Written Exam Blueprint

The Routing and Switching written exam (#350-001) has approximately 100 multiple-choice questions and is two hours in duration. The topic areas listed are general guidelines for the type of content that is likely to appear on the exam. Please note, however, that other relevant or related topic areas may also appear.

NOTE: The CCIE R&S v3.0 certification exams will be retired on October 18, 2009 and replaced with the v4.0 exams.

  1. General Networking Theory
    1. General Routing Concepts
      1. Link State and Distance Vector Protocols
      2. Split Horizon
      3. Summarization
      4. Classful and a Classless routing protocol
      5. Routing decision criteria
    2. Routing Information Base (RIB) and Routing Protocols Interaction
      1. Administrative Distance
      2. Routing Table
      3. RIB and Forwarding Information Base interaction
    3. Redistribution
      1. Redistribution between routing
      2. Troubleshooting routing loop

  2. Bridging and LAN Switching
    1. Spanning Tree Protocol (STP)
      1. 802.1d
      2. 802.1w
      3. 802.1s
      4. Loopguard
      5. Rootguard
      6. Bridge Protocol Data Unit (BPDU) Guard
      7. Storm Control
      8. Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol (RSTP)
      9. Unicast flooding
      10. STP port roles, failure propagation and loopguard operation
    2. LAN Switching
      1. Trunks
      2. VLAN Trunking Protocol (VTP) administrative functions
    3. Ethernet
      1. Speed
      2. Duplex
      3. Ethernet
      4. Fast Ethernet
      5. Gigabit Ethernet

  3. IP
    1. Addressing
      1. Subnetting
      2. Hot Standby Routing Protocol (HSRP)
      3. Gateway Load Balancing Protocol (GLBP)
      4. Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol (VRRP)
      5. Network Address Translation (NAT)
    2. Services
      1. Network Time Protocol (NTP)
      2. Dynamic Host Control Protocol (DHCP)
      3. Web Cache Communication Protocol (WCCP)
    3. Network Management
      1. Logging and Syslog

  4. IP Routing
    1. OSPF
      1. Standard OSPF area
      2. Stub area
      3. Totally stub area
      4. Not-so-stubby-area (NSSA)
      5. Totally NSSA
      6. Link State Advertisement (LSA) types
      7. Adjacency on a point-to-point and on a multi-access (broadcast)
      8. OSPF graceful restart
      9. Troubleshooting failing adjacency formation to fail
      10. Troubleshooting of external route installation in the RIB
    2. BGP
      1. Protocol on which BGP peers communicate
      2. Next Hop
      3. Peering
      4. Troubleshooting of BGP route that will not install in the routing table
    3. EIGRP
      1. Best path
      2. Loop free paths
      3. EIGRP operations when alternate loop free paths are available and when it is not available
      4. EIGRP queries
      5. Manual summarization
      6. Auto-summarization
      7. EIGRP Stubs
      8. Troubleshooting of EIGRP neighbor adjacencies
    4. Policy Routing
      1. Concept of policy routing

  5. QoS
    1. Modular QoS command-line (MQC) applied to:
      1. Network-Based Application Recognition (NBAR)
      2. Class-based weighted fair queueing (CBWFQ) / Modified Deficit Round Robin (MDRR)
      3. Policing
      4. Shaping
      5. Marking
      6. Random Early Detection (RED)

  6. WAN
    1. Frame Relay
      1. Local Management Interface (LMI)
      2. Traffic Shaping
      3. HUB and Spoke routers
      4. Dynamic Multipoint VPN (DMVPN)
      5. DE

  7. IP Multicast
    1. Internet Group Management Protocol (IGMP) v2
    2. Group addresses
    3. Shared Trees
    4. Source Trees
    5. Protocol Independent Multicast (PIM) Mechanic
    6. PIM Sparse Mode
    7. Auto-RP
    8. Anycast RP

  8. Security
    1. Extended IP access lists
    2. Unicast Reverse Path Forwarding (uRPF)
    3. IP Source Guard
    4. Context Based Access Control (CBAC)

  9. MPLS (New)
    1. Label Switching Router (LSR)
    2. Label Switched Path (LSP)
    3. Route Descriptor
    4. Label Format
    5. Label imposition/disposition
    6. Label Distribution

  10. IPv6 (New)
    1. IPv6 Addressing and types
    2. IPv6 Neighbor Discovery
    3. Basic IPv6 functionality protocols
    4. IPv6 Multicast and related Multicast protocols
    5. Tunneling Techniques
    6. OSPFv3
    7. EIGRPv6

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