If you're asking about the CCIE SPv3 lab exam you can see the blue print here;
From memory I believe that ATM & cell-mode MPLS are out and that frame-relay is still in, the blue print also reflects this.
i apologize for not including little more details in my question.
No, i am asking about the CCIE R&S not SP. In the blueprint or in the checklist specifically, few topics was mentioned such as MPLS Unicast Routing and MPLS Unicast using LDP. However, it wasn't mentioned in which environment the Unicast routing should take place such as Pure routers, ATM switches, or FR switches.
I am asking this to save time and not bother studying something won't be included in the exam. Also, i beleive ATM is an old fashioned environment even though some companies are still using it. Even the Layer 2 section in the blueprint didn't include ATM.
I don't think ATM has been in the R&S for a few iterations already.
Potentially you will need to configure "Frame-mode MPLS" on any underlying layer two, eg;
But essentially there is no difference between them from an LDP/label-switching perspective.
I already finished the Frame-mode MPLS operation and i jumped right to the MPLS VPN part just to save time.
I just sat in a lab recently, and can tell you that ATM is definitely not part of R&S lab, and while there may be a FR switch, you don't have access to configure it.
2800 routers & 3560 switches are used in the lab.
Since the 3K's don't support MPLS, you can pretty much practice MPLS solely on pure router platforms.
Like Matt already pointed out, the physical layer could be anything, but it shouldn't impact the MPLS portion.
Thanks huangedmc, that was a very helpful information.
Currently, i am studying from a book called "MPLS and VPN Arch. vol 1". There is a chapter in this book called "Cell-mode MPLS Operation". So, based on your information, can i confidently skip it? ... What are your suggestions to fully prepare myself for the MPLS part in the exam?
Yes, you can skip the cell-mode chapter completely.
To answer your question on how to prepare for the MPLS portion of the exam, reading that MPLS book is a good start.
I have that exact same book.
Even though it was a bit old, it was one of the best Cisco Press books I've read. The author is awesome at presenting his technical knowledge.
Also, if you're going to read that book cover to cover (except the cell mode), don't bother taking this MPLS class from GK:
That class is based on the MPLS book. I took that class after reading the book, and thought it was basically a repeat.
Was kinda a waste of time, but good review.
Besides reading that book, I also recommend doing tons of practice labs from Cisco360 or other vendors such as IPExpert, or INE.
For future reference, you'll probably get better exam related responses if posting at the learning network site:
Thx Kevin, that was very helpful.
I am going to try the learning network website again as i have loads of questions regarding the lab exam. The problem is that i don't get fast responses from there. That is the reason why i post here.
About the book, to be honest, i find it hard to follow from a single time reading because it is overwhelming my brain with terms and concepts consecutively without providing separate examples for each of them. In other words, i have to read the chapter several times to understand what it's talking about. All the terms and concepts are all covered in one or two case studies only, not one-by-one approach. The opposite is true with "Routing TCP/IP/ books, the author simply rely on many case studies for each concept before jumping to another new concept and practice exercises at the end of each chapter are outstanding. I wish there were a volume 3 for that book that covers MPLS.