Category Archives: Training

Renewing my JNCIP-ENT

Once you got the email from the vendor saying something like “Your certification is about to expire”, the only thing which come to my mind is “Dam it! Again…..”

So long story short, the exam is 120 minutes, 65 questions  and the same blueprint from last time. The only change i noticed was the Junos Software release, it is 15.1 now
I used my notes here from my previous studies.
There is another exam to achieve the JNCIP-ENT (JN0-646) which has the same blueprint but uses an Enhanced Layer 2 Software (ELS). The CLI it’s slightly on switching configs.

I got 73%, so it’s a pass! Maybe i get energy to face the JNCIE before i receive again the famous email “…about to expire”

I don’t remember the price of the JNCIP exam because i did it 3 years ago, but by the priced published by PearsonVue it increased apparently

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Bad time for renewing CCSE

I got an email from Checkpoint about my cert expiration,  but what is the challenge here? I can’t  take the same exam as per check Point FAQ, in this case CCSE but i gave a try and bang!,

After contact Check point i got the following options:

  • Upgrade your certifications to CCSM (156-115.77)
  • Take two of the following certifications to extend your current CCSE for 1 year
    • Secure Web Gateway
    • ThP-Threat Prevention
    • GAIA Intro -Gaia Overview
    • Advanced IPS
    • CCSBA-Sandblast
    • MTPA-Mobile Threat Prevention Administrator
    • MTPE-Mobile Threat Prevention Engineering
    • Wait for CCSE R80 to be released

I do not see the point to do 2 of the certs to renew the CCSE just for 1 year. The CCSE R80 should be available on Q3 as per Checkpoint. But who knows……

You can read the Check Point Certification  FAQ here

Maybe wait is the best option!  And do the Update exam after.

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Cisco Data Center Associate and Professional Level Updated from v1.0 to v6.0 Part 2

This is the seconds part of the Cisco Data Center Revision v1 to v6

CCNP Overview

642-999 DCUCI
Last Day to Test
is July 3, 2017

OR   300-175 DCUCI

                                                                                          AND

642-997 DCUFI
Last Day to Test
is July 3, 2017

OR   300-165 DCII

                                                                                         AND

300-170 DCVAI

                                                                                         AND

642-998 DCUCD
Last Day to Test
is July 3, 2017

AND 642-996 DCUFD
Last Day to Test
is July 3, 2017

OR 300-160 DCID

                                                                                              OR

642-035 DCUCT
Last Day to Test
is July 3, 2017

AND 642-980 DCUFT
Last Day to Test
is July 3, 2017

OR 300-180 DCIT

Implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Computing (DCUCI)

DCUCI Exam Comparison

Outlined below are highlights of some of the key topic changes that have been made to the exam and training curriculum.

Key Topics Removed (or Moved):

  • Product-specific knowledge for B-Series and C-Series UCS Servers (three domains)
  • Implement UCS Server Virtualization Features (Domain 5) replaced by task 3.1, Implement Integration of Centralized Management

Key Topics Added or Changed:

  • Automation added, including Implementing integration of centralized management and scripting tools
  • Increased emphasis on data center security (a dedicated domain)
  • Increased emphasis on data center storage connectivity (a dedicated domain), including FCoE

 

Implementing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCII)

DCII Exam Comparison

Outlined below are the key topics that have been removed and added to the exam and training curriculum.

Key Topics Removed:

  • Product-specific knowledge for Cisco Nexus switches and Cisco NX-OS Software
  • Network virtualization focus reduced (removed Cisco VM-FEX, Nexus integration with vCenter Manager, Cisco Adapter FEX)

Key Topics Added or Significantly Increased:

  • Coverage of new technology, VXLAN, added in Implement Data Center Protocols
  • Increased emphasis on routing, including these new topics: OSPFv2, OSPFv3, and ISIS protocols
  • Broader topic coverage on data center infrastructure security, including these new topics: ACLs, CoPP, fabric binding, and port security

 

Implementing Cisco Data Center Virtualization and Automation (DCVAI)

DCVAI Exam

Outlined below are highlights of some of the key topics that are included in the exam and training curriculum.

Key topics removed compared to DCUFI Topic 6.0:

  • Adapter FEX, VM-FEX, and Nexus vCenter Manager integration

Key Topics added compared to DCUFI Topic 6.0:

  • Added new domains focused on implementation for infrastructure automation, Application Centric Infrastructure, Application Centric infrastructure network resources, and Application Centric Infrastructure management and monitoring

Designing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCID)

DCID Exam Comparison

Outlined below are highlights of some of the key changes that have been made to the exam and training curriculum.

Key Topics Removed (or Moved):

  • Design methodology and data center structure and modularity removed, because basic design knowledge is assumed for CCNP Data Center candidates
  • Troubleshooting topics removed; now covered in 300-180 DCIT
  • Security design not covered; the focus for data center candidates on data center security implementation, which is included in 300-165 DCII, and troubleshooting, which is included in 300-180 DCIT

Key Topics Added or Changed:

  • Data center unified fabric and unified computing design topics combined into one exam, reflecting the combined skills that are expected of a data center IT professional

Troubleshooting Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCIT)

DCIT Exam Comparison

Outlined below are highlights of some of the key changes that have been made to the exam and training curriculum.

Key Topics Removed (or Moved):

  • Removed product-specific coverage of Cisco UCS B-Series and C-Series servers; for example, Troubleshooting Data Center Compute Platforms now concentrated into one domain by removing product-specific topics

Key Topics Added or Changed:

  • Combined the Data Center Unified Fabric and Unified Computing troubleshooting topics into one exam, reflecting the combined skills that are expected of a data center IT professional
  • Troubleshooting routing protocols added
  • Troubleshooting virtual switching technologies added
  • Application Centric Infrastructure added
  • Troubleshooting data center LAN and SAN security and compute security added

References:

CCNA Data Center

CCNP Data Center

Cisco Data Center Associate and Professional Level Updated from v1.0 to v6.0 Part 1

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Cisco Data Center Associate and Professional Level Updated from v1.0 to v6.0 Part 1

Cisco reviewed the Datacenter track from v1 to v6 on Associate and Professional level, a lots of new technologies are part of this new revision. Exciting times!

CCNA Overview

640-911 DCICN
Last Day to Test
is April 11, 2017

OR   200-150 DCICN

640-916 DCICT
Last Day to Test
is April 11, 2017

OR   200-155 DCICT

 

Introducing Cisco Data Center Networking (DCICN)

DCICN Exam Comparison

Outlined here are highlights of some of the key changes that have been made to the exam and training curriculum.


Key Topics Removed:

  • Removed product-specific elements, such as Nexus, and instead increased the focus on skills and technologies
  • Removed Ethernet low-level functionality and added operational roles of data center devices; for example, use cases to deploy various types of physical devices
  • Removed Cisco IOS router topics
  • Removed specifications of platform components as in boot process procedures, passwords, and diagnostics

Key Topics Added or Changed:

  • Increased breadth of data center networking concepts including First Hop Redundancy Protocols (FHRP), data center networking architectures such as spine-and-leaf designs, unicast and multicast, and authentication, authorization, and accounting (AAA) concepts and filtering
  • Additional focus on high-availability switching concepts, port channel, virtual Port Channel (vPC), and control plane and data plane separation
  • Increased data center storage concepts including Fiber Channel operations and design, IP storage protocols, and moved storage topics from DCICT into DCICN
  • Added basic understanding of Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE)

Introducing Cisco Data Center Technologies (DCICT)

DCICT Exam Comparison

Outlined here are the key topics that have been removed or added to the exam and training curriculum.

Key Topics Removed or Moved:

  • Removed Cisco Data Center Fundamentals topics including SAN have removed
  • Removed network design models
  • Moved and expanded Storage Networking, including SAN, Fibre Channel, and IP Storage topics into 200-150 DCICN
  • Removed Network Services topics such as load balancers, Cisco Application Control Engine (ACE) and Cisco Wide Area Application Services (WAAS)

Key Topics Added:

  • Expand virtualization of compute and network
  • Overlay and underlay, control plane and data plane
  • Basics of cloud computing
  • Automation and orchestration of data center infrastructure including Cisco UCS Director basic functions
  • Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) including the architecture of an ACI environment, the policy-driven application deployment model, and the ACI logical model

References:

CCNA Data Center

CCNP Data Center

Cisco Data Center Associate and Professional Level Updated from v1.0 to v6.0 Part 2

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Juniper New SDN and Automation Track

Juniper updated their Certification Program with a new Track, SDN and Automation. A Specialist exam (JN0-410) is only available for now,  JNCIA is a pre-requirement, but the Professional level should be expected next year (2017). This exam covers SDN foundations, NFV, Contrail and OpenStack Platforms.

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This list provides a general view of the skill set required to successfully complete the specified certification exam. Topics listed are subject to change.

  • SDN Theory and Applications
  • OpenStack
  • Contrail
  • Contrail Service Chaining
  • Contrail Analytics
  • Troubleshooting

SDN Theory and Applications

  • Identify SDN concepts.
    • SDN definitions
    • SDN versus NFV
    • SDN applications (data center, enterprise, WAN, transport networks)

OpenStack

  • Identify OpenStack concepts.
    • Components (Nova, Neutron, and so on)
    • VM creation
    • Tenancy
    • Network policies
  • Demonstrate knowledge of configuring, monitoring, or implementing OpenStack.
    • VM creation
    • Snapshots

Contrail

  • Identify Contrail architectural concepts.
    • Controller versus orchestration
    • Node types
    • vRouters
    • Layer 2 versus Layer 3 overlay networks
    • Contrail API
    • Storage
    • Route distribution, protocols
  • Demonstrate knowledge of configuring, monitoring, or implementing Contrail.
    • Traffic path verification
    • Configuration process, dependencies
    • Analytic node configuration

Contrail Service Chaining

  • Identify Contrail service chaining concepts.
    • In-network service chain
    • Transparent service chain
    • Source NAT
    • Heat templates
  • Demonstrate knowledge of configuring, monitoring, or implementing Contrail service chaining.
    • Analyzer service virtual machine
    • Third-party services
    • Traffic path verification

Contrail Analytics

  • Identify Contrail analytics concepts.
    • Infrastructure workspace
    • Networking workspace
    • Traffic analysis
  • Demonstrate knowledge of configuring, monitoring, or implementing Contrail analytics.
    • Underlay and overlay monitoring
    • Event monitoring
    • Traffic monitoring

Troubleshooting

  • Demonstrate knowledge of troubleshooting Contrail.
    • Route availability in the controller
    • Virtual router programming
    • Contrail CLI commands
    • Fabric scripts
    • Contrail Introspect
    • vRouter commands
    • Top of rack service node (TSN)
  • Demonstrate knowledge of troubleshooting OpenStack.
    • Log monitoring
    • Privilege, authentication
    • Component interaction

References:

Juniper Networks Certified Specialist SDN and Automation (JNCIS-SDNA)

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