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Re: Lab Prep posted 11/04/2003
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Hi John,

Welcome to Group Study.

As a new subscriber, the first thing you should know is that many of the
questions you'll have are questions that others before you have also had and
therefore, quite often, answers can be found in Group Study's archieve.

That said,  you might consider yourself lucky because the quality and volume
of prep resources is vast although so is the knowledge that's required to
pass this exam.

As you probably know,  the R&S lab is made up of core topics and non-core
topics.  And, then within the non-core topics, I personally, have divided
them into 2 subcatagories:  high probability (of being on exam) with high
potential point values and miscellaneous topics which are lower probabitlity
and lower point value potential.  Search the archieves for a list of which
topics fall into which catagory.  There have been a number of very
informative posts on this subject.

Regarding the percentage of points covering core topics,  the estimates
range from about 50% to 70%. So, the core topics should be the primary focus
of your prep efforts and time.

Personally, I think the single best resource is Routing TCP/IP vol I by
Doyle.  If you know evrything in that book inside out, you're already well
on your way to earning your ccie#.  However, that book by itself is hardly
sufficient to pass the lab.  You will need to supplement that knowledge with
expertise on configuring F/R, ISDN, PPP, the Cat 3550, DLSW and ATM.  A good
resource for these topics is Solie's Practical Studies.

Besides reading and learning all the material in the above books, there are
may other books and resources you should probably get ahold of.

In addition to having a very strong theoretical knowledge of the material,
you will need to have extensive hands-on practice configuring routers and
the Cat 3550 switches. For this, I would recommend assembling a practice lab
at home and purchasing a package of practice labs.  Once again, search the
archieves for more details on what people think should be included in your
lab and which practice labs are most highly thought of.

Once your knowledge of the core topics is strong enough to get 100% on that
portion of the lab, you'll only need to learn enough of the non-core topics
to earn another 10 to 30 more points on the lab to pass.  The challenge, of
course, is figuring out what topics to study and practice for this portion
of the lab.  The list of non-core topics is fairly long but there's a good
chance topics such as voice, multicast, HSRP, and QoS will also appear.

Then there's the list of miscellaneous topics that may be on the exam. These
include topics such as:

Device Managment
Server Load Balancing
Policy Routing
Some basic security stuff
Anything else that's supported in IOS

In any case, good luck on your journey.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: <johbarbe@xxxxxxxxx>
To: <ccielab@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Tuesday, November 04, 2003 1:09 PM
Subject: Lab Prep

> My name is John Barber and I am new to the list, just beginning lab
preparation.  I'm sure there are a lot of opinions concerning this, but what
are the recommended classes to attend and the recommended lab books for the
CCIE R&S exam?
> Thanks.
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