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CCNP SP Study Material

Jul 25, 2012 9:30 AM

Bradford Chatterjee (CCIEx2/CCDE) 347 posts since
Jul 7, 2009

This question has come up quite a lot and I've recommended some reading for the basic topics of the exam, but nothing comprehensive. This is my attempt to make a comprehensive list of materials that one can use to prepare for the exam. I would like people to bear in mind that there has never been an "Exam Certification Guide" for MPLS or BGP. The closest thing was a version of MPLS and VPN Architectures aimed at CCIP candidates. The Service Provider track has always involved a bit of going out of one's way to learn the technologies, so one should be prepared to do so in order to pursue these certifications.

 

Also, these are recommendations based on books that I actually have in my library. For example, I don't have the current edition of the CCNP ROUTE book, so I won't list it here even though it probably covers some of the topics well. I haven't read it. The ASR9k configuration guides are listed because the 9k is the IOS-XR router with which I have experience, and it was good enough for me to pass the SPCORE, SPEDGE, and CCIE SP V3 lab exams, so there's that . If there are CRS-1 or GSR12k specific questions on the tests, make an educated guess (that's what I did) or read further on your own.

 

In the case where multiple books are listed, it's not always necessary to read all of them. Read until you feel you have an understanding of the topics. If you do not feel like you understand, ask questions here (on CLN, not necessarily in this thread) or read further. The books are generally listed in order of increasing specialization/complexity. If you read everything on the list, then you will have read almost everything that I read in preparation for the CCIE SP V3 lab exam. I suspect that so much depth is not necessary for the CCNP SP.

 

Feel free to suggest additional items for study. On to The List:

 

CCNP SP Overview:

The Essentials of CCNP SP Webinar by Cisco Learning Network (Requires Registration)

CCNP SP Syllabus (CLN)

 

For all IOS XR topics:

Cisco IOS XR Fundamentals by Mobeen Tahir, Mark Ghattas, Dawit Birhanu, and Syed Natif Nawaz

Cisco ASR 9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers Configuration Guides

 

The main differences between IOS-XE and "classic" IOS:

What is IOS-XE?

Understanding IOS-XE Version Numbers and Licensing

The IOS-XE File System

IOS-XE High Availability

Other than these differences IOS-XE is a lot like the IOS with which you are already familiar. The configuration is nearly identical.

 

SPROUTE Topics:

OSPFv2 and OSPFv3 Routing in Service Provider Environments

And IS-IS, IPv4, and IPv6  in Service Provider Environments

Routing TCP/IP Volume I, Second Edition by Jeff Doyle and Jennifer Carroll

BGP Routing in Service Provider Environments

Routing TCP/IP Volume II by Jeff Doyle and Jennifer Carroll

Internet Routing Architectures by Sam Halabil

Route Manipulations in Service Provider Environments

For Route-maps and policy routing in classic IOS and IOS-XE

Routing TCP/IP Volume I, Second Edition by Jeff Doyle and Jennifer Carroll

For IOS-XR Route Policy Language (RPL)

Implementing Routing Policy on Cisco ASR 9000 Series Router

High Availability Routing Features

Understanding and configuring BFD

Understanding Graceful Restart and NSF

OSPF Graceful Restart RFC3623

ISIS Graceful Restart RFC3847

 

SPADVROUTE Topics:

BGP Routing in Service Provider Environments:

Routing TCP/IP Volume II by Jeff Doyle and Jennifer Carroll

Internet Routing Architectures by Sam Halabi

BGP Case Studies

BGP Design and Implementation by Randy Zhang and Micah Bartell

Multicast Routing in a Service Provider IP NGN Environment:

CCIE Routing and Switching Exam Certification Guide, Fourth Edition by Wendell Odom, Russ Healy, and Denise Donohue

Routing TCP/IP Volume II by Jeff Doyle and Jennifer Carroll (Does not cover SSM or Bi-Dir PIM)

Source Specific Multicast

Bi-directional PIM

IPv6 in a Service Provider IP NGN Environment:

Keith Barker's IPv6 Video Series provides a good introduction to the basics.

Migrating to IPv6: A Practical Guide to Implementing IPv6 in Mobile and Fixed Networks by Marc Blanchet

Deploying IPv6 Networks by Ciprian Popoviciu, Eric Levy-Abegnoli, and Patrick Grossetete.

CCIE Routing and Switching Exam Certification Guide, Fourth Edition by Wendell Odom, Russ Healy, and Denise Donohue

High Availability Routing Features:

Understanding and configuring BFD

Understanding Graceful Restart and NSF

 

SPCORE Topics:

QoS in a Service Provider IP NGN Environments:

QoS for IP/MPLS Networks by Santiago Alvarez

QOS Exam Certification Guide by Wendell Odom and Michael J. Cavanaugh

End-to-End QoS Network Design: Quality of Service in LANs, WANs, and VPNs by Tim Szigeti and Christina Hattingh

IOS-XR LPTS

Hierarchical QoS on IOS-XR

MPLS/LDP in a Service Provider IP NGN Environment:

AND MPLS Traffic Engineering in a Service Provider IP NGN Environment:

MPLS Fundamentals by Luc de Ghein

MPLS-Enabled Applications: Emerging Developments and New Technologies by Ina Minei and Julian Lucek

Transport Technologies:

(This one is harder because these are basically all items that I learned through on-the-job training and experience. I don't have good training materials for them.)

DWDM (Wikipedia)

Cisco IPoDWDM Benefits

 

SPEDGE Topics:

VPN in Service  Provider IP NGN Environments:

Introducing VPNs (CLN Video)

Cisco GETVPN Deployment Guide

Cisco VPN Technology Comparison (PDF)

MPLS layer 3 VPNs in Service Provider IP NGN Environments:

MPLS Fundamentals by Luc de Ghein

MPLS and VPN Architectures Volume II by Ivan Pepelnjak, Jim Gulchard, and Jeff Apcar

Layer 2 VPNs in  Service Provider IP NGN Environments:

Layer 2 VPN Architectures by Wei Luo, Carlos Pignataro, Anthony Chan, and Dmitry Bokotey

Carrier Ethernet  in Service Provider IP NGN Environments

Layer 2 VPN Architectures by Wei Luo, Carlos Pignataro, Anthony Chan, and Dmitry Bokotey

ASR9k Carrier Ethernet Model

Cisco QinQ Configuration (ME3400)

Provider Backbone Briding (Wikipedia)

Metro Ethernet Network Architecture Framework Part 1: Generic Framework (PDF)

Metro Ethernet Services Definitions Phase 2 (PDF)

 

Now that I've gone to the trouble, Cisco will probably announce the set of books for CCNA SP And CCNP SP tomorrow.

 

Message was edited by: Bradford Chatterjee on 7/25/2012 to add a link to the Essentials of CCNP Webinar and some other new resources.

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