It’s official, the CCIE DC has been announced. Here’s the meat of the announcement:
“Cisco announced today that a new expert-level certification for data center professionals will be available starting September 2012. This expert-level certification validates a candidate’s expert knowledge of implementing and troubleshooting complex data center networks. The program offers candidates the knowledge and skills required to design, implement, operate, monitor, and troubleshoot complex data center networks. Products tested in this certification include Cisco Catalyst 3750, MDS 9222i, Nexus 7709(sic), 5548, 2232, 1000v and Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS), and Cisco Application Control Engine Appliance.”
This is a very interesting certification. It’s definitely crossing the line between a Data Center engineer and a Network Engineer. I think I might give it a shot. I have almost zero knowledge of UCS and Storage, but I think I could learn it. Working with everything on the blueprint is almost my dream job.
I had an interesting conversation the other day regarding OSPF. I don’t want to give too much away, so here we go. This is the topology:
Assume interfaces have correct bandwidth statements and no cost commands have been added. R1 and R2 are redistributing the 192.168.1.0/24 prefix as E2 with a cost of 100.
Which path does R4 take to the 192.168.1.0/24 network? Does it load balance? Explain.
I started a thread on Networking-Forum on this as well. Post your answer here in the comments or over there.
Update: Here’s another question. What happens if we change it to:
Everything is the same except R2 is now redistributing as E1. Which path and why?
Colby Glass has been in IT since 2002. He is currently a Systems Engineer (presales) with a Cisco Gold partner and holds the CCNP R/S, CCNP DC, CCDP, CCIP, JNCIA-ER.
According to a post on Networking Forum Cisco is doing away with the OEQs. No idea if this is definitely happening, or when they will announce it if so, but I’m definitely relieved if it’s true. I was dreading the OEQs.
Let’s all hope it’s true!
Obviously it will be one less precaution to stop cheating, but I think it’s also a hindrance to those who do not cheat. I believe with the Troubleshooting and Configuration sections, the CCIE Lab exam is difficult enough.
What do you guys think?
Update: INE has posted this as well.
According to a post on Cisco Learning Network, Cisco will be releasing the topology used in the TSHOOT exam:
First, I am part of the exam development team. Second, what am about to reveal is not part of some secret NDA.
The new TSHOOT exam requires you to isolate issues on a defined network topology. The purpose of the exam is to evaluate troubleshooting skills, not how quickly you can grasp a network topology you have never seen. To this end, it is Cisco’s intent that the exam network topology be available for review before the candidate attempt the exam.
However, the wheels seem to move slowly and the network topologies have not been posted on CLN. Because of this I have authorized to make the topologies available through this discussion until they are officially posted.