CCDA & CCNA expiration question

UnixGuyUnixGuy Are we having fun yet?Mod Posts: 4,232 Mod
I took my CCNA on August/2007 so now it's time to recertify :)


The problem is, I didn't touch any Cisco gear since three years, because I work with Servers & Storage most of the time, and I kind of lost the practical experience.


Since I'm interested more in the design side of things, I'm wondering if it's a good idea to take the CCDA exam ?

My CCNA will expire on 26/August/2010 , so I have less than two months..not sure if it's enough to prepare anyway...


If I take the CCDA exam, my CCNA will be renewed as well right ?



one more question, how much practical experience needed for CCDA ? I have a very good conceptual knowledge, but I don't have a Cisco gear to practice...
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  • miller811miller811 Member Posts: 897
    CCNA certifications are valid for three years. To recertify, pass the ICND2 exam, or pass the current CCNA exam, or pass a CCNA Concentration exam (wireless, security, voice), or pass the current CCDA exam, or pass any 642 - XXX professional level or Cisco Specialist exam (excluding Sales Specialist exams), or pass a current CCIE or CCDE written exam.

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    Two months is more than enough to prepare for the CCNA specialty or CCDA exam. Pick the one that interests you or is best suited for your career goals.

    I would plan to take the exam at least 7 days prior to your expiration date to allow yourself an oppurtunity to retake the exam.
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  • UnixGuyUnixGuy Are we having fun yet? Mod Posts: 4,232 Mod
    miller811 wrote: »
    CCNA certifications are valid for three years. To recertify, pass the ICND2 exam, or pass the current CCNA exam, or pass a CCNA Concentration exam (wireless, security, voice), or pass the current CCDA exam, or pass any 642 - XXX professional level or Cisco Specialist exam (excluding Sales Specialist exams), or pass a current CCIE or CCDE written exam.

    CCNA - Career Certifications & Paths - Cisco Systems

    Two months is more than enough to prepare for the CCNA specialty or CCDA exam. Pick the one that interests you or is best suited for your career goals.

    I would plan to take the exam at least 7 days prior to your expiration date to allow yourself an oppurtunity to retake the exam.



    oh so I can take the ICDN2 exam only ? this looks like the easiest way to recertify !

    I'll look at the CCDA, if I can't do it, then I'll do the ICDN2
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  • peanutnogginpeanutnoggin Member Posts: 1,096 ■■■□□□□□□□
    UnixGuy wrote: »
    oh so I can take the ICDN2 exam only ? this looks like the easiest way to recertify !

    I would suggest you be careful on the ICND2 exam and don't take it light... Review the exam blueprint on the Cisco site and study the areas in which you feel you may be the weakest. Good luck! icon_thumright.gif

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  • networker050184networker050184 Mod Posts: 11,962 Mod
    Why do you want to get a Cisco certification if you don't work with Cisco gear anyway? Just curious.
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  • UnixGuyUnixGuy Are we having fun yet? Mod Posts: 4,232 Mod
    I would suggest you be careful on the ICND2 exam and don't take it light... Review the exam blueprint on the Cisco site and study the areas in which you feel you may be the weakest. Good luck! icon_thumright.gif

    -Peanut

    Thank you, I'll do that :)
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  • UnixGuyUnixGuy Are we having fun yet? Mod Posts: 4,232 Mod
    Why do you want to get a Cisco certification if you don't work with Cisco gear anyway? Just curious.

    good question, I asked myself the same question.

    while I don't deal directly with Cisco gear, but I do with closely with Cisco engineers. When we implement a solution, there's always a network infrastructure, and it's very helpful for us (server+storage+backup) people to know networking as well.

    CCNA is the foundation track for Cisco, and I spent one year working with Cisco gear (few years back), so I think it's a good idea to at least keep the cert valid :)
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  • miller811miller811 Member Posts: 897
    UnixGuy wrote: »
    good question, I asked myself the same question.

    while I don't deal directly with Cisco gear, but I do with closely with Cisco engineers. When we implement a solution, there's always a network infrastructure, and it's very helpful for us (server+storage+backup) people to know networking as well.

    CCNA is the foundation track for Cisco, and I spent one year working with Cisco gear (few years back), so I think it's a good idea to at least keep the cert valid :)

    I agree on keeping it valid.
    Since you are dealing with infrastructure, I would go the CCDA route. The book is a pretty easy read.
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  • Daniel333Daniel333 Member Posts: 2,077 ■■■■■■□□□□
    I completely understood why people consder the CCDA so simple? I did the CBTnuggets for it last year and found it very challenging. Layer 3 switching, best protocol selection, fail over, pricing, design model and voice all over it!

    Without experience in Cisco voice and advanced switching I dont see someone being able ot pass this.

    I would highly recommend you just redo the CCNA or maybe the CCNA Security.
    -Daniel
  • nicklauscombsnicklauscombs Member Posts: 885
    Daniel333 wrote: »
    I completely understood why people consder the CCDA so simple? I did the CBTnuggets for it last year and found it very challenging. Layer 3 switching, best protocol selection, fail over, pricing, design model and voice all over it!
    Agreed, not to mention the Cisco marketing terms make my head spin.
    Daniel333 wrote: »
    I would highly recommend you just redo the CCNA or maybe the CCNA Security.

    I would also recommend the ccna: security. From a resume point of view i think employers would be a lot more interested in seeing security over the design cert. Since the OP already finished security+ a lot of the concepts crossover and building a lab for this is super cheap (especially using dynamips). The real challenge is coaxing the SDM software to work correctly for you.
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  • UnixGuyUnixGuy Are we having fun yet? Mod Posts: 4,232 Mod
    but passing the CCNA security, I need some Cisco firewall or security appliance to practice ? I don't have any !

    I think ICDN2 is the simplest way....with my busy job, I don't think I'll be able to give it enough time right now.
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  • UnixGuyUnixGuy Are we having fun yet? Mod Posts: 4,232 Mod
    miller811 wrote: »
    I agree on keeping it valid.
    Since you are dealing with infrastructure, I would go the CCDA route. The book is a pretty easy read.

    which book are you using ?
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  • miller811miller811 Member Posts: 897
    I don't claim to be an expert, but I sure would like to become one someday.

    Quest for 11K pages read in 2011
    Page Count total to date - 1283
  • nicklauscombsnicklauscombs Member Posts: 885
    UnixGuy wrote: »
    but passing the CCNA security, I need some Cisco firewall or security appliance to practice ? I don't have any !

    I think ICDN2 is the simplest way....with my busy job, I don't think I'll be able to give it enough time right now.

    you only need 2 or 3 routers that can run SDM and a switch or two to practice locking those down, also SDM can be setup through gns3. the fact most of the config work on the exam is through the SDM gui made this fairly easy for me to study and pass.

    the ccda would be beneficial as well but ugh that marketing material in the exam blueprint is so boring.
    WIP: IPS exam
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