Monthly Archives: November 2015

Free University Short Courses at Charles Sturt University

You probably heard about MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses), Charles Sturt University provide a list of courses for free.
At the moment they are running live the first 2 courses, at the end you receive a certificate of completion if you achieve the goals proposed. You are able to subscribe the courses which finished already, but they will not issue a certificate for that course.

Courses List:

  • Cybersecurity Management
  • Mobile Games Development with Unity
  • Agile Project Management
  • Cisco CCNA
  • Cisco CCNA Security
  • CISSP Security
  • Cloud Models, Architecture and Risk Management
  • Cross Platform Mobile App Development
  • Digital Forensics
  • Digital Marketing
  • Doctor of IT – Research Methodologies
  • Information Security Incident Handling
  • Microsoft Server 2012
  • Photoshop in the Classroom
  • Professional Communications
  • Program Management Professional
  • Project Management Professional (PMP®) Certification
  • SCRUM vs LEAN: Agile Methodologies Analysed and Compared
  • Sharepoint 2013 Development
  • Windows Phone 8 Development

Find here all courses available.

Cisco CCIE Datacenter Revision from v1.0 to v2.0


Exam Number:350-080 CCIE Data Center Written Exam
Last day to test July 22, 2016

Exam Number:400-151 CCIE Data Center Written Exam
Available for testing beginning on July 25, 2016

CCIE DC Lab v1.0

Last day to test July 22, 2016

CCIE DC Lab v2.0

Available for testing beginning on July 25, 2016

Domain comparison between CCIE Data Center v1.0 and CCIE Data Center v2.0

Below you can find a domain level comparison between the CCIE Data Center v1.0 and CCIE Data Center v2.0.


The Exam Topics changes reflect both the evolving Data Center environment and  the evolving CCIE Data Center job role.

CCIE Data Center  v2 .0 Changes

Topics added to the CCIE Data Center v2.0  Exam:

  • Implement and Troubleshoot Data Center Automation
  • Implement and Troubleshoot Data Center Orchestration Tools
  • Integrate Cisco Cloud Offerings into existing Data Center Infrastructure
  • Design , Implement and  Troubleshoot policy and non -policy driven Internal Fabric Connectivity
  • Design , Implement and Troubleshoot Infrastructure policies and elements
  • Design , Implement and Troubleshoot External Fabric Connectivity
  • Evolving Technologies
  • Topics  no  longer included in CCIE Data Center v2.0
  • Implement Data Center application high  availability and load balancing
  • Implement  FCIP features

The web -based delivery infrastructure supporting the new Lab exam is very similar to  version  1.0. The format of the Lab exam  itself however  has changed significantly compared to version 1.0. The Lab exam format  has been updated  similar  to other CCIE tracks to include a  Diagnostic module .

As a   result, the CCIE Data Center v2.0  lab format  is designed  follows:

  • Part 1:  Diagnostic module
  • Part 2:  Configuration  & Troubleshooting  module.


Passing Criteria

In order to pass the Lab exam, the candidate must meet both of the  following  conditions:

The minimum cut-score of the each individual module must be achieved. The total  score of both modules together must be above  the  minimum value of the combined cut-score.


Written Exam v1.0

Written Exam v2.0

CCIE Data Center Exam Topic Delta Document v1.0 to v2.0

Lab Exam v1.0

Lab Exam v2.0

CCIE and CCDE Enhancements on Written Exams

Cisco announced enhancements to CCIE/CCDE Program just on Written exam, but the big change is a Dual-Monitor at Lab exam. These enhancements will enable candidates to get knowledge of the evolving technologies that organizations are adopting such as cloud, IoT, and network programmability.

All Expert-Level certification programs will implement the following changes:

Evolving Technologies

  • A new section titled “Evolving Technologies” will be added to all Expert-Level written exams. Lab exams will not be affected.
  • Candidates can prepare for the “Evolving Technologies” section by viewing Evolving Technologies Study Resources.
  • The written exams will be recalibrated to include the “Evolving Technologies” section, which will have three subdomains and a total of five tasks for which the expected depth of knowledge will be focused on conceptual comprehension.

Evolving Technologies Domain

1. Cloud

1.1: Compare and contrast Cloud deployment models

  • Infrastructure, platform, and software services (XaaS)
  • Performance and reliability
  • Security and privacy
  • Scalability and interoperability

1.2: Describe Cloud implementations and operations

  • Automation and orchestration
  • Workload mobility
  • Troubleshooting and management
  • OpenStack components

2. Network Programmability

2.1: Describe functional elements of network programmability (SDN) and how they interact

  • Controllers
  • APIs
  • Scripting
  • Agents
  • Northbound vs. Southbound protocols

2.2: Describe aspects of virtualization and automation in network environments

  • DevOps methodologies, tools and workflows
  • Network/application function virtualization (NFV, AFV)
  • Service function chaining
  • Performance, availability, and scaling considerations

3. Internet of Things

3.1: Describe architectural framework and deployment considerations for Internet of Things (IoT)

  • Performance, reliability and scalability
  • Mobility
  • Security and privacy
  • Standards and compliance
  • Migration
  • Environmental impacts on the network




Expert-Level Certification Program Evolution

Reference Material for Evolving Technology

F5 woke up!Official Study Guides Live

F5 folks was chasing F5 to provide Official Study Guides to their exams, and finally someone heard us!

They are not covering every cert , but it’s a good start. At the moment these are the guides available:

To get you in just need visit F5 Education and choose the cert (look at bottom for the study guide link), or you can to login on F5 University, and then click on Training Catalog!

Have fun!

Training on VMware ICM 5.5

There are different paths to be VMware Certified Professional 5 – Data Center Virtualization (VCP5-DCV), but the big requirement is have official training which costs loads of money, specially if you are running alone in this journey.

To fill this requirement you can use Training Partners of VMware or using VMware IT Academies (VITA), which are much more cheap (just found a few of them).

This will be fun over next weeks :)


By the end of the course, you should understand vSphere 5.5 functions and features and be able to meet the following objectives:
•  Deploy an ESXi host
•  Deploy a vCenter Server instance
•  Deploy a vCenter Server appliance
•  Manage an ESXi host using vCenter Server
•  Manage ESXi storage using vCenter Server
•  Manage ESXi networking using vCenter Server
•  Manage virtual machines using vCenter Server
•  Deploy and manage thin-provisioned virtual machines
•  Migrate virtual machines with VMware vSphere® vMotion®
•  Manage vSphere infrastructure with VMware vSphere® Web Client and VMware vSphere® Client™
•  Migrate virtual machines using VMware vSphere® Storage vMotion®
•  Manage access control using vCenter Server
•  Monitor resource usage using vCenter Server
•  Manage VMware vSphere® High Availability, VMware vSphere® Fault Tolerance, and VMware vSphere®
Data Protection™ using vCenter Server
•  Apply patches using VMware vSphere®Update Manager™


  1. Course Introduction
    • Introductions and course logistics
    • Course objectives
  2. Virtualized Data Center
    • Introduce components of the virtualized data center
    • Describe where vSphere fits into the cloud architecture
    • Install and use vSphere Client
  3. Creating Virtual Machines
    • Introduce virtual machines, virtual machine hardware, and virtual machine files
    • Deploy a single virtual machine
  4. VMware vCenter Server
    • Introduce the vCenter Server architecture
    • Introduce VMware® vCenter™ Single Sign-On™
    • Install and use vSphere Web Client
    • Introduce VMware® vCenter™ Server Appliance™
    • Configure and manage vCenter Server Appliance
    • Manage vCenter Server inventory objects and licenses
  5. Configuring and Managing Virtual Networks
    • Describe, create, and manage a standard switch
    • Describe and modify standard switch properties
    • Configure virtual switch load-balancing algorithms
  6. Configuring and Managing Virtual Storage
    • Introduce storage protocols and device names
    • Configure ESXi with iSCSI, NFS, and Fibre Channel storage
    • Create and manage vSphere datastores
    • Deploy and manage VMware® Virtual SAN™
  7. Virtual Machine Management
    • Use templates and cloning to deploy virtual machines
    • Modify and manage virtual machines
    • Create and manage virtual machine snapshots
    • Perform vSphere vMotion and vSphere Storage vMotion migrations
    • Create a VMware vSphere® vApp™
  8. Access and Authentication Control
    • Control user access through roles and permissions
    • Configure and manage the ESXi firewall
    • Configure ESXi lockdown mode
    • Integrate ESXi with Active Directory
  9. Resource Management and Monitoring
    • Introduce virtual CPU and memory concepts
    • Describe methods for optimizing CPU and memory usage
    • Configure and manage resource pools
    • Monitor resource usage using vCenter Server performance graphs and alarms
  10. High Availability and Fault Tolerance
    • Introduce the new vSphere High Availability architecture
    • Configure and manage a vSphere HA cluster
    • Introduce vSphere Fault Tolerance
    • Describe VMware vSphere® Replication
  11. Scalability
    • Configure and manage a VMware vSphere® Distributed Resource Scheduler™ (DRS) cluster
    • Configure Enhanced vMotion Compatibility
    • Use vSphere HA and DRS together
  12. Patch Management
    • Use vSphere Update Manager to manage ESXi patching
    • Install vSphere Update Manager and the vSphere Update Manager plug-in
    • Create patch baselines
    • Scan and remediate hosts
  13. Installing VMware Components
    • Introduce ESXi installation
    • Describe boot-from-SAN requirements
    • Introduce vCenter Server deployment options
    • Describe vCenter Server hardware, software, and database requirements
    • Install vCenter Server (Windows-based)