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Updated: August 28, 2008
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Welcome CCIE™, CCNP™, CCNA™, CCDP™ and CCDA™ candidates! You have reached the Internet's premier study group for Network Engineering certifications. We are a community of 30,000+ engineers studying various topics related to network engineering and in particular, the certifications in the industry. We have divided into a number of GroupStudies™,each with a different focus and purpose.

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Announcing our newest creation The CCIE Network. The CCIE network takes the work we perform on GroupStudy and goes one step further.

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    GroupStudy List server update
    We are updating the CCIE and Cisco listserver. Expect performance to improve dramatically.

    Cisco CCIE Lab Toplogy Change
    Cisco has changed the lap topology of the CCIE R&S to use 3560 switches intead of the end-of-lifed 3550's. Rumor has it there will be four 3560's in the Lab!

    Cisco CCIE Written waiting period
    May 13: Cisco has announced a change to the CCIE written retake policy. A five day waiting period has been instated when failing the CCIE written (previously three days) to reschedule the same exam. Candidates who pass a CCIE written exam must wait a minimum of six months before taking the same number exam. Thus, CCIE recertification candidates may no longer re-certify for four years by simply taking the test twice in a row.

    Higher Priority for TAC cases opened by CCIE's
    March 2: Cisco will route cases opened by CCIE's to more experience core team support, thus better matching the customer with the TAC engineer.

    Cisco releases two new CCIE exams
    February 17: Cisco has released two new exams for CCIE candidates - Metro Ethernet and Storage Networking Certification.

    Here comes IPv6
    January 1: Starting January 1, 2005 Cisco will include IPv6 on the CCIE Routing and Switching exam. GroupStudy members are discussing the necessary study hardware and software upgrades needed to meet the new requirements. News

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    July 6st:
    We will be moving to a new co-location facility today. Please excuse the downtime.


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