Cisco Certification Putting Together Your Own Home Practice Lab

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CCNA and CCNP candidates hear it all the time: “Get some hands-on experience”. From my personal experience climbing the Cisco certification ladder, I can tell you firsthand that there is no learning like hands-on learning. No simulator in the world is going to give you the experience you will get cabling and configuring your own […]


Cisco Ccnp Certification Bcmsn Exam Tutorial The Hsrp Mac Address

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To pass the BCMSN exam and earn your CCNP, you’ve got to know HSRP inside and out! Part of that is knowing how the MAC address of the virtual router is derived, and another part is knowing how to change this address. We’ll look at both features in this tutorial. We’ve got two routers on […]


Cisco Ccna Certification Exam Tutorial The Osi Model S Physical Layer

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To pass your CCNA exam and earn this coveted certification, you’ve got to master the seven layers of the OSI model and what each layer does. For those of you taking the two-exam path, you can expect quite a few OSI model questions on the Intro exam. In this seven-part series, we’ll spend some time […]


Cisco Ccna Ccnp Certification Exam Troubleshooting Direct Serial Connections

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A prime topic of your CCNA and CCNP CIT exams will be connecting Cisco routers directly via their Serial interfaces, and while the configuration is straightforward, there are some vital details and show commands you must know in order to pass the exams and configure this successfully in production and home lab networks. Let’s take […]


Cisco Ccna Ccnp Home Lab Tutorial Cabling Your Access Server

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A Cisco home lab is an invaluable study tool when you’re preparing for CCNA and CCNP exam success. Once you’ve gotten a couple of routers and switches, you’ll quickly get tired of moving that blue console cable every time you want to configure a different device. The solution to this problem is purchasing and configuring […]


Cisco Certification The Most Important Study You Ll Ever Do Is

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All of us are familiar with the pyramids of Egypt. These magnificent structures have stood for thousands of years, withstanding extreme heat and other factors that would bring down an ordinary structure. When we look at these pyramids, we instinctively look toward the peak. We tend to do the same with the Cisco Learning Pyramid. […]


Cisco Ccnp Bcmsn Exam Tutorial Switches Qos And Cisco S Networking Model

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QoS is a big topic on your BCMSN and CCNP exams, and for good reason. As more and more traffic flows through today’s networks, accurately applying QoS to both your routers and switches becomes more important. Note the phrase “accurately applying”. You must have a plan in place before you start configuring QoS on your […]


Cisco Certification The Importance Of Building Your Own Home Lab

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CCNAs and CCNA candidates hear it all the time: “Get some hands-on experience”. From my personal experience climbing the Cisco certification ladder, I can tell you firsthand that there is no learning like hands-on learning. No simulator in the world is going to give you the experience you will get cabling and configuring your own […]


Cisco Ccnp Bsci Exam Tutorial Route Summarization

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Preparing to pass the BSCI exam and earn your Cisco CCNP? Route summarization is just one of the many skills you’ll have to master in order to earn your CCNP. Whether it’s RIP version 2, OSPF, or EIGRP, the BSCI exam will demand that you can flawlessly configure route summarization. Route summarization isn’t just important […]


How To Earn Cisco S Firewall Specialist Certification

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Security is a hot topic in today’s networks, and will continue to be for a long time to come. With that in mind, you must consider adding a Cisco security certification to your resume and firewall skills to your skill set. It’s quite a jump from the CCNA to the CCSP (Cisco Certified Security Professional), […]


Cisco Certification Introduction To Isdn

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From the CCNA to the CCIE, ISDN is one of the most important technolgies you’ll work with. It’s also very common in the field ISDN is frequently used as a backup connection in case an organization’s Frame Relay connections go down. Therefore, it’s important to know ISDN basics not only for your particular exam, but […]


Cisco Ccna Certification Cisco Switching Modes Tutorial

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To pass the CCNA exam and earn that coveted certification, you’ve got to know Cisco switches inside and out. Among the many important details you’ve got to know are the three methods that Cisco switches use to forward frames, and the differences between the three. The first switching method is Store-and-Forward. The name is the […]


Cisco Ccnp Certification Bcmsn Exam Tutorial Writing Qos Policy

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QoS – Quality of Service – is a huge topic on both the BCMSN exam and real-world networks. QoS is so big today that Cisco’s created separate specialist certifications that cover nothing but QoS! It can be an overwhelming topic at first, but master the fundamentals and you’re on your way to exam and job […]


The Future Of Computer Certification Exams

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The format and difficulty of computer certification exams is constantly changing. When I took my first certification exam (Novell NetWare 3.1x CNA, January 1997), there was no such thing as a simulator question, and my practical skills really were not tested. The exams then were much heavier on memorization. One factor that helped make up […]