Monthly Archives: July 2014

CCNP Routing and Switching Version 2.0: New ROUTE, SWITCH, TSCHOOT Exams

cisco, ccnp, ccnp routing and switching, route, switch, it certification examsThis week, Cisco has announced a few big updates. The company is launching three new specialist certifications (which we’ll talk about later), and is introducing a new version of CCNP Routing and Switching Certification: CCNP R&S 2.0.

According to Cisco, the new CCNP Routing and Switching targets to provide candidates with more current topics and forward-looking approaches. For example, it pays close attention to how IPv6 addresses workforce mobility and the proliferation of Internet-connected devices. The refreshed exams also include network scale support and accommodating the continued growth of IoT (Internet of Things, see below).

The refreshed CCNP R&S validates that you have the skills to plan, implement, verify and troubleshoot complex network solutions The new CCNP Routing and Switching exams are:

  • Implementing Cisco IP Routing (300-101)
  • Implementing Cisco IP Switched Networks (300-115)
  • Troubleshooting and Maintaining Cisco IP Networks (300-135)

The current CCNP Routing and Switching exams can be taken until January 29, 2015. So, until that date, to achieve your CCNP R&S certification, you need to take and pass 3 exams:

  • 642-902 ROUTE (Last day to test: January 29, 2015) OR 300-101 ROUTE
  •  642-813 SWITCH (Last day to test: January 29, 2015) OR 300-115 SWITCH
  •  642-832 TSHOOT (Last day to test: January 29, 2015) OR 300-135 TSHOOT

After January 29, only 300-101 ROUTE, 300-115 SWITCH and 300-135 TSHOOT will be available for CCNP Routing and Switching candidates. Before that date, Cisco allows candidates to mix and match old and new exams, so, for example, you can take the old version of the ROUTE, the new version of the SWITCH and any version of the THOOT – or any other combination of the old and new exams.

So What Is the Change About?

Overall, Cisco is stepping up the level of CCNP Routing and Switching credential, bringing it closer to the expert level, as well as other CCNP certifications. CCNP R&S updates have been long overdue, so now CCNP Routing and Switching has been brought up to the same level with other CCNP-level credentials, such as Data Center, Security and Voice.

The new CCNP Routing and Switching 2.0 curriculum emphasizes IPv6, including running dual-stack IPv4 and IPv6 networks. Cisco believes that since the IPv6 demand will keep growing, needs to be matched accordingly. There is also a strengthening emphasis on the Internet of things (IoT) that exists in the form of manufacturing sensors, household gadgets, and other devices that require network connection.

In the new version of CCNP Routing and Switching, Cisco requires candidates to be proficient in StackWise and Virtual Switching Service (VSS) technologies. Both are used to make multiple physical switches behave like a single switch, but there are a number of design considerations and implementation details that impact their behavior in production networks.

Another thing to keep in mind while looking at the new version of CCNP Routing and Switching certification is DMVPN (Dynamic multipoint virtual private network). This technology creates an overlay of secure tunnels across public or leased networks, and it has also been added to the CCNP Routing & Switching track.


This is a huge update for this challenging certification, but, as usual, Cisco accompanies the changes with comprehensive blueprints that list all topics and the weight they carry on each exam. You may find the blueprints here.

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New Exam: Oracle WebLogic Server 12c: Administration I (1Z0-133)

new exams, oracle weblogic server 12c, it certification examsEarlier this summer, Oracle has released the new exam: the Oracle WebLogic Server 12c: Administration I Certification Exam (1Z0-133). Passing this exam is required for obtaining the “Oracle Certified Associate (OCA) – Oracle WebLogic Server 12c Administrator” credential.

What is Oracle WebLogic Server? Oracle WebLogic Server is a benchmark solution for Java application servers, and the “Oracle Certified Associate (OCA) – Oracle WebLogic Server 12c Administrator” is a global standard for WLS administrators. This credential validates the holder’s skills and capabilities of setting up server environments, tuning performance, providing troubleshooting and more.

Like other Oracle exams, The Oracle WebLogic Server 12c: Administration I exam (1Z0-133) can be taken through the network of Pearson VUE testing centers. The 1Z0-133 exam takes 2 hours and consists of 77 multiple choice questions. 1Z0-133 minimum passing score is 64%. Click here to register for the exam.

Oracle WebLogic Server 12c: Administration I Certification Exam (1Z0-133) Topics

Overview of WebLogic Server

  • Explain the WebLogic Server terms: domain, server, machine and cluster
  • Explain the difference between the administration server and the managed servers.
  • Describe the administrative tools: Administration Console, WLST, WLDF, Monitoring Dashboard

Installing and Patching WebLogic Server

  • Determine supported configurations for WebLogic Server
  • Install WebLogic Server in graphical mode
  • Install WebLogic Server silently
  • Describe the installation directory structure
  • Apply a patch to WebLogic Server by using OPatch

Creating Domains

  • Describe a domain’s file system
  • Create a domain by using the Configuration Wizard
  • Configure machines, servers, and clusters by using the Configuration Wizard
  • Copy a domain to another computer with the pack and unpack utilities

Starting Servers

  • Start and stop servers with standard scripts
  • Identify and resolve problems with server startup
  • Customize start and stop scripts, including the CLASSPATH
  • Restart a failed server on a different machine

Using the Administration Console

  • Access the WebLogic Server Administration Console
  • Identify the components of the Administration Console
  • Update Administration Console preferences
  • Use the Administration Console change center
  • Create and configure servers by using the Administration Console

Configuring JDBC

  • Describe WebLogic Server’s JDBC architecture
  • Describe WebLogic Server’s JNDI architecture
  • Compare the different types of data sources
  • Compare the different data source transaction options
  • Create and configure a generic data source
  • Tune a data source’s connection pool
  • Create and configure a GridLink data source

Monitoring a Domain

  • Configure WebLogic Server logs
  • Interpret a server log file entry
  • Create and apply a log filter
  • Enable WebLogic Server debugging output
  • Monitor WebLogic Server health and performance
  • Monitor JDBC data sources
  • Access diagnostic charts in the Monitoring Dashboard

Node Manager

  • Describe the architecture and capabilities of the Node Manager
  • Create a Node Manager with the Configuration Wizard
  • Configure properties for the Java Node Manager
  • Describe the Java Node Manager directory structure
  • Enroll a Node Manager with a domain
  • Start and stop a Node Manager
  • Start and stop managed servers by using the Administration Console

Deploying Applications

  • Deploy an application
  • Start a deployed application
  • Stop a deployed application
  • Undeploy an application
  • Redeploy an application
  • Use the test links for an application supplied by the Administration Console
  • Monitor a deployed application
  • Use the Monitoring Dashboard’s built-in application view
  • Load test an application with The Grinder console given a script

Network Channels and Virtual Hosts

  • Configure a WebLogic Server network channel
  • Monitor a network channel
  • Configure WebLogic Server to use an administration port
  • Configure a virtual host for WebLogic Server

Creating and Configuring Clusters

  • Describe basic and multi-tier cluster architectures
  • Create a cluster by using the Configuration Wizard
  • Create and configure a cluster by using the Administration Console
  • Create and configure a dynamic cluster
  • Create and configure a server template
  • Describe how a dynamic cluster calculates listen ports and machines for generated servers

Cluster Proxies and Sessions

  • Install Oracle HTTP Server with the Web Tier installer
  • Configure Oracle HTTP Server as a WebLogic Server cluster proxy
  • List the options for HTTP session failover
  • Configure in-memory session replication
  • Configure replication groups

Cluster Communication, Planning and Troubleshooting

  • Explain the difference between unicast and multicast cluster communication
  • Configure replication channels by using the Administration Console
  • Describe planning for a cluster
  • Monitor a cluster


  • Explain WebLogic Server’s role in managing transactions
  • Configure WebLogic Server transactions (JTA)
  • Configure the WebLogic Server default store used for transaction logs
  • Configure a database persistent store for WebLogic Server transaction logs
  • Monitor WebLogic Server transactions

WebLogic Server Security

  • List some of the WebLogic Server security providers and what they do
  • Describe basic LDAP architecture
  • Configure an external LDAP authentication provider for  WebLogic Server
  • Describe how multiple authentication providers can be used with WebLogic Server

Backing Up a Domain and Upgrading WebLogic Server

  • Back up a WebLogic Server domain
  • Restore a WebLogic Server domain
  • Define Managed Service Independence mode
  • Describe the process to upgrade WebLogic Server 11g to 12c
  • Run the WebLogic Server Reconfiguration Wizard as part of the upgrade process

Red Hat Limited Offer: Get a FREE OpenStack/ RHCSA Course

red hat, rhcsa, it courses, free training, openstack, special offers,  it certification examsThis week, Red Hat has announced a special deal to promote its OpenStack certification. For a limited time only, IT professionals who purchase Red Hat Certified System Administrator in Red Hat OpenStack Exam (EX210 or EX210K) will also receive FREE access to Red Hat’s online self-paced course, allowing them to prepare for the exam easier. According to Red Hat, this deal allows you to save over 75% (compared to the cost when purchasing the course and the exam separately).

This course helps candidates to gain the skills necessary to install, configure, and manage Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform. This self-paced online course is an equivalent to 4 days of classroom content and hands-on labs, and can be taken at any pace over 90 days.

Why OpenStack®?

OpenStack® is quickly becoming the cloud infrastructure technology choice for organizations. According to Red Hat, a recent IDG survey found that 84% of companies plan to use OpenStack in the near future. But 55% of those companies also reported they had trouble finding IT professionals capable and qualified to work with this technology.

What do these stats mean for you? While OpenStack® is a great technology which businesses choose to use, half of them experience the lack of OpenStack® professionals. Obtaining the Red Hat Certified System Administrator credential is a great way to boost the potential of your IT career, especially if you are interested in the latest cloud computing trends and technologies.

A Red Hat® Certified System Administrator (RHCSA) credential validates your skills in performing the following tasks:

  • Understand and use essential tools for handling files, directories, command-line environments, and documentation
  • Operate running systems, including booting into different run levels, identifying processes, starting and stopping virtual machines, and controlling services
  • Configure local storage using partitions and logical volumes
  • Create and configure file systems and file system attributes, such as permissions, encryption, access control lists, and network file systems
  • Deploy, configure, and maintain systems, including software installation, update, and core services
  • Manage users and groups, including use of a centralized directory for authentication
  • Manage security, including basic firewall and SELinux configuration

Red Hat Limited Offer: Certification program requirements:

  • The RHCSA Certification Exam consists of 1 section lasting up to 2.5 hours.
  • The exam is performance-based, meaning that candidates must perform tasks on a live system rather than answer questions about how someone might perform those tasks.
  • Real-world experience is valuable preparation for this hands-on exam.

Interested? Hurry up to Red Hat’s website to redeem this offer.

HP IDOL Certification Path: HP ATP & ASE for IDOL Server v10

hp idol, it certification examsLast week, we mentioned that HP had launched three software certifications. Yet, it’s worth pointing out that these credentials come as full certification paths that consist of at least two levels each. In case of HP ASE – IDOL Server v10, there is a prerequisite of HP ATP – IDOL Server v10. Today, we’ll take a look at this whole HP IDOL Server v10 certification path.

What is HP IDOL?

HP IDOL is an information management platform with extremely wide functionality. In fact, the acronym IDOL represents Intelligent Data Operating Layer. HP IDOL is compatible with a wide range of data formats including audio, video, images, social media, email, web content. The IDOL also supports structured data, such as customer transaction logs, which is especially attractive to a number of businesses. HP IDOL is a scalable, secure platform which facilitates better understanding and analysis of content. IDOL’s meaning-based computing with over 500 advanced functions helps users access and use all critical information with maximum efficiency, as well as understand exactly which undercurrents cause the trends and why.

IHP DOL certification path consists of the following credentials:

  • HP ATP – IDOL Server v10
  • HP ASE – IDOL Server v10

HP ATP – IDOL Server v10

HP ATP – IDOL Server v10 is an entry level certification, and does not have any formal prerequisites. You should, however, have some IT background and possess basic understanding of HP IDOL Server Architecture, be able to identify installed components correctly, and understand the process of data aggregation and indexing from a repository into HP IDOL Server.

Gaining the HP ATP – IDOL certification will make you more compatible on the job market by:

  • Helping you gain skills and competencies for the effective design, installation, and administration of HP IDOL solutions.
  • Validating that you can maintain and support HP IDOL processes and procedures.
  • Increasing your business and professional value by validating your knowledge of effective HP IDOL administration.
  • Enhancing your career advancement and job satisfaction as a certified accredited HP IDOL technical professional.

To reach this certification, candidates should take and pass the HP0-A105 (HP IDOL Essentials v10) exam. This 90 minute exam consists of 60 questions and has the passing score of 63%.

HP0-A105 Exam Objectives:

  • 15% – A fundamental understanding of the HP IDOL Server architecture and correct identification of installed components.
  • 15% – Understanding of HP IDOL configuration settings for effective and efficient HP IDOL deployments and solutions.
  • 20% – Understanding of data aggregation and indexing from a repository into HP IDOL Server.
  • 20% – Recognition of the appropriate administrative tasks for HP IDOL Server.
  • 20% – Effective interaction with HP IDOL Server using action commands.
  • 10% – Utilization of HP IDOL Server functionality.


HP ASE – IDOL Server v10

HP ASE – IDOL Server v10 validates candidates’ advanced skills in the IDOL Architecture. This credential is open to candidates who have already reached the ATP – IDOL, and have advanced skills managing the IDOL Server architecture, installing and configuring components, etc.

To reach this credential, candidates need to pass the HP0 – A110 exam (HP IDOL 10.x Advanced). This exam lasts 90 minutes and consists of 60 multiple choice questions.

HP0 – A110 Exam Objectives:

  • 12 % -A full understanding of advanced HP IDOL architecture and HP IDOL technology solutions.
  • 18% – Comprehension of advanced HP IDOL configuration settings for effective and efficient HP IDOL deployments and solutions.
  • 18% – Advanced understanding of data aggregation and indexing from repositories into HP IDOL.
  • 8% – Recognition of appropriate advanced methodology for the effective administration of HP IDOL solutions and deployments.
  • 23% Interaction of HP IDOL through advanced Action commands.
  • 21% – A deep understanding of advanced HP IDOL functionality

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HP Launches 3 New Software Certifications For HP Autonomy Products

hp ase idol v10 certification, hp atp structured data manager v7, hp atp worksite v9, it certificationA few days ago, HP announced the launch of 3 new advanced software certifications. They validate excellent technical skills for HP Autonomy solutions. Here they are:

  • HP ASE – IDOL v10 certification
  • HP ATP – Structured Data Manager v7 certification
  • HP ATP – WorkSite v9 certification

In case you haven’t heard this name before, HP Autonomy is a minor software unit of the technology giant. It was founded as an independent software company in 1996 in Cambridge, UK. It was born out of research conducted in Cambridge University.

Autonomy developed a number of enterprise search and knowledge management applications which mostly employed adaptive pattern recognition techniques centered on Bayesian inference as well as some traditional methods. Hewlett-Packard acquired Autonomy in 2011. Although Autonomy remains an independent unit, it is being integrated with HP. The company develops software solutions for IT, Marketing and Legal & Compliance industries.

Since 2011, Autonomy has developed a number of successful software products for HP, so this year the company has launched a number of advanced certifications focused on them.

HP ASE – IDOL v10 Certification

HP ASE – IDOL v10 credential verifies that its holder understands advanced HP IDOL architecture, and has no trouble identifying installed components, and knows configuration settings for successful HP IDOL deployments. Candidates should also be able to recognize and manage the appropriate administrative tasks for HP IDOL, including interacting with HP IDOL through Action Commands, and have a thorough understanding of advanced HP IDOL functionalities.

‘What is HP IDOL exactly?’

IDOL stands for Intelligent Data Operating Layer. HP IDOL is an information management platform wide extremely wide functionality. It works with a variety of data formats including audio, video, images, social media, email, web content. It also supports structured data, such as customer transaction logs – which makes IDOL especially useful for a number of users. This software solution serves as a scalable, secure platform that allows for exceptionally great understanding of content. IDOL’s meaning-based computing with over 500 advanced functions helps users access and use all critical information with maximum efficiency.

HP ATP – Structured Data Manager v7

HP ATP – Structured Data Manager v7 credential demonstrates that its holder is able to install, configure, and manage an HP Structured Data Manager environment. This certification validates the proficiency using HP Structured Data Manager. It also verifies in-depth understanding of the functionality of HP Structured Data Manager.

What is HP Structured Data Manager?

HP Structured Data Manager helps users analyze, manage, and migrate data. It helps organizations simplify their data retirement and archiving process, so the data can be managed and archived – while remaining accessible. HP Structured Data Manager automates application lifecycle management and structured data optimization by relocating inactive data from expensive production systems and legacy databases, while preserving data integrity and access. Structured Data Manager helps organizations reduce their capital expenses and administrative costs while improving their productivity and overall efficiency of IT and support staff.

HP ATP – WorkSite v9

HP ATP – WorkSite v9 certification validates holders’ ability to deploy, configure, and troubleshoot a WorkSite 9 DMS server, a WorkSite IDOL 8.5 indexer, server-side e-mail management technology, and WorkSite 9 desktop clients and search tools.

‘What is HP WorkSite?’

HP WorkSite enables better and more efficient teamwork over the ever-growing amount of documents and email, no matter the location and device. WorkSite easily handles document and email management, placing data in digital files, making them easier to find, share, and reuse. The software unifies content across email inboxes and file systems and between colleagues, partners, and customers, which results in better productivity and improved customer service.

As these are advanced certifications, they all have prerequisites and other details to keep in mind. In our upcoming posts, we’ll be taking a closer look at each one of them.

Brocade Offers FREE NFV Certification

brocade, it certification, free examHave you ever considered obtaining a Brocade certification? Even if you haven’t, you might well want it now since Brocade offers a free certification on Network Functions Virtualization (NFV). This includes the exam itself, as well as free training and 60-day free trial of the Brocade vRouter software. The offer is temporary, so keep that in mind and register while it lasts here.

What’s The Story With Brocade Networking?

Brocade is really pushing its virtual routing products – both software and routers. This is definitely worth looking into since Brocade Vyatta vRouters and VCS Fabric technology enable NFV in data centers and support efficient and elastic network architectures that can scale up or down to match current application needs in dynamic workload situations. Obviously, this results in significant reduction in hardware costs for network infrastructure – according to Brocade, these savings can go up as high as 90%. It also allows for better usage of the data center and networking resources. More info about Brocade technology is available here.

So, for now, becoming Brocade Certified vRouter Engineer (BCVRE) is free. This offer also includes a 60-day free trial of the Brocade Vyatta vRouter software plus free online training. Then you take the exam and end up with a Brocade Certified vRouter Engineer (BCVRE) credential.

Once you register for the exam, you will get access to the online course materials and study guides for your exam preparation.

BCVRE Exam Objectives:

Brocade Vyatta vRouter System Operations

  • Describe show command system usage
  • Identify key CLI operations
  • Describe the commit and save processes

Ethernet Concepts

  • Identify Ethernet operations
  • Identify VLAN operations and settings
  • Identify bonded interface operations
  • Demonstrate knowledge of configuration and operation using show commands


  • Demonstrate knowledge of the relationship between Layer 2, IP and TCP/IP
  • Identify TCP and UDP differences
  • Identify address subnets

DHCP and DNS Troubleshooting

  • Describe troubleshooting of DHCP operations
  • Describe troubleshooting of DNS forwarding


  • Identify uses for routing
  • Identify show commands for use with routing
  • Identify configuration of different types of static routes


  • Describe firewall operations and troubleshooting using show commands
  • Describe firewall rulebase operations


  • Describe NAT concepts


  • Describe the Brocade Vyatta upgrade process

Logging and Packet Captures

  • Identify logging options for firewall and NAT operations
  • Identify methods to verify operations and troubleshooting

OSPF Single-Area

  • Describe OSPF show command output
  • Describe how to configure OSPF

From what we can see this is a good NFV certification – even if the exam hadn’t been free. There is a lot of potential to this latest Brocade technology, so if you are interested in software defined networking, just go and register for the exam now!

Background info:

Brocade is a San Jose, CA based technology company that specializes in data and storage networking products. Founded in 1995 and gone public in 1999, Brocade’s product portfolio includes network-attached storage, storage area network (SAN) directors and switches, data center switches, Virtual Cluster Switching, software-defined networking, network virtualization, and more. Brocade’s certification program validate the knowledge and skills in the company’s products, as well as overall understanding of the networking landscape, data and storage concepts and other related fields.