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Thursday, May 21, 2009

CCIP accomplished

Yesterday I passed "Implementing Cisco MPLS" (642-611) exam. That was last one for me to complete CCIP certification process. I want to share my "CCIP reading list":

Routing TCP/IP, Volume 1 (2nd Edition)(CCIE Professional Development)

Routing TCP/IP, Volume II (CCIE Professional Development)

BGP Design and Implementation

Cisco QOS Exam Certification Guide (IP Telephony Self-Study) (2nd Edition)

MPLS Fundamentals

The list is not exclusive. In addition to that I used Cisco's command reference guide and IOS documentation on Cisco's website and built small lab to practice. I also tried using exam simulators like RealExams, a.k.a. Pass4Sure, a.k.a. TestKing. Actually, I am not sure if it is the same company or they steal from each other, but simulators' content is almost identical and I found all of them to be waste of money - ridden with errors and outdated. For 642-611 exam, I tried Bosons Software simulator. This one was of much better quality, but turned out to be too easy to be a good help for MPLS exam preparation. Even if you manage to achieve 80-90% accuracy in this simulator, your real exam score won't be high enough to pass.

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