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Cisco CCNA Certification Exam Changes

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by on July 15th, 2013 tags: , , ,

On March 26, 2013, Cisco introduced new certification exams for ICND1, ICND2, and CCNA. In addition to content changes, there is also a significant change to the exam sequence structure.

This is a summary of these changes to the CCNA certification exams. The information is based on a number of public Cisco sources. For complete and official information about the CCNA certification exams refer to

Retiring CCNA Certification Exams

The current CCNA related exams retire on 30 September 2013:

CCNA certification is achieved by either passing the composite 640-802 exam or the 640-822 ICND1 exam and then the 640-816 ICND2 exam.

The retiring CCNA certification is the prerequisite for the CCNA specializations and for the three exam CCNP Routing and Switching certification.

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Networking Appliances Explained

posted in Education, Training
by on January 5th, 2012 tags: , ,

If you’re new in the networking field and are faced with a complex network design, or are asked to design one, it can be a difficult task understanding what everything does. The certifications don’t cover it all: there’s so much more to networking than just routers and switches.

Therefor: an explanation about various appliances you’ll likely meet or need in a company. An appliance is a device that performs a specific purpose. Most simple example is a router: it’s actually a computer, but it can only provide routing. Here’s a list of other common devices:

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A CCNA Security Exam Experience

posted in Certifications, Education
by on September 8th, 2011 tags:

In northern South Carolina, Wednesday morning dawned clear, temperate, and only lightly windy. Overall, it was a beautiful day for typically muggy August. My morning was spent reviewing for the exam. I went through the Cisco Exam Guide, picking out and mentally rehearsing lists and technology characteristics, defining key terms, and reviewing practice test questions.

At a quarter till 2, I left for the test center, nervous and excited. The building that contains the test center is a nondescript and plain looking installation overlooking a hill adjacent to the interstate. The first floor is a computer training center, the fourth, a local news channel, and the second is vacant.

The most interesting part of the building is the third floor. It is there that Cisco has its international Small Business Support Call Center that employs scores of CCNA and above certified support engineers. They handle and troubleshoot all Cisco Small Business products and most VOIP products in North and South America and the Philippines. The call center has a high employee turnover rate, but those who stay and excel there are very knowledgeable, helpful, and very good at what they do. I greatly enjoy being able to talk to them.

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ICND1 Practice Labs

posted in Education, Training
by on February 2nd, 2011 tags: , , , ,

I’ve created a handful of configuration and troubleshooting labs to help CCENT candidates refine their skills in preparation for exam day. These labs cover a good portion of the core ICND1 IOS fundamentals and require a thorough understanding of the Cisco IOS to complete.  Some labs do present unexpected obstacles not covered within the lab objectives to help demonstrate specific networking theory under normal conditions.

All routers that do not require configuration changes are locked.  Some labs may also only allow for Telnet or SSH connections.  It’s up to you to configure each device as you would remotely in the field or on the exam to complete each of the lab objectives.  These labs can get a little tricky and were designed to give capable ICND1 candidates with reasonable IOS experience a headache, so be patient.  When finished with a lab, you may compare your results with the provided answer sheet.  Have fun!

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Cisco Networking Academy – LAN Switching and WiFi

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by on January 11th, 2011 tags: , ,

Last month I wrote about Cisco Networking Academies: Network Fundamentals and how the complex flash designed online classroom takes you through a massive sightseeing tour of modern network technology laying the foundation for the more complex education and curriculum held within the Network Academy.  This month I brushed myself off and took a giant leap into the wide world of LAN Switching and WiFi!

I remember opening up my LAN Switching course acceptance email from Aubrey Adam’s (one of the authors/SME of the Network Fundamentals course) explaining to me how some of his students take for granted the educational worth of the Networking Fundamentals and made me really think about what it means to be in the field of networking and why I’m here to begin with.  His e-mail really drove home the realization of what the field of networking means to me and how fortunate I am to have the level of support I do in my pursuit for the CCNA.

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