CCIE R&S Written Materials

I’m scheduled to take the CCIE R&S Written exam on 10 July at Cisco Live, and I’ve been asked by a handful of people on Twitter exactly what materials I’m using.  I figured it would be a good idea to let everyone know so that we all can determine whether or not I’m on the right track.  I may get to the exam and find out that the books I’ve been reading aren’t even close.  It’s happened before.

CCNP Routing and Switch Quick Reference, 2nd Edition :  This doesn’t have the required details, but I read it to get the rust off the more-basic topics.  A good read-through at lunch does wonders for the memory.

CCIE Routing and Switching Certification Guide, 4th Edition : I’m using this book as the cornerstone of my studies, and my study schedule is based off of the topics in here.  I’m not expecting all the details to be in this book, but it seems to be going along with the blueprint pretty well.  We shall see, shan’t we?

Routing TCP/IP Volume I, 2nd EditionRouting TCP/IP Volume 2 : I’m not reading the Doyle Bibles cover-to-cover; instead, I’m using them for cross reference.  If I’m reading anything that makes no sense or that is worded awkwardly, I just read that section of the Doyle Bible to clear it up.  It’s been working great so far.

RFCs : Any RFC mentioned in the text goes into my pile of reading materials.  A lot of these are fairly short, but some of them are a huge struggle to work through.  I would find it hard to believe if you told me you enjoyed RFC 2328.

Obviously, I hope this will be enough to get me through the exam.  We’ll know in less than a month, won’t we?  This would put me halfway through my goals for the year with many months to spare…months I’ll need for a lab attempt.

Send $1400 any questions my way.

Aaron Conaway

I shake my head around sometimes and see what falls out. That's what lands on these pages. If you have any questions, the best way to contact me is through Twitter at @aconaway.

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3 comments for “CCIE R&S Written Materials

  1. June 13, 2011 at 5:19 am

    That should be enough for the written. The R&S cert guide has some errors in it, but the examples and scenarios are very good. I can also recommend chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 13 in the book “MPLS Fundamentals”, if there are some free time slots in your study schedule 😉

    Best regards,


  2. Paul Paradiso
    June 27, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    Wow, best of luck Aaron! I remember when you were working your way through the CCNP last year and look at you now! 🙂 You’re inspiring me to finish up the CCNP and follow in your steps.

    Hey, enjoy Cisco Live!


  3. Rodrigo
    July 17, 2011 at 5:44 am

    Was listening to an old packet pushers podcast and you were there and so was your blog. From there to here was just a couple of clicks.

    Anyway I haven’t read any of your posts besides this one and I’m just writing to let you know that, believe it or not, I once read the T. Moy blue book (OSPF: Anatomy of an Internet Routing Protocol) front to back during one of my vacations at the beach to make the lizard moments more bearable (aka the time that takes you to dry once you come out of the water, hang there for a couple of mins until it starts getting to dam hot and you are back into the water).

    Guess what.. I really enjoyed it (some sections are not useful anymore) specially because you understand the rational behind the scenes.

    Today I forgot most of it… 🙂 as many many other tech stuff

    Good luck with your projects

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