CCDE Study

Hello All:

I have been thinking about how to study for the CCDE exams. From what I see and have gotten from some CCDE’s, this test is like no other.

So besides reading the mountain of books from the recommended reading list I decided to see what was out there for CCDE training.

There are reasons that it may not seem that a class can do much for you for the CCDE exams. Yes, a broad background and EXPERIENCE in desigining hi-end HA networks is a must. So how would classroom training fit into the equation?
For this set of exams, you have to create a process, a mindset, a way of thinking and resolving customer requirements. To get into this process, the training can help you think the way that a CCDE must think.

I found a vendor who offers CCDE training – CCDEBootcamp
They offer training for both the written and lab portions of the exam.  They have a CCDE who is first a network deigner and an instructor second.  I have had some correspondence with them and they seem to be very helpful and interested in seeing their pupils succeed. I asked them about self paced materials and they are in the process of developing them to be release later this year.

Any of you studying for the CCDE certification take a look. Who knows, they might be able to be the difference between a frustrating 8 hours or success.

Larry Hadrava
CCIE #12203

THE OEQ Frenzy

As many of you know by now there was an announcement about the OEQ’s on the CCIE R&S and Voice lab exams.

Here is the official Cisco link to the information:

Cisco 360 Learning Program Core Knowledge Waiver

 Beginning April 1, 2010, Cisco will allow Cisco 360 Learning Program students who attend a Cisco CCIE® Routing and Switching or CCIE Voice workshop to request a waiver and skip the Core Knowledge Section of the CCIE lab exam.  All waiver requests must be approved by the workshop instructorNo end date for the Core Knowledge Waiver has been announced, but Cisco will provide at least 60 days’ notice before discontinuing the waiver.

During a Cisco 360 Learning Program workshop, students complete a series of performance assessments that demonstrate their understanding of the CCIE material and serve the same purpose as the Core Knowledge section of the exam.  Therefore, Cisco 360 Learning Program students who use the waiver will not be required to type out answers to the Core Knowledge questions and will be allowed to move immediately to the next section of the lab exam.

 To qualify for the waiver, workshop students should contact their instructor 45 days in advance of their scheduled lab exam and provide the following information:

  •  Student’s name
  • Student’s email address
  • Student’s username
  • Name, date, and location of workshop attended
  • Student’s scheduled lab date and location”

The above information is copied directly from the Cisco site.

Groupstudy has been “alive” with many comments about this news.

I have been looking at a few of the CCIE training vendor blogs concerning this announcement. I found one to be very informative and it lays out some interesting requirements. This was from the IPexpert blog

No OEQs for Cisco’s 360 Students? (Not Quite)

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March 15th, 2010

Cisco announced, today, (March 16th) that “qualifying students” from Cisco’s 360 CCIE training program would be able to request a waiver for the “Core Knowledge” section of the CCIE Routing and Switching and Voice exams. Sounds good? Well… we think otherwise!

First of all, in order to qualify, students need to undergo the authorized 360 “workshop” (be sure to recognize that it’s 2 weeks of training and quite a bit more expensive than some of the other options out there) and, as usual, waiver requests need to be approved by the instructor from the workshop. The waiver is then submitted to Cisco for approval and approved or disapproved without clear indication of success of that request. The program is temporary and begins on April 1st 2010… just as another waiver program (that seems to have failed) is about to end.

The IPexpert team is determined to provide our students with the best possible training material available on the market. For that reason, we pledge right here and right now, that we will have the best preparation material on the market for the Core Knowledge section of the lab exams… by the time this program goes live. Yes, by April 1st of this year. All IPexpert clients will have access to an OEQ / Core Knowledge eBook (we will be delivering eBooks for the R&S, Voice, Security and Service Provider labs).

Combine that with our current products and offerings:

  • World-class Video on Demand (with supplemental Student Slide & Topology Books)
  • World-class Audio on Demand (lecture different than VOD)
  • World-class ILT Training (Week 1)
  • World-class OWLE Training (Week 2)
  • World-class Workbooks (and accompanying Detailed Solution Guides)
  • World-class Workbook Video Walkthroughs (Hundreds of hours of video solutions)
  • World-class Rack Rental at ProctorLabs (Latest & greatest hardware, online, with an unmatched GUI)
  • World-class Online Community at (free online mentoring avenues)
  • World-class Technical Support for all issues
  • The largest alumni of successful CCIE students overall

In addition to all of the above (current offerings and upcoming FREE Core Knowledge eBook), we are shortly going to introduce two additions to our family of products in all tracks. We call them “vLectures” and “Ask the Expert Sessions”.

vLectures will be 2-4 hour long, live online lectures, delivered by one or more of our instructors on a given subject through our online classroom. These sessions will also be recorded and posted to our student accounts.

Ask the Expert sessions will be 2-4 long online sessions with one or more of our instructors and will focus on either a specific technology or a given lab from our Workbooks. Students attending the sessions will interact with the instructors, ask the questions and gain invaluable expertise. These will, also, be recorded and posted to student accounts.

Oh and one more thing…

These three new products … are going to be FREE for all our current BLS customers in all tracks. No need to qualify or pay premium.

Do our students need OEQ waivers? We think not. Here at IPexpert, we deliver on our promise to make you experts – with no shortcuts. We don’t think you need to “purchase” the ability to pass or “waive” the OEQ portion of your lab (by paying upwards of x2 or x3 as much for less training, less support and less proven success).

Good idea by the 360 team, or an act of desperation to salvage a failing program? You make the call…”


– Wayne A. Lawson II (CCIE #5244) – Founder & President, IPexpert, Inc.

If you have seen other blogs with substantive information on their reaction let me know as I would like to present as many views and opportunities as possible.


The CCIE Flyer Challenge!

What if you had a chance to get a couple of workbooks that would help you stay sharp or prepare for the CCIE R&S lab?  Yup if you could get both Narbik’s Troubleshooting Workbook and the Advanced Routing and Switching 2.0 Workbook would that be a good deal?


Oh that would be better, because free is always good.  If I also threw in an additional $1,000 discount to any of Micronics’ SP, RS or End-To-End classes that would be even better, right?  Well I try to stay on top of what future CCIEs and current CCIEs might want so here’s a great deal for you.


You bet, a contest to see who can complete 10 – 15 troubleshooting mock labs is afoot.  The window of opportunity for you is a short five (5) days to complete.  The first twenty (20) lucky people who do the best on these labs will be awarded both workbooks, Troubleshooting Workbook (written by Narbik and Dan) and the Advanced Routing and Switching 2.0 Workbook written by Narbik.  All that plus a $1,000 discount to any one of Micronics’ SP, RS or End-To-End classes, anywhere in the world.

ONLY 20 (TWENTY) LUCKY CONTESTANTS WILL BE AWARDED THESE FABULOUS PRIZES.                                                                       (I feel like a game show host!)



Next week I will roll out the announcement and the link to the mock labs and you are invited to, “Start your engines” race fans.

The fine print: If you have attended classes from Micronics you only have to pay $1,500 for future training, so don’t be greedy you will not be allowed to use the $1,000 discount offered in this competition against that price.