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Fortinet NSE Certifications expiring have been extended six months

The current situation has significant impacts on all training and education organizations. As our network of certified professionals spans the globe, I know that everyone is at varying degrees of shutdown, based on your local conditions and government mandates. We felt it important to notify you of changes Fortinet has made, and will be making, to the NSE certification program to adjust to this situation.
As of March 9th, all training classes, delivered by Fortinet, that were scheduled to take place as traditional classroom ILT sessions were converted to Virtual ILT sessions.
On March 16th, Pearson VUE closed most of its proctored testing centers around the world. It is unclear when access to NSE certification exams will be widely available, either through remote proctoring or test centers re-opening. As a contingency, Fortinet is extending NSE certification expiry dates for six months, from the date of the test center closures, March 16, 2020. This extension applies to all NSE levels. We will continue to monitor the situation and communicate with you any additional changes.
We’re also pleased to announce that on March 30th, we launched a free training initiative, focused on NSE 1 and NSE 2 training for the general public. These two courses cover important cybersecurity best practices, and will be a valuable resource for your customers to ensure their remote workforce remains secure.

In addition, we will offer a new free course called FortiGate Essentials targeted to technical

individuals. The FortiGate Essentials course consists of a subset of NSE 4 training modules and will be made available as self-paced training. While this does not replace an NSE 4 certification, it may serve as a good resource as you prepare for the NSE 4 certification.

F5 is committed to support candidates

The measures that local governments and businesses have made in response to COVID-19 have in many cases included restrictions to travel. F5 understands that this has greatly affected and limited our candidates’ ability to schedule and attend exam certification appointments.

We understand this global pandemic causes great stress and we don’t want to add any more stress to our candidates looking to renew their certifications. If you are unable to, or uncomfortable about, taking your re-certification exams, we do not want you to worry about the status of your F5 certification; please, simply take care of yourself and your family. Although we cannot provide an exact plan of action given the uncertainty about the scope and duration of the current situation, we want to assure you that no candidate will lose certification as a result of these extraordinary events.

In an effort to provide assurance during uncertain times, F5 is committed to support candidates’ careers through certification and contribute to their wellbeing. We are a strong community, and we will work together to get through this.

Cisco is extending the expiration date for all active certifications

The global pandemic has had an impact on every member of the Cisco Certified family. To support your certification goals, we’re extending the expiration date for all active certifications by six months (180 days) as of March 16, 2020. This covers all Cisco and DevNet Specialist, Associate, Professional, and Expert certifications as well as CCT and CCAr.

Your expiration date will automatically be extended, and there is no action required on your part. You will be able to check your personal certification manager page to validate your new expiration date within the next two weeks.

For more details and frequently asked questions, please visit our blog. We value your commitment to Cisco certifications during this challenging and unprecedented time.

Cisco extending the timeline for the CCIE certification

Cisco is extending the timeline for the CCIE lab exams and CCIE certification migrations, from February 24th to April 27, 2020. This means that you can take the existing CCIE lab before April 27, or choose to take the new CCIE lab on or after April 27th.

As you may be aware, on January 30, the World Health Organization declared the Coronavirus outbreak a global health emergency. Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected. Cisco has a well-established process to coordinate our efforts during outbreaks like this, and they have been tracking the situation and taking appropriate action during recent days and weeks.  The safety of our  customers, partners and employees is always our priority.

One of the actions taken as a result of the continued spread of the virus, was to close CCIE labs in Hong Kong and Beijing, from February 1 through February 14, 2020. These closures impact the timeline for the transition of the CCIE lab exams planned on February 24, 2020, not just for those planning to test in Beijing or Hong Kong, but for  our customers globally  who have been affected by travel restrictions, business closures and other related circumstances.

Cisco made the decision to delay the migration of existing CCIE certifications to new CCIE certifications until April 27, 2020, when it will transition to the new CCIE lab exams. All other elements of the portfolio transition will take effect as planned on February 24.

 

For more details please read here Current CCIE Lab Exams Extended, Migration to Occur on April 27, 2020

 

Windows 802.1X supplicant debugging

I got involved in a complicated issue with a Cisco ISE implementation, and to understand what the endpoint (windows) was doing had to debug the 802.1x on the ccommand line.

Look to all interfaces in the current OS stack and providers

netsh trace show interfacesnetsh trace show providers

netsh lan set tracing mode=[yes|no|persistent]

Capture all info to the tracefile trace.etl, make sure you have the right providers

netsh trace start capture=yes tracefile=C:\trace.etl provider=[microsoft-windows-wired-autoconfig|microsoft-windows-wlan-autoconfig|microsoft-windows-onex]

 

Time to stop the capture and and find the root cause :)

netsh trace stop

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