Recently Cisco hosted an “Ask the Expert” conversation with Vincent Zhou who is a program manager with the CCIE Program at Cisco Systems, Inc. He is a quad CCIE with certifications in routing and switching (1999), security (2003), service provider (2003) and voice (2006). Vincent manages development for CCIE service provider exams and also serves as an exam proctor. Here is the abridged version ->
Question: I am right now confused with some of the parts depth coverage on the SP lab exam, like ATM PVC/SVC, GRE modes, L2TPV3 the resources that should be used to cover them from Lab viewpoint. Also it would be better if you can provide us with some percent based technology weightage for the LAB exam.
Answer: We usually test MPLS over ATM, and SP lab will not include ATM technology in future, please pay attention to our announcement later for the exact date. L2TPV3 and GRE are auxiliary technology for L2VPN, AToM is usually be tested in lab. So all of them are not tested much deeper.
I am afraid the percentage of each part are not permitted to disclose. The percentage comes from that part importance in SP network.
Question: Are we suppose to bring in full reachability even when we aren’t asked for it.
Do we have any such requirement that is to be achieved ??
It would be of help if you can pinpoint such things from your viewpoint.
Answer: It’s a good question and candidates usually ask about it during their lab exam.
There is no implicit request on any question. Candidate should complete the explicit request and should not imagine further requirement.
In SP exam, to simulate real SP network, not all interface reable through total network. For example, intra AS networks may not be asked to be reachable to another AS, maybe only some loopback interface reable among different ASs for the purpose of MPLS/VPN. Candidate should read question for any specific requirement. Please remember Proctor is resource. Do not hesitate to ask any question during lab exam, thanks
Question: Are you aware of any discussions regarding an SP written Cert Guide? I realize that perhaps there aren’t enough candidates in the hunt for SP for this to make business sense, but I often feel a bit adrift in my studies. I think I bought about a dozen books from various recommended reading lists (half or more having to to with MPLS!). By the time I finish them all, I’m likely to need to start right back over at the very beginning.
A somewhat related question is whether or not SP demand is sufficiently high to expect to see any new locations offering this exam in 2008? We’ve heard from Maurilio that we could reasonably expect some expansion of lab capacity this year, so I’m just wondering if that impacts anything other than R&S?
Along this line of questioning, do you ever foresee anything like the Cisco Assessor for SP (or any other track)? Or anything at all in terms of preparation material/support from Cisco?
Answer: More and more candidate pursuit SP certification so SP business grows much fast these years. Thanks your interest on SP. Even SP certification has some change in content in futore like other tracks, The certification content will gradully change and not be a much deffient one.
We have plan to open SP labs in new location and update will available on website not soon.
We have plan to optimize SP Assessor and the former version have practiceed on Networker event. I think there are multiple presentation regarding SP networks in Networker are much helpful to prepare SP exam, thanks.
Question: see in the lab blueprint some features that are not supported in the IOS releases present in the lab. For example, these:
– Fast reroute, Link/Node protection
And as far as i know, the vast majority of the MPLS features available today are only available on IOS release 12.0S. Should we care about features not supported in the lab equipment ?
Answer: Good catch! AToM is supported on current lab platform, FRR to protect Link/Node is not supported. We are considering upgrade or downgrade the IOS version to support this much important SP feature (if IOS version change, a 6 months ahead notice will post on CCIE website).
Please ignore features not supported in lab equipment to prepare current lab exam, thanks.
Question: Cisco documentation CD is available for candidate during lab exam.
1. May I know the access method for documentation CD – in pdf format, from DVD or online documentation(www.cisco.com)? Could you provide the full URL for online documentation that is allowed to access during lab exam ?
2. Are all the lab exam locations providing the same access method for Cisco documentation CD ?
Answer: Candidate can access online documentation in html and pdf format. All relevant documents needed during lab exam can be accessed by candidates. All lab sites have unified way to access documents. Thanks.
Question: is there a clear instruction whether to use OPtion 10 A/ B or C in lab exam.. Is it necessary to stick to one OR one is free to use the different type as far as it fulfills the objective.
Answer: Please refer to RFC2547bis for Option 10 A/B/C. In Lab exam, question will present specific request to candidate for VPN deployment, candidate should choose the correct way to confiure. If no specific request asked, candidate is free to use any way. Thanks.
“Ask the Expert” Reference Links: [Watch the URL Wrap]
CCIE Security => http://forum.cisco.com/eforum/servlet/NetProf?page=netprof&forum=Career%20Certifications&topic=Certifications&topicID=.ee702b1&fromOutline=&CommCmd=MB%3Fcmd%3Ddisplay_location%26location%3D.2cc09910
CCIE Voice => http://forum.cisco.com/eforum/servlet/NetProf?page=netprof&forum=Career%20Certifications&topic=Certifications&topicID=.ee702b1&fromOutline=&CommCmd=MB%3Fcmd%3Ddisplay_location%26location%3D.2cc0c05a