My name is Martin and I'm from Peru. I'm CCNA, CCDA and CCNP. Because I work in and ISP company I was trying to get the CCIP certification, but recently I discovered that CCIP is going to be retired and we need to get the CCNP SP to get the same level of skill that the old CCIP. First Im trying to get the CCNA SP certification like the first step, I saw the topics of the exams that you must pass to get this certification and it look like a combo between CCNA and CCNP, but in some point the topics seems to be very vague and very large to study (for example the part about SONET, SDH, ATM, etc), so instead of study by my self every topic I was wondering when will CISCO PRESS publish certification guides to these certifications?. Currently there inst any cert guides for CCNA and CCNP SP. Does CISCO PRESS have planned to publish anything to get Service provider certified?
if you know anything please let me know. Im very insterested in this track
In fact, you are not the only one who is asking the same question to Cisco; there's a lot of people who needs to know about when the new materials will be released otherwise Cisco should inform to us at least if they have not planned to release any material related to the new SP path.
Unfortunately, there is no information at this time regarding CCNA Service Provider or CCNP Service Provider Official Certification Guides by Cisco Press but please continue to check this site periodically for news/updates regarding self-study materials.
If you check the Study/Learn page for any of the CCNA SP or CCNP SP exams, you will find recommended training and additional resources to help with your studies.
For CCNA Service Provider, visit https://learningnetwork.cisco.com/community/certifications/ccna_service_provider
For CCNP Service Provider visit https://learningnetwork.cisco.com/community/certifications/ccnp_service_provider
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Typically, it usually takes a while for Cisco Press to release stsudy materials for new certifications. They need to know that there is a demand out there before they will invest in releasing material. Remember Cisco and ciscopress are companies and companies need to make money to stay in business.
And to this point, there's never been a huge demand for service provider exam guides. MPLS and BGP never had one, and I'm somewhat convinced that the only reason ROUTE and QOS had them was because they were both part of popular certifications. I hope that CCNA SP and CCNP SP are a sign that Cisco is paying more attention to the SP track, but we'll have to wait and see if that's the case.
Until they publish exam guides, you'll have to make do like the rest of us have always done.
Suggested reading to get you started:
MPLS Enabled Applications, 3rd Ed.
MPLS and VPN Architectures Vols. 1 and 2
Routing TCP/IP Vols. 1 and 2
Layer 2 VPN Architectures
Troubleshooting IP Routing Protocols
What a good set of books do you recommend to study!... It seems to be a very good help to get the CCNA SP and CCNP SP certifications. I will study those books and give a try with the 2 examans of CCNA SP.
PD: Anybody of you guys knows about a good place to rent racks with routers with IOS XR to practice? I was looking rack rentals to get the CCIE SP and those seems to be very good to get hands on practice on IOS XR, but can you recommend me one?
Thank you so much for the suggestion.
INE has CCIE SP racks for rent with IOS-XR routers. They rent them in 3 hour blocks, which I think is more convenient than some other rack rentals.
Hi again bradford:
I was checking the INE rack rentals and seems to be very helpfull to get the certifications.. but I have a silly question... when you rent a rack on INE do you get access to those devices that you rent remotly right?... I mean, yo dont have to be present in the lab to practice with the devices that you rent right?... sorry, maybe is a silly question but I have to ask because I live in Lima - Peru and I cannot travel to EEUU any time a what to use the lab...(lol)... I have some cisco gear in my home but no routers with XR IOS.
Thanks a lot for your kind answer.
Yes, you can just telnet into the equipment remotely. As far as I know there are no geographic restrictions.
That's too many books I would say and lots of overlap too in terms of MPLS books. But that's just my thought.
If I have to suggest ;
> MPLS Fundamentals (Cisco Press)
> Configuring MPLS On Cisco IOS (Cisco Press), this book is more of Lab Scenarios kind of book for practice.
> IOS XR Fundamentals (Cisco Press)
> Internet Routing Architecutre (Cisco Press)
> QOS Exam Certification Guide (Cisco Press).
But If you really want to finish this quickly, since If I have to read those books cover to cover, I would atleast take 45 days to finish each of those. So Video trainings certainly helps to speed things up. So I would suggest :
INE CCNP R&S ATC :
INE CCIE SP ATC :
Thank you so much for the books sugesstions.
I was looking at CCIE SP ATC that you sugested... but it looks a little advanced. You see, Im CCNP, but I only have empirical experience in MPLS since I worked like NOC in a Service Provider... I dont have a good teorical knowledge of MPLS yet... so to me first book you recommend is a good thing to start righ?... later, maybe I will buy the CCIE SP ATC that you recommend.
Thank you so much for your help.
The first book "MPLS Fundamentals" talks about MPLS at very basic level and helps you build a good ground.
The second MPLS book as suggested is a Intermediate level book which also contains lots of Lab sceanrios, practicing those will certainly helps since only reading theory doesn't help much usually and labs also helps you learn details and to build confidence.
INE Has CCIP Video series too, which talks about BGP, MPLS and QOS right from basic to CCIP level understanding.
Thanks for the suggestions!
So much time has passed and still nothing on ciscopress
Yeah it's been a while. Surprised there is still no book for this.