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Time to finally start CCNA

Discussion in 'General Cisco Certifications' started by Beerbaron, Dec 8, 2012.

  1. Beerbaron

    Beerbaron Megabyte Poster

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    I recently passed my VCP5 exam so need to move on to my next cert. The CCNA has always been in the back of my mind for a few years but its something that I haven't been too motivated to start. I don't have a big interest in it but I appreciate the cert and knowledge I get from it will progress my career and will be an important skill set. I need to draw up a plan of attack:

    1. A good text book. Recommendations?
    2. Videos. I generally prefer to watch these than read. Recommendations?
    3. Build a small lab. I learn more from doing rather than reading/watching.
    4. I normally self study but was pleased with the training I received from 360gsp with the VCP5 course. I'm quite tempted to sign up for their CCNA course as its currently on offer. https://www.360gsp.com/training/deals-this-month


    Thanks.
     
    Certifications: BSc (Hons), MSc, ITIL v3F, MCP, MCDST, MCITP: edst7, MCTS, MCSA: Server 2003, MCSA: Windows 7, N+, NVQ IT lvl 3, MCSA Windows 7, VCP5, CCENT, CEH
    WIP: CISSP
  2. catherinecnw

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    I took some online courses from SPAM LINK and found it really helpful for my CCNA exam. Have a look and see if it can help you too.
    Catherine
     
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  3. Beerbaron

    Beerbaron Megabyte Poster

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    I'm based in the UK plus pimping a training provider in your first post isn't helpful.
     
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    Certifications: BSc (Hons), MSc, ITIL v3F, MCP, MCDST, MCITP: edst7, MCTS, MCSA: Server 2003, MCSA: Windows 7, N+, NVQ IT lvl 3, MCSA Windows 7, VCP5, CCENT, CEH
    WIP: CISSP
  4. csx

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    Hi mate,

    I passed ICND1 using CCENT/CCNA ICND1 Official Exam Certification Guide (CCENT Exam 640-822 and CCNA Exam 640-802)
    Wendell Odom and CBT Nuggets.

    I got this book for ICND2 - CCNA Cisco Certified Network Associate Study Guide, 7th Edition Todd Lammle and CBT nuggets

    I used GNS3 and Packet tracer, craigie's post on this forum were also helpful. Take a look at my blog post for some more links - Passed - Cisco CCENT (ICND 1) | Chris Stark - Some of this may apply for the ICND 2.

    I chose the two exam path due to self studying made it easier. Planning on taking ICND2 after my VCP exam (still to book... soon!)

    Hope that helps :)
     
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    Certifications: A+, Network+, 70-271 & 70-272, CCENT, VCP5-DCV and CCNA
    WIP: Citrix
  5. Beerbaron

    Beerbaron Megabyte Poster

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    Hi, Hows the VCP5 going?

    I'm going for the single exam route i think. I've got the CBT nuggets downloaded so going to start there.
     
    Certifications: BSc (Hons), MSc, ITIL v3F, MCP, MCDST, MCITP: edst7, MCTS, MCSA: Server 2003, MCSA: Windows 7, N+, NVQ IT lvl 3, MCSA Windows 7, VCP5, CCENT, CEH
    WIP: CISSP
  6. csx

    csx Megabyte Poster

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    Just going through the blue print ensuring I know most of it...

    For the CCNA then I recommend this book CCNA Cisco Certified Network Associate Study Guide, 7th Edition Todd Lammle

    Good luck! :)
     
    Certifications: A+, Network+, 70-271 & 70-272, CCENT, VCP5-DCV and CCNA
    WIP: Citrix
  7. Beerbaron

    Beerbaron Megabyte Poster

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    I have spoken to a work colleague and he suggests doing the 2 exam route. Hes doing his 2nd CCNP exam at the moment.
     
    Certifications: BSc (Hons), MSc, ITIL v3F, MCP, MCDST, MCITP: edst7, MCTS, MCSA: Server 2003, MCSA: Windows 7, N+, NVQ IT lvl 3, MCSA Windows 7, VCP5, CCENT, CEH
    WIP: CISSP
  8. csx

    csx Megabyte Poster

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    Seems the best bet, there was too much for me to take in with lack of experience to do the one exam - it also breaks it up nicely :)
     
    Certifications: A+, Network+, 70-271 & 70-272, CCENT, VCP5-DCV and CCNA
    WIP: Citrix
  9. Beerbaron

    Beerbaron Megabyte Poster

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    exactly what he said. with a lack of hands on experience with cisco equipment it makes it more difficult.
     
    Certifications: BSc (Hons), MSc, ITIL v3F, MCP, MCDST, MCITP: edst7, MCTS, MCSA: Server 2003, MCSA: Windows 7, N+, NVQ IT lvl 3, MCSA Windows 7, VCP5, CCENT, CEH
    WIP: CISSP

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