Saturday, June 20, 2009

Things That Pushed me Up To Become a CCIE SP (Theory)

How did i get here? Well, i have gone through what every CCIE candidate had. Tons of pages, a lot of lab scenario, hours on DOC CD. I spent a lot of times on reading for my preparation. Let me share some of the resources for different sections in the blueprint.

Bridging and Switching
Cisco Frame Relay Solution Guide
CCIE Routing and Switching Exam Certification Guide, Third Edition
IPExpert R&S Video on Demand (Frame Relay)
Internetworking Technologies Handbook, 4th Edition
Guide to ATM Technology
Free vLecture from IPExpert
CCNP BCMSN Official Exam Certification Guide, 4th Edition
CCNP BCMSN Student Guide

IGP Routing
Routing TCP/IP, Volume I, 2/e
Routing TCP/IP, Volume II
IPExpert R&S Video on Demand (OSPF)
CCNP BSCI Official Exam Certification Guide, 4th Edition
CCNP BSCI Student Guide

EGP Routing
CCIP - Configuring BGP on Cisco Routers, Student Guide (This is the best reference for BGP i have seen so far)

Routing TCP/IP, Volume II
Interdomain Multicast Solutions Guide

MPLS Configuration on Cisco IOS Software
Traffic Engineering with MPLS
CCIP - Implementing Cisco MPLS, Student Guide

MPLS Configuration on Cisco IOS Software
MPLS and VPN Architectures
MPLS and VPN Architectures, Volume II
Layer 2 VPN Architectures

SP QoS and Security
Cisco QOS Exam Certification Guide (IP Telephony Self-Study), 2nd Edition
CCNP ISCW Official Exam Certification Guide

High Availability
CCNP BCMSN Official Exam Certification Guide, 4th Edition
CCNP BCMSN Student Guide

Routing TCP/IP, Volume II

DOC CD is best resource for all the sections especially for PPPoE, ISIS and Management. I always refer to IOS 12.4T which i believe has the most stuff for SP. I would also advice you to read the IOS Features and White Papers whenever you have time. You can find some the the IOS Features and White Papers which i thought related to SP and had extracted out in my blog too.

I read most of the above books more than one time (my memory is not good enough to remember all at once, who can?). Perhaps, i read some of them like 4 or 5 times. I every time had this feeling that why didn't i see this fact in the first place when i read it for second time, and third time and so on. My advice is, the more you read, the more you'll learn.

My theory is that one won't get so far in CCIE pursuit only with lab practices. Even though i have pass the written exam, theory is still as important as lab practices and i read whenever i have time. The better you understand how router thinks and work, the better you are in the lab.


  1. How did you work with the DocCD? The online version at is just a bag of broken links.

  2. It is not longer You can look for all the configuration guides and feature guides for various ISO version together here.

  3. I see. And this accurately represents what's available at the actual CCIE SP lab?

  4. Sure, without breaking NDA, i would say it is necessary to go through some features of the IOS versions form the blueprint. :)

  5. I meant the DocCD as it's presented at the lab. I don't know if I was clear.

    So that if I train a bit to find my may around then I'll be better prepared for the only reference that I'll have at the lab.

  6. Yes.. you can prepare with this support page.