I’ve been looking at ways that people prepare for the CCIE Routing and Switch lab. While reviewing the Cisco Learning Network (CLN) site, I noticed that there were actually two official blueprints of topics for version 4.0 of the lab on CLN – DOC-4375 “CCIE Routing and Switching Lab Exam Topics (Blueprint) v4.0” and DOC-6864 “CCIE Routing and Switching Lab Exam Checklist”.
Both documents appear to be useful. For example:
- DOC-4375 is a more high level blueprint, includes 128 items, and maps exactly to the first 128 items on the R&S CCIE Written v4.0 blueprint. (DOC-4374 is the CCIE ® Routing and Switching Written Exam Topics (Blueprint) v4.0 blueprint, and includes one additional section on “Evaluate Proposed Changes to a Network”).
- DOC-6864 is an expansion of many of the DOC-4375 topics, and according to CLN, is meant as a supplement to the existing blueprint. DOC-6864 has 308 topics.
I decided to combine the two blueprints/roadmaps/checklists to see how much overlap they had. I color coded all the information, sorted the topics into one big spreadsheet using DOC-4375 to determine order, pulled out the duplicates, and ended up with about 390 topics. (For example:
|2.2.||Implement IPv4 Open Shortest Path First (OSPF)
|a||Standard OSPF areas|
|c||2.2.07.||Totally stubby area|
|2.2.09.||NSSA and Stub Areas|
Numbering and topics from the DOC-4375 blueprint are shown in blue, numbering and expanded topics from the DOC-6864 checklist are shown in red. When a topic appears on both blueprints, it is typically shown in purple.)
The mapping was pretty easy, however I found that posting a really large table in a blog while preserving my formats turned out to be really hard.
ps – I also posted a related blog on CCIE Lab Preparation and Soft Skills