CCDE – Study Materials
Having passed the Cisco Certified Design Expert (CCDE) I often get questions on what materials I used to study. Here in no particular order.
Most of the books I read were from Safari Books Online. They also have the LiveLesson videos referenced below.
- Cisco IOS XR Fundamentals
- Cisco Express Forwarding
- MPLS Fundamentals
- MPLS and VPN Architectures, Volume II
Chapters Only (I only read what I needed from these books)
- BGP Design and Implementation
- Routing TCP/IP, Volume I (CCIE Professional Development)
- Designing for Cisco Network Service Architectures (ARCH) Foundation Learning Guide, Fourth Edition
- Router Security Strategies: Securing IP Network Traffic Planes
- IPv6 Security
- IPv6 Fundamentals: A Straightforward Approach to Understanding IPv6
- IPv6 Deployment Guide
- IPv6 Essentials, 3rd Edition
- MPLS-Enabled Applications: Emerging Developments and New Technologies, Third Edition
- Deploying Next Generation Multicast-enabled Applications
- Optimal Routing Design
- End-to-End QoS Network Design: Quality of Service for Rich-Media & Cloud Networks, Second Edition
- Definitive MPLS Network Designs
- CCDE Study Guide
- Intermediate System to Intermediate System (IS-IS) Routing Protocol
- Large-Scale Network Design: Best practices for designing elegant, scalable, and programmable networks with OSPF, EIGRP, IS-IS, and BGP routing protocols
- End-to-End Quality of Service Network Design LiveLessons (Video Training): QoS for Rich-Media and Cloud Networks
It is unlikely that you have taken an exam quite like the CCDE. I found it valuable to have these practice scenarios to help get into the mindset of taking the practical exam. I also highly recommend Jeremy. For the self-study guys like me he holds a practice scenario review session a couple of times a year. But you also have access to videos of the previous review session. He also provides a bootcamp if that is more your speed.
Cisco Study List
Cisco has done a great job of publishing a list of recommended reading, Cisco live videos, and other reference material. I highly recommend you review their list to fill in your gaps.