Your Framework for Cisco Exam Preparation

You want to get your first (or next) Cisco certification, but do you have a specific preparation strategy, or are you just winging it? If you do have a structured framework you’re confidently executing against, congratulations! If not, allow me to share my seven-step framework for Cisco exam preparation.

Step #1: Identify Your Training Source

When it comes to learning what you need to learn, the good news is, you’ve got options. Let’s compare a few:

Cisco Learning Partner

The traditional approach, and the way I trained certification candidates for nearly fourteen years, is to take an official Cisco course from a Cisco Learning Partner (CLP). You might have the option of taking your course at a training facility or on-line, and you typically get access to the gear you need to perform lab tasks during the course. You also get Cisco’s official course material. However, a gotcha that many people don’t realize is that Cisco typically has different groups...

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QoS Traffic Markings

One of the new topics on the new CCNA R/S v3 exam is Quality of Service (QoS). Having taught QoS for many years, I’ve noticed that one of the topics students find most challenging is QoS Traffic Markings.

This topic is all about how the binary math works behind the scenes to mark our traffic with specific levels of priority. So, to help demystify this topic, I created a new video (which is part of my upcoming CCNA R/S v3 Complete Video Course), and I wanted to share it with you. Enjoy!

Kevin Wallace, CCIEx2 (R/S and Collaboration) #7945

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Cisco Unity Express (CUE) Module Configuration

Are you preparing for your CCNA, CCNP, or CCIE in Collaboration? If so, check out this video that gives you a step-by-step demonstration of a Cisco Unity Express (CUE) module configuration. And here’s the twist… It’s all done from the command line (no GUI!), which is what I recommend you prepare to do on your actual CCIE Collaboration lab day. Enjoy!

 

Kevin Wallace, CCIEx2 (R/S and Collaboration) #7945, CCSI 20061

 

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T1 and E1 Circuits on Cisco Routers

In this new video, you’ll learn the theory behind T1 and E1 circuits and how to configure them on your Cisco routers. This is a key technology to master for Cisco CCNA Collaboration, CCNP Collaboration, or CCIE Collaboration candidates.

 Topics in the video include:

  • T1 and E1 Speeds
  • Time-Division Multiplexing (TDM)
  • Common Channel Signaling (CCS) vs. Channel Associated Signaling (CAS)
  • Framing (SF, ESF, Multiframe)
  • Line Coding (AMI, B8ZS, HDB3)
  • LIVE DEMO of T1 and E1 Configuration and Verification

Enjoy the video!

Kevin Wallace, CCIEx2 (R/S and Collaboration) #7945, CCSI 20061

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Troubleshooting – The “Deal Breaker” (CCIE Collaboration Lab)

ccie collaboration Nov 18, 2015

Even if you know how to setup every technology on the CCIE Collaboration Lab, you can still fail if you don’t troubleshoot effectively. Not only will you need to troubleshoot any configuration mistakes you might make, you’ll need to troubleshoot issues Cisco injected into the lab before you ever set foot in the room. 

To help you overcome those troubleshooting obstacles, this video points out some common troubleshooting issues and shows you how to fix them.

 

Kevin Wallace, CCIEx2 (Collab. & R/S) #7945

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Your Framework for CCIE Collaboration Lab Success

ccie collaboration Nov 10, 2015

Are you preparing for the CCIE Collaboration Lab? If so, this new video can dramatically improve your odds of passing the lab. 

Kevin Wallace, CCIEx2 (Collab. & R/S) #7945

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Enhanced Locations in CUCM

This video shows you how the Enhanced Locations feature of CUCM operates, and is one of the many bonus videos included as part of the upcoming CCIE Collaboration Lab Walkthrough video series from Kevin Wallace Training.

The video series walks you through a complete CCIE Collaboration mock lab, just as you would attack it on your lab day. The video series also contains several bonus videos (like this one), and a 300+ page PDF document that walks you step-by-step through the entire mock lab.

You can check out more information about the CCIE Collaboration Lab Walkthrough video series HERE.

Kevin Wallace, CCIEx2 (Collab. & R/S) #7945

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CCIE Collaboration Lab Lessons – Part 3: Your Framework of Success

ccie collaboration Aug 23, 2015

The thought of attaining a CCIE in Collaboration might seem like a daunting task. After passing the CCIE Voice Lab (the predecessor to the CCIE Collaboration Lab), I remember making the statement that it was the hardest thing I had done in my professional career.

If you’re on the journey to your CCIE Collaboration certification, I want you to know two facts:

  1. It’s crazy hard.
  2. It’s possible.

This posting is the third in my CCIE Collaboration Lab Lessons series. If you missed the first two, you can get them here:

To be successful in your lab, you need to be both strategic and tactical. While the first two lessons I shared with you were very tactical, this one is strategic.

The CCIE Collaboration Lab Success Framework

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CCIE Collaboration Lab Lessons – Part 2: Saving Time with the Modified Device-Based Approach

ccie collaboration Aug 11, 2015

Afew weeks ago, I made a blog post for those of you working towards your CCIE Collaboration certification. It covered how to configure a Cisco Unified Communications Manager Express (CUCME) router to register a SIP-speaking Cisco 9971 IP Phone. If you missed it, you can read it HERE.

This installment in my CCIE Collaboration Lab Lessons series is more strategic than technical. Specifically, it’s a strategy for how to approach your lab tasks. I’d heard a variation on this strategy a couple of times from different instructors as I was going through my studies. It was called the Device-Based Approach, and I’ve have modified it just a bit. That is what I want to share with you – the Modified Device-Based Approach.

First, let’s discuss what the Device-Based Approach says about tackling our tasks on lab day. If you go into the lab , open up your lab book, and say, “There’s task 1.1 – I’ll do that first. Then I am...

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CCIE Collaboration Lab Lessons – Part 1: Registering a Cisco 9971 IP Phone with CUCME

ccie collaboration Jul 26, 2015

For years, my main Cisco focus was voice. I taught the the CCNA Voice and CCNP Voice courses for over a decade and earned my Voice CCIE in 2012, and then migrated that to a Collaboration CCIE in 2014. However, since then I’ve mainly been focused on creating video courses and books for routing and switching technologies, and I’ve been aching to get back into the voice (now “collaboration”) world.

So, I’m thrilled to announce that I’m starting to develop some Collaboration training products, beginning with a Collaboration CCIE video course. It’s in production now, and will be coming out this Fall (2015). Along the way, I’m coming across some tricky or challenging topics that can bog down your study for days. This blog posting covers one such topic, and I’ll sprinkle in other Collaboration CCIE topics among my other blog postings over the next few months.

Specifically, there’s a new IP phone to contend with on the CCIE...

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