The CCIE SP Lab exam is based on the Cisco Software release running within a 100% virtual environment. Candidates who want to prepare for the exam using hardware can use this Cisco equipment and Cisco Software releases:
ASR 9000 Series running the Cisco IOS XR 5.2 release.
ASR 1000 Series running the Cisco IOS XE 3.13S.15.4(3)S release.
Cisco 7600 Series running the Cisco IOS 15.5(3)S release.
Cisco ME 3600 Series running the Cisco IOS 15.5(3)S release.
All the technologies mentioned in the blueprint are based on the feature set and solutions that are supported and available on the Cisco Software releases mentioned in this list.
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