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Going for CCDA

Discussion in 'Design' started by mattwest, Nov 5, 2006.

  1. mattwest

    mattwest Megabyte Poster

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    Hey guys,

    Well i've been in London all week on the Cisco Design course so i'm going to take the CCDA exam at the end of the week.

    Somehow i dont think i'll be seeing the sunlight much this week! :blink
     
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  2. Theprof

    Theprof Petabyte Poster Forum Leader

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    Good luck on the exam, I am sure you'll do well.
     
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  3. r.h.lee

    r.h.lee Gigabyte Poster

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    mattwest,

    Good luck with your studies. Good luck on the exam.

    I used to be CCDA certified. I also used to be CCNA certified too. I'm willing to help.
     
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  4. zebulebu

    zebulebu Terabyte Poster

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    CCDA - also known as 'welcome to Core/Access/Distribution hell'

    :D

    I was tempted to do this a few years back (while my CCNA was still valid) but, since I've never really worked in network design, i couldn't justify it.

    Good luck fella!
     
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  5. mattwest

    mattwest Megabyte Poster

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    Well i suppose i had better get some last minute cramming in before my "Access/Distrubtion/Core Layer" hell begins...

    If only damn users would stop calling me i could get some done!

    Off for the exam about 11.45, exam at 1.15pm. Oh the joy! :twisted:
     
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  6. simongrahamuk
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    So how did you get on then Matt?
     
  7. mattwest

    mattwest Megabyte Poster

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    Hi Si,

    Good news is that i passed the CCDA exam on Friday so i'm pleased with the result.

    Required to pass was 825 and i got 850 but a pass is a pass and i'm just glad i dont have to retake it.

    51 questions in all although there were 4 or 5 questions which each had 3, 4 or 5 sub questions. A bit cheeky i feel! 8)

    Anyway i'll have a quick break and then going to look at wireless and the CWNA. I did the wireless course last year but never got the chance to study for the exam. Although i'm not a great fan of all that maths involved with calculating decibells etc.

    Here goes! :eek:
     
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  8. Bluerinse
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    Well done Matt, you are the man 8)
     
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  9. BosonMichael
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    Congrats!
     
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  10. simongrahamuk
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    simongrahamuk Hmmmmmmm?

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    Nice one Matt! :biggrin
     
  11. mattwest

    mattwest Megabyte Poster

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    Thanks guys... :D

    If anyone in the future wants any advice on CCDA feel free to give me a shout as i'm in fortunate position of having done the official course and the exam... :blink
     
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  12. zebulebu

    zebulebu Terabyte Poster

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    Congrats fella. I'd like to take a peek at the CCDA - I've still got the coursebook sitting at home and dig it out when I'm feeling particularly adventurous, but I don't really work in a 'proper' networking role, so can't really justify it.

    Out of interest, how much of the exam was scenario-based and how much was CLI-based or multiple choice? Also, were there a lot of WAN questions?
     
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  13. zimbo
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    Congrats Matt! :thumbleft

    Did you do the CCDA because of job requirements or just to gain knowledge?
     
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  14. mattwest

    mattwest Megabyte Poster

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    Hi guys,

    I've been interested in the design aspect of networks for a while now and like others i couldn't really justify the time studying (or i was too lazy!).

    But i do kinda believe that if your going to be in IT and work with networks whether thats switches, routers and even servers that you should have a grasp of the fundemental design aspects of a network.

    Also our company will soon moving out of our building and a new buliding is being built which will have a new network throughout and is aimed at centralising all of our offices, so at some point i may be involved with planning the new design and any knowledge i can get the better.

    As for the exam it was in Cisco's new design format. You couldn't go back and review questions once you'd gone past them but for majority they were multiple choice and drag and drop.

    As the exam was on design fundementals rather than router config there weren't and CLI based questions, which i can tell you i was releaved about..!

    As for content there was a fair bit on planning (Access, Distribution and Core Layers and also Voice Over IP not to mention questions on "Business" and "Technical" Constraints and Goals which i found the hardest being from a more technical background.

    I think all in all it was a good course but in some respects alot of it was common sense (especially the security side).

    Anyway thats about all i can remember!! :D
     
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    Congrats!
     
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  16. Ty

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    Matt,

    I took the CCDA exam last week and got 800 which meant I failed, I wonder what materials you used for preparation, I used the ciscopress CCDA book and it doesn't seem to cover everything. Can anyone help as to what the best materials to use are.

    Thanks
     
  17. onoski

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    Congrats Matt and thanks for the great in dept feedback.:D So I take it you work predominantly with cisco stuff?
     
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