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  • How to Prepare for the CCNA Exam??

    Hello David,

    I am really impressed with you. How you write articles and the level of knowledge you have with Cisco Routers. I need you advice and I beleive your are the best person to advice me with respect to the below mentioned point.

    I want to BECOME A CCNA and gradually within this year I will look forward with CCNP AND CCIE.

    Suppose if I join CCNA classes on what area shall I stress more to have a good technical knowledge becasue I beleive Instructor doesnt shows everything to there students.

    I found that they dont even show the disaster recovery part in Cisco Routers.


    Waiting for you reply

    Regards
    Skak
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    Last edited by Skak12; 13th April 2011, 13:22.

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    Re: Exclusively For Dear David Davis

    I hate to butt in but I find that the best way to learn any IT discipline is practice practice and more practice. I'm sure you can get Cisco application that allow you to build / configure virtual networks. Not everyone is going to get real world experience (Who is their right mind would let a newbie loose on a production network) but look for scenarios where you need to configure a network is a specific way.

    I'll leave it up to David to post a reply

    Michael
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    • #3
      Re: Exclusively For Dear David Davis

      Hi Skak,

      Thanks for your question & kind words.

      Michael is absolutely correct. Practical experience is what you need to get a job and to be successful in a job as a network admin.

      Getting a CCNA is not difficult compared to obtaining real-world wisdom in networking. You could prepare for the CCNA and pass it in a matter of months but getting real world wisdom can only come in time.

      The CCNA will give you some kind of base knowledge to prepare you to be a network admin but need that experience.

      I feel badly for any CCNA who has passed the test without spending time hacking away on real routers and switches, who didn't hook those routers up to the Internet and try to secure it, who hasn't read volumes of text on www.cisco.com/univercd. Because, without that stuff, all you really did was pass a test and get a certificate.

      So, I encourage you to buy some used routers, switches, and a firewall from ebay and spend some number of months hacking away on them.

      If you are thinking that you might not know what to do with them once you got them and need some instruction, I recommend the TrainSignal CCNA training because it has a lab book. In that lab book, it will tell you how to setup your sample lab and give you tasks to perform. It is based on a faux-company and the tasks are common CCNA level tasks.

      In my opinion, important CCNA topics are: (not for the test but for the real-world)
      - IP subnetting
      - ACLs
      - Routing
      - Security - secure the router and the network
      - backup/restore, password recovery
      - how to connect to the internet & other WAN circuits
      - upgrading the IOS

      ** and as Michael said - these things you are doing need to be **scenario-based** so that what you are doing really sets in and means something to you. So that you could take what you did and go out and do it in the real world. Otherwise, you are just learning "stuff to pass the test", without any meaning.

      No, DR is not typically part of CCNA but if you can backup and restore your router/switch config, you are well on the way.

      I hope that answers your questions.

      As you prepare and practice for the CCNA, you will undoubtedly have many more quetions. Please post those questions here and the Petri Forum members will help you out.

      Good luck!
      David Davis - Petri Forums Moderator & Video Training Author
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      • #4
        Re: How to Prepare for the CCNA Exam??

        Go for CCNA only if your vivid fan of Networking field. If your going for CCNA just to get job, then take my advice don't go for CCNA.

        And one more important thing. CCNA certification is valid only for 3 years. After every 3 years you must recertify or go for advanced Cisco certifications otherwise you remain no longer a CCNA/CCNP. Check Cisco's Learning page for the same.

        If you started learning CCNA, refer SYBEX 5th edition written by "Todd Lammle". He used very simple technical language. Cisco press books are too complicated. They add too much technical & complicated information which i not always required to remember as a CCNA. But anyway its a individuals choice.
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        • #5
          Re: How to Prepare for the CCNA Exam??

          Routers are robust. They continously run for 6~7 years without failure. Atleast for 1 year continously they run. SO diaster recovery as such..No..I never heard of it. But yes if somewhere Fibre optic cable is broken, your task is to trace the leakage.

          There is not much diaster part in Cisco router to be frank, and when it disasters the router goes to router specialist. Only specialists touch those routers most of the time.

          Importantly focus on subnetting, IP Version 6 & VLAN thing. I know some big techies who everyday just create only VLAN's. Yeah there job is to create VLAN's without mistakes...... LAN,WAN,SAN ..ALl this connected and to devide everything logically they need VLAN's. . And they never make mistakes.

          To say, CCNA is a entry to the Cisco world. All the best!! If your an american citizen, you can buy books and rent Cisco routers and switches. And do hands on practcie. It's worth than attending classes. I wish to be at US !!!!!!!!!!!




          Originally posted by Skak12 View Post
          Hello David,

          I found that they dont even show the disaster recovery part in Cisco Routers.


          Waiting for you reply

          Regards
          Skak
          All in 1
          Solaris,Linux & Windows admin + networking.

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          • #6
            Re: How to Prepare for the CCNA Exam??

            First of all I would like to Thank both of you for advicing and guiding me in the right direction. I will consider your advice seriously and look forward with it .

            Thanks
            SKAK
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            Last edited by Skak12; 13th April 2011, 13:22.

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