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Difference Between BSCI 642-901 and ROUTE 642-902 Exam Blueprints

As most of you already know the BSCI and BCMSN (I always hated that abbreviation) exams will be replaced (respectively) with the new ROUTE and SWITCH exams in the latest iteration of the Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) certification.  Since the BSCI exam has historically covered routing technologies (Layer 3) while the BCMSN exam has concentrated on switching (Layer 2) technologies, this change should not result in too many differences between the old and new exams.  Of course, the fact that Cisco is dropping the ONT and ISCW exams and bringing back a separate, dedicated troubleshooting (TSHOOT) exam in the new three (rather than four) exam certification, means that some technologies will inevitably be dropped or moved to the ROUTE and SWITCH exams.

Over the next few posts I’ll look at what is changing between the old and new CCNP track.  First up: a look at the differences in the exam blueprints between the soon-to-be-retired BSCI 642-901 and the new ROUTE 642-902 exam.

NEW
CHANGED

Implement an EIGRP based solution, given a network design and a set of requirements

  • Determine network resources needed for implementing EIGRP on a network
  • Create an EIGRP implementation plan
  • Create an EIGRP verification plan
  • Configure EIGRP routing
  • Verify EIGRP solution was implemented properly using show and debug commands
  • Document results of EIGRP implementation and verification

Implement a multi-area OSPF Network, given a network design and a set of requirements

  • Determine network resources needed for implementing OSPF on a network
  • Create an OSPF implementation plan
  • Create an OSPF verification plan
  • Configure OSPF routing
  • Verify OSPF solution was implemented properly using show and debug commands
  • Document results of OSPF implementation and verification plan

Implement an eBGP based solution, given a network design and a set of requirements

  • Determine network resources needed for implementing eBGP on a network
  • Create an eBGP implementation plan
  • Create an eBGP verification plan
  • Configure eBGP routing
  • Verify eBGP solution was implemented properly using show and debug commands
  • Document results of eBGP implementation and verification plan

Implement an IPv6 based solution, given a network design and a set of requirements

  • Determine network resources needed for implementing IPv6 on a network
  • Create an IPv6 implementation plan
  • Create an IPv6 verification plan
  • Configure IPv6 routing
  • Configure IPv6 interoperation with IPv4
  • Verify IPv6 solution was implemented properly using show and debug commands
  • Document results of IPv6 implementation and verification plan

Implement an IPv4 or IPv6 based redistribution solution, given a network design and a set of requirements

  • Create a redistribution implementation plan based upon the results of the redistribution analysis
  • Create a redistribution verification plan
  • Configure a redistribution solution
  • Verify that a redistribution was implemented
  • Document results of a redistribution implementation and verification plan
  • Identify the differences between implementing an IPv4 and IPv6 redistribution solution

Implement Layer 3 Path Control Solution

  • Create a Layer 3 path control implementation plan based upon the results of the redistribution analysis
  • Create a Layer 3 path control verification plan
  • Configure Layer 3 path control
  • Verify that a Layer 3 path control  was implemented
  • Document results of a Layer 3 path control implementation and verification plan
  • Implement basic teleworker and branch services
  • Describe broadband technologies
  • Configure basic broadband connections
  • Describe basic VPN technologies
  • Configure GRE
  • Describe branch access technologies

Removed:

Describe integrated IS-IS

  • Describe the features and benefits of integrated IS-IS.
  • Configure and verify integrated IS-IS.
Implement multicast forwarding
  • Describe IP Multicast (e.g., Layer-3 to Layer-2 mapping, IGMP, etc.).
  • Describe, configure, or verify IP multicast routing (i.e., PIM Sparse-Dense Mode).

A lot of the content has stayed the same between the two exams.  Given the inclusion of the phase “given a network design and a set of requirements” in most section headers and the copious use of the word ‘plan’, it looks like Cisco is putting more of an emphasis on design in the new ROUTE exam.  This makes a lot of sense in my opinion.  As a Professional, you should be able to not only configure the various routing options, but you should be able to aid with design in larger implementations and handle most (if not all) of the design in small to mid-level implementations.

This new exam blueprint lines up very well with the routing requirements of the current Routing and Switching CCIE Lab Exam, with the exception of the curious absence of multicast routing.  I haven’t done a stare and compare between the BCMSN and the new SWITCH exam, but I would be surprised if multicast moved over to that exam (or the TSHOOT exam).  This is odd because multicast is definitely on the current Routing and Switching Lab Exam.

The exclusion of ISIS surprises me less as this protocol will most likely end up exclusively in the Service Provider track.  ISIS is not currently on the Routing and Switching Lab Exam.  That’s not to say that ISIS is not important, but you’re far more likely to find it implemented in a Service Provider network than in an Enterprise network.

I am surprised at the absence of MPLS in this exam.  Perhaps it’s present in the SWITCH exam (MPLS is a layer 2.5 protocol so that’s possible) given the presence of that technology on the RS Lab.  It may be the case that – along with ISIS – MPLS gets delegated to the Service Provider track.

The bottom line is that a very large percentage of the technologies covered in the BSCI exam have made it into the new ROUTE exam.  What will be interesting is how Cisco handles the design elements in the new ROUTE exam.

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