Saturday, May 9, 2009

CCIE R&S v4.0

A few more topics like MPLS is added to the list of technologies to be learned for the CCIE exam. Not a big deal really since quite a number of community groups/vendors have been anticipating this. I guess the biggest change would be the 2-hours troubleshooting section of the CCIE lab. You will need to ace this part in addition to the remaining 6-hours configuration part of the lab to earn your CCIE. Of course, not forgetting that you'll also need to pass the new CCIE written exam(351-001) and also the MEQ (multiple exam questions) section before the lab. So all in all, you need to pass 4 ... yes folks that's FOUR sections before earning the CCIE. Looks like the R&S is getting tougher and tougher but the good point is the exam is trying to mirror real-world issues nowadays (you'll get real world issues trouble tickets for the troubleshooting section of the lab). Oh yeah, and this will only happen in October 2009 when Cisco retires the old v3.0 exam so that's like erm 4 more months to prepare? Not enough of time if you ask me unless you can pull it off in a shorter time like Tassos :-).

For more information of the change in the CCIE R&S v4.0 exam, point your browser to

Scott Morris also has a guest article which you can find directly at

I am also in the midst of finishing an article for the May edition of the CCIE Flyer. I know that some of you e-mailed me about having physical switches working with Dynamips/GNS3. I will try to finish that article soon on my blog or in a future article on the CCIE Flyer.

Last but not least, I have updated my list of bloggers on the CCIE/CCNP/CCDE/CCwhatever run. Please give them support. It's not easy chasing after a certification when you battle your time with family, work and yes a dose of Wiresharking now and then ;-).

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