Friday, July 30, 2010

CCNP SP Operations

Now it's time for me to begin working on CCNP SP Operations. This certification is not fully live yet, but the details are at

There are 4 exams required:
642-770: Operational Foundations for Cisco Service Provider Core Networks (OFCN)
642-775: Maintaining Cisco Service Provider Routing Protocols (MSPRP)
647-780: Maintaining Cisco Service Provider VPNs and MPLS Networks (MSPVM)
642-785: Maintaining Cisco Service Provider Quality of Service (MSPQS)

All 4 show up on Vue's website, so it looks like the certification is fully live.

Now I just need to decide what to take first.
OFCN is all about processes and management tools. I'll need to study a lot for that so I'll hold off for now.
MSPRP focuses on BGP, OSPF, and IS-IS. Sounds like a great place to start!
MSPVM is the MPLS exam. Another good one!
MSPQS covers QoS. Not a bad topic but I'm a little rusty on some of the details.

So I should be able to knock out MSPRP and MSPVM by the end of August. I'll give myself another 2 weeks on MSPQS and then 6 weeks on OFCN. That would get me the CCNP SP Ops by the end of October. I like doing my CCIE studying over the winter anyway, so the timing should work out well.

CCNA SP Operations Complete

Well, I decided I'd just go ahead and take the SSPO exam 640-760 so that I can target my studying a little better. I was pleasantly surprised when I scored a pass.

The blueprint and study questions on Cisco's site are pretty accurate. I was also happy that most of the information on the exam was pretty relevant. I didn't find many of those "who the heck cares" questions. So all in all I'd say it was a pretty good exam.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

CCNA SSPO Review Questions - Set 3

Key Performance Indicator:

Incident Management vs. Problem Management:

Monday, July 19, 2010

CCNA SSPO Review Questions - Set 2

Here's what I need to review for Set 2:

Network Management:


NMS Model:

Cisco information center:

Cisco ip solution center:

CCNA SSPO Review Questions - Set 1

The quiz is located at

Topics I need to review:
NGN Architectural Layer
Service Exchange Framework

For NGN Architecture, there's an ASR9k link which seems the most relevant:
I'll be reading this many times over.

Service Exchange Framework is here:

Cisco's Introduction to eTOM:

As for ITIL, there's a comparison to eTOM on the above link. We'll see if I need to know more than that.

SP Operations CCNA

A search on Amazon for 640-760 (the ccna spo exam) comes up with nothing Cisco related. Uh oh, this really is new territory. Interestingly, the CCIE SP written was very much the same. There was little to no material dedicated directly toward it.

However, Cisco does have several quizzes on their site that provides a general idea of the types of questions. I'll try to absorb this information before taking my first crack at the CCNA OPS exam, hopefully this week.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Maybe a different direction...

I keep trying to steer myself toward Security, and I can never seem to get motivated to start working on it.

The bottom line is my current role has little to do with security. I'm primarily working with service provider technologies. Little did I know just how much the SP CCIE would help me. I'm ahead of the curve now on mpls and the time and effort I put into the lab has already paid off nicely.

So, the more I think about it, combined with my current lack of motivation to get going in Security, tells me it's time to switch to another track. The new SP Operations ccie should be right up my alley. I'm sure there will be a lot of carry over from R&S and SP, and I have a bunch of NGN experience as well.

The big issue with SPO is there is practically NO training material for it yet. So I'll be running with this one almost completely on my own--at least until the training providers catch up.

So that being said, I'm going all the way down to the associate level and am beginning to study for CCNA-SPO.