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CCIE R&S V5 Books

I have done some readings about Books that can be used to prepare for CCIE R&S V5. I found this list :
Cisco CCIE Routing and Switching v 5.0 Configuration Practice Labs  
Cisco CCIE Routing and Switching v5.0 Troubleshooting Practice Labs  
OR just this one :
Cisco CCIE Routing and Switching v5.0 Configuration and Troubleshooting Practice Labs Bundle
Cisco CCIE Routing and Switching v5.0 Official Cert Guide, vol 1  
Cisco CCIE Routing and Switching v5.0 Official Cert Guide, vol 2  

OR Just this one:

Cisco CCIE Routing and Switching v5.0 Official Cert Guide Library  

I wonder if the above books will really encompass all the needed material for CCIE exam ? I know that Volume 2 is not released yet.
 

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Jody LemoineNetwork ArchitectCommented:
The important question here is whether you're preparing for the written or the lab exam.

If you're preparing for the written, don't worry too much about the practice labs. Going through the official certification guide and reviewing any reference material referred to in the guide should be sufficient. Once the written is passed, you move into the next phase of study.

Preparing for the lab is another game entirely. Practice labs for both troubleshooting and configuration will be essential. There's also a new diagnostics portion, but I'm not so familiar with that as I achieved my certification before that piece was implemented. Passing the lab requires an intimate knowledge of the blueprint topics. This is where the practice comes in. Go for the official Cisco material and back that up with anything else you can get to make sure that you're not missing anything.

Stick with the guide for the written and use every resource at your disposal to understand the topics for the practical lab.

PS: You'll save a bit of money by buying the library vs the individual books.
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jskfanAuthor Commented:
I have not seen Diagnostic exam portion, in their website, I see Written and Lab exams:
Written
Written
LAB
LAB
I also want to know if there is a specific book just for Written Exam ?
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Jody LemoineNetwork ArchitectCommented:
Sorry... should have been clearer. The lab exam is divided into troubleshooting, diagnostics and configuration.

The Official Certification Guide is the book for the written exam. It gives you some foundation for the lab, but hands-on deep familiarity with the topics is what will ultimately see you through that piece.
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jskfanAuthor Commented:
OK, so for Written Exam, I will need this book:
Cisco CCIE Routing and Switching v5.0 Official Cert Guide Library  

For Lab Exam, I will need:
Cisco CCIE Routing and Switching v5.0 Configuration and Troubleshooting Practice Labs Bundle  

*** DIagnostic  should also be covered in the this book:
Cisco CCIE Routing and Switching v5.0 Configuration and Troubleshooting Practice Labs Bundle
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Jody LemoineNetwork ArchitectCommented:
Based on what I've read from Cisco, the Diagnostics section of the lab is a little bit different. It's scenario-based and doesn't actually involve touching devices like the troubleshooting and configuration sections do. It's more like a written section within the lab to test your ability to isolate problems based on provided scenarios.

Otherwise you're on the right track, though those books are just a good starting point for the lab study. You'll need to dive in with a lot more to fully understand what's necessary. Patience is key. It took me three years from written to be ready to pass the lab.

Surround yourself with fellow students to share your studies with. Beware the ones who are looking for a shortcut and trying to find the answers rather than understanding the underlying technologies. Bounce your thinking off others and learn from that as much as the books and you'll be doing well.
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jskfanAuthor Commented:
Thank you for your Help !!
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