Planning my CCIE voice LAB

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May 5th, 2007

Hi,

i am in the process of planning my CCIE voice LAB and i want to know until when the existing program will still available. i mean CCM 4.13, unity 4, etc...

please send me the corresponding links.

Good day

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Correct Answer by Chris Deren about 9 years 7 months ago

Typically Cisco gives 6 monhts advance notice when major changes are coming. The CCIE voice has only been changed once July/2006 from its original version. This was long after CM 4.1(3) has been out in the field. I think you are save for 8 months :-)

Chris

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Chris Deren Sat, 05/05/2007 - 06:51

My suggestion is to begin your studies on the existing software versions and hardware. Cisco tyically provides enough time to change gear if necessary.

Chris

twissam Sat, 05/05/2007 - 07:21

Hi guys and thanks for your help.

Do you think 8 month from now should be ok.

I mean to have the same version as i beleive its being a while since this version is running.

Good day

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Chris Deren Sat, 05/05/2007 - 07:23

Typically Cisco gives 6 monhts advance notice when major changes are coming. The CCIE voice has only been changed once July/2006 from its original version. This was long after CM 4.1(3) has been out in the field. I think you are save for 8 months :-)

Chris

thisisshanky Sat, 05/05/2007 - 07:29

I would also recommend you participate in the Ask the Expert sessions from Ben Ng, here in this forum. There have been 2 or 3 sessions in the past. You can search for them and read them through. Very informative.

HTH

Sankar

rob.huffman Sat, 05/05/2007 - 08:40

Hi Wissam,

Just thought I would a little note to the great info you have received so far (from 2 CCIE Voice experts no less!) This exact question was asked/answered in Ben's recent Ask the Expert Event;

Currently we have CCM 4.1(3) and Unity 4.0(5). These versions will remain in the lab at least for the remainder of 2007.

The next upgrade path is currently under review, sorry I could not conclusively tell you which version is next at this point in time. However, we will always try our best to announce software upgrades or hardware additions at least 6 months prior to the actual event take place in the lab.

Hope it helps,

-ben

From this recent (February 2007) Ask the Expert Event

http://forums.cisco.com/eforum/servlet/NetProf?page=netprof&forum=Expert%20Archive&topic=Career%20Certifications&CommCmd=MB%3Fcmd%3Ddisplay_location%26location%3D.1ddd84f0/22

Software Versions

Any major release of Call Manager, Unity or CRS that has been generally available for six months is eligible for testing in the CCIE Voice lab exam. You may see more recent IOS versions installed in the lab, but will not be tested on those features unless indicated below.

All routers use IOS version 12.4 Main Train

Catalyst 6503 series switches use Switch OS version 7.6(X)

Catalyst 3550 series switches use IOS version 12.1EA

CCM version 4.1(3) with latest SR

Unity version 4.0(5)

CRS version 4.0(1)

http://www.cisco.com/web/learning/le3/ccie/voice/lab_equipment.html

Hope this helps!

Rob

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