INE is proud to announce that our long awaited CCIE Service Provider Lab Workbook Version 3.0 is now available!  The initial pre-release of the workbook contains over 500 pages of technology focused labs to help you prepare for Cisco’s newest CCIE Service Provider Lab Exam.  Similar to other “rough cut” books, the pre-release of the workbook is for students that want to begin work on their hands-on preparation for the lab exam without further delay.  Over the next few weeks the workbook will be updated to include more technology labs, along with the full scale labs.  The workbook includes a GNS3/Dynamips .net file that is compatible with the topology, and rack rentals that include IOS XR will be available soon.  A sample of the workbook can be found here.

INE’s CCIE Service Provider Lab Workbook Version 3.0 is broken down into two main sections, Advanced Technologies Labs and Full Scale Labs.  The first workbook section, the Advanced Technologies Labs, is the hands on practice companion to INE’s CCIE Service Provider Advanced Technologies Class Version 3.0.  This section consists of hands-on, individually-focused, advanced technology labs that present topics in an easy to follow, goal-oriented step-by-step approach.  The purpose of this section is to isolate each topic on its own so that you are able to see firsthand the various ways to configure each technology. By understanding these fundamental technologies, you will then be able to predict advanced and sometimes subtle interactions when configuring multiple technologies together.  The second workbook section, Full Scale Labs, consists of 8-hour lab scenarios that are designed to simulate the actual CCIE Service Provider Lab Exam, and at the same time illustrate the principles behind the technologies that it covers.

The recommended approach for using this workbook is as follows:

  • Watch the videos in the CCIE SPv3 Advanced Technologies Class
  • Follow the recommended readings from class, including the Cisco Documentation
  • Configure the associated labs in the Advanced Technologies Labs section
  • Revisit the videos and readings for further clarification
  • Configure the labs in the Full Scale Labs section
  • Take and pass the CCIE SPv3 Lab Exam!

The physical topology for INE’s CCIE Service Provider Lab Workbook Version 3.0 uses 10 routers and 2 switches, which include a mix of 7200s, 2600s, XR 12000s, Catalyst ME3400s, and Catalyst 3550s.  This topology has the flexibility to mimic the requirements of Cisco’s actual CCIE Service Provider Version 3.0 hardware blueprint, while still minimizing the cost for users building their own lab at home or work, and allowing for users to run the regular IOS portion of the topology in GNS3/Dynamips.

Specifically the platforms used in the development of this workbook are as follows:

Physical wiring for the topology is as follows:



About Brian McGahan, CCIE #8593, CCDE #2013::13:

Brian McGahan was one of the youngest engineers in the world to obtain the CCIE, having achieved his first CCIE in Routing & Switching at the age of 20 in 2002. Brian has been teaching and developing CCIE training courses for over 10 years, and has assisted thousands of engineers in obtaining their CCIE certification. When not teaching or developing new products Brian consults with large ISPs and enterprise customers in the midwest region of the United States.

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20 Responses to “CCIE SPv3 Lab Workbook Pre-Release Now Available!”

  1. Joe Sanchez says:

    Nice Job Brian & INE. we look forward to seeing more!

  2. Yannick, CCIE #20413 says:

    great job as always. Can’t wait for the rack rental to be available !!!

  3. Viacheslav says:

    Great news! That’s exactly we need!
    Just one question, updates for pre-released workbook will be available for free? Or we have to wait for full version?

  4. Paul says:

    Will is be possible to run IOS-XR on GNS3 in the future?

    Will Cisco help with development for this

  5. Aaron says:

    Is the topology for section1 and future section2 going to be the same?

  6. Hudson says:

    Thanks Brian and co. Let me ask since we have just section 1 available, I am guessing section two (full scale labs will be available at a later date…right? Not to sound impatient and ungrateful, do you have an estimate for the racks?

    Thank you very much nonetheless

  7. Yasir Ahmad says:

    Great effort Brain! Eagerly waiting for rack-rental announcement….

  8. Huy Nguyen says:

    Great news Brian !!! But seems like the pre-release workbook hasn’t included the Full-Lab yet ?

    If have purchased the version 2 workbook before (both Vol1, Vol2). Will i get access to version 3 (full version, include both Technologies lab and Full lab),

    Thank you,

    • Correct, the pre-release doesn’t have the full scale labs yet. They will be posted over the next few weeks. If you purchased the previous workbook you will get access to the new one. If you don’t have it in your members account already just send an email to to get access.

  9. Manny says:

    Hi Brian,

    I am confused. I was building my lab based on this topology

    Which one we should go with? The one posted on this thread or the one on this link?

    • The new one. It’s a subset of what I had previously used for the ATC videos, but it has the same functionality. There’s nothing wrong with using the original topology that I posted but it’s just more routers, so more initial expense, more power, more cooling, etc. needed.

  10. Sayeed says:

    if any OEQ in sp V3 and is it possible to do all lab are configure in dynamips and how i runXR 12000s.

    if then is all the feature on IOS c7200-adventerprisek9.122-33.SRE2.bin
    this IOS tech like XR 12000 tech

  11. Tim says:

    Are 72xx really the lowest model routers you can use? I see the lab only requires 1fe and four serial interfaces.

    Can we substitute some lower model routers or do we need features in the iOS on the 72xx?

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