Current CCNA test is harder?

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Hello perople,

Please let me ask.
I have taken CCNA in 2001.I think that my CCNA was expired.
I was into Linux and away from Cisco stuff.
I'm asked to take CCNA, then CCNP.

When I took CCNA it was not difficult, however, I heard that current CCNA is not
so easy to get it.
Is that true?
If you know some info about this, please let me know. I will be grateful before
I prepare for CCNA - CCNP certificate.
Thank you,


Re: Current CCNA test is harder?
Our study group took in a person with a MCSE 2000 and after 3 months of
studing on his own and all of us meeting weekly, he passed his CCNA on the
second attempt last month with a score of 910.

We fear what we do not understand.
Do not fear the CCNA.  Learn the CCNA.
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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Re: Current CCNA test is harder?
If you know what you're doing it's not bad at all (kind of the point) it
is more difficult then the '01 exam as it is a bit more in depth (imo)
but at the same time it is more in depth into relevant topics and is
really not much of a challenge.

If you've moved away from cicso gear and don't deal with it on a daily
basis I certainly would not recommend writing without significantly
refreshing your knowledge.



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How can an exam no longer covering ISDN be more difficult?

From cisco.com -

*NEW*
Describe the impact of applications (Voice Over IP and Video Over IP) on a
network
Describe the technological requirements for running IPv6 in conjunction with
IPv4 (including: protocols, dual stack, tunneling, etc)
Describe IPv6 addresses

*NEW*
Explain and select the appropriate administrative tasks required for a WLAN
:
* Describe standards associated with wireless media (including: IEEE WI-FI
Alliance, ITU/FCC)
* Identify and describe the purpose of the components in a small wireless
network. (Including: SSID, BSS, ESS)
* Identify the basic parameters to configure on a wireless network to ensure
that devices connect to the correct access point
* Compare and contrast wireless security features and capabilities of WPA
security (including: open, WEP, WPA-1/2)
* Identify common issues with implementing wireless networks. (Including:
Interface, Miss configuration)

*NEW*
 Identify security threats to a network and describe general methods to
mitigate those threats:
* Describe today's increasing network security threats and explain the need
to implement a comprehensive security policy to mitigate the threats
* Explain general methods to mitigate common security threats to network
devices, hosts, and applications
* Describe the functions of common security appliances and applications
* Describe security recommended practices including initial steps to secure
network devices

*NEW*
Describe VPN technology (including: importance, benefits, role, impact,
components) <= NEW

The *SDM* part of the following is new:
Configure, verify and troubleshoot DHCP and DNS operation on a
router.(including: CLI/SDM)
Access and utilize the router to set basic parameters.(including: CLI/SDM)
Configure and apply ACLs based on network filtering requirements.(including:
CLI/SDM)
 Configure and apply an ACLs to limit telnet and SSH access to the router
using (including: SDM/CLI)
 Configure NAT for given network requirements using (including: CLI/SDM)

And did I say ISDN has been dropped :-)

Aubrey




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You have a choice of two ways to certify. Either take the combined
composite exam or the two separate exams.  The first exam of the two
is easy.  The second one will nail you on access lists and WAN
protocols so be prepared.  If you take the composite exam, the
questions will be across the spectrum, but do not expect easy
questions.  Good news is that the old IPX/SPX stuff, Token Ring, and
Appletalk is gone.  Bad news is IPv6 and OSPF is fair game on new
CCNA.  Also, if you take the CCNA after Dec, it will have changed
again.


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"Easy" is relative -  640-821 INTRO (available until 06 Novemebr 2007)
reuires a reasonable knowledge of router configuration and TCP/IP
operations.

It will be interesting to see how it's replacement, 640-822 ICND1 available
01 August 2007, will be considered.

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Maybe, but remember -802 no longer incldues ISDN.

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That all disappeared long ago when 640-801 came along..

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How is that as bad news?

Anyway, single Area OSPF was introduced in 640-801.
The IPv6 stuff in 640-802  is only conceptual, no configuration-
"Describe the technological requirements for running IPv6 in conjunction
with IPv4 (including: protocols, dual stack, tunneling, etc)
Describe IPv6 addresses"

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Really? That's interesting speculation. Or do you mean December 2008?

Aubrey



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I just passed my CCNA last week - no ISDN ,plenty of Frame Relay ,
VLSM , ACL simulation and STP simulation -including finding MAC
addresses corresponding to
IP addys in VLANs-a whole lot was on Layer 1 troubleshooting - hope
this helps....I took it in
the UK-does this make any difference ? Can anyone tell me if its worth
going for a qualification in VOIP or CCNP next? TIA


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