CIPTV2 – I Passed!

I first certified as a Cisco CCNA in 2002, and the years since that time has seen me pursue and achieve a number of various Cisco certifications, including the CCVP (later CCNP Voice), and with the most recent test, I’ve successfully achieved CCNP Collaboration. In all fairness, the CCNP Voice to CCNP Collaboration involved the passing of only a single exam, CIPTV2. Since my certificate was set to expire in March, and no Cisco Press book is out yet (I always seem to need to pass a test before focused study material is available), I had to sort of learn on my own and figure out what I needed to focus on. It took me 4 attempts, but as of this past Friday, I’m now a CCNP Collaboration, having passed my exam!

I wanted to share some study advice on what I did to prepare for the exam – forward: there is NO NDA-breaking content here, just some tips and feedback based on the exam blueprint.

In looking at the Cisco Exam Blueprint, available here, Cisco breaks this exam down into several topic areas, shown below.

In each of these areas, there are some specific objectives you need to focus on

For Section 1 – VCS Control

1.1 Configure registration of devices
1.2 Explore the fundamentals of subzones
1.3 Describe zone plans for VCS
1.4 Describe and configure traversal zones
1.5 Describe the benefits and configuration of transforms and create call policies
1.6 Explore VCS searches for endpoints
1.7 Integrating LDAP
1.8 Explain DNS and SRV records and document requirements for SRV records
1.9 Describe how clustering and replication works and configure a cluster
1.10 Configure interworking with VCS
1.11 Configure H.323 (including gatekeeper) and SIP
1.12 Configure trunking

For Section 2 – Collaboration Edge (VCS Expressway)

2.1 Identify and configure the requirements when deploying a collaboration edge
2.2 Establish a relationship between C/Expressway E and CUCM
2.3 Document and produce requirements for firewall and NAT configuration
2.4 Describe and implement privacy and security controls for external devices and calls
2.5 Describe elements in a traversal call (H.460 and Assent)

For Section 3 – Configure CUCM Video Service Parameter

3.1 Configure DSCP
3.2 Configuring clusterwide parameters system QoS

For Section 4 – Describe and Implement Centralized Call Processing Redundancy

4.1 Describe device fail over
4.2 Configure call survivability
4.3 Configure Cisco Unified Survivable Remote Site Telephony operation
4.4 Verify redundancy operations

For Section 5 – Describe and Configure a Multi-site Dial Plan for Cisco Unified Communications Manager

5.1 Describe the issues with multi-site dial plans
5.2 Describe the differences between the various gateways and trunk types supported by Cisco Unified Communication Manager
5.3 Implement trunks to VCS
5.4 Describe globalized call routing based on URI dial plans and ILS
5.5 Implement a numbering plan for multi-site topologies

For Section 6 – Implement Call Control Discovery/ILS

6.1 Configure Service Advertisement Framework Forwarder
6.2 Configure Service Advertisement Framework Client Control
6.3 Configure Service Advertisement Framework Call Control Discovery
6.4 Configure URI calling
6.5 Configure ILS network
6.6 Configure Global Dial Plan Replication

For Section 7 – Implement Video Mobility Features

7.1 Configure extension mobility, and device mobility
7.2 Configure unified mobility (including video)

For Section 8 – Implement Bandwidth Management and Call Admission Control on CUCM

8.1 Configure regions
8.2 Implement transcoders and MTPs
8.3 Configure locations CAC and Enhanced CAC
8.4 Correlate events based on traces, logs, debugs and output of monitoring tools
8.5 Parse and interpret traces, logs, debugs and output of monitoring tools

The blueprint goes a long way in painting a picture of what to expect on the exam, and will be a tremendous resource as you begin preparing your study efforts. I attended a 5-day class put on by Global Knowledge, and while it covered a lot of the content, I don’t think it covered the material near deep enough, so even after 5 days of focused learning and another week of study, I was not prepared to pass this particular exam. It’s my understanding that each of the authorized training partners use the same content, so I don’t really place the blame on the training provider – but word to the wise – it’s going to take more than sitting a class to pass this exam. Keep in mind, I’ve been doing Cisco UC since Call Manager 3.x, but MANY of the topics on this exam were things I’m not using on a day-to-day basis, so I really had to buckle down and study to set myself up to pass this exam.

The resources I found most useful in preparing for this exam include the following

Cisco Unified Communications System 9.x SRND
Unified Communications Mobile and Remote Access via Cisco VCS
Cisco VCS Basic Configuration (Single VCS Control) Deployment Guide
Cisco VCS Basic Configuration (Control with Expressway) Deployment Guide
Cisco Unified RTMT Administration Guide

The information contained in these documents will go a long way towards helping you in your study efforts.

I also used the following Cisco Press book, from the previous version of this exam
Implementing Cisco Unified Communications Manager, Part 2 (CIPT2) Foundation Learning Guide: (CCNP Voice CIPT2 642-457), 2nd Edition

I’ll warn you – this was not an easy exam for me, and even though it took me several tries, I did it, and so can you! Don’t take shortcuts, you’re going to need focused study time, and you’re going to need to set up each of these systems to learn the in’s and out’s of them. My advice – set them up, install them, make them work, it’s going to help you a LOT more than just reading a study guide.

Now that my CCNP Voice has been converted to CCNP Collaboration, I’ve begun the process of going after my CCIE Collaboration Written exam, I’m a glutton for punishment, I suppose. I hope the information in this post has been informational to you, and I wish you the best as you prepare for your CIPTV2 exam! You can do it!

Cisco IOS SRST – Minimum Required Configuration

I’ve spent a few hours this evening getting back to basics, and taking the time to review what I’m going to call ‘Minimum Require Configuration’ for SRST – both SIP and SCCP.

SCCP SRST Minimum Required Configuration

ip source-address port 2000
max-ephones 10
max-dn 10

SIP SRST Minimum Required Configuration

voice service voip
registrar-server expires max 600 min 60

voice register global
max-dn 10
max-pool 5

voice register pool 1
id network mask

With the configuration shown, both SIP and SCCP devices can failover to the Cisco 28xx ISR that I’m using for testing. There are lots of other nerd knobs you can tweak if you want, but this is all that’s required to get endpoints to register.