CCNP Voice Certifications: The Transition

The new Cisco Voice Exams have long been declared; some of which are a replacement of the earlier exams and some newly introduced. Besides, the examination names and their codes have also changed. Of the four levels of examinations for different skill levels, the associate and professional levels have witnessed major changes. Are you aware of the updated certifications? Here’s a quick look at the transformations:

Associate Level:

ccnp certificationObtaining the CCNA Voice certification involved clearing the CCNA certification main exam along with completing either CVOICE v6 – 642-436 (Cisco Voice over IP) or the IIUC – 640-460 (Cisco IOS Unified Communications). However, the Cisco Voice over IP and Cisco IOS Unified Communications have retired and been replaced with the ICOMM – 640-461 (Cisco Voice and Unified Communications). The main exam remains the same perquisite though.

Professional Level:

Number one, the earlier CCVP (Cisco Certified Voice Professional) exam has been renamed with CCNP – Voice (Cisco Certified Network Professional – Voice. Besides being renamed the CCNP exams have five new certifications introduced into their basket, replacing the earlier five. The old certifications and their new counterparts have been listed below, beside each other:

  • CVOICE v6 (Cisco Voice over IP) to CVOICE v8 (Cisco Unified Communications Voice over IP and QoS)
  • CIPT1 v6 (Implementing Cisco Unified Communications Manager Part 1) to CIPT1 v8 (Cisco Unified Communications Manager Part 1)
  • CIPT2 v6 (Cisco Unified Communications Manager Part 2) to CIPT2 v8 (Cisco Unified Communications Manager Part 2
  • TUC (Troubleshooting Cisco Unified Communication Systems) to TVOICE v8 (Troubleshooting Cisco Unified Communications)
  • QoS (Quality of Service) to CAPPS v8 (Integrating Cisco Unified Communications Applications)

The table below shows a clearer picture of the changes in the exam names and their respective codes:

Old Exam Exam Number New Exam Exam Number
CVOICE v6 642-436 CVOICE v8 642-437
CIPT1 v6 642-446 CIPT1 v8 642-447
CIPT2 v6 642-456 CIPT2 v8 642-457
TUC 642-426 TVOICE v8 642-427
QoS 642-642 CAPPS v8 642-467

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The transition has not been drastic but for the QoS (Quality of Service) certification which has been replaced with a completely new course, the CAPPS v8

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Koenig Offers a Free Lesson on Social Media Marketing

Social media marketing refers to the procedure of gaining attention or traffic through social media sites. Social media marketing programs generally center on efforts to build content that encourages readers and attracts attention to allocate it with their social networks. Koenig Solutions, the number one offshore IT training company, is scheduling a free of cost interactive webinar on this topic. Subject matter expert from the industry will speak on the topic, titled Social Media Marketing.  The webinar will be held on your computer screen on 25th April, 2014 at 2:00PM. Those interested can register here.

About Social Media Marketing

Industry experts will teach you about Social Media Marketing and on completion of the training, you will be able to understand how the traditional marketing strategies are transformed into Social Media Marketing and how we can use channels in SMM.


This Interactive webinar will clear various doubts related to the Social Media Marketing:

  • Why Social Media?
  • Traditional Marketing vs. Social Media Marketing
  • Facts to know about Social Media
  • Available Social Media Channels- Where to begin with and which network works for you?


Presenter Profile

Sonaam Sachdeva is a Google Certified Trainer and also certified in Digital Marketing.

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Cisco Security Specialist Certifications: An Overview

Cisco Security Specialist Certifications are job ready, relevant, practical security certifications aimed at attesting the skills of network security professionals to design, deploy, maintain and troubleshoot Cisco Security appliance solutions by using the Cisco Adaptive Security Applications (ASA) and zonal firewall solutions. These certifications offer an incremental approach to developing skills through a period of time focusing on best practices of the real world network security. The job role entails engineering enterprise network security by using various Cisco security products like: v  Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance v  Cisco IOS Software v  Cisco Secure VPN Connectivity v  Cisco Security Management Tools v  Cisco Intrusion Prevention Systems The Cisco Security Specialist certifications are elaborated in the table below along with their job roles, experience required and prerequisites:

(Table courtesy: Note: The certifications marked with asterisks (*) are due to retire on 21st April 17, 2014. Need more information on Cisco firewall security specialist Certification or Cisco Firewall training? Post your queries below or simply log on to to get access all the latest information on Cisco certifications.

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SharePoint 2010: An Overview

SharePoint 2010 is yet another Microsoft’s version of the SharePoint. Looking back, SharePoint was created with an aim to provide enterprise level capabilities for meeting the critical needs of businesses like business process management, content management and simplifying the process of finding and sharing information across organizational boundaries so as to take better informed decisions. Though the aim still remains; the different versions have brought about various improvements in capabilities and features.

The new SharePoint 2010 is packed with features like Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Foundation, Server and Designer offering customization and design capabilities like never before. This new version provides better and easy creation and management of sites that are viewable and accessible across the organization.

The Six Pillars

Similar to the SharePoint 2007, which was released 3 years ago and is a predecessor to the new Share Point 2010, there are six pillars to the software. Here’s a peek at both:

Microsoft SharePoint 2007 (Six Pillars)

  • Business Intelligence
  • Collaboration
  • Portal
  • Search
  • Content Management
  • Business forms

Microsoft SharePoint 2010 (Six Pillars)

  • Sites
  • Communities
  • Content
  • Search
  • Insights
  • Composites

The New Features

Microsoft has made considerable amounts of improvements in its SharePoint 2010 like enhanced social capabilities, user interface improvements, better business intelligence, better integration with various other systems and advanced documents and records management.

The major website content management improvements include:

  • Intuitive content editing or authoring experience
  • Better support for language integration in website development
  • Improved categorization and organization of content
  • Enhanced search capabilities with more relevant results and better view ability
  • Inclusion of Web Analytics
  • Viewable on most browsers – better support

The inclusion of the new pillar – ‘Communities’ enables users to integrate social media features through:

  • Ability to design and create complete user profiles
  • Inclusion of tools like Wikis, activity streams, blogs and RSS feeds.
  • Creation and designing of special interest groups to share projects and knowledge
  • Ability to interact and comment on user profiles
  • Creation of personalized dashboards to track self performance

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CCNP Certification: An Overview

The CCNP (Cisco Certified Network Professional) courses and certifications deal with training and attesting a network/ system engineer’s ability to design, implement, validate and troubleshoot LAN and WAN networks. Such professionals work in collaboration with video, voice and wireless solution specialists. Being an intermediate level certification, the Cisco CCNP certification is aimed at network/ system engineers having a minimum of one year of experience in networking and those who require working independently on complex networks further on.

ccnp certificationThe prerequisite for appearing for a Cisco Certified Network Professional Certification is a CCNA certification on Routing & Switching. The required examinations and trainings that need to be taken for attaining the CCNP certification include:

  • 642-902 ROUTE – Implementing Cisco IP Routing (ROUTE)
  • 642-813 SWITCH – Implementing Cisco IP Switched Networks (SWITCH)
  • 642-832 TSHOOT – Troubleshooting and Maintaining Cisco IP Networks (TSHOOT)

642-902 ROUTE Exams

To appear for the 642-902 ROUTE Exams the candidate needs to have a valid CCNA certification along with a networking experience of 1 year at least. This exam will be attesting an individual’s ability to design, configure, verify and secure WAN and LAN routing solutions via a range of routing protocols. Besides LAN and WAN routing solutions, the exam also encompasses the scope and application of solution configurations for supporting mobile workers and branch offices.

642-813 SWITCH

The prerequisite for the 642-813 SWITCH exams is the same as that of the 642-902 ROUTE Exams. By taking this exam the network/ system engineer has to testify his skills in planning, configuring and verifying complex switching solutions using the Cisco’s CEA (Campus Enterprise Architecture) along with securing integration of WLANs, VLANs, video traffics and voice in campus networks.

642-832 TSHOOT

The criteria for being eligible for the 642-832 TSHOOT exams is also same as 642-902 ROUTE and 642-813 SWITCH exams. The professionals undertaking this exam will however have to testify their skills for the following:

  • Plan for and perform maintenance of complex routed and switched networks in enterprises on a regular basis.
  • Using ITIL compliance and technology based approaches for network troubleshooting.

The achievement of the CCNP certification validates professionals for enterprise roles such as support engineer, network engineer, systems engineer and network technician.

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Oracle Application Express Training: An Overview

Conceived in 2000, the Oracle Application Express has had many names attributed to it like Project Marvel, HTML DB, Apex, Flows, etc. Built within an Oracle Database, this application creation environment is free software that is installed along with the installation of the Oracle Database Express Edition. Its installation is free of cost even for installations on other Oracle Databases too.

The Oracle Application Express training works on honing an Oracle programmer’s skills so that the he/ she can:

  • Develop web applications on the Apex framework and deploy it through Oracle Application Express.
  • Create and manage database objects and page wizards using websheet applications.
  • Gain a comprehensive insight on application components like dynamic actions, shared components, plug-ins, etc.
  • Modify and use the available templates and themes.
  • Secure the applications created by limiting user access
  • Set up an application to a production environment from a production environment.

Using the Oracle Application Express, the most inexperienced of programmers can create complex applications for the web. The software offers a host of advantages like:

  • It’s a fast growing web based technology
  • The same skill set that is required for developing PL/ SQL applications can be used to develop Apex applications.
  • Mock-up creation is easy
  • Apex applications are easy to deploy
  • They are scalable and can be installed on standalone servers and laptops, besides the usual Oracle RAC installations.
  • User community is supportive and strong
  • Oracle offers free hosting for demo applications.

The Oracle training on application express can be undertaken by individuals who want to gain a deeper insight into developing database centric web applications.

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Advanced Java Certification: An Overview

Java, as a programming language has a broad user base and has a multitude of applications such as on embedded technology, applets, robotics, phones and many others. As the market for applications is growing by the day, so is the requirement for Java professionals.

Advanced Java Programming is the second level of Java programming certifications and the next level to Java Core Programming. Designed for Java programmers with a stronghold in the fundamentals of Java programming, this course can be taken up by individuals who meet the following requirements:

  • Well versed with the fundamentals of core programming
  • Can create basic programs in Java
  • Is able to edit programs and files using the text editor
  • Has grasp over object-oriented principles of Java Core Programming

advance java certificationProgrammers who have attained the Java SE Programmer Certification are also eligible for advance java certification and training

The areas covered on, in a typical Advanced Java certification training include:

  • Java Streams and Files handling
  • Parsing & Validating the XML Documents
  • Java Networking
  • Database programming
  • Internationalization
  • Advanced Swing
  • Advanced AWT
  • Java Beans Components
  • Java security
  • Distributed Objects
  • Scripting, Compiling and Annotation Processing
  • Native Methods

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It’s important though, that individuals wishing to appear for the Advanced level certifications of Java programming are thorough with the Core Java Programming. This is necessary because the next levels of programming are inter-related and are built on the basic concepts.

Higher levels of certifications can also be attained after getting Advanced Java certified like Oracle Certified Java SE6 Programmer.

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Certified Ethical Hacking: An Overview

For beating a hacker you will have to think like a hacker. In computer systems terminology, hackers are individuals who search for loopholes within a system to exploit them to access confidential information for various reasons like protest, challenge or profit. Hacking has cost organizations and governments millions in the past few years. Having said that the world in driving into an age of internet living and a host of critical information is relied on systems to be stored, securing systems have become the need of the hour. Computer systems and servers have become increasingly vulnerable to cyber attacks and therefore they are in frantic need for experts who can fool proof their systems.

The regulatory body granting certifications for a Certified Ethical Hacker is E-Commerce Consultant (EC) Council.  To obtain the Certified Ethical Hacker certification, aspirants have to qualify an examination along with training from an Accredited Training Center (ATC). The code of the examination that needs to be appeared for is 312-50 and the latest version of the certification is the CEH v8. In case the aspirant does not undertake training and opts for self study, he/ she will have to submit an application along with a proof of a minimum of 2 years of work experience in the field of systems security. Moreover if the aspirant does not have the required experience, he/ she can submit a request with detailed information of the educational qualifications to be considered on a case basis.

The CEH v8 certification examination is a 4 hour paper and comprises of 125 multiple choice questions and the qualifying percentage is 70%. The certification holders require meeting ECE requirements set by the EC Council to ensure their certifications are not revoked. In fact, the certified individuals need to recertify themselves every 3 years for a minimum 120 credits.

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VCP Certification: An Overview

One of the oldest and the most successful VMware certifications is the VCP (VMware Certified Professional) certification. In fact, the VCP was the only certification that VMware offered initially. Being an entry level certification, it can be undertaken by all IT professionals. Aspirants require undertaking a VMware course for attaining it, either in-person or online.

This VCP certification has now become a part of the greater VMware certification matrix offering individual VCP certifications including:

  • VCP – DV (VMware Certified Professional – Datacenter virtualization)
  • VCP – Desktop (VMware Certified Professional – Desktop)
  • VCP – Cloud (VMware Certified Professional – Cloud)

VCP 5.5 certification

Using a combination of VMware online courses and training, this examination attests a professional’s skill to install, configure and upgrade VMware’s technologies like VMware ESXi and vCenter Server, vSphere storage, vSphere networking including deploying and administering vApps and virtual machines. Preparation materials can be accesses through vSphere Instructional Videos, VMware Press and VMware Certification Marketplace. Practice Exams and Study Guides are also available on the VMware website at

VMware also offers certifications for advanced skill levels like VCAP (VMware Certified Advance Professional) and VCDX (VMware Vertified Design Expert).

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Microsoft SharePoint Certification and Training: An Overview

The Microsoft SharePoint is a program that has process integration, workflow automation and system integration capabilities and is therefore widely used in document & file management, intranet portals, collaboration, extranets, social networks, websites, business intelligence and enterprise search. Irrespective of whether you are new or experienced in using the platform, the SharePoint certification can benefit you. The Microsoft SharePoint has two versions, as of now, namely:

  • Microsoft SharePoint 2010
  • Microsoft SharePoint 2013

The differences that have come about in the 2013 version are:

Difference Between Microsoft SharePoint 2010 and 2013

Further these certifications have two levels to it namely:

  • Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE): A internationally accepted standard for IT professionals, the MCSE SharePoint 2010 and 2013 training, trains individuals on organizing, synchronizing, collaborating and sharing information within organizations. Once qualified, the positions offered are that of systems analysts and network analysts.
  • Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD): A standard recognized worldwide, for developers, the MCSD SharePoint training hones skills in designing and developing of applications that run in collaboration with SharePoint. Goes without saying that developers aspiring for this certification require to be sound in platform combinations such as HTML5 + JavaScript, ASP.NET + MVC 4. The jobs that these certified individuals land are of a software developer or a web developer.

Aspirants are often faced by the question – Do I really require training to prepare? While it’s not a mandate, it’s highly advisable. Here are some of the advantages that training offers to aspirants:

  • MIcrosoft Sharepoint 2013Expert trainers help guide you through the preparations, with their expert inputs and guidance, something that cannot be availed when studying yourself.
  • Trainings offer a balanced combination of theoretical as well as practical knowledge of concepts.
  • Books do not include the latest tools, updates and application developments which can be injected into training sessions as and when concepts are covered, making it a holistic learning.
  • Abundance of mock tests, both theoretical and practical, ensure you know how much you have been able to grasp and the areas you need to work upon.

Over and above, trainings offer a systematic and coordinated approach to preparations, something that is difficult to do when preparing on your own. Ensure however, that trainings are undertaken from authorized training centers, since they are credible and accountable in their deliverables.

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