Hi Brian,

What is the best way to search through Cisco Doc CD during lab exam? It will be nice to know the recommended best way (if there is any) to look for features in the CD. Can you please use a feature as an example and help locate where to find it in the CD?



Hi Olu,

In the CCIE Lab Exam you will have access to browse the documentation CD, but will not have access to the “search” feature of it. You can however still use the “find in page” feature of the web browser used to access the documents. For the majority of core features, such as IP Routing, you should know how to manually browse through the CD to find what you’re looking for, but let’s say that you’re looking for a non-core feature that you don’t know exactly where it’s located. In this case you can use the command reference master index and the configuration guide master index.

To start go to http://www.cisco.com/univercd/. This is the homepage you will see appear when you open your web browser in the lab exam. Next click the dropdown for Cisco IOS Software, and select Release 12.4. From here select Cisco IOS Release 12.4 Master Indexes, and then Cisco IOS Master Commands List, Release 12.4. This page lists all currently documented commands for 12.4 mainline IOS.

Now let’s suppose that we’re looking for documentation on Network Address Translation. We know at a minimum that the commands for NAT will include the keyword “nat”. Based on this hit the key combination CTRL-F for find, or go to the Edit menu of your web browser and select find. In the find dialogue enter “nat”. After multiple searches we will see the keywords “ip nat IAD-144”. Click this link and it brings us to “IP Addressing Services Commands: ip moble arp through ip unnumbered”. From this document we can see the commands necessary for implementing NAT. Additionally based on the title of this document, “IP Addressing Services Commands: ip moble arp through ip unnumbered”, we can infer where NAT is located in the configuration guide.

To find the configuration guide for NAT go back to the main start page of http://www.cisco.com/univercd/. Click the dropdown for Cisco IOS Software, and select Release 12.4. From here select Cisco IOS IP Addressing Services Configuration Guide, Release 12.4. From this page we can see there is a direct link to the NAT documentation.

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

At the age of 20, Brian McGahan earned his first CCIE in Routing & Switching, and became known as the “youngest engineer in the world.” He continued on to earn CCIE certifications in Security, Service Provider, and Data Center. Brian has developed and taught for INE since 2002, setting the bar for CCIE training and helping thousands of engineers obtain their own certifications--we’re proud to have such an accomplished and driven instructor on the INE team. When he is not developing new products for INE, he consults with large ISPs and enterprise customers. You may contact Brian McGahan at bmcgahan@ine.com or find him helping others in INE’s IEOC Community Forum.

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