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Network+ passed (almost) - What next?

Discussion in 'Network+' started by nazamhussain, Feb 23, 2007.

  1. nazamhussain

    nazamhussain New Member

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    I have booked the Network+ exam for tomorrow morning ... I feel confident that I'll pass as I've been scoring over 85% on Transcender and practice exams from various study books. The point of this post is ... and I may be jumping the gun ... but I'm already thinking about what to do next ...

    MCSA or CCNA

    CCNA would be good due to its continuation from Network+ but I can't afford the cost of setting up a lab (I've seen kits for £700) to get hands-on-experience right now. I'm working at a school at the moment as a junior techie and so get plenty of hands-on experience with the MS side of stuff.

    Any suggestions on how I can get quality hands-on experience with Cisco at low-cost prices? Where can I get the kit from? What route would you suggest seeing as I am now broke for a while?

    Thanks

    Naz
     
    Certifications: A+, N+, MCP
    WIP: CCNA or MCSA
  2. Mr.Cheeks

    Mr.Cheeks 1st ever Gold Member! Gold Member

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    Good Luck! (almost needed!) concentrate on your exam tomorrow, cram up what you need for your notes and other revision tools, and you could discuss what you wanna do next after you pass!
     
  3. nugget
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    nugget Junior toady

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    good luck for tomorrow
     
    Certifications: A+ | Network+ | Security+ | MCP (270,271,272,290,620) | MCDST | MCTS:Vista
    WIP: MCSA, 70-622,680,685
  4. zimbo
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    zimbo Petabyte Poster

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    I would say since you working with MS products then MCSA should be your next cert. Before starting out with MCSA consider doing the MCDST (http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcp/mcdst/default.mspx) for 3 reasons:

    1. Gentle introduction to MS exams and the way you need to study for them.
    2. Its an elective (but so is your A+ and N+ combined).
    3. Its another cert behind your name.

    Edit: and good luck for tomorrow!
     
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  5. Rafek

    Rafek Kilobyte Poster

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    I wish you all the best for tomorrow..remember to get a good nights sleep, drinking can happen saturday!!:alc

    Good luck:thumbleft
     
    Certifications: A+, Network+
    WIP: IPT/IPCC stuff
  6. GW

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    I paid over $7000 for my kit in total but if I was going to do it all over again in the present time I would scour the web and possibly to rent time on other peoples Cisco Racks.

    There are quite a few companies and people who will sell you time to connect remotely to their Cisco Rack so you can practice on them for a set amount of time.

    It is the cheapest way outside of buying your own kit and you can get exposure to higher end stuff like VoIP and at times IDS sensors that you wouldn't be able to afford to buy on eBay.

    GW
     
    Certifications: MCP x4, CompTia x3
    WIP: Cisco CCNA
  7. mondos

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    Good luck.
     
    Certifications: A+
    WIP: N+, MCDST and finding a job!
  8. Malnomates

    Malnomates Megabyte Poster

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    Good luck Nassam, not that you need it since you already have an N+..:biggrin
     
    Certifications: A+ Network+
  9. nazamhussain

    nazamhussain New Member

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    Thankyou all for wishing me luck.

    I passed the N+ exam this morning ... I got 717 ... it's not as well as I thought I could have done ... but then again, I still don't really understand comptia's scoring system ... is it as simple as 717/900 (80% ish) - if so then I'm happy. If anyone can shed some light on this then I would really appreciate it ... not that it matters now - a pass is a pass!

    The Cisco kit looks pretty expensive so I may end up doing an MCSA first as I will only need 290 and 291 to acheive it. Just a thought though, would I need cisco kit to pass the Intro exam? or would I only need that for the INCD part?

    Thankyou Certforums and Certforummers!
     
    Certifications: A+, N+, MCP
    WIP: CCNA or MCSA
  10. Kraven

    Kraven Kilobyte Poster

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    Good job mate. Yup a pass is a pass and that's all you need. I dont know much about the cisco kit so I guess you'll have to wait to the others to respond.

    Kraven
     
    Certifications: Network+, MCSA, 70-680
    WIP: A+, 70-685
  11. GW

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    Just to let yu know, I bought my Cisco Kit back about 2002 so the prices back then were pretty expensive. But looking at prices now on eBay things are much cheaper for the 2500 series routers which are still pretty usable for the exams.

    GW
     
    Certifications: MCP x4, CompTia x3
    WIP: Cisco CCNA
  12. mondos

    mondos Kilobyte Poster

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    Congrats now onto the next one:clap
     
    Certifications: A+
    WIP: N+, MCDST and finding a job!
  13. BosonMichael
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    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

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    Congrats!
     
    Certifications: CISSP, MCSE+I, MCSE: Security, MCSE: Messaging, MCDST, MCDBA, MCTS, OCP, CCNP, CCDP, CCNA Security, CCNA Voice, CNE, SCSA, Security+, Linux+, Server+, Network+, A+
    WIP: Just about everything!
  14. wizard

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    Congratulations on the pass :beers2

    Also as already said, the kits on ebay are quite cheap.
     
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  15. Kraven

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    I would also recommend Boson Netsim for the CCNA. I've heard its quite good!

    Kraven
     
    Certifications: Network+, MCSA, 70-680
    WIP: A+, 70-685

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