CCIE R&S Certification Question -

Mystical_Ice used Ask the Experts™
I've decided to go for my CCIE in R&S.

I took the CCNA fresh out of high school, about 7 years ago, but want to go for the CCIE now.  I've been working with networks for the last several years, but was wondering if anyone had any tips/suggestions/pointers for studying?  I'm honestly not even sure how to begin... what books should i get?  study guides? any websites someone can point me toward?

Thanks so much :)
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I'm not a CCIE but is studying for CCIE Security....

Check out the CCIE site at, don't forget the links to the right where you have a lot of information

Learning network, here you have alot of resources and the ability to join the CCIE Routing & Switching Study Group (do that!)

Then you also have alot of blogs etc. search in goggle (search for CCIE blog) and browse the all sites you can find

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I am building me a GNS3/ Physical switch labs. I have a server that I will be running Ubuntu and GNS3 on. I am breaking that out to physically connect to at 3750 switch which will be transparent and allow me to connect my GNS3 Routers to 4 Switches (2 - 3560's and 2 3550's).

Check out this link:

Plus the site that this blog is on:  and are well know sites that have great material for preparing for the Written and the Lab.

You can build your own lab or rent rack time. I am building my own lab so that I can use it anytime I want.
John MeggersNetwork Architect
For the written, you need a good foundation.  I recommend Caslow, Doyle (Vol 1), Perlman's Interconnections, and it's probably worth spending time reading through some of the SRNDs on CCO and some of the foundational RFCs.  You can find lots of practice tests now days (not so when I took it) and they will help give you an idea of what kinds of questions to expect, but I STRONGLY encourage you not to pass the written purely on the basis of braindumps because I to get through the lab really requires thorough understanding of at least the major topics, and not just memorizing questions and answers.

As for the lab, plan on time to work on speed.  I made a ton of flashcards that tested my recollection on how to configure specific things. It was easy to carry a stack with me and just cycle through them when I had some time.  It used to be that real equipment was the only way to go (and still is for some of the labs such as security and voice) but the virtual systems (IOU, etc.) have gotten really good and setting yourself up with a server with a lot of RAM to run that kind of setup may be more cost effective.  Get ahold of a good set of practice labs and go through them over and over until you can do things like OSPF over frame relay practically with your eyes closed.  The faster you can get through the basics on the exam, the more time you'll have to spend on the complex topics that maybe you don't know so well.

Finally, when you get to the lab, assume you're not going to pass first try (you might but the odds are against you), so try to position yourself to be able to go back a few times under the same lab blueprint.  That will give you the best chance, in my view.  

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