Saturday, April 30, 2011

6 Days and 50+ Comments Later

Can we change the world with 2-hour WebEx session?
I don't know.
But I'd love to try if I was given a chance.
Even the subject was "just" about CCIE.

With over 400 people registered and 170 attended last Sunday,
total over 700 registered and 350 attended,
within 2 consecutive sessions in a week time,
and more than 50 comments so far,
from email,
feedback in blog,
@mention on twitter,
and facebook comments (didn't count the "like"),
it looks like the output at least worth my effort.

The question is: what's next?
What would you like to hear next?

Please let me know.

Monday, April 25, 2011

CCIE R&S Unofficial Update - Recording!

This is the link to the WebEx recording (English version):

CCIE R&S, The Unofficial Update (English)-20110424 0704-1
Sunday, April 24, 2011 11:04 am Abu Dhabi Time
1 Hour 53 Minutes

For my fellow Indonesians, if you are looking for the recording of the Bahasa version please go to my other blog.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

CCIE R&S Unofficial Update - Light Table

It's Sunday, Easter holiday for some, and still more than 400 people registered with 170 attended the session!

From the list of attendees I can see people joined from all over the world, from Australia, South East and Far East Asia, to Middle East, Africa, UK and Europe, US, Central and Latin America. It may not be the most convenient time to attend a WebEx session for some, so thank you very much for joining!

Enjoy the light table view of the slides. And thank you once again.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

CCIE R&S WebEx Session (English) - FAQ

When is the session?
Sunday, 24th April 2011 at 11 am Dubai time (UTC+4)

Do I have to pay to join?
No, it's an open session. Anyone who is interested with the subject can join.

How to join the session?
Please register by using the following link and fill all the required information. Once you are approved, you will receive WebEx invite with meeting information.

How to get approval?
Just fill up all the required info properly. Attention: once get approved, the WebEx invite will be sent to the email you put during registration. So it's very important to use your actual email.

Do I need to send email to Himawan with "I have registered" or "please include me"?
No. If I feel that you put the right information (e.g. no funny name, and it looks like you put real job title, company name, city etc) I will approve it for sure.

After registration gets approved, then what?

WebEx invite will be sent over the email. Inside the invite there is a link to join the session on Sunday with the meeting information such as the meeting password and the WebEx number you can dial if you don't use the callback feature (please read the answer about the audio in the meeting).

Do I need to install any software to join the WebEx?
On Sunday when you click the link from WebEx invite and this is your first time attending WebEx meeting, there may be a plugin/client needs to be installed but usually it happens automagically you just need to follow the process and accept the installation when asked.

What kind of features are available during the session?

Using WebEx client you will be able to see the slides, listen to the audio (over the phone), watch the video of myself and other attendees if they turn on the camera, and you can chat with me and all others.

What is the minimum bandwidth required to use the client?
From documentation it needs about 90 - 130 kbps in order to see the slide and video with acceptable delay. But I heard in my last WebEx session one person joined with Internet dial up connection and was still able to see the slide even with some delay. Audio is using normal phone so it's not relevant with the bandwidth.

How to listen to the audio?
When the first time you join the meeting there will be a pop-up window asking to fill up your country code and phone number, then the system will call that number. You can also get the same pop-up window by selecting 'join conference' from the menu. The other way is by calling the WebEx number available in the WebEx invite and put the meeting number when asked.

Can I join with audio only, without WebEx client?
Yes, you can. To make the system call your number you need to join with the client and fill up your phone number as explained above. But if you want to join with audio only, please dial to the WebEx number available in the invite and put the meeting number when asked. The meeting number can be found from the same WebEx invite.

Why can't the audio use integrated Voip?
Because the VoiP quality depends on your Internet connection. Some of the attendees may not have fast Internet connection hence won't get a good audio. And in the WebEx that I use there is no option to use both normal phone and integrated Voip for audio, I have to select either one so I go with normal phone.

How to ask question during the session?
Everyone will be put in muted from the beginning of the meeting. If you want to ask question please use the chat window, and send your question to everyone not privately to me. I want to make the session as interactive as possible so you can ask anytime and I will try to answer right away. The questions related to the current slide are more preferable.

Why this kind of session always happen on Sunday?
Because that's the only time I can do it.

Will the session be recorded?
Yes, but the recording won't be available for download and I can't guarantee the quality of the audio in the recording. And obviously it won't be interactive so if you have questions in mind related to the subject you will have your opportunity to ask during the session.

CCIE R&S (English) - WebEx Registration Link

The CCIE R&S WebEx session (in English) will be conducted on Sunday, 24th April 2011 at 11 am Dubai time (UTC+4). It's free and open for anyone who is interested with this subject. Please use the following link to register and fill all the required information. I will accept only those who fill up the information correctly (no funny name or false info please, the information is required to show to my management that I'm doing this for another human being).

You are welcome to spread the news about this session.

Monday, April 18, 2011

CCIE R&S, The Unofficial Update

I did free WebEx session of "CCIE R&S, The Unofficial Update" (in my native language Bahasa) yesterday for all fellow Indonesians. More than 300 networking professionals registered and close to 180 joined the 2-hour session. It's kind of my "independent review" of the current R&S lab exam based on my involvement in the lab content development and the alpha testing for CCIE R&S troubleshooting section that I did recently.

This Sunday 24th April I will repeat the session in English. The WebEx session is open for anyone who is interested with the subject.

- About
- What is CCIE?
- CCIE Routing & Switching
- Sample Questions
- How to Become CCIE?
- My Six Rules of Troubleshooting
- The Official Version

Link to WebEx registration soon.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Another CCIE Session @ WebEx

I'm planning to conduct another CCIE sharing session on WebEx and this time is for Routing & Switching track. The session most probably will be called: CCIE R&S, the Unofficial Update. I've been involved in the R&S lab content development, and I did the alpha testing for CCIE R&S troubleshooting section recently, so you may consider this session as "independent review" of the current lab exam.

I believe CCIE R&S may gain another momentum with the refreshed content (it's still v4, it's still the same blueprint) especially after the SP track introduces IOS XR to the lab, to make the R&S as the only track that can be practiced using virtual machine or emulator.

And even if I really make the title as 'Unofficial', but I actually had a chat with the program manager few days ago, and he's giving me permission to show some sample topology of the lab including the troubleshooting section. Obviously it won't be the actual lab and I won't discuss any NDA material in the session.

The first session is in my native language and I'm thinking to conduct it next Sunday. It's just few days after the deadline to submit design document for my current project, and just a day before the ISO audit at work. I guess the pressure is what makes it more fun, isn't it?

The second session is in English, and most likely will happen on the following Sunday. Please wait for more information from me.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Istanbul, with an M6

Istanbul, historically known as Byzantium and Constantinople, is the largest city in Turkey and located on the Bosphorus Strait and encompasses the natural harbour known as the Golden Horn. It extends both on the European (Thrace) and on the Asian (Anatolia) sides of the Bosphorus, and is thereby the only metropolis in the world that is situated on two continents.

All photos are made with Leica M6 and Kodak Ektar 100 film (except the last one), cropped and framed with iPad Photogene.

Past and Present

Path to the Blue Mosque

Istanbul tram by day

The empty chairs

Viewing Marmara sea

Gift shop by the tram

In between Asia and Europe

How to travel with young children and still able to make photos at least 1 roll a day? The solution is a baby carrier backpack :) Even though with Ayesha on the back I could only go as low as 1/30 with my M6, compare to 1/8 handheld in normal situation.

Ayesha curious what to shoot

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Life After CCIE

Almost a decade ago I passed my first CCIE exam. And even after being CCIE for about 10 years, there are still some people who like to have a debate with me about whether or not it matters to have certification. I usually try to avoid such discussion, and simply show from my own experience how CCIE has impacted my life.

Having knowledge about Cisco and networking in general gave me chance to work in world class companies such as Schlumberger, IBM and with Cisco Systems itself. I had opportunity to work with the best networking guys in the industry, including with some Ciscopress authors that I used to only know and read their names from the book cover. I have been in many interesting places from Cisco HQ in Silicon Valley to Bangkok, Singapore, Hanoi, Prague, Munich, Bratislava, London, Istanbul, Dubai, Mexico City and many others including soon to one unique place in Africa. I joined Cisco and have almost unlimited access to the detailed hardware and software architecture of the products ever since. I have been involved in several interesting projects with leading edge technologies. I have to deal with important Cisco customers, large scale networks, and I have been in the situation multiple times when I am expected to be the last resort to solve the challenge. I'm part of the team where the other team members are well known in Cisco community and even outside the organization. I have chance to deploy the latest Cisco products such as CRS-3 or ASR9K before many others. And recently I had opportunity to help developing the CCIE program by building new lab questions and taking the alpha exam.

Some people may be able to achieve the same or even more without CCIE, but in my case it was the CCIE certificate and the expertise gained during the preparation, that took me to the next level.

I didn't even plan for all the above when the first time I decided to learn about networking. I didn't know what the certification or CCIE would take me. What I knew at the time when I started, I enjoyed learning about networking and I used Cisco certification program to help and as guidance in my learning.

I did what I like, and the rest is just history.
Instead of arguing, you should probably do the same.