Welcome to the 4.X Expanded Study Blueprint – it is a constant work in progress – feel free to comment!

LAST UPDATED:  Feb 1, 2011; Added PPP AAA Authentication

1.00    Implement Layer 2 Technologies

1.10    Implement Spanning Tree Protocol (STP)

(a) 802.1d

(b) 802.1w

(c) 802.1s

(d) Loop guard

(e) Root guard

(f) Bridge protocol data unit (BPDU) guard

(g) Storm control

(h) Unicast flooding

(i) Port roles, failure propagation, and loop guard operation

(j) STP manipulation through timers

(k) PortFast, UplinkFast, BackboneFast

(l) BPDUFilter

(m) Root Bridge Placement

(n) STP Port Cost and Port Priority

(o) UDLD

1.20    Implement VLAN, Network Management and VLAN Trunking Protocol (VTP)

(a) No VTP (TRANS)

(b) Pruning

(c) Bridging – Transparent, IRB, CRB

(d) VTP Authentication

(e) VTP Versions

(f) Regular Macros

(g) Smart Macros

(h) SNMP

(i) Telnet and Telnet Controls

(j) SSH

(k) Banners

(l) Switch Virtual Interfaces (SVIs)

(m) 3560s and VoIP Phone Support

(n) SDM

1.30    Implement trunk and trunk protocols, EtherChannel, and load-balance

(a) Static Config (No DTP)

(b) Allowed VLAN

(c) Router on a Stick

(d) Native VLAN

(e) ISL

(f) 802.1Q

(g) Manual EtherChannel

(h) PaGP

(i) LACP

(j) Load Balancing Manipulation in EtherChannel

(k) QinQ Tunneling

1.40    Implement Ethernet technologies

(a) Speed and duplex

(b) Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, and Gigabit Ethernet

(c) PPP over Ethernet   (PPPoE)

1.50    Implement Switched Port Analyzer (SPAN), Remote Switched Port Analyzer (RSPAN), and flow control

(a) SPAN and RSPAN

(b) Flow Control (DOC-CD)

(c) Flow Control (Blog)

1.60   Implement Frame Relay

(a) Local Management Interface (LMI)

(b) Traffic shaping

(c) Topologies

(e) Discard eligible (DE)

(f) Static versus Dynamic L2 to L3 Resolution

(g) Frame-Relay Interface-DLCI

(h) Broadcast Queue

(i) Frame End to End Keepalives

(j) Load Interval

(k) PING Local Interface

(l) Multilink Frame Relay

(m) PPP over Frame-Relay

(n) Dynamic Mappings to

(o) Troubleshooting Hub and Spoke

(p) Frame Relay Switch Configuration

(q) Subinterfaces

1.70    Implement High-Level Data Link Control (HDLC) and PPP

(a) Clock Rate

(b) CHAP

(c) PAP

(d) PPP AAA Authentiation

(e) Peer Neighbor Route

(f) Link Quality Monitoring

(g) PPP Reliable Transmission

(h) PPP Half Bridging

(i) MLP

(j) PPP Encryption MPPE

2.00    Implement IPv4

2.10    Implement IP version   4 (IPv4) addressing, subnetting, and variable-length subnet masking (VLSM)

(a) Calculating the Optimum Summary Address

(b) Binary Math Manipulation

(1) Matching multiple networks with a single access list line

(2) Matching odd or even subnets with a single access list line

(c) IP Unnumbered

(d) /31 Mask

2.20    Implement IPv4   tunneling and Generic Routing Encapsulation (GRE)

(a) Recursive Routing Issue

(b) GRE Tunnel Keepalives

2.30    Implement IPv4 RIP version 2 (RIPv2)

(a) Authentication

(b) Offset List

(c) Distribute List

(1) Gateway Option

(d) Timer Manipulation

(e) Disabling Validation of Source IP Addresses

(f) Split Horizon and Secondary IP Addresses

(g) Summarization

(h) Default Information Originate

(i) Unicast Routing Updates

(j) Passive Interface

(k) Triggered Updates on WAN link

2.40    Implement IPv4 Open Shortest Path First (OSPF)

(a) Standard OSPF areas

(b) Stub area

(c) Totally stubby area

(d)  Not-so-stubby-area (NSSA)

(e) Totally NSSA

(f) Link-state advertisement (LSA) types

(g) Adjacency on a point-to-point and on a multi-access network

(1) OSPF Network Types

(h) OSPF graceful restart

(i) Demand Circuit

(j) Authentication – methods of configuration and authentication types

(k) Summarization

(l) Area Transit Capabilities

(m) Inbound Route Filtering

(n) Auto Cost Reference Bandwidth

(o) Unicasting Hello Packets

(p) Cost Manipulation

(1) ip ospf cost

(2) Bandwidth Manipulation

(3) SPF Throttling

(4) Incremental SPF

(5) LSA Throttling

(6) LSA Overhead Protection

(q) Loopback Advertising (Natural Mask)

(1) Network Type (P2P)

(2) Area Range

(3) Redistribution

(r) Timer Manipulation

(s) OSPF ABR Type 3 LSA Filtering

(t) Forwarding Address Suppression in Translated Type-5 LSAs

(u) Router ID

2.50    Implement IPv4 Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP)

(a) Best path

(b) Loop-free paths

(c) EIGRP operations when alternate loop-free paths are available, and when they are not available

(d) EIGRP queries

(e) Manual summarization and autosummarization

(f) EIGRP stubs

(g) Authentication

(h) Composite Metric Manipulation

(i) Applying Offsets to Metrics

(j) Adjusting Timers

(k) Unicasting updates

(l) Use of the in the network command

(m) Manipulate the Bandwidth used by EIGRP

(n) Distribute lists

(o) Route Map Support

(p) SNMP Support

(q) EIGRP Prefix Limit

(r) Passive Interface

(s) NSF Awareness

(t) Router ID

2.60    Implement IPv4 Border Gateway Protocol (BGP)

(a) iBGP

(1) Synchronization

(2) Confederation

(3) Route-Reflection

(4) Non-BGP Speaker in Transit Path

(a) Tunnel

(b) Redistribute

(c) Static route

(d) Default route

(e) Policy route

(5) Peer Groups

(b) eBGP

(1) Multihop

(2) Next Hop Issues

(c) Filtering, redistribution, summarization, attributes and other advanced features

(1) Authentication

(2) Router ID

(3) Prefix Advertisement

(4) Automatic Summarization

(5) Manual Summarization including suppression techniques

(6) Maximum Prefix Limit

(7) Load Balancing

(8) Path Manipulation

(a) Local Pref

(b) MED


(d) Weight

(9) BGP Communities

(10) Regex Engine Performance Enhancement

(11) Hide Local AS

(12) Conditional Route Advertisement

(13) Remove Private AS

(14) AS PATH Filtering

(15) BGP Policy Accounting

(16) NSF Awareness

(17) Support for TTL Security Check

(18) Support for Fast Peering Session Deactivation

(19) Support for Next-Hop Address Tracking

(20) Outbound Route Filtering

2.70    Implement policy routing

(a) PBR Support for Multiple Tracking Options

(b) PBR Recursive Next Hop

2.80    Implement Performance Routing (PfR) and Cisco Optimized Edge Routing (OER)

(a) Profile Phase

(b) Measure Phase

(c) Apply Policy Phase

(d) Control Phase

(e) Verify Phase

2.90    Implement filtering, route redistribution, summarization, attributes, and other advanced features

(a) Administrative Distance Manipulation

(b) Redistribution

(1) Default Seed Metric

(2) Setting parameters with a Route Map

3.00 On Demand Routing (ODR)

3.00    Implement IPv6

3.10    Implement IP version 6 (IPv6) addressing and different addressing types

(a) Global Unicast

(b) Link Local

(c) Multicast

(d) Anycast

(e) Site Local

(f) Unique Local Address

3.20    Implement IPv6  neighbor discovery

(a) Router Discovery

(b) Prefix Discovery

(c) Parameter Discovery

(d) Address Autoconfiguration

3.30    Implement basic IPv6 functionality protocols

(a) ICMP version 6

3.40    Implement tunneling and transition techniques

(a) Manual

(b) GRE/IPV4

(c) 6to4


(e) NAT-PT

3.50    Implement OSPF version 3 (OSPFv3)

(a) Special Area Types

(b) Summarization

3.60    Implement EIGRP version 6 (EIGRPv6)

(a) Summarization

3.70    Implement filtering and route redistribution

3.80 Implement RIPng

4.00    Implement MPLS Layer 3 VPNs

4.10    Implement Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)


(b) MPLS Label Filtering

4.20    Implement Layer 3 virtual private networks (VPNs) on provider edge (PE), provider (P), and customer edge (CE) routers

(a) PE-CE Routing with RIP

(b) PE-CE Routing with EIGRP

(c) PE-CE Routing with OSPF

(d) PE-CE Routing with BGP

(e) OSPF Sham Link

(f) EIGRP SOO and Cost Community


(h) BGP AS Override

(i) Internet Access

4.30    Implement virtual routing and forwarding (VRF) and Multi-VRF Customer Edge (VRF-Lite)

(a) VRF-Lite

(b) MP-BGP VPNv4

(c) MP-BGP Prefix Filtering

5.00    Implement IP Multicast

5.10    Implement Protocol Independent Multicast (PIM) sparse mode

(a) Source-based Trees

(b) Shared Trees

(c) Bidirectional PIM

5.20    Implement Multicast Source Discovery Protocol (MSDP)

(a) Authentication

(b) SA Message Limiting

(c) Timer Adjustments

(d) MSDP Compliance with IETF RFC 3618

(e) Filtering and TTL Thresholds

(f) Monitoring MSDP with SNMP

5.30    Implement interdomain multicast routing
5.40    Implement PIM Auto-Rendezvous Point (Auto-RP), unicast rendezvous point (RP), and bootstrap router (BSR)

(a) Auto-RP

(1) ip pim autorp listener

(2) Static mapping of Auto-RP groups

(3) PIM Sparse-Dense Mode

(4) IP Multicast Boundary

(b) Static RP Assignment

(c) BSR

(1) BSR Border Interface

5.50    Implement multicast tools, features, and source-specific multicast

(a) RPF

(b) RPF Check

(c) SSM

(d) Multicast Helper

(e) Multicast Rate Limiting

(f) Stub IP Multicast Routing

(g) sdr Listener Support

(h) Load Splitting Multicast Traffic

(i) Multicast Routing Monitor

(j) Multicast Heartbeat

(k) Anycast

5.60    Implement IPv6 multicast, PIM, and related multicast protocols, such as Multicast Listener Discovery (MLD)

(a) IPv6 Multicast Addressing

(b) MLD

6.00    Implement Network   Security

6.01    Implement access lists

(a) Time-based Access Lists

(b) Log

(c) Log-input

(d) Block RFC 1918

(e) RFC 3330 Filtering

(f) VLAN Access Maps (VACLs)

(g) MAC Access Lists

6.02    Implement Zone Based Firewall

(a) Basic Configuration

(b) Parameter Maps

6.03    Implement Unicast Reverse Path Forwarding (uRPF)

(a) Access Lists with uRPF

6.04    Implement IP Source Guard
6.05    Implement AAA

(a) Client Side in IOS

6.06    Implement Control Plane Policing (CoPP)
6.07    Implement Cisco IOS Firewall
6.08    Implement Cisco IOS Intrusion Prevention System (IPS)

(a) Basic Configuration

6.09    Implement Secure Shell (SSH)
6.10    Implement 802.1x

(a) Reauthentication

(b) Quiet Period

(c) Host Mode

(d) Guest VLAN

(e) Accounting

6.11    Implement NAT
6.12    Implement routing protocol authentication (see earlier blueprint sections)
6.13    Implement device access control

(a) Privilege Levels

(b) Command Line Views

6.14    Implement security features

(a) Private VLANs

(b) IOS Resilient Configuration

(c) Image Verification

(d) IP Source Tracker

(e) IP Traffic Export

(f) Dynamic ARP Inspection


(h) Switchport Traffic Controls

(a) Storm Control

(b) Protected Ports

(c) Port Blocking

(d) Port Security

(i) Flexible Packet Matching

7.00    Implement Network   Services

7.10    Implement Hot Standby Router Protocol (HSRP)
7.20    Implement Gateway Load Balancing Protocol (GLBP)
7.30    Implement Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol (VRRP)
7.40    Implement Network Time Protocol (NTP)
7.50    Implement DHCP
7.60    Implement Web Cache Communication Protocol (WCCP)
7.70   Implement DNS
7.80   Implement TCP Options

8.00    Implement Quality of   Service (QoS)

8.10    Implement Modular QoS CLI (MQC)

(a) Network-Based Application Recognition (NBAR)

(b) Class-based weighted fair queuing (CBWFQ)

(c) low latency queuing (LLQ)

(d) Classification

(e) Policing

(f) Shaping

(g) Marking

(1) CoS

(2) DE

(3) Experimental Bits

(4) IP Precedence

(5) DSCP

(h) Weighted random early detection (WRED)

(i) Compression

(1) RTP Header Compression

(2) TCP Header Compression

(3) Class-Based Header Compression Methods

(j) Legacy QoS

(1) CQ

(2) PQ

(3) FRTS

(4) CAR

8.20    Implement Layer 2 QoS

(a) shaped round robin (SRR)

(b) policies

8.30    Implement link fragmentation and interleaving (LFI) for Frame Relay
8.40    Implement generic traffic shaping
8.50    Implement Resource Reservation Protocol (RSVP)
8.60    Implement Cisco AutoQoS

(a) Requirements

(b) VoIP

(c) AutoQoS for Enterprise

9.00    Troubleshoot a Network

9.10    Troubleshoot complex Layer 2 network issues
9.20    Troubleshoot complex Layer 3 network issues
9.30    Troubleshoot a network in response to application problems
9.40    Troubleshoot network services
9.50    Troubleshoot network security

10.00    Optimize the Network

10.01    Implement syslog and local logging
10.02    Implement IP Service Level Agreement SLA
10.03    Implement NetFlow
10.04    Implement SPAN, RSPAN, and router IP traffic export (RITE)

(a) SPAN


(c) Router IP Traffic Export

(1) Configure IP Traffic Export

(2) Configure IP Traffic Capture

(3) Filter with ACLs

(4) Filter with Sampling

(5) Capture Bidirectional Traffic

10.05    Implement Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP)

(a) Version 2

(b) Version 3

10.06    Implement Cisco IOS Embedded Event Manager (EEM)
10.07    Implement Remote Monitoring (RMON)
10.08    Implement FTP
10.09    Implement TFTP
10.10    Implement TFTP server on router
10.11    Implement Secure Copy Protocol (SCP)
10.12    Implement HTTP and   HTTPS
10.13    Implement Telnet

(a) Access-Class

(b) Session Lmits

(c) Busy, Vacant, Refuse, and Custom Messaging

(d) Onscreen Message Suppression

(e) Hiding Telnet Addresses

(f) Login Enhancements

10.14  Enhanced Object Tracking

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148 Responses to “CCIE R/S 4.X Expanded Study Blueprint”

  1. Francis says:

    At point 1–>1.10–>C
    I guess it suppose to be 802.1s and not 801.1s

  2. Ricardo Simba says:


    You´re right, we´ll have more fun with 4.x.

  3. Yasser Slarmie says:

    Hi Anthony,

    Is RIPnG out of the new lab?
    And what CiscoPress book would you recommend for covering Zone Based Firewalling on IOS?

  4. Anthony Sequeira says:

    Hi Yasser!

    I would think the odds are – based on this new blueprint – that you are going to see OSPF v3 and EIGRPv6 for sure! RIPng is certainly less likely.

    With that said – I am very tempted to add it to the expanded blueprint above since I think it is still well within scope.

  5. Anthony Sequeira says:


    The DOC-CD is pretty excellent for Zone-Based Firewall.

    A very targeted Cisco Press resource is:

  6. CiscoLover says:


    Any plan releasing Hardware List and IOS details for new CCIE Ver 4.0 ?

    I have 6x 2600XM, 2x 3750 and 2x 3550. Are they ok for new Blue Print? as we see MPLS, ZBF and etc.

    I am sure most of guys here want to know what to buy and build ver. 4.0 compliant home Lab.


  7. Anthony Sequeira says:

    Yes – I am sure we will release that information real soon.

    So far – this is all we have officially said…be sure to subscribe to the blog, because we will definitely announce here.

  8. Rodrigo says:

    The only thing I can say “HOLY COW!”

  9. Mahmoud Khan says:

    Hi all ,

    which will be easier to pass V3 or V4 ?

  10. Anthony Sequeira says:

    Hello Mahmoud!

    It really is all relative I think.

    Personally, I would prefer the v4 format of Core Knowledge – then Troubleshooting – then Configuration.

  11. Mahmoud Khan says:

    Thank you Anthony , I agree with you :) as well the Lab Mocks will be more little and the troubleshootig is easier than configuration .

  12. mohamed el henawy says:

    Anthony ,

    are you going to release your own extended one same as v3 ?
    also are you going to update the tech lab for multicasting based on v4?

  13. Anthony Sequeira says:

    The one above is going to be edited weekly so it continues to expand.

  14. Kamran says:

    Hi Anthony

    please also add configuring bootp stuff

  15. Pepe says:

    Are there no IS-IS topics in the ccie? Sad that i have to learn those for my ccnp.

  16. Maarten says:

    When will this post be updated. The list isn’t growing.

  17. Slaador says:

    So, judging from the existence of both MPLS and RSVP on the blueprint, would it be correct to assume MPLS TE will be on a lab?

  18. Slaador says:


    Thanks, that’s most certainly a relief.

    However, could you please elaborate on what “basic L2VPNs” there might be? I was pretty certain that “l2protocol-tunnel” ierarchy-related commands would come useful on the lab, but now that I’ve reread the blueprints, I can’t seem to find any mention of Layer 2 tunneling there…

    • This was not mentioned in the blueprint but they were talking about this on Networkers. So it’s just an extra precaution to take care of another potential topic. Don’t worry, nothing serious there: just E2E pseudowires, no interworking or anything like this.

  19. Forder says:

    Petr, When will this post be updated? It say it will this list will grow grow and gow. sinds this post it isn’t updated… It is exactly the same which is availeble at

  20. kees says:


    When will this post get some updates? It isn’t growing much

  21. Anthony Sequeira says:

    Hi Kees!

    I will start working on this within the next week or so. Thanks for your patience!

  22. Mukarram says:


    does MPLS covers only frame mode or both frame and cell modes…


  23. Mukarram says:

    hello Petr,

    Can u plz elaborate the MPLS topics, I know MPLS TE is not included… L2 VPNs are included ???

    lastly, when is IE going to launch WBs and VoD that would cover CCIE v4 topics…


  24. Nadeem Rafi says:

    Is this list final version now?

  25. Marcel Lammerse says:

    Thanks Anthony, very helpful.

  26. M Marino says:

    Very helpful.
    Do you know if appart from 802.1x, any more security features from the 3560 will be included: Port-security, DHCP Snooping, Ip Source Guard, VLAN maps?

  27. Ray says:

    I like the links to the documentation. I hope that you keep putting those links in. Documentation is a key part of the exam. Knowing where to go is very very important.

    Thanks Anthony!

  28. alex says:

    Hi Anthony,

    Any new for when this will be finished?


  29. Net_OG says:

    Hey Anthony,
    You should consider addin the bullets that Peter has on his recent post.

    He posted about some of his updates of the details of MPLS and Security.

  30. GFC_Cisco says:

    Hey guys, this will help me a LOT, do you guys know when the links will be fully updated?

    i appreciate all that you guys do for us, NetFreAks !! lol

    cheers from brazil

  31. i’m starting to like this blueprint.

  32. nick g says:

    1.30 Implement trunk and trunk protocols, EtherChannel, and load-balance

    Even though I am signed in to it says “forbidden” when I click on the link. All other links work though.

    Was trying to find out if ISL was in the mix or not on this new blueprint.

  33. Roland says:

    “Implement tunneling techniques” is it intended all tunnel types? On the v3 study guide page 791 only 6 to 4 tunnel are considered.

  34. ISL and all IPv6 tunnel types in DOC-CD are both within scope.

    Also – thanks for the bad link report – I will fix.

  35. Nick says:

    Hey this is great! Nice to see a “real” blueprint instead of the vague and super general blueprint which doesn’t really tell me much :)


  36. Nick G says:

    Every time I come back, the blueprint grows like an out of control wild plant! Evil Evil blueprint, how shall I ever complete thee?

  37. Nadeem Rafi says:

    when we can hear that this is final V4 fully expanded Blue Print :)

    • Hi Nadeem – I am going to announce on the blog that it will be finished on Sunday, Nov 22, 2009.

      But please keep in mind that I will revise it slightly based on student feedback until we have the next version of the exam.

  38. Nick G says:


    I have this set as my homepage.

    Learn it love it feel it.

    The “Other guys” vendor for which I am using don’t have this (ahem, Scott came from them recently hehe)

    Information – I take it where I can get it I don’t hold a bias!

  39. Nadeem Rafi says:

    to be honest, i would like to see it as much detailed as possible, i welcome more topics than missing few in real lab.

  40. Hey Nick G – enjoy the new home page.

    Most of my students end up with this as their home page for sure!!!!!

    By the way – since you chose another vendor for materials – your access to this page will expire in several days.



    We love the competition, and you will notice that we NEVER throw stones.

  41. Nick G says:


    Good to hear. I have a silly question. Vlan Membership Policy Server – is that on the RS exam? Was it ever on the exam?

    Wasn’t sure if it was one of those things buried in the very vague original 4.0 blueprint.

  42. Nick G says:

    10-4 on that, I was suspecting it might pop up so I’ll touch on it.

    Now I have to figure out a schedule to attack each section in tiny bite size pieces.

    • Yeah Nick!

      That is the key…like the lab itself, when you look at the whole thing, it is very intimidating, but when you break it up into small verifiable pieces – it is manageable.

      Something else I always recommend to students is that they switch up the study method. Videos, command line, Cisco Press, DOC-CD – mix it up to keep it fun.

  43. Sanjeev says:

    Hi Anthony – Thank you for the terrific effort in putting together the blue print and links and the encouragement – “break it down into small verifiable pieces” is my new mantra.

    Wondering if you would suggest using this blue print to study for the written exam?

    I currently have the IERS-WR-CODv4 and IERS-CKS-EL.

    Thanks in advance,

  44. Nick G says:

    “when you break it up into small verifiable pieces – it is manageable. ”

    I think that is the KEY. I was kind of doing that before but I am doing it now.

    Some people say master one piece and move on. Some people say get the basics of everything and do a once over, then go back and go in deep one by one.

    I was doing mostly the first one, but sometimes I was bored so I wanted to see how something else worked, so I would go see the “basics” of it.

    What’s the method you recommend? :)

  45. Anthony Sequeira says:

    Hi Sanjeev

    This blueprint goes much too far for the written. Focus on the IERS-WR-CODv4 for the written and you will be fine.

  46. Anthony Sequeira says:

    Hi Nick!

    To pass this exam in its present form, you really cannot afford to jump around in your studies in my opinion. For every major technology, you need to know Theory, Configuration, Verification, and Troubleshooting.

    I would be going through everything very methodically initially, then I would be going back through for speed and to brush up on weak areas.

  47. Nick G says:

    thanks for the tips. I do follow the theory, config, validate,t shoot approach currently. At least I got that right!

    I have been taking the master one topic and move on to another one, but still reviewing previous topics to make sure I chamber it into my long term memory. I will learn about for example RIP master it, then move on to EIGRP – however I will back track and do “warm ups” where I will set up end to end rip with all the features to keep me fresh.

    Not sure if it’s correct, but keeps me from forgetting things as I try to touch everything at least every other day. :)

  48. Nick G says:

    HAPPY TURKEY DAY!!!!!!!!!!

    gobble gobble.

  49. Nadeem Rafi says:

    Hi Anthony!
    there is one suggestion to put a “last updated” time stamp at then end of this article, this will help to track when some thing new was added. Otherwise every visit always force to scan full article for finding new material.

    Best Regards,

  50. Joe says:

    Is “irb, crb, transparent bridging” off the V4.0 blue print?

  51. Anthony Sequeira says:

    Hi Joe – I think it could still be valid – I will be sure to add it.

  52. Anthony Sequeira says:

    HI Nadeem –

    Love your timestamp idea – adding it now. I will put it at the very top so you do not even have to scroll.

  53. Eric Lauriault says:

    Hi Anthony,

    I noticed there are about 12+ commands related to DVMRP in the multicast ref guide. Do you think it’s fair game for the lab? I don’t see it in the official blueprint or in yours but it’s covered briefly in vol 1.



  54. Eric Lauriault says:

    Hi again Anthony,

    I think you misread me :) I’m not talking about Dynamips Multipoint Virtual Private Networks but about Distance Vector Multicast Routing Protocol.


  55. Nadeem Rafi says:

    @ Anthony,
    Are these included in MPLS BP?
    1- IPv6 over MPLS
    2- VPLS (Virtual Private Lan Service)
    3- MPLS & QOS

    Best Regards,

  56. Kristopher Climie says:

    I suggest adding “ppp encryption mppe” to the list —

    This document refers to virtual-template interfaces but it can be configured directly on serial interfaces as well.

  57. Eric Lauriault says:

    Hi Anthony,

    Just wondering what the difference is between manual tunnels and GRE/IPv6IP tunnels? I have been under the impression that they were one and the same.

    Thanks again for this awesome expanded blueprint!

  58. Eric Lauriault says:

    I guess I better start wording my questions properly :)

    I’m wondering what the differences are between “manual tunnels” and good ‘ol “gre/ipv6v4 tunnels” which are 3.40 a) and 3.40 b) respectively in your expanded blueprint.

  59. Nick G says:

    I would suggest in addition to the time stamp (which is good in itself) to have WHAT was added (like 2.40 OSPF (p) cost manipulation (1) ip ospf cost – link added.)

    Something like that, something that’s instant and we can just hit that piece or pieces that got added quickly.

    I just copy and paste the blueprint into an excel doc, but I have to keep scanning to make sure I wasn’t missing something, like a new link or whatever.

    Merry christmas! Was just killing a few minutes, now back to the holiday!


  60. Anthony, this looks really comprehensive … i was looking at the BGP section and one feature you should add is ORF (Outbound Route Filtering” … it’s one of those features that unless you have done it you would be hard pressed to figure out in the lab.


  61. Nick G says:

    Ahh I see my suggestion on what was added is used – yay. I likey :)

  62. Yasir Ashfaque says:

    mmmm well done Nick… let me search what m i missing.

  63. Eric says:

    Would Flexible Packet Matching fit somewhere under the catch-all 6.14 or is it something for the security CCIE track?

  64. Rob Routt says:

    Anthony, thx again for putting in the hard work on this. I used the v3 version of your blueprint for my first R&S attempt and I am going to just add the diff to what I already have. This time I think I have a better idea of approach. We all appreciate the time and effort you put in for this. Keep up the Great Work!

  65. Roland says:

    This became officially my start page on Firefox and Safari!
    Thank you Anthony.

  66. Eric says:

    Hi Anthony,

    Should we expect both V1 and V2 of HSRP?


  67. [...] prints out the Expanded Study Blueprint and rates his comfort level on a scale of 1 to 5 for each technology area. He will use this rating [...]

  68. mprofitt says:

    Nice Work!

    This will help tremendously! It is book marked and shall be referred to often.

  69. [...] Frame Switch By Anthony Sequeira, #15626 You just cannot assume anything when you sit for your Version 4.0 CCIE R&S Lab Exam. One of the former assumptions we could make with Version 3.x was that our Frame Relay Switch is [...]

  70. Jay says:

    You shouldn’t post “partner” doc links as us that arent affiliated with a cisco partner are unable to view them and get the dreaded 403 error.

    The two that I am referring to (that i checked) are your links for:

    1.20 Implement VLAN and VLAN Trunking Protocol (VTP)

    (a) No VTP (TRANS)

    remove the /partner/ from the url and they work fine.

    Just an FYI. :)

  71. NET_OG says:

    Such a great resource. BTW, I think Cisco Learning Network is paying a compliment to Anthony! Look at the new checklist….

    Seriously, time to post a HOME page blog story about the checklist and YOUR EBP! Don’t let this hide in obscurity.

  72. Yasir Ashfaque says:

    @Anthony, you dint mention what was the update.. its tough to go through all topics and find whatz added.

  73. Bernard says:

    Thanks Anthony , this is indeed helpful to keep as a checklist.

    BTW , my first reaction after seeing this gruesom list was to giveup CCIE..! (-:

  74. [...] > You may use the MPLS section of my Expanded Blueprint to answer this question: > > > > > Warmest Regards, > > Anthony J. Sequeira, CCIE #15626 > [...]

  75. Andrei says:

    Is Fallback Bridging required? I can’t see it in this extended Blue Print

  76. NET_OG says:

    Anthony, do you have a list of what you have here that is not in the checklist from Cisco?

    If not I will be going through both. thanks.


  77. Anthony Sequeira says:

    No – great idea – I will try and highlight that.

  78. Mohamed says:

    Hello Anthony,
    Please add RIPng to IPv6 section.

    Thanks for the great list.

  79. Matthias says:

    Anything on SLB ?? Its in workbook 1, but from what I can tell its not supported on any platform that Cisco is testing on…

  80. Reehana says:

    mpls ?

  81. [...] isn’t listed on the INE CCIE R/S 4.X Expanded Study Blueprint page, so no number for reference, but its good to know. Comments [...]

  82. [...] CCIE R/S 4.X Expanded Study Blueprint 1.70(g) Comments [...]

  83. [...] isn’t listed on the INE CCIE R/S 4.X Expanded Study Blueprint page, so no number for reference, but it’s good to know. Comments [...]

  84. [...] hits items 1.60(m), 1.60(p), 8.10(e), 8.30, and maybe even a few others of the INE  CCIE R/S 4.X Expanded Study Blueprint. If you enjoyed this article, please consider sharing it! [...]

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  88. [...] covers topics 10.01, 10.03, 10.04(c) of the INE  CCIE R/S 4.X Expanded Study Blueprint. If you enjoyed this article, please consider sharing it! [...]

  89. IP SLA says:

    [...] of the INE  CCIE R/S 4.X Expanded Study Blueprint. If you enjoyed this article, please consider sharing it! [...]

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  91. Abhishek says:

    Hi Anthony,
    could you please suggest some vital source of information to learn the very basics of MPLS. My knowledge is limited to knowing its full form of its abbreviation only (nothing beyond that)

    Please reply

  92. Jochen says:

    Hi Anthony, thanks for the blueprint. I just want to mention that “Router on a stick” is listed twice in section 1.30 as c and k. The link also includes /partner/, which requires a login. Maybe you can remove it from the link url.

  93. PPPoE says:

    [...] (c) of the INE  CCIE R/S 4.X Expanded Study Blueprint. If you enjoyed this article, please consider sharing it! [...]

  94. [...] (a), (b), (c), (d), and (e) of the INE  CCIE R/S 4.X Expanded Study Blueprint. If you enjoyed this article, please consider sharing it! [...]

  95. [...] (in class) often. To help directly address this question, I have maintained a document I call the Expanded Blueprint for many years now. I was quite flattered to see the CCIE team at Cisco publish their own version [...]

  96. Abhishek says:

    Hi Anthony,
    Thanks for putting up this expanded objective list and the How to Pass CCIE article.
    I have just passed CCNP certification and want to start the CCIE journey. Please give us some real world word of advice to start the preparation. whether we should start the Jeff Doyle straight away or first read Richard Stevens 1st up..

    Thanks a Lot sir

  97. dadou says:

    On Demand Routing is not mentionned in the QoS section ??

  98. [...] FREE – Cisco Expanded Study Blueprint – Get this and print it out! [...]

  99. [...] read through the expanded blueprint and picked out a dozen items that I’m gonna spend some quality time with over the next couple [...]

  100. lee_maynard2003 says:

    no dvmrp anymore ..?

  101. No – dvmrp is gone.

  102. CP Protection? says:

    Hi Guys, is control plane protection in the lab exam?

  103. Glenn de Wysockie says:

    Great for study!


  104. [...] Determine what material needs to be covered. Well this is certainly easy for us – we have the Expanded Study Blueprint to guide [...]

  105. [...] blog entries, now that is a brilliant idea so I will do something similar.  I noticed that INE (INE Blog) had started to do this at the weekend however did not think of the value of creating one myself! [...]

  106. [...] my bootcamp, I decided to guide my studies using the INE CCIE R/S 4.X Expanded Study Blueprint, the original doesn’t have links for all the topics, so here it is with links for almost [...]

  107. Bitje says:


    (c) modified deficit round robin (MDRR)

    Have you tried this out on the IOS and lab equipment used for the
    lab exam?

  108. Cisco7507 says:

    I see no mention of IS-IS as a routing protocol (IGP) for the Lab exam. Is this intentional or is it officially excluded from the exam topics?

  109. christian says:

    Why is RIPnG included in your expanded blue print? Jeff Doyle’s 4th edition certification guide as well as’s blueprint do not mention this.

  110. christian says:

    correction on the previous post: should be W. Odom’s 4th Ed Cert Guide. Specifically mentioned that RIPnG is no longer part of the v4 blueprint.

  111. [...] is, CCIE RS (written and lab exam) scope will slightly beyond its blueprint, well said that INE has expanded blueprint, that can be referred for actual exam, some topic will be appeared like Private VLAN and another [...]

  112. [...] This entry was posted in ccie and tagged ccie lab exam, expanded blueprint, ine on March 8, 2013 by arteq. [...]

  113. usman says:

    is Private VLAN is the part of CCIE R&S 4.0 blue print

  114. [...] – Read related books (currently reading Routing TCP/IP Vol 1 and 2 by Jeff Doyle) , white papers, related blogs, doc-cd and of cause be familiar with the course objectives. [...]

  115. sourabh says:


    when v5 is going to release approximately?

    which topics will be deleted and added in v5? any guesses ?



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