for your first attempt, and that you pass on your first or second attempt before your momentum is severely interrupted by that 3 month stint. This is only one of the reasons that Brian, Brian, Petr and I have always recommended that you be able to do all of the CLI portion of your lab (whichever track) ... in Notepad. With no internet connection, no router tab-completion or ? context-sensitive help. And while you may misspell one or two things or occasionally forget an argument, that when you go to paste what you did in notepad, into your Cisco device, that 95% of it is syntactically correct, and that your logic is flawless. And as for your UCM web page configuration - that will obviously take up most of your time. While it's impossible to know what you will need to accomplish before you arrive, you need to be able to digest what they give you for tasks and visualize the entire call flow and any features, and go execute the configuration in UCM with no hesitation. As much as you may not like it - the CCIE exam remains an exam where not only accuracy, but also speed, are key. There is a lot to accomplish in 8 hours. An awful lot.

As I've been advocating heavily for over the past 5 years, you must be absolutely proficient with Globalized dial plans. With the likelihood of more than one cluster, configuring them must be second nature and not even something you think much about - rather something that you simply execute quickly using muscle-memory with absolute knowledge that what you are configuring will work cold. This may take a good deal of practice for some of you that still implement more traditional dial plans on a regular basis in your day jobs. Thankfully we have loads of content to prepare you for this critical key component of the exam. Not only have I just re-recorded the complete dial plan section (videos 83-105 including globalized dial plans as well as dynamic dial plans related to ILS/GDPR and CCD/SAF and Session Management Edition), but we also have loads of labs with heavy emphasis on globalized dialing in our CCIE Voice v3.5 workbooks, with new ones specifically aimed at the Collaboration track coming out very soon. The recent SRNDs as well as a number of Cisco Live can provide a lot of guidance as well. With that very core topic covered, it's on to SIP signaling and video, the other two topics that you will need to know cold. The good news about video is that you don't have to memorize how every endpoint treats video and what CUBE needs to do to pass it, but just a few endpoints - namely the Cisco 9971 phone and the Jabber for Windows client. It's no secret that the industry has heavily gravitated toward SIP trunks over the past 5 years, and that in any production environment today, you are working heavily with SIP and therefore also with CUBE or some flavor of Session Border Controller, and both the CCIE Collaboration written and lab exam reflect those very well. You should be able to read and completely deconstruct every SIP message that you come across in very quick fashion. We prepare you well for this. Video calling and video conferencing is the other bit that you will need to know cold. This guide contains complete samples for video conferencing configurations as well as good info specifically about 9971 phones and their RTP payload type and how it differs from platform to platform (CUCM vs CME). CUBE, Cisco's SBC is something that is heavily used in real-world deployments, is on the blueprint, and should be taken seriously. There is a ton you can do with CUBE, and you should know it well. Read and know this guide inside and out. I will be hosting a live class on CUBE the week of Sept 1-5, and that content will get added to the CCIE Collaboration ATC playlist. Beyond that there are of course the usual topics: Codec Preference and Region control, CME, Unity Connection, Unity Express and Contact Center Express - all of which are important but shouldn't take you very long to think about and configure at all, with the exception of CME - that can be a bit tedious in taking a while to key in all of the CLI configuration with both SIP and SCCP phones to consider, as well as dial plan with Voice Translation Rules.

Speaking earlier of building the new Collaboration racks, I'd like to provide some guidance on a few different options for either building your own racks that will contain everything you will need to completely prepare you for your exam or else building differing stages of a partial rack coupled with supplementing your own rack practice with rental sessions from INE to give you access to the more expensive bits of the rack that you needn't bother with purchasing. Of course there is always the option to rent all of your rack time from us, however this option doesn't obviate the need for roughly $1,000 USD in hardware, as you simply cannot adequately prepare for this exam without having 3x 9971 and 3x 7962 Cisco IP phones physically in front of you (to dial/hear-audio/see-video/hear-audible-results-from-dtmf-key-presses/etc), connected by Layer 2 back to our racks (This is still far less expensive than the $20,000 price tag that it costs to build a full rack). Remotely controlling phones was something you -to some degree- could get away with on the previous version of the CCIE Voice exam, but it is simply not an option with this new version of Collaboration*.

Here is the list of what Cisco has in the actual lab exam and we have mirrored our racks around this build list. Here is a complete list of our hardware and server builds, and throughout that same guide you can find everything you need to know to connect to and use our Collaboration racks.

Option 1 - Complete Rack Rental
This option will provide you with the easiest option in terms of time to get up and running. With this option you should plan to rent roughly 700-1000 hours of rack time.

What you will need:

  • 1x Cisco router for EzVPN and L2TPv3
  • 1x Cisco switch for QinQ tunneling and L2VPN
  • 3x 9971 IP phones with CP-CAM USB backpack
  • 3x 7962 IP phones

Full details for this option in terms of hardware, software and configurations can be found beginning on this page of our Collaborations Rack Rental Guide.

Option 2 - Fully Virtualized Solution Augmented with Lots of Rack Time
This option will provide you with a very inexpensive way to get started in your studies and be able to practice maybe around 25% of the necessary tasks - including globalized dial plans but with all SIP trunking. You will definitely need to rent plenty of rack time to augment your studies with this solution, but this will get you started. I would estimate that you would still need to rent roughly 500-700 hours of rack time with this option.

What you will need:

Cisco uses a UCS C-Series server for their hardware, but this is not necessary as you have no access to the UCSM in the lab exam, so any server will do. A server like this can typically be found online used for around $300-$500 USD.
Access to the Cisco NFR bundle is something that only Partners have access to and only costs around $300 for everything you need, but if you are not a partner, you will not be able to purchase this software. If you have a proper service contract, you may be able to download the software from Cisco.com and register for the 6-month demo license, but I don't believe you will be able to get another 6-month license after the first has expired. You will then need to revert to having to rebuild all of the servers every 60 days. Without either, this will make it impossible to build your own servers without purchasing full licenses - which is an incredibly expensive option.

Option 3 - Entry Level Full Rack (no ISR-G2s) Augmented with Rack Time
This option will provide you with a semi-inexpensive way to get started in your studies and be able to practice approximately 65-70% of the necessary tasks - including all phone features except for Video conferencing. You will still need to rent a decent amount of rack time to augment your studies for video conferencing and full-lab practice sessions with this solution, but this is a great, (comparatively) inexpensive option. I would estimate that you would still need to rent roughly 200-250 hours of rack time with this option.

What you will need:

  • All of Option 2 (Server/software)
  • 4x 2811 ISR (Gen1) routers with PVDM2s and VWIC2-1MFT-T1/E1s for site and PSTN PRI gateways and audio-only transcoding and conferencing
  • All of Option 1 hardware for augmented rack rental sessions

This rack should cost you somewhere close to $5,000 USD to build.

Option 4 - Near Complete Full Rack (1 ISR-G2) Augmented with Rack Time
This option will provide you with a way to practice approximately 95-99% of the necessary tasks - including Video conferencing and the latest CUBE features. You may still wish to rent some rack time simply to have a few full-lab practice sessions with all routers running 15.2(4)M code and the possibility of having multiple video conference bridges and/or video transcoding devices, but you also may find this unnecessary as you can just move around your tasks to accommodate everything on your single ISR-G2.

What you will need:

  • All of Option 2 (Server/software)
  • 1x 2911 ISR-G2 router with 1x PVDM3-32 (or 2x PVDM3-16) and 1x VWIC3-1MFT-T1/E1s for HQ
  • 3x 2811 ISR (Gen1) routers with PVDM2s and VWIC2-1MFT-T1/E1s for Site B/C and PSTN PRI gateways and audio-only transcoding and conferencing
  • SRE-710 for Unity Express

This rack may cost you somewhere close to $12,000 USD to build. There is an embedded demo license with Cisco Unity Express on the SRE module that simply needs to be activated, however it should be noted that it will only last you 60 days, at which time you will need to re-install the software completely to get any sort of extension to this demo period.

Of course you can also always build an entire rack with everything we have listed (all 2911s) in our Rack Rental Guide, but this will cost you probably around $20,000 in hardware alone, before any licensing costs.

*As a side note from above, we do provide a single 7961 phone at each site physically connected to our racks that renters may remotely control, but we do this as a mere courtesy for those that cannot afford to purchase their own right away and simply need to test a few basic dial plan and softkey functions, and we do not intend for this to be a complete replacement to having your own phones connected to us via L2VPN. If you chooe this option initially, just know that at some point during your studies you will in fact need to have them in front of you connected to us with our L2VPN option. Also, we don’t provide 9971 because the remote control is next to impossible (it is impossible to predict a reliable response, and many times the phone simply won’t respond at all). Also, while on our racks, you can practice 2-way and 3-way video with the Jabber for Windows clients we provide at the HQ, Site B and PSTN/Backbone sites. They all have cameras attached and will allow you to practice point-to-point video as well as video conferencing with the PVDM3 video conference bridge that you can build at any of the sites.

Also, for connecting back to our racks via L2VPN, I recommend the Cisco 1841 router and the Catalyst WS-C3560-8PC wwitch since it's an 8-port PoE that is fanless (read quiet), however if you're on a super-tight budget, you can get away with 2611XM (must be XM) router and a Catalyst 3550 switch with PWR-CUBE-4 (note the 3550 Inline Power won't adequately power the 9971 phones). Again guidance for all of this can be found in our Rack Rental Guide.

I hope this has provided some good insight and help for those that are working toward accomplishing the CCIE Collaboration, and please comment below on anything you can think that might be useful to add to this article for yourself or others studying, and I will be happy to update it.

May
23

UPDATE:

Revisions have been made to our materials that obsolete some (but not all) of the information in this document.
Please see the latest updates here.

Introduction

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.

Overview

If you happen to be quite new to beginning to study for the CCIE Collaboration then you may not be aware of what many others already know, namely that this is not a brand new CCIE track, but rather a renaming and slight evolution of the CCIE Voice track. In fact, when we begin to talk about Collaboration, many technologies and products that are very active in your enterprise come to mind: TelePresence, MCUs, WebEx, VCS-C / VCS-E Expressway. Yeah - none of that is in the CCIE Collaboration Written Blueprint nor the CCIE Collaboration Lab Blueprint (Note: VCS is present in the backbone only - and all the hard work is on the VCS and out of the control of the student). So then you think to yourself, "... well Jabber, Jabber must be in the blueprints at least!" - and it is in the blueprint ... and from looking at the written and lab blueprint we can clearly see that it's worth a whopping 6% in the written and 8% in the lab. So then what is new to this lab from the old CCIE Voice exam? Not terribly much. New telephony dial plan features in UCM such as EMCC, CCD, Hunt Group Queuing, ILS and SIP URI dialing. Video --which we were always told in years past from the content manager at the CCIE Techtorials at Cisco Live that it was testable in the old Voice lab so you had to study it and INE covered it in our materials-- there just weren't any endpoints to test it out with, and now there finally are with the SIP 9971 IP Phone with USB camera attached. So really there are a lot of new telephony features, but little in the way of true Collaboration. So then how does this affect your studies and what new material do you really need? While there are quite a number of new features in UCM and other application platforms that we have already developed content for and will be releasing very soon, this means that there is already a vast amount of content that INE offers today that you can be studying with. What will follow is a breakdown of our existing content along with the very few sections that are no longer relevant (basically anything that relates to H.323 Gatekeeper). Everything else that we offer is 100% valid and very much worth studying. Even though this is labeled a Collaboration exam - it is still very much a Dial Plan and Troubleshooting-centric exam, with the vast amount of points going towards getting a proper dial plan functioning along with the necessary media resources to allow that dial plan to function (40%), and troubleshooting that setup (25%). Major difference is simply that now the media resources now include Video. And we have you covered in spades when it comes to dial plan, troubleshooting and all of the other ancillary product-specific topics such as UCCX, Unity Connection, CUE and CME.

Update on New Collaboration Materials

Racks:

We have built completely new racks that should be released into the scheduler at the end of next week. I have included an updated rack diagram below and each rack has the following specs:

  • Cluster1:
    • VMs: 3x UCM, 1x IM&P, 1x CUC, 1x UCCX, 2x Jabber
    • Rack Phones: 3 direct attached 7961s (remotely controlled w/ variphy)
    • Remote Phones: 3 including 9971s at your physical study location via L2VPN
  • Cluster2:
    • VMs: 3x UCM, 1x IM&P, 1x CUC, 1x Jabber
    • Rack Phones: 1 direct attached 7961 (remotely controlled w/ variphy)
    • Remote Phones: 2 including 9971s at your physical study location via L2VPN
  • IP/PSTN Cluster:
    • VMs: 1x UCM, 1x IM&P, 1x VCS, 1x TMS, 1x Jabber/JabberVideo
    • Rack Phones: 1 direct attached 7961 (remotely controlled w/ variphy)
    • Remote Phones: 1 at your physical study location via L2VPN
  • Shared between Clusters:
    • Site Routers: 3x 2911 running IOS 15.2(4)M5 each with:
      • 1x HWIC-2T for Frame Relay (sigh, yes Frame Relay)
      • 1x VWIC3-1MFT-T1/E1 for ISDN PRI
      • 1x PVDM3-128/256 for Transcoding/Audio/Video Conferencing
      • 1x EHWIC-4ESG-P and PWR-2911-POE (branch sites only) for PoE switching
      • 1x SM-SRE-710 (branch 2 site only)
    • PSTN Router: 1x 2811 running IOS 15.1(4)M3 with:
      • 1x HWIC-4T for Frame Relay
      • 3x VWIC2-1MFT-T1/E1 for ISDN PRI
      • 2x PVDM2-64 for TDM to VoIP
    • HQ Site Switch: 1x 3560E-V2 running IOS 15.0(2)SE5

CCIE Collaboration Rack Diagram (Right-Click and 'Save as' to Download Hi-Res)

 

 

Videos:

I have already recorded 30 hours of videos that cover newer feature topics like Jabber, URI dialing, video phones and video conferences between 9971 and Jabber (w/video) and in depth troubleshooting on MGCP, H.323 and especially SIP, that are being edited by our video department and should be released within a few days. I will update this post with the new playlist in the next section as soon as they finish.

Tasks:

Again, we have already created quite a number of tasks and screenshot-based solutions, and they will be coming out very shortly on our new delivery system that we announced at our INE Rewired party at Cisco Live this week.

How to Use Existing INE CCIE Voice Materials

Below is a list of our CCIE Voice products with links, along with the very few sections of content that are no longer tested and that may be skipped. Also, I offered in another blog post an 18 month plan, complete with downloadable spreadsheet to plan out your exact study dates. As our video department finishes editing more videos and releases them, I will update this post with links to that material.

CCIE Collaboration - Unified Communications on Unified Computing System (UC on UCS) Videos
All new and relevant and necessary for written.

CCIE Collaboration CCD/SAF Videos
All new and relevant and needed for both written and lab.

CCIE Voice ATC Videos
Everything relevant except the sections related to “H.323 Gatekeeper”:

  • H.323 Gatekeeper with CUBE - Concepts & Slides Part 1
  • H.323 Gatekeeper with CUBE - Concepts & Slides Part 2
  • H.323 Gatekeeper with CUBE - Demonstration Part 1
  • H.323 Gatekeeper with CUBE - Demonstration Part 2
  • H.323 Gatekeeper with CUBE - Demonstration Part 3
  • H.323 Gatekeeper with CUBE - Demonstration Part 4

CCIE Lab Preparation Videos:
Everything relevant except the sections related to “H.323 Gatekeeper”:

  • Dial Plan - H.323 Gatekeeper: Part 1
  • Dial Plan - H.323 Gatekeeper: Part 2

CCIE Deep Dive Series Videos:
Everything relevant except the sections related to “H.323 Gatekeeper” and I even cover things such as CME with both SIP and SCCP phone configurations:
Module 08 :: Expert H.323 Gatekeeper :: Runtime 7 hours 6 minutes

  • Provisioning IOS H.323 Gatekeeper
  • Registering CUCM with H.323 Gatekeeper
  • Registering CUCME with H.323 Gatekeeper
  • Routing Calls from CUCME to CUCM via Gatekeeper in Multiple Zones with Dynamic E.164 Aliases
  • Routing Calls from CUCM to CUCME via Gatekeeper in Multiple Zones with Multiple Tech Prefixes
  • Routing Calls from CUCME to CUCM via Gatekeeper in Multiple Zones with Multiple Tech Prefixes
  • Routing Calls from CUCME to CUCM via Gatekeeper in Multiple Zones with Static E.164 Aliases
  • Routing Calls from CUCM to CUCME and Back via Gatekeeper in One Zone with One Tech Prefix
  • Gatekeeper Call Admission Control
  • Routing Calls from CUCM to CUCME and Back via Alternate Gatekeeper Clustering in Multiple Zones with Multiple Tech Prefixes using GUP

CCIE Voice Volume I Workbook:
Everything relevant except the sections related to “H.323 Gatekeeper”:

  • Expert Gatekeeper
    • Provisioning IOS H.323 Gatekeeper (GK)
    • Registering CUCM with an H.323 Gatekeeper
    • Registering CUCME with an H.323 Gatekeeper
    • Routing Calls from CUCM to CUCME via Gatekeeper
    • Routing Calls from CUCME to CUCM via Gatekeeper
    • Gatekeeper - Call Admission Control (CAC)
    • Gatekeeper - One Zone w/ One Tech-Prefix
    • Alternate Gatekeeper - Clustering with Gatekeeper Update Protocol (GUP)
    • Extensive Testing
    • Troubleshooting Gatekeeper

CCIE Voice Volume II Workbook:
None of the Full Multi-Protocol "Mock Labs" in Volume II contain any H.323 Gatekeeper tasks, but do contain tasks that a CCIE Collaboration lab today would require you to accomplish, making them all great labs for a prospective student to shoot for being able to accomplish in 5-6 hours maximum, leaving you additional time for the extra tasks that would be related to new features. These are still very relevant mock labs!

Recommended Reading

It should go without saying that for any person wanting to attain a CCIE certification, that hundreds of hours go into reading alone (outside of hands-on lab hours) during your studies. Much of this will come as you work within the construct of our materials.

First up is the Unified Communications 9.x System Reference Network Design Guide (SRND) It's around 1200 pages and worth reading every single page.

Reading some of the Midmarket Preferred Architecture guides such as this one for general Collaboration and this one for Jabber can be great entry points and ongoing reference guides.

Also, this time when Cisco wrote their written and lab blueprints, they took some time to include links at each topic level to reading material that are usually system guide references to the topic. Occasionally they want you to pay to gain access, and usually it's really not worth it - plus you already have an INE All Access Pass to the same topics, so it's most likely redundant. At any rate, most of the links are to very good documentation reference materials to read.
CCIE Collaboration Written blueprint breakdown topics.
CCIE Collaboration Lab blueprint breakdown topics.

This next book is incredibly written and covers WAY more than you need to know for the CCIE Collaboration lab, but is still definitely worth the read if you do any enterprise, SP or Data Center work with Quality of Service. End-to-End QoS Network Design: Quality of Service for Rich-Media & Cloud Networks, 2nd Edition

And as Brian so eloquently put it in an earlier blog post, for those of you that have never heard of Cisco Live Online On-Demand Library before, you’re welcome. This is where all the video recordings and PDFs of slide decks live from every Cisco Live convention for the past 5 years. Use the filters on the left to limit your search to presentations with video, from the past few years, and limited to Collaboration and Voice - such as this filter is already setup for.

How to Study for the CCIE Lab Exam

At the risk of ever-so-slight plagiarism (at least I work for the same company :)), I'm going to reiterate pretty much word-for-word what Brian said during his pass of the CCIE Data Center lab, simply because many people that study for this exam probably wouldn't have had much reason to come across and read much in the way of a data center post.

Brian Dennis and Brian McGahan teach a methodology that I have also been personally using and teaching for the past 8 years, even if I didn't always have this very simple set of slides to define it as I found they had when I arrived at INE 5 years ago. I saw these two simple slides they created and that I now use in every class I teach.  This methodology is essentially a four step process of learning and testing incrementally.  This is also the same methodology that has helped Brian Dennis obtain five CCIEs, Brian McGahan to obtain four CCIEs and the CCDE, and myself to obtain three CCIE, so you can quite easily trust that it works.

The methodology is a basic four step process as follows:

  • Gain a basic understanding of the technologies
  • Gain basic hands-on experience to reinforce and expand your understanding
  • Gain an expert level of understanding
  • Gain an expert level of hands-on experience

It might seem self-explanatory that you need to start at the bottom and work your way up, i.e. A then B then C then D, however over the years we’ve seen so many CCIE candidates try to shortcut this process and try to go from A directly to D.  Traditionally these are the candidates that end up taking the lab exam 5, 6, 7 times before passing, essentially trying to brute force their way through the lab.  Believe it or not, INE has had customers in the past that have attempted the CCIE Lab Exam in the same track 10 or more times before passing.  Coincidentally, these are also usually the customers that don’t want to hear that they don’t know something or that their methodology is wrong. Go figure.

Pictured above, how to make a hobby out of visiting building C at Cisco’s San Jose campus

 

The CCIE is much more about the journey than it is the destination. You really only cheat yourself coming out of the process without truly being an expert at the technologies covered, so make sure you really take the time and be meticulous about going through absolutely everything.

Pictured above, how to astound the engineers at the technical interview for your new job after getting your CCIE

 

Summary

INE has tons of material that you need to make you truly an expert. Don't wait until every last bit of new material has been released to get started now. You need an incredibly deep solid understanding of the core fundamentals, and INE already has 90% of the content you need to make you an expert, and more being released in every few weeks. Also, since INE has made the commitment to treat CCIE Collaboration as CCIE Voice v4 for our customers, and therefore ensure your investment, there is no reason you shouldn't get started with your studies today, and add on to them as we continue to add the new feature topics!

May
31

We recognize that there is new content in the new CCIE Collaboration blueprint. We also recognize that a change to the name of CCIE Voice is long overdue. Furthermore, we recognize that there is about an 80% overlap in content, and only about 20% worth of new material. To this end, we will not be requiring our CCIE Voice v3 customers to re-purchase any CCIE Voice track materials when follow Cisco in rebranding it to CCIE Collaboration.

What this means is that if you have purchased any CCIE Voice v3 product such as a workbook or video course download, you will get all of the upgrades to that product, even when we rebrand the title of our products to CCIE Collaboration to stay in keeping with Cisco's new title. This goes for bootcamps as well, if you paid for and sat one our CCIE Voice v3 bootcamps, you are welcome to come back and re-sit for one of our CCIE Collaboration bootcamps just the same - in keeping with our Bootcamp Reseat Policy.

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