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  1. Cisco Moderator mikej412's Avatar
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    Exclamation **CCNP FAQ** - Please read before posting.

    CCNP FAQ

    Information about the Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) -- the required exams and prerequisites -- can be found on the Cisco website.
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    Following are some of the most common questions in our CCNP Forum. If you have the same or similar questions, please read these topics first. If you cannot find the answer your are looking for, or want to know more, don't hesitate to post a reply to one of the following or start a new thread. In case of the latter, please use a clear descriptive title (i.e. more than just "I need help") so others can find answers in our forums more easily.

    What Books would you recommend for the CCNP?
    BCMSN PDF from Cisco website
    CCNP where to start?
    CCNP
    CiscoPress Information
    CCNP Books and general questions
    Routing TCP/IP, Volume II
    Ciscopress
    CCNP Lab Books
    CCNP Question
    New CCNP self-study materials
    BSCI study materials

    For the Cisco CCNP Exams, the Cisco Press books are the best, and in most cases, the only books you can find for the exams.
    Cisco Press CCNP Books

    The official Cisco Course materials and/or Cisco Partner eLearning is an option for those with access.

    The Cisco Documentation is another source for studying -- and one candidates for the Cisco Professional Level Certifications should become familiar with.

    What order should I take the CCNP exams?
    CCNP Sequence ...
    CCNP exam order
    CCNP Study
    Suggestions for CCNP track
    Hello everyone. Starting to prepare for CCNP
    ONT and QOS Together or No?

    I don’t have any equipment should I buy a Simulator?
    Dynamips vs. Boson
    Boson CCNP 7 for the BSCI exam
    Need a better simulator for BSCI
    What is dynamips?
    Does Dynamips support Cisco Switches
    dynamips
    Help with Dynamips
    Dynamips - Lab share
    Dynamips - did i forget something
    SDM and lab simulations...

    There is a mixed opinion on this and in the end you will have to decide for yourself. Simulators and real labs both have their merits. It's advisable to buy at least some equipment if you plan to put your certs to work and don't have hands-on work experience with Cisco routers and switches. You just can't simulate feeling and connecting cables and connectors.

    I want to setup my own home CCNP lab. What should I buy and how do I set it up?
    It Was Going to Happen, Sooner or Later. Slowhand's CCNP Lab
    Labs for ONT and ISCW
    I have just received my home lab!!! need advise!!!
    Another CCNP home lab setup thread!
    CCNP Lab
    hi guys, I am new to CCNP and I need some advice.
    I purchased a Lab
    Lab Equipment from certificationkits.com
    Anyone built the lab in the BSCI Cisco Press self-study book
    Ideal home Lab for BSCI
    BCMSN Lab
    Need help building bcmsn ccnp lab
    BCMSN Home Lab
    Is a 3550 really neccessary?
    layer 3 switching question
    lab home CCNP
    New CCNP exams


    For equipment try www.certificationkits.com and www.ebay.com


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    Using HSRP for Fault-Tolerant IP Routing

    642-825 Implementing Secure Converged Wide Area Networks (ISCW)
    Cisco IOS Broadband and DSL Configuration Guide, Release 12.4
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    Cisco IOS Security Configuration Guide, Release 12.4
    Increasing Security on IP Networks

    642-845 Optimizing Converged Cisco Networks (ONT)
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    Internetworking Technology Handbook - Quality of Service (QoS)
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    Catalyst 2950 Series Switches Quality of Service (QoS) FAQ
    Quality of Service on Catalyst 2900 XL and 3500 XL Series Switches Frequently Asked Questions
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    Frame Relay Queueing and Fragmentation at the Interface
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    Automation for Quality of Service Deployments: Cisco AutoQoS
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    FAQ on Cisco Aironet Wireless Security
    Wireless LAN Connectivity using an ISR with WEP Encryption and LEAP Authentication Configuration Example
    Cisco Wireless Control System Configuration Guide, Release 4.1
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    Wireless Virtual LAN Deployment Guide
    VoIP Overview (Flash)
    Internetworking Technology Handbook - Voice/Data Integration Technologies
    Physical and Virtual Voice Interfaces Overview
    Cisco IOS Voice, Video, and Fax Configuration Guide, Release 12.2


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    CCNP Prep Center
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    Cisco Learning Connection - Network Fundamentals
    Cisco Learning Connection - Routers
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    Cisco Learning Connection - IP Routing
    Cisco Learning Connection - Routing Protocols
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    Cisco Learning Connection - Security and VPN
    Cisco Learning Connection - Voice and Unified Communications
    Cisco on Cisco Technology Tutorials
    Using the Technical Support and Documentation Website


    NDA and Forum rules

    If you have any more questions feel free to reply to this topic. Do not ask about or mention the topics of the SIM(s) or discuss any required steps for specific SIM(s). Everything related to the CCNP objectives that cover something that can be configured, implemented, verified, troubleshot, etc, is a possible topic for the CCNP exam. You need to know them all, not just the ones Cisco happens to have currently in their exams, or someone else got last week.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ten9t6
    All,

    First I want to say welcome to the Cisco section of TechExams. Let me know if you have any questions during your visit. We have some very knowledgeable members that are more than willing to help you out.

    BUT...

    We do have some rules. It is ok to talk about areas that are good to focus, (like the blueprint for the test) but it is not ok to state what questions or sims you had (To be more clear....do not say I had two on OSPF and one on Underwater Basket Weaving..Yes, I know that is not getting specifics...but you should not be mentioning these at all. It is not my NDA or TechExams NDA...it is what you signed w/ Cisco.) If you can't face the question or the sim, without a heads up, your not ready for the exam.

    Again, welcome to the forum. Learn as much as you can. Help when you can help. And please watch what you post.

    Thanks...
    Ten9t6
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    Awesome FAQ man. That was a long time coming...
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    Good lord, you included my drunken rambling. . . err. . . "thread". Seriously, though, it's a damn fine Q&A page, Mike. I'm looking forward to when I'm ready to tackle it.

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    Awesome share for some newbies trying to get their hands on CCNP.
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    Maybe u can recheck the ISCW links "the documents have been moved "
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    Would it be a nice idea to add GNS3 to the simulator list. I know its just a GUI for dynamips but its a lot friendler
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    Time to start collecting links for an updated CCNP FAQ.... (time and CCIE permitting)


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    Dynamips (Dynagen/GNS3)
    There's either a post here on TE or a TE Post with a link to the QinQ trunk solution to link your Dynagen/GNS3 router rack with real switches.
    How do you guys complete labs in GNS3 with the switching issues?

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    this is great stuff!
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    #9
    This page is WAY outdated and needs a complete rewrite. LOTS of changes have been made in the CCNP track, the most recent a rewrite of the CCNP Route and Switch to V2 as of 6 months ago, with CCNP R&S v1 exams just having been retired.
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    Great information
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    I have a question about Scope of CCNP, where should I post ?
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    Post to the CCNP section of the forums.
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