CCIE Recommended Study Resources and Topics Outline

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This book serves as only one of many that you will have to read during your studies. The following books are a brief list of the ones that will be of great value during your studies; another list is provided on the CCIE page, mentioned previously:

Stevens: TCP/IP Illustrated

Comer: Internetworking with TCP/IP

Perlman: Interconnections, Second Edition: Bridges, Routers, Switches, and Internetworking Protocols

Doyle: Routing TCP/IP, Volume I and II

Halabi: Internetwork Routing Architectures

Hamilton/Clark: Cisco LAN Switching

Caslow, Bruce: Bridges, Routers, and Switches

Cisco Press: CCIE Network Design and Case Studies

Diker-Pildush: Cisco ATM Solutions

Table 18-1 provides a rough outline (but by no means a complete list) of CCIE study topics. It offers a solid starting point for a list of topics that the CCIE candidate should become very familiar with.

Table 18-1. CCIE Study Topic Outline

Main Topic


Frame Relay

Frame Relay switching

Frame Relay subinterfaces

Point-to-point links and multipoint links

Frame Relay map statements: bridge, LLC,

DLSw and other keywords

RFC 1490 encapsulation

Bridging over Frame

Voice over Frame

PPP over Frame

Frame Relay ARP and Inverse ARP operation

Frame Relay traffic shaping


Compression types

PPP callback

PPP multilink

DDR techniques

Compression types


Running every protocol over ISDN: IPX, IP, and so on

How to handle routing protocols over ISDN, such as EIGRP, OSPF, IGRP, and others

Snapshot routing

Dialer watch

Demand circuits

Complex IPX and IP ACLs to control dialing


Route reflectors

Use of loopbacks

Synchronization rule

IBGP versus EBGP

Route maps and route redistribution

AS path filters

BGP path selection process and path

manipulation: MED, local preference, weight,

and so on

BGP confederations

BGP communities

Advertising supernets, summarization

BGP maps


Redistribution to and from every routing


Summarization with summary address and

area range statements

OSPF over Frame and X.25

OSPF demand circuits

Route maps and route filters with OSPF

OSPF costs and administrative distance

Stub areas, NSS areas, and backbone areas

Authentication: Type I and Type II

Designated router and BDR selection: priority


Default route propagation


EIGRP for IP and IPX

Redistribution to and from every routing



Route maps and route filters with EIGRP

MD5 authentication


Split-horizon issues with multipoint networks

Administrative distance


Redistribution to and from every routing


Snapshot routing/IGRP over ISDN

Split-horizon issues with multipoint networks

Default networks

Administrative distance

Issues from lack of VLSM support


Redistribution to and from every routing


Snapshot routing/RIP over ISDN

Split-horizon issues with multipoint networks

RIP Version 1, issues from lack of VLSM


RIP Version 2


IPX routing protocols: NLSP/RIP/EIGRP

Static SAPs, SAP filtering and propagation

Network filtering

Redistribution between NLSP, RIP, and EIGRP

ACLs to control IPX dialing over ISDN

Snapshot routing/IPX over ISDN

Tunneling IPX

Split-horizon issues with multipoint networks

SPX and watchdog spoof

IPX frame types, such as type 20 frames


TCP, FST, direct, and Frame Relay peers

Backup peers

Promiscuous peers

Border peers and peer groups

Costed peers

Explorer control and LLC control with DLSw

LSAP filters


Transparent bridging

Spanning Tree control

Bridging over Frame Relay

Source-route bridging

Remote source-route bridging

Translational bridging

Explorer control and flooding

LSAP filters

Integrated routing and bridging

Default gateways

Controlling routing and traffic

Standard access lists

Extended access lists

Named access lists

Dynamic and reflective access lists

Route maps and policy routing

Propagating default routes


Weighted fair queuing

Priority queuing

Custom queuing

Generic and Frame Relay traffic shaping

RSVP, WRED basic configurations

General Cisco IOS Software

Access server configuration


Jump register configuration

Password recovery for Catalyst switches and


Configuration through TFTP and autoinstall

Exec control: timeouts, privilege levels, and so




Cisco IOS Software features

NAT: Dynamic, static, and pooled

NTP: NTP authentication and stratum settings


HSRP: tracking and priority


Snapshot routing

Dialer watch

Mobile IP

ARP manipulation

SNMP: read/write keys, set and get traps

UDP flooding: IP Forward command

GRE tunneling

Catalyst switches

Cat 55xx VLAN creation

Cat 39xx VLAN creation

Cat 29xx VLAN creation

VTP domains

Spanning Tree control

Port security and IP access control

ISL, 802.1Q trunking

VLAN propagation and control over trunks

Routing between VLANs

Multicast routing

Multicast routing

Joining multicast groups

Sparse- and dense-mode operation


Classical IP, routing over ATM

VPI, VCD, and VCI definition

ARP control

PVC mapping


Voice over IP

Voice over Frame

Voice over ATM

FXO and FXS and E&M circuits



Encryption types

IPSec-protected BGR tunnels

IPSec transport and tunnel mode

Transform sets, crypto maps

"Key" authentication

Removed topics (removed in 2)






Banyan VINES




The practice labs are designed to give you an accurate representation of what a CCIE Lab Exam actually looks like. Many topics on the practice labs are not covered in this volume. As mentioned previously, one book—not even one this size—can possibly cover all the topics on the CCIE exam, at least in any depth. Topics such as BGP, IPX, multicast, and IPSec will be covered in CCIE Practical Studies, Volume II.

The labs are divided into two parts and are timed labs. Each lab has different hardware requirements and might require some prestaging to make the labs operate properly. As with the real lab, the answers are not provided. The solutions are posted on Cisco Press Web site at We are doing this to encourage you to actually practice the labs and to exhaust all possible means of designing a solution before having to look at the answers. You should allow yourself 8 1/2 hours to complete each lab.

CCIE Practice Lab: "Skynet"

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