Well as many of you know there were rumor changes coming to the CCIE R&S lab. As of last night Cisco made those changes official.

The upcoming Version 4.0 of Cisco CCIE® Routing and Switching certification will test hands-on troubleshooting, Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS), and VPN networking

To reflect the growth of the network as a service platform, Cisco is revising the certification requirements for CCIE Routing & Switching (CCIE R&S)–the expert level certification for network engineers. The new requirements were developed with assistance from Cisco enterprise customers and reflect the expectations of employers across industries.

The competencies required for CCIE R&S v4.0 certification were released on May 5, 2009, and are available on the Cisco Learning Network under the CCIE R&S v4.0 Written Exam topics and CCIE R&S v4.0 Lab Exam topics. Exams based on the new requirements are scheduled for release on October 18, 2009, and will immediately replace the currently available v3.0 exams. Candidates who plan to take their exams on October 18, 2009, or later should prepare using the new v4.0 exam topics.

Also the IOS and hardware has been changed:

Version 4.0 (effective begining October 18, 2009)

*1841 series routers – IOS 12.4(T) – Advanced Enterprise Services

*3825 series routers – IOS 12.4(T) – Advanced Enterprise Services

*Catalyst 3560 Series switches running IOS version 12.2 – Advanced IP Services

The 2621xm’s support the latest 12.4(T) IOS so this shouldn’t hurt anyone’s lab equipment if they had atleast the 2621xm’s. I am sure the “T” IOS has something to do with the MPLS implementation. I am not sure how much MPLS the 2621’s will run though. So even if your routers do not support that IOS, don’t go running out today to replace them all. I would wait to see how the training vendors implement them into their topologies. You might only need 1 to 2 routers that need the full 12.4(T) or you might need them all. It is hard to say this early in the game. My test lab here at work is all 3640’s except two which are 1841’s. Only the 1841’s will run the “T” code. Also the Catalyst 3550’s are out, but there isn’t a huge difference between them and the 3560’s anyways to warrant dropping your 3550’s for 3560’s either. If you already have two of each that still should be able to get you through no problem. You can always practice anything between your two 3560’s. This is one of the great benefits of Dynamips, no worries on changing your whole rack out…

What does this do to my plans? Well it makes sure I pass the lab exam by October 17th. I hit Cisco live at the end of June, then Narbik’s at the end of August, then maybe back to Narbik again right before taking the lab. Not sure yet. It should definitely be an interesting couple of days today to see how all the training vendors release their information.

Cisco Revising CCIE R&S Certification

Lab Equipment and IOS

Oh the joys : )


This is a pretty major overhaul folks! You can go read for yourself but basically

1) There will now be a seperate 2 hour troubleshooting section of the exam. You will be given “trouble tickets” similar to like in a real environment, and will have 2 hours to solve them. After your troubleshooting section, you go on to the now 6 hour configuration section of the exam.

2) MPLS L3 VPNs have been added to the lab blueprint. According to the release this includes configuration on all the relevant devices, NOT just edge routers

3) Seems mostly everything else is the same. Frame-Relay is here to stay… also I noticed they specifically added PPP over Ethernet.

Hope all you guys out there that have a lab coming up pass the first try : )Â If not, its going to be learning a lot of new material, at least for me, and probably investing in more training.

– Joe