350-029: I have a night off studying so here is the story of my passing the written exam [within NDA]. I was heading for CCIE R&S for a number of years but due to personal circumstances I never put the appropriate time in to attend the lab. However the network I help manage at the moment is better mapped to the SP blueprint than the RS track – Lot’s of MPLS/VPN, etc.
In addition a big Cisco Project has come on board utilising even more of the technology including 4 6509’s with all the trimmings including 10GB modules, 16 3560G’s, ASA 5510 devices, etc which helped cement my decision to plum for SP.
Time = 2 hours
Questions = 100
Pass = 69
Method Used – Print off the SP Blueprint from the Cisco Site – Utilised RS Resources to cover off the IP & most of the Layer 2 Sections. To be honest after nearly 10 years working along side this stuff a lot of the questions were 2nd nature. Funny thing, for previous attempts I mostly used Cisco Doc CD for reference but this time I used Google! Searching on terms yielded sites such as Wikipedia, CCO, IETF.org, etc which was neat. However you may need to place Cisco ahead of any term you are researching – googling atom yields different results to Cisco AToM.
I also used a number of the CCIP books especially for the QoS topics, MPLS & VPN Architectures, KnowledgeNet & some Cisco Training Slides as there are no dedicated CCIE SP Books available.
For Lab Prep I am using the InterNetWorkExpert materials throughout with Cisco Doc DVD. Finally another gem of a URL -> Cisco’s Solution Reference Network Designs Site @ http://www.cisco.com/en/US/netsol/ns656/networking_solutions_design_guidances_list.html – This is a phenomenal resource and well worth checking out!
Best of luck to all SP Aspirants.