Test exams for CCNA simulated software????

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Can some one tell the best software to practice for the CCNA.
Iím using the Boson software is this the only software that I need?
Is the simulated boson software that comes with the Cisco press good?

Please advise

Thanks in advance


Re: Test exams for CCNA simulated software????


Joe,

I assume you speak about that simulator:
http://www.ciscopress.com/title/1587201313

I currently use it and it is worth the expense. The simulation behaves very
close to real Cisco devices and the available commands cover the need for
the CCNA. Moreover, the CD-ROM comes with a full pdf version of the CCNA
INTRO and ICND books. After installing do not forget to upgrade online.

I've however some disappointment. I sent recently to Boson more than ten
problem reports about some bugs and errata or misleading instructions in the
text labs. I still wait for their feedback.

There are 5 series of proposed lab.
The stand alone labs are very basic and will be reviewed those days by Boson
as they told me.
The sequential, scenario, INTRO and ICND lab series are more interresting
and provide a good preparation.
However my feeling about those labs is that solely practicing them won't get
me prepared enough for the CCNA exam. There are for instance no
troubleshooting exercices meeting the level of difficulties you possibly
face at the exam. You have to build your own configuration (at least 5
routers + switches) and experiment yourself what trouble you might create.

By the way I suggest the users of the Cisco CCNA Netsim to submit via this
forum configurations or their own to troubleshoot . Could be funny to
challenge others that way!

As a conclusion and in spite of the gaps, consider that simulator as a very
good product that still requires enhancement. For the price you coudn't
afford real Cisco devices!

Regards,

Bernard Herickx

| Can some one tell the best software to practice for the CCNA.
| Iím using the Boson software is this the only software that I need?
| Is the simulated boson software that comes with the Cisco press good?
|
| Please advise
|
| Thanks in advance




Re: Test exams for CCNA simulated software????


And I'want to ask You about simulated software for CCNP - yes I know that is
difficult to simulate more advanced devices but I haven't access to real
devices and want to do some labs. Is there any simulator for CCNP ?
Thanks.




Re: Test exams for CCNA simulated software????


The Boson NetSimģ for CCNP Beta 3 will be released in stages ...
http://www.boson.com/netsim/bd/index.asp

Regards.

| And I'want to ask You about simulated software for CCNP - yes I know that
is
| difficult to simulate more advanced devices but I haven't access to real
| devices and want to do some labs. Is there any simulator for CCNP ?
| Thanks.
|
|




Re: Test exams for CCNA simulated software????


Bernard Herickx wrote:

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Having beta2 and doing the update from it you get beta3
However it's far from being stable and complete yet


Re: Test exams for CCNA simulated software????


You also may want to use a packet analyzer.
With such a software you'll better understand what encapsulation and OSI
layers mean.
With Packetyser I recommend you even can vizualize the TCP flow with all the
SYN, ACK and sequence number.

Packetyzer is a freeware based on Ethereal. Platform : Windows.

http://sourceforge.net/projects/packetyzer/
http://www.networkchemistry.com/products/packetyzer /

Ethereal is a freeware. Platforms : Linux and Windows.

http://sourceforge.net/projects/ethereal/
http://www.ethereal.com /

Regards,

Bernard Herickx




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