Plays a Significant Role in the Decision-Making?
Information Technology (IT) took the lead in developing
and implementing frameworks for business collaboration
- financial and operating models and legal frameworks.
Pours Java Enterprise System 4
A new version of the company's middleware system has come available, featuring better interoperability with products from other vendors.
CCNA / CCNP Home Lab: Why You Need An ISDN Sim
ISDN is a vital topic for today's CCNA and CCNP candidates,
especially for the ICND and Intro exams - you've got to
know ISDN inside and out to pass those exams. Naturally
you want to include it in your home lab.
Whether you're just starting your Information Technology
career, or wanting to get further ahead in your current
IT career, you have probably thought about earning one
of the many popular computer certifications such as the
Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification,
or the MCSE (Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer) cert.
Are Hosted Applications?
As access to the Internet becomes more widespread with
faster, more reliable and 'always on' connections becoming
the norm the growth of applications using the hosted application
model continues to expand.
CA Int’l Integrating eHealth and Spectrum
Islandia N.Y. based Computer Associates International
(CA) announced on Tuesday they are integrating eHealth
and SPECTRUM. This move stems from their efforts to meld
the acquired Concord Communications...
Default - Gateway
One point of confusion for some CCNA and CCNP candidates
is the difference between configuring a static default
route and using the Cisco routing command ip default-network.
And Building An Access Server
A Cisco access server is generally the last item a CCNA
or CCNP candidate has on their mind when they're putting
together a home lab.
Passing The CCNA And CCNP Exams: Cisco Home Lab FAQ
There is a real revolution today among CCNA and CCNP candidates. More and more of you are turning your back on "router simulators" and putting your own CCNA and/or CCNP Home Lab together, which is the best way to totally prepare to pass these tough Cisco exams.
I get hundreds of emails every month from CCNA and CCNP candidate who are putting together their first lab or adding to their existing one. I'm always glad to help with suggestions, and I thought I'd list five common questions regarding home labs here.
Do I have to spend thousands of dollars?
No! There are vendors all over the web, as well as on ebay, who sell used Cisco routers and switches to Cisco exam candidates like you every single day. They sell kits that consist of multiple routers and switches, as well as single routers and switches. You can add one piece at a time, or make a larger investment. You can spend just a few hundred dollars and put together a very nice lab.
What's an "access server"?
It's not what it sounds like. When I first heard the term, I
thought of a typical server like we see in LANs every single
day. An access server is actually a Cisco router that allows
you to connect to multiple other routers and switches without
continually moving the rolled cable around.
You don't have to have an access server right away, but once you add a few more routers and switches to your lab, you'll get tired of moving the rollover cable from console port to console port. (The console port is used to directly connect your PC to the router.) You'll find an access server is easy to set up and configure, and will save you quite a bit of time.
What's a "frame relay switch"?
Again, it's not quite what it sounds like. A frame relay switch is not a switch; it's a Cisco router that has been configured to serve as a frame relay provider in your home lab.
This is very close to being a "must" for your home lab. You don't need it right away if your budget allows for only one or two routers to get started. To truly practice frame relay map statements and see the effect of different frame relay statements, you'll need a Cisco router to serve as a frame switch. Again, the configuration is easy, and having a frame relay switch in your home lab will give you practice that will be invaluable on exam day.
Do I need a switch? What switch should I buy?
I recommend you get at least one switch in your lab; two if your budget allows. Make sure that at least one of your switches has an IOS; 1900 switches do not have an IOS and while they're better than not having a switch, they're not going to give you the practice you need to pass the CCNA and CCNP. Look to the 2500 family of switches.
I want to build my CCNP lab and then use it for the CCIE. What should I buy?
It's impossible to tell what technologies and devices will be on the CCIE lab, even if you zip through the CCNP and then take the IE within six months. Cisco refreshing the CCIE lab blueprint every six months, and different technologies can be taken off the lab. While Cisco gives plenty of notice that these changes are going to take effect, it can be a big pain in your wallet if Cisco takes something off of the exam after you spend a bundle to add it to your lab.
As an example, Cisco is in the process of removing ISDN and ATM from the CCIE Routing & Switching lab. If you bought an ATM switch for your lab, you've got an expensive paperweight right now. While you may be able to practice your core protocols on a CCIE home lab, it's going to be difficult and expensive to keep your home lab totally current with the Cisco lab blueprint.
The decision to put together your own CCNA or CCNP home lab
is the best decision you can ever make - and I speak from experience.
With home labs becoming less expensive every day, it's becoming
more affordable as well. Start looking into used Cisco router
vendors today (ebay is a great place to find some vendors, as
is Google), and you can be practicing on REAL Cisco routers
and switches soon - and be totally prepared for CCNA and CCNP
About the Author:
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