The R&S CCIE Volume 2 workbook has been ported to our new web format (see below). This format allows you to add bookmarks, add notes (both private and public notes) and ensures you always have the latest version. Additionally you can submit feedback directly to the Development and Editing teams from within workbook. We are also working on integrating our IEOC forum directly into the workbook and plan on having it available late October.

For the notes, we are currently implementing a rating system that will allow you to rate a public note posted by someone else. This will allow you to filter public notes that are not above a certain rating if desired. This new public notes feature will be really popular based on the feedback we have received from the beta testers. The R&S Volume 2 in the new web format will be released next week.

R&S Volume 3 workbook has been updated. This updated version will be available later this week in your members site account. This is the last major update to Volume 3 before it is retired and integrated into the new single R&Sv5 blueprint based workbook we are already developing.

Q - Will I automatically get the new workbook when its released next week if I have the current workbook?
A - Yes. The workbook will automatically show up in your members site account next week.

Q - Will I be able to view it offline?
A - Yes. A PDF version will automatically be generated when a change is made to the workbook.

Q - Can I view it on my tablet?
A - Yes the new format is pure HTML5 which is support by all modern tablet web browsers. This is the first step before we release it as an iPad/iPhone app and Android app. The tablet app will allow you to take the workbooks "offline" and still make notes, bookmarks, etc that will sync up when you get back online.

Q - Does this include new material?
A - We had to freeze any development while the workbook was ported to the web. Now that the workbook is up we'll start adding new content. We have 3 additional labs to add to the workbook now.

Lastly Volume I is currently being ported to the web and I'll release it in chunks as each section is finished. Currently the IP Routing section has been ported. I'm reviewing it before release and adding more PfR/OER labs.

R&S Online Workbook


Hi Everyone,

As our blog polls reveal, many of you are using Dynamips hardware emulator for your CCIE exam preparations ;) So here are some good news for all you Dynamips-fans – we’ve completed and posted ten our of twenty of IEWB-RS-VOL2 labs adapted to the virtual platform. The remaining ten labs are to be completed and posted by end of January 2010 year. Notice that the Dynamips edition of VOL2 workbook could be purchased separately at a discounted price. However, keep in mind the limitations of the Dynamips platform, which restrict the amount of the features you can implement there. For a complete coverage of all relevant IOS features in full-scale labs format, you may want to choose the regular IEWB-RS-VOL2, which includes the Dynamips edition at no extra charge.

Happy studying and thanks for choosing INE!


Hi Everyone,

Just to let you know of our product development progress – new IEWB-RS VOL1 labs (technology-focused scenarios) have been posted to all subscribed member’s accounts. The list of the new topics is as follows:


Frame-Relay Switching

System Management:

EEM Scripting: Interface Event
EEM Scripting: Syslog Events
EEM Scripting: CLI Events
EEM Scripting: Periodic Scheduling
EEM Scripting: Advanced Features

Briding & Switching:

PPP AAA Authentication


EIGRPv6 Summarization
EIGRPv6 Prefix Filtering
EIGRPv6 Metric Manipulation
EIGRPv6 Default Routing
IPv6 PIM and MLD
IPv6 Embedded RP

Like I mentioned before, ten IEWB-RS VOL2 scenarios have been updated as well, to reflect the changes in the Configuration section of the new CCIE R&S exam. You will now have to work through more IP Services tasks and bulky IGP/BGP scenarios. We’re constantly working on optimizing our products based on the feedback our students give us. Next on our TODO list – more Dynamips labs and the final set of VOL4 scenarios. As for the people waiting for the SP Core Knowledge Simulator – it’s coming live next week, we haven’t forgotten it!

Happy studying and thanks for choosing INE!


Hi Everyone,

In response to the recent feedback from our students, we have implemented several changes to our IEWB-RS VOL1 and VOL2 workbooks. Specifically, ten out of twenty VOL2 labs have been modified to match the lab “style” used in the new CCIE R&S configuration section. The modification include the following:

  • Merging together some Layer2/IGP/BGP tasks into larger sections with higher score, e.g. 4 or 5 points. This is what Cisco seems to be doing to the sections known as “core” previously. Larger sections are harder to complete, since the chances of mistake are now higher. Beside, the "core" topics now have less points than it was previously.
  • Adding more “non-core” topics, such as IP Services, IOS Features, Security, QoS, OER, IPv6 and so on. You will see the updated labs to shift more points towards the non-core sections.

The modified VOL2 labs are all labs with odd-numbers (1,3,5...). The even numbered labs retain the “older” style (small modular tasks) to give you a variety of different approaches. You may take the labs in normal sequence (1,2,3...) or if you have limited time run through the updated labs only. I would recommend taking all the labs for better topic coverage. You may look at the free sample “new-style” lab by following this link: IEWB-RS VOL2 Sample Lab The first three updated labs will be posted today, with the remaining being gradually posted through the week (I only need to update the solutions for these).

In addition to VOL2 modification, the following VOL1 focused technology scenarios are being developed and scheduled for delivery the coming weekend:

  1. PPPoE Server
  2. PPPoE Client
  3. EEM: CLI Events
  4. EEM: Monitoring Interface Counters
  5. EEM: Syslog Events
  6. EEM: Working with SNMP
  7. EEM: Embedded Resource Manager
  8. IPv6 EIGRPv6 Setup
  9. IPv6 EIGRPv6 Summarization
  10. IPv6 PIMv6
  11. IPv6 MLD
  12. IPv6 BSR
  13. IPv6 Embedded RP
  14. IPv6 SSM
  15. QoS HQF Bandwidth
  16. QoS HQF Fair-Queue
  17. QoS HQF Random Detection
  18. QoS HQF Shaping

New updated Dynamips labs will be posted this week as well (due to this urgent change to VOL2 we had to delay Dynamips release a little bit). As for remaining VOL4 labs, they have been a bit delayed due to the VOL2 updates but still coming this month.

We’re constantly monitoring the feedback our students give us (within the scope of NDA, of course!) and optimize our products accordingly. Happy studying and thanks for choosing INE!


Hi Everyone,

We’ve just posted more updates to our renowned IEWB-RS VOL1 – Technology focused labs. The MPLS section is now complete (well maybe just a couple more tasks coming) resulting in 16 new scenarios. In addition to that, the Security section of VOL1 has been updated as well, featuring another 10 labs. That makes a total of 26 more new scenarios with breakdowns, solutions, and verifications! Here is the list of the new topics added:


VRF Lite
MPLS Label Filtering
MP-BGP Prefix Filtering
PE-CE Routing with RIP
PE-CE Routing with OSPF
OSPF Sham-Link
PE-CE Routing with EIGRP
EIGRP SOO and Cost Community
PE-CE Routing with BGP
BGP AS Override
Internet Access
MPLS VPN Performance Tuning


Control Plane Protection
IOS ACL Selective IP Option Drop
BGP Generic TTL Security Mechanism
Flexible Packet Matching
Zone Based Firewall
ZFW Rate Limiting
ZFW Application Inspection
Classic IOS Transparent Firewall
ZFW-Based IOS Transparent Firewall

I know the question on your minds :). What’s next on track? More IEWB-RS VOL2 (Configuration Full Scale Labs) and IEWB-RS VOL4 (Troubleshooting) updates of course! And don’t ask me about EIGRPv6 – it’s only 3 commands to enter in the configuration ;) Alright, it will be added to the IPv6 section too, as well as the IPv6 Multicast basics! However, please remember that MPLS VPNs and the security features is the core of the new technologies added to the updated blueprint!

Thanks for choosing INE and happy studying!


Hello Everyone!

For those of you preparing for the updated CCIE R&S exam - half of our Full-Scale Labs workbook (10 labs) have been fully updated to match the requirements of the new, CCIE R&S v4.0 blueprint. The full-scale scenarios have been significantly changed and a lot of new tasks added. You will find such exciting topics as MPLS VPN, Zone Based Firewall, EEM, and many others. Like mentioned in previous posts, the new labs do not include the basic configuration requirements, but rather ask you to deal with advanced scenarios, having a lot of things already pre-configured. The remaining ten full-scale labs we expect to complete in October. Of course, every existing owner of VOL2 gets these updates absolutely FREE!

Now for those of you who want more advanced technology mini-scenarios: we posted the initial version of the new MPLS VPN section for our IEWB-RS VOL1 workbook. It includes the initial 7 minilabs out of the following list of the labs for the new section:

  • VRF Lite
  • MPLS Label Filtering
  • MP-BGP VPNv4
  • MP-BGP Prefix Filtering
  • PE-CE Routing with RIP
  • PE-CE Routing with OSPF
  • OSPF Sham-Link
  • PE-CE Routing with EIGRP
  • EIGRP SOO and Cost Community
  • PE-CE Routing with BGP
  • BGP AS Override
  • Internet Access
  • Central Services VPN
  • Extranets
  • MPLS VPN Performance Tuning

This particular section should be completed next week, followed by part of our Security mini-scenarios to cover the new security-relevant topics of the updated CCIE R&S blueprint. And not only this, more updates to VOL4 are coming next week as well!

Thanks for choosing INE, and happy studying!

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