The new RCSP-W exam is TOUGH. I am a current RCSP-W holder and have recertified twice with flying colors. I took the new exam last week and failed with 50%!!!
There is a ton of KB article trivia on the exam. Below are some things to review. Make sure you are logged in to the Riverbed Support site to proceed. Oh... and know your Interceptor and Cloud SteelHead stuff.
How do Interceptor appliances process TCP SYN and SYN+ packets?
Solution Number: S14086
How does the Interceptor handles ICMP packets?
Solution Number: S17959
MTU guidelines for Interceptor in-path interfaces
Solution Number: S14463
Interceptor Management with SCC
Use the SCC to perform the following administrative tasks on managed SteelHead Interceptors:
- Configuration of event notification
- Collection of logs
- Configuration of backup and restore functions
SCC features NOT supported on the SteelHead Interceptor include the following:
- Automatic configuration of new SteelHead Interceptors
- Sending of configuration settings to SteelHead Interceptors in remote offices
- Initiating centralized configuration and reporting on SteelHead Interceptors
- Redirect Assign - Sent by the designated Steelhead appliance to determine flow distribution.
- Here I am - Sent by Steelhead appliances to announce themselves.
- I see you - Sent by WCCP enabled routers to respond to announcements.
- Removal Query - Sent by router to check a Steelhead appliance after missed “here I am” messages.
You can have a maximum of 32 SteelHeads in your WCCP deployment.
You must enable connection forwarding in a WCCP cluster. With connection forwarding enabled, the WCCP load balancing algorithm considers the total number of in-path interfaces of all neighbors in the service group when balancing the load across the interfaces. If you don’t enable connection forwarding, the SteelHead with the lowest IP address assigns all traffic flows to itself.
If your deployment requires the use of GRE return, the SteelHead automatically changes the maximum segment size (MSS) for connections to 1432 bytes. You can overwrite this option with the no wccp adjust- mss enable command, although Riverbed does not recommend it.
Understanding WCCP MASK assignment
Solution Number: S18173
Slow performance with Excel .xlsx files
Duplicate Datastore ID
Packet Mode Optimization
Packet mode optimization supports only correct addressing. Packet mode optimization does not support autodiscovery and requires that you configure fixed-target, packet-mode, in-path rules.
Downgrading to a RiOS version that was not previously installed on a Steelhead
RiOS Upgrade Rule
Solution Number: S14742
Upgrading to SteelHead 9 and QoS Migration
Solution Number: S25532
Upgrading from RiOS v8.6.x (or earlier) to version 9.0 automatically migrates a previous QoS configuration to a new configuration. The migration process is transparent and happens during the first boot-up of RiOS v9.0 on a SteelHead. During the migration, RiOS creates one QoS profile for each service policy.
Note: When you downgrade a Steelhead appliance to an earlier RiOS version, all changes to the QoS configuration are lost. The Steelhead appliance uses the most recent valid settings used with the RiOS version it is downgraded to.
Will QoS still work if the optimization service is stopped?
Solution Number: S15969
Yes. The QoS engine runs at the kernel level independant of the optimization service. The only requirement is to have the interfaces which have QoS configured to be enabled and in "up" state.
Riverbed QoS is flow based. For TCP, the SteelHead must detect the three-way handshake or it cannot classify a traffic flow. If a traffic flow is not classified, it falls into the default class.
Joining SHM Cluster Prerequisites
Note: Before attaching this SCCM to the cluster, please verify it has the same Signing CA certificate as other SCCMs in the cluster.
SMC License Management
Initially, by default, the Mobile Controller collects up to 100 licenses (if they are available), and then acquires more if needed. If no licenses are available when the Mobile Controller comes back online, it is not able to check out licenses until they are released from other Mobile Controllers.
SHM Client Connection Icons
Cloud SteelHead / SaaS
What proxy certificates do I need to generate?
Solution Number: S16076
GeoDNS IP address differentiation from the Connection Report
Solution Number: S26400
If you don't have any experience with Riverbed, you won't pass the exam just by gaming it. The updated exam has been re-worked to be more of professional services level test. There is a lot of minutiae that even experienced engineers will miss (which is why it took twice to pass the new test). If your employer wants to send you to WAN200 and WAN310 courses, you can probably be OK. Otherwise it will be tough. Good luck!
Many thanks for your sharing.
I'm going to take the 199-01 Exam this month although I joined the training in July.
Could you kindly share me the the newest Study Guide for RCSP-W ? as I searched a lot but no result.
now I just have the old one (RiOS V5.0), which was updated in Aug of 2009.
And we can see the newest Blueprint updated from January of 2016,
covering the RiOS V9.0, IC4.0 and so on.
during your exam is there any related question for this new version?
Best Regards !
WOW! How does a study guide devolve into cheat sheets? - Never heard that one before! It is either the study material is sufficient for the certification exam or it is not. If the exam has changed, then there should be appropriate material covering the new scope. Except, of course,you suggesting that the exam currently does not have a scope of study coverage?
I have been on WAN200 last year and have been advised by the instructor that this is far from sufficient.
Can you confirm what the recommended classes and study materials are for the RCSP certification? Is there a time frame for when a valid study guide/material will be available?
Nor is it meant to be. You are expected to have experience as well. From the Blueprint:
we recommend at least 5 deployments in a variety of technologies before attempting the exams. For customers, resellers and partners, starting from the design and deployment phase, and having at least six months of experience in a production environment would be beneficial.
There used to be a youtube channel ArrowRiverbedTeam with videos for RCSA and RCSP-W. I started using some of those videos for learning only to find out that all the videos have been removed or deleted. - I had not downloaded the videos. I have also searched all other certification vendors for any riverbed related trainings but nothing out there! ...Rather disappointing!
To be honest, the solution article approach for a certification program is non-constructive unstructured and extremely disruptive for anyone learning these products. IMO ...Solution articles would address situations out of the normal/default expected operation ...e.g. bugs or abnormal behaviour ...etc. There are thousands of articles out there for different variations of issues that can occur and I doubt learners are meant to be memorizing/studying solution articles for a certification program - I may be wrong?
I know some cats will argue the "experience/hands-on" parable but running technical videos running through the entire content of the certification and the relevant best practices deployment guides will be extremely helpful. Other vendor Certification programs that have been successful usually have these facilities for easier learning.
Are there any videos for the RCSP-W that can be shared for learners?
Unfortunately the exam have many question that is out of the normal (even recommended by Riverbed) deployment and is very hard to pass (failed twice, but won't give up), so I recommend that we study all guides (insane) in every detail.
Having "hands-on experience" will not help much because the exam request experience (deeply) in all possible deployment and all the details possible.
Good luck for all!
I took it yesterday. I've recert twice before and i scored a 47% on this one. I was woefully unprepared. So i'll have to go back and find study material for all of the new topics. Andrey Zhuk's post has a lot of useful suggestions. But there are 60 questions on the test.
oh yeah and SteelHead
and im sure some other stuff too that i missed
Good day !
So sorry to hear that but I hope you can take it next time! also me!
I have searched a lot but only find the blueprint for the latest version.
For the Deployment Guide and User Guide ,I don't know if you have checked already or not, I'm reading now.
And according to the latest blueprint, we can see the QUESTION DISTRIBUTION as below, including these topic as below.Is there any other topic you have met during the EXAM ?
Hopefully you can reply and update the details you met and we can have a talk for this hard EXAM.
Best Regards !
Unfortunately the exam have many question that is out of the normal (even recommended by Riverbed) deployment and is very hard to pass (failed twice, but won't give up), so I recommend that we study all guides (insanely) in every detail.
Having "hands-on experience" will not help much because the exam request experience (deeply) in all possible deployment and all the details possible, even for my with more the 10 years experience with SteelHead and SteelFusion products it's being hard to pass. Also the exam is more TRICK than even CCIE exam (awkward and I don't know why)
PS: The WAN200 training and the guides are not enough to pass the exam because the exam have many trick questions and many also are too subjective.
Good luck for all!
I highly recommend everyone to read the exam blueprint, is a very common misconception than the WAN200 is "enough" for a RCSP-W, but is not: please also take the 310 and the 350... or have a very solid knowledge.
OPTIMIZATION (RCSP-W) BLUEPRINT AND STUDY REFERENCES
The Riverbed Certified Solutions Professional exam, and therefore this blueprint, covers the Riverbed products and technologies up to RiOS version 2.0.2 for the SteelHead EX appliances and VSP; version 8.0.4 for the SteelHead and SteelHead™ (virtual edition); version 8.0.0a for the SteelCentral™ Controller forSteelHead, version 4.0.1 for Interceptor, and version 4.0.3 for the SteelCentral™ Controller for SteelHead Mobile.
This publication does not replace practical experience, nor is it designed to be a stand-alone guide for any subject. Instead, it is an effective tool that, when combined with education activities and experience, can be a very useful preparation guide for the exam.
Riverbed Recommended Training Courses
WAN200 Optimization Essentials
WAN310 Optimizing Enterprise Applications and Protocols
WAN350 Implementing Enterprise Optimization Architectures
Additional Information on Riverbed Training can be found at:
http://www.riverbed.com/services-training/training/. You can also write
Riverbed authorized training courses and Riverbed Certification are mutually exclusive programs. This means that certification is not directly mapped to specific training courses and vice versa. We recommend certain courses but in no way does that automatically qualify or
prepare you for the exam.
I understand all the points that you mentioned, but the current exam (W and HCB) is far from guides and training class. It has many trick questions with too subjective matters, in other words training, guides and experience (and I have more than 10 years with Riverbed products) won't be enough because it will depend to guess what the exam maker thought about the question, once is too subjective and base in my field experience the answer for many of those questions will have answers that is NOT the one that is correct (base in what the exam team thought and did).
I understand that the exams are important to evaluate who is really capable to handle projects and configurations, but due to the change is kind insane study 6 guides with 600 pages each to answer 60 questions. Also, MY field experience is very particular and focus on each client's needs and because of that MANY implementation do not even follow the guides or training classes.
Well, anyway I'm a fighter and won't give up so easily, so I will have both certifications (W & HCB) by the end of April, including my RCSI.
Good luck and study for everyone!!!
Please use this link to find CURRENT blueprints. There are a number of places people have put the blueprints, but this is the ONLY place that Certification (me) updates the blueprints;
I feel frustrated with Riverbed certification. 5 deployment guide, 600 pages each, is it realistic ?
Are you will be remember everything ?
How do we measure our knowledge and what we learned from 5 deployment guide ? No practice exam , mock test ?
measure-up have official Microsoft , Vmware , Cisco practice test why not Riverbed providing such a facility.
Riverbed should co-operate us to learn the products , get certified . Would you please publish passing rate of RCSP-W within last one year ?
Hello, and I'm sorry for your frustration. The RCSP level exams are all professional level certification exams and presume a fair amount of experience. At this time, Riverbed is focusing on a complete revamp of its Certification program, which I expect will include practice questions. I'm not able to share the pass rates publicly.