**CCNP FAQ** - Please read before posting.

mikej412mikej412 Posts: 10,090Member

Information about the Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) -- the required exams and prerequisites -- can be found on the Cisco website.
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Following are some of the most common questions in our CCNP Forum. If you have the same or similar questions, please read these topics first. If you cannot find the answer your are looking for, or want to know more, don't hesitate to post a reply to one of the following or start a new thread. In case of the latter, please use a clear descriptive title (i.e. more than just "I need help") so others can find answers in our forums more easily.

icon_confused.gif: What Books would you recommend for the CCNP?
icon_arrow.gif BCMSN PDF from Cisco website
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icon_arrow.gif CiscoPress Information
icon_arrow.gif CCNP Books and general questions
icon_arrow.gif Routing TCP/IP, Volume II
icon_arrow.gif Ciscopress
icon_arrow.gif CCNP Lab Books
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icon_arrow.gif New CCNP self-study materials
icon_arrow.gif BSCI study materials

For the Cisco CCNP Exams, the Cisco Press books are the best, and in most cases, the only books you can find for the exams.
icon_exclaim.gif Cisco Press CCNP Books

The official Cisco Course materials and/or Cisco Partner eLearning is an option for those with access.

The Cisco Documentation is another source for studying -- and one candidates for the Cisco Professional Level Certifications should become familiar with.

icon_confused.gif: What order should I take the CCNP exams?
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icon_arrow.gif Hello everyone. Starting to prepare for CCNP
icon_arrow.gif ONT and QOS Together or No?

icon_confused.gif: I don’t have any equipment should I buy a Simulator?
icon_arrow.gif Dynamips vs. Boson
icon_arrow.gif Boson CCNP 7 for the BSCI exam
icon_arrow.gif Need a better simulator for BSCI
icon_arrow.gif What is dynamips?
icon_arrow.gif Does Dynamips support Cisco Switches
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icon_arrow.gif Help with Dynamips
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There is a mixed opinion on this and in the end you will have to decide for yourself. Simulators and real labs both have their merits. It's advisable to buy at least some equipment if you plan to put your certs to work and don't have hands-on work experience with Cisco routers and switches. You just can't simulate feeling and connecting cables and connectors.

icon_confused.gif: I want to setup my own home CCNP lab. What should I buy and how do I set it up?
icon_arrow.gif It Was Going to Happen, Sooner or Later. Slowhand's CCNP Lab
icon_arrow.gif Labs for ONT and ISCW
icon_arrow.gif I have just received my home lab!!! need advise!!!
icon_arrow.gif Another CCNP home lab setup thread!
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icon_arrow.gif hi guys, I am new to CCNP and I need some advice.
icon_arrow.gif I purchased a Lab
icon_arrow.gif Lab Equipment from ciscokits.com
icon_arrow.gif Anyone built the lab in the BSCI Cisco Press self-study book
icon_arrow.gif Ideal home Lab for BSCI
icon_arrow.gif BCMSN Lab
icon_arrow.gif Need help building bcmsn ccnp lab
icon_arrow.gif BCMSN Home Lab
icon_arrow.gif Is a 3550 really neccessary?
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For equipment try www.ciscokits.com and www.ebay.com

icon_idea.gif Suggested Cisco Documentation Links
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icon_confused.gif: 642-901 Building Scalable Cisco Internetworks (BSCI)
icon_arrow.gif Using the Command-Line Interface in Cisco IOS Software
icon_arrow.gif Using Cisco IOS Software for Release 12.4
icon_arrow.gif Cisco IOS Interface and Hardware Component Configuration Guide, Release 12.4
icon_arrow.gif Cisco IOS Configuration Fundamentals Configuration Guide, Release 12.4
icon_arrow.gif Cisco IOS IP Application Services Configuration Guide, Release 12.4
icon_arrow.gif Cisco IOS IP Addressing Services Configuration Guide, Release 12.4
icon_arrow.gif Cisco IOS IP Routing Protocols Configuration Guide, Release 12.4
icon_exclaim.gif Cisco IOS BGP Configuration Guide, Release 12.4T
icon_arrow.gif Cisco IOS IP Switching Configuration Guide, Release 12.4
icon_arrow.gif Cisco IOS IP Multicast Configuration Guide, Release 12.4
icon_arrow.gif Cisco IOS IPv6 Configuration Guide, Release 12.4
icon_arrow.gif Cisco IOS Wide-Area Networking Configuration Guide, Release 12.4
icon_arrow.gif Cisco IOS Network Management Configuration Guide, Release 12.4
icon_arrow.gif Cisco IOS IP SLAs Configuration Guide, Release 12.4
icon_arrow.gif Cisco IOS NetFlow Configuration Guide, Release 12.4
icon_exclaim.gif Cisco IOS Optimized Edge Routing Configuration Guide, Release 12.4
icon_exclaim.gif RIP and OSPF Redistribution
icon_exclaim.gif BGP Case Studies
icon_exclaim.gif Using the Border Gateway Protocol for Interdomain Routing
icon_exclaim.gif Using Regular Expressions in BGP
icon_exclaim.gif Regular Expressions

icon_confused.gif: 642-812 Building Cisco Multilayer Switched Networks (BCMSN)
icon_arrow.gif Catalyst 3560 Switch Software Configuration Guide, Rel. 12.2(44)SE
icon_arrow.gif Catalyst 3550 Multilayer Switch Software Configurtion Guide, Rel. 12.2(25)SEE
icon_arrow.gif Catalyst 2960 Switch Software Configuration Guide, Rel. 12.2(44)SE
icon_arrow.gif Catalyst 2950 Desktop Switch Software Configuration Guide, 12.1(11)EA1
icon_arrow.gif Configure IOS Catalyst Switches to Connect Cisco IP Phones Configuration Example
icon_arrow.gif Configuring HSRP
icon_arrow.gif Configuring VRRP
icon_arrow.gif Configuring GLBP
icon_exclaim.gif Using HSRP for Fault-Tolerant IP Routing

icon_confused.gif: 642-825 Implementing Secure Converged Wide Area Networks (ISCW)
icon_arrow.gif Cisco IOS Broadband and DSL Configuration Guide, Release 12.4
icon_arrow.gif Cisco IOS Multiprotocol Label Switching Configuration Guide, Release 12.4
icon_arrow.gif Cisco IOS Security Configuration Guide, Release 12.4
icon_exclaim.gif Increasing Security on IP Networks

icon_confused.gif: 642-845 Optimizing Converged Cisco Networks (ONT)
icon_exclaim.gif Cisco IOS Quality of Service
icon_exclaim.gif Internetworking Technology Handbook - Quality of Service (QoS)
icon_arrow.gif Cisco IOS Quality of Service Solutions Configuration Guide, Release 12.4
icon_exclaim.gif Quality of Service for Voice
icon_arrow.gif Catalyst 2950 Switch - Configuring QoS
icon_arrow.gif Catalyst 2960 Switch - Configuring QoS
icon_arrow.gif Catalyst 3550 Multilayer Switch - Configuring QoS
icon_arrow.gif Catalyst 3560 Switch - Configuring QoS
icon_exclaim.gif Catalyst 2950 Series Switches Quality of Service (QoS) FAQ
icon_exclaim.gif Quality of Service on Catalyst 2900 XL and 3500 XL Series Switches Frequently Asked Questions
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icon_arrow.gif Frame Relay Queueing and Fragmentation at the Interface
icon_arrow.gif MQC-Based Frame Relay Traffic Shaping
icon_arrow.gif Automation for Quality of Service Deployments: Cisco AutoQoS
icon_arrow.gif AutoQoS for Voice Over IP (VoIP)
icon_arrow.gif FAQ on Cisco Aironet Wireless Security
icon_arrow.gif Wireless LAN Connectivity using an ISR with WEP Encryption and LEAP Authentication Configuration Example
icon_arrow.gif Cisco Wireless Control System Configuration Guide, Release 4.1
icon_arrow.gif QoS on Wireless LAN Controllers and Lightweight APs Configuration Example
icon_arrow.gif Wireless Virtual LAN Deployment Guide
icon_exclaim.gif VoIP Overview (Flash)
icon_exclaim.gif Internetworking Technology Handbook - Voice/Data Integration Technologies
icon_exclaim.gif Physical and Virtual Voice Interfaces Overview
icon_arrow.gif Cisco IOS Voice, Video, and Fax Configuration Guide, Release 12.2

icon_idea.gif Other Cisco Resources
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icon_exclaim.gif Certification Exam Tutorial
icon_exclaim.gif Cisco Learning Connection - Network Fundamentals
icon_exclaim.gif Cisco Learning Connection - Routers
icon_exclaim.gif Cisco Learning Connection - Switches
icon_exclaim.gif Cisco Learning Connection - IP Routing
icon_exclaim.gif Cisco Learning Connection - Routing Protocols
icon_exclaim.gif Cisco Learning Connection - Wireless
icon_exclaim.gif Cisco Learning Connection - Security and VPN
icon_exclaim.gif Cisco Learning Connection - Voice and Unified Communications
icon_exclaim.gif Cisco on Cisco Technology Tutorials
icon_exclaim.gif Using the Technical Support and Documentation Website

icon_exclaim.gif NDA and Forum rules

If you have any more questions feel free to reply to this topic. Do not ask about or mention the topics of the SIM(s) or discuss any required steps for specific SIM(s). Everything related to the CCNP objectives that cover something that can be configured, implemented, verified, troubleshot, etc, is a possible topic for the CCNP exam. You need to know them all, not just the ones Cisco happens to have currently in their exams, or someone else got last week. icon_wink.gif
Ten9t6 wrote:

First I want to say welcome to the Cisco section of TechExams. Let me know if you have any questions during your visit. We have some very knowledgeable members that are more than willing to help you out.


We do have some rules. It is ok to talk about areas that are good to focus, (like the blueprint for the test) but it is not ok to state what questions or sims you had (To be more clear....do not say I had two on OSPF and one on Underwater Basket Weaving..Yes, I know that is not getting specifics...but you should not be mentioning these at all. It is not my NDA or TechExams NDA...it is what you signed w/ Cisco.) icon_wink.gif If you can't face the question or the sim, without a heads up, your not ready for the exam.

Again, welcome to the forum. Learn as much as you can. Help when you can help. And please watch what you post.

mikej412 wrote:

Cisco Candidate Conduct Policy
No candidate will take any action that will compromise the integrity or confidentiality of a Cisco Certification examination or otherwise compromise the integrity of the Cisco Certification program. Such actions include but are not limited to:
• Disseminating actual exam content via web postings, discussion groups, chat rooms, study guides, etc.
Cisco Career Certifications and Confidentiality Agreement

The main guts of the Cisco NDA is "contents of the exam are confidential."
You agree that the contents of the exam are confidential and that the disclosure of that information could compromise the integrity of the Program and of Certifications. Cisco makes exams available to you solely to test your knowledge of the exam subject matter for which you seek Certification. You are expressly prohibited from disclosing, publishing, reproducing, or transmitting any exam and any related information including, without limitation, questions, answers, worksheets, computations, drawings, diagrams, length or number of exam segments or questions, or any communication, including oral communication regarding or related to the exam (known collectively as “Proprietary Information”), in whole or in part, in any form or by any means, oral or written, electronic or mechanical, for any purpose, without the prior express written permission of Cisco.
From Cisco Online Certification Support
As a matter of policy Cisco Systems, Inc. does not disclose the content of our certification exams. This includes exam pass marks, the exact number of questions on each exam, as well as the number of each type of question a candidate will see during their exam.
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  • cisco_troopercisco_trooper Too many Posts: 1,443Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    Awesome FAQ man. That was a long time coming...
  • SlowhandSlowhand MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure, MCSA: Windows Server 2003/2012/2016, CCNA Routing & Switchi Bay Area, CaliforniaPosts: 5,163Mod Mod
    Good lord, you included my drunken rambling. . . err. . . "thread". Seriously, though, it's a damn fine Q&A page, Mike. I'm looking forward to when I'm ready to tackle it.

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  • had303had303 Posts: 10Member ■□□□□□□□□□
    Awesome share for some newbies trying to get their hands on CCNP. icon_wink.gif
  • NullCodeNullCode Posts: 73Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    Maybe u can recheck the ISCW links "the documents have been moved "
  • DevilWAHDevilWAH Posts: 2,997Member ■■■■■■■■□□
    Would it be a nice idea to add GNS3 to the simulator list. I know its just a GUI for dynamips but its a lot friendler
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  • mikej412mikej412 Posts: 10,090Member
    Time to start collecting links for an updated CCNP FAQ.... (time and CCIE permitting)

    icon_confused.gif: TSHOOT

    icon_confused.gif: Dynamips (Dynagen/GNS3)
    There's either a post here on TE or a TE Post with a link to the QinQ trunk solution to link your Dynagen/GNS3 router rack with real switches.

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  • t_patrickt_patrick Posts: 4Registered Users ■□□□□□□□□□
    this is great stuff!
  • Danman32Danman32 Posts: 1,243Member
    This page is WAY outdated and needs a complete rewrite. LOTS of changes have been made in the CCNP track, the most recent a rewrite of the CCNP Route and Switch to V2 as of 6 months ago, with CCNP R&S v1 exams just having been retired.
  • Chamil3001Chamil3001 Posts: 2Registered Users ■□□□□□□□□□
    Great information
  • danitechdanitech Posts: 3Registered Users ■□□□□□□□□□
    I have a question about Scope of CCNP, where should I post ?
  • networker050184networker050184 Posts: 11,962Mod Mod
    Post to the CCNP section of the forums.
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