Rack Rentals for INE's CCIE RSv5 Workbook's Troubleshooting Labs and Full Scale Labs are now available via the Members Site. To access them login to http://members.ine.com, click "Rack Rentals" on the dashboard on the left, and then click "Schedule" under "CCIE Routing & Switching v5 Full Scale."

This topology uses 20 routers and 4 switches and is for both Troubleshooting and Full Scale Labs. The topology above it, "CCIE Routing & Switching v5", uses 10 routers and 4 switches, and supports all the Advanced Technology Labs and Foundation Labs.

The loading and saving of initial configs is supported through the Rack Control Panel, which can greatly save you time in your studies, especially with very large topologies such as those used in the Troubleshooting and Full Scale Labs.

Additionally, Full Scale Lab 2 and Troubleshooting Lab 2 have been posted to the CCIE RSv5 Workbook. More Foundation, Troubleshooting, and Full Scale Labs are currently in development and will be posted soon. For discussion on these new labs please visit the CCIE RSv5 Workbook section of IEOC, our online community.


INE is excited to announce the next free vSeminars for R&S. vSeminars are live online instructor-led seminars focused around a specific topic or technology. The next Routing & Switching vSeminar will be held on Wednesday, April 21, 2010 at 3:00 PM PDT.

We will be lecturing on the IPv6 Multicast. This vSeminar is scheduled for 60 minutes, with a 45 minute seminar followed by a 15 minute question and answer session. This seminar is intended for CCIE Routing & Switching candidates. If you would like to prepare for this vSeminar, you can find more information on IPv6 Multicast in the CCIE Routing & Switching Workbook Volume 1.

While there is no registration required to attend, the live vSeminar will be limited to 50 participants on a first come first serve basis.

Wednesday, April 21 at 3:00 PM PDT this vSeminar will be live here.


To everyone who would like to practice some of our technology-focused VOL1 labs, but not necessarily needs all of them at the same time. We split the huge VOL1 into mini-modules, every one being focused around specific technology, and re-selling them via our partner’s GradedLabs site. You may find the mini-modules posted as Learning Capsules with every capsule being priced at $19.95. If you want to get the look and feel of the new product, you may take the free sample lab dedicated to Optimized Edge Routing. We hope the new modular format will greatly increase flexibility and improve the end-user experience!

Happy Studying!


Probably one of the most difficult parts of the updated CCIE R&S exam will be the Troubleshooting section (you may check our recent poll to confirm that). So far, not much is known about this one. It has been announced that a separate topology will be used for this part of the exam, and the candidate will be required to obtain 80% of the total section score to pass is successfully. The exact amount of points allocated to this section is not know, but there should be around 10 “incidents” or “trouble tickets” covered.

Feeling that this section will be the most difficult to CCIE candidates, we started working on the new VOL4 part of our renowned IEWB-RS workbook. In this new product called "Advanced Troubleshooting Labs" we present you with ten scenarios each consisting of ten trouble tickets. This amount should be approximately equal to the number of the troubleshooting tasks you will encounter in the actual exam. The topology used for every scenario is the same that we use for all our RS products, including VOL1 (technology-focused labs), VOL2 (full-scale mock lab scenarios) and VOL3 (core technologies scenarios). You may already order the new product at introductory price and start practicing! New scenarios are to be added to VOL4 on regular basis (target rate is one-two new labs per week) so you should be fully covered by the time blueprint changes.

Our ultimate goal is not only prepare you for passing the Troubleshooting section of the CCIE R&S lab exam, but also to teach you a structured troubleshooting approach. As opposed to simple guessing and peeking at the routers running configurations you should learn using the debugging commands and interpreting various show commands output. For every ticket, we are going to follow the same structured procedure to resolve the issue and provide an in-depth illustration of the process.

You may find more information and sample material by following the Free Sample PDF Link at the product’s page IEWB-RS VOL4.

Good luck with your studies!


Hi Everyone,

Per our release schedule, the "Multicast" section of IEWB-RS VOL1 has been posted on the members site. IEWB-RS VOL1 is a collection of advanced technology-focused labs with detailed breakdowns and verifications, aimed to provide you with in-depth understanding of every networking technology needed to pass the CCIE lab. The new section is more than 150 pages in size. Here is the list of the topics covered:

PIM Dense Mode
Multicast RPF Failure
PIM Sparse Mode
PIM Sparse-Dense Mode
PIM Assert
PIM Accept RP
PIM DR Election
PIM Accept Register
Multicast Tunneling
Auto-RP - Multiple Candidate RPs
Auto-RP - Filtering Candidate RPs
Auto-RP Listener
Auto-RP and RP/MA Placement
Filtering Auto-RP Messages
Multicast Boundary
PIM Bootstrap Router
BSR - Multiple RP Candidates
Filtering BSR Messages
Stub Multicast Routing & IGMP Helper
IGMP Filtering
IGMP Timers
Multicast Helper Map
Multicast Rate Limiting
Bidirectional PIM
Source Specific Multicast
DVMRP Interoperability
Multicast BGP Extension
Anycast RP
Catalyst IGMP Snooping
Catalyst Multicast VLAN Registration
Catalyst IGMP Profiles

You may find a sample lab from the section posted on this blog at Understanding BSR Protocol. The remaining "BGP" section of IEWB-RS VOL1 in being updated and should be posted soon as well.


The IPv6 section for IEWB-RS Volume 1 Version 5.0 is now posted on the members site. This leaves only BGP and Multicast left for completion, which are both currently in development. More information will be posted on those shortly. The following sections are available for IPv6:

  • IPv6 Link-Local Addressing
  • IPv6 Unique Local Addressing
  • IPv6 Global Aggregatable Addressing
  • IPv6 EUI-64 Addressing
  • IPv6 Auto-Configuration
  • RIPng
  • RIPng over NBMA
  • RIPng Summarization
  • RIPng Prefix Filtering
  • RIPng Metric Manipulation
  • RIPng Default Routing
  • OSPFv3
  • OSPFv3 over NBMA
  • OSPFv3 Virtual Links
  • OSPFv3 Summarization
  • IPv6 Redistribution
  • IPv6 Filtering
  • IPv6 NAT-PT
  • IPv6 MP-BGP
  • IPv6 Tunneling
  • Automatic 6to4 Tunnels
  • ISATAP Tunnels

The QoS section for our new CCIE Routing & Switching Lab Workbook Volume 1 Version 5 is now completed and posted on the members site!  In its completed format this document consists of over 80 sections and totals nearly 500 pages. This is by far the most complete single resource I have ever seen for QoS on Cisco IOS. Special thanks to Petr Lapukhov for his intense research and unparalleled expertise in the development of this topic area. The following sections are now available in QoS:

  • Hold-Queue and Tx-Ring
  • Weighted Fair Queuing (WFQ)
  • Legacy RTP Reserved Queue
  • Legacy RTP Prioritization
  • Legacy Custom Queueing
  • Legacy Custom Queueing with Prioritization
  • Legacy Priority Queueing
  • Legacy Random Early Detection
  • Legacy Flow-Based Random Early Detection
  • Selective Packet Discard
  • Payload Compression on Serial Links
  • Generic TCP/UDP Header Compression
  • MLP Link Fragmentation and Interleaving
  • Legacy Generic Traffic Shaping
  • Legacy CAR for Admission Control
  • Oversubscription with Legacy CAR and WFQ
  • Legacy CAR for Rate Limiting
  • Legacy CAR Access-Lists
  • Legacy GTS for Frame Relay
  • Legacy Frame Relay Traffic Shaping
  • Legacy Adaptive FRTS
  • Legacy FRTS with Per-VC WFQ
  • Legacy FRTS with Per-VC PQ
  • Legacy FRTS with Per-VC CQ
  • Legacy FRTS with Per-VC Fragmentation
  • Legacy FRTS with Per-VC IP RTP Priority
  • Frame-Relay RTP/TCP Header Compression
  • Frame-Relay Broadcast Queue
  • Frame-Relay DE Marking
  • Legacy FRTS PVC Interface Priority Queue
  • Frame-Relay Priority to DLCI Mapping
  • Frame-Relay Traffic Policing & Congestion Mgmt
  • MQC Classification and Marking
  • MQC Bandwidth Reservations and CBWFQ
  • MQC Bandwidth Percent
  • MQC LLQ and Remaining Bandwidth Reservations
  • MQC Dynamic Flows and WRED
  • MQC WRED with ECN
  • MQC Class-Based Generic Traffic Shaping
  • MQC Class-Based GTS and CBWFQ
  • MQC Single-Rate Three-Color Policer
  • MQC Hierarchical Policers
  • MQC Two-Rate Three-Color Policer
  • MQC Peak Shaping
  • MQC Percent-Based Policing
  • MQC Header Compression
  • Using Class-Based GTS for FRTS
  • MQC Based Frame-Relay DE-Marking
  • Using MQC CBWFQ with Legacy FRTS
  • MQC Compatible FRF.12 Fragmentation
  • MQC Based Frame-Relay Traffic Shaping
  • Voice Adaptive Traffic Shaping
  • Voice Adaptive Fragmentation
  • MLPPP LFI over Frame Relay
  • QoS Pre-Classify
  • RSVP and WFQ
  • RSVP and SBM
  • RSVP and CBWFQ
  • RSVP and LLQ
  • RSVP and Per-VC WFQ
  • Catalyst QoS Port-Based Classification
  • Catalyst QoS Marking Pass-Through
  • Catalyst QoS ACL Based Classification & Marking
  • Catalyst 3550 Per-Port Per-VLAN Classification
  • Catalyst 3560 Per-VLAN Classification
  • Catalyst QoS Port-Based Policing and Marking
  • Catalyst 3560 Per-Port Per-VLAN Policing
  • Catalyst 3550 Per-Port Per-VLAN Policing
  • Catalyst QoS Aggregate Policers
  • Catalyst 3560 Ingress Queueing
  • Catalyst 3560 Ingress Queue Tuning
  • Catalyst 3550 Egress Queueing
  • Catalyst 3550 Regular Queues Tuning
  • Catalyst 3550 Gigabit Interface Queues Tuning
  • Catalyst 3550 Egress Policing
  • Catalyst 3560 SRR Shared Mode
  • Catalyst 3560 SRR Shaped Mode
  • Catalyst 3560 Egress Queues Tuning
  • Catalyst QoS DSCP Mutation
  • Advanced HTTP Classification with NBAR

Additional updates will be posted this week to new and current sections of volume 1. We appreciate the patience of everyone as these labs go through a rigorous quality control process.  This series  is essentially the culmination of our careers in content development for the CCIE R&S Lab Exam, so as expected, is it a slow and rigorous process.  I guarantee that the series as a whole will be worth the wait when it is finally completed :)  For topics that are not currently available in Version 5, please refer to the completed Version 4.1 section that is available for all customers on the members site.

Happy Labbing!


We all know how hectic it can be to balance work, family life, and keep up our study schedules for the CCIE lab, especially during the weekdays.  For those of you that haven't been able to attend the Open Lecture Series or Lab Meet-Up Series during the week, now is your chance to catch up!

This Saturday morning, starting at 9am Pacific time (US West Coast), I will be running the next Lab Meet-Up Series session on IEWB-RS Volume 2 Version 5 lab 2.  The new updated lab will be posted tomorrow on the members site.  For those of you that are having issues understanding complex route redistribution scenarios, this lab is a great example case that I will walk through step by step showing how to spot problem redistribution areas, and different methods for solving them.

To attend login to http://ieclass.internetworkexpert.com and you'll see the session posted on the schedule for Saturday.  If you are supposed to be enrolled in the live series, but do not see the session in your account when you login, contact your customer success manager (contact info is on the members site after you login) and they will assist you.

Hope to see you there!


Labs 1 and 10 of the new CCIE Routing & Switching Lab Workbook Volume 2 Version 5 (IEWB-RS) are now available on the members site.  All users with an active subscription to version 4.1 should automatically see the R&S Lab Workbook Volume II Version 5.0 Beta link when you login.  The lab meetup for lab 10 is scheduled for 9am Pacific time this Thursday.

Hope to see you there!


The new CCIE R&S Lab Workbook Volume 2 Version 5 Lab 1 is now available.  Click here to download it.  Also the first of our new CCIE R&S Lab Meet-Up Series, starting today at 9:30am Pacific time, is open to all users.  Simply follow this link to join: http://ieclass.internetworkexpert.com/vol2v5lab1/ If you are planning on attending I would highly recommend printing out the lab and its diagram prior to us starting, as the majority of the class will be held on the command-line.

The schedule of following lab meet-ups will be posted shortly, as well as a projected timeline for the release of the rest of the volume 2 version 5 labs.

Hope to see you on class!

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