CCIE Pursuit Blog

July 7, 2007


Filed under: CCIE Lab Workbooks,Training Materials — cciepursuit @ 8:28 am

One of the training books I am considering purchasing is the CCBootcamp(NLI) Soup To Nuts workbook.  One of my co-workers (who is prepping for his 3rd lab attempt) swears by it and is using it to shore up his weaknesses for his upcoming lab attempt.  The workbook is available only in printed format and is pretty spendy ($695).  Maybe I should be using the past tense as the Soup To Nuts workbook has disappeared from CCBootcamps website.

It looks like they are releasing a new product called “NLI’s Cisco CCIE R&S Lab Technology Workbook” to replace the Soup To Nuts workbook:

NLI’s Cisco® CCIE® R&S Lab Technology Workbook
Book Content Outline


  • Multiple, in-depth, technology based practice lab scenarios.
  • Extensive step-by-step analysis and explanations for the configurations required to complete each lab.
  • No need to purchase expensive add-on guides that provide step-by-step analysis. This is a complete product.
  • Designed around our standard rental rack configuration.
  • Completely up-to-date and designed around the current CCIE® R&S Lab Exam.
  • 12.4 features included.
  • Initial and final configurations available for download.
  • Extensive product support at our very popular discussion site with 20000+ users.
  • Click here to download a sample lab with solution – Coming Soon!

The content looks similar to the Soup To Nuts workbook (archived link).  I am guessing that CCBootcamp is updating the material and renaming the product.  The meaning of the original title might have been a little too obscure for most (myself included):

“Soup to nuts” is an English idiom conveying the meaning of “from beginning to end”. It is derived from the description of a complete meal, whose courses range from soup to a dessert of nuts. It is comparable to expressions in other languages, such as the Latin phrase ab ovo usque ad mala (“from the egg to the apples”), describing the typical Roman meal. It was originally used by D Ryan in the 18th century and has carried forward to our modern times.

Anyhoo…I will look forward to the new release.  I am still undecided as to whether or not I want to drop $700 on it though.  I still have a ton of material to work through before I even consider it.


1 Comment »

  1. […] Mystery Solved…New Workbook Vendor I posted earlier about the disappearance of CCBootcamp’s Soup-To-Nuts workbook.  I was surfing through Group Study today and ran across this posting: To […]

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