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We have a vibrant online community over at IEOC, and it’s only getting better as recently I’ve gotten commitments from a few CCIE Voice individuals who will be answering questions along with me, regularly there. So come one, come all, and post your questions relating to CCNA Voice, CCNP Voice and CCIE Voice.

Some of the more pertinent (Voice) forums are:

CCNA Voice
CCIE Voice General
CCIE Voice Technical

Also, if you are not aware, you are able to ‘subscribe’ at the bottom of each of these forums, and once you do you will receive emails for every new post (or digest if you so choose), making this a great combination mailing list and online forum, and you are free to use it either way you prefer, or even as both, as many do. You can also simply reply to any email, and it will automatically add your reply to the online forum thread, as well as alert all other members via email. You can even start new threads by simply emailing a new subject and body to the particular forum’s email address (once you get your first email from any given forum, you will know where to send new emails to start new threads).

We are highly committed to continuing to build IEOC into being the preeminent Voice online support community, just as it has been for CCIE Route/Switch for years now.

Finally, we have recently updated our Recommended CCIE Reading Book List. Head over there to check it out when you have a chance.

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As my 4-year recertification timeline was about to lapse, I had to go and pay $350 to recertify :) There was no other challenge, as I picked CCDE written for recertification, keeping in mind to take the practical test again this year. To my greatest surprise, the exam was almost the same it was in September 2007, when I took the beta version. Just this time the number of questions was 100 not 170 and they give you chance to review and navigate among the questions (just like it was in old CCIE Written). Apparently, the CCDE written test engine has never been updated the way that CCIE R&S Written was, with the new scoring model based on 1000 points. Since 2007 I spent considerable amount of time studying (back then I went unprepared, but still passed with 70 point) so the exam went disappointedly easy, as I haven’t seen anything new that I didnt see in 2007. As usual, the main focus is on IP Routing with the addition of Tunneling techniques (MPLS, GRE, IPSec) along with QoS, Network Management and Network Security. You may find the very detailed blueprint here (though formatting is broken in a number of places):

The books I found most helpful to prepare were:

- Definitive MPLS Network Designs
- BGP Design and Implementation
- IS-IS: Deployment in IP Networks
- OSPF: Anatomy of an Internet Routing Protocol
- Optimum Routing Designs (you may mainly concentrate on IGP protocols and refer to the book above for BGP)
- EIGRP for IP: Basic Operation and Configuration
- Cisco IP Routing by Alex Zinin (for you hardcore routing fans)
- OSPF and ISIS: Choosing and IGP for Large Scale Network
- Layer 2 VPN Architectures
- Interconnections, 2nd edition: Bridges, Routers, Switches and Internetworking Protocols. (Just for fun reading and a lot of background information)
- IP Quality of Service by Srinivas Vegesna

The below one might be a good candidate for review the week before your exam. However, be aware of its condensed format and some technical inconsistencies:

- CCDE Quick Reference by Russ White and Mosaddaq Turabi.

Lastly, anyone preparing for the CCDE certification – even though the written test is easy, do not take it lightly as you’ll need all the knowledge during the practical test. There are other challenges in the practical exam, but hopefully the plan I developed to deal with that will work for me – we’ll see ;)

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