How do you keep your skills sharp?

JohnLJohnL Member Posts: 62 ■■□□□□□□□□
Now that I have gotten my CCNA: Routing & Switching I want to be sure that I don't lose any of it over time. I don't currently work in a position where I can use these skills everyday. So my question to everyone is what do you do to keep your skills sharp? Any particular blogs you follow, workbooks you go through, etc?

I'm working on Security certs right now and about to start on a masters program with WGU in Information Security and Assurance, so the CCNP will be a little ways off.
B.B.A. in Finance - 2007
A.A.S. in Computer Networking & System Administration - 2014
M.S. Information Security and Assurance - 2016
CompTIA A+, Network+, Security+, CEH, CHFI, CCNA: Routing & Switching
Working on CISSP


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    HondabuffHondabuff Member Posts: 667 ■■■□□□□□□□
    Packet Tracer and GNS3. Some days when its slow at work I will whip up a small lab with AAA and Tacacs+ on Packet tracer so I don't forget the commands. I do the same with GNS3 so I don't forget the Crypto commands for building a VTI VPN. I also have the CCNA, NP Switch, NP Route and CCNA Security portable command line guides on my desk. Just no way to remember some of the commands that you never use. I was proud of myself the other day that I remembered the UDLD command for a 24 port SFP switch I was working on. All the other CCNP commands are locked away deep in my brain somewhere and may never see daylight again :D
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