I'm ACE (Accredited Configuration Engineer), which is PanOS 4 oriented certification.
Unfortunatly, there is no recommanded readings as far as I know, neither for CNSE nor ACE certifications.
The best way is to practice the most as you can, as written in the FAQ.
CNSE covers all the PAN features when ACE covers specific PanOS 4 features (Global Protect, Active/Active HA, ssl/ssh decryption, User ID and so on.
The certifications exams are pretty hard, since each questions has a timeout and you cannot review your answers.
I'm in the process of writing a guide, just for my own benefit, but maybe once complete, I can share with the community. Right now, I'm studing for the CNSE. I've passed both the ACE 3.0 and 4.0 and have a study guide for these but not ready for publishing.
I'll keep everyone posted.
Anyone have a method to purchase a PA-200 for personal use/studying?
I have found this interview of Michael Pawloski, who is in charge of the training material. Apparently, there is an available official training document to pass CNSE 3.1. However, I never found any reference on the Palo Alto Website. He also explains that the updated version of the training material related to CNSE 4.1 should be available on February 2012.
Hope this helps,
I took the CNSE 4.1 beta exam today. It was brutal because it was a Beta exam. 216 questions in 4 hours. These are the areas that were concentrated on:
1) Panorama - Know everything Panorama. How to push policies, read logs, HA and Panorama ettc..
2) A ton on NTLM , Captive Portal and authentication methods.
3) Know how to create Security policies and NAT policies
4) Logging was a big item on the exam.
5) Know how to pull a support dump file. Log forwarding, start / end of log and what that means.
Basically, you need alot of hands on with a Palo device. and if you can get your hands on panorama, that will definitely help as well.
Know about HA and how to manage HA devices in Panorama..
Hope this helps, if I think of any extras I will make sure to add..
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