volfkhat wrote: »
Hmmm... at this point, i think that
Re-using the same study material... is going to yield you the same result.You need new material.
JoJoCal19 wrote: »
I agree with this. I would utilize new sources of material (different publisher's books, different lab/practice, practice tests, etc).
One source that is wholly overlooked here, but I've viewed the demos of, is Cisco's actual material. Their online exam prep (at least for CCENT, CCNA, CCNA Security) looks really really good. I will make one attempt at the CCENT with reading a book and labbing but if that doesn't work I would definitely go for their online course.
Deathmage wrote: »
It's the wording of the questions that gets me and I take time to process questions. 1 to 2 minutes per questions isn't always possible when the sentences aren't clear. most of the time I get hung up on question and devote 3 to 6 minutes on them because there wording is meant to confuse you.
hurricane1091 wrote: »
CCNA seems like low hanging fruit in comparison to the things I would think someone in your area of expertise would be studying.
TheProf wrote: »
That's the thing, learning to understand the questions is part of the test taking experience... Believe or not, what helped me out most, was doing the MCSA exams back in the day, those scenario based questions where you have a lot of text and then you have to interpret only the relevant information taught me a lot, I learned how to speed read and pick out information quickly.
All this comes with practice and of course, each vendor is going to have their way of formulating and wording the questions.
hurricane1091 wrote: »
You definitely need to know a little networking but I'm just speaking from experience here. For a company of 2500 and not including managers, we have 3 network engineers, 3 systems/storage guys, and 3 voice engineers. The storage guy does our MDS stuff, not us. Our senior server guy asked to check on some VLAN stuff today for him, for example. The guy that handles all the printers frequently asks me for things as well. What I'm basically getting at is an idea is needed about networking for those guys to ask questions (and vice versa for me for systems stuff) but they don't need to be experts.
I'm just saying you seem to be a smart person in regards to storage and systems. I would pass this CCNA, it's not an option to come this far and not pass. But if you're going to have all the knowledge you do in storage and systems, you'd be better served to get the CCNP level equivalent certifications in that world, no? I just wouldn't be so hard on yourself is all with this. I definitely do want to know more about the things you know at some point, I just don't think I would get certified because hopefully I'll be at a certain paygrade eventually where switching over won't make any sense.
As for me passing the CCNA, I used CBT nuggets and the official cert guide. I mainly used packet tracer for labs. But honestly it was all I was focused on, I was only doing desktop stuff at work and not working on the crazy stuff you are probably working on. So, it was much easier for me I think. I basically had more room in my brain.
Also, I ask so many questions at work. I asked the senior server engineer to show me how DHCP really works. I know what DHCP is obviously, and I know we're using IP helper addresses. From his perspective though, I had literally no idea how it worked. I don't need to know though, because it's not my job. But, he showed me how it was all done on his end and showed me some wireshark runs and it was really cool to see. So, I can totally get wanting to get the whole picture, because I'm the same way (I still have zero idea about voice though). I just don't think you should beat yourself to death with it though, but I know your situation might be a lot different. I guess I'm just thinking about things for myself and maybe you can see why I think the way that I do. I could be studying for the MCSA I guess and knowing how to set up DHCP in our environment (and with 100+ branches, it gets pretty lengthy!) but I don't see the value in it I guess. I could be in the wrong though. Talk to me in a few years when I hopefully become a senior network engineer (so much to learn still!) and I might be the exact same way as you.
I'm not an expert by any means and still really new but I'll help you if I can. I'm trying to think of things you need to know for the exam. Root bridge election, understanding administrative distance, access lists, subnetting, wildcard masks, OSPF and EIGRP, other things I am sure. Do you have any ideas on what you are not getting right on the test?
Segovia wrote: »
I don't get it.. You're missing things on the ICND2 exam objectves, so you decide to learn CCNP instead? Well I guess that's not a bad thing, cause you're learning higher level topics which lets you understand the base topic more clearly?
But yea, I need to get down on some GNS3 myself. (Wish I had a real lab )