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Original Poster1 point · 1 year ago

That's helpful, thank you, but where do I turn to actually study those topics? In other words, I grant you that it's important to have an authoritative list, and the OSGs may very well not, but where do I go to learn about the topics on the list, in depth?

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A good place to find some of the topics will be the UC SRND. I can't speak for anyone else, but I found it to be useful.

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I had access to basically all the applications that were covered on the test. A lot of the stuff I had familiarity since I also work in the UC domain.

I also read the book and the SRNDs. I had a lab of routers/switches/phones that I picked up to learn about CME. I'm lucky because I'm very curious by nature and end up reading/learning about many things that just happened to be covered in the exam blueprint.

Honestly after all that, the most useful thing that helped me pass the test was failing on the first try. After the first try I knew more of what types of questions would be asked and what I needed to study. It was a humbling experience failing on the first try given that I have years of experience with Cisco UC.

Just remember that whether you pass or fail, it is not a measure of your worth. It's only a measure of whether or not you can answer enough of the 60 or so questions correctly.

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I think you have the FLG and the SRND/other White papers. Lab it up. I created a thread just a little while ago that included a similar question.


Windows 10 pro license automatically registers?

I have Windows 10 pro and I recently bought a new SSD (I just stored away the old HD). I plugged in the new drive and installed windows from USB. I skipped activation during installation. After logging in for the first time, Windows is already activated for Windows 10 pro. What gives? I'm afraid that later on this will create a headache trying to contact support or something. Anyone have any experience like that?


That's how it works now. You have a digital licence based on your mobo hardware id which was registered with MS first time you activated with windows 10. Look in activations n menu - it will say activated with a digital licence.

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Original Poster1 point · 1 year ago

Thanks for the response. I appreciate it!

Where'd you get him? I saw one that looked really similar at a humane society in Central Illinois!

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Original Poster3 points · 1 year ago

Totally from the humane society in Central Illinois! He's a really wonderful and well behaved cat. We are so lucky to have him!

Awesome! He seemed like a very sweet guy! We got a cat there this summer :)

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Original Poster2 points · 1 year ago

I hope your cat has been awesome too!


CCNP Collaboration. Worth the frustration?

I recently received my CCNA Collaboration. It was quite the endeavor. I'm afraid the CCNP will be twice as frustrating (even though this is the space that I work within). I saw a post recently lamenting about CIPTV2. Can anyone else provide some insight about the other exams? I wonder if it's worth it to just wait for a revision?


I would say from the bigger picture of np collab as a whole, vice breaking down each test individually, you are dealing with about 85% things you should know working as a voice engi, and 15% BS that 1 out of 10 voice engineers will every see, specifically your higher end telepresence systems.

As for study material, I sat CIPT1 vice TV1, and used the FLG to fill in the gaps I had with expierence. TV2 is an extension of TV1 (builds on topics more in depth), and really IS the exam that you will probably have issues with. CAPPS/CTCollab, in retrospect were pretty easy. As long as you have VCS experience, and have "seen" TMS, you should be alright. I was freaking more than I should have with CTCollab, especially since there is nothing out regarding this new test, I, and while it is over a decade old, still pertains to this day (this is a really really good book btw). As long as you know the tools available, and where things can be found, anyone that actually works in voice should be able to go and sit the exam and be successful.

Overall, I am pretty happy with the exams themselves, I have deff taken exams on other tracks, where I have spent 30ish minutes posting your typical "WTF is this" comments, but no so much with collab.

Something that is a really good tool is the actual IE Collab reading list that was done up by CollabCert, gets you through the bullshit, and focuses you on what you actually need to be successful both on the exams, and in the real world.

Physical gear used for me was no an issue as I work for a cisco collab partner, aside from that costly telepresence gear, I already had everything I needed for NP level. I am now in the processes of piecing things together for the IE topology, of which I think I am just gonna force the powers that be to buy me a bunch of stuff NFR, and then after IE has been achieved just resell it.

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Original Poster1 point · 1 year ago

Thanks for this info. This is great.

I see threads like this that scare me:

But your post has made me feel like it won't be so bad. And it would be worthwhile.

3 points · 1 year ago · edited 1 year ago

All I can say is that I wrote a lot of Cisco exams (and others) and while has been the occasional bad question, it has been pretty fair to me.

I realize it is a Catch 22 when people complain about questions because of the NDA but if we look at buddies complaints.

  • Questions are in the exam about commands that are simply not covered in the student guide or the lab workbook published by Cisco. I have access to these books as an instructor and went back to check the sections where I knew I had gotten a question incorrect but there was nothing about it. I eventually went digging through the product documentation online and found it in a configuration guide. If you did not own this particular piece of (expensive) hardware, you would never have come across this command.

It is well known to always study off the exam blueprints (we even have a sticky!) the fact is that at the CCNP level your kinda expected to be able to do your own research. Yes it would be nice if the books covered everything but Cisco has always been this way.

  • Questions are grammatically incorrect which misleads the test taker. This should be a test of your technical expertise, not a test of your ability to decipher bad grammar. Also, the old chestnut of "What is not not the answer?" seems to have snuck back into the question style.

Personally I don't know if I'm smarter or just stupider than people who are hung up on grammar in exams. The real world is pretty terrible at getting you information, you'll get auto corrected emails, text messages in all manner of quality when your trying to figure out what a issue is. Really a misplaced comma shouldn't be your downfall in a professional exam. Just read the question until you know what they are asking you and you know what technology is being tested and you should be fine. It is no ones fault but the test taker if they misread "what is not a feature of OSPF?"

  • There are multiple answers which could be correct and are entirely subjective. Any real world engineer would see that there are multiple correct answers and the scenario is too vague to be precise.

Again I dispute this every time I see it, yes a real engineer should see multiple ways to do something but they need to be able to constrain their solutions around their environment, in the real world this is things like policy and budget. In the exam it is the blueprint and the relative exam level, sure you could setup a Asterisk PBX to act as a SIP proxy so you don't have to by a CUBE but what do think the chances are that Cisco will accept that solution in a exam that tests on CUBE?

  • Questions that are extremely specific and are based on obscure tables that a test taker would simply have to memorise. ie There is no way to use a process of elim

This is endless debate where people claim that you shouldn't test memorization topics because you can google it. I personally fall in the 'if you claim to be a Network Engineer then you had better know what AD OSPF uses on a Cisco router or what SIP 183 is if your an UC Engineer' camp. The fact of the matter is if you don't know the memorization stuff then you probably have gaps in your fundamental knowledge.

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Original Poster1 point · 1 year ago

Thanks for this!

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Seems like they're removing the tonsil using a cautery instrument

I tried skydiving once. Threw up all over myself and the poor guy attached to me. We did these hard turns to increase the speed of our descent, once the parachute opened.

When I told the guy I was gonna throw up, he did more of the turns to keep vomit away from us. This led to more vomiting. It was a vicious cycle.

I should have taken dramamine.


Just passed CICD 210-060. Anyone taken CIVND 210-065 exam?

CICD took 2 tries and felt very tough. OCG left me woefully under prepared. Anyone have any tips for the CIVND exam? There isn't much out there on it.


I passed the 210-060 a couple weeks ago as well. Looking at starting for the CIVND. But... what is OCG?

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Original Poster1 point · 2 years ago

Official Cert Guide

This question is more directed at everyone in this thread. How is this certification, and the CCNA/CCNP Collab, perceived in the industry? Is it worth investing time in getting a VoIP certification? Will it give me a competitive advantage? Or, is VoIP something that most network engineers are just expected to know.

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Original Poster1 point · 2 years ago

I think you can apply the same logic from the other CCNA certs. Certs with no experience is not super useful. Experience without certs is good. Experience with certs is best.

Cisco just revamped the Voice/Video certification track into Collab without the dependency on CCNA R/S so I think that should indicate how the industry is evolving in a general sense.

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Original Poster2 points · 2 years ago

Whelp. Took the test, failed it. Realized very early that the stuff in the CiscoPress book w/ the tests barely applied to most of the test. The practice tests especially. Even the Boson exams i been taking the last 3 days had nothing on the questions i was actually asked. Really disappointed, but a learning experience.

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I feel your disappointment. I recently did exactly the same. CiscoPress book, Boson practice exam. Failed. I'm trying to figure out exactly what I need to know, instead of "Describe CUCM components and their functions", which I feel is quite open-ended.


is Gob B still teamless? Would he do well on a team like C9?

With TL picking up S1mple, I just thought about who would be available to fill C9's IGL role. Or is C9 going to use someone currently on their roster for IGL?


[NA] Central, LEM looking for people to play ESEA/CEVO/MM with.

I'm laid back. Definitely not a rager. Looking for people to play with, maybe play in a league.


Make sure on the dial peer you have: dtmf-relay rtp-nte

0 points · 2 years ago

Ok, but it's not possible on the pots dial peer. Do I need to make another dial peer with incoming called number and not point it anywhere?

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3 points · 2 years ago · edited 2 years ago

Ok, but it's not possible on the pots dial peer. Do I need to make another dial peer with incoming called number and not point it anywhere?

You should have a voip dial peer, for the call leg between your PBX and the CUBE, which uses that sip trunk. On the voip dial peer you can add rtp-nte for your dtmf relay. I would guess that you have an outbound dial-peer for your ISDN/PSTN side.

dial-peer voice 100 voip

  • description calls routed to your PBX
  • destination pattern <insert pattern here>
  • session-target ipv4:<IP of PBX>
  • dtmf-relay rtp-nte
  • session protocol sipv2
  • yadda yadda

side note: typically you would want 2 dial peers, at least, for for a given call (an inbound and outbound). Technically in some situations a single dial peer will match for both call legs, but I would try to avoid that as it's not flexible at all.

second side note: if you don't specify any dtmf-relay methods, DTMF tones will simply be left in the audio stream. I believe a DSP would convert NTE DTMF packets into tones in the audio stream for outbound....and the inverse for inbound.....I think.

At some point in life, everyone gambles on a fart and loses.


lost on CHAP config

I'm running GNS3 and I've got 2 routers connected on a serial link. I can get them to communicate without authentication and with PAP. I'm trying to get 2-way CHAP auth going and I can't seem to get it. Can anyone tell me what I'm doing wrong?

hostname RTR1

username DanielRTR2 password 0 cisco

  • interface serial2/1
  • ip address [ip] [mask]
  • encapsulation ppp
  • serial restart-delay 0
  • ppp authentication chap
  • ppp chap hostname DanielRTR1
  • ppp chap password 0 cisco123

hostname RTR2

username DanielRTR1 password 0 cisco123

  • interface Serial2/1
  • ip address [ip] [mask]
  • encapsulation ppp
  • serial restart-delay 0
  • ppp authentication chap
  • ppp chap hostname DanielRTR2
  • ppp chap password 0 cisco

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!


Check out this doc, the linked section has your answer.

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Original Poster1 point · 2 years ago

Thank you!

The shared password MUST BE THE SAME.... So both ends should have cisco123

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Original Poster1 point · 2 years ago

Thanks! I don't know how I missed that part.

We've been receiving alerts about reggienet having problems and needing emergency maintenance. You can see all the past and current tech alerts as well as scheduled maintenance at

edit: when the problems have been resolved, there will be an "all clear" alert that gets posted as well.


[NA] IL, DMG/MGE looking for a relaxed team or group.

I'm looking for a team/group to play some scrims and an occasional league with. Execute a few strats but nothing super serious. Doesn't have to be at any particular skill level. I have a few other hobbies but I usually play CS:GO a few evenings a week and I usually enjoy games with teamwork. I'm a rifler and support. I would categorize myself as a good communicator as well.

These past few weeks have been busy for work but I'm back to the regular schedule. Add me if you want to play!


Added you, I'm a MG2 if that's okay with you.

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Original Poster1 point · 3 years ago

Absolutely. Lets play some games


Song from 1999. A b-boy track

It's from bboy summit 1999 but I can't find anything to lead me to the name of the track. I linked at the correct time but just in-case, the song starts at 3:40

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