CCIE Data Center Lab Exam Bootcamp

Our entirely hands-on Lab Exam Bootcamps are unmatched offering seven full days of in-depth, comprehensive CCIE Data Center Lab Exam training, taught by industry-renowned expert instructors with extensive real-world experience. This Lab Exam Bootcamp is intended to serve as the final step in preparing to take your CCIE Data Center Lab Exam.

The course focuses on the hands-on implementation of Nexus NX-OS & ACI for both LAN & SAN switching, as well as the Unified Computing System (UCS). Students have hands-on access to both NX-OS and ACI-based hardware to learn first-hand how to implement data center technologies such as VDCs, vPC, VXLAN, OTV, ACI, Fibre Channel, and FCoE just to name a few. The hardware topology used in this course mimics the one used in the actual CCIE Data Center v2 Lab Exam.

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What is a Lab Exam Bootcamp?

Our CCIE Data Center Lab Exam Bootcamp is seven days of intensive, hands-on, instructor-led training. The instructor will alternate between presenting material and guiding attendees through hands-on, real-world exercises. Attendees will be provided access to a complete rack system encompassing the necessary topology.

This CCIE Data Center Bootcamp offers students the opportunity to get hands-on implementation experience with cutting-edge real-world data center hardware platforms. Our exclusive live bootcamps are specifically designed to provide you with the knowledge you need to hone your skills and help you pass your CCIE Data Center Lab Exam the first time!

The target audience for this course expands beyond Data Center CCIE candidates to include any network engineer who wants to learn how Cisco's Nexus NX-OS and ACI based platforms work for both LAN and SAN Switching, in addition to Cisco's Unified Computing System (UCS) through live, hands-on configuration.

Who should take it?

This Bootcamp is intended for those in the final stages of their CCIE studies who are preparing to take their CCIE Data Center Lab Exam, but is open to any network engineer wanting to learn about USC, or how Cisco's Nexus NX-OX and ACI-based platforms work for both LAN and SAN Switching. 

What can you expect?

This Bootcamp is structured to run 10-12 hours per day, with a one-hour lunch break. Each day will be a combination of lectures, Q&A sessions, and hands-on exercises. Students will also have full access to their lab equipment throughout the evening to continue practicing on their own or together with other students.

Our lectures are dynamic and engaging, with a digital whiteboard system, and a significant amount of class time spent live on Cisco's IOS command line interface working with a full network topology.

What does it mean to audit a Bootcamp?

Classes that are sold out due to rack limitations will offer an audit option. This option will include all the same access to the live online class and materials that a regular seat offers, the only difference being you will not have rack access while in class. Instead, you will be offered access to the rack during a different week that meets with your scheduling needs. For questions regarding bootcamp audits, please reach out to our training advisors at 877-224-8987.

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  • VLANs
  • Trunking
  • Port Channels
  • Rapid Spanning-Tree Protocol (STP)
  • Multiple Spanning-Tree Protocol (MST)
  • Private VLANs
  • Unidirectional Link Detection (UDLD)
  • Layer 2 Multicast Switching
  • Fabric Extension (FEX)
  • Virtual Port Channels (vPC)
  • Overlay Transport Protocol (OTV)
  • Virtual Extensible LAN (VXLAN) with BGP EVPN Control Plane
  • Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI)
  • EIGRP on NX-OS
  • OSPF on NX-OS
  • IS-IS on NX-OS
  • BGP on NX-OS
  • Multicast Routing on NX-OS
  • Bidirectional Forwarding Detection (BFD)
  • Layer 3 High Availability
  • First-Hop Redundancy Protocols (FHRP/GLBP/HSRP)
  • Quality of Service
  • Fibre Channel Switching
  • SAN Port Channels
  • Zoning
  • NPV & NPIV
  • Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE)
  • Multihop FCoE
  • Virtual Device Contexts (VDCs)
  • AAA
  • SNMPv3
  • NetFlow
  • Smart C all Home
  • NTP & PTP
  • Cisco Intersight
  • Cisco UCS Director
  • Cisco CloudCenter
  • Access Control Lists (ACL) for IP/MAC/VLAN
  • Port Security
  • DHCP Snooping and Dynamic ARP Inspection
  • IP Source Guard
  • Cisco TrustSec
  • UCS B-Series Initialization
  • FI High Availability
  • UCSM Web/Java UI
  • UCS System Management Communications
  • Call Home, Policies and Profiles
  • Orgs and RBAC
  • Backup and Restore
  • Chassis and Blade Discovery
  • Management IP Address Pools
  • DNS Server Management
  • NTP Server and Time Management
  • Fibre Channel Switching Mode
  • Fibre Channel End Host Mode
  • FC Uplink Configuration
  • VSANs
  • FCoE VLANs
  • Uplink Trunking Port Channels
  • SAN Pin Groups
  • WWNN/nWWN Pools
  • WWPN/pWWN Pools
  • iSCSI IP Pools
  • iSCSI IQNs
  • vHBA Templates
  • Ethernet Switching Mode
  • Ethernet End Host Mode
  • LAN Uplink Configuration
  • MAC Address Aging
  • VLAN Creation and Trunking
  • Private VLANs
  • Uplink Port Channels
  • LAN Pin Groups
  • Disjointed Layer2 Networks
  • Global LAN QoS
  • FCoE and iSCSI QoS
  • LAN QoS Policies
  • FCoE QoS Policies
  • MAC Address Pools
  • LAN Policies for Network Control
  • LAN Policies for Flow Control
  • Monitoring LAN Connections and Exposing Hot Spots
  • vNIC Templates
  • Dynamic vNIC Provisioning
  • UUID Pools
  • Server Pool Creation
  • Server Pool Qualification
  • Server Pool Policies
  • BIOS Policies
  • Boot Policies
  • System Policies
  • Initial Template Service Profiles
  • Updating Template Service Profiles
  • Service Profile Instantiation
  • Manual Service Profile Creation
  • Week in Review
  • Lab Strategy

Minimum Preparation

There are no formal prerequisites, but it is recommended that you have a CCNP or a CCNP level of knowledge prior to attempting a CCIE.

To prepare for this course, we recommend that you have a basic understanding of the technologies on the CCIE Data Center blueprint and view INE's CCIE Data Center Advanced Technologies course. You will also need a working knowledge of Cisco's IOS interface.

Preferred Preparation

In addition to the minimum preparation materials, we recommend completing the self-paced CCIE Data Center Workbook, which is available here or in our All Access Pass.

Bootcamp Reseat Policy

The re-seat/re-take terms in place at the time of purchase will apply to your case. Re-seats are available for bootcamps of the same type, or for bootcamps that have replaced the course you originally attended. You must attend your initial bootcamp before you can register for a re-seat. You may only register for one re-seat at a time and must attend the re-seat session before scheduling another re-seat. Students may schedule a re-seat for any upcoming bootcamp date, excluding those marked “Sold Out”.*  Any outstanding fees, including rescheduling fees, must be paid before you can register for a re-seat. You must agree to the re-seat terms before you may register. 
Effective November 1, 2017, bootcamp students may purchase re-seats at a reduced rate for two years from the date that you attended your original class. At the close of the two-year timeframe, bootcamp students have the option to purchase two more years of discounted re-seats. Re-seat fees are applicable for all tracks. Re-seat fees for bootcamps 6 days or longer are $1000 per re-take. For bootcamps of 5 days or less, the cost is $500 each time you wish to re-sit. In addition to the re-seat fee, if you received a discount on your original purchase, you must pay the difference between list price at the time of purchase and the discounted rate received. If any promotional items (i.e. free travel vouchers, electronic devices, etc.) were included with your bootcamp purchase, you will be required to pay the cost of that item (up to $500) in addition to the re-seat fee. Requests for re-seats after your two-year timeframe will be evaluated on a case by case basis.  

*Students who wish to re-sit an online CCIE DC bootcamp will not be eligible to schedule their online attendance until two weeks before the start of class, based on availability. If you wish to register for this online bootcamp as a re-seat, you must contact the bootcamp coordinator to be added to a waitlist. Two weeks before the start of the scheduled class, students on waitlist will be contacted in order of request date to fill any available seats.

Reseat policy is subject to change at any time at the discretion of INE.

Bootcamp Payment Plans

We offer 2 month, 3 month, and 4 month payment plans for our bootcamp classes. A 5% processing fee will be collected with the first payment of all payment plans. Any exceptions are at the sole discretion of our billing team.

This is not a credit or financing plan and no interest charges are incurred from INE, except for the initial 5% processing fee.

For example, if you place an order for $4,000 and choose a 4-month payment plan, your initial payment would be $1,000 plus the 5% processing fee of $200, for a total of $1,200. The remaining $3,000 order balance will be processed automatically by INE over the next 3 months, at $1,000 per month.

With your first payment, you will receive access to your All Access Pass so you can begin watching the self-paced videos to prepare for your bootcamp.

Payment plans require you to use a debit/credit card. We accept the following debit/credit cards: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover. No other payment methods are accepted for payment plan orders.

Your bootcamp must be paid in full prior to the class start date.

Bootcamp Cancellation Policy

Bootcamp Refunds

The following policy applies to refunds for instructor-led bootcamp vouchers, instructor-led bootcamps that have already passed, or instructor-led bootcamp classes that have you have rescheduled from the original date listed on your purchase. Refunds for instructor-led bootcamp vouchers, instructor-led bootcamp classes that were attended, or instructor-led bootcamps that have a date on the order that has already passed are not permitted for any reason. If you no longer wish to attend an instructor-led bootcamp, you must notify INE in writing at least 45 days before the course start date in which you are currently registered. You are then eligible to receive a store credit which you may apply to another purchase. The store credit extended to you will be valued at the cost of your purchase minus any promotional items or self-paced training materials that were included with your bootcamp purchase. Store credit is valid for 365 days from the date of issue.

The following policy applies to refunds for instructor-led bootcamps purchased for a specific date. If requested in writing at least 46 days before the bootcamp start date, instructor-led bootcamps purchased for a specific date are eligible for a full refund, minus the value of self-paced materials and any promotional items that were included with your order.

Any refund request received within 45 days of your scheduled instructor-led bootcamp purchased for a specific date will incur additional cancellation fees. Cancellation fees will be based on a percentage of the price that you paid for your bootcamp. Any self-paced materials that came with your order cannot be refunded; the value of these materials and any promotional items will be removed from your refunded amount, in addition to the appropriate cancellation fee. In the event that the purchaser and attendee are not the same person refunds will be processed to the purchaser. Request for refunds on bootcamps with a specific class date are subject to a cancellation penalty as follows.

  • Cancelling 46 days or more prior to the bootcamp date chosen on your order allows for a full refund minus the cost of self-paced materials and any promotional items.
  • Cancelling 45-36 days prior to the bootcamp date chosen on your order will incur a 5% cancellation fee.
  • Cancelling 36-29 days prior to the bootcamp date chosen on your order will incur a 10% cancellation fee.
  • Cancelling 30-20 days prior to the bootcamp date chosen on your order will incur a 20% cancellation fee.
  • Canceling 20-15 days prior to the bootcamp date chosen on your order will incur a 30% cancellation fee.
  • Canceling 15 to 10 days prior to the bootcamp date chosen on your order will incur a 40% cancellation fee.
  • Cancelling less than 10-7 days prior to the bootcamp date chosen on your order will incur a 50% cancellation fee.
  • Cancelling 6 or less days prior to the bootcamp date chosen refunds will not be permitted.

Bootcamp Rescheduling

If for any reason, you need to reschedule a bootcamp, or if you would like to choose your date after purchase, you must notify INE in writing at least 46 days before the bootcamp start date. At INE's sole discretion, you may incur a rescheduling fee if your request is placed less than 45 days before the original bootcamp start date. Rescheduling fees are based on current bootcamp list price and must be paid before you may attend.

  • Rescheduling 46 days or more in advance will not incur a rescheduling fee.
  • Rescheduling 45-30 days in advance will incur a 5% rescheduling fee.
  • Rescheduling 30-15 days in advance will incur a 15% rescheduling fee.
  • Rescheduling 14 days or less before the class start date will incur a 25% rescheduling fee.

Failure to attend your scheduled bootcamp without prior written notification will be considered a “no show” and the full bootcamp price will be forfeited.

INE reserves the right to cancel or reschedule any bootcamp. INE shall not be liable for lost travel expenses or any other expense incurred by the student related to a rescheduled bootcamp. INE assumes no liability in the case of war (declared or undeclared), natural or man-made disasters, delays or inability to travel, or other forces outside of INE's control through which INE determines attending a bootcamp may cause risk to students or INE employees. 

Bootcamp confirmation will be provided 30 days before the start date. Bootcamps for which the running dates are changed 31 days or more before the originally-scheduled start date are considered “rescheduled,” not “cancelled.” In the unlikely event that INE must cancel a Bootcamp within 30 days of the scheduled start date, we will contact and work with you to determine the appropriate solution.

Bootcamp Payment Policies

Before one can reserve a seat in an upcoming bootcamp, a valid INE order must be placed. A valid order consists of an order paid in full using an approved payment method, for which the initial payment has been made on a payment plan, or with receipt of an approved purchase order.

Any electronic materials included with the bootcamp purchase will be fulfilled to your account upon payment completion, the first payment of a payment plan, or receipt of a valid purchase order.

Bootcamp orders must be paid in full before the student may attend class.

Bootcamp must be paid in full before any applicable promotional materials can be ordered or delivered.

Bootcamp rescheduling fee will apply regardless of the payment method selected. Please refer to the rescheduling policy for further details.

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Upcoming Scheduled Dates Location
November 18 - November 24, 2019 Online AUDIT ONLY (GMT -6)

Hear From Previous Bootcamp Students

Brian Mcgahan is an amazing instructor. He not only explained difficult concepts with ease but also helped in strengthening my basics of networking. He is very friendly to students and addresses even the silliest doubt without any hesitation which instills confidence to speak your doubts and know that there is someone there for true guidance. I have enjoyed every moment of the class. I would love to attend future bootcamps whose instructor would be Brian Mcgahan.
Zain Nachiz
The bootcamp was outstanding, and Brian was very patient and informative. This one-week bootcamp was the equivalent of months of studying on my own.
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