EOL Switches

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Hello,

Are Cisco really EOLing all these switches:
http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/hw/switches/prod_category_end_of_life.html

If they are, is it fair to assume product knowledge on these will not
be required on Certification tests?

Rgds

Alex


Re: EOL Switches
A lot of stuff on that list has been history for a while.

The only place you will find product specific knowledge is in the
design stream exams and some of the specialization exams. Don't spend
too much time worrying about how much memory, ports or whatever have
you on each model. (The exception is to know that Cat2950 series
switches don't have an AUX port.)

The standards and the networking principals that make up the bulk of
the exams are independant of any particular model.

However, the IOS software commands DO change slightly from version to
version. However, any router that runs 12.2 or later is fine for CCNA
and CCNP level exams, and this includes the 1600, 1700 and 2500
routers. Switches are more specific, with 2950 (SI) for CCNA, and
2950-EI with some knowledge of 3550 for CCNP and 3550-EI for CCIE.
Cat1900s are now nothing more than landfill, and even the 2900XL will
be of limited use.


Re: EOL Switches
Thanks for the response. It really was very useful. I'm preparing for
my CCNP Recert at the moment. When I took Switching 3 years ago I
recall the test had some product knowledge specific stuff but it sounds
like the emphasis has changed.

As an aside, were there any technical reasons for shelfing half the
product line or is this just another money-making scam?

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Re: EOL Switches
The EOL statement you refer to doesn't refer to a single event. Some of
those products have just died, some died a while ago.

The most obvious technical reason for getting rid of old routers is
that nobody buys 10BaseT any more, 100Mbps is standard, and many people
want Gig. Also ISDN died in favour of ADSL and SDSL.

CPU get faster and cheaper, memory gets bigger and cheaper,
technologies change (especially with switches). Its like any
technology.


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