Looks like there are some changes with the Lab exam (and written).
Beginning October 18, 2009, the CCIE R&S lab exam will feature a two-hour troubleshooting section. Candidates will be presented with a series of trouble tickets for preconfigured networks and need to diagnose and resolve the network fault or faults. As with the configuration section, the network must be up and running for a candidate to receive credit. Candidates who finish the troubleshooting section early may proceed on to the configuration section, but they will not be allowed to go back to troubleshooting since their equipment will need to be reinitialized for the configuration portion.
As far as the exam topics go, it seems there are some additions ::
- Performance routing (pfr)
- MPLS VPNs
- Optimization (Netflow, EEM)
I think this is all good stuff personally. MPLS VPNs are not really that hard. I have done some articles with config examples on this site for MPLS VPNs. They are quite fun.
The troubleshooting addition is going to be interesting it seems.
Performance routing (pfr) configurations can get really nasty and complex, but other than that not too much to worry about.