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    Default CCDA is it worth?

    Just a simple question is CCDA worth specially after fresh CCNA? I am not interested in CCNA:Security nor in Wireless. Is it CCDA more administrative oriented then technical? And before CCNP maybe? Or the concepts in CCDA are just the way they are in CCNP so no time for waste?
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    CCDA typically ask for SWITCH knowledge. The CCDA does go over WLAN, Security, Voice/QoS, Design consideration. So you may want to supplicant some SWITCH material before jumping into this.. I tried getting into this after my CCNA but never really pursued it.. A few years later (and certs) I've come back this and I find the material much more easier to grasp. (this also depends on your exposure with Cisco)

    Haven't taken the exam yet though.. Within the next week or two.
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    from a knowledge stand point, yes you learn a lot of how to design and follow a concise protocol in how to go about preparing, planning, designing, implementing, operating, and optimizing a network. Its called PPDIOO I cant tell you how many times i have worked with techs and although they may know the configurations in R&S, mainly CCNA guys currently studying the CCNP path, make dumb mistakes of not following proper protocol or not knowing where or how to follow up on a project or task.

    I definitely recommend it to all network engineers , i am currently studying for the CCDP. There is just so much valuable information! in no way do i even consider this test a "sales" test like some rumors tent to float around there. It is seriously all about network design , the network life cycle, and a lot of review on CCNP routing and switching. Which is why at least you should have a CCNP level of switching.

    I tell you the design track couldn't have given me a better idea of "HOW" to use what i already know. Ok back to studying for the CCDP
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    I see thanks for answers! But the exam is expiring as I previously saw so should I wait for the new one?
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    You have the choice to take the 640-863 or the 640-864 both exams are there to take your choice. 864 is the new version of the test.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveO86 View Post
    You have the choice to take the 640-863 or the 640-864 both exams are there to take your choice. 864 is the new version of the test.
    863 expiring on 20th April
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    Designing for Cisco Internetwork Solutions Exam
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    640-863 CCDA (last day to test April 30, 2011)
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    640-864 CCDA (available January 31, 2011)

    30th of April, if you feel like you can then try and fit it in. If not just study for 640-864 and take it in a few months. 864 should be around for a year or year.. (I think the 863 was around for 2-3 years almost)
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    Just found a great link that's got me suddenly fired up about adding the DP to my list of cisco certs:

    15 Top Paying IT Certifications Canada

    I like having four on the list already, and adding a fifth can't hurt... but the fact that the fifth happens to be #1 at the top of the list (namely, the DP) is nothing short of brilliant.

    Oh, and granted, it's a Canadian list, but that suits me just fine (being from Toronto, after all). Time to see what INE has for the DP.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikearama View Post
    Just found a great link that's got me suddenly fired up about adding the DP to my list of cisco certs:

    15 Top Paying IT Certifications Canada

    I like having four on the list already, and adding a fifth can't hurt... but the fact that the fifth happens to be #1 at the top of the list (namely, the DP) is nothing short of brilliant.

    Oh, and granted, it's a Canadian list, but that suits me just fine (being from Toronto, after all). Time to see what INE has for the DP.
    As much I would love to believe in that list.. those numbers are pretty inflated.
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    As much I would love to believe in that list.. that numbers are pretty inflated.
    hehehe... I hear that! It's from a training institution, so I'm not surprised.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikearama View Post
    Just found a great link that's got me suddenly fired up about adding the DP to my list of cisco certs:

    15 Top Paying IT Certifications Canada

    I like having four on the list already, and adding a fifth can't hurt... but the fact that the fifth happens to be #1 at the top of the list (namely, the DP) is nothing short of brilliant.

    Oh, and granted, it's a Canadian list, but that suits me just fine (being from Toronto, after all). Time to see what INE has for the DP.
    I actually showed it here at work. We were all laughing.

    Those numbers are correct if you have 3-5 years experience. However, you wont get paid that much money if your just getting into networking or just started at NOC.
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    I snagged the INE nuggets for the DA. I'm about half way through them... gotta say, they're great review. Routing protocols, MPLS & FR, CDP and ARP, security policies... he covers it all. Other than PPDIOO, I haven't learned a whole lot of new stuff, though.

    I have to say, Anthony is good, but I don't think he's Jeremy's (from CBT) equal. He has a couple word whiskers that drive me nuts. None the less, he covers a lot of the topics in the blueprint, so it's all good.
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