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In my previous post we discussed about the mental preparations one should undergo before taking up the challenge of CCIE. These posts are based on the experience I underwent to achieve the CCIE Routing and Switching lab.
One has to read , watch and practice a lot to pursue CCIE and there are plenty of reference materials available. When it comes to books Cisco Press have many tittles which covers the wide topics of CCIE, the good reference for this is to go through the INE web site they have mentioned all the books one should refer. One title I will certainly recommend is CCIE Routing and Switching v5.0 Official Cert Guide Library, 5th Edition, a very well written title by Narbik Kocharians, Peter Paluch, Terry Vinson.
The second most important thing one need to select is the video series he/she wants watch. The most popular among are INE’s CCIE Routing & Switching Advanced Technologies video course and iPexpert’s Cisco CCIE R&S (v5) Lab Video on Demand. These two Companies are offering word class video resources for CCIE preparations.
Personally I went with INE’s CCIE Routing & Switching Advanced Technologies video course as I liked the way Brian McGahan teaches. I am a great fan of him, his videos gave me the through understanding of concepts. His way of teaching is quite unique and engaging. The best thing I liked about his approach is , the live troubleshooting he does while delivering the lectures.
This doesn’t mean that iPexpert’s Cisco CCIE R&S (v5) Lab Video on Demand are not good. I heard a lot of great things about them as well. I suggest you to watch the demo video from both INE and iPexpert and then take an informed decision.
In the upcoming post lets see talk about the workbooks available and if possible I will try to review some of them as well.