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CCDE Practical Studies  - Practice Lab 1
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Completed on 2016-11-20

About the Book

You will be presented with a full lab scenario which closely echoes the current CCDE lab exam in difficulty and format and then be walked through a full debrief explaining the rationale and reasoning behind the answers. Scoring will be provided - are you ready to take the CCDE lab exam? 

This book is the first part of a 3 part series. I intended to release a single publication which included 3 complete CCDE practice lab exams and full debriefs for each but quickly realized that I could help CCDE candidates approaching their lab examinations if I released a lab at a time. Once all 3 lab exams have been completed I will release a bundled publication and include additional hints, tips and background information on the CCDE exam. These practice labs are the culmination of my journey towards CCDE and the thousands of hours of study I undertook in order to be successful.

Taking the CCDE lab exam was a real challenge for me, personally I found it significantly harder than achieving my CCIE back in 2001. The certification has been running for some 8 years at time of writing and there are only approximately 270 certified individuals to date. My biggest issue in joining the 269 others was practice, I just couldn’t get enough quality practice exams that would prepare me for the technical marathon that is the CCDE lab exam. That’s why I wrote this lab exam and why I will create an additional 2 further practice labs to help you achieve your goal of joining the CCDE club.

The book is in two parts, Part 1 covers the practice lab exam and Part 2 is the debrief to the exam. Don’t even think about reading the debrief section until you have taken the practice lab.

You need to treat this practice lab as if you were taking the real exam, get somewhere quiet and comfortable where you can focus and imagine you are taking your exam for real. Follow the rules of the real lab exam and do not go backwards or forwards on the questions but feel free to read the background information and any emails that come in as much as you want to. Have a piece of paper to make notes and create drawings on as some of the questions will require diagrams and if possible highlight relevant information within documents to help you detail the facts which are ultimately requirements or constraints.

Read the background information and make notes but do so quickly, you should save as much time as possible for the questions. If you feel you don’t have sufficient information to answer a question then head back to the documentation or emails as the information you need is there.

Don’t worry about stopping at 2 hours and seeing how you have done, this lab could easily take longer as it is complex, carry on until completion but do make a note of your time, if you only managed to get half way through by following the status bar included in the questions and you are at 2 hours just make a note that you need to improve your speed, significantly!

This practice lab is about as close as you can get to taking the real exam, I hope you enjoy it.

About the Author

Martin Duggan
Martin Duggan

Martin J Duggan CCDE™ 2016::6 and CCIE™ #7942 is a Senior Network Architect and Cisco Press author. Martin gained his CCIE™ in 2001 and has been passionate about Cisco qualifications and mentoring ever since. Martin successfully passed his CCDE™ practical in 2016 & is the author of the Cisco Press CCIE R&S Practice Labs Series.

Reader Testimonials

Daniel Dib
Daniel Dib

Senior Network Architect (CCIE #37149/CCDE #20160011)

The absolutely best thing about this scenario is that the debrief is spot on, why is one answer optimal and the other suboptimal. This debrief is very high quality and something that really makes it worth to get this scenario. Check out my blog for a full review and receive a discount on this publication: http://lostintransit.se/2016/10/31/ccde-ccde-practical-studies-practice-lab-1-martin-duggan/ Good luck with your studies!

Cristian Sirbu
Cristian Sirbu

Network Architect (CCIE #43453)

A challenging (hold on to your seats when you get to the implementation questions!) and engaging scenario with plenty of interesting situations. It’s very well written with clear diagrams that are packed with useful info. Answers are explained in great detail so there should be little doubt as to why options are optimal, sub-optimal or wrong - which I think is the greatest strength of this material. Overall a fantastic study resource, so I'm looking forward to Martin's next scenarios!

Youssef El Fathi
Youssef El Fathi

Senior Network Engineer (Orange) CCDE 2016::43 / CCIE (RS/SP)

I used this in my final prep. It put me in the same condition as the real exam with the right amount of background info. The scenario is well written, the explanations are crystal clear and allowed me to understand why I chose an answer that seemed correct to me but was not the best one expected. I really enjoyed it, especially the evolving tech and highly recommend it for any CCDE aspirant. Thanks Martin for this tremendous work which helped me a lot in achieving the CCDE in my first attempt!

Nicholas Russo
Nicholas Russo

CCDE™ #20160041 and CCIE™ #42518

Martin's work in the CCDE training space is excellent. This particular scenario is very realistic and accurately reflects the level of technical prowess required by a candidate to pass the CCDE practical exam. The scenario is especially realistic with the status timer, quantity of documentation, and difficulty of the questions. The explanation of suggested solutions is very detailed; this scenario directly contributed to my CCDE success.

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