Category Archives: Cisco

Great News!Cisco is allowing Online Testing now, so no more waiting!

Cisco Online non-proctored exams are not new, Systems Engineer exams are a good example of non-proctored online exams that you can do it from your home. Today we are excited to announce a new option to help you meet your certification goals, particularly during these challenging times. Effective April 15, 2020, CIsco will begin delivering certification exams using online proctoring from Pearson VUE. Online proctoring provides you with the ability to pursue the new Cisco Certification exams including the new DevNet track without delay. You also can save time and money since no travel is required.

All written, proctored Cisco Certification exams can be taken online with a few exceptions:

  • 100-110 ENU CCENT (Invitation Only)
  • 352-011 ENU Cisco Certified Design Expert Practical Exam
  • 352-001 ENU Cisco Certified Design Expert Qualification Exam

Online proctored tests can be delivered in most countries around the globe. There are country exceptions for standard restricted countries and China, Japan and Slovenia.
Please note that while exams may be published in multiple languages, greeters, proctors and support staff speak English only.

Cisco Certifications have set the standard of excellence in the IT industry, and we continue to uphold that standard to ensure our certifications deliver the agility you need, the value you expect and set you up for success.

Is the exam price going up?

NO! It’s exactly the same price as if you attend a Pearsonvue Authorized center, however, have in mind:

  • You don’t need to travel, not more time wasted in commuting, fuel, and stress to be on time
  • Some Centers are really busy, so booking in advance is no longer needed

Cisco online testing requirements

To successfully test remotely, qualified candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Access to a quiet, private location
  • Reliable device with a webcam
  • Strong Internet connection
  • OnVUE software
  • Government-issued identification

Before you register, you must perform and pass a system check to participate in online testing.

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

 

Redundant interfaces not supported on FXOS platforms

The documentation might get you a bit confused, but after have a chat with Cisco TAC they shed some light…..Unfortunately this design is not supported, so if you are migrating from a Old Cisco ASA platform it’s time to redesign and avoid redundant interfaces. So i had to move those interfaces to port-channel, so the trade-off was the failover if the principal switch died.
Cisco Firepower
And here is the bug reported
Redundant interfaces are not supported on all FXOS platforms
CSCvg30354
Symptom:
“Firepower Management Center Configuration Guide, Version 6.1”
Chapter: Interfaces for Firepower Threat DefenseInformation related to Redundant interfaces should be changed
FROM
Redundant interfaces are not supported on the Firepower 9300
TO
Redundant interfaces are not supported on the Firepower 9300, 4100, 2100Conditions:
Currently Redundant interfaces are not supported on all FXOS Platforms

Workaround:

CLEUR Barcelona 2019 Day 1

A very exciting first day with swags, Cisco Champion giffs, and do networking with really nice people about new trends and challenges in the industry. Why Cisco Live? it’s the opportunity to talk with your peers, explore, connect, and be inspired by Cisco’s top experts, partners, and customers. It’s an event you don’t want to miss.

CCIE Security Techtorial – TECCCIE-3202

I was really interested on this session, but it turns out that it was just a lecture instead of a hands-on session like in other tracks. The session went smooth with some questions about ISE, ESA and WSA. A few videos were provided as well on how to configure certain tasks on some of the platforms mentioned before, not a big deal.

It was awesome to meet all the team and have some chat. I would like to say thank you to Yusuf Bhaiji, Ziaul Hussain, Vivek Santuka, Ana Peric

If you are looking to start your CCIE Security journey find here CCIE Security Study Material  the most relevant materials for study.

Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Network Firewalls 2018

Security landscape is evolving fast, so fast detection and mitigation is important for customers.   Many enterprises are looking to firewall vendors to provide cloud-based malware detection instances to aid them in their advanced threat detection efforts, as a cost-effective alternative to stand-alone sandboxing appliances.
SSL Decryption is one of the key topics, since TLS 1.2 to the TLS 1.3 standard will undoubtedly force changes in how enterprise firewall vendors process the traffic.
Policy Orchestration and Automation Become Critical on SDN deployments, some vendors haven’t provide much attention om this topic. Firewall Services Within IaaS Environments Become an Area of Differentiation.

Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Network Firewalls

Full Report on Report Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Network Firewalls 2018

Cisco Firepower Forbidden- you don’t have permission to access

After re-image FPR2110 from FTD to ASA9.8.2, the chassis (FXOS) mgmt interface UI become unaccesible giving the following error “Forbidden- you don’t have permission to access / on this server”.

In a nutshell, i could access FXOS via SSH and ASA (SSH & HTTPS) but the FXOS Chassis Management was broken. After spend some time, the only way to get this sorted was upgrade for the version 9.9.x

After upgrade, everything was working again.

 

Be a Cisco Champion 2019

Cisco Champion program is looking for the best and the brightes tech enthusiasts who are also active members of the community.

If this sounds like you, then submit your application for the 2019 Cisco Champion Program. Cisco Champions are an elite group of technical experts who are passionate about IT and enjoy sharing their knowledge, expertise, and thoughts across the social web and with Cisco. The program has been running for 5 years and is just getting started!

If you still not believing give a look on Cisco Champions discussing the benefits of the program at CLUS this year.

The application form will be open from October 30th  – November 12th, 2018. 

Fill out the application to be a 2019 Cisco Champion.

 

References:

https://blogs.cisco.com/perspectives/cisco-champions-2019-applications-now-open

Magic Quadrant for the Wired and Wireless LAN Access Infrastructure 2018

Based on Gartner by 2020, only 40% of network operations teams will use the command line interface (CLI) as their primary interface, down from 75% in 2018.

Cisco still evolving their Unified Vison across the Campus with DNA Center and SD-Access solutions giving the full capabilities in one single pane of glass simplying the day-to-day operations.

Magic Quadrant for the Wired and Wireless LAN Access Infrastructure

References:

Magic Quadrant for the Wired and Wireless LAN Access Infrastructure 2018

Fire Jumper Stage 5 Network Security Systems Engineer

Cisco Fire Jumper program is composed by different tracks, and each has a Sales, Systems Engineer and Field role with dedicated videos, training, POV, Labs and exams to be accomplished. After completed all four stages, you need to ask your Manager to endorse and send en email to fire jumper team. Once accepted you are going to receive an certificate. I’ve focused on the Network Security System Engineer role where i achieved the Stage 5. Looking for the Elite now.

Dissecting the Different Tracks

Network Security: Firepower, ASA and Meraki

Advanced Threat: AMP for Endpoints and Threat Grid

Visibility & Enforcement: ISE, Stealthwatch and SDA

Cloud, Web & Email Security: Cisco Umbrella, Cloudlock, WSA and Email Security

At the moment you can only be Stage 5 in one track and Stage 4 on all of them. Once you achieve this you become Fire Jumper Elite.

Find below the relevant links for the program:

Fire Jumper Sales Engineer

Fire Jumper Systems Engineer

Fire Jumper Field Engineer