burbankmarc wrote: »
Get the cisco press self study guide, and the lab companion. Outside of that you don't really NEED anything else, but the TCP/IP vol I and II are good supplement. All you need for labs is GNS3. You can get a ton of supplement info on cisco's website.
My advice, and I know it seems pretty simple, but read a chapter, and understand it. Don't just read it and not retain it, actually conceptualize all of it. That and apply it all to labs (GNS3).
Good luck, if you understand the material you'll ace the exam.
gorebrush wrote: »
For the BSCI I would HIGHLY recommend the BSCI Lab Portfolio.
Buy it, and love it.
burbankmarc wrote: »
I used the sybex books for my CCNA, but chose the cisco press books for the BSCI, since I wanted to follow the exam topics as closely as possible.
Also, I have a home lab too, but I didn't touch it when studying for the BSCI. GNS3 offered me flexibility that I just didn't have with my home lab. I was able to get a 22 router lab going in GNS3, running RIP, EIGRP, OSPF, ISIS, and BGP all at the same time. Unless you have a beast of a home lab, you just can't do stuff like that without GNS3.
billscott92787 wrote: »
I have the text, I ordered the CCNP Exam Certification Library. So all the Cisco Press books for BCMSN, BSCI, ONT, and ISCW. I would say that you definitely need it. The lab portfolio and CBT aren't going to be enough for the exam. I can almost guarantee that. I have been using Train Signal, lab portfolio, and the cisco press BSCI text. To be quite honest, if this is your first CCNP exam, the exams come down to really applied knowledge. I have seen why individuals say that it is better to work in this field before attempting the exam. But, of course these exams can be passed. They are A LOT more difficult than the ICND1 and ICND2 exams.
I totally agree with Forsaken as well, that you can adapt each scenario to meet your lab. I bought equipment when taking the CCNA, because I wanted to get that hands on feeling when it came to configuring stuff. But to be honest, the only thing I really did on the equipment was set up a Frame Relay and run OSPF over it. Everything else I have been using GNS3. But, I can say that I haven't used it to do a "Monster" lab. I normally run about 3-5 routers, and it seems to have been plenty to accomplish everything that I need to be able to accomplish to hit all the topics that are recommended by the lab portfolio.
BroadcastStorm wrote: »
Hey guys, do you recommend taking the new CCNP track, route, switch and tshoot?
I am thinking maybe I should reinforce my knowledge by taking another associate exam perhaps CCDA or CCNA Security?
Please give me your feedback, are the resources for the new CCNP track already available?