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Welcome to part three of our six-part series on the CCIE Routing and Switching v5 written and lab exams! CBT Nuggets Trainers guide students through the vast number of critical Layer 3 exam topics. Enjoy interesting lectures, sample written and lab challenges, and actually enjoy the process of preparing for your CCIE....
Welcome to part three of our six-part series on the CCIE Routing and Switching v5 written and lab exams! CBT Nuggets Trainers guide students through the vast number of critical Layer 3 exam topics. Enjoy interesting lectures, sample written and lab challenges, and actually enjoy the process of preparing for your CCIE.

Note: The exam associated with this course was retired July 25, 2016. However, this course still retains value as a training resource.

Recommended Experience Recommended Equipment Related Certifications
  • CCIE Routing and Switching, v5
Related Job Functions
  • Plan, operate, and troubleshoot complex network infrastructures
Anthony Sequeira has been a CBT Nuggets trainer since 2012 and holds a variety of Juniper, Cisco, and Microsoft certifications, including CCIE R&S. His previous Microsoft courses here at CBT Nuggets remain some of the top-rated courses in the library.
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1. Bonus Tip Nugget: Rule Changes!!! (9 min)
2. IPv4 Addressing Technologies (16 min)
3. IPv6 Addressing Formats (6 min)
4. IPv6 Addressing EUI-64 and Multicast (17 min)
5. IPv6 Addressing Neighbor Discovery (12 min)
6. IPv6 Addressing Configuration and Monitoring (26 min)
7. Multicast RPF (18 min)
8. IPv4 PIM-Dense Mode (PIM-DM) (18 min)
9. IPv4 PIM-Sparse Mode (PIM-SM) (17 min)
10. BSR (17 min)
11. Auto-RP (18 min)
12. S-D Mode, BIDIR-PIM, and SSM (19 min)
13. Group-To-RP Mapping and MCAST Bound. (23 min)
14. Multicast Source Discovery Protocol (MSDP) (37 min)
15. Static Routing (17 min)
16. Default Routing (15 min)
17. Routing Protocol Variations (20 min)
18. Bonus Tip Nugget: Blueprint Coverage (2 min)
19. VRF Lite (14 min)
20. Policy-Based Routing (24 min)
21. Bidirectional Forwarding Detection (9 min)
22. RIPv2 Concepts Review (15 min)
23. RIPv2 Basic Configuration (9 min)
24. RIPv2 Authentication (9 min)
25. RIPv2 Manual Summarization (9 min)
26. RIPv2 Unicast Updates (6 min)
27. RIPv2 Timers (13 min)
28. RIPv2 Redistribution (7 min)
29. RIPv2 Default Route Generation (7 min)
30. RIPv2 Filtering (12 min)
31. RIPv2 Triggered (5 min)
32. RIPv2 Loop Prevention (8 min)
33. RIPv2 Admin Distance (6 min)
34. RIPng (14 min)
35. EIGRP Basic Configuration (6 min)
36. EIGRP Packet Types (11 min)
37. Troubleshooting EIGRP Neighbors (10 min)
38. EIGRP Loop Free Path Selection (14 min)
39. EIGRP Authentication (9 min)
40. EIGRP Default Route Generation (8 min)
41. Controlling EIGRP Query Boundaries (10 min)
42. EIGRP Stub Routing (18 min)
43. EIGRP Graceful Shutdown (5 min)
44. EIGRP Manual Summ. and MORE (17 min)
45. EIGRP Named Mode (11 min)
46. EIGRP for IPv6 (16 min)
47. BGP Protocol - States and Statuses (11 min)
48. BGP Peering - Topology and Initial Design (6 min)
49. BGP Peering - Normal Configuration (6 min)
50. BGP Peering - Peer-Groups (6 min)
51. BGP Peering - Dynamic Neighbors (12 min)
52. BGP Operations - iBGP vs. eBGP (6 min)
53. BGP Operations - Routes into the BGP Table (24 min)
54. BGP Operations - 4-Byte and Private Autonomous System Numbers (10 min)
55. BGP Operations - Routes in the Table - Back to IGP (12 min)
56. BGP Operations - Attributes (6 min)
57. BGP Operations - Best Path Algorithm (13 min)
58. BGP Policies: Attribute Manipulation (34 min)
59. BGP Policies: Conditional Advertisement (21 min)
60. BGP Policies: Outbound Route Filtering (11 min)
61. BGP Policy: Communities & Extended Communities (19 min)
62. BGP Policy: Communities Configuration (13 min)
63. BGP Scalability: Route Reflectors and Clusters (22 min)
64. BGP Scalability: Confederations (23 min)
65. BGP Scalability: Aggregation (23 min)
66. BGP Scalability: De-Aggregation (22 min)
67. BGP Address Families (17 min)
68. BGP Manipulation: Path Override (15 min)
69. BGP Regular Expressions: Theory (14 min)
70. BGP Regular Expressions: With a Full BGP Feed (11 min)
71. OSPF Neighbor Formation (19 min)
72. OSPF Packet Types (13 min)
73. OSPF Network Types (25 min)
74. OSPF Areas and Router Types (22 min)
75. OSPF Path Preference (15 min)
76. OSPF Filtering and Summarization (18 min)
77. OSPF Optimizations (7 min)
78. OSPFv3 (14 min)
79. IS-IS Routing (20 min)

Bonus Tip Nugget: Rule Changes!!!


One of the questions that Scott Morris and I get all the time, typically through our social media outlets, is questions about exam rules. Like can I bring this particular object or that particular object to the lab exam with me? If I fail, how long do I have to wait?


Or I passed my written on this date, and then I took a written from a different track on this date, can I still take the lab on this date? And all of these questions surrounding the rules of the game of CCIE. In this Bonus Tip Nugget, I'm going to quickly show you where you can get answers to these questions.


And we'll specifically highlight an exam rule that is changing as of August 2, 2014. Now, I can't speak for Scott in this respect, but I can definitely speak for myself. I do not answer these questions, by the way, when I get them from students in social media, because I would never want to be the individual that speaks to them about the exam rules and have those exam rules change.


And as we're about to see, exam rules do indeed change. So I would never want to be the person that gives them misinformation. You have to go to Cisco themselves in order to get the answers to these questions about rules and actually trust them. Where we would go for the rules of the CCIE exam are under Training and Events.


And under here, we would scroll down and choose Training and Certifications. And we would go to CCIE for our particular track. We'll pick Routing and Switching for obvious reasons. And then notice these links. They're so key. If you have a question, if you need to speak to someone at Cisco, you're going to go to Certification Support.


Notice you can go in and verify your CCIE status. And there's a CCIE portal. I just went to verify CCIE status just recently, because I realized, gee, you know, it's been awhile since I've been thinking about CIIE-- and that means testing and things of that nature-- and I wonder when I expire.


So I just went in and verified my CCIE status and was thrilled to learn that I don't have to do anything personally regarding CCIE until like September of 2015. So great, I don't have to worry about re-certifying with a written exam until that time. What's obviously pretty funny about that is given my career, I'm sure I'll end up re-certifying long before that time for some other reason, like I'm about to teach a security class on the written or something.


But that's a great place where you're going to go and verify your status once you get it. Now, as far as the rules go, if we look down here, we see written exam information, schedule and pay, revision to CCIE and CCD written exam retake policy, effective August 2, 2014.


Interesting, and that's what I wanted to highlight in this bonus tip video. But notice, you're going to get lots of great information here about the rules of the game. So let's go into the revision to CCIE lab exam retake policy link. Notice there's one for the written exam as well.


OK, so you would want to take a look at that. But we're most interested in the lab in this course-- although many of you are here for the written as well, I know. But I won't bother to show both of them to you. We'll just focus on the lab. OK, so here we are.


The holder policy, you would want to read this. Double booking, OK, this is not allowed. So you're allowed to schedule one CCIE lab exam at a time for each track. Double booking for lab exams in the same track is not permitted. So what was happening was someone would go ahead and book themselves for the root switch in Dubai and the book themselves for the route switch in RTP.


And they would try and take the exam multiple times quickly, utilizing that particular approach specifically. I believe what students were doing was they were trying to hold themselves spots. They were double booking trying to hold a spot for themselves, not knowing when exactly or where they might want to take the lab.


Equipment system malfunction or network outage during exams, this is going to be great information for you to read. Like you're taking your test, and bang, all the devices become inaccessible. What are you supposed to do about that? What is the exact procedure?


And now, on exam payment, I get tons of questions about this. About payment, here are the rules, all written here for you. The re-evaluation of lab results. This is called a re-read. These rules have changed throughout the years. So you want to make sure that you're very familiar with those.


And then the big one they changed recently that's gotten a lot of buzz out there about is the retake policy. You see, for years and years and years, the retake policy was very simple. It was fail a lab exam and no problem, you can come back 30 days later and try again.


In fact, I utilized this on one of my lab attempts. I was so incredibly close to passing I said, you know what? I'm going to schedule for 30 days out, because I know I can really put my nose to the grindstone now. I know what I don't know now. I know my specific weaknesses.


I'm going to go in and crush that exam. And I want to do so as quickly possible. Well, it was always 30 days. And then if you miss that attempt, and you're like, all right, now I know I got it. You could go back 30 days later. Well, that has changed effective August 2, 2014.


Here's what'll happen. If you fail on your first attempt, you have 30 days to wait. If you fail on your-- that's a zero attempt. That's hilarious. Not available. If you don't take the lab, there is no wait time to take the lab. OK, let's start with this row.


Cisco you're so funny. So we fail our attempt. Our next attempt number is going to be attempt number two, and we have to wait 30 days for that. OK great. We fail on our second attempt, our next attempt number will be number three of course. And notice, we have to wait 90 days.


So pretty interesting. Now, most of you, that's not going to be a problem for. If you go in and you just miss, and you're super confident, and you're going to study, study, study the stuff you didn't know, your next attempt number will be two. And you could do it in 30 days.


There you go. But if you do stretch it out to a third attempt, between two and three that's 90 days. And notice it stays 90 days up until you get to attempt number five. You failed it that fifth time. Your next attempt number is going to be number six.


You have to wait 180 days-- three months. So what this is all about, obviously, is you can see, is attempting the integrity of the exam, not having individuals try and pass this thing by brute force, if you will, and oftentimes, obviously, getting information about the particular exam and disseminating that information.


So there's just some integrity protection in here in the process. And I won't go on whether or not about whether I think this is fair or right or anything like that. It is what it is. We should know about these rules. And we should plan our preparation strategy with these rules in mind.


So we are going to get these rules of the road from this Cisco website. Please, I want to caution you from listening to rumors about anything about the Cisco lab exam. The exam rules are published here for us. They of the gospel. It is how it works. And these are the documents that we want to consult.


Now, by the way, since our emphasis here in the Bonus Tip Nugget was on retake. I mean, really, I wanted to drive you to these rules so you could read all of the rules. But certainly this August 2 change is very interesting. Let's just quickly take a look at the written.


The change there is the fact that-- look, you can take the written as many times as you need to pass it. But you used to wait 5 calendar days between those attempts. Now, you're going to have to wait 15 days before the attempts. So you do you have a longer waiting period now on your CCIE written exam failure starting August 2, 2014.


Again, keep this in mind in your preparation. So in this Bonus Tip Nugget, I presented the rule changes for you on exam retakes for the lab and the written. But overall, I just wanted to emphasize the fact that all of the rules that you might be interested in for these written and lab exams for CCIE route switch version 5 are indeed published.


And those are the rules that you want to examine as you are preparing and planning your strategies for success on that very first attempt. On behalf of Scott Morris and myself and everyone here at CBT Nuggets I sure hope this Nugget has been informative for you.


And I would like to thank you for viewing.

IPv4 Addressing Technologies

IPv6 Addressing Formats

IPv6 Addressing EUI-64 and Multicast

IPv6 Addressing Neighbor Discovery

IPv6 Addressing Configuration and Monitoring

Multicast RPF

IPv4 PIM-Dense Mode (PIM-DM)

IPv4 PIM-Sparse Mode (PIM-SM)



S-D Mode, BIDIR-PIM, and SSM

Group-To-RP Mapping and MCAST Bound.

Multicast Source Discovery Protocol (MSDP)

Static Routing

Default Routing

Routing Protocol Variations

Bonus Tip Nugget: Blueprint Coverage

VRF Lite

Policy-Based Routing

Bidirectional Forwarding Detection

RIPv2 Concepts Review

RIPv2 Basic Configuration

RIPv2 Authentication

RIPv2 Manual Summarization

RIPv2 Unicast Updates

RIPv2 Timers

RIPv2 Redistribution

RIPv2 Default Route Generation

RIPv2 Filtering

RIPv2 Triggered

RIPv2 Loop Prevention

RIPv2 Admin Distance


EIGRP Basic Configuration

EIGRP Packet Types

Troubleshooting EIGRP Neighbors

EIGRP Loop Free Path Selection

EIGRP Authentication

EIGRP Default Route Generation

Controlling EIGRP Query Boundaries

EIGRP Stub Routing

EIGRP Graceful Shutdown

EIGRP Manual Summ. and MORE

EIGRP Named Mode

EIGRP for IPv6

BGP Protocol - States and Statuses

BGP Peering - Topology and Initial Design

BGP Peering - Normal Configuration

BGP Peering - Peer-Groups

BGP Peering - Dynamic Neighbors

BGP Operations - iBGP vs. eBGP

BGP Operations - Routes into the BGP Table

BGP Operations - 4-Byte and Private Autonomous System Numbers

BGP Operations - Routes in the Table - Back to IGP

BGP Operations - Attributes

BGP Operations - Best Path Algorithm

BGP Policies: Attribute Manipulation

BGP Policies: Conditional Advertisement

BGP Policies: Outbound Route Filtering

BGP Policy: Communities & Extended Communities

BGP Policy: Communities Configuration

BGP Scalability: Route Reflectors and Clusters

BGP Scalability: Confederations

BGP Scalability: Aggregation

BGP Scalability: De-Aggregation

BGP Address Families

BGP Manipulation: Path Override

BGP Regular Expressions: Theory

BGP Regular Expressions: With a Full BGP Feed

OSPF Neighbor Formation

OSPF Packet Types

OSPF Network Types

OSPF Areas and Router Types

OSPF Path Preference

OSPF Filtering and Summarization

OSPF Optimizations


IS-IS Routing

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