While I've not passed yet (another stab at the end of the week) I can say that from my experience its not really a technology exam, its an application of technology exam.
From that point of view the written goes into much more low level detail on technologies, the practical looks at a bigger picture of applying network design based on your understanding of the technologies. Its about general understanding and analytical/creative thinking.
If you are through the written you are probably better off looking at architectures and application to business needs, like the SRNDs and general books on network design and how to optimally use the protocols. Dont read to memorise, read to understand and spot the bits that make you think - as thats when you spot things that you hadn't twigged before that you can use in new designs. I've head a few folks say that preparation is really more about becoming a better designer than it is about focusing on the exam, and its very true - I've become a better designer through preparation so the exam is really a bonus if it comes off.
That's how prep has been for me anyway, and I've heard others who have passed already say the same. Good luck, and fingers crossed for all who are sitting on Friday.
ok John, there's no doubt about that: from a qualitative point of view it's an Expert level.
But my query was related to the perimeter of technologies possibly included in the exam. If we take a look at the product portfolio, we can see a lot of new technologies such as collaboration, telepresence, content delivery, unified computing, ecc.. Are these all potentially present in the program? Is there somewhere a list of all technologies covered in the exam?
We do publish the exam topics/blueprint. I'd suggest looking at this:
It leads to the new blueprints. We are in the process of revising the exams.
John Tiso, CCIE #5162
Product Manager - Cisco Services