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Hi All,
I am currently looking at doing some Cisco training CCNA/CCNP to start with.
I am looking for a good source of information regarding what exams I need to
take and also info regarding all the different modules that Cisco supply,
such as what does 1 x NM-2FE2W ( with 2 WIC-1Ts installed ), 1 x NM-1E2W (
with 2 BRI WICs installed ) and 1 x NM-1FE-TX mean? I have been trawling
ebay looking for equipment to build a suitable lab for training, but the
different modules and options are confusing. Also what kit would be a good
purchase to start with, bearing in mind that I would like to progress onto
CCIE with the kit.

Last thing, regarding the Cisco IOS versions, if a router has an older
version of IOS say v11.x can this be upgarded to 12.x easily and what is the
likely cost of this?

Hope you can help,
JV


Re: Confused.cisco
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There are any number of good places for courses if you are looking for
formalized Cisco training.  I've had good experiences with IBM Global
Services, and Global Knowledge from that end.

One of your best resources for specific information is the Cisco
website itself.  Most things you want to know you can either search
for there, or on Google.

If you are looking for a basic kit, you should look at what you want
to do.  I could suggest the following as a basic kit to get yourself
familiar with the basics of VLANs routing, etc:

2 Cisco 2621xm routers
2 Cisco 2501 routers with transceivers (the ethernet port isn't your
usual RJ-45, it is an AUI port and needs an adapter to give you the
RJ-45 port for regular connections. Alternatively, 2 Cisco 2611
routers or 1721 routers with an Ethernet WIC on each would do the
trick.
1-2 Cisco 2924-xl-EN switches, again for practice with VLANs.

If you want to learn about Power over Ethernet, Quality of service and
similar voice related services, a 2960 or 2, or possibly a couple of
3560 switches could be useful

It all depends on how far you want to go, how much you want to spend,
and what your objectives are.


Re: Confused.cisco
Have you considered using a virtual lab as an alternative to
purchasing hardware?

This could prove to be more cost effective.

Take a look at:

http://www.nil.si/C1256F0A00429755/html/home+page

I used their virtual lab to prepare for the QoS exam 642-642 and found
it quite helpful.

You are going to need some real routers in order to prepare for the
CCIE lab but I think it would be better to wait until you are closer
to taking the lab before spending a lot of money on hardware


Re: Confused.cisco
Hello, Speedy,

For CCNA/CCNP you can use virtual Lab Dynamips/Dynagen.
This emulator use real Cisco IOS images (i.e. you will get expirience of
working with real Cisco, not a limited emulator. It's easy to configur and
it's free.)

Look here:
http://www.ipflow.utc.fr/index.php/Cisco_7200_Simulator
http://7200emu.hacki.at /


S> Hi All,
S> I am currently looking at doing some Cisco training CCNA/CCNP to start
with.
S> I am looking for a good source of information regarding what exams I need
to
S> take and also info regarding all the different modules that Cisco supply,
S> such as what does 1 x NM-2FE2W ( with 2 WIC-1Ts installed ), 1 x NM-1E2W (
S> with 2 BRI WICs installed ) and 1 x NM-1FE-TX mean? I have been trawling
S> ebay looking for equipment to build a suitable lab for training, but the
S> different modules and options are confusing. Also what kit would be a good
S> purchase to start with, bearing in mind that I would like to progress onto
S> CCIE with the kit.
S> Last thing, regarding the Cisco IOS versions, if a router has an
S> older version of IOS say v11.x can this be upgarded to 12.x easily
S> and what is the likely cost of this?
S>
S> Hope you can help,
S> JV

WBR,
FROLOV Victor



Re: Confused.cisco
You may wish to investigate Network World Magazine's:

Chris Bryant, Cisco certification home lab expert

http://www.networkworld.com/community/?q=node/16293

Sincerely,

Brad Reese on Cisco
Network World Magazine Cisco Subnet
http://www.networkworld.com/subnets/cisco /


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