Sep
27

Hi Everyone,

We’ve just posted more updates to our renowned IEWB-RS VOL1 – Technology focused labs. The MPLS section is now complete (well maybe just a couple more tasks coming) resulting in 16 new scenarios. In addition to that, the Security section of VOL1 has been updated as well, featuring another 10 labs. That makes a total of 26 more new scenarios with breakdowns, solutions, and verifications! Here is the list of the new topics added:

MPLS VPN:

VRF Lite
MPLS LDP
MPLS Label Filtering
MP-BGP VPNv4
MP-BGP Prefix Filtering
PE-CE Routing with RIP
PE-CE Routing with OSPF
OSPF Sham-Link
PE-CE Routing with EIGRP
EIGRP SOO and Cost Community
PE-CE Routing with BGP
BGP SOO
BGP AS Override
Internet Access
AToM
L2TPv3
MPLS VPN Performance Tuning

Security

Control Plane Protection
IOS ACL Selective IP Option Drop
BGP Generic TTL Security Mechanism
Flexible Packet Matching
Zone Based Firewall
ZFW Rate Limiting
ZFW Application Inspection
Classic IOS Transparent Firewall
ZFW-Based IOS Transparent Firewall
IOS IPS

I know the question on your minds :). What’s next on track? More IEWB-RS VOL2 (Configuration Full Scale Labs) and IEWB-RS VOL4 (Troubleshooting) updates of course! And don’t ask me about EIGRPv6 – it’s only 3 commands to enter in the configuration ;) Alright, it will be added to the IPv6 section too, as well as the IPv6 Multicast basics! However, please remember that MPLS VPNs and the security features is the core of the new technologies added to the updated blueprint!

Thanks for choosing INE and happy studying!

Jul
15

To everyone who would like to practice some of our technology-focused VOL1 labs, but not necessarily needs all of them at the same time. We split the huge VOL1 into mini-modules, every one being focused around specific technology, and re-selling them via our partner’s GradedLabs site. You may find the mini-modules posted as Learning Capsules with every capsule being priced at $19.95. If you want to get the look and feel of the new product, you may take the free sample lab dedicated to Optimized Edge Routing. We hope the new modular format will greatly increase flexibility and improve the end-user experience!

Happy Studying!

May
31

Hi everyone!

We are excited to announce our newest release of IEWB-VO VOL1 labs covering the new CCIE Voice blueprint, which becomes effective as of July this year. The first of the CCIE Voice v3.0 labs are now out in beta format, in addition to new Voice Racks available to rent covering the new topology! All current customers who have purchased IEWB-VO VOL1 will automatically receive the new updates in their members account at no additional cost. Each section of the new VOL1 includes technology-focused labs with explanations, verifications, further reading links, and dedicated troubleshooting sections.

The initial release covers Cisco Unified Communications Manager Express (CUCME, formally known as Call Manager Express or CME). We will continue releasing new voice content covering all new blueprint topics, with a new section being released each week. The next release will include more CUCME labs, as well as Unity Express tasks, followed by the first of the new Unified Communications Manager Labs! The initial VOL1 release covers the following topics:

CUCME Basic Configuration
Phone Registration & Number Assignment (SCCP Phones)
SIP Phones
ISDN PRI
IOS Call Routing
Voice Translation Rules
Shared Line
Night Service
After-Hours Setup
Single Number Reach
Softkey Customization - SCCP
Softkey Customization - SIP
Octo-Line
Conference Resources
Transcoding Resources
B-ACD
Voice Hunt Groups
Ephone Hunt groups
Dynamic Hunt groups

The new voice racks are fully compliant with the CCIE Voice hardware specification posted at Cisco’s website: CCIE Voice Hardware Specification. To many folks out there, the new hardware lists is a huge relief, as the many old and expensive devices including the 6500 switch and the VG248 are now gone. Plus, the addition of SIP phones allows for more flexible choice of softphone software, not limited to the small set of SCCP-compatible products available on the market.

As for the people preparing using the old blueprint, our rack rentals support the old CCIE Voice hardware specification as well. Nothing will change until the lasts days the old blueprint remains valid.

Thank you, and be sure to check back often for more updates!

May
24

Hi Everyone,

we've just posted the remaining labs in the BGP sections and the content should be available to all subscribed accounts. There are now 61 feature-focused labs in total, listed below. From now on, we will focus on the new blueprint topics for CCIE R&S track, as outlined in New CCIE R&S Reload. The updates for VOL1 and VOL2 will go in parallel. Anyone preparing to the new lab according to the new blueprint could safely use the current labs for their practice and practice the new material as it being posted.

Happy studying!

The list of BGP topics follows:

Establishing iBGP Peerings
Establishing EBGP Peerings
BGP Update Source Modification
Multihop EBGP Peerings
Neighbor Disable-Connected-Check
Authenticating BGP Peerings
iBGP Route Reflection
Large Scale iBGP Route Reflection with Clusters
iBGP Confederation
BGP Next-Hop Processing - Next-Hop-Self
BGP Next-Hop Processing - Manual Modification
iBGP Synchronization
BGP over GRE
BGP Redistribute Internal
BGP Peer Groups
BGP Network Statement
BGP Auto-Summary
BGP Bestpath Selection - Weight
BGP Bestpath Selection - Local Preference
BGP Bestpath Selection - AS-Path Prepending
BGP Bestpath Selection - Origin
BGP Bestpath Selection - MED
BGP Bestpath Selection - Always Compare MED
BGP Bestpath Selection - AS-Path Ignore
BGP Bestpath Selection - Router-IDs
BGP Bestpath Selection - DMZ Link Bandwidth
BGP Bestpath Selection - Maximum AS Limit
BGP Backdoor
BGP Aggregation
BGP Aggregation - Summary Only
BGP Aggregation - Suppress Map
BGP Aggregation - Unsuppress Map
BGP Aggregation - AS-Set
BGP Aggregation - Attribute-Map
BGP Aggregation - Advertise Map

BGP Communities
BGP Communities - No-Advertise
BGP Communities - No-Export
BGP Communities - Local-AS
BGP Communities - Deleting
BGP Conditional Advertisement
BGP Conditional Route Injection
BGP Filtering with Prefix-Lists
BGP Filtering with Standard Access-Lists
BGP Filtering with Extended Access-Lists
BGP Regular Expressions
BGP Filtering with Maximum Prefix
BGP Default Routing
BGP Local AS
BGP Local AS Replace-AS/Dual-AS
BGP Remove Private AS
BGP Dampening
BGP Dampening with Route-Map
BGP Convergence Timers
BGP Fast Fall-over
BGP Outbound Route Filtering
BGP Soft Reconfiguration
BGP Next-Hop Trigger
BGP TTL Security
BGP AllowAS in

Apr
28

Hi everyone,

the new section has been posted and should appear under every account subscribed to IEWB-RS VOL1 v5.0. This is an initial update, containing the following 35 technology-focused labs:

Establishing iBGP Peerings
Establishing EBGP Peerings
BGP Update Source Modification
Multihop EBGP Peerings
Neighbor Disable-Connected-Check
Authenticating BGP Peerings
iBGP Route Reflection
Large Scale iBGP Route Reflection with Clusters
iBGP Confederation
BGP Next-Hop Processing - Next-Hop-Self
BGP Next-Hop Processing - Manual Modification
iBGP Synchronization
BGP over GRE
BGP Redistribute Internal
BGP Peer Groups
BGP Network Statement
BGP Auto-Summary
BGP Bestpath Selection - Weight
BGP Bestpath Selection - Local Preference
BGP Bestpath Selection - AS-Path Prepending
BGP Bestpath Selection - Origin
BGP Bestpath Selection - MED
BGP Bestpath Selection - Always Compare MED
BGP Bestpath Selection - AS-Path Ignore
BGP Bestpath Selection - Router-IDs
BGP Bestpath Selection - DMZ Link Bandwidth
BGP Bestpath Selection - Maximum AS Limit
BGP Backdoor
BGP Aggregation
BGP Aggregation - Summary Only
BGP Aggregation - Suppress Map
BGP Aggregation - Unsuppress Map
BGP Aggregation - AS-Set
BGP Aggregation - Attribute-Map

There are still approximately the same amount of labs to come soon. The list of additional labs includes the following:

BGP Aggregation - Advertise Map
BGP Communities
BGP Communities - No-Advertise
BGP Communities - No-Export
BGP Communities - Local-AS
BGP Communities - Deleting
BGP Conditional Advertisement
BGP Conditional Route Injection
BGP Filtering with Prefix-Lists
BGP Filtering with Standard Access-Lists
BGP Filtering with Extended Access-Lists
BGP Regular Expressions
BGP Filtering with Maximum Prefix
BGP Default Routing
BGP Local AS
BGP Local AS No Prepend
BGP Remove Private AS
BGP Dampening
BGP Dampening with Route-Maps
BGP Timers Tuning
BGP Convergence Timers
BGP Fast External Fallover
BGP Neighbor Fallover
BGP Maximum Prefix
BGP Outbound Route Filtering
BGP Allow AS In
BGP AS Override
BGP Policy Accounting & Propagation
BGP Match Source Protocol
BGP Soft Reconfiguration
BGP TTL Security
BGP Traffic Index
BGP Remotely Triggered Blackhole
BGP QoS Policy Propagation
BGP Next-Hop Trigger

Have fun!

Apr
08

Hi Everyone,

Per our release schedule, the "Multicast" section of IEWB-RS VOL1 has been posted on the members site. IEWB-RS VOL1 is a collection of advanced technology-focused labs with detailed breakdowns and verifications, aimed to provide you with in-depth understanding of every networking technology needed to pass the CCIE lab. The new section is more than 150 pages in size. Here is the list of the topics covered:

PIM Dense Mode
Multicast RPF Failure
PIM Sparse Mode
PIM Sparse-Dense Mode
PIM Assert
PIM Accept RP
PIM DR Election
PIM Accept Register
Multicast Tunneling
PIM NBMA Mode
Auto-RP
Auto-RP - Multiple Candidate RPs
Auto-RP - Filtering Candidate RPs
Auto-RP Listener
Auto-RP and RP/MA Placement
Filtering Auto-RP Messages
Multicast Boundary
PIM Bootstrap Router
BSR - Multiple RP Candidates
Filtering BSR Messages
Stub Multicast Routing & IGMP Helper
IGMP Filtering
IGMP Timers
Multicast Helper Map
Multicast Rate Limiting
Bidirectional PIM
Source Specific Multicast
DVMRP Interoperability
Multicast BGP Extension
MSDP
Anycast RP
Catalyst IGMP Snooping
Catalyst Multicast VLAN Registration
Catalyst IGMP Profiles

You may find a sample lab from the section posted on this blog at Understanding BSR Protocol. The remaining "BGP" section of IEWB-RS VOL1 in being updated and should be posted soon as well.

Mar
28

Hello everybody,

as promised before, we posted the initial update to our Security Workbook VOL1 matching new new CCIE Security v3.0 blueprint. It covers the "ASA Firewall" section of the lab exam blueprint and contains 50 technology focused mini-scenarios. All customers with active subscription to the existing version of IEWB-SC VOL1 should see the new material under their members site accounts. The new content has been rewritten from scratch, with the task wording changed along with breakdowns, comments and explanatins added. You will see the mini-labs presented in "challenging" format, matching our new philosophy for the updated line of CCIE products. Of course, there are new scenarios covering the updated CCIE Security lab blueprint. If you are wondering why we jumped from version 3.2 to v5.0, there are few good reasons. Firstly, it symbolizes the unified design philosophy of our RS and SC products as the most recent version of RS products is v5.0. Secondly, you should remember how they jumped to IPv6 from IPv4. We thought that's a good idea too. And last, but not least - Cisco did the same trick to their line of unified communication products! ;)

Finally, Here is the list of topics covered in this update. The highlighted topics correspond to the completely new scenarios added to the section. Notice however, that all other tasks have been completely updated as well! Happy studying!

ASA Firewall
VLANs and IP Addressing
RIPv2
OSPF
EIGRP
Advanced Routing
IP Access-Lists
Object Groups
Administrative Access
ICMP Traffic
URL Filtering
Dynamic NAT and PAT
Static NAT and PAT
Dynamic Policy NAT
Static Policy NAT and PAT
Identity NAT and NAT Exemption
Outside Dynamic NAT
DNS Doctoring using “Alias”
DNS Doctoring using “Static”
Fragmented Traffic
IDENT Issues
BGP across the Firewall
Stub Multicast Routing
PIM Multicast Routing
Network Time Protocol
System Logging
Filtering System Logs
SNMP Monitoring
DHCP Server
HTTP Traffic Inspection
FTP Traffic Inspection
SMTP Traffic Inspection
TCP Inspection
Management Traffic Inspection
ICMP Traffic Inspection
Threat Detection
Un-Stealthing the Firewall
Traffic Policing
Low Latency Queuing
Traffic Shaping
Hierarchical Queuing
Transparent Firewall
ARP Inspection
Ethertype Access-Lists
Transparent Firewall NAT
Firewall Contexts
Firewall Contexts Routing
Firewall Contexts Classification
Resource Management
Active/Standby Failover
Active/Active Failover

Mar
15

Hello everyone,

We know that many of our CCIE Security customers are waiting for the updates of IEWB-SC VOL1 (technology labs) and VOL2 (full-scale labs). Like we mentioned before, the first update (about 50 ASA Firewall focused labs) is coming on the last week of March. Just to warm up your appetite, here is a small excerpt of the updated workbook (the final edition of VOL1 might look slightly different, but the teaser would give you a general idea of the workbook style):

IEWB-SC VOL1: ASA Firewall Teaser

In addition to covering the new blueprint topics, updated VOL1 will include all relevant labs from the previous release rewritten to match our new standards. Of course, per our Investment Protection program, all owners of the current VOL1 version will get the updates absolutely free of charge. For more information on IEWB-SC products and updates, please refer to the following links:

IEWB-SC VOL1 (Technology Labs)
IEWB-SC VOL2 (Full Scale Labs)
Migrating to CCIE Security v3.0 Blueprint

PS
Oh, just in case if you’re wondering about IEWB-SC VOL2 updates, we plan to start releasing them on 2nd week of April!

Mar
04

Hi everyone,

Recently, a number of changes have been made to our IEWB-VO VOL1 and VOL2 products. Specifically, all the tasks have been verified, some bugs fixed, more breakdowns and comments added. Currently, there are 63 technology-focused mini-scenarios an 7 completely independent full-scale mock labs available.

We're working on making VOL1 (mini labs) more informative, by expanding the breakdowns and incorporating screenshots in additional to detailed configuration steps description. The next step is to add extra labs covering the new v3.0 voice lab content. For more information on IEWB-VO products please refer to:

IEWB-VO VOL1
IEWB-VO VOL2

Happy labbing!

Mar
03

The IPv6 section for IEWB-RS Volume 1 Version 5.0 is now posted on the members site. This leaves only BGP and Multicast left for completion, which are both currently in development. More information will be posted on those shortly. The following sections are available for IPv6:

  • IPv6 Link-Local Addressing
  • IPv6 Unique Local Addressing
  • IPv6 Global Aggregatable Addressing
  • IPv6 EUI-64 Addressing
  • IPv6 Auto-Configuration
  • RIPng
  • RIPng over NBMA
  • RIPng Summarization
  • RIPng Prefix Filtering
  • RIPng Metric Manipulation
  • RIPng Default Routing
  • OSPFv3
  • OSPFv3 over NBMA
  • OSPFv3 Virtual Links
  • OSPFv3 Summarization
  • IPv6 Redistribution
  • IPv6 Filtering
  • IPv6 NAT-PT
  • IPv6 MP-BGP
  • IPv6 Tunneling
  • Automatic 6to4 Tunnels
  • ISATAP Tunnels

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