My Tech Support - NEW:
New Personalization Feature of the Cisco Technical Support Website
Cisco has launched My Tech Support, the new personalization feature of the Cisco Technical Support Website. My Tech Support allows customers and partners to specify and receive personalized information about Cisco products, technologies, service requests, bug updates, and more. As a result, less time is spent searching for essential information.
With My Tech Support, registered Cisco SMARTnet® and Cisco SP Base customers and partners can:
- Manage and track recent Cisco TAC service requests.
- Receive recently published technical documentation for the products and technologies they specify.
- Receive the latest software bug updates based on their Software Bug Toolkit profiles.
- Help maintain network security by staying informed about the latest security advisories and field notices.
- Receive news about the latest offerings on the Cisco Technical Support Website.
- Manage and store their favorite bookmarks.
- Join discussion groups and forums on Networking Professionals Connection.
- Access partner-specific tools and content on Cisco.com. (Available to Cisco partners only.)
Non-registered customers have access to a less robust version of My Tech Support, including discussion groups and forums, news about the latest Cisco technical support offerings, and bookmarks.
Begin taking advantage of My Tech Support today:
RMA/SVO Tools - UPDATE:
Upcoming Enhancements Provide Many Benefits
On December 11, 2004, Cisco will add several features to the online RMA/SVO tools you use to create and follow-up on return material authorizations (RMAs) and service orders (SVOs).
The new features provide you with these benefits:
In addition, please be aware of the following important changes:
- Improved layout and navigation
- Single source of status information
- More informative e-mails about the SVO
- Links to more detailed information
- The contract number will be based on the ship-to address and service line.
- Return and replacement will be separate line items in the SVO.
Stay tuned for more information in an upcoming issue of this newsletter. To preview a demonstration of the updated RMA/SVO tools, visit this URL:
Cisco IOS® Software Release 12.3(11)T - NEW:
New Release Extends Cisco IOS High Availability
Cisco IOS Software Release 12.3T and the new Cisco Integrated Services Routers represent the industry's first hardware/software system to deliver secure, wire-speed data, voice, video, and security services to small- and medium-sized businesses, enterprise branch offices, and service providers who offer managed services. This new system lowers the total cost of ownership for customers by speeding application deployment and reducing operating complexity.
An update to Release 12.3(8)T supports the Cisco 1800 and 2800 Series Routers, while Release 12.3(11)T supports the Cisco 3800 Series Router. This new family of routers leverages the benefits of all features introduced in the four previous releases of the Release 12.3T family.
In addition to supporting the Cisco Integrated Services Routers, Release 12.3(11)T extends the benefits of Cisco IOS High Availability to small- and medium-sized businesses and branch offices by minimizing router downtime during planned or unplanned outages.
Key features in Release 12.3(11)T include:
- Cisco IOS Warm Upgrade -- Significantly reduces planned downtime for Cisco IOS Software devices during upgrades to new Cisco IOS Software images.
- Cisco IOS IPSec Stateful Failover -- Enables a backup router to take control of terminating IPSec traffic if the primary router or circuit is affected by an outage. Greatly improves failover time, as compared to a stateless IPSec/Hot Standby Router Protocol (HSRP) outage.
For additional information, please visit:
Cisco IOS Software Release 12.3T
Release 12.3T Q&A
Release 12.3(11)T Flash Demo
Cisco Online Books - UPDATE:
Redesign Improves Usability of Online Books
Cisco has redesigned the interface of the multi-chapter manuals and online books on Cisco.com to be more user-friendly. The new format features an expandable contents menu in the left-hand column, which allows you to jump directly to the section or chapter containing the information you are seeking. This new functionality is a great time-saver. In addition, you can now download chapters and complete books in PDF format.
Visit the URL below to view a newly redesigned online book:
Networking Professionals Connection - UPDATE:
Networking Professionals Connection is an interactive Website where you can discuss Cisco networking products and technologies with Cisco experts and networking professionals around the world.
Upcoming events on Networking Professionals Connection include:
- "Ask the Expert" events, which allow you to discuss specific networking issues online with Cisco engineers:
- "Secure WAN in the Business Ready Branch," October 25-November 5
- "Advanced Loadbalancing with CSM, CSS, and Their SSL Modules," October 25-November 5
Note: "Ask the Expert" events are subject to rescheduling. Please refer to the URL above for the very latest schedule.
- TechTalks are online Webcasts that focus on particular technology areas. You can view the latest event schedule, register to attend a live session, and view archived presentations on the Web anytime:
To attend an event or participate in a discussion forum, visit Networking Professionals Connection at:
CCIE® Central - UPDATE:
Top Ranking from CRN; Revised Optical Exam
The 2004 CRN Certification Study awarded the Cisco CCIE certification program the top overall ranking. CRN (formally Computer Reseller News) evaluated IT certifications using five different measures: importance of certification, return on investment (ROI) to employer, improvement in ROI, ability to generate new business, and highest pay raises. The results of the study are available here:
Beginning October 1, 2004, the revised Service Provider Optical written exam is being offered in all testing locations. The revised exam tests candidates' knowledge of optical-specific technologies and general networking. The Optical Written Exam Blueprint describes the topics included in the exam:
New Technical Tips
Cable DOCSIS 2.0
Cisco IOS Software Release 12.2(15)XR
Cisco IOS Software Release 12.3(8)XY
DSP May Hang with More than One Active Call on Analog FXO Lines
Cisco TAC Case Collection Solution:
Hardware, Software, and Feature Compatibility and Memory Requirements
What to Do when Your CSS Reboots Unexpectedly (CRASH, Core Dump)
IBM/SNA and Token Ring
DLSw for SDLC to SDLC
Inserting a WS-X3500-XL GBIC May Cause Damage to the GBIC
Cisco TAC Case Collection Solution:
Unable to Configure Port Security on a Catalyst® 2940, 2950, 2955, 2970, 3550, 3750, 2900XL, or 3500XL Series Switch
Want to learn about other LAN resources on the Cisco Technical Support Website? View the free, on-demand Cisco Technical Support Seminar, "Using the Cisco Technical Support Website for LAN Issues," today:
Cisco ONS 15454 ML Card Troubleshooting
Voice and IP Communications
MeetingPlace® Audio Server 8106 Extended Echo Canceller Settings
Cisco Outbound Option: Do-Not-Call List Table
Call Bounce between Two Agents - Forward NoAnswer Timer
Backup Cisco ICM Database in Microsoft SQL 2000
Error 2627: Duplicate Agent Login Name
Cisco Unity™ Voice Message Delivery to an Octel Aria Bulletin Mailbox or an Octel Serenade SDL
Cisco Enterprise and Hosted Contact Center Products Notice for Microsoft September 2004 Security Update
IP Contact Center Call Manager PG Will Be Affected by Using the Patch Manager's Uninstaller Program on Applied Engineering Specials or Service Releases
Cisco TAC Case Collection Solution:
No Audio or One-Way Audio Is Experienced on IP Phones when Calls Are Placed across 2691 or 3700 Gateways
Want to learn about other voice resources on the Cisco Technical Support Website? View the free, on-demand Cisco Technical Support
Seminar, "Using the Cisco Technical Support Website for Voice Issues," today:
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