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CIERS1 – Cisco Expert-Level Training for CCIE Routing and Switching v5.0

Develop the concepts necessary to master advanced Cisco technologies and pass the CCIE R&S v5.0 lab exam.

GK# 5098

Course Overview

This course includes Cisco Training Exclusives

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This intensive Boot Camp-style course is designed to help CCIE Routing & Switching candidates determine exactly where they are in their process of preparing for the CCIE R&S v5.0 practical exam and to fill technology gaps through lecture and labs.

The class is approximately 60% lecture and 40% hands-on labs, with extended hours of up to 13 hours per day. Upon completion of the technology lecture that includes best practices for applying and troubleshooting the technology, you will complete labs based on that technology. At the end of the class, you will perform two graded CCIE-level practice labs: a troubleshooting lab and a configuration lab.

Additionally, you will learn how to develop study plans and how to develop and use checklists and decision diagrams to formulate the mindset needed to pass the CCIE lab. With this information stored in your online portal, you can review the material covered in the CIERS1 class as frequently as you wish.

The Cisco 360 program has exclusive rights to run all labs on top of IOS over Linux (IOL). These are the same servers, same look and feel as the actual lab.

Note: To participate in this course and access your Cisco 360 portal and remote labs, it is highly recommended that you bring the laptop associated with your Cisco 360 Learning Program for CCIE account.


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What You'll Learn

  • Configuration and Troubleshooting of:
    • Dynamic Multipoint VPN (DMVPN)
    • Layer 2 concepts including Switches, HDLC and PPP
    • Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) for IPv4 and IPv6
    • Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP) for IPv4 and IPv6
    • Routing Information Protocol (RIP) v2
  • IGP Route Redistribution
  • Controlling IGP Updates with Route Maps and Distribute Lists
  • BGP-4 Neighbor Relationships (including Route Reflectors and Confederations) for IPv4 and IPv6
  • Filtering BGP Updates using Prefix Lists, AS Path Access Lists, Communities, and Route Maps
  • Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) Attribute Manipulation
  • Multiprotocol Label Switching and Layer 3 VPN
  • Router QOS
  • IP Multicast Routing using PIM Sparse and Dense Modes
  • Network Services including Network Address Translation (NAT), Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), First Hop Redundancy Protocols, Network Time Protocols
  • Network Troubleshooting methodologies and techniques


Viewing outline for:

Classroom Live Outline

1. Introduction

2. Lab Strategies

3. 7-Hour Core Assessed Lab (360RSW05-LAB-CA01)

  • DMVPN and Serial Communications
  • Switch Configuration
  • IPv4 OSPF
  • IPv4 EIGRP
  • IPv4 RIP
  • Redistribution
  • BGP


5. Layer 2 Configuration (Switching, HDLC and PPP)

6. IGPs - RIPv2, EIGRP/EIGRP6, OSPFv2/v3

7. Redistribution

8. BGP for IPv4 and IPv6

9. Advanced BGP Concepts

10. MPLS and Layer 3 VPN

11. IP Multicasting

  • DENSE Mode
  • SPARSE Mode
  • Attaining Universal Multicast Connectivity
  • IANA Reserved Multicast Addresses

12. Quality of Service

  • Deploying Quality of Service on a Cisco Network
  • QoS Simulation

13. Network Services - NTP, NAT, DHCP and FHRP

14. 3-Hour Assessed Troubleshooting Lab (Part 1 - 360RSW05-LAB-GA02)

  • 11 Incidents (Trouble Tickets)

15. Six-Hour Configuration Assessed Lab (Part 2 - 360RSW05-LAB-GA02)

  • DMVPN and Serial Communications
  • Switch Configuration
  • IPv4 OSPF
  • IPv4 EIGRP
  • IPv4 RIP
  • BGP
  • IPv6 Routing
  • Security
  • QoS
  • DHCP
  • Address Administration
  • Gateway Redundancy
  • Multicast
  • MPLS


Viewing labs for:

Classroom Live Labs

Lab 1: Performance Assessment Lab 1 (360RSW05-LAB-GA01) (6-hour assessed lab)

Lab 2: BGP (intermediate to advanced topics)

Lab 3: MPLS

Lab 4: IP Multicast: Dense Mode

Lab 5: IP Multicast: Sparse Mode

Lab 6: QoS (includes MQC on routers and switches and Catalyst QoS)

Lab 7: Network Services

Lab 7: Performance Assessment Lab 2 (360RSW05-LAB-GA02 Troubleshooting Section) (3.5-hour assessed troubleshooting lab)

Lab 8: Performance Assessment Lab 2 (360RSW05-LAB-GA02 Configuration Section) (Six-hour assessed lab)


  • CCIE Routing and Switching candidates are expected to have an in-depth understanding of the topics in the exam blueprints and are strongly encouraged to have three to five years of job experience before attempting certification
  • CCNP Routing and Switching or equivalent job experience
  • Passing score on CCIE Routing and Switchinng written exam #350-001

Who Should Attend


Candidates for the CCIE Routing & Switching practical exam who are three to six months out from the date.

Vendor Credits


This course can be purchased using Cisco Learning Credits (CLCs).

Follow-On Courses


We recommend at least a month between the CIERS1 and CIERS2 courses.

Training Exclusives

Classroom and Virtual Classroom sessions of this course include access to the following benefits:

  • IT Skills Video On-Demand Library (over 40,000 titles)
  • Introduction to Cybersecurity digital learning course
  • Course Recordings
  • IT Resource Library
  • Digital courseware
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Course Delivery

This course is available in the following formats:

Classroom Live

Receive face-to-face instruction at one of our training center locations.

Duration: 5 day

Virtual Classroom Live

Experience expert-led online training from the convenience of your home, office or anywhere with an internet connection.

Duration: 5 day

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