It seens Wayne (IPExpert president and owner) were right… Changes are “really” coming to the CCIE R&S Certification, either written and lab exams!
Just received an email from Cisco, with news regarding LAB (and Written) Exam changes!
Also, there´s a note on Cisco´s Website (CCIE R&S Section), which you can check below:
NEW: Cisco Revising CCIE R&S Certification
New lab requires hands-on troubleshooting; both exams cover MPLS and VPN
Cisco has revised the certification requirements for CCIE R&S and published the new v4.0 standards on the Cisco Learning Network. Exams based on the new requirements are scheduled for release on October 18, 2009 and will immediately replace the current exams. The Cisco 360 Learning Program will also be updated to support the new requirements.
Changes are good, changes are nice, I really like the troubleshooting idea, candidates MUST know how to approach an issue, how to solve it, how to document the solution, and others. This troubleshooting section can be a problem, because, you´ll troubleshoot a network you´re not familiar with, deal with problems created by high-skilled engineers, but, I really liked this new troubleshooting section, it´s a waaaay better idea than the open-ended questions!
Now… MPLS and VPN´s… it was about the time to come to the CCIE R&S Lab exam… I don´t deal as much as I like with both technologies in my daily activities, but now, will need to master those topics as well…
It seens my plan will change a bit for now… oh my… :S