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iPexpert’s Newest “CCIE Wall of Fame” Additions 2/5/2016

Please join us in congratulating the following iPexpert students who have passed their CCIE lab!

This Week’s CCIE Success Stories

  • Lucas Handybiantoro, CCIE #51350 (Routing and Switching)
  • Yuri Meca, CCIE #49668 (Wireless)
  • Ferenc Kuris, CCIE #46451 (Routing and Switching)
  • Vidhyadhar Rapolu, CCIE #38175 (Collaboration)
  • Robert Loeffler, CCIE #49780 (Routing and Switching)
  • Diego Martin, CCIE #51740 (Collaboration)
  • Sanaullah Khan, CCIE #47771 (Routing and Switching)
  • Tim Roth, CCIE #51451 (Routing and Switching)
  • Feras Nemri, CCIE #51388 (Collaboration)
  • Yasmin Hushki, CCIE #50093 (Collaboration)
  • Ferenc Kuris, CCIE #46451 (Routing and Switching)

We Want to Hear From You!

Have you passed your CCIE lab exam and used any of iPexpert’s self-study products, or attended a CCIE Bootcamp? If so, we’d like to add you to our CCIE Wall of Fame!

CCIE Data Center Lab, v2 – iPexpert’s Plan

CCIE Data Center Lab, v2 – iPexpert’s Plan

The announcement of the CCIE Data Center Version 2 blueprint has changed the exam that we once knew. No longer are the MDS switches around, plaguing us with the perfectly rational fears of iSCSI gateway configuration, or FCIP configuration nuances. Gone too are the days of fighting the IP protocol stack running on the ever-finicky MDS switches. While some rejoice these facts, I take a step back and try to wrap my head around “what’s next?”

At iPexpert we strive to stay ahead of the proverbial curve within the training market; so immediately after analyzing the impact of the changes (and subsequently drinking quite a bit of beer), we began planning and calculating the changes that we would need in order to adapt to the new version of the exam.

We will most definitely be updating our product portfolio to accommodate the changes. This includes, but is not limited to our:

• CCIE Data Center, Volume 1 – Technology Workbook
• CCIE Data Center, Volume 2 – Full-Scale Mock Lab Workbook
• CCIE Data Center Lab VoD
• CCIE Data Center Written VoD
• CCIE Data Center Lab Bootcamps (Live and Continue reading

CCIE Written Changes

Just when you thought you were prepared for your CCIE written exam, think again! Cisco has announced that as of July 25th 2016 they will be adding the section called “Evolving Technologies” to all written exams. If you are scheduled to take your written, in any track, before July25th than not to worry, these changes will not affect you in anyway according to Cisco.

This new section is going to account for 10% of your overall score on the exam with the original topics in your blueprint coming out to 90%. The most interesting point that we need to focus on is that the subdomains of this new section are subject to change as “new and emerging technologies are developed and adopted by the industry”.

Now I know what you’re thinking, “how am I supposed to study for this?”. It’s not all that bad! Cisco has at least given us some resources that we can use to begin preparing for these new topics on our written exam. Here at iPexpert, we’ll be adding these topics to new Written VOD products accordingly, and releasing updates over the next few months.

The last big update to the CCIE blueprints that I Continue reading

Frequent CCIE R&S V5 Questions!

While teaching a CCIE R&S Bootcamp the other day, I realized that I get a lot of the same questions pertaining to the CCIE R&S V5 Lab pretty frequently, so I decided to put together a video series that addresses these questions. I’ve mapped out 4 videos – each of which cover the 3 section in the lab, and an introduction to the general lab concepts and theory. Enjoy, and if there’s anything I can help you with please feel free to email me at [email protected]

JP Cedeno, CCIE R&S V5 (CCIE #47408)
iPexpert’s Sr. CCIE R&S Instructor

CCIE DC v2 Silently Announced!

So as with most things, a student just pointed out to me that the CCIE DC v2 has silently been pushed out into the Cisco Learning portal! See here:

http://www.cisco.com/web/learning/certifications/expert/ccie_dc/index.html

There is a PDF in there now showing the differential changes in the v1 and v2 blueprints:

http://www.cisco.com/web/learning/certifications/shared/docs/ccie-datacenter-comparison.pdf

Lab Structure

Well here is the rundown folks:

  1. 1 hour diagnostic section added
    1. Tests diagnostics around network issues, and the analyzing of the network without access to actual devices
    2. Independent tickets garnered from multiple sources (diagrams, emails, logs, etc…)
    3. Multiple Choice, Drag-n-drop, point-and-click item types (similar to the written examination)
  2. Troubleshoot and Configuration will be the remaining 7 hours

You have to pass both of these sections individually (achieve the minimum), and as well have a combined score above the combined minimum for both modules.

Lab Topics and Hardware

They have changed quite a bit in regards to topics, though they haven’t removed very much from the existing lab exam. A lot of what I put in parenthesis below is me, making an educated guess as to what they mean by those line items. With an already pretty full 8-hour exam, cramming some, or even all Continue reading

CCNA Security 210-260 IINS

As some of you probably already know, the CCNA Security IINS exam topics have been refreshed from version 2.0 to version 3.0. The new exam is now called CCNA 210-260 “Implementing Cisco Network Security”. We will now take a look at the differences between the two exams and highlight the most important topic changes.

First thing, IINS 3.0 topics combine and adjust the current domains. Instead of covering nine domains (IINS 2.0), only seven domains are now included. This change was made to better reflect current job roles and job tasks typically performed by CCNA Security individuals. Note that although there are fewer domains, the exam remains the same length – it lasts for 90 minutes and contains 60-70 questions. This is because some new technologies were added and certain topic areas are now covered in more depth. The exam prerequisites did not change – you will not be able to obtain a valid CCNA Security Certificate until you already possess a valid CCENT or CCNA R&S, or any CCIE certificate.

In general, the new CCNA Security exam tests the candidate’s knowledge of secure network infrastructure, understanding core security concepts, managing secure access, VPN encryption, firewalls, Continue reading

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