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Happy Holidays and IT Training!

Happy Holidays to all my faithful blog followers here at Thank you so much for another incredible year of fun and interesting comments and discussions regarding mainly IT Training. 🙂

IT Training

My Holiday gift to many of you this year is to finally get after my Free Evolving Technologies Training as I promised. This is that new section of every CCIE Written Exam that is causing great stress for many candidates. Stress not. I will do the hard work of finding the correct documentation and detailing it for you on every topic on this list!

Something else I will be doing more than ever per reader request is many more quizzes here at the site. These will run the gamut from Cisco to Juniper to Microsoft and more and will cover all levels of professional certification.

If you are interested in my non-free IT Training stuff 🙂 here is a run down of what I am currently working on this Holiday Season:

  • The Exam 70-698 Installing and Configuring Windows 10 Course for CBT Nuggets; this course features Nugget-based Hands On Labs so you can follow along with me in a Windows 10 Pro environment as you enjoy your IT Training! There are about 46 Nuggets complete and up there at the moment. The total course will be close to 80 Nuggets and completes around 1/13/2017. All of the Nuggets are uploaded by that date, it just takes some time for the video reviewers to watch and approve them.
  • Mastering Agile Project Management is most likely my next course for CBT Nuggets; then I will be looking to hit some key Router and Switch Technologies for you like QoS and Multicast and the like. These topics appear in more professional certifications than ever before (as they should) and there seems to be a drought of great training in these areas.
  • My CCENT ICND1 100-105 Exam Cram, 3rd Edition arrives in print on December 30, 2016 just in time for the new year! You will love this text. Keith Barker was the Tech Editor and we created a work of art here when it comes to your exam success. use the link at the bottom of this blog post for a nice discount on your order!
  • My CCNA Routing and Switching 200-125 Exam Cram, 5th Edition arrives in print on March 1, 2017 (or sooner). Again, Keith Barker helped me create an incredibly laser focused and concise guide to exam success.
  • My MCSA 70-740 Cert Guide: Installation, Storage, and Compute with Windows Server 2016 (Certification Guide) arrives in print around March 2017 and features critical and hard to find documentation on this exciting new Server Operating System from Microsoft. The goal in this text is to get you up and running in production data centers with the new OS, but also to ensure the exam is a manageable and pleasant experience! This can be a challenge when it comes to Microsoft Certs to say the least!

Thanks again for visiting my site – and of course – HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

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Exam Review: CCIE Service Provider Written 400-201 CCIE SP

Another day, more fun with a CCIE Written Exam! Please note that I am writing this review on 11/7/2015, so please consider that if you are reading this post considerably after that date. Cisco has a tendency to change exam details and content periodically. Your mileage may vary 🙂


You are given 120 minutes for this exam and you can expect about 100 questions. You will have plenty of time to finish if you know your stuff. There are no sims or simlets of any kind to slow you down. There are drag and drop, but of course these should not slow you down too much. There are lots of complex exhibits you will be wading through, but time should not be a problem since most questions are short multiple choice.

You can expect a required passing score of about 820.

Your score report, pass or fail, will show your performance in the following five areas:

  • SP Architecture and Evolution
  • Core Routing
  • Service Provider Based Services
  • Access and Aggregation
  • High Availability and Fast Convergence
  • SP Security, SP Operation, and Management

This exam follows the blueprint nicely, but keep in mind that you will be studying A LOT on a bullet point in order to be ready. For example, take the blueprint item:

  • 5.3.a Describe, implement, and optimize IGP convergence

Think about – you need to study the optimization here for IS-IS, EIGRP, and OSPF. That adds up to an awful lot of studying.

Here are some areas to really focus on:

  • L2TPv3
  • IOS-XR
  • Router virtualization (SVR, HVR, SDR, CSR1000V, etc.)
  • IGPs, BGP, Multicast, QoS, MPLS l3 VPNs, MPLS Traffic Engineering
  • E-Line
  • Unified MPLS
  • IPv6
  • Security
  • Network Management
  • SyncE

Exam Accuracy and Blueprint Adherance: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Exam Difficulty: 4 out of 5 stars

Time Pressure: Low

Have fun studying these super important, and super interesting topics! If you have any questions, of course let me know in the comments section below!