Tuesday, May 5, 2009

MPLS + Troubleshooting added to CCIE R/S exam

Cisco today announced some exciting changes to the CCIE Routing and Switching written and lab exams.  Cisco will be adding MPLS and two hours of troublshooting to the CCIE R/S lab.  The lab will now be made up of the open-ended questions, two hours of troublshooting, and then the rest of the scenario-based questions.  I have pasted the new CCIE R/S version 4 lab blueprint below.  You can read more about this change on Cisco's site at https://cisco.hosted.jivesoftware.com/community/certifications/ccie_routing_switching/lab_exam?view=overview.

1.00 Implement Layer   2 Technologies
1.10 Implement Spanning Tree Protocol (STP)

(a) 802.1d

(b) 802.1w

(c) 801.1s

(d) Loop guard

(e) Root guard

(f) Bridge protocol data unit (BPDU) guard

(g) Storm control

(h) Unicast flooding

(i) Port roles, failure propagation, and loop guard operation
1.20 Implement VLAN and VLAN Trunking Protocol (VTP)
1.30 Implement trunk and trunk protocols, EtherChannel, and load-balance
1.40 Implement Ethernet technologies

(a) Speed and duplex

(b) Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, and Gigabit Ethernet

(c) PPP over Ethernet   (PPPoE)
1.50 Implement Switched Port Analyzer (SPAN), Remote Switched Port Analyzer (RSPAN), and flow control
1.60 Implement Frame Relay

(a) Local Management   Interface (LMI)

(b) Traffic shaping

(c) Full mesh

(d) Hub and spoke

(e) Discard eligible   (DE)
1.70 Implement High-Level   Data Link Control (HDLC) and PPP
2.00 Implement IPv4
2.10 Implement IP version   4 (IPv4) addressing, subnetting, and variable-length subnet masking (VLSM)
2.20 Implement IPv4   tunneling and Generic Routing Encapsulation (GRE)
2.30 Implement IPv4 RIP version 2 (RIPv2)
2.40 Implement IPv4 Open Shortest Path First (OSPF)

(a) Standard OSPF areas

(b) Stub area

(c) Totally stubby area

(d)   Not-so-stubby-area (NSSA)

(e) Totally NSSA

(f) Link-state advertisement (LSA) types

(g) Adjacency on a point-to-point and on a multi-access network

(h) OSPF graceful restart
2.50 Implement IPv4 Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP)

(a) Best path

(b) Loop-free paths

(c) EIGRP operations when alternate loop-free paths are available, and when they are not available

(d) EIGRP queries

(e) Manual summarization and autosummarization

(f) EIGRP stubs
2.60 Implement IPv4 Border Gateway Protocol (BGP)

(a) Next hop

(b) Peering

(c) Internal Border Gateway Protocol (IBGP) and External Border Gateway Protocol (EBGP)
2.70 Implement policy   routing
2.80 Implement Performance Routing (PfR) and Cisco Optimized Edge Routing (OER)
2.90 Implement filtering, route redistribution, summarization, synchronization, attributes, and other advanced features
3.00 Implement IPv6
3.10 Implement IP version 6 (IPv6) addressing and different addressing types
3.20 Implement IPv6  neighbor discovery
3.30 Implement basic IPv6 functionality protocols
3.40 Implement tunneling techniques
3.50 Implement OSPF version 3 (OSPFv3)
3.60 Implement EIGRP version 6 (EIGRPv6)
3.70 Implement filtering and route redistribution
4.00 Implement MPLS Layer 3 VPNs
4.10 Implement Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)
4.20 Implement Layer 3 virtual private networks (VPNs) on provider edge (PE), provider (P), and customer edge (CE) routers
4.30 Implement virtual routing and forwarding (VRF) and Multi-VRF Customer Edge (VRF-Lite)
5.00 Implement IP Multicast
5.10 Implement Protocol   Independent Multicast (PIM) sparse mode
5.20 Implement Multicast   Source Discovery Protocol (MSDP)
5.30 Implement interdomain   multicast routing
5.40 Implement   PIM Auto-Rendezvous Point (Auto-RP), unicast rendezvous point (RP), and   bootstrap router (BSR)
5.50 Implement   multicast tools, features, and source-specific multicast
5.60 Implement IPv6 multicast, PIM, and related multicast protocols, such as Multicast   Listener Discovery (MLD)
6.00 Implement Network   Security
6.01 Implement access   lists
6.02 Implement Zone Based   Firewall
6.03 Implement Unicast   Reverse Path Forwarding (uRPF)
6.04 Implement IP Source   Guard
6.05 Implement   authentication, authorization, and accounting (AAA) (configuring the AAA   server is not required, only the client-side (IOS) is configured)
6.06 Implement Control   Plane Policing (CoPP)
6.07 Implement Cisco IOS   Firewall
6.08 Implement Cisco IOS   Intrusion Prevention System (IPS)
6.09 Implement Secure   Shell (SSH)
6.10 Implement 802.1x
6.11 Implement NAT
6.12 Implement routing   protocol authentication
6.13 Implement device   access control
6.14 Implement security   features
7.00 Implement Network   Services
7.10 Implement Hot Standby   Router Protocol (HSRP)
7.20 Implement Gateway   Load Balancing Protocol (GLBP)
7.30 Implement Virtual   Router Redundancy Protocol (VRRP)
7.40 Implement Network   Time Protocol (NTP)
7.50 Implement DHCP
7.60 Implement Web Cache   Communication Protocol (WCCP)
8.00 Implement Quality of   Service (QoS)
8.10 Implement Modular QoS CLI (MQC)

(a) Network-Based   Application Recognition (NBAR)

(b)   Class-based weighted fair queuing (CBWFQ),  modified deficit round robin (MDRR), and low latency queuing (LLQ)

(c) Classification

(d) Policing

(e) Shaping

(f) Marking

(g) Weighted random   early detection (WRED) and random early detection (RED)

(h) Compression
8.20 Implement Layer 2   QoS: weighted round robin (WRR), shaped round robin (SRR), and policies
8.30 Implement link   fragmentation and interleaving (LFI) for Frame Relay
8.40 Implement generic   traffic shaping
8.50 Implement Resource   Reservation Protocol (RSVP)
8.60 Implement Cisco   AutoQoS
9.00 Troubleshoot a Network
9.10 Troubleshoot complex Layer 2 network issues
9.20 Troubleshoot complex Layer 3 network issues
9.30 Troubleshoot a network in response to application problems
9.40 Troubleshoot network services
9.50 Troubleshoot network security
10.00 Optimize the Network
10.01 Implement syslog and   local logging
10.02 Implement IP Service   Level Agreement SLA
10.03 Implement NetFlow
10.04 Implement SPAN,   RSPAN, and router IP traffic export (RITE)
10.05 Implement Simple   Network Management Protocol (SNMP)
10.06 Implement Cisco IOS   Embedded Event Manager (EEM)
10.07 Implement Remote   Monitoring (RMON)
10.08 Implement FTP
10.09 Implement TFTP
10.10 Implement TFTP server   on router
10.11 Implement   Switch-module Configuration Protocol (SCP)
10.12 Implement HTTP and   HTTPS
10.13 Implement Telnet


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  3. Now, open ended questions have been removed from the CCIE Security and the Storage exam as well.


  4. Nice Article..... thanx for the useful updated information

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