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Exam Experience – Cisco CCNP Datacenter – 642-998 Designing Cisco Data Center Unified Computing (DCUCD) – #vDM30in30


Sorry for the long title.

There is two reasons as to why you would be taking this exam. The first is because you want to achieve the CCNP Datacenter title, or the second is because your company requires you to, so they can achieve the Unified Computing Technology Specialization.

My reason was the second, but the Cisco Datacenter track is something I am interested in in the long run.

If your going for the partner route like me, you are not required to have the CCNA DC under your belt. But if you want to achieve the CCNP DC, you need to complete the correct pre-reqs, which can be found here.

The exam is 90 minutes with around 70 questions. The recommendation is to undertake the Designing Cisco Data Center Unified Computing course from an authorised Cisco Learning Partner. Which is exactly what I did, and then sat the exam straight after.

I will blog about the course separately.


Exam Experience

So the exam was the usual Cisco, its made of majority multiple choice questions, and I also had two small testlets.

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Taking Exams? Know your learning style

I’ve noticed a lot of activity online about people taking exams before a particular deadline.

  • VCP Delta Exam
  • VCP-NV (No course requirement if you’re a CCNA/CCNP)
  • CCNP R+S Exam (Last 642 Series exams before 29th Jan 2015)

And just exams in general, regardless of a deadline.


I’m writing this post, mainly because I’ve been struggling to revise. And others will too, also being out of education for a number of years, you forget all those great techniques you never bothered to listen to when you did your exams in high school.

But now, you can re-learn and enhance yourself. 😉


I hate it, I always have. Its hard, it’s boring, and I could be doing other stuff I hate like tidying up.

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Cisco CCNP 624-813 Switch Exam Experience


So I took and passed my CCNP Switch Exam on Monday morning. 934 out of 1000.

I’ve been meaning to do my CCNP for the past two and a half years, since I passed my CCNA, which doesn’t expire until April 2015, but will be renewed now due to the pass on switch exam.

As you may know, the current 642 CCNP series exams will be retired on 29th January, so I chose this as my hard deadline to pass the exam.

The training resources I used were

You can find my revision notes here.

Exam Experience

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Cisco CCNP Training Course – Day 8 – SWITCH

So day 8 essentially was the last day of the bootcamp, with Day 9 + 10 being left for TSHOOT, of which there is very little documented, as its……. troubleshooting a broken system.

So Day 8, let’s get to it.

Here’s whats covered;

  • HSRP Continued…..
    • comparison between HSRP and VRRP
    • GLBP – Gateway Load Balancing Protocol
  • Port-Security
  • Private VLANs
  • AAA – Authentication, Authorization, Accounting
  • VLAN Access-List
  • DHCP Snooping
  • ARP Poisoning / Man in the Middle
  • IP Spoofing
  • Other security considerations
  • Logging
  • MLS-Mutli-Layer Switching
    • Process Switching
    • Fast Switching
    • CEF
  • Voice – IP Telephony
  • QoS – Quality of Service
    • Layer 2 – Class of Service
    • Layer 3 – IP Precedence (Old setting)
    • Layer 3 – DSCP – Sub Marking (New setting)
    • Configuration of QoS
  • And that’s all folks

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