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June 24, 2008

New Version Of CCIE Routing and Switching Practice Labs Out Soon

Back in April I posted about a new verison of CCIE Routing and Switching Practice Labs (Practical Studies) which would be coming out soon.

Do you have plans to release a new version of your book? I heard very good comments about it from a well known quintuple CCIE.

Thank you for the comment on my book. Unfortunately I couldn’t yet find the time to work on a new book. But good news is that Martin Duggan who worked with me on the first edition of the book is working in some additional lab exercise scenarios based on the current blueprint and it should come out within 1 to 2 months.


It looks like the first version of that new edition is out now.

CCIE Routing and Switching Practice Labs (Digital Short Cut)
Martin James Duggan
ISBN-13: 978-1-58705-789-2
ISBN-10: 1-58705-789-1

CCIE Routing and Switching Practice Labs (Digital Short Cut) presents you with two full lab scenarios in exam style format to echo the real eight-hour CCIE Routing and Switching lab exam. This publication gives you the opportunity to put into practice your own extensive theoretical knowledge of subjects in isolation to find out how they interact with each other on a larger complex scale.

An “Ask the Proctor” list of questions for each section helps provide clarity and maintain direction to ensure that you do not give up and check the answers if you find a task too challenging. After each lab, this Digital Short Cut lets you compare configurations and routing tables with the required answers. You also can run through a lab debriefing, view configurations, and cut and paste configs into your own lab equipment for testing and verification. The point scoring for each question lets you know whether you passed or failed each lab.

This extensive set of practice labs, which sells for hundreds of dollars elsewhere, helps you make sure you are fully prepared for the grueling CCIE lab exam experience.

Setting Up the Lab
Practice Lab 1
Ask the Proctor
Lab Debrief
Setting Up the Lab
Practice Lab 2
Ask the Proctor
Lab Debrief
Appendix A: Lab 1 Router and Switch Configuration Files
Appendix B: Lab 2 Router and Switch Configuration Files

I will not be dropping $80 on a PDF, but I’ll definitely be looking at the Cisco Advanced Services library for this one.  No word on when the hardcover edition comes out.



  1. Those PDF’s are terrible. I had the one for the CCIE written exam and you could only print 12 pages a week. They did give me a refund though when I complained…

    Comment by cciejourney — June 25, 2008 @ 5:41 am | Reply

  2. I took the plunge with these new labs today, while grabbing some technology oriented books from cisco press before the end of the financial year goes through.

    While reading through the sections, both of the labs, they are heavy on the Switching/IGP/BGP/IPv6 side of things while light on QoS, Security and Multicast side of things – Haven’t had time yet to run through them as actual practice labs themselves yet however. Just hope they are a fair comparison for what to expect on the labs.

    Haven’t tried printing them out, there’s an odd 500 pages though.

    Comment by nullrouter — June 25, 2008 @ 8:27 am | Reply

  3. Sounds about right. Over and over again, you’ll have layer 2/layer 3/BGP/IPv6 hammered into your skull. That’s because you can’t pass the lab if basic connectivity isn’t working. You can tank the QoS section, and if everything else is working, you’ll pass. Screw up the OSPF section and you’ll most likely fail everything after that, since multicast can’t work correctly (for instance). I took the Assessor Lab at Networkers this week, and I felt that they did a good job of weighting the basic connectivity versus the ancillary stuff (like QoS or Security). Therefore, I might look into these new labs to help me with getting the core stuff down solid before moving out to the other sections.

    Comment by Tom Hollingsworth — June 25, 2008 @ 8:40 am | Reply

  4. Just saw it is on Safari, duh…. Checking it out now.

    Comment by cciejourney — June 25, 2008 @ 10:33 am | Reply

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