Quick win certs after ccna?

I'm due to sit icnd2 at the end of this month and am looking for suggestions on a cert I can complete in around 2/3 months.

I'm asking now as I'll order the books in preparation.

I'm currently employees in helpdesk/support and am due to transition to the network team in mid February. I wanted to stay away from ccnp until I'm in my new role and start gaining experience working with network devices.

Any suggestions for quick win certs I can complete in between December and end of February?

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  • koz24koz24 Member Posts: 766 ■■■■□□□□□□
    Ask the network team which certs among the NA's would be most beneficial to them. You can go many different routes--DC,Security,Collaboration,etc depending on the environment. You can bang out those NA's very quickly if you are dedicated.
  • NetworkNewbNetworkNewb Member Posts: 3,298 ■■■■■■■■■□
    Agree, depends what your network team uses. Maybe learning VMware is something that would be beneficial.
  • Welly_59Welly_59 Member Posts: 431
    Vmware is definitely something that interests me. Possible to do in 2-3 months though?
  • stryder144stryder144 Senior Member Member Posts: 1,684 ■■■■■■■■□□
    How about Wireshark Certified Network Analyst?
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  • E Double UE Double U Member Posts: 2,088 ■■■■■■■■■■
    CCNA Security was very easy. I knocked it out in two months.
    Alphabet soup from (ISC)2, ISACA, GIAC, EC-Council, Microsoft, ITIL, Cisco, Scrum, CompTIA, etc.

    2022 goal(s): CRISC, maybe CGEIT or TOGAF

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  • Welly_59Welly_59 Member Posts: 431
    How many hours of study roughly?
  • E Double UE Double U Member Posts: 2,088 ■■■■■■■■■■
    Every free minute I could spare. Some days I had more time than others.

    Honestly, I don't see why you want to postpone CCNP if you know you'll go for it in your new role which begins soon. Nothing wrong with some light reading before your new duties begin.
    Alphabet soup from (ISC)2, ISACA, GIAC, EC-Council, Microsoft, ITIL, Cisco, Scrum, CompTIA, etc.

    2022 goal(s): CRISC, maybe CGEIT or TOGAF

    "You tried your best and you failed miserably. The lesson is, never try." - Homer Simpson
  • thatguy67thatguy67 Member Posts: 344 ■■■■□□□□□□
    If it's just low hanging fruit you're looking for, have you considered the JNCIA-JunOS? Shouldn't comment too much but the overwhelming feedback I've heard is that it's an easy cert to get after CCNA. I would personally go after the Wireshark cert.
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  • Welly_59Welly_59 Member Posts: 431
    the juniper cert is very interesting. I have looked at the wireshark certificate but $299 for the exam has put me off a bit tbh
  • OctalDumpOctalDump Member Posts: 1,722
    Juniper is a good option for overlap. There's also the Brocade certifications.

    CCNP SWITCH exam might be a good option, too.

    A few of the CCNA's are CCENT (which you have) plus one exam. Wireless, Security, Industrial and CCDA.

    VMware has the VCA level if the VCP looks too big. They have also a specific track for network virtualisation.
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  • mbarrettmbarrett Member Posts: 397 ■■■□□□□□□□
    stryder144 wrote: »
    How about Wireshark Certified Network Analyst?
    +1 for good in-depth understanding of troubleshooting
  • DatabaseHeadDatabaseHead Teradata Assc 16, Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012/2014, CSM Member Posts: 2,724 ■■■■■■■■■■
    What market share does Juniper have for routing and switching?

    If I was to consider a product certification it would either have to tie directly to a position I wanted OR have massive market share.
  • OctalDumpOctalDump Member Posts: 1,722
    What market share does Juniper have for routing and switching?

    If I was to consider a product certification it would either have to tie directly to a position I wanted OR have massive market share.

    It depends on the market segment. But for carrier grade, service provider, I think that Juniper is about 15-20% vs Cisco at 35-40%. For regular l2/l3 switches it's more like 5% vs 60%. I think Cisco still has far superior ASICs that allow them to put much more through their L3 switches.

    I do see Juniper and HP come up in Networking roles, usually named by technology rather than certification. It also shows some breadth and flexibility, which can be useful. I think in smaller organisations there's more chance that they will have mixed technology (to save money), so being able to show that you aren't a "Cisco only tech" can be useful.

    But it's the same old thing: research the roles you are interested in to see what skills are in demand.
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