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In 2018-October Juniper announced that the new JNCIE-SEC JPR-933 beta exam will be available in December and January. Ok, this might not be super recent news, it was announced last October – I am just a bit behind on posting stuff due to studying for my JNCIE-SEC.  

This is pretty big news to me right now as I am actively preparing for my 2nd JNCIE-SEC attempt on 28-Jan-2019 ( just a little over a week away).  There are some big changes coming to the test!.

The current lab is entirely SRX based hardware, the new lab will incorporate vSRX, vQFX, and Junos Space Security Director.  Also on the lab looks to be SDSN/Sky STP (think that should be ATP) as well as more configurations in Security Director.  So now not only do you need to know how to secure your network, you also need to know how to use the tools to manage and report on it.  

I think these are some nice additions to the lab and may make it a bit harder.  To find more on what is on the labs, head on over to Juniper’s JNCIE-SEC page.  Both exams are listed (JPR-932 and JPR-933). The new lab is in active beta, so expect to see it rolled out very soon!

Let’s hope I can pass this next lab attempt 🙂

Networking Field Day Exclusive with Cisco Service Provider


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On Tuesday of next week (15-Jan-2019) I will be part of an amazing group of people who are lucky enough to meet with Cisco’s Service Provider team.     

This event will be streamed over on the Tech Field Day website.  Some of the topics that Cisco will be presenting on include:

It has been some time since I have attended a Tech Field Day event outside of Cisco Live, I am really looking forward to this.  I know when I watch the streams I almost always come out with new and actionable knowledge.  

A list of attendees, as well as additional details on the event, can be found over on the Networking Field Day website.

Could the Cisco CCIE lab in RTP be moving? CONFIRMED!


Let me preface this post by saying that this post is not Cisco official nor sponsored.  This post should be taken as speculation and I am presenting what I have been able to put together.  Until Cisco has announced something official, take everything I have here with a grain of salt and do not assume it as fact.  If something changes I will update the post as appropriate.

Jump to updates  – SJC too?
11/12 – New Cisco Learning thread on this topic

Adding the latest updates to the top.

In a series of tweets today from @LearningatCisco they have confirmed today (14-Nov-2018) that RTP and SJC are transitioning to mobile test sites and the new home of the lab is Richardson, TX. The last on-sites dates for CCIE testing in SJC is 28-Nov-2018 and for RTP is 07-Dec-2018.

Effective immediately, the last on-site testing date before San Jose, CA CCIE lab is transitioned to a mobile test site is November 28, 2018. For RTP, NC the last on-site testing date is December 7, 2018.
— LearningatCisco (@LearningatCisco) November 14, 2018

Cisco is adding a new, permanent #CCIE lab in Richardson, TX. RTP, NC and San Jose, CA will now become mobile test sites, adding to the 40+ locations we offer globally for convenient access to lab testing, https://t.co/mzGeE7DqBE. Scroll to News section.

While the CCIE Lab in Richardson, TX, is not on the lab locations page it is an on-site testing facility as of now. Any available seats can be seen on the schedule, please check current availability by logging in to the CCIE Online Lab Scheduler.
— LearningatCisco (@LearningatCisco) November 14, 2018

Tweets from @LearningatCisco

— END OF UPDATE ABOVE, now back to regular post.

Last night I saw a post on my Facebook social media feed about that CCIE lab in RTP that caught my attention.  The post was about the CCIE lab in RTP moving at the end of December 2018 to Richardson, TX! 

Facebook post on 05-Nov-2018 approx.  15:45 Eastern
David’s LinkedIn Profile

I had a hard time believing this, so I did some quick research that actually leads me to some job postings for a CCIE Proctor in Richardson, TX.  Both of these posting are no longer live, so I have included links to their cached copies.

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