Today I found an interesting article in my google reader about the CCIE Program and its future from INE. They did talk with Yusuf Bhaiji (CCIE Program Manager) and Ben Ng (CCIE Voice Track Program Manager) at the Cisco Live 2011 in Las Vegas about the following points:
- Upcoming changes to every CCIE Lab Exam
- Protecting the integrity of the CCIE certification
- Robust, matured results-based grading engine
- Heuristic logic embedded into task wording
- Accuracy and detail of lab score reports
- Cisco’s CCIE Lab Delivery System and virtualization for mobile labs
- No re-reads
- CCIE Voice
- Next blueprint version expectation
- Topics for current and next blueprint versions
- CCIE Data Center
- CCIE Storage grows up
- Reason behind Cisco.com CCIE Statistics web page being removed
There’s a new feature at the neworking-forum now, Steve and some of the members did put questions at CCNA level together for some time now. The first page with questions for the CCNA level is now up and running: Sample Questions – CCNA
Steve wants to publish a new page every one or two weeks, so if you’re just working on your CCNA or just want to check your knowledge from time to time, you might want to check it out. Its multiple choice, but no explanations so far. If you think you’ve found a mistake you are welcome to post it on the networking-forum.
With IOS 15.x and the new ISR2 Routers, Cisco changed from a license based on the IOS Package to an universal image where the customer has to activate more advanced features with a license obtained from the Cisco site. Before we were able, even though without any support from Cisco, to download every image to get the needed features. While this is/was something bad if done in a production network, this is/was the way most people I know, including myself, did get into Cisco hardware and learned our way through the different topics for the Certifications. No matter if this was done on real hardware or with Dynamips/Dynagen/GNS3, it was a way to learn the stuff without having to spend thousands of dollars to get all features needed for the Certifications.
Now with the new license model, this is not possible any more (at least at the moment), if I lets say need to get into L2TPv3 I need to additionally buy the DATA License which has a list price of $1’000 for a CISCO3900 router! If they stay on that license route and don’t offer options for educational practice it will get hard to learn new (or refresh) things on your own.
Greg Ferro from Etherealmind.com did (re-)start a petition for an educational IOS license, if you’re in the same boat I’d suggest to visit his blog and sign the Petition: http://etherealmind.com/cisco-ios-petition-reloaded/
Rumors about it were already posted on the Groupstudy mailinglist two weeks ago, but Cisco now confirmed the changes yesterday:
Cisco Revising CCIE R&S Certification
The upcoming Version 4.0 of Cisco CCIE® Routing and Switching certification will test hands-on troubleshooting, Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS), and VPN networking
To reflect the growth of the network as a service platform, Cisco is revising the certification requirements for CCIE Routing & Switching (CCIE R&S)–the expert level certification for network engineers. The new requirements were developed with assistance from Cisco enterprise customers and reflect the expectations of employers across industries.
The competencies required for CCIE R&S v4.0 certification were released on May 5, 2009, and are available on the Cisco Learning Network under the CCIE R&S v4.0 Written Exam topics and CCIE R&S v4.0 Lab Exam topics. Exams based on the new requirements are scheduled for release on October 18, 2009, and will immediately replace the currently available v3.0 exams. Candidates who plan to take their exams on October 18, 2009, or later should prepare using the new v4.0 exam topics.
Both the written and lab exams will be refreshed with new questions and will cover MPLS and VPN networking. The written exam will add scenario-based questions to the multiple choice questions, and the lab will now require hands-on troubleshooting of preconfigured networks, in addition to configuration. Exam duration and pricing will remain the same, with the two-hour written exam at USD$350 and the eight-hour lab at USD$1400.
A beta version of the new CCIE R&S v4.0 written exam (351-001) will be available to all customers in the July–August 2009 timeframe at a discounted price of USD$50. An announcement will be made when scheduling begins.
Looks like I gonna try to get my recert before october so I got more time to prepare on MPLS and VPN for the next recertification :)
Update 1st of march 2010, it looks like IPExpert removed that tool from their page.
Its been a while since the last article but life and work keeps me busy (as always..) and the economy slowdown results in more work for less people but thats kinda nothing new. I still work on the solution guide for the first Lab and as soon as I got enough time I will post it. But now to what I actually wanted to write about. There’s a Mail topic over at the Group Study Mailing list which links a free core knowledge quizzer from IP Expert. I did not test it yet (although already downloaded it) but I think this is a good idea to either prepare for the Questions within the lab or for the written (recert, yeeha). Also according to the guys from IPExpert this thingie will stay free:
“We will me sending out monthly updates – and also adding free plug-in quizzers for CCENT, CCNA, CCNP, CCSP, CCVP, all CCIE Written exams and some Microsoft. The app will definitely be growing and maturing – and will continue to be free.
Wayne A. Lawson II – CCIE #5244”
You can get the tool here: IPExpert Core Knowledge Quizzer
It also needs the Adobe AIR app to run on your PC.
If you got problems or other stuff with it, the IPExpert guys respond kinda quick on the Mailing list, but keep in mind its free so dont demand something :)
With the beginning of this week (01.12.2009) Cisco introduced their new certification logos. Before there was only one logo per level, now they have an own logo for every layer and every cert inside that layer. At least their proposal said so, I cant verify that for the CCNP and CCNA since I only have the normal Certs in those layers and Cisco only lets you access the logos you are certified for. CCIE Pursuit blogged about the new logos some time ago and posted both designs Cisco had at that time. There you’ll find the other design which was not used.
Below are the logos I have access to:
I think they are quite nice but that’s just my humble opinion. The CCIE logo somehow looks like a laurel wreath which was used by the old roman emperors :)
You can get them with your CSCO account through their certification tracking system.
Have fun with it :)
Rumors and stories have been going on and off during the last 6 month or so about an additional interview during the CCIE R&S Lab in Bejing. Quite a lot of us thought its only a joke or its only for Bejing but it looks like its not. Two people on the group-study mailinglist got an Update from Cisco stating, that at the beginning of this February every R&S Lab will include such an “interview”:
“Effective February 1, 2009, Cisco will introduce a new type of question
format to CCIE Routing and Switching lab exams. In addition to the live
configuration scenarios, candidates will be asked a series of four or five
open-ended questions, drawn from a pool of questions based on the material
covered on the lab blueprint. No new topics are being added. The exams are
not been increased in difficulty and the well-prepared candidate should have
no trouble answering the questions. The length of the exam will remain eight
hours. Candidates will need to achieve a passing score on both the
open-ended questions and the lab portion in order to pass the lab and become
certified. Other CCIE tracks will change over the next year, with exact
dates announced in advance.”
Update 01.20.2009: Find some more information below, posted by Anthony J. Sequeira.
Update 01.14.2009: I received that information through the official Cisco Learning January News Letter now too