Studying for the CCIE Routing and Switching lab is considered to be quite difficult, time-consuming as well as sometimes a personal struggle. This isn’t CCNA or CCNP where you can read 1 or 2 books, do some labs and pass the exam. It will take a LOT of your personal time to study so you need a battle plan. Though, the best way to gain the CCIE Routing and Switching Certification would be to acquire the study dumps, which are being offered by the SPOTO Club.
- Your CCIE Lab Success Strategy
This book helps with everything non-technical that is related to your CCIE journey. It gives you examples to create a study schedule, timetables but also lets you think about how to organize your personal life while you study for the lab. The book has plenty of useful tips and it is also very inspiring to read the story of others who already finished their CCIE journey.
- Routing TCP/IP Volume 1
This book is one of the classics on many CCIE Routing and Switching reading lists. I really enjoy Jeff Doyle’s writing style because he has a lot of configuration examples and explanations for show commands. This book also cover routing in general but also RIP, OSPF, EIGRP and IS-IS. You don’t have to know about RIP / IS-IS anymore for CCIE Routing and Switching but the sections on OSPF and EIGRP are still great to read. There is also a chapter about IPv6 but I think this might be a bit outdated by now (the book was written in 2005).
- Routing TCP/IP Volume 2
Routing TCP/IP Volume 2, the second book by Jeff Doyle is also great to read. This book covers BGP, NAT and Multicast. If you just did CCNP then multicast is probably new to you. This book will help you get started to learn multicast. There is also a chapter about IPv6 but I would recommend to read another book for that (don’t worry it’s in this reading list).
- Cisco OSPF Command and Configuration Handbook
Simply said, the Cisco OSPF Command and Configuration Handbook is probably considered to be the best book on CCIE level that explains everything you need to know about OSPF. It’s a big book (845 pages) so it teaches you a lot more about OSPF than the two routing TCP/IP books from Jeff Doyle or the Cisco Press Certification Guide. OSPF is an important topic on the lab so it’s worth your time to read this beast.
- Troubleshooting IP Routing Protocols
This book is something different compared to the other CCIE Routing and Switching books. Troubleshooting IP Routing Protocols explains what can go wrong with protocols like EIGRP, OSPF, PIM (Multicast) and BGP and then explains how to solve it. For example, for EIGRP it will first show all the reasons why EIGRP doesn’t establish a neighbor adjacency and once that is fixed, it will show different reasons why some prefixes are not showing up in the topology or routing table. Great to read to become better at troubleshooting!
- Developing IP Multicast Networks
If you read the CCIE Routing & Switching Certification guide and the Routing TCP/IP volume 2 book you already learned a thing or two about multicast. Developing IP Multicast Networks takes your multicast knowledge all the way up to CCIE Routing and Switching level. It explains PIM sparse, dense and sparse-dense mode in depth but also inter-domain multicast routing. It’s not a very thick book (562 pages) and some of the chapters that cover DVMRP (Distance Vector Multicast Routing Protocol) you can skip because it’s not on the CCIE Routing and Switching blueprint.
Thus, you could go with the above mentioned books, or you could opt for the CCIE Routing and Switching Study Dumps, which would be offered by the SPOTO Club.