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by Wendell Odom, Naren Mehta, Rus Healy

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CCIE Routing and Switching Exam Certification Guide, Third Edition, is a best of breed Cisco exam study guide that focuses specifically on the objectives for the CCIE Routing and Switching written exam. Senior instructor and best-selling author Wendell Odom shares preparation hints and test-taking tips, helping you identify areas of weakness and improve both


CCIE Routing and Switching Exam Certification Guide, Third Edition, is a best of breed Cisco exam study guide that focuses specifically on the objectives for the CCIE Routing and Switching written exam. Senior instructor and best-selling author Wendell Odom shares preparation hints and test-taking tips, helping you identify areas of weakness and improve both your conceptual knowledge and hands-on skills. Material is presented in a concise manner, focusing on increasing your understanding and retention of exam topics.

  • Master CCIE 350-001 exam topics with the official study guide
  • Assess your knowledge with chapter-opening quizzes
  • Review key concepts with foundation summaries
  • Practice with hundreds of exam questions on the CD-ROM 

CCIE Routing and Switching Exam Certification Guide, Third Edition, presents you with an organized test preparation routine through the use of proven series elements and techniques. “Do I Know This Already” quizzes open each chapter and allow you to decide how much time you need to spend on each section. Foundation Topic sections present detailed overviews of all exam objectives. Key Topic icons allow you to identify and quickly review the most important exam topics. Foundation summaries reinforce key exam concepts with review exercises and important tables.

The companion CD-ROM contains a powerful testing engine that allows you to focus on individual topic areas or take complete, timed exams. The assessment engine also tracks your performance and provides feedback on a chapter-by-chapter basis, presenting question-by-question remediation to the text and laying out a complete study plan forreview.

Well regarded for its level of detail, assessment features, and challenging review exercises and practice questions, this completely revised and updated third edition helps you master the concepts and techniques that will enable you to succeed on the exam the first time.

CCIE Routing and Switching Exam Certification Guide, Third Edition, is part of a recommended learning path from Cisco that includes simulation and hands-on training from authorized Cisco Learning Partners and self-study products from Cisco Press. To find out more about instructor-led training, e-learning, and hands-on instruction offered by authorized Cisco Learning Partners worldwide, visit www.cisco.com/go/authorizedtraining.

Wendell Odom, CCIE No. 1624, has been in the networking industry since 1981. He currently teaches QoS, MPLS, and CCNA courses for Skyline Advanced Technology Services (http://www.skyline-ats.com). Wendell has worked as a network engineer, consultant, systems engineer, and as an instructor and course developer and has taught authorized Cisco courses for the majority of the last 14 years.

The official study guide helps you master all the topics on the CCIE Routing and Switching written exam, including:

  • Bridging and LAN switching
  • IP addressing, IP services, and TCP, UDP, and application protocol details
  • Layer 3 forwarding concepts
  • EIGRP, OSPF, and BGP routing protocols
  • Quality of service (QoS)
  • Frame Relay
  • MPLS
  • IP Multicast
  • IPv6
  • Router and switch security

Companion CD-ROM

The CD-ROM contains an electronic copy of the book

and more than 250 practice questions for the CCIE Routing and Switching written exam, all available in study mode, test mode, and flash card format.

This volume is part of the Exam Certification Guide Series from Cisco Press. Books in this series provide officially developed exam preparation materials that offer assessment, review, and practice to help Cisco Career Certification candidates identify weaknesses, concentrate their study efforts, and enhance their confidence as exam day nears.

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CCIE Routing and Switching Exam Certification Guide, Third EditionCCIE Routing and Switching Exam Certification Guide, Third EditionIntroduction

The Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) certification may be the most challenging and prestigious of all networking certifications. It has received numerous awards and certainly has built a reputation as one of the most difficult certifications to earn in all of the technology world. Having a CCIE certification opens doors professionally typically results in higher pay and looks great on a resume.

Cisco currently offers several CCIE certifications. This book covers the version 3.0 exam blueprint topics of the written exam for the CCIE Routing and Switching certification. The following list details the currently available CCIE certifications at the time of this book's publication; check http://www.cisco.com/go/ccie for the latest information. The certifications are listed in the order in which they were made available to the public.

  • CCIE Routing and Switching

  • CCIE Security

  • CCIE Service Provider

  • CCIE Voice

  • CCIE Storage Networking

Each of the CCIE certifications requires the candidate to pass both a written exam and a one-day, hands-on lab exam. The written exam is intended to test your knowledge of theory, protocols, and configuration concepts that follow good design practices. The lab exam proves that you can configure and troubleshoot actual gear. Why Should I Take the CCIE Routing and Switching Written Exam?

The first and most obvious reason to take the CCIE Routing and Switching written exam is that it is the first step toward obtaining the CCIE Routingand Switching certification. Also, you cannot schedule a CCIE lab exam until you pass the corresponding written exam. In short, if you want all the professional benefits of a CCIE Routing and Switching certification, you start by passing the written exam.

The benefits of getting a CCIE certification are varied, among which are the following:

  • Better pay

  • Career advancement opportunities

  • Applies to certain minimum requirements for Cisco Silver and Gold Channel Partners, as well as those seeking Master Specialization, making you more valuable to Channel Partners

  • Better movement through the problem-resolution process when calling the Cisco TAC

  • Prestige

  • Credibility for consultants and customer engineers, including the use of the Cisco CCIE logo

The other big reason to take the CCIE Routing and Switching written exam is that it recertifies an individual's associate-, professional-, and expert-level Cisco certifications. In other words, passing any CCIE written exam recertifies that person's CCNA, CCNP, CCIP, CCSP, CCDP, and so on. (Recertification requirements do change, so please verify the requirements at http://www.cisco.com/go/certifications.)CCIE Routing and Switching Written Exam 350-001

The CCIE Routing and Switching written exam, as of the time of publication, consists of a two-hour exam administered at a proctored exam facility affiliated with Pearson VUE (http://www.vue.com/cisco). The exam typically includes approximately 100 multiple-choice questions. No simulation questions are currently part of the written exam.

As with most exams, everyone wants to know what is on the exam. Cisco provides general guidance as to topics on the exam in the CCIE Routing and Switching written exam blueprint, the most recent copy of which can be accessed from http://www.cisco.com/go/ccie.

Cisco changes both the CCIE written and lab blueprints over time, but Cisco seldom, if ever, changes the exam numbers. (Cisco changes the exam numbers of the associate- and professional-level certifications when it makes major changes to what is covered on those exams.) Knowing that the content will change over time, this book includes Appendix C, "CCIE Routing and Switching Exam Updates: Version 1.0." This appendix will include coverage of any newly added topics to the CCIE Routing and Switching written exam. When Cisco changes the blueprint, the authors will add content to cover the new topics at http://www.ciscopress.com/title/9781587201967 and make that content available to all readers who have bought the earlier edition of the book. For future printings, Cisco Press will put that new content into Appendix C.

The CCIE Routing and Switching written exam blueprint, as of the time of publication, is listed in Table I-1. Table I-1 also lists the chapter(s) that cover each topic.Table 8-1 CCIE Routing and Switching Written Exam Blueprint

Blueprint Topic


I. General Networking Theory


A. General Routing Concepts

4, 6, 7, 10

   1. Link State and Distance Vector Protocols


   2. Split Horizon


   3. Summarization

4, 10

   4. Classful and a Classless Routing Protocol


   5. Routing Decision Criteria


B. Routing Information Base (RIB) and Routing Protocols Interaction

10, 11

   1. Administrative Distance


   2. Routing Table


   3. RIB and Forwarding Information Base Interaction

10, 11

C. Redistribution


   1. Redistribution Between Routing


   2. Troubleshooting Routing Loop


II. Bridging and LAN Switching


A. Spanning Tree Protocol (STP)

1, 3, 18

   1. 802.1d


   2. 802.1w


   3. 802.1s


   4. Loopguard


   5. Rootguard


   6. Bridge Protocol Data Unit (BPDU) Guard


   7. Storm Control


   8. Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol (RSTP)


   9. Unicast flooding


   10. STP port roles, Failure propagation, and Loopguard Operation


B. LAN Switching

1, 2, 3

   1. Trunks

2, 3

   2. VLAN Trunking Protocol (VTP) Administrative Functions


C. Ethernet


   1. Speed


   2. Duplex


   3. Ethernet


   4. Fast Ethernet


   5. Gigabit Ethernet




A. Addressing

4, 5

   1. Subnetting


   2. Hot Standby Routing Protocol (HSRP)


   3. Gateway Load Balancing Protocol (GLBP)


   4. Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol (VRRP)


   5. Network Address Translation (NAT)


B. Services


   1. Network Time Protocol (NTP)


   2. Dynamic Host Control Protocol (DHCP)


   3. Web Cache Communication Protocol (WCCP)


C. Network Management


   1. Logging and Syslog


IV. IP Routing




   1. Standard OSPF Area


   2. Stub Area


   3. Totally Stub Area


   4. Not-So-Stubby-Area (NSSA)


   5. Totally NSSA


   6. Link State Advertisement (LSA) Types


   7. Adjacency on a Point-to-Point and on a Multi-Access (Broadcast)


   8. OSPF Graceful Restart


   9. Troubleshooting Failing Adjacency Formation to Fail


   10. Troubleshooting of External Route Installation in the RIB




   1.Protocol on Which BGP Peers Communicate


   2. Next Hop




   4. Troubleshooting of BGP Route That Will Not Install in the Routing Table




   1.Best Path


   2. Loop Free Paths


   3.EIGRP Operations When Alternate Loop Free Paths Are AvailAble and When It Is Not Available


   4. EIGRP Queries


   5.Manual Summarization


   6. Auto-Summarization


   7. EIGRP Stubs


   8. Troubleshooting of EIGRP Neighbor Adjacencies


D. Policy Routing

6, 12

   1.Concept of policy routing

6, 12

V. QoS


A. Modular QoS Command-Line (MQC) Applied To:

12, 13, 14

   1.Network-Based Application Recognition (NBAR)


   2. Class-Based Weighted Fair Queueing (CBWFQ) / Modified Deficit Round Robin (MDRR)

13, 14



   4. Shaping



12, 14

   6. Random Early Detection (RED)




A. Frame Relay

6, 15, 18

   1.Local Management Interface (LMI)

6, 15

   2. Traffic Shaping


   3.Hub and Spoke routers


   4. Dynamic Multipoint VPN (DMVPN)




VII. IP Multicast


A. Internet Group Management Protocol (IGMP) v2

16, 17

B. Group Addresses

16, 17

C. Shared Trees


D. Source Trees


E. Protocol Independent Multicast (PIM) Mechanic


F. PIM Sparse Mode


G. Auto-RP


H. Anycast RP


VIII. Security


A. Extended IP Access Lists


B. Unicast Reverse Path Forwarding (uRPF)


C. IP Source Guard


D. Context Based Access Control (CBAC)


IX. MPLS (New)


A. Label Switching Router (LSR)


B. Label Switched Path (LSP)


C. Route Descriptor


D. Label Format


E. Label imposition/disposition


F. Label Distribution


X. IPv6 (New)


A. IPv6 Addressing and Types


B. IPv6 Neighbor Discovery


C. Basic IPv6 functionality Protocols


D. IPv6 Multicast and Related Multicast Protocols


E. Tunneling Techniques






The blueprint tells you what major topics to study and by implication, what not to study. However, the blueprint does not provide many details about the scope and depth covered for each topic. As you prepare for the written exam, it is a good idea to study more details than you think you need to pass the exam, because the lab exam is considerably more rigorous than the written exam.

Knowing what topics Cisco does not list in the blueprint is also useful, particularly topics that Cisco has removed from earlier blueprints. For example, in 2005, Cisco announced the removal of ISDN/DDR, IS-IS, ATM, and SONET from the written exam blueprint, but it added wireless. In 2007, Cisco announced a new CCIE Routing and Switching written blueprint, referenced as "version 3.0" (the older blueprints did not have a version). This version 3.0 blueprint also added and removed topics; for example, it removed wireless coverage, but added MPLS and expanded IPv6. Always check http://www.cisco.com/go/ccie for the latest information regarding any other new or deleted blueprint topics. For any major changes, the authors will post a new version of Appendix C, which will add coverage of the new topics. Go to http://www.ciscopress.com/title/1587201968 for this book's web page, and look for a new Appendix C if the blueprint changes.About the CCIE Routing and Switching Official Exam Certification Guide, Third Edition

This section provides a brief insight into the contents of the book, the major goals, and some of the book features that you will encounter when using this book. Book Organization

This book contains nine major parts, which correspond to, and are in the same order as, the last nine major headings in the 10-heading CCIE Routing and Switching written blueprint. The topics under the first heading of the blueprint, "General Networking Theory," are covered in this book, but they are spread throughout the various parts of the book.

Each part of the book has one or more chapters. Some have a single chapter, such as Part VII, "Security." However, Part III, "IP Routing," has six chapters and a high page count.

Beyond the chapters in the nine major parts of the book, you will find several useful appendixes gathered in Part X. In particular, Appendix C, "CCIE Routing and Switching Exam Updates: Version 1.0," as mentioned earlier, will be updated with subsequent versions online at http://www.ciscopress.com/title/9781587201967 when appropriate to provide you with the most up-to-date material. Also included in Part X is a decimal to binary conversion chart for reference in Appendix B. There are also several useful appendixes that can only be accessed from the CD in the back of the book.

Following is a description of each part's coverage:

  • Part I, "LAN Switching" (Chapters 1–3)

    This part focuses on LAN Layer 2 features, specifically Ethernet (Chapter 1), VLANs and trunking (Chapter 2), and Spanning Tree Protocol (Chapter 3).

  • Part II, "IP" (Chapters 4–5)

    This part is titled "IP" to match the blueprint, but it might be better titled "TCP/IP" because it covers details across the spectrum of the TCP/IP protocol stack. It includes IP addressing (Chapter 4) and IP services such as DHCP and ARP (Chapter 5).

  • Part III, "IP Routing" (Chapters 6–11)

    This part covers some of the more important topics on the exam and is easily the largest part of the book. It covers Layer 3 forwarding concepts (Chapter 6), followed by three routing protocol chapters, one each about RIP, EIGRP, and OSPF (Chapters 7 through 9, respectively). Following that, Chapter 10 covers route redistribution between IGPs. At the end, Chapter 11 hits the details of BGP.

  • Part IV, "QoS" (Chapters 12–14)

    This part covers the more popular QoS tools, including some MQC-based tools, as well as several older tools, particularly FRTS. The chapters include coverage of classification and marking (Chapter 12), queuing and congestion avoidance (Chapter 13), plus shaping, policing, and link efficiency (Chapter 14).

  • Part V, "Wide-Area Networks" (Chapter 15)

    The WAN coverage has generally shrunk with the last several changes to the CCIE Routing and Switching written blueprints, so Frame Relay is all that remains in this section. However, the latest blueprint revision includes another WAN topic, MPLS, which is covered in Chapter 19. MPLS is covered in Part VIII of this book to keep the order of book parts in synch with the blueprint.

  • Part VI, "IP Multicast" (Chapters 16–17)

    This is one of the two parts of the book that cover topics that are mostly ignored for the CCNP exam. As a result, the text assumes that the reader has no knowledge of multicast before beginning this part. Chapter 16 covers multicast on LANs, including IGMP and how hosts join multicast groups. Chapter 17 covers multicast WAN topics.

  • Part VII, "Security" (Chapter 18)

    Given the CCIE tracks for both Security and Voice, Cisco has a small dilemma regarding whether to cover those topics on CCIE Routing and Switching, and if so, in how much detail. This part covers a variety of security topics appropriate for CCIE Routing and Switching, in a single chapter. This chapter focuses on switch and router security. (Note that Voice, whose protocols were formerly covered on CCIE Routing and Switching, is not covered in the current blueprint or in this book.)

  • Part VIII, "MPLS" (Chapter 19)

    As mentioned in the WAN section, MPLS is an addition to the latest blueprint and thus debuts with its own chapter. As with many larger topics in this book, the blueprint does not cover all parts of MPLS but rather focuses on enterprise-related topics such as core MPLS concepts and MPLS VPNs.

  • Part IX, "IP Version 6" (Chapter 20)

    IPv6 is comprehensively addressed in the version 3.0 exam blueprint, so we've added a fairly lengthy chapter to cover it.

  • Part X, "Appendixes"

    Appendix A, "Answers to the 'Do I Know This Already?' Quizzes"

    This appendix lists answers and explanations for the questions at the beginning of each chapter.

    Appendix B, "
    Decimal to Binary Conversion Table"

    This appendix lists the decimal values 0 through 255, with their binary equivalents.

    Appendix C, "CCIE Routing and Switching Exam Updates: Version 1.0"

    As of the first printing of the book, this appendix contains only a few words that reference the web page for this book at http://www.ciscopress.com/title/9781587201967. As the blueprint evolves over time, the authors will post new materials at the website. Any future printings of the book will include the latest newly added materials in printed form inside Appendix C.

    Note - Appendixes D through H are in printable, PDF format on the CD.

    (CD-only) Appendix D, "IP Addressing Practice"

    This appendix lists several practice problems for IP subnetting and finding summary routes. The explanations to the answers use the shortcuts described in the book.

    (CD-only) Appendix E, "Key Tables for CCIE Study"

    This appendix lists the most important tables from the core chapters of the book. The tables have much of the content removed so you can use them as an exercise. You can print the PDF and then fill in the table from memory, checking your answers against the completed tables in Appendix F.

    (CD-only) Appendix F, "Solutions for Key Tables for CCIE Study"

    This appendix lists the completed tables from the Appendix E exercises so you can check your answers.

    (CD-only) Appendix G, "IEEE 802.11 Fundamentals"

    Because wireless was removed from the version 3.0 blueprint, we've removed the two wireless chapters from the third edition of this book. However, there's a chance that wireless will return to the CCIE Routing and Switching blueprint in the future, so we're including those chapters as appendixes on the CD.

    (CD-only) Appendix H, "Wireless LAN Solutions"

    Like Appendix G, Appendix H covers wireless materials that may be useful for future CCIE Routing and Switching study, if the blueprint is revised to once again include wireless coverage.

Note - There is also a glossary near the end of the book. You can use it to look up key terms and to find the definitions for the exercise at the end of each chapter.

Book Features

The core chapters of this book have several features that help you make the best use of your time:

  • "Do I Know This Already?" Quizzes—Each chapter begins with a quiz that helps you to determine the amount of time you need to spend studying that chapter. If you score yourself strictly, and you miss only one question, then you may want to skip the core of the chapter and move on to the "Foundation Summary" section at the end of the chapter, which lets you review facts and spend time on other topics. If you miss more than one, you may want to spend some time reading the chapter or at least reading sections that cover topics about which you know you are weaker.

  • Foundation Topics—These are the core sections of each chapter. They explain the protocols, concepts, and configuration for the topics in that chapter.

  • Foundation Summary—The "Foundation Summary" section of this book departs from the typical features of the "Foundation Summary" section of other Cisco Press Exam Certification Guides. This section does not repeat any details from the "Foundation Topics" section; instead, it simply summarizes and lists facts related to the chapter but for which a longer or more detailed explanation is not warranted.

  • Key Topics—Throughout the "Foundation Topics" section, a Key Topic icon has been placed beside the most important areas for review. After reading a chapter, when doing your final preparation for the exam, take the time to flip through the chapters, looking for the Key Topic icons, and review those paragraphs, tables, figures, and lists.

  • Fill in Key Tables from Memory—The more important tables from the chapters have been copied to PDF files available on the CD as Appendix E. The tables have most of the information removed. After printing these mostly empty tables, you can use them to improve your memory of the facts in the table by trying to fill them out. This tool should be useful for memorizing key facts. CD-only Appendix F contains the completed tables so you can check your work.

  • CD-based practice exam—The companion CD contains multiple-choice questions and a testing engine. The CD includes 300 questions unique to the CD. As part of your final preparation, you should practice with these questions to help you get used to the exam-taking process, as well as help refine and prove your knowledge of the exam topics.

  • Key Terms and Glossary—The more important terms mentioned in each chapter are listed at the end of each chapter under the heading "Definitions." The glossary, found at the end of the book, lists all the terms from the chapters. When studying each chapter, you should review the key terms, and for those terms about which you are unsure of the definition, you can review the short definitions from the glossary.

  • Further Reading—Each chapter includes a suggested set of books and websites for additional study on the same topics covered in that chapter. Often, these references will be useful tools for preparation for the CCIE Routing and Switching lab exam.

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Meet the Author

Wendell Odom

CCIE No. 1624, has been in the networking industry since 1981. He currently teaches QoS, MPLS, and CCNA courses for Skyline Advanced Technology Services. Wendell also has worked as a network engineer, consultant, and systems engineer, and as an instructor and course developer. He is the author of all prior editions of CCNA Exam Certification Guide

as well as Cisco QOS Exam Certification Guide , Second Edition, Computer Networking First-Step , CCIE Routing and Switching Official Exam Certification Guide , Second Edition, and CCNA Video Mentor, all from Cisco Press.

Rus Healy, CCIE No. 15025, wrote Chapter 20, “IP Version 6,” and made updates, large and small, to most other chapters in updating the book for the Cisco CCIE Routing and Switching version 3.0 blueprint. He has worked on several Cisco Press projects, including the second edition of this book, as a technical reviewer. Rus is a principal SE with Annese & Associates, the largest Cisco Upstate New York Silver partner. He was instrumental in guiding Annese to Cisco Silver partnership and their three Cisco Advanced Specializations (Wireless LAN, Security, and Unified Communications). In addition to the CCIE Routing and Switching certification, Rus holds Cisco CCDP and CCVP certifications, several Cisco Qualified Specialist certifications in Unified Communications, and the Cisco Technology Solution Specialist (TSS) designation in Unified Communications. Along with his wife, Nancy, and children, Gwen and Trevor, Rus lives in the Finger Lakes region of New York. He and his family enjoy camping, boating, skiing, bicycling, and many other familyactivities. Rus is also an avid amateur radio contest operator, particularly using Morse Code. He was a member of the U.S. team in the 2002 World Radio Team Championship in Helsinki, Finland. Rus is also active in the Ontario County, New York chapter of Habitat for Humanity and in St Mary’s Church in Honeoye, New York.

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