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Ragnarok
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« on: July 26, 2011, 11:01:36 AM »

I just recently finished a return to school for a career change , completing a three year diploma as a compy technologist.  The course included all the coursework for CCNA, minus the actual certification testing.  

I had to take a job in my old career to keep finances going (and to keep $ from destroying my marriage) after school as jobs around here are currently few and far between.  Recently I've had an opportunity to interview with a network security company and basically, they said I would be first in line for it except that, due to my lack of experience I'd need to show a certification to prove my aptitude for networking.  I was/am a Ford mechanic, and am fairly green in the I.T. experience dept...

Anyway, here I am now.  Its been 7 months since I've looked at my Cisco coursework, and my retention has not been...complete.  I need to get a study plan together, and basically relearn/remember/practice eveerything I need to complete my certification.

I have:
Most of the CCNA 4.0 lab books/DVD's - but no texts
Packet Tracer

For those of you who have completed their CCNA, I'm looking for suggestions on study materials/methods.  I've been looking at getting one of those "Prepare for your CCNA exam" books, but wonder how effective they are.
Packet tracer is the only thing that I currently have access to to simulate a network - no physical environment.  Would love any suggestions you may have Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2011, 02:49:31 PM »

I'm a software guy, but if you're looking for books and the like, try NerdBooks if your local library doesn't have what you need.  Any time I check them against Amazon, they're cheaper.  They've got a load of CCNA resources available.
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« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2011, 06:28:55 AM »

I really would recommend the Boson series. It's very well done.

Good Luck!
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« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2011, 07:41:12 PM »

Quote from: Einsteinium on July 28, 2011, 06:28:55 AM

I really would recommend the Boson series. It's very well done.

Good Luck!

I came in here to recommend this, but Brian beat me to it.  It helped me get mine, it should help you get yours.
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« Reply #4 on: July 29, 2011, 03:48:25 AM »

Here are the key things you should have down. Not just for the cert, but for the ability to run a small network.

IPv4 Subnetting - Use the magic box, use binary acumen, use whatever you can to be able to translate something like 192.168.100.24/29 means a network that is 8 IPs wide, with 6 usable (realistically 5, if you use one on a router for a gateway).

Switching - Know the difference between spanning tree and rapid spanning tree, and how it eliminates loops in the network. There is a decision process for spanning tree that you must know.

Routing - Static routes, RIP (v1 and v2), OSPF, and EIGRP. Know classless vs classful addressing as well. A good basic level of knowledge of the routing decision process, and how it prevents loops (differs depending upon routing protocol).

Basic IOS navigation and security - What is the difference between password and secret? How do you set a disclaimer upon login? How do you setup a username and password?

Access Lists - Know how they work, and how to implement them. Standard access lists vs extended access lists. Wildcard subnet masks are a must.

Basic NAT - This is 3 commands that will ruin your day. I memorized them to pass my CCNA because it was a difficult concept.

Oh, and know the "are you paying attention" facts: What is the boot register for ROMMON, Password Reset, Normal Operation? What does show version tell me?

If you have any specific questions, let me know.
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