The CCDE bootcamp is coming shortly on May 1st, and we would like to provide some information to those of you who have already registered for the class or considering to join us. The class will go for five days and finish right before the CCDE practical exam in Chicago. The class is interactive for the most part – instructor will present you documents, diagrams, slides and questions on board and then the whole class will go through the solutions in live mode, discussing various options and correct answers. The class is centered around three major “platforms”: generic “large-scale” network topologies that are used to construct various network design cases. There are three main platforms presented in the class:

  • Internet Service Provider. A fictitious ISP that provides VPN and Internet services to enterprises in addition to wholesale Internet services. Generic two-layer network, featuring a mix of interconnection technologies and using ISIS/BGP for routing. This platform is mainly used to work with scenarios relating to transit traffic services.
  • Application Service Provider. A company that has its own wide-area network interconnecting data-centers and points-of-presence. The company provides server application services – e.g. a virtual call-center, online support desk etc to multiple customers. Customers connect either directly or tunneling over Internet. This platform is used to demonstrate issues arising in networks that provide centralized services to different customers. This network uses OSPF and BGP for routing, traffic flows are mainly considered to be “client-server” flows between different networks.
  • Large Enterprise Network. Presents a generic enterprise network with diverse set of offices and private WAN network. The network services just one company, but has to support a large variety of application and different connection types. Traffic flows are mainly contained to one network but there are multiple “concentration” points. The network uses EIGRP for routing.

Every platform is used to construct 5 different scenarios, featuring from 15 to 20 different questions each. Answering each question requires analyzing the network baseline and additional information presented through the course of the class and selecting the optimal answer. Similar to the actual exam, the scenarios will have one the the following logical structures:

  • Merge two networks or spin off a new network.
  • Add a service or application – e.g. deploy L3 VPNs or add VoIP.
  • Scale the network – accommodate technologies to network growth, e.g. IGP/BGP/MPLS scaling.
  • Replace a technology – e.g. replace routing protocol or link type with another one.

You will be required to do a “fresh” design or fix a faulty/suboptimal scenario and propose a better solution. For example, you may be asked to fix a network that has new application deployed that is not working as required. The class will focus on live discussion of design problems as well as strategy tips for passing the CCDE practical exam. One again, students are assumed to have knowledge equivalent in scope to CCIE Written exam blueprint. And lastly, the following is link to a sample CCDE scenario – baseline and questions in the format they are going to be presented during the class.

About Petr Lapukhov, 4xCCIE/CCDE:

Petr Lapukhov's career in IT begain in 1988 with a focus on computer programming, and progressed into networking with his first exposure to Novell NetWare in 1991. Initially involved with Kazan State University's campus network support and UNIX system administration, he went through the path of becoming a networking consultant, taking part in many network deployment projects. Petr currently has over 12 years of experience working in the Cisco networking field, and is the only person in the world to have obtained four CCIEs in under two years, passing each on his first attempt. Petr is an exceptional case in that he has been working with all of the technologies covered in his four CCIE tracks (R&S, Security, SP, and Voice) on a daily basis for many years. When not actively teaching classes, developing self-paced products, studying for the CCDE Practical & the CCIE Storage Lab Exam, and completing his PhD in Applied Mathematics.

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18 Responses to “INE’s CCDE Bootcamp Demo”

  1. Marc says:

    Nice Post but the Sample CCDE Scenerio is not working..!!

    • Hey Marc, what’s wrong with the sample – you can’t download it?

      • Maher El Zein says:

        Thank you Petr. I’m very keen to buy the COD after the Instructor-Led Bootcamp, are you planning to release workbooks related to the CCDE track?

        By the way, the scenario link is leading to NOT FOUND page.

      • JL says:

        From my RSS reader (Google), the link for the sample scenario points to javascript:void(0); instead of the pdf file.

        From here, I can see the pdf without issues. Maybe that’s what Marc is referring to

  2. Derick Winkworth CCIE#15672 says:

    I tried to paste the CCDE sample text into my router, but my network is still just a standard enterprise network. I don’t see any service-provider in there. :-)

  3. ananth says:

    Hi Petr

    I would love to attend but I cannot travel.

    Will you repeat this class prior to every CCDE practical exam?


    • I can’t promise live classes, but we are going to make a live recording off of the class and possible run an online, recorded class as well. So everything will be there in self-paced format.

      • Willy George says:

        Hi Petr,

        When do you expect to release the self paced option? I am assuming that this option when released will have all the documents, diagrams, slides and questions that are part of the live CCDE boot camp.


  4. Hudson says:

    Hi Petr,
    I would like to try this exam but I have decided to first complete the CCDP certification before May.

    I already have practical experience in most fields but would the CCDP be of much help at this stage?

    Lastly, what about workbooks for the CCDE practical exam?

    • @Hudson,

      CCDP and CCDE are very different in their philosophy: CCDE is mainly a test on optimizing large-scale routed network, while CCDP is test about “assembling network from cisco solutions”. Having CCDP won’t hurt, but you will need extensive reading on routing protocols and MPLS solutions architecture. Not sure if there will be any workbook: we’ll probably record an online class with the solutions to bootcamp scenarios. Everything else should be found in the book that constitute the recommended reading list. I think I posted the one I used for my preparations previously on the blog.

  5. Hudson says:

    Hi Petr,
    Please state the book you read…My credit card is out of the wallet to initiate the purchase

  6. Hudson says:

    ANother thing Petr. Are you saying the exam content will dwell mostly on Routing and MPLS issues? After hitting the SP and RS labs, how much content would I need to download onto my brain hard drive?

    • @Hudson,

      You don’t need to know configuration aspects but you should perfectly understand architectural implications of every technology. Your core protocols are OSPF, ISIS, EIGRP, BGP and all aspects of MPLS enabled applications: L2 VPN, L3 VPN, TE. Say for OSPF you need to know how and why you use areas and how to partition a network into areas. Don’t forget QoS, Security and Management aspects – though those are not as big as routing and tunneling, you still need to know those. The best reference for theoretical part of the exam is the CCDE written blueprint – the practical builds on the same theory.

      Now for the reading. Here is the expanded list

      But I would suggest starting with the following:

      IS-IS: Deployment in IP Networks by Russ White and Alvaro Retana.
      EIGRP for IP: Basic Operation and Configuration by Russ White and Alvaro Retana.
      BGP Design and Implementation by Randy Zhang
      OSPF and ISIS: Choosing an IGP for Large Scale Network by Jeff Doyle.
      Optimum Routing Designs by Russ White and Alvaro Retana.
      Layer 2 VPN Architectures
      Definitive MPLS Network Designs by Jim Guichard

  7. Willy George says:

    Hi Petr/Brian,

    Just wanted to inquire how the CCDE boot-camp progressed. I am hoping that the self paced material is still on track to be out towards June.

  8. Georges says:

    Hi Peter;
    I think about the CCDE exam and wonder wether the exam is about technology only or business wise design too?
    Along my career I found that sometimes, Cisco point of view differs from business point of view.

    Any advice for CCDE candidates?


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