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Quick Question Regarding the CCNP Material

ProfessorGumbyProfessorGumby Member Posts: 22 ■■■□□□□□□□
Hiya, gang. Hiya, hiya, hiya. I got my CCNA back a few years ago, and now I've decided to go for my CCNP. However, there was a different department at work that handled all of the routing/switching, etc., etc. I was more of a Microsoft guy. So, my skills are rusty, no doubt. If I jump into the CCNP study material, will that go over the "CCNA basics", or am I best to buy a CCNA for Dummies book to get the cobwebs out?

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    StoticStotic Member Posts: 248
    The BSCI will be the most familiar...but before you do anything, I would check to see if your CCNA is still valid otherwise you'll have to retake it in order to take a CCNP test.
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    SlowhandSlowhand Mod Posts: 5,161 Mod
    I wouldn't go so far as to pick up a "for dummies" book, but doing a little bit of review might not be a bad idea, particularly on the basics of the IOS and subnetting. Take a look at the CCNP FAQ that Mike put together and you'll see a section called "Other Resources". There are some good fundamentals there. Also, check out a book called Network Warrior, it has a lot of good stuff to help refresh you on CCNA topics, as well as show you a few things that "weren't on the CCNA", as the book famously says. And, of course, there's a ton of good information on this forum regarding CCNP topics, both in the CCNP section itself, as well as the general Cisco forum.
    Stotic wrote: »
    The BSCI will be the most familiar...but before you do anything, I would check to see if your CCNA is still valid otherwise you'll have to retake it in order to take a CCNP test.
    You can take any test you want, but the CCNP won't be valid if you don't have a current CCNA. My former boss let his CCNA lapse, took all the CCNP tests, then finally earned the actual CCNP title after retaking the CCNA exam.

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    StoticStotic Member Posts: 248
    Then in that case you might as well go renew your CCNA first if it's expired.
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    ProfessorGumbyProfessorGumby Member Posts: 22 ■■■□□□□□□□
    Thank you, Slowhand. Very helpful post. And yes, Stotic. It's good until Sept., 2010. Thanks for mentioning that.
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    mikej412mikej412 Member Posts: 10,086 ■■■■■■■■■■
    With the changes to the CCNA and the "upgrade" of the CCNP, reading the latest edition of Todd's CCNA Sybex book is probably a good idea. It should easily knock the cobwebs off your old CCNA knowledge and get you back in shape for your CCNP studies.
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    Forsaken_GAForsaken_GA Member Posts: 4,024
    It's been over 5 years since I passed the CCNA, so I took the previous versions of the exams (I'm not sure exactly when they upgraded it). A friend of mine is studying for the CCNA now, and some of the questions he's been asking me makes me wonder if I should go retake it, because it sounds like it got a serious bump in difficulty. If the current version of the CCNA is the one you've already passed, you'll likely be fine to move on to CCNP, though a little review is never a bad thing
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    AutoBahn81AutoBahn81 Member Posts: 22 ■□□□□□□□□□
    I have the CCNA Security Concentration and the CCNA itself was definitely harder than the concentration.
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