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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.

How many tokens do I need?

Each token purchased is good toward rack rental sessions. The exact number of tokens needed will vary depending on the product and the person. As an example, to complete the CCIE Routing & Switching v5 Workbook, you would need roughly 500 rack rental hours ≈ 2500 tokens.


All CCIE rack rentals are scheduled in 30-minute sessions using our exclusive token system. 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.

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CCIE Routing & Switching v55 Tokens/Hour

CCIE Routing & Switching v5 Full Scale8 Tokens/Hour

CCIE Collaboration8 Tokens/Hour

CCIE Service Provider6 Tokens/Hour

CCIE Data Center8 Tokens/Hour

CCIE Security8 Tokens/Hour

CCNA/CCNP Routing & Switching3 Tokens/Hour

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.

You may schedule a rack session:

In Advance

Schedule a session in 30-minute increments for a minimum of 1 hour and a maximum of 2 months. (Data Center rack rentals are limited to 85 hours per month.)

On Demand

Immediately rent any currently available rack in 30-minute increments.

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.

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Routing & Switching v5 Rack Rentals

INE’s CCIE Routing & Switching v5 rack rentals use the hardware specification publicly stated to be used in the actual CCIE Routing & Switching v5 Lab Exam. The topology can be built in a completely physical manner, a completely virtual manner, and a combination of both. Which option you choose depends on a number of factors, such as your budget, and space, power, & cooling limitations. A full build of this topology consists of the following:

  • For Advanced Technology and Foundation Labs (CCIE Routing & Switching v5 racks):
    • Ten CSR Cloud Services routers running IOS version 15.4S
  • For Troubleshooting and Full-Scale Labs (CCIE Routing & Switching v5 Full-Scale & Troubleshooting racks):
    • Twenty CSR Cloud Services routers running IOS version 15.4S
  • Four 3560-24 Catalyst switches
  • 4 Catalyst IOS Switches running version 15.0SE (virtual or physical)
  • Terminal Server / Access Server (optional)
  • Remote Power Controllers (optional)
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Routing & Switching CCNA/CCNP 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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Troubleshooting Rack Rentals

INE’s Troubleshooting rack rentals use a hardware specification intended to provide a throubleshooting experience that will test the following:

  • Use of IOS troubleshooting tools
  • Troubleshooting network equipment (within the scope of the v4 blueprint)
  • Understanding of methodologies
  • Verification of solutions

All of our Troubleshooting racks include the following equipment:

  • 28 1841 routers
  • 4  3560 switches
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Troubleshooting v4 Graded Labs

INE’s Graded Labs use the same topology as the Troubleshooting rack rentals but provide immediate feedback after your session is complete; they must be scheduled in three-hour blocks. You may choose from three available labs, each with the same level of difficulty.

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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

Optional add-ons to the Data Center racks include:

  • N2K/SAN
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View the Data Center Rack Rental Guide » Please note:  Data Center rack rentals are currently in high demand, and are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. We recommend planning your rack time well in advance. CCIE Data Center Rack Rentals are currently only available to customers who have purchased the CCIE Data Center Lab Workbook.

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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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. Please note: Now supporting v4.0 of the CCIE Security Lab on ALL RACKS! 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
  • One WLC 2504 running version
  • One LAP 1262 Wireless Access Point
  • One IPS 4240 running version 7.1(7)E4
  • Two ISE servers running version
  • Two ACS servers running version 5.3 with patch
  • 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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Service Provider Rack Rentals

The physical topology for INE’s CCIE Service Provider Lab Workbook Version 3.0 uses 10 routers and 2 switches, which include a mix of 7200s, 2600s, XR 12000s, Catalyst ME3400s, and Catalyst 3550s. This topology has the flexibility to mimic the requirements of Cisco’s actual CCIE Service Provider Version 3.0 hardware blueprint, while still minimizing the cost for users building their own lab at home or work, and allowing for users to run the regular IOS portion of the topology in GNS3/Dynamips.

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