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 […]


Cisco Ccnp Bsci Exam Tutorial The Passive Interface Command And Ospf

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To pass the BSCI exam and become a CCNP, you have to be aware of the proper use of passive interfaces. You learned about passive interfaces in your CCNA studies, but here we’ll review the basic concept and clear up one misconception regarding passive interfaces and OSPF. Configuring an interface as passive will still allow […]


Cisco Ccna Certification Exam Tutorial Port Based Authentication

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To pass your CCNA exam and earn this coveted certification, you must understand the details of port-based authentication. This knowledge has a great deal of value in production networks as well, since this authentication scheme is regularly implemented. Let’s take a look at this particular CCNA skill. Consider a situation where you have a server […]


Cisco Ccna Ccnp Certification Exam Tutorial Configuring Ppp Callback

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You may run into situations where a router in a remote location needs to dial in to a central router, but the toll charges are much higher if the remote router makes the call. This scenario is perfect for PPP Callback, where the callback client places a call to a callback server, authentication takes place, […]


Cisco Ccna Exam Tutorial Password Recovery Procedures

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It might happen on your CCNA exam, it might happen on your production network – but sooner or later, you’re going to have to perform password recovery on a Cisco router or switch. This involves manipulating the router’s configuration register, and that is enough to make some CCNA candidates and network administrators really nervous! It’s […]


Ccna Ccnp Home Lab Tutorial Assembling Your Cisco Home Lab

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A CCNA or CCNP candidate who wants to be totally prepared for their exams is going to put together a home lab to practice on. With used Cisco routers and switches more affordable and plentiful then ever before, there’s really no excuse to not have one! With the many different models available, there is some […]


Cisco Ccnp Bsci Tutorial The Bgp Attribute Next Hop

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When you’re studying for the BSCI exam on the way to earning your CCNP certification, you’ve got to master the use of BGP attributes. These attributes allow you to manipulate the path or paths that BGP will use to reach a given destination when multiple paths to that destination exist. In this free BGP tutorial, […]


Cisco Routing For The Ccna And Ccnp Administrative Distance

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The textbook definition of “administrative distance” is simple enough: “the measurement of a protocol’s believability”. It’s not enough to know the definition, however you’ve got to know when AD comes into the picture and when it does not. When a packet needs to be routed, the router looks in its routing table for the next-hop […]


Cisco Ccnp Bcmsn Exam Tutorial Dynamic Trunking Protocol Dtp

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When you’re studying to pass the BCMSN exam on the way to earning your CCNP certification, you’re going to add to your CCNA knowledgebase every step of the way. Nowhere is that more than configuring a trunk between two switches. You know that IEEE 802.1Q (“dot1q”) and ISL are your two choices of trunking protocols, […]


Cisco Ccna Certification The Value Of The Ccna And Ccnp

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One question I see often on the ‘Net is “Is it worth my time to earn a CCNA / CCNP / CCIE certification?” My personal answer to that is a resounding yes. The power of Cisco certifications has allowed me to create a tremendous career, and they can do the same for you. There has […]


Cisco Ccna Ccnp Certification Tutorial Frame Relay End To End Keepalives

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One of the first things you learned about Frame is that the LMI also serves as a keepalive, or a heartbeat – and if three consecutive LMIs are missed, the line protocol goes down. There’s a limitation to LMI as a keepalive, though. The LMI is exchanged only between the DTE and the closest DCE. […]


Cisco Certification Learning To Navigate Cisco S Online Documentation

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When studying for your Cisco CCNA, CCNP, or CCIE exam, you’ve got a powerful online weapon at your disposal. It’s Cisco Connection Documentation, found at www.cisco.com/univercd. This site contains product, code, and protocol documentation for all Cisco products. Many exam candidates really don’t start using this powerful tool until they’re studying for their more advanced […]