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    My tactics and tools have changed a bit for the CCENT:

    Reading:
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    • Chris Bryant's Ultimate CCNA Guide
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    • 2x 2501s that I'll probably only end up using for Frame Relay I imagine.
    • 1x 2950
    • GNS3 for studying during down time at work, or if my wife kicks me out of the office where the lab is at On that note I should consider setting up one of the old PCs so I can RDP into my lab
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    Studied Subnetting some more last night, and was surprised by how much I still remember. I actually feel like being away from it for a while helped me see it from a slightly different angle.
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    Worked on some detailed notes yesterday, and was surprised find myself less knowledgeable of OSI model than I thought.
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    Made it to the subnetting chapters. Yikes.
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    Didn't get into Subnetting as much as I have wanted to. The last two days have been much to busy. I have Friday off, so I should be able to study hard on Subnetting and read through some more chapters. I feel like I'm digesting the CCNA material much better than when I tried last year.
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    You know you are studying for the CCNA when you see a license plate starting with CSU, and your brain finishes it for you with /DSU.
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    It hit me a few minutes ago that I won't have ANY type of calculator during the exam

    Ah well, time to memorize these numbers
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    Hitting subnetting again today. I don't want to move on until I get the subnetting down, and a few other areas in the earlier chapters.
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    Quote Originally Posted by veritas_libertas View Post
    Hitting subnetting again today. I don't want to move on until I get the subnetting down,
    Sounds like a good idea as subnetting is an essential foundation for other topics such as routing and ACLs. If you haven't yet, try my 10-question subnetting test, it contains rather long explanations that may help it stick. I also suggest focusing on class C or in particular prefix /25+ networks till you can do those easily, then the rest becomes just more of the same. Good luck with the rest of your CCNA voyage!
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    Worked on Subnetting some more today. It's starting to become natural. I also made a list of things that I need to memorize such as: Port numbers, TCP/IP and ISO layers (What each layer does), Cisco Three-layer hierarchical model (Understand each layer). Overall I feel like I'm making good progress.
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    I have developed a deep dislike for counting by 16. It messes with my brain.

    Subnetting is going well and I've started reading an additional chapter while soaking in Subnetting. Sometimes it's not about how quickly you read the book, but about how much of it you have truly digested.
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    Subnetting is going very well. I don't make mistakes very often anymore unless I'm not paying attention to what the questions is that is being asked. My understanding of the OSI model has also become second nature.
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    Quote Originally Posted by veritas_libertas View Post
    Subnetting is going very well. I don't make mistakes very often anymore unless I'm not paying attention to what the questions is that is being asked. My understanding of the OSI model has also become second nature.
    Darn, if you blog this much for CCNA, I'd like to see what your CCIE will look like :P
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    Quote Originally Posted by veritas_libertas View Post
    I have developed a deep dislike for counting by 16. It messes with my brain.
    I too am the same. What I have done is write down each: 0, 16, 32, 48, 64.. etc, I look at the list everyday and try to subnet as much as I can with the 16 bit increment.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MAC_Addy View Post
    I too am the same. What I have done is write down each: 0, 16, 32, 48, 64.. etc, I look at the list everyday and try to subnet as much as I can with the 16 bit increment.
    I'm afraid i'm going to have to as well. I've already memorized subnets, and powers of two. Argh, another list
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roguetadhg View Post
    Darn, if you blog this much for CCNA, I'd like to see what your CCIE will look like :P
    I'm doing it for two reasons. One, it helps motivate me to give it my best, and two, I'm hoping to help others that are pursuing the CCNA.

    I'm also enjoying the comradery of others pursuing the CCNA.
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    I remember the 'Internetworking with TCP/IP' exam for MCSE in NT 4.0. It was an elective and a lot of MCSE's decided to avoid it. So they never, ever learned even basic subnetting.

    The fools
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    Quote Originally Posted by veritas_libertas View Post
    I'm doing it for two reasons. One, it helps motivate me to give it my best, and two, I'm hoping to help others that are pursuing the CCNA.

    I'm also enjoying the comradery of others pursuing the CCNA.
    Complete agree with this statement Getting some extra motivation and writing about topics/problems always helped me figure things out!
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    And powers of two. Argh, another list
    Actually... What you can do is just memorize 2 powers. 5 and 10. 2^5=32 and 2^10=1024. From there you'll be able to work out any powers.

    I don't know why but 2^7 has always stuck with me. I know it's 128, so I just fill out 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 on a sheet and fill it out from there. I hope that helps a little.
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    Quote Originally Posted by veritas_libertas View Post
    I'm doing it for two reasons. One, it helps motivate me to give it my best, and two, I'm hoping to help others that are pursuing the CCNA.

    I'm also enjoying the comradery of others pursuing the CCNA.
    Man, you are totally right!!
    It helps me.... It's always good to see other people studying for the same purpose.
    It actually helps me stay motivated (since I'm a guy having hard time to stay motivated at something related to long studies)
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    Thanks guys!

    Well, I learned a something new today... You do actually have to pay attention to what the class of the IP address is you are subnetting. Somehow I missed that while studying. Duh...
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    Don't feel bad - now you know the material a little better! It shows that you're learning and you'll be able to put your skills to the test! Better than finding out now versus going into the testing center and not knowing something.
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    Studied Subnetting some more during downtime at work. I've come to the point where I can look at a problem and quickly figure it out. I still get stumped time to time but it's becoming rare. I'm honestly sick of looking at subnetting, so I'll leave it alone now until tomorrow. The rest of today will be used to look over my earlier notes and read another chapter.
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    Reading up on VLSM. Seems simple enough, but I've been fooled before
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    Finished some note cards for memorization of mask/CIDR, block size, and host size for /25 - /27. According to Todd Lammle these are important memorize for VLSM. If anyone thinks I should memorize a wider amount please let me know!

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