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Getting started with the JNCIP-SP

Designed for experienced networking professionals with advanced knowledge of the Juniper Networks Junos OS, this written exam verifies the candidate’s understanding of advanced routing technologies and related platform configuration and troubleshooting skills.

As it is the beginning of 2016, it is time to set new goals for this year. One goal is to achieve the Juniper JNCIP-SP exam. After the re-certification of JNCIS-SP and JNCIA in Oktober I thought it would be good to start studying on the JNCIP-SP exam as we are going to implement Juniper MX80 boxes this year. The JNCIP-SP exam objectives are listed here: http://www.juniper.net/us/en/training/certification/resources/jncip-sp/

I recommend creating an excel sheet for the topics that are listed on the exam so you can track your progress and see where you need to focus on. The one i created looks like this:

JNCIP-SP Excel sheet

JNCIP-SP Excel sheet

Before starting I have collected study materials for the Juniper JNCIP-SP exam on the Juniper website itself and ordered O’Reilly books from Amazon. Here is a list of the materials I am using right now.

Hardcover Books
  • Juniper MX Series (O’ Reilly)
  • Junos Cookbook (O’ Reilly)
  • MPLS enabled applications (by Ina Minei)

I have made some notes on the Juniper MX Series as I am reading the books chapter by chapter.

eBooks (PDF)
  • JNCIP_studyguide by Harry Reynolds (.pdf file from Juniper site)
  • Several Juniper Day One guides (from Juniper site)
    • mastering automation
    • deploying BGP multicast VPN’s
    • deploying MPLS
  • JNCIS-SP studyguides from the Juniper fasttrack
Alternative resources

Next to taking the official courses, you can order the official course material which is used in the classes. My personal preference is self-study and the official training books are a little bit too expensive to buy. So i decided to start studying without these materials.

VMware and olive lab setup

As this exam is CLI and syntax intensive I created the topology as listed in the JNCIP Studyguide in VMware ESXi with several Olives. The topology i created in VMware is the following:

JNCIP-SP topology

JNCIP-SP topology

This is the well-known fish topology and should be suitable for any kind of topic that is present in this exam as it contains a mix of CE, PE, and P routers.

Expect blog posts about the several topics in this exam, just as i did with the CCNP-SP blog posts and hopefully I will be ready within a certain a mount of time.

If you have other suggestions regarding the materials listed please let me know!


Passed the Brocade BCVRE exam

Today i passed the BCVRE (Brocade Certified vRouter Engineer) NFV exam. The exam is based on Brocade vRouter running on Vyatta. The exam was pretty easy and main focus is on CLI commands and basic routing. Some questions had multiple correct answers (at other vendors there usually is a catch) but in this case it couldn’t miss. Which annoyed me a little at times.


If you follow and study the BCVRE nutshell guide you should get pretty far in this exam as the passrate is pretty low.

I work a lot with VyOS and EdgeOS from Ubiquiti which are forks of Vyatta and are therefor pretty much similar.

Passed the Brocade Certified Ethernet Fabric Professional 2015 (BCEFP) exam

Today i took the BCEFP exam and passed it. After studying the BCEFP nutshell guide, CLI/admin guide and datasheets and several deployments at customers with the VDX6720 and VDX6740 series this exam is not very hard. The only downside I found is that you need to know VDX series specific things and there were quite some of them. Some questions about fibre-channel deserved a good gamble. Here is a nice fabricgame: http://bit.ly/fabricgametw





CCNP Service Provider completed

Today I passed the SP-Edge exam! With this I completed the CCIP to CCNP-SP conversion.

I started studying this track in August so it took me 2-2.5 months to do the 3 exams. The exams are definatly “doable” if you lab the different topics that are there. Also the topology created in this post worked out very nicely for just the CCNP-SP track. You can basicly build any scenario using just VMware and IOS-XRv + CSR1000v.

One book that I recommend to buy when learning CCNP-SP is MPLS enabled applications.

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