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INE offers rack rentals that support all of our self-paced and instructor-led CCIE product lines, including Routing & Switching, Data Center, Collaboration, Security, and Service Provider. In addition to 24-hour hardware support, INE rack rentals come with simplified scheduling and advanced management control and utilize the same hardware and software used in the actual CCIE lab exams.

All rack tokens you purchase are placed into your account, and you then draw from those tokens to rent time as-needed. The exact number of tokens needed will vary depending on your individual training goals, current experience level, and the type of rack you are renting. In general, our instructors advise planning for about 350 - 450 hours of total rack practice time for a CCIE certification; about 200 - 300 hours for a CCNP certification; and about 100 - 150 hours for a CCNA certification. The per-hour costs of our rack rentals are listed below:

CCIE Routing & Switching v5
(Tech Labs Topology) – 5 Tokens/Hour
(Full-Scale Lab Topology) – 8 Tokens/Hour
CCIE Data Center – 15 Tokens/Hour
CCIE Service Provider v4 – 8 Tokens/Hour
CCIE Collaboration – 8 Tokens/Hour
CCIE Security – 8 Tokens/Hour
CCNA/CCNP Routing & Switching – 3 Tokens/Hour

All of our rack rentals are scheduled in 30-minute sessions* using our exclusive token system (min. session length is 1 hour). This system is designed to give you the flexibility to schedule and reschedule your own sessions at your convenience. When consecutive sessions are scheduled on the same rack, you'll get uninterrupted access for the entire duration of the sessions for an even better value.

*Please note that our CCIE Data Center rack rentals are only rented in 6-hour time blocks at this time.

Our rack rentals serve as the perfect platform for practicing the labs and scenarios laid out in our popular CCIE Workbooks.

Simplified Scheduling

To schedule your CCIE rack rental sessions, log in to your Members account, click Rack Rentals, and select the track for which you want to book a session. Select all the sessions you want, and then click Schedule Labs. It’s that easy! Our advanced scheduling system will schedule all your consecutive sessions on the same rack if they are available. You are also provided with tools that let you cancel or reschedule your rack sessions without having to contact Customer Support.

Advanced Management Control

The enhanced Rack Control Panel helps you get the most out of your rack rental sessions—you won’t waste time reloading devices, saving configurations, loading configurations, or troubleshooting hardware problems. Our Rack Control Panel offers the following features:

  • GUI Remote Power Control: Powercycle devices with a single mouse click.
  • Configuration capturing, archiving, and loading – Automatically save your configs and resume later.
  • Initial configuration loading – Automatically load initial configs for supported INE products.

CCIE Routing & Switching v5 Rack Rentals

INE’s CCIE Routing & Switching v5 rack rentals are based on the hardware specification publicly stated to be used in the actual CCIE Routing & Switching v5 Lab Exam. The topology consists of the following:

  • For Advanced Technology and Foundation Labs (CCIE Routing & Switching v5 racks):
    • Ten virtual routers running IOS version 15.4S
    • Four physical Catalyst 3560 switches running Catalyst IOS version 15.0SE
  • For Full-Scale Labs:
    • Twenty virtual routers running IOS version 15.4S
    • Four physical Catalyst 3560 switches running Catalyst IOS version 15.0SE

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CCNA/CCNP Routing & Switching Rack Rentals

INE’s CCNA/CCNP rack rentals provide all the hardware and software you’ll need to accomplish your CCNA and CCNP lab practice. Whether using INE’s Workbooks, or devising your own labs, these racks have enough redundancy and variation to test virtually any technology you’ll encounter in the CCNA or CCNP exams. The physical topology of the racks is cabled to meet the specifications of all of our instructor-led and self-paced product lines, including, but not limited to, INE’s CCNA Workbook and CCNP SWITCH Workbook. All of our CCNA/CCNP Routing & Switching racks include the following equipment:

  • Four routers running 15.3 Advanced Enterprise Services IOS
  • One Catalyst 3560 series switch running 12.2 Advanced IP Services
  • Two Catalyst 3550 series switch running 12.2 IP Services
  • One preconfigured Access Server
  • One preconfigured Frame Relay switch
  • One preconfigured backbone router

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CCIE Data Center Rack Rentals

INE’s Data Center rack rentals use the hardware platforms, software versions, and physical cabling of INE’s CCIE Data Center Technology Lab Workbook. All of our Data Center racks include the following equipment:

  • Nexus 7000
  • Nexus 5000
  • Virtual Machines

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CCIE Service Provider v4 Rack Rentals

INE’s CCIE Service Provider v4 rack rentals are based on the hardware specification publicly stated to be used in the actual CCIE Service Provider v4 Lab Exam. The topology consists of the following:

  • Twenty virtual ASR 1000 routers running IOS-XE version 15.4S
  • Four virtual ASR 9000 routers running IOS-XR version 5.2

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CCIE Collaboration Rack Rentals

INE’s CCIE Collaboration rack rentals use the hardware and software version specification publicly stated to be used in the actual CCIE Collaboration Lab Exam. The physical topology of the racks are cabled to meet the specification of all of our CCIE Collaboration instructor-led and self-paced product lines. Our Collaboration hardware specification is built around Cisco’s published CCIE Collaboration hardware specification:

  • Cluster1:
    • VMs: 3x UCM, 1x IM&P, 1x CUC, 1x UCCX, 2x Jabber
    • Rack Phones: 3 direct attached 7961s (remotely controlled w/ variphy)
    • Remote Phones: 3 including 9971s at your physical study location via L2VPN
  • Cluster2:
    • VMs: 3x UCM, 1x IM&P, 1x CUC, 1x Jabber
    • Rack Phones: 1 direct attached 7961 (remotely controlled w/ variphy)
    • Remote Phones: 2 including 9971s at your physical study location via L2VPN
  • IP/PSTN Cluster:
    • VMs: 1x UCM, 1x IM&P, 1x VCS, 1x TMS, 1x Jabber/JabberVideo
    • Rack Phones: 1 direct attached 7961 (remotely controlled w/ variphy)
    • Remote Phones: 1 at your physical study location via L2VPN
  • Shared between Clusters:
    • Site Routers: 3x 2911 running IOS 15.2(4)M5 each with:
      • 1x HWIC-2T for Frame Relay (sigh, yes Frame Relay)
      • 1x VWIC3-1MFT-T1/E1 for ISDN PRI
      • 1x PVDM3-128/256 for Transcoding/Audio/Video Conferencing
      • 1x EHWIC-4ESG-P and PWR-2911-POE (branch sites only) for PoE switching
      • 1x SM-SRE-710 (branch 2 site only)
    • PSTN Router: 1x 2811 running IOS 15.1(4)M3 with:
      • 1x HWIC-4T for Frame Relay
      • 3x VWIC2-1MFT-T1/E1 for ISDN PRI
      • 2x PVDM2-64 for TDM to VoIP
    • HQ Site Switch: 1x 3560E-V2 running IOS 15.0(2)SE5

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CCIE Security Rack Rentals

INE’s CCIE Security rack rentals use the hardware specification publicly stated to be used in the actual CCIE Security Lab Exam. The physical topology of the racks are cabled to meet the specification of all of our instructor-led and self-paced product lines, including, but not limited to, INE’s CCIE Security Technology Labs and CCIE Security Full-Scale Practice Labs.

All of our Security racks include the following equipment in four separate modules:

  • Five 2800 routers running 15.1(3)T2 with Advanced Enterprise feature set
  • Two 2900 routers running 15.2(3)T3 with Security license
  • Four Catalyst 3750 running 12.2(55)SE7 with IP Services feature set
  • Two Catalyst 3750X running 15.0(2)SE2 with IP Services feature set
  • Two ASA5500 firewalls running 8.2(5) or 8.4(5) along with ASDM 7.1(2)
  • Two ASA5500-X firewalls running 8.6(1) along with ASDM 7.1(2)
  • One vWSA running version 7.1.3-031 along with AD Agent 1.0.0.32.1
  • One WLC 2504 running version 7.2.111.3
  • One LAP 1262 Wireless Access Point
  • One IPS 4240 running version 7.1(7)E4
  • Two ISE servers running version 1.1.3.124
  • Two ACS servers running version 5.3 with patch 5.3.0.40.8
  • Two Test Servers running Windows Server 2008
  • Three Test PCs Running Windows 7
  • One 7965 IP Phone
  • NAC Agent running version 4.9.049

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