This short post will provide a CCIE Workbook review for the materials I am using to prepare for my CCIE in R&S. I had decided a while ago following advice from another engineer to pick one vendor and stick with them. So after going through all the options I decided to use INE. They have 4 main CCIE Workbooks. Vol I is your introduction to all the technologies and is called the Advanced Technology Labs. Vol II are 20 full scale labs, including troubleshooting, Vol III are Advanced foundation labs and consist of 10 4 hour labs and finally Vol IV is advanced troubleshooting.
Workbook Volume I
From INE “The CCIE Routing & Switching Lab Workbook Volume I consists of nearly 600 hands-on, individually-focused, advanced technology labs that present topics in an easy to follow, goal-oriented step-by-step approach.”
There is probably too much info in this workbook! Coming in at 2614 pages it is a hefty document but does contain all the technologies you need to know. I initially started working through this from start to finish but about half way through started to dip into Vol II and then coming back to Vol I to brush up on things I were not clear on. There are some very good references in the Vol II labs pointing you back to Vol I which is really nice.
Workbook Volume II
From INE “Full Scale Practice Labs – provides 20 detailed, full-scale labs similar to the actual CCIE lab exam, which follow a structured design covering all necessary topic domains on the configuration portion of the CCIE lab exam.”
These are really great, 20 full scale labs with a graded difficulty from easier than the real lab to much harder than the real lab! These labs are really over preparing you for the CCIE Lab and there are some questions that will really make you think, all good solid learning though and a great way to start getting used to an 8 hour lab. They also contain troubleshooting scenarios. Best to do these on graded labs as it makes it much easier to load up the configs.
Workbook Volume III
From INE “Advanced Foundation Labs – contains 10 four hour labs designed to refine your configuration skills on the core technologies used in the CCIE lab exam.”
To date I have not started these but looking through them they contain 10 four hour labs which you can use to refine your speed, at this stage you should have the technologies sorted and are focussing on your time management, speed, and finding better / quicker ways of doing things – remember notepad is your friend!
Workbook Volume IV
From INE “Advanced Troubleshooting – contains 10 scenarios designed exclusively to prepare you for the new Troubleshooting part of the CCIE Routing & Switching exam. ”
This is a workbook that you need to be using, the troubleshooting section of the CCIE Lab Exam is where I am hearing most candidates are failing, so if you are going to pass you need to master troubleshooting. The real crunch with this is the time. 10 tickets in 2 hours is not much time! You need to be using this workbook a lot.
All the INE CCIE Workbooks for R&S are well written and constantly updated, if you purchase the workbooks you will continue to get free updates with their investment protection program.
They are reasonably priced and all the info can be found here
The proof will be in the pudding and I will let you know how I go when I take my lab in October, for now I am really enjoying these workbooks and am learning daily.
Good luck with your studies!