To complete my goal for the JNCIS certifications, I had to pass the JNCIS-SP (Service Provider) exam, so once again, I started with the Juniper Fast Track site for study material and practice test.
The first thing that became very evident is that the Service Provider exam include a lot of information, and the study materials included approximately 850 pages of information which is about four times more than the other JNCIS study material. The information included in the study material covers a very broad range of info to include routing protocols, switching, provide bridging, MPLS, VPNs and etc. Due to the vast amount of reading, it took me an additional week to get through the material, and I took a lot of review notes.
The other item that became evident is that my 210 SRXs do not support a lot of the Service Provider technologies, so I was very limited on what I could practice. The SP exam was focused on the MX series, and those are expensive to buy on the gray market; however, if you do feel the need to practice, Juniper does offer Junosphere which is a virtual environment that can be used to study. I believe Juniper charges $50 per 24 hour period for Junosphere.
Anyway, I completed my studying and took the practice exam. I intentionally “failed” the practice exam the first time which gave me the ability to take notes on topics that I can focus additional study time on. This was useful, and I did gain good insight into additional studying. The second time taking the practice test, I did pass and received the 50% off exam voucher. I do like these vouchers!
The voucher triggered the scheduling of the exam, and I can honestly say that I was a little nervous on this test due to the mass quantity of information and limited hands on practice. Once I got to the exam location and got the test started, my “fears” were not unfounded. Juniper asked questions across the entire span on study material and some of the questions were very detailed. After I completed the test, I had no confidence in passing the exam, but after a 30 second wait on the computer, a passing score was displayed, so a big sigh of relief was heard.
This was the last JNCIS level exam I plan on taking and completed my goals for the JNCIS level. I will move onto the JNCIP level next, but I need to decide on either the ENT or SEC track. The SP track has too much info I don’t have practice access to, so that will be backburnered for now.