There are tons of similarities between the two.
On the new exam, the points that stand out for me are:
Global correlation (and its associated components)
Interface slightly different
More integration with IME (IPS Manager Express)
For study, Cisco press just released the certification study guides. I am biased towards it, as I am one of the authors.
Here is a link for more info:
I purchased this book recently and am about half way through it as I prepare for this exam. So far I am very pleased with it which is not always the the case with some of the certification books I have read lately. I am finding it well written and really explaining the concepts well from the ground up so far.
I wanted to ask if you were aware if the exam itself has any focus on the CLI for configuration of the IPS. I am up to chapter 11 of the book at the moment and so far there has been very little focus on the CLI, except for a few verification and monitoring commands. Was this done intentionally based on a knowledge that the exam focuses on IDM/IME? I found the ASA exams to focus on both so I learnt both as I studied.
I had a look at the exam blueprint at the link below and it is really quite high level and vague without any explicit information regarding IDM/IME vs CLI and only a little but of information about CSM and MARS (which is EOL anyway).
Any feeback would be appreciated.
Thanks for the feedback on the book.
Since the GUI is used 99% of the time for configuration of the IDS/IPS devices, that is how the book was done as well. The Cert book was created to prepare students for the certification, and without breaking NDA, I will leave it at that.
The information about how MARS and CSM can be used in conjunction with IME are included in the book. The detailed workings of MARS and CSM are outside the scope for the IPS exam.
Hope that helps.
Wishing you the best on your certification,