Notes: The Series (NTS)

Here you will find links to some of my blog posts (the so-called "Notes: The Series", aka NTS) that include my personal notes while preparing for the CCIE SP lab. I have put them here so it's easier for the reader and the community to find all the information in one place.

These should not be treated as a teaching guide, but just a simple guide with interesting information that might be useful to others besides me. In the majority of the posts, the included information refers to the lab exam software versions, but there are quite a few of notes and configuration examples that refer to newer versions. Hopefully the information is correct at its majority, but if you encounter anything that seems wrong, please don’t hesitate to write a comment under the relevant NTS page.

I have used various colors, either on the text or on the background, to aid focusing where needed. IOS and IOS-XR have a distinct background color, so it's easier to find the one you're looking for (i tried to put a lot of information about IOS-XR too, since it plays an important role in the exam). Things that i consider tricky or important are colored in yellow background. Cli commands and important cli outputs are colored in blue, while green and red are used to differentiate between correct and wrong/error/warning wherever possible.

Below you can find the latest PDF version of all NTS combined (a total of 330 pages!). Feel free to use and/or share it.


  1. Nice one!bro...
    hoping forward to see your PDF soon.

    Kyaw Myo Oo

  2. Great job! Congratulation - 2xCCIE sounds great!:)

  3. well done i can download you pdf?

  4. WOW. Amazing job, man! Congrats! You're a source of inspiration for me, and I will humble try my best to apply your method and get the #.
    @One. He made it available here: you can save it from there

  5. Wow, awesome progress man. I would love to be able to use these notes with a PDF reader but I don't see anywhere that I can download the NTS Series notes as a PDF link.
    Am I just not seeing it or is it not here?

  6. That is a well structured approach to the LAB ,thanks Man for the insight.How do i download the PDF?

  7. For everyone trying to download the pdf, Costi has given the direct google docs link some posts above.

    Alternatively, you can click on "Open in new window" (last symbol on the right of the pdf frame (at least in Chrome), which will redirect you to google docs ( and then choose the "Download" option under the "File" menu.

  8. Thanks a lot Tassos! this is one of the best learning sources for the Cisco SP stuff! ;)

  9. Great work brother. I am really inspired.
    God bless you .