Appendix C. CCIE Preparation Tips

Becoming a Cisco Certified Internetworking Expert (CCIE) is a far cry from the “read a book, take an exam” process of some other industry certifications. After a relatively easy written exam, you will be required to prove your expertise in a hands-on, notoriously difficult lab exam. Even though you must be intimately familiar with the Cisco configuration commands, the most difficult challenges of the lab are not Cisco IOS Software-specific; instead, they test the depths of your understanding of switches, routers, and routing protocols. It is for this knowledge that CCIEs are recognized and sought out as proven internetworking experts.

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