Logical Design components and the Logical Compute Design

On September 12, 2016, in Certification, Design & Architecture, VCDX, VCDX-NV, Virtualisation, by Iwan Hoogendoorn

So this is the part where we need to create Logical Designs. A typical virtual infrastructure has three main components. Compute, Network and Storage. For all these three components a Logical design needs to be created. All three of these logical design components will have to be described in the overall architectural design document. The […]

 

The Logical Design vs The Physical Design and mapping services and infrastructure to understand impact

On September 6, 2016, in Certification, Design & Architecture, VCDX, VCDX-NV, Virtualisation, by Iwan Hoogendoorn

A logical design is a high level design that does not provide a great level of detail. The focus will be to show that the design factors are satisfied, but without the detail of how this satisfaction is exactly happening. It does not explain any solutions, vendors, protocols, technologies or products. The logical design can […]

 

VCDX Design Factors – Gathering Information, Defining Requirements and Identify Risks, Constraints and Assumptions

On September 5, 2016, in Certification, Design & Architecture, Infrastructure, VCDX, VCDX-NV, Virtualisation, by Iwan Hoogendoorn

In my previous blog post I have been talking about the different design factors that influence the design decisions made throughout an architectural design. This article is part of my VCDX blog article series that can be found here. In this article I am going to talk about how to determine these design factor elements […]

 

VCDX Design Terminology

On September 4, 2016, in Certification, Design & Architecture, VCDX, VCDX-NV, Virtualisation, by Iwan Hoogendoorn

It is very important to know the terminology when you create a VCDX Design and also know what the meaning is of this. This article is part of my VCDX blog article series that can be found here. Some of the “key terms” used in design terminology are: 1) Requirements 2) Constraints 3) Assumptions 4) […]

 

Components of a VCDX design

On September 4, 2016, in Certification, Design & Architecture, VCDX, VCDX-NV, Virtualisation, by Iwan Hoogendoorn

In order to create a VCDX design it is good to know what components are needed to create one. A VCDX design is more then just one diagram. This article is part of my VCDX blog article series that can be found here. From my point of view the following components are needed as a […]

 

Designers vs Administrators

On September 4, 2016, in Certification, Design & Architecture, VCDX, VCDX-NV, Virtualisation, by Iwan Hoogendoorn

Designers have a different set of skills as the administrators. VMware reflects this in the type of certifications it is offering. VCAP-Design is a certification track that focusses on the design architecture. VCAP-Deploy is a certification track that focusses on the implementation and administration. This article is part of my VCDX blog article series that […]

 

Useful files that will help you with your CCIE Data Center studies

On May 7, 2013, in CCIE, Certification, Data Center, by Iwan Hoogendoorn

Hey all, Below you will find some useful files that helped me during my CCIE Data Center studies. I mentioned in my announcement that I passed for the CCIE Data Center lab exam that I am am using a “topic based” approach to study everything that we need to know. Below you will find some […]

Tagged with:  

CCIE Video track?

On May 3, 2013, in Certification, Video, by Iwan Hoogendoorn

Hey, Something new, something fun 🙂 I think this is just a matter of time that the CCIE Video track will be released. Cisco released the CCNA Video in January 2013 and see whats missing on the picture below? Yes, CCNP Video and CCIE Video 🙂 No plans yet … but as always … this […]

Tagged with:  

Passed the CCIE Data Center (lab) exam …

On April 24, 2013, in Certification, Data Center, by Iwan Hoogendoorn

Hey Guys, Passed CCIE Data Center: “It  always seems impossible until it’s done”  – Nelson Mandela Just wanted to update you trough this post that my journey in achieving the CCIE Certificate just came to an end today. When Cisco announced the CCIE Data Center track in March 2012 I immediately knew that this was […]

Tagged with:  

The ultimate CCIE Data Center lab physical cabling topology

On January 5, 2013, in Certification, Data Center, by Iwan Hoogendoorn

Hey all, It’s been a while again that I posted something. I just finished a pretty good and flexible CCIE Data Center cabling topology. This diagram is partly based on the INE diagram that they use for their Nexus bootcamp. I made it a bit more fancy and customized it based on my own lab […]

Tagged with:  

The CCIE Data Center online video series

On June 9, 2012, in Certification, Data Center, by Iwan Hoogendoorn

I am happy to announce that I am going to take some time the next couple of weeks, months and maybe years in order to put together some nice practical video’s about the topics that are listed on the CCIE Data Center Lab blueprint. Here you can watch a short intro … stay tuned for […]

Tagged with:  

The products used in the Cisco Data Center Architecture

On March 27, 2012, in Certification, Data Center, Storage, Virtualisation, by Iwan Hoogendoorn

  Today’s blog post will be about “the products used in the Cisco Data Center Architecture”. In my previous blog post I explained the Cisco Data Center Architecture and this architecture is build with different components/hardware. Every piece of hardware is there for a reason, because the equipment list of the CCIE Data Center track […]

Cisco Data Center Architecture

On March 23, 2012, in Certification, Data Center, by Iwan Hoogendoorn

As the CCIE Data Center track has been announced a lot of people started to study for this including me 🙂 With all CCIE tracks the first exam that needs to be passed is the Written exam. For the Written Exam there is a separate blueprint, with a lot of topics… I am going to […]

CCIE Datacenter exam now officially announced

On March 20, 2012, in Certification, Data Center, Infrastructure, Personal, Storage, Virtualisation, by Iwan Hoogendoorn

SO I woke up this morning very early and did the usual Facebook and Twitter read in bed and there it was … The CCIE Datacenter track has officially be announced. More information can be found on the website of Cisco itself of course. To summarize,: the Written CCIE Datacenter exam will have exam number […]

The CCIE Datacenter track

On February 23, 2012, in Certification, Data Center, by Iwan Hoogendoorn

Yesterday I was browsing trough my Facebook page and my eye catched a post of FryGuy with a link to his blog with the following header “CCIE Data Center – It Looks To Be Real!” I know that the rumor has been going on for a while … so suddenly I am all focused when […]

Tagged with:  

Playing with a Catalyst 6500 and a WiSM blade

On February 28, 2011, in Certification, Wireless & Radio, by Iwan Hoogendoorn

Hey, Last weekend I did some practicing with a Catalyst 6500 and a WiSM blade. In order to get more comfortable with this I created a few tasks that I think are important for the CCIE Wireless Lab. Below you will find a overview of the questions that I created and you will find a […]

Tagged with:  

CCIE Wireless Home Lab

On January 17, 2011, in Certification, Wireless & Radio, by Iwan Hoogendoorn

Today I received equipment that I can use in order to build my CCIE Wireless Lab. The lab is not complete yet … but I can test arround 90% of the Blueprint topics of CCIE Wireless. The only topics that I won’t be able to test/learn are: – VTP – Trunking – HSRP – Dynamic […]

Installing Cisco Secure Access Server 4.2 (CSA) in VMware

On December 30, 2010, in Certification, Security, Virtualisation, Wireless & Radio, by Iwan Hoogendoorn

As Part of the CCIE Wireless lab we also need to have a CSA Server (besides the CWS server). The actual CSA software (also known as Cisco ACS) can run on a machine with Windows 2003/SP  as underlying Operating system. I am currently using a Virtual Machine that runs Windows 2003/SP2 with all latest security […]

Installing Cisco Wireless Control System 7.0 (WCS) in VMware

On December 29, 2010, in Certification, Wireless & Radio, by Iwan Hoogendoorn

As Part of the CCIE Wireless lab we need to have a WCS Server. The actual WCS software can run on a machine with Windows 2003/SP or Red Hat Linux Enterprise Server 5.X as underlying Operating system. 64-bit installations are not supported at all. I am currently using a Virtual Machine that runs Windows 2003/SP2 […]

Install Cisco Unified Communication Manager 8.5(1) and Cisco Unity Connection 8.5(1) on VMware

On December 28, 2010, in Certification, Voice Over IP, by Iwan Hoogendoorn

In the process of getting bored and waiting for wireless equipment I decided to set up the newest release of CUCM and CUC. At the time that I am writing this (28-12-2010) the newest version is 8.5(1). For my CCIE wireless Lab enviroment I will need a callmanager in order to register the (wireless) phones. […]

CCIE Wireless equipment

On October 13, 2010, in Certification, Design & Architecture, Personal, Switching, Wireless & Radio, by Iwan Hoogendoorn

In this blog post I am going to explain the equipment that is used for the CCIE Wireless Lab. This is THE MOST IMPORTANT topic of the complete lab … because if you don’t know your equipment and its capabillities then you don’t know what can do what in order to configure what Cisco is […]

CCIE Wireless Written topics

On October 10, 2010, in Certification, Wireless & Radio, by Iwan Hoogendoorn

If you look at the CCIE Wireless blueprint you will see tha this blueprint exists of 5 head subjects: 1.00 Plan WLAN installations 2.00 Design WLAN installations 3.00 Implement WLAN   Installations 4.00 Operate WLAN   installations 5.00 Troubleshoot WLAN   issues Today I studied the first “chapter” and I want to give you guys an overview of […]

Finally a CCIE Voice

On October 3, 2010, in Certification, Personal, Voice Over IP, by Iwan Hoogendoorn

Hi blog readers, As some of you already know I was busy with achieving my CCIE Voice. Well I can tell you that I reached my goal. On the 24th of January 2008 my journey started when I passed the CCIE Voice Written Exam. I can remember the exact day … and the localtion was […]

Tagged with:  

Cisco certification levels and job roles

On October 3, 2010, in Certification, by Iwan Hoogendoorn

I always get the question how I became a CCIE and how long it took me and what my future goals are after achieving the highest certification in networking… my always that I don’t really know … maybe another CCIE track but I have no concrete plans … Well after the 29 of June CCIE […]