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First day of new CCNP track

August 1, 2010 Leave a comment

If you missed it (god knows how its possible), today is the first day where ROUTE, SWITCH and TSHOOT exams are the only valid CCNP track exams. When I started this blog seven month back I looked at this date as a scary monster and now that it’s here, it feels great to know that I beat the deadline by couple of month ;)

If you didn’t complete your CCNP track by yesterday, your choices are limited to the exams listed above. Say goodbye to the old books, training videos and notes. For some part you’ll be able to use the old materials as some of the topics are either unchanged or expanded but big portions are outdated and should not be used anymore.

Personally I liked ISCW and ONT and learned a lot from each (mostly from ONT) but new times, new technologies and let’s face it – new business strategy for Cisco bring those changes. If you missed the deadline and stuck with a useless ISCW\ONT it kind of sucks but looking at the big picture I believe it is a good step for all of us as its updating the validity of our certification and make it harder to get (which for any certificate is a good thing).

Are you one of those who didn’t make it on time? Did you make it in the last week\day? Tell us your story

642-832 TSHOOT – Now available

April 29, 2010 Leave a comment

As the end of life for the old CCNP track is getting closer, 93 days left before ISCW and ONT exams retire, the last piece of the new track is now available.
If you didn’t hear about the changes you can get all the details here.

TSHOOT, exam number 642-832  is now out of beta and available at any VUE center.
You can now take the Troubleshooting and Maintaining Cisco IP Networks exam (which practically replace the ISCW and ONT exams) and complete your CCNP certification taking only three exams.

You can find the most updated blueprint here and if you do not have a Cisco login you can download the pdf version. If you started your studies based on the beta blueprint check the changes comparison page. I did not see any difference but if I missed it let us all know.

TSHOOT exam topology

February 21, 2010 Leave a comment

By now you already know that CCNP has a new format. You read all the details here few weeks ago.

Jeremy Gaddis of evilrouters.net posted today a summary of the new CCNP TSHOOT exam topology that Philip Vancil, one of the exam developers from Cisco posted on CLN.

Read Jeremy’s post for more details, topology maps and topology document.

TSHOOT beta – free exam offer

January 27, 2010 2 comments

Following the new CCNP track announcement and to encourage more people to take the TSHOOT exam Cisco offer a great deal on the TSHOOT beta exam

The TSHOOT beta is an early release of the TSHOOT certification exam, which is used to determine the predictive ability of the exam questions.  It is the same length and covers the same topics as the final exam.  Candidates who pass a beta exam receive full credit, however scores on beta exams are not immediately available. Candidates must wait six to eight weeks, until the beta analysis is complete, to receive their scores. The TSHOOT beta exam will be released sometime around February 16 and be available through March 26, 2010 at a discounted price of $50 USD.  As an incentive to schedule, the first 150 beta exams completed will be provided free of charge.  Candidates may attempt a beta exam only one time.  Scores are expected to be released at the end of April.

Use the promo code TSBETA when registering

As of Today (Jan 27th 8pm ET) the exam is not available on VUE’s registration page.
Update: VUE sent me an update about the beta registration

Candidates will be able register and take the TSHOOT exam starting
February 16, 2010 and ending March 26, 2010.

Pay attention to one little catch – you’ll have to wait 6-8 weeks for the result. If you’re already in the process of the current version you will not have time to take ISCW and ONT if you fail the beta exam.

You should also check the Webinar Cisco plan on Feb 23rd 2010

Save the Date- CCNP Customer Webinar, February 23, 2010
Cisco will conduct two webinar events on Tuesday, February 23, 2010 covering the revisions made to the CCNP certification exams and courses. The webinars will take place at 8:00 am and 7:00 pm PST (attendees will only need to attend one of the calls as the content will be identical). Check the Cisco Learning Network in the coming weeks for registration information.

I’ll post the registration link once it’s available on CLN.

New CCNP – the Books

January 25, 2010 Leave a comment

Quick note to followup on Cisco’s announcement from Jan 25th:
Cisco Press released a list of their new books for the new exams.
Training is also available with the major Cisco partners. Prices for ROUTE and SWITCH exams stay at the same level as before.
I did not see TSHOOT training available yet but per Cisco’s announcement video it this class would be 92% lab time.

Update:  Cisco Press has materials for the new CCNP exam already

New CCNP – Official Announcement

January 25, 2010 6 comments

Following all the rumors and speculations Cisco finally released the official announcement.

Cisco has updated its Cisco CCNP® certification for network engineers through a comprehensive process involving customers and partners from around the globe. The revision focuses on the competencies that are needed to plan, implement, and troubleshoot the routed and switched networks of today and is designed to be more predictive of job readiness. CCNP offers a career development path for Cisco CCNA® certified network engineers and a solid foundation for those who are interested in Cisco CCIE®.

The revised CCNP curriculum and exams include the following:

ROUTE v1.0 Implementing Cisco IP Routing – is a five-day instructor-led course in which network professionals learn to plan, configure, and verify the implementation of complex enterprise LAN and WAN routing solutions, using a range of routing protocols. ROUTE v1.0 also covers configuration of secure routing solutions to support branch offices and mobile workers. The course includes more than seven hours of e-learning lessons and demos that students can absorb at their own pace.

This is a replacement for BSCI exam and it does look easier as it only include OSPF, EIGRP & BGP.

SWITCH v1.0 Implementing Cisco IP Switched Networks – is a five-day instructor-led course in which network professionals will learn to plan, configure, and verify the implementation of complex enterprise switching solutions, using Cisco Enterprise Campus Architecture. SWITCH v1.0 also covers secure integration of VLANs, WLANs, voice, and video into campus networks.

This is a replacement for BCMSN exam and generally there are no major changes

TSHOOT v1.0 Troubleshooting and Maintaining Cisco IP Networks – is a five-day instructor-led course in which network professionals learn to (1) plan and perform regular maintenance on complex enterprise routed and switched networks, and (2) use technology-based practices and a systematic ITIL-compliant approach to perform network troubleshooting. Extensive labs provide hands-on learning and reinforce troubleshooting skills. The course includes more than nine hours of e-learning lessons and demos that students can absorb at their own pace.

This is a replacement for both ISCW & ONT exams and looking at it I feel it is an easier exam though we should wait to hear feedbacks.

The new exams will be available March 10th 2010 and the old exam will retire July 31st 2010. You can go over all the exam details at the official CCNP page.
Each of the new exam will be 120 minute long and cost $200 (which allow Cisco to keep the same $600 cost per CCNP candidate)

There are 4 optional paths:

Path 1
642-901 BSCI (Last day to test: July 31, 2010) or 642-902 ROUTE
and
642-812 BCMSN (Last day to test: July 31, 2010) or 642-813 SWITCH
and
642-825 ISCW (Last day to test: July 31, 2010)
and
642-845 ONT (Last day to test: July 31, 2010)

Path 2
642-892 Composite (Last day to test: July 31, 2010)
and
642-825 ISCW (Last day to test: July 31, 2010)
and
642-845 ONT (Last day to test: July 31, 2010)

Path 3
642-901 BCSI (Last day to test: July 31, 2010) or 642-902 ROUTE (Available March 10, 2010)
and
642-812 BCMSN (Last day to test: July 31, 2010) or 642-813 SWITCH (Available March 10, 2010)
and
643-832 TSHOOT beta (available Feb 16 through Mar 26, 2010)
or
642-832 TSHOOT (available April 30, 2010)

And the most surprising 2 exam only, Path 4
642-892 Composite (Last day to test: July 31, 2010)
and
643-832 TSHOOT beta (available Feb 16 through Mar 26, 2010)
or
642-832 TSHOOT (available April 30, 2010)

Overall and after only a short review of the new details it looks as if Cisco is making it easier to become a CCNP but also focus on real Route & Switch topics which an average CCNP R&S have a real world access to.

CCDP note – as expected, the CCDP track requirements will not change other than the replacement of BSCI & BCMSN exams with the new ROUTE & SWITCH exams. ARCH exam stay untouched.

Cisco provide a video with an overall review on the new track

Study materials are available, Check here for details.

You can use this CCNP Combination Tool to see which exams are required for you to complete your CCNP.

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