This is another great video training course made by Kevin Wallace: roughly 150 videos, making more than 12 hours of instruction.

Recently Cisco launched CCNP Routing and Switching certification, which is a replacement for the traditional CCNP certification. The exams required to obtain the CCNP Routing and Switching are called the same, ROUTE, SWITCH and TSHOOT (the exam numbers have changed as expected, though). However, they are revised to keep pace with the requirements of the networking skills of present day enterprises.

CCNP Training – Resources (Intense)

This video course is structured in modules and there can be up to four modules (as for OSPF) that are covering a technology. I wonder why the video course wasn’t arranged in parts covering major topics like “routing protocols,” where you could find all the modules related to routing protocols. Anyway, this is just a presentation concern and others might not find it useful.

The structure of the module is the well-known one.

The module has several lessons and each discusses a small specific topic; in the end, they are pieced together to understand the complete topic discussed in the module.

The module has a summary section that reviews the lessons from that module. The most important topics are highlighted.

Also, each module has a section called “Interactive Exercise.” The things that you will be asked there to do are various. You could either have to match “show” commands with the outputs, or you will need to specify the commands that are needed to configure a feature. Or you could have something like matching a term with its definition.

In each module, the last two sections are the “Quiz” and “Glossary Quiz.” In the Quiz section, you will find questions with multiple choices. These questions give you an insight into what the exam questions might look like. In the Glossary Quiz section, you will be tested again. As the name implies, you will be asked to find the correct definition for several terms that were discussed during the module.

The last module provides general information that is not related exactly to the exam topics. This is somehow administrative information. If you have never done this, then you will find out how to register for the exam. Also, study tips and additional study materials references are provided. All of them are meant to help you to prepare better for the exam.

Throughout the lessons, you will find videos where CLI commands are executed. These commands can be either configuration commands, when the author is configuring a feature after he explained it, or can be checking/troubleshooting commands that the author is using to confirm that the feature is configured correctly.

I will discuss the content of the video by grouping the modules if they are covering the same technology:

  • Module 1—This is about characteristics of routing protocols and different topics are covered, such as MTU, route summarization, TCP/IP headers.
  • Module 2—This is about remote site connectivity and security features are discussed, such as GRE, DMVPN, and IPsec.
  • Module 3—This is about RIPng, which is discussed in detail
  • Module 4—7—This is about EIGRP(for both IPv4 and IPv6). Detailed explanation of the concepts is provided and configuration examples are shown in various videos of the modules.
  • Module 8—11—OSPF(both for IPv4 and IPv6) couldn’t have missed from here. Again, everything that you need to know for exam: LSAs, area types are covered. Configuration examples are provided as well.
  • Module 12—This is about route redistribution. The foundation is laid down before discussing how redistribution is done(what IOS features are used to do it) and how to troubleshoot it.
  • Module 13—This is about CEF architecture, policy-based routing, and IP SLA.
  • Module 14—15—This is mostly about the almighty BGP. The concepts, such as BGP message types, BGP path selection criteria and BGP attributes are discussed. In the beginning of Module 14, DHCP is discussed as well.
  • Module 16—This is about IPv6 connectivity. Static IPv6 assignment, IPv6 route filtering ,and IPv6 routing over IPv4/IPv6 BGP session are among the topics discussed.
  • Module 17—This is about security features like uRPF or time-based ACLs.
  • Module 18—This module is dedicated completely to routing protocols authentication. Authentication methods for EIGRP, OSPF and BGP are discussed.
  • Module 19—This is the module related to final preparation that I mentioned above.

In my opinion, this is good quality material, as one would expect from this author.

If you have the money, then I would recommend you to get this material. You can use it as recap few days/a week just before your exam to see if you need to review any topics from the blueprint.