New CCIE R&S Lab Opportunities: New Location Available

To increase testing opportunities and add convenience for certification candidates, Cisco® will be offering the CCIE® Routing and Switching lab exam in additional locations in April 2010, as listed below. A new location in Johannesberg/Midrand, South Africa has been added. The exams will be administered at Pearson Professional Centers which are designed for secure, high-stakes professional exams and have been used by medical, legal and other examination boards for over eight years. Cisco already uses Pearson Professional Centers to administer the practical exam for CCDE® (Cisco Certified Design Expert). More information on the centers is available at

Cisco certification: Important content change in CCIE Voice Lab Exam

This announcement is from The Cisco Learning Network:

Effective July 16th, 2009, important content changes will be implemented in the CCIE Voice Lab Exam. Candidates for lab exams scheduled July 16th, 2009 or later should prepare using the v3.0 Lab Equipment and Software Versions. Candidates scheduled on or before July 15th, 2009 should continue using the v2.0 Lab Equipment and Software Versions.

You can examine the v3.0 CCIE Voice Lab print below:

1.00 Implement and Troubleshoot Campus Infrastructure and Services
1.01 VLAN
1.02 DHCP
1.03 TFTP
1.04 NTP
2.00 Implement and Troubleshoot CUCM Endpoints
2.01 CUCM SCCP Endpoints
2.02 CUCM SIP Endpoints
3.00 Implement and Troubleshoot CUCME Endpoints
3.01 CUCME SCCP Endpoints
3.02 CUCME SIP Endpoints
4.00 Implement and Troubleshoot Voice Gateways
4.01 T1/E1 PRI
4.02 T1/E1 CAS
4.03 H.323
4.04 MGCP
4.05 SIP
4.06 H.323 RAS
4.07 IP-IP Gateway/CUBE
5.00 Implement and Troubleshoot Call Routing Policies
5.01 Route Patterns and Dial-peers
5.02 Digit Manipulations and Translations
5.03 Class of Services
5.04 Route Selection Preference and Redundancy
5.05 Mobility and Single Number Reach
6.00 Implement and Troubleshoot High Availability Features
6.01 SRST
6.02 AAR
7.00 Implement and Troubleshoot Media Resources
7.01 CODEC Selection and Flexibility
7.02 Conference Bridges
7.03 Transcoder
7.04 Music-on-hold
7.05 Media Resources Preference and Redundancy
7.06 Other CUCM Media Resources
8.00 Implement and Troubleshoot Supplementary Services
8.01 Call Park
8.02 Call Pickup
8.03 Barge
8.04 Callback
8.05 Other Supplementary Services
9.00 Implement and Troubleshoot Other CUCM Voice Applications
9.01 Extension Mobility
9.02 IPMA
9.03 Other CUCM Voice Applications
10.00 Implement and Troubleshoot QoS and CAC
10.01 L2/L3 Traffic Classifications and Policing
10.02 L2/L3 Queuing Mechanisms
10.03 L2 LFI
10.04 RSVP
10.05 Call Admission Control
11.00 Implement and Troubleshoot Messaging
11.01 Cisco Unity Connection
11.02 Cisco Unity Express
11.03 Call Handling and Routing
12.00 Implement and Troubleshoot Cisco Unified Contact Center Express
12.01 Advanced Configuration
12.02 Script Customization
12.03 Redundancy
13.00 Implement and Troubleshoot Cisco Unified Presence
13.01 CUCM Presence
13.02 Cisco Unified Presence Server Integration

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GNS3: How to create Frame-Relay Hub and Spoke lab

When I first came in touch with GNS3 I had not idea how to work with it. Not because it is so complicate to operate, but because I didn’t saw any software like this one. GNS3 and Dynamips make a very good job together, allowing users to emulate a lot of network scenarios with different topologies. If using only Dynamips suppose that you edit all the configuration file manually in text mode, now with GNS3 you can drag and drop devices, connections and configure them on the fly.

For today, I prepared a presentation about how you can create a Frame-Relay hub and spoke topology in GNS3, save and use it whenever you need it. This tutorial does not include the configuration of the devices which form Frame-Relay hub and spoke, but only the GNS3 lab topology. If you are looking for the tutorial on how to  configure FR hub and spoke on Cisco routers, please refer to my previous tutorial.

The GNS3 lab topology which I’ll create in the following presentation is available for download here. Take the saved lab configuration and open it in your GNS3 software. Before you use it, please have a look inside the file, as there are some lines you suppose to modify to fit your system.

Please click on the image below to see the tutorial: