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July 20, 2006, 4:30 am
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Re: CCNP Exams
The CCNP exams will not seem easier. You'll have to have more in depth
knowledge about the routing protocols etc. I just took and passed the
BSCI. There was a lot more detail about how EIGRP and OSPF work. They
also introduce Border Gateway Protocol and IS-IS which aren't covered
in the CCNA at all. You're also introducted to policy based routing.
It's not impossible though. I focused on the technology more than
configuration and that seemed to work out for me.
Re: CCNP Exams
I will agree with the previous message - they are more intense, but easily
divided into content categories.
You learned about the basics in the CCNA but also about routing protocols,
switching concepts, various WAN connections, and overall troubleshoting.
Now these CCNP exams can be categorized the same way.
One CCNP exam, BCSI, will concentrate more on the RIP, OSPF, IGRP/EIGRP, and
BGP you learned about in the CCNA. Now you will be questioned on how they
work which leads you down the path of actually learning how to implement
them, not just call them "distance vector" or "link state".
The other exams work the same way. BCMSN will make you learn how to use the
switches to the fullest, BCRAM will educate you along the way how to
configure WAN interfaces . . . but they take it one major topic at a time.
I would encourage you to pick up either a BCSI book or a BCMSN book and get
into learning more. Many people choose these 2 of the 4 additional tests
for the CCNP first. Save the support exam for last as it encompasses topics
from all four.
CCNA, 12 years in the field
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