Advice from all of you folks

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Greetings Everyone:

I'm a "rusty" CCNA interested in starting back down the cisco path.  I've
got a good 15 years in the IT industry in general, but would like to begin
learning about the Cisco CCNA path.

I've done some reading, but would like a good recommendation to start.  Are
the bootcamps valuable?  Are there good web sites available?  What about
router simulations on the exams?  How can I practice those with a limited
budget?

Where is a good place overall to start?

Thanks in advance.


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Personally, I think the bootcamps are overpriced and a waste of time.
I think you'd be far better off
picking up either a Sybex or Cisco Press CCNA book and going through
one of those books. As far as the practice goes, I highly recommend a
program called Dynagen (see the linik below). What this program allows
you to do is run a "virtual router" (within Windows or Linux) using
ACTUAL Cisco IOS. You literally can execute any command that's
supported by the IOS, just as you would in a real router. The only
catch is you'll have to have access to the IOS (they don't supply it
due to legal reasons of course). If you've been in IT for 15 years,
I'm sure you could get this running on your own. It's not difficult
and is very powerful. People studying for their CCIEs use it!

http://dynagen.org /

Andy


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Skip downloading Dynagen and pick up the all-in-one package of GNS3.  It
includes Dynagen and DynaMIPS but is in a graphical user interface.  It is
available for Windows, MacOS, and Linux with the Linux and MacOS platforms
being the most stable.  Please note that you must be able to provide your
own Cisco IOS images which will not be available unless you have an existing
partnership or CCO login with Cisco.  Without being able to obtain those
device operating system image files, Dynagen/DynaMIPS/GNS3 is useless to
you.
http://www.gns3.net /

If you have been in the industry for this long, skip the bootcamps.  They
are just going to teach you ethernet and IP subnetting all over again.  Just
go read the books on how to apply what you already know in the Cisco command
line interface (CLI).  If you already understand routing protocols and
worked on other router and switch platforms, just do that.  I know of Cisco
trained network engineers that side-stepped into Juniper systems and picked
up their certifications without classroom training.  It is just a matter of
learning the interface.
If you have just been in the industry and have not worked on enterprise
switches, routers, firewalls, and VPN systems, then do consider the other
training options.

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Scott Perry
Indianapolis, IN
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Personally, I think the bootcamps are overpriced and a waste of time.
I think you'd be far better off
picking up either a Sybex or Cisco Press CCNA book and going through
one of those books. As far as the practice goes, I highly recommend a
program called Dynagen (see the linik below). What this program allows
you to do is run a "virtual router" (within Windows or Linux) using
ACTUAL Cisco IOS. You literally can execute any command that's
supported by the IOS, just as you would in a real router. The only
catch is you'll have to have access to the IOS (they don't supply it
due to legal reasons of course). If you've been in IT for 15 years,
I'm sure you could get this running on your own. It's not difficult
and is very powerful. People studying for their CCIEs use it!

http://dynagen.org /

Andy



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The Bryant Advantage has helped me greatly on my path to CCNA certification!

I highly recommend his (invaluable) learning material:
http://www.thebryantadvantage.com

"The Ultimate CCNA Study Guide" is what you want to purchase!

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John John Smith wrote:
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If you work for a partner take a look a PEC via the Cisco website.
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Paul Matthews                          
paul@cattytown.me.uk
http://www.hepcats.co.uk

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