Okay, so there is a lot of debate over the last number of weeks regarding the “buying” of an RS Oeq waiver or not but this nevertheless does not include SP track and thus upcoming candidates are forced to answer these questions. I have completed a fair bit of research from multiple blogs, forums, websites, emails from other test candiates, etc trying to get a handle on the type’s of questions being seen and what are the best resources for dealing with them. Funnily enough it appears that having a number of years experience and\or completing a couple of hundred hours of lab practice may not be enough to cover this off.
Based on the feedback I have received and without breaking the Cisco NDA, I think it’s fairly safe to say that Cisco appear to be following their questioning trend as I have previously blogged about here -> https://cciesplab.wordpress.com/2009/02/20/sp-result-is-in-positive-attempt-but-didnt-make-it-1st-time/
i.e. one of the questions is a gimme, the 2nd is a professional level question, the 3rd is a difficult professional\expert level question and the 4th is from left field. Now there are exceptions where candidates either found them really easy or all 4 really hard but in general I think this staggered approach is fairly accurate.
Based on the feedback I have received let’s look at some examples.
[Disclaimer: I have not seen any OEQ’s and these are random questions I have made up using Cisco Press books]
Q. The Label Distribution Protocol advertisement messages that are most relevant to pseudowire emulation over MPLS application are?
Label Mapping – create the bindings between FECs and labels
Label Request – sends requests for a label binding for a specific FEC binding from its LDP peer
Label Withdraw – breaks the bindings between FECs and labels
Label Release – contains the FEC for which the label binding is being released and optionally the originally advertised label
Ref: Cisco Press Layer 2 VPN Architecture, Part 3, Chapter 6, Introducing LDP.
Q. When must you configure the send-label keyword on the eBGP peer neighbor command under the address family IPv4 VRF under the router bgp process?
A. If you choose eBGP for IPv4 and label distribution between the CSC-PE and CSC-CE.
Ref: Cisco Press MPLS Fundamentals , Chapter 7 MPLS VPN
Q. What are the six BGP Neighbor States?
A. Idle, Connect, Active, Open sent, Open Confirm, Established.
Ref: Cisco Press R&S Exam Certification Guide 4th Edition, Chapter 10, Fundamentals of BGP Operations
Q. Which multicast command displays the number of sources and groups originated in SA
messages from each autonomous system.
A. show ip msdp count [as number]
Ref: Cisco Configuring Milticast Source Discovery Protocol – IPC487
As you can see questions such as these could trip even experienced technicians – would you be confident of getting at least three correct?
With this in mind, the resources that have been recommended to me for the SP OEQ are…
- Cisco Press MPLS Fundamentals – for SP questions
- Cisco Press Layer 2 VPN Architectures – for SP questions
- Cisco IOS Command References [or Ruhanns notes] – for IOS questions
- Cisco Press CCIE Certification Guide – for non-SP items
I hope this helps anyone sitting the OEQ soon – very best of luck.