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A Flashback and a New Busy Year!

Dear Reader,

Thanks to spend your time reading this post on the first day of the new year.

The 2017 was a busy year regards projects and a new area i’ve been exploring myself (Business Development), this is quite new for me but it’s going….

What i mean by Business Development? I’ve been focus only on Engineering (hands-on) which is by far what i really like to do, so i get the implementation plan and GO! Why not dive in the conversation with the customer and understand their challenges, advise what technologies are in the market that really suit them. Presenting cutting-edge technologies and advise the customer is also something i really like.

What do i have for this upcoming year? I’ve done some re-cert’s, like Juniper, VMware and Cisco.
I have do do some re-certs this year too, but i want to focus more on the CCDE than ever, so i’m starting officially today and i hope do the Written in 6 months. I will attend the Cisco Live Barcelona 2018, so i hope get good contacts to push this even further. This is the plan mentally but i know this might has to change a bit.

CCNA Cyber Ops is just around the corner :)

Happy New Year.

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CCIE and VR combined

It’s not April fools day, so what the title means? No chance to Cisco stay behind the software world! I would expect that Cisco will use VR soon as part of their Collaboration suite

If you are going to Cisco Live US you can see this two Demos:

  • BeTheRouter (BTR) – in this App, you are the heart and decision maker of what to do with the packets in terms of routing policy, QoS, etc.
  • TroubleshootTheLab (TTL) – in this App, user is presented a real-life-looking data center environment with tasks to rack-and-stack Cisco equipment in 3D such as Routers and Switches, followed by a cabling exercise to connect various devices according to the topology diagram, and troubleshoot a cabling issue fix.

Shall we expect a 8 hour Lab exam using VR?


Update 02.06.2017
Teaser included

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

O CCIE em V’s

A tabela das versões dos Labs (CCIE) em que se tornaram activas. Supostamente a Cisco informa com 6 meses de antecedência a nova versão. Algumas não foi possível constatar qual a versão pelo que considerei como sendo a v1.

Track v1 v2 v3 v4 v5
Routing & Switching  ?  ? ? 18 Out 2009 3 Jun 2014
25 Jul 2016 (Written)
Security  ? ? Abr 2009 19 Nov 2012
25 Jul 2016 (Written)
Service Provider ? ? 18 Abril 2011 22 Maio 2015
25 Jul 2016 (Written)
Collaboration 14 Fev 2014
25 Jul 2016 (Written)
 ?  ? ? ?
Data Center Dez 2012  25 Jul 2016
25 Jul 2016 (Written)
?  ?  ?
SP Operations 2010 Retired
Wireless  ?  18 Nov 2011 14 Set 2015
25 Jul 2016 (Written)
? ?
Voice (Retired)
Storage Networking (Retired)

Service Provider Operations Retired [email protected]





CCIE R&S Candidates Announcement – Lab v4.0 Bookings at Capacity

Conforme já havia comentado num dos posts, a Cisco devido á procura e eventuais reclamações decidiu abrir novos seats. Hoje ligaram-me para marcar novamente exame, o que me deixou em euforia e sob pressão, mas das boas  :)…. Curiosamente questionei sobre os facilities e garantiram que são os mesmos, espero bem que sim para não ter que arranjar outra desculpa para um 2 Bang! Agora é prego a fundo!

O mensageiro da boa nova foi o Sr. Brett Lovins, Community Manager da “The Cisco Learning Network” conforme se pode ver no link Discussions in CCIE Routing & Switching



Review 2013 e o que se segue em 2014?

Bem, este Ano foi bastante agitado de mudanças profissionais/pessoais. Em termos profissionais surgiu uma oportunidade de ir trabalhar na Reading (UK) num Operador Mobile e nem pensei muito para aceitar, minto, pensei muito mesmo muito antes de tomar a decisão de sair do meu porto de abrigo, onde estão atracados família e amigos. Este mudança implicou uma grande reviravolta na minha vida e ainda continua. A minha vontade de querer experimentar alem fronteiras tinha e terá 2 objetivos muito claros:

1) Melhorar o Inglês, confesso que línguas nunca foi o meu forte, já dizia o meu querido Pai! e línguas só mesmo as de gato, essas sim são as minhas favoritas :)

2) Adquirir experiências novas, conhecer novas realidades, pessoas e culturas

Resumindo fez 6 meses em Dezembro que cá estou em Reading, cidade meramente habitável! Voltar? Sem duvida um dia….

Devido a estas mudanças não consegui realizar profissionalmente o que tinha estipulado, ficando as certificações JNCIA/CCSA para 2014. O CCIE lab está agendado para Brussels no próximo dia 29 Janeiro, pelo esforço desmesurado e horas a fio digitando comandos em massa vezes e vezes sem conta, alguns deles errados é certo. Estou motivado e convicto para trazer o meu numero mágico CCIExxxxx.




Cisco anuncia a nova versão CCIE R/S v5

Depois de tanta especulação chegou a nova versão v5 do CCIE R/S oficialmente:

On December 4, 2013, Cisco is announcing that the CCIE Routing and Switching (R&S) exam curriculum will be revised from version 4.0 to version 5.0. Cisco continually assesses and validates the technical expertise of network engineers working in global enterprise environments. The revision reflects both changes in technology and the evolution of job roles.

The last day to test for both the Written exam v4.0 (350-001) and Lab exam v4.0 will be June 3, 2014. The CCIE R&S Written and Lab exam v5.0 will be available for testing on June 4, 2014. This announcement provides a six-month notice to candidates allowing them time to schedule and pass Written and Lab exams v4.0.

Cisco will also be releasing new training materials within the Cisco expert-level training, preparing candidates for the version 5.0 Lab exam. They will include new virtual rack rentals, videos on demand, new workbook labs, and full-scale graded assessment labs, along with new courses. The virtual rack rentals will enable candidates to perform the workbook and technology-specific labs using an efficient and scalable delivery environment. These materials will be available starting in January 2014.

Existem algumas mudancas nas tecnologias usadas no Lab.

Novos tópicos no Lab:

  • Interpreting Packet Captures
  • Bidirectional Forwarding Detection (BFD)
  • Multi Address Family (AF) EIGRP
  • Dynamic Multipoint VPN (DMVPN)
  • IPsec
  • IPv6 First Hop Security

Tópicos movidos do Lab para o exame Wrriten:

  • IPv6 Multicast
  • RIPng
  • IPv6 Tunneling
  • 802.1x
  • Layer 2 QoS
  • Performance Routing (PfR)

Tópicos removidos:

  • Flexlinks
  • ISL
  • Layer 2 Protocol Tunneling
  • Frame-Relay
  • WCCP
  • IOS Firewall
  • RITE
  • RMON
  • RGMP
  • RSVP QoS


CCIE Routing and Switching Exam Topic Updates v4.0 to v5.0

Written Exam Topics v5.0

Lab Exam Topics v5.0

Equipment List v5.0

CLI em modo menu

Usar Menus poderá ser uma forma rápida de permitir acesso a algumas das funções dos equipamentos. Existem outras formas como CBAC, ou atribuindo diferentes privilégios aos users.
username SOC privilege 15 password 0 CISCO
!Apos autenticação o user e redirecionado para o Menu através do autocommand
username SOC autocommand menu SOC
menu SOC title #
Menu for Level 1 SOC users
menu SOC text 1. Show Running Config
menu SOC command 1. show running-config
menu SOC text 2. Show Interface Brief
menu SOC command 2. show ip interface brief
menu SOC text 3. Show clock
menu SOC command 3. show Clock
menu SOC text 4. Exit
menu SOC command 4. exit

line vty 0 903
login local

Testando o respectivo Menu criado

Trying … Open

User Access Verification

Username: SOC
Menu for Level 1 SOC users

1.         Show Running Config

2.         Show Interface Brief

3.         Show clock

4.         Exit

Interface                  IP-Address      OK? Method Status                Protocol
FastEthernet0/0        YES NVRAM  up                    up

Menu for Level 1 SOC users

1.         Show Running Config

2.         Show Interface Brief

3.         Show clock

4.         Exit

*03:53:17.163 UTC Fri Mar 1 2002
Menu for Level 1 NOC users

1.         Show Running Config

2.         Show Interface Brief

3.         Show clock

4.         Exit

[Connection to closed by foreign host]

Mais uma rodada de 6 Labs

A precisão começa a aumentar, o que e óptimo mas por vezes ainda tenho alguns soluços :) pois tenho dúvidas em escolher a melhor solução tendo em conta de não violar os requisitos da Task. Bem por vezes a solução do INE não coincide com a minha mas o resultado final é o mesmo. Por vezes aparecem questões muito especificas sobre determinada feature, estas ficam para analisar no fim.

CCIE entre o jogo das cadeiras

Tentei marcar o Lab para Dezembro em Londres (Mobile LAB), seria uma oportunidade excelente dado que estou a trabalhar aqui, mas quando tentei marcar alguém se antecipou e ficou-me com o lugar… :(
Bem, agora só me resta marcar para Janeiro e neste caso será em Bruxelas, mais uma semana e esta marcado depois começam os nervos, ansiedade, sensações obscuras e sabe-se lá o que mais virá….



3 Pensamentos/Tecnologias/Passos depois dos 1’s 3 Labs do WB2 INE

3 Pensamentos depois dos 1’s 3 Labs do WB2 INE

  • Não sei tanto como gostaria
  • Tenho uma longa jornada, mas motivado
  • Aprender a pensar/escrever a velocidade da luz

3 Tecnologias/Outros a rever depois dos 1’s 3 Labs do WB2 INE

  • QoS {Frame-Relay [FECN BECN]}
  • “Stupid Router Tricks”

3 Proximos Passos depois dos 1’s 3 Labs do WB2 INE

  • Usar mais o Blog com notas
  • Fazer os próximos 3 Labs
  • Treinar, Treinar, Treinar