Here, you will find the latest news on Cisco certifications, links to video offerings from TechWiseTV, and upcoming events such as Networkers and those provided through Networking Professionals Connection.


New CCIE R&S Certification v4.0 Exams Now Available

Effective immediately, Cisco CCIE Routing and Switching v4.0 certification exams are now available in all VUE testing locations worldwide. The competencies required for CCIE R&S v4.0 certification can be found on the Cisco Learning Network under CCIE R&S v4.0 written exam topics and CCIE R&S v4.0 lab exam topics in the CCIE R&S section of the site.

Both the written and lab exams have been refreshed with new questions covering MPLS and VPN networking. The written exam includes new scenario-based questions. The lab exam now requires hands-on troubleshooting of preconfigured networks, in addition to configuration. Exam duration and pricing will remain the same, with the two-hour written exam at USD $350.00 and the eight-hour lab at USD $1400.00.

For more information regarding CCIE R&S certification v4.0 and related exams, access the Cisco Learning Network.

Cisco Announces New Video Track Certifications and Cisco 360 Learning Program for CCIE Voice

In response to sharply increasing market demand for advanced video and collaboration solutions, Cisco is pleased to announce the release of two forthcoming Video specialist certifications and the new Cisco 360 Learning Program for CCIE Voice.

The Cisco TelePresence Installation Specialist and Cisco TelePresence Solutions Specialist certifications offer IT professionals and students a career opportunity to integrate, operate and manage Cisco TelePresence systems and solutions. Both certifications will be made available in early 2010.

The Cisco 360 Learning Program for CCIE Voice provides experienced network engineers with an effective, job-relevant, and proven program to build expert-level skills and to prepare for the rigorous Cisco CCIE Voice lab exam. The Cisco 360 Learning Program for CCIE Voice will be made available on December 7, 2010.

For more information, visit the Cisco Learning Network.


CCIE R&S v4.0 Preparation Titles Now Available in the Cisco Learning Network Store

The Cisco Learning Network Store now offers affordable e-learning titles from the Cisco 360 Learning Program for CCIE R&S to help students to prepare for the recently released CCIE R&S v4.0 lab exam.

Cisco's comprehensive curriculum is proven to accelerate the development of journeyman networking engineers to the expert level and prepare for Cisco’s award-winning CCIE certification.

Learners can conveniently schedule and purchase their training through the online purchasing services of the Cisco Learning Network Store. Begin self-study at your own pace with diagnostic assessments, online lessons, practice lab exercises, and CCIE lab-like comprehensive performance assessments. Aligned to the same CCIE R&S curriculum offered via Cisco's authorized 360 learning program partners and featuring the services of the Cisco 360 learning management system, students can be assured that their investments in the Cisco Learning Network's self-study offerings are designed to compliment Cisco's recently released CCIE R&S v4.0 curriculum and Cisco learning partners’ premium training offerings.

Begin your CCIE preparation today! To order, or for more information, visit the Cisco Learning Network Store.

TechWiseTV: The Five Golden Rules for Branch Consolidation

IT professionals know the dilemma well: on one hand you want to centralize data to make it available, redundant, and secure; but on the other hand you have to satisfy remote users, who are becoming more demanding by the day. So if you’re going to fulfill both requirements, you’ve got some decisions to make.

Tune in as we look at branch office consolidation and address a critical, yet overlooked issue for data center managers: Domain Name Systems (DNS). Learn why this free, but fragile resource has the potential to shut down your entire network instantly.

Join the TechWiseTV team as we:

  • Help you better understand benefits of branch consolidation solutions
  • Delve into DNS and identify primary steps you might be overlooking
  • Break down vulnerabilities and illustrate mitigation attempts on which to concentrate
  • Analyze successful network designs and highlight principles that save time and money

See why the ideal solution doesn't only shrink the "footprint," but also includes the data sitting in your branch locations and how you make it readily available to all who need it.

Learn more and register to view today.


Pre-Registration Open for Networkers and Cisco Live 2010

The clock is winding down on 2009, which means it is time to start planning for 2010. It is never too early to save your spot at Cisco Live 2010, the industry's premier education and training event for IT, networking, and communications professionals. Join us June 27 to July 1 in Las Vegas.

For more information, visit

Upcoming "Ask the Expert" Events and TechTalks from NetPro

Networking Professionals Connection (NetPro) 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 NetPro include:

  • "Ask the Expert" events, which allow you to discuss specific networking issues online with Cisco engineers:
    • "Wireless Control System," now through November 20
    • "Cisco Unified Computing System," now through November 20
    • "Transformers - ISR G2 Routers," November 30 through December 11
    • "Wide Area Application Services," November 30 through December 11

      Note: "Ask the Expert" events are subject to rescheduling. Please refer to the URL above for the most current schedule.
  • TechTalks are online webcasts that focus on particular technology subjects. You can view the latest event schedule, register to attend a live session, and view archived presentations on the web any time.

To attend an event or participate in a discussion forum, visit Networking Professionals Connection.

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