The CCIE Service Provider exam topics have been subject to a minor revision and been replaced with v4.1. This minor revision includes adoption of a unified blueprint between the written and lab exam and explicitly discloses the changes applied to the blueprint, and the weight of each exam topic.
The overall exam topics change overall represents 10% of the total blueprint. A small, more frequent change to the blueprint represents the adoption of the new agile blueprint update strategy.
The overall exam topics might look slightly different at first sight, the overall (technical) change between the v4.0 and 4.1 is only about 10%. This is the ultimate goal of the minor revision approach; keep changes small, frequent, and incremental.
More information about the unified exam topics approach can be found here.
Note that the exam topics serve as a general guideline for the content likely to be included in your exam. However, other related topics may also appear on any delivery of the exam.
Below is the domain level comparison of CCIE Service Provider v4.0 and v4.1.
CCIE Service Provider v4.0
CCIE Service Provider v4.1
Compared to CCIE Service Provider version 4.0, domains remained almost identical, except that domain 1 and domain 3 were merged into one single domain: domain 2 (Service Provider Architecture and Services) in the new revision. Other domains were kept, although minor modifications were made within these domains as well. As a result, domain weightings did shift slightly:
SP 4.0 Domains
|Written (%)||Lab (%)|
|Service Provider Architecture and Evolution||10||NA|
|Service Provider Based Services||20||26|
|Access and Aggregation||15||17|
|High Availability and Fast Convergence||10||13|
|Service Provider Security, Operations, and Management||15||17|
SP 4.1 Domains
|Written (%)||Lab (%)|
|Service Provider Architecture and Services||21||22|
|Access and Aggregation||18||21|
|High Availability and Fast Convergence||14||15|
|Service Provider Security, Operations, and Management||12||12|
Domain 1 (Core Routing): No topics were added or removed within this domain, but some items were moved, rephrased, or merged into one single item:
Domain 2 (Service Provider Architecture and Services) now holds tasks of the original domain 1 and 3.
Off the original domain 1, the following task, focusing on hardware architecture components was removed:
Other items that were part of domain 1, such as software architecture, mobility node functions, and virtualization concepts, were rephrased to better define their scope:
Off the original domain 3, the following changes were made:
Domain 3 (Access and Aggregation) had the following items removed:
Domain 4 (High Availability and Fast Convergence) remains unchanged, only the weights changed.
Domain 5 (Service Provider Security, Operations, and Management) had the most changes. In this domain, service provider operation oriented items have been removed:
The CCIE Service Provider version 4.1 exam continues to focus on dual-stack solutions for both IPv4 and IPv6 technologies, as it was already deployed in the CCIE Service Provider version 4.0 exam. All solutions, for example, routing protocols, fast convergence, and L3VPN cover both IPv4 and IPv6 technologies.
The CCIE Service Provider lab exam environment was updated. However, no new technologies or features were added to the exam topics and therefore, the impact of this software update is minor. Candidates who want to prepare for the exam using hardware equipment are advised to use the following Cisco equipment and Cisco Software releases, which are used in the Diagnostic module.
No changes were made to the CCIE Service Provider exam formats in this minor revision. The CCIE Service Provider written exam number (400-201) remains unchanged, the lab exam format remains identical and continues to consist of three modules: Troubleshooting, Diagnostic, and Configuration module. Learn more about the lab exam format.
The new minor revision for CCIE Service Provider allowed us to make sure the CCIE track stays closely aligned with the evolving technology and service provider job role. The process resulted primarily in the removal of several items, and re-shuffling, rephrasing of other items as outlined above. The overall (technical) change between the revisions (4.0 and 4.1) is only about 10%.