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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyberscum View Post
    Holy ****. I was thinking about CCNA for knowledge only and after reading the time and effort you have put into this endeavor I think I will pass. GJ thus far!

    CCNA is no walk in the park like it used to be, labbing helps me really understand the technology with support from INE.com/Udemy/CBT Nuggets/Pluralsight videos.

    Good note, the blueprint I can go down the list now and know with confidence I know them all decently.

    If I do fail it again, I'll just keep studying until I become masterful.
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    I think the best way to approach the CCNA is to read the odom and lammle or a video series. Take the test hoping to pass but expecting to fail while running out of time. Try to remember the questions you had issues with, writing down helps, study those areas and take it again in a week or two. That's how I went from almost passing to acing it. It's a difficult test the first time around, once you know what to expect the second time is a lot easier if it's shortly after your first attempt.

    Deathmage is a grueling longterm bootcamp onto himself, it's great work ethic but I can understand why it would chase people from taking the test. Deathmage were you grueling on the VCP as well, I didn't have the pleasure to follow that in case you posted updates. How did you find that test compared to these Cisco tests?
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    Quote Originally Posted by techfiend View Post
    I think the best way to approach the CCNA is to read the odom and lammle or a video series. Take the test hoping to pass but expecting to fail while running out of time. Try to remember the questions you had issues with, writing down helps, study those areas and take it again in a week or two. That's how I went from almost passing to acing it. It's a difficult test the first time around, once you know what to expect the second time is a lot easier if it's shortly after your first attempt.

    Deathmage is a grueling longterm bootcamp onto himself, it's great work ethic but I can understand why it would chase people from taking the test. Deathmage were you grueling on the VCP as well, I didn't have the pleasure to follow that in case you posted updates. How did you find that test compared to these Cisco tests?
    I was very much so invested into VMware for the VCP. It paid off cause I do VMware day in and day out. I'm doing more and more networking and Wintel administration so that's great.

    I do study a fraction ton on whatever I set my mind too... defeat is not an option, to me a test tells me I need to know more....

    I'm set in my mind to pass CCNA, and not just to pass but to know the material. Hence why I lab daily, I want to own it.

    Next I want VCP6-DCV and MCSA for 2016, but I'm doing VCP6-DCV next cause Windows Server 2016 comes out Q1 of 2016 so I'll probably go for that....been using Server 2016 in my home-lab for the past year...

    As for videos, using the Rob Ricker CCIE R&S series on INE.com. been just reviewing the CCNA now on his seriea. Going for complete knowledge of the R&S material.

    3 months of CCIE videos is nutso....but I'm so determined to pass CCNA!
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    #354
    You'll get it but do you ever think you get information overload when you study? I vaguely remember you writing after the CCENT you learned to not study for a test for so long or something like that.

    I wonder what 2016 certs are going to be like. The 2012 ones are already pretty complicated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by techfiend View Post
    You'll get it but do you ever think you get information overload when you study? I vaguely remember you writing after the CCENT you learned to not study for a test for so long or something like that.

    I wonder what 2016 certs are going to be like. The 2012 ones are already pretty complicated.

    I do think this is accurate but If i study too little I forget....it's a catch 22.

    That's why I lab allot.
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    I hope you get it soon. GL man I know you will pull through
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    Whelp I completed the CCIE R&S series on L2 switching, and STP as-well as EIGRP and OSPF with Frame Relay on Saturday. Yesterday I relaxed a bit a played some Fallout 4, so my brain could mellow out, but last night I did Chris Bryant's ICDN2 part of his videos and the videos made sense, so I guess looking at it from a CCIE level really helped me clear up the confusion.

    Gotta hand it to Rob Riker, he was so correct on the notion that learning STP and switching at a CCIE level really helps at the CCNA level.

    Now I'm just doing review all this week with Chris Bryant's videos on Udemy and taking the exam on Saturday. I took Friday off so I can relax and go to bed early.
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    I'm currently studying a much higher level for the VCP6, not by choice but because Mastering vSphere 6 is the only reading material out there. It seems way above what online study guides have in them. It's very overwhelming and there's so much I can't lab due to lack of resources, no, I'm not buying a FibreChannel SAN. My best guess is it's somewhere in between the two. Online study guides take maybe 20 hours to read, mastering vSphere is going to take at least 80. It bothers me why a company would come out with a certificate and not publish study guides for 6+ months. To push courses I guess.
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    Quote Originally Posted by techfiend View Post
    I'm currently studying a much higher level for the VCP6, not by choice but because Mastering vSphere 6 is the only reading material out there. It seems way above what online study guides have in them. It's very overwhelming and there's so much I can't lab due to lack of resources, no, I'm not buying a FibreChannel SAN. My best guess is it's somewhere in between the two. Online study guides take maybe 20 hours to read, mastering vSphere is going to take at least 80. It bothers me why a company would come out with a certificate and not publish study guides for 6+ months. To push courses I guess.
    Actually on the topic of VCP6-DCV. Once I'm finished with the CCNA: R&S me and Rob are going to be doing a Google Hangouts study group on VCP6-DCV like he's been doing with me for CCNA and use it as a basis for a VCP6-DCV studying video on INE.com. Since were both VCP5 certified it will be pretty fun to put two heads together as we study. - Rob and I both want to get VCAP or VCIX so we may study that one together.

    Plus heck, we both have static IP's at home, maybe we'll do a SRM setup between our home-labs. ... off the hook right

    As for a FibreChannel SAN, you don't need that bro. Just get a iSCSI capable NAS and setup Jumbo Frames on a dedicated switch like a Cisco 2960G and make two vLAN's for vMotion and vStorage and then just plug your vProduction vSwitch into your home network and you got yourself a home-grown Enterprise VMware cluster with network.

    Just check out my blog below for ideas. Gotta have a physical lab, with servers and a NAS to use as a improvised SAN to lab from VMware. Same is true with Cisco, you need physical hardware at some point.... plus look at it this way, getting a VCP coupling that with your home Cisco lab, moving forward labbing up with Microsoft's 2016 MCSA/SE's will be easier have a full fledged home-lab covering all the basics of a corporate network.


    Suggestion: do this, go snag two identical servers off eBay. I just prefer Dell, but get whatever you like. Like me I use Dell R610's. They got Dual Xeon's with Hyperthreading, 256 GB max of memory and enough slots for 24 gigabit nics and 8 bays for hard drives. Find ones with atleast 16 GB's of RAM each and identical CPU's and some hard drives (just enough to install ESXi) and get a NAS. If a NAS is out of budget, get servers with hard drives and use vSAN. You can find a decent R610 for like $250 off eBay. To start the R610's come with a onboard solo Quad nic, may need more later, I personally have 12 ports per server. Once you have the servers, let me know and we can do a Google Hangout and I can get you up and running in a few hours.

    It helps keep my skills sharp too helping others.

    If you need help you know where I am.
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    I've gone back and forth on buying physical hardware. I bought a CCNA lab but mainly used packet tracer, since it was quicker and easier to access. I'm currently saving up for a down payment on a house but do have a ways to go, rent is a bottomless pit. Noise is an issue, the cisco 2950's I bought have quiet fans but they were still too loud for me and I had to modify by taking out the fans and placing an 80x80mm outside of the grilles. Servers are much louder and the furthest away I could put them is in a closet. At one point I wanted to buy a rack and put it in a closet, then I realized every rack server I've seen is unbearable to be around. I've turned to doing it all virtually, this has worked so far except for some system center labs I did at work via RDP mostly after hours. Labbing at work is still a possibility but hopefully I'll be moving on soon.

    I'm strongly considering buying a NAS to get through these labs. Is something like a WD or Seagate sufficient or should I move up to qnap or synology? I'd think 1TB would be plenty for labbing. Also can a NAS be used through vmware workstation? Since a NAS won't likely be useful outside of labbing maybe I'll look into vSAN. So far in Mastering vSphere 6 they've done little more than mentioning vSAN as a new feature.

    At the next level of certs I know I'm going to need some physical hardware. Except for maybe the MCSE, which is likely next and possibly the only thing in 2016, VCP permitting. I'll need to find a couple quiet server(s) for cheap, I've considered a cloud or blade server to save some space but it might be better to go with a more traditional environment. A layer 3 switch, if I ever get network experience and a NAS. One thing that bothers me about buying technology is looking at it sitting around, unused. I also don't have the creativity to come up with my own labs and require structure.
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    You could always build a small server in a small form factor. a AMD 8 core CPU and mobo with a boatload of memory is like $300.
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    Something else I've considered and I probably will go that route. I have an 8320 that would be perfect but the atx mobo doesn't fit very well. Eventually I'm going to want more single threaded performance in my workstation. Clock is ticking on amd to fulfill that otherwise I might have to pay a bit more upfront for intel.

    I really don't want multiple towers and my workstation needs a beefy gpu, no low profile gpus. A slim mini tower with atx support would be sufficient for the server lots of things to contemplate.
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    took the day off. ICDN2 exam is tomorrow, review today and practice exams.
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    Good luck, sir! How do you feel? I'm sure you feel more prepared than last time?
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    Good luck, sir! How do you feel? I'm sure you feel more prepared than last time?
    feel better for sure, had personal mentoring from a CCIE this time through.
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    Mikey's method? I'm asking now before I keep reading this saga...
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    Did you pass?
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