Runt Packet No. 7 – Big Things Ahead For Juniper Certifications

Liz Burns, Global Manager for Juniper Networks certifications and Kieran Milne, one of the technical leads with the Juniper certifications team join Ethan Banks for a discussion of the upcoming changes in the Juniper certification world. There’s a LOT of great information Liz and Kieran share, so be prepared to listen through this a time or two if you’re keen on Juniper certs.

What You’ll Hear

  • Let’s talk about the Juniper certification tiers moving forward.
  • What’s the best way to prepare for a Juniper certification exam?
  • Check out the Juniper Fast Track learning portal.
  • How does real-world experience and lab work factor into a candidate’s ability to pass a Juniper exam?
  • How hard is it to make the jump to JUNOS if you’re more of an IOS engineer?
  • What prerequisites are in place to be allowed to take Juniper certification exams? How does this compare Cisco prerequisites?
  • Where do you go to take a Juniper exam, and what is the exam like (multiple choice, etc.)?
  • Liz wields the word “psychometric” with great confidence.
  • If a candidate fails an exam, what is the retake policy?
  • What is Juniper doing to preserve the integrity and reliability of their certifications?
  • Beyond the Twitter account @JuniperCertify, what is the Juniper certification social media strategy (and why should you care)?
  • How often does a Juniper certification holder need to recertify?
  • Does a JNCIE have to retake the lab exam to maintain that credential?
  • How is Juniper improving the benefits they extend to certification holders?
  • Liz talks more about protecting the integrity of Juniper exams, including Juniper’s implementation of fraud detection for both testing centers and individuals. Don’t take a test for someone else, and don’t use braindumps. Juniper will know and take action against you.


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Ethan Banks
Ethan Banks, CCIE #20655, has been managing networks for higher ed, government, financials and high tech since 1995. Ethan co-hosts the Packet Pushers Podcast, which has seen over 3M downloads and reaches over 10K listeners. With whatever time is left, Ethan writes for fun & profit, studies for certifications, and enjoys science fiction. @ecbanks
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  • kaage

    Does Juniper offer any special treatment for JNCIE in JTAC?

    • Liz Burns

      Kaage – Yes we offer special access to JTAC for JNCIE's.


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  • miroslaf


    Great show. Vert informative. That's great to hear managers of certifications' programs. I'd really like to hear a few Runt Packet podcast with HP, Riverbed and … Cisco guys (specially about changes).

    One more time thanks fot that show. Information from the first hand. Great !!!

    • Ethan Banks

      I have had some contact with Maurilo Gorito at Riverbed already, and will see if I can get that show scheduled through their PR folks.

  • Dan

    What about emulator/simulator? What about workbooks?

    We are Cisco shop. I guess most enterprises are the same. I don't have Juniper equipment to practice on.

    Olive is limited and you can't practice NAT/IPSEC/QOS in J-series fashion on olive. There is no public emulation for switches at all.

    Even If I had the equipment, I can't find workbooks. I mean labs challenges with solutions and walkthroughs.

    I think that emulators like dynamips would be great. If you can't release them to public, you can team up with amazon EC2, or any other hosting to provide the images on their hosts and we just buy practice time.

    I know there are rack rentals options but they are very expensive (relative to dynamips or even CCIE R&S racks)


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