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    Hey all. Scheduled the CCDA for Feb 4, at 11am. We'll see how it goes. I'm currently 1/2 done with the CCDA exam cert guide. I can't say I've learned a lot so far, as I feel it's got a LOT of overlap between the CCNA and my previous experience (some design). That being said, I'm finding the CCDA book to be an easy read, but some sections are definitely boring. I already feel pretty confident, but I still have a lot of reading left. Tonight I'll be making flash cards and taking reviewing the last few chapters I've read. I'm hoping to finish the book in a little over a week, and spend a week or so reviewing everything.

    The overall goal is to test (and pass) the CCDA Feb 4th, and move onto the CCDP in late Feb. We'll see how it goes!
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    Good luck. I'm working on the DP now too, so I'm reading ARCH and hoping it will carry me through the DA as well. From what I've been told, having the CCNP knowledge should make the DA pretty easy.

    Let us know how it goes!
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    Thanks man. Yeah, I almost bought the ARCH book for both, but I figured I wouldn't buy the BSCI/BCMSN books to prep for the CCNA, so I wouldn't in this track either. I want to make sure I know all of the stuff well, and am afraid I'd miss something and be in over my head on the CCDP if I skipped this book you know.

    That being said, yeah, CCNA/CCNP material prepares you well for the CCDX stuff so far it seems.
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    I wish I'd gotten BSCI and BCMSN (or Doyle's books) for CCNA, lol. I like getting the bigger picture.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ColbyNA View Post
    I wish I'd gotten BSCI and BCMSN (or Doyle's books) for CCNA, lol. I like getting the bigger picture.
    I do too, but I want a strong foundation before I move onto complex topics.
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    About 2/3 through the CCDA book now. Think the only thing I saw in the last few hundred pages that I really needed to pick up was the IIN/SONA stuff. Other then that I think I should be good to go. If I could read faster I'd take the test sooner, I think. Oh well, I'll use the time to review the wireless design considerations, since I've got no experience in that department.
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    The ccda book is a lot of filler I found. They like to repeat things 100 times. Good luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by GT-Rob View Post
    The ccda book is a lot of filler I found. They like to repeat things 100 times. Good luck!
    that's not neccessariliy a bad thing cause it will be on the exam
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    Ok, I give up. This CCDA material is miserable. I enjoyed it for like a week..I can't wait until the exam. C'mon Feb 4th!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrock4 View Post
    Ok, I give up. This CCDA material is miserable. I enjoyed it for like a week..I can't wait until the exam. C'mon Feb 4th!
    is the material that bad to absorb? not necessarily complex but perhaps hard to absorb.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrock4 View Post
    Ok, I give up. This CCDA material is miserable. I enjoyed it for like a week..I can't wait until the exam. C'mon Feb 4th!
    Sounds like my last week of preparation for the Security+...
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    Quote Originally Posted by chrisone View Post
    is the material that bad to absorb? not necessarily complex but perhaps hard to absorb.
    Well, I enjoyed the beginning, which went over a lot of theory and best practices (based on cisco's recommendations, at least), and I felt like it was a nice complement to my "config based" certs (CCNA, CCNP), but then about 1/3 through the book, I felt like it just kept repeating. I have a feeling I would enjoy the CCDP, which I presume is more in depth regarding design, and not so much "filler" as others have suggested. I suppose another annoyance is just that I am used to books going in depth, whereas just based on the nature of the material- the CCDA book will give you an extremely high level view of how things work (think 30,000 ft).

    Basically, if I could do it again, I would have ordered both books, browsed through the CCDA, taken it 2 weeks later, then spent more time on the CCDP. I'm not even sure if the CCDP will follow after this, based on my personal goals, but we'll see. I want to take the CCIE written before my twins are born (July), so if I can squeeze the CCDP in before then, great. If not, IE takes precedence.
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    Test is coming soon..I can't say the normal test anxiety I have had with the CCNP tests has hit me yet. I used Transcender's CCDA practice tests, and did very well, so I'm feeling pretty confident. I'm just reviewing the book a bit in the meantime. Good times.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrock4 View Post
    Test is coming soon..I can't say the normal test anxiety I have had with the CCNP tests has hit me yet. I used Transcender's CCDA practice tests, and did very well, so I'm feeling pretty confident. I'm just reviewing the book a bit in the meantime. Good times.
    Good luck man.

    Plan on taking this by the end of the year.
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    Well guys, I doubt I'll be posting in the morning before the exam, so I'll let ya'll know how it turns out. I'm hoping I can get my rack ordered sometime in the next few days, but maybe I'm being too optimistic. I take the test on Feb 4th @ 11:00am EST.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrock4 View Post
    Well guys, I doubt I'll be posting in the morning before the exam, so I'll let ya'll know how it turns out. I'm hoping I can get my rack ordered sometime in the next few days, but maybe I'm being too optimistic. I take the test on Feb 4th @ 11:00am EST.
    You'll do fine, and probably be insulted at how simple the CCDA is.
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    you have got this one....
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    Passed. I did great on ALL sections except "design methodology"..kind of ironic, I thought that was the one section I really "had". Some of the questions were a little tricky related to methodology..but other then that, it was a ridiculously easy exam, IMO.

    On to the R&S written
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    Hopefully you kill the written as easily as you did this one, congrats!
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    nice job mrock!!!
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    Congrats!!
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    Passed.
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    Congrats. Is CCDP in your future?
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