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    Just finished the first 100 pages of CCNA Voice. All of my experience is in CUCM, from 4.2.3 to 8.6.1. Luckily, IristheAngel is selling a 2821 to me, so I can add this to my lab to begin working with CUCME. Not sure if I will add the CUE module, as I work with Unity Connection daily, and feel confident I can glean enough from that experience to muddle my way through CUE. I will be tying this 2821 into an existing data network, and if all comes together I will be getting a Dell 2950 server to host ESXi, CUCM, CUC, CUPS, and possibly a UCCX server. This will tie it all together, and once the 2821 connects to the PSTN I will be able to make and receive real world calls.

    Again, I am hoping to be a CCNA-V by the end of April.
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    Zxbane, to pass the CCENT I studied Todd Lammle's CCNA book, another book titled CCNA in 60 days, and used a small home lab consisting of a 2610, a 2611, a 2950-48, and three 3550-48s. I was nervous as all get-out, but got through it. Keeping calm is key.
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    Welcome Staunchy! considering your exam is coming up pretty quickly, how do you feel about your grasp on the topics? Thanks for the update, keep up the good work!


    Wgroom, wow sorry to hear about your car, at least you were able to do the repairs yourself! Good thing you can skip out on the stress of leaving it somewhere, having to re-arrange your schedule to get it fixed etc etc. No worries, just make sure you attack what you plan on studying for tomorrow.


    Welcome Technoracer! Hahahaha I think when I first signed up here, guess I didn’t take filling out my profile too seriously lol. It would be cool to do something locally, but unfortunately I’m out west. Would have to look into getting Skype pro if there was really an interest in a few folks video conferencing. Wonder if Google hangouts could support multiple connections as I’ve only tried it with one computer. I’ll look into it. You definitely have a wealth of resources to pass the exam, so good luck and make sure you stop by to share your experience!


    Jon_Cisco that sounds pretty interesting, what are the specs? Did you get physical hardware or are you simulating it virtually? Im trying to get my head around the routers and switches to get a good grasp on what would constitute a good beginner lab. Thought about certificationkits.com but then I get other people who say buy the parts separately cheaper etc etc.


    Welcome Nightflier! We’re on the same schedule essentially! Sounds like you’re also off to a great start considering all of the resources you have. Thanks for the update on where you are in your studies and how you will go about passing the exam. Make sure to drop by from time to time, let us know how you’re doing in your studies etc.


    Magic Johnson, hey it happens to the best of us. I have been needing to finish up the CCNA for a long time and I am finally committing to focusing on it now. After doing the G2700 exam back in may, I was going to try and beat the September deadline. With heavy duty projects due between that time and the deadline I was cutting it too close. Besides, I decided to see if I had what it took to pass the newer exam. Better late than never. We all need the motivation, the focus, the concentration. You just put it out there, so be prepared to slam it home for the new year ya? Alright then, lets go!


    Zxbane Welcome! Please feel free to be a part of this group! Hah after I finish the CCNA, I might have some questions for you in regards to the CISSP! A cert I hope to eventually get! Would definitely be cool for someone to shed some light on your question. I do think that the labs offered via lammle’s book and ones done in the UDEMY/CBT videos in addition to finding a few others online would be sufficient. I think that question could be hard to answer in a sense because of variation. There’s only so many you can do at this level. I found some labs that you and others could probably reference (and build in packet tracer if GNS3 is too complicated) and lammle has his own virtual simulator too.

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    ShyGuyIT, Thanks for the update, congrats on getting through the book! How do you intend to go about the lab portion of your studies? Maybe this will add support to the question zxbane has.

    Hi Xyro!

    As for me,
    Thought I would get a head start and got through a chapter today. Putting what I need to memorize on my whiteboard (ports, binary, terms etc). Copied the end of chapter questions to a word doc to print out (already printed out each chapter summary). Will try to really get through it next week. Got through 30 UDEMY vids (before posting this thread) but I'll probably go through it again to really try and retain.

    Thanks everyone for stopping by! It's really motivating to see everyone coming through and sharing their experience.
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    Agent, Just wanted to say thanks for the thorough response!
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    count me in.. I passed the CCENT this past August and I'm working on the new ICND2 material. I plan on starting my studies again this Thursday.
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    24 day's to go until my ICND2 exam. Finished EIGRP last night did some labing but will definitely do more after I finished reading the book. Hoping to be done with the book and CBT Nuggets by end of the week than I want go through Todd Lammle's book and also labs.

    Today's task is reading chapter 12 "types of WAN's" and also watch CBT Nuggets video's on the same chapter and maybe start with frame relay....
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    I love threads like this. It's a nice break from studying but keeps you motivated!

    I just added an AS2511RJ access server to my rack to make life easier.

    So far I have:
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    I plan to add another router and layer 3 switch the next couple months.

    My goal is to duplicate most of what I am doing in packet tracer for class on the real hardware. I decided to go with real equipment because I don't work with cisco equipment in my current profession. I needed some idea of how interfaces really worked. Most of my learning I do in packet tracer first and I will play with the new GNS3 once it is released.

    P.S. only go with kits if you are in a hurry. Buying one router and switch will get you started and you will have more fun browsing ebay.
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    Thanks Agent47 starting lab portion of my studies today using the the labs from Odom's book and using packet tracer.
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    Count me in, I want to get my CCNA by summer, I took the CCENT last June and failed and I have been scared of it since then. Back then I read Todd Lammle's book twice, had a lab with 3 switches and 3 routers and messed around in packet tracer as well. I think I failed because I did not do to well on the lab sims as I shortcut to eliminate a few answers then took a best guess... I thought I was going to run out of time but ended up having plenty.
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    Update:

    Reviewed key topic of Ch. 6 on Odom ICND1 book on Building Ethernet LANs with Switches on Sat. & Sun. Right now, setting my lab up to do some hands-on work.
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    Update:

    This evening, working on subnetting with Jeremy Cioara from CBT Nuggets - CCENT videos number 18,19,20

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    Anyone purchase the Boson prep exams? I took an old ICND1 (640-822) prep exam and scored a 700/1000 (fail) and was wondering if I should purchase the new prep exam? I purchased the old exam a year back but never got around to actually taking the cert. I scheduled myself to take the ICND1 (100-101) next week and I felt prepared until I realized I had purchased this prep exam software a year back and tried taking it, and failed. From what I gather the 100-101 is more difficult than the 640-822, but some of the material I've studied for the 100-101 wasn't on the 640-822 and there were things on the 640-822 I didn't study for. Sorry for the rant, I got ~10 days and I'm nervous!
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    Hi Wgroom, Im going to have to look up each and every one of those acronyms to understand what you just said lol. Kind of reminds me of that scene in rush hour where Lee says: “Do you understand the words that are coming out of my mouth” and then Carter goes “Don’t nobody understand the words coming out of your mouth” hahahaha. You’re making great progress and considering that you have real live equipment makes all the difference! You’ll be ready by April.


    Your welcome Zxbane! Want to make sure I touch base with everyone, see how it’s goin.


    Welcome Sixtyten! What are your timeline goals to learn the topics in ICND 2? How will you approach? Have thought of a date yet?


    Ok Staunchy, almost to the home stretch! Sounds like a plan to do the labs afterwards so that you can completely focus on just that. How are you feeling about your progress so far?


    Jon_Cisco, Cool! That’s the goal, wanna keep you all motivated! Thanks for your advice on the kits. Someone was actually going to get me one but I declined (I know, I know) because I wanted to really learn about what I was getting and build piece by piece eventually. I’m one of those DIY’ers hah. How long did it take for you to grasp what you needed to build your own lab?


    You’re welcome Shyguy, that sounds good, Im trying to get my head around PT as most people seem to prefer it. Also have the old version of the Wendell Odom's simulator. Good luck!


    Santaowns Welcome!! Time to get back into the game. Looks like you’re setting the pace to grasp the concepts which is good! Although Cisco exams are known to be somewhat challenging they are all doable (although some take more time than others). It’s just about not getting too overwhelmed with the resources you’ll need to pass and retaining info along the way. Remember to stop by and let us know how you’re doing!


    Alhaji & Nightflier sounds good!


    Welcome Mykeee, hopefully someone could answer your question soon in regards to this. Considering that you have 10 days and it seems like you want (or need) more lab prep better to get something that's already setup and easy to follow, If I were in your situation I’d probably do it due to the time constraint.

    As for me, finished up chapter 1 in Lammle’s book along with all of the written labs. Plan to skim over the ch1 summary again and complete ch 2 & accompanying labs tomorrow! Goal is to finish ICND1 portion in January and start ICND2 in February!


    Thank you all for posting your updates! Much appreciated!

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    Mykeee, I used the Cisco practice exams and the questions are spot on to the format what you will see on exam
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    Quote Originally Posted by mykeee View Post
    Anyone purchase the Boson prep exams? I took an old ICND1 (640-822) prep exam and scored a 700/1000 (fail) and was wondering if I should purchase the new prep exam? I purchased the old exam a year back but never got around to actually taking the cert. I scheduled myself to take the ICND1 (100-101) next week and I felt prepared until I realized I had purchased this prep exam software a year back and tried taking it, and failed. From what I gather the 100-101 is more difficult than the 640-822, but some of the material I've studied for the 100-101 wasn't on the 640-822 and there were things on the 640-822 I didn't study for. Sorry for the rant, I got ~10 days and I'm nervous!
    I have them, came along with the netsim 9.0 for a few extra quid so thought why not. However I also purchased the extra practice ones that came heavily discounted with the CISCO Press book too, so now I've got them and the Boson to do. Just revising some more before I start the practice testing. Revising ACLs again today, those along with NAT are the toughies for me.
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    Hmm was talking to someone today who had just passed thier CCENT and planned to skip onto security. Didn't even realize that we could do that but I guess that change was recent (the pre-req requirements). Now I think that's exactly what i'll do. Brush up on the ccna topics then go for the 640-554 exam. Hmmmm.

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    CUCM - Cisco Unified Contact Manager, Call Manager
    CUC - Cisco Unity Connectin, voicemail server
    UCCX - Unified Contact Center Express, call center server
    CUPS - Cisco Unified Presence Server, sort of an IM server
    PSTN - Public Service Telephone Network such as AT&T and the Baby Bells

    Sorry for any confusion!
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    That would be me that you spoke with earlier today.. I recently found out about that option through one of my co-workers and I was going to do the same thing you were originally planning to do until I found out about the other route of jumping straight to CCNA Security after passing CCENT. I'm planning on taking the 640-554 exam within the next couple of months and possibly CCNP security towards the end of the summer.
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    Well I spent the day reviewing Netacad Networking I.
    Unfortunately I had different instructors for Net I and Net II. One used discovery and the other used exploration.

    So I now understand why this second half of the semester was a lot harder. Exploration is more current and much more interactive. At least my instructor confirmed that for III and IV we will be in the Exploration course and hopefully everything will flow better.

    Happy New Years everyone!
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    I just finished the exploration courses, and they are quite challenging.. Just the way I like it! But because of the current test I have to go over the bridging material from Cisco Netacad to catch up to the current topics. Instead of RIP now they test on multi-area OSPF.. They also added more IPv6, including OSPFv3, ether channel, and IOS 15...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Agent47 View Post

    Hi Xyro!

    As for me,
    Thought I would get a head start and got through a chapter today. Putting what I need to memorize on my whiteboard (ports, binary, terms etc). Copied the end of chapter questions to a word doc to print out (already printed out each chapter summary). Will try to really get through it next week. Got through 30 UDEMY vids (before posting this thread) but I'll probably go through it again to really try and retain.

    Thanks everyone for stopping by! It's really motivating to see everyone coming through and sharing their experience.
    Thank you very much for the attentive response. I am glad to see that you are progressing in your studies and wish you the best of success in your endeavor. I was studying for ICND1 in late Spring with plans to then take both the ICND1 and ICND2 before the cut-off date; however, because of school and a family tragedy I was not able to do so. I will now have to study for the new exams.

    As for where I currently am: I am in the process of deciding whether to take ICND1 and then the ICND2 or to just go ahead and take CCNAX. I lean more toward the latter option for various reasons. Either way, my end goal is still the same - to obtain the CCNA. My R&S OCG Library just recently arrived in the mail and I have not begun studies yet. I am still only in the formation stage of gathering my materials for study.

    I had purchased Boson's NetSim & ExSim for the prior exams but obviously those are no longer viable so will have to be purchased again. I was also considering subscribing to TrainSignal (apparently now known as Pluralsight) but I see there have been some changes to the site, so I will have to take a look at this before deciding. As I stated, I am only in the early stages of all of this. That is why I did not have much to initially add to this thread. It is a great thread though and as I become more formed in my goals I will likely be posting updates here.
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    I managed to install a IOS on my 2610 Router today, after being shelved for a couple of months. Also, read for a little of an hour on Ethernet Switch (Ch. 6).

    Hey Agent, what's your update?
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    Awesome thread! I got my CCENT on 12/22 and am currently half way through the CBT Nugget series on 200-101. So far, everything has been surprisingly easy for me to pick up, which is awesome because I was kind of intimidated going in.

    I can't remember who posted about using a white board, but I totally agree with that guy! I have been using one since I started CCENT and it has helped dramatically when learning commands. You can even buy a 4x8' sheet of MELAMINE (what they are made from) at most hardware stores if anyone is interested.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Agent47 View Post

    Welcome Sixtyten! What are your timeline goals to learn the topics in ICND 2? How will you approach? Have thought of a date yet?


    I just restarted my studies today. I study with a mix of packet tracer, GNS3, CBT Nuggets, Bryant Advantage, the Odom ICND2 book, Boson Tests (I have the old ICND2 one, may upgrade but not sure), and physical hardware. In fact, I ordered some memory for my two 2500s to get them upgraded to practice with actual hardware. I know its old but I like practicing remotely on them when I'm away from home. I plan on using a Raspberry pi on a DMZ port on my home router to telnet over to them after I'm connected to the Raspberry Pi via SSH. I also have two 2950 switches.

    I should have a test date planned out by the end of next week. I want to study for a week and get and idea of where I'm at to determine the test date. I'm hoping for the end of February but I'll see. If not it will be no later than March.
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    Hi everyone, welcome Jason glad you joined. It was good chatting and I hope this thread and website helps you. Alot of good people and resources on here. I have a question for you but will ask in my next update. Also welcome CoolAsAFan! Unfortunately I do not have any updates as of yet. Dealt with backing up and moving a clients website to a new server so getting everything back up and running took most of my time yesterday. Also have a meeting tomorrow so I'm preparing for that. Will try to get back to your messages this weekend. Thanks.
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