CCNA Lab Series 2011: Overview

You need experience using the Cisco Command Line Interface (CLI) to be ready for CCNA. Pay attention to others who have taken these entry-level Cisco exams, and you'll hear stories about the challenge of the Sim questions on the...

04/04/11

More on a Switch’s Layer 2 Interface Status

Most people learn new technology by learning topics one at a time, and for each new topic, learning how it relates to the topics already learned. However, to pass the final at the end of a course, or to pass most Cisco cert exams at...

03/29/11

Interface Down/Down and CLI Prep Time for CCNA and CCNP

I'm sure we all wonder at times why certain ideas pop into out heads. Wrting a blog, in some ways, gives you a place to write those ideas, rather than just letting them rattle around. Today I'll toss out two such random rattlings...

03/17/11

Seeing the Forest Instead of the ARP Trees

In last week's post, I compared two sample test questions - a simple one, and a more exam-realistic one. The more realistic question required a deeper knowledge of the topic (ARP), and it required comfortability with several related...

03/02/11

Getting Started, Part 6: Using Practice Questions

The need for practice questions may seem obvious: to get the cert, you have to pass a test, and that test has questions - so practice by answering questions on those same subjects. However, there is more to consider than just the...

02/23/11

Getting Started Part 5: Your Third Option for CLI: Dynamips

Imagine a lab pod with 4-5 routers, connected with serial links, Frame Relay, and Ethernet. It has PCs for testing with ping and traceroute. Now think of the cost: $0.00. And it takes no more electricity, and makes non more noise,...

02/15/11

Getting Started Part 4: Simulators vs Real Gear for CLI Skills

You need CLI hands-on experience to do well on the Cisco CCENT and CCNA exams. To get that experience, you can use real routers and switches, a simulator that simulates routers and switches, or an emulator that emulates routers and...

02/09/11

Security - the Best Cisco Specialization for Your Near-Term Career?

It's Cisco Live this week - in London, at least. As usual, Cisco makes certification announcements around the time of the show, and this time the announcement has to do with Security. And while the actual announcements are...

02/02/11

Getting Started, Part 3: What on Why on the Cisco CLI

If you just started your Cisco certification journey, and followed the specifics listed in the first two posts in this series, you'd have made a couple of big choices. You'd have chosen whether to start with CCENT, CCNA, or CCDA. If...

01/26/11

Getting Started Part 2: Primary CCNA Study Source

Last week, we discussed in the blog, and confirmed in a poll, that CCNA is easily the most popular first step in Cisco certifications (CCENT and CCDA being the other options). This week, I'll take us to the next step, which is to...

01/18/11

So You Want to Get Started in Cisco Certs - Now What?

You finally made the commitment to starting your Cisco certification journey, or at least you're leaning that way. Thousands of people start this journey every month, and they all have to get through some of the same basic decisions....

01/12/11

Cert Zone Top 10 Christmas Questions

Christmas time is here, bringing lots of cheer... and if you can hear the Peanuts gang singing that song already, you too may have heard the same carols millions of time on the radio of late. I'm shutting down the blog for a few...

12/21/10

Assessment Wrap-up with RIP Commands (Part 3 of 3)

Can you recall all the config commands related to RIP Version 2 (RIP-2)? And their important parameters? And, can you list the conditions under which these commands impact whether or not a router will learn routes, and if learned,...

12/15/10

Self-Assessing CCNA Readiness (RIP-2, Part 2)

Think you're ready for CCNA? Could you, from memory, do the exercises listed in last week's post? Could you do them and come up with the same key points as my sample answers in today's post? Today I'll look at the answers to the...

12/08/10

CCENT and CCNA Self Assessment Wonderings (Plus an Exercise)

It took a bit of a mental journey just to converge on today's topic. The end result is a blog post about how to help answer the question, "Am I ready to take my first Cisco exam - either the ICND1 (640-822) or CCNA (640-802) exam?"...

11/30/10

Upgrade Your Cisco Cert to an HP Cert

HP Announced several noticeable changes to their certification programs last month. To be honest, I hadn't paid a lot of attention to HP's certs before, focusing on Cisco - hence this blog named Cisco Cert Zone, and not just Cert...

11/16/10

A Deeper Look at the CCSP and CCNP Security Co-existence and Transition

A few weeks ago, Cisco announced their new CCNP Security certification, how it relates to the still-existent CCSP. After digging into what's on Cisco's web site, reading comments from the community, and making some interpretations...

11/03/10

The New CCNA Voice: Did it Just Get Harder?

Dave Schulz guest blogs again today about Cisco's voice certification changes. Dave asserts that the new CCNA Voice - due to the new ICOMM exam - looks like it raises the bar a bit on getting your CCNA Voice certification. Similar to...

10/27/10

A Deeper Look at the New CCNP CIPT1 8.0 and CIPT2 8.0 Courses/Exams

Dave Schulz guest blogs today about the changes to the CIPT1 and CIPT2 exams. Specifically, Dave will examine the changes to the Cisco authorized courses by this same name to give us a deeper insight into what's added, removed, and...

10/22/10

Cisco Announces Changes to CCNP Security

Cisco announced changes to the CCNP Security certification track today, in addition to the big changes to CCNA and CCNP Voice. (Yes, Cisco is changing the name from CCSP to CCNP Security.) At first glance, the changes almost seem...

10/19/10

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