Service Provider Routing and Switching, Specialist (JNCIS-SP)

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The Service Provider Routing and Switching track enables you to demonstrate a thorough understanding of networking technology in general and Juniper Networks service provider routing and switching platforms. JNCIS-SP, the specialist-level certification in this track, is designed for networking professionals with beginner to intermediate knowledge of routing and switching implementations in Junos. The written exam verifies your basic understanding of routing and switching technologies and related platform configuration and troubleshooting skills.

This track contains four certifications:

  • JNCIA-Junos: Junos, Associate. For details, see JNCIA-Junos.
  • JNCIS-SP: Service Provider Routing and Switching, Specialist. For details, see the sections below.
  • JNCIP-SP: Service Provider Routing and Switching, Professional. For details, see JNCIP-SP.
  • JNCIE-SP: Service Provider Routing and Switching, Expert. For details, see JNCIE-SP.

Exam Preparation

We recommend the following resources to help you prepare for your exam. However, these resources aren't required, and using them doesn't guarantee you'll pass the exam.

Exam Objectives

Here’s a high-level view of the skillset required to successfully complete the JNCIS-SP certification exam. 

Exam Objective

Description

Protocol-Independent Routing

Identify the concepts, operation, or functionality of various protocol-independent routing components

  • Static, aggregate, and generated routes
  • Martian addresses
  • Routing instances, including RIB groups
  • Load balancing
  • Filter-based forwarding

Demonstrate knowledge of how to configure, monitor, or troubleshoot various protocol-independent routing components

  • Static, aggregate, and generated routes
  • Load balancing
  • Filter-based forwarding

Open Shortest Path First (OSPF)

Identify the concepts, operation, or functionality of OSPF

  • Link-state database
  • OSPF packet types
  • Router ID
  • Adjacencies and neighbors
  • Designated router and backup designated router
  • OSPF area and router types
  • LSA packet types

Demonstrate knowledge of how to configure, monitor, or troubleshoot OSPF

  • Areas, interfaces and neighbors
  • Additional basic options
  • Routing policy application
  • Troubleshooting tools

Intermediate System to Intermediate System (IS-IS)

Identify the concepts, operation, or functionality of IS-IS

  • Link-state database
  • IS-IS PDUs
  • TLVs
  • Adjacencies and neighbors
  • Levels and areas
  • Designated intermediate system (DIS)
  • Metrics

Demonstrate knowledge of how to configure, monitor, or troubleshoot IS-IS

  • Levels, interfaces and adjacencies
  • Additional basic options
  • Routing policy application
  • Troubleshooting tools

Border Gateway Protocol (BGP)

Identify the concepts, operation, or functionality of BGP

  • BGP basic operation
  • BGP message types
  • Attributes
  • Route/path selection process
  • IBGP and EBGP functionality and interaction

Demonstrate knowledge of how to configure, monitor, or troubleshoot BGP

  • Groups and peers
  • Additional basic options
  • Routing policy application

Layer 2 Bridging or VLANs

Identify the concepts, operation, or functionality of Layer 2 bridging for the Junos OS

  • Service provider switching platforms
  • Bridging elements and terminology
  • Frame processing
  • Virtual Switches
  • Provider bridging (for example, Q-in-Q Tunneling)

Identify the concepts, benefits, or functionality of VLANs

  • Port modes
  • Tagging
  • MVRP
  • IRB

Demonstrate knowledge of how to configure, monitor, or troubleshoot Layer 2 bridging or VLANs

  • Interfaces and ports
  • VLANs
  • MVRP
  • IRB
  • Provider bridging

Spanning-Tree Protocols

Identify the concepts, benefits, operation, or functionality of Spanning Tree Protocol and its variants

  • STP, RSTP, MSTP and VSTP concepts
  • Port roles and states
  • BPDUs
  • Convergence and reconvergence
  • Spanning-tree security

Demonstrate knowledge of how to configure, monitor, or troubleshoot STP and its variants

  • Spanning-tree protocols: STP, RSTP, MSTP, and VSTP
  • BPDU, loop, and root protection

Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)

Identify the concepts, operation, or functionality of MPLS

  • MPLS terminology
  • MPLS packet header
  • End-to-end packet flow and forwarding
  • Labels and the label information base
  • MPLS and routing tables
  • RSVP
  • LDP

Demonstrate knowledge of how to configure, monitor, or troubleshoot MPLS

  • MPLS forwarding
  • RSVP-signaled and LDP-signaled LSPs

IPv6

Identify the concepts, operation, or functionality of IPv6

  • IPv4 versus IPv6
  • Address types, notation, and format
  • Address scopes
  • Autoconfiguration
  • Tunneling

Demonstrate knowledge of how to configure, monitor, or troubleshooting IPv6

  • Interfaces
  • Static routes
  • Dynamic routing: OSPFv3, IS-IS, and BGP
  • IPv6 over IPv4 tunneling

Tunnels

Identify the concepts, requirements, or functionality of IP tunneling

  • Tunneling applications and considerations
  • GRE
  • IP-IP

Demonstrate knowledge of how to configure, monitor, or troubleshoot IP tunnels

  • GRE
  • IP-IP

High Availability

Identify the concepts, benefits, applications, or requirements of high availability

  • Link aggregation groups (LAG) and multichassis LAGs (MC-LAGs)
  • Graceful restart (GR)
  • Graceful Routing Engine switchover (GRES)
  • Nonstop bridging (NSB)
  • Nonstop active routing (NSR)
  • Bidirectional Forwarding Detection (BFD)
  • Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol (VRRP)
  • Unified In-Service Software Upgrade (ISSU)

Demonstrate knowledge of how to configure, monitor, or troubleshoot high availability components

  • LAG, MC-LAG
  • GR, GRES, NSB, and NSR
  • VRRP
  • ISSU

Exam Details

Exam questions are derived from the recommended training and the exam resources listed above. Pass/fail status is available immediately after taking the exam. The exam is only provided in English. 

Recertification

Juniper certifications are valid for three years. For more information, see Recertification.