640-553 Passed!!

techie2012techie2012 Network EngineerMember Posts: 150
I got a 944/1000! I used the Sybex study guide. I also took Security+ before this. One of the simulations during the exam was pretty buggy. Almost made me click next repeatedly before finishing. icon_rolleyes.gif I think I will be doing the CCNA: Voice next since I am being exposed to CM and Avaya during my current project.
(CCNP: Switch) Passed!
(CCNP: Route) Goal: 11/15/12 Progress: 75%
(CCNP: TShoot) Goal: 12/15/12 Progress: ​50%
(Perl Scripting) Ongoing :study:

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  • drew2000drew2000 Senior Member Member Posts: 290
  • SteveO86SteveO86 Senior Member Member Posts: 1,423
    Congrats and good luck!
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  • YuckTheFankeesYuckTheFankees Senior Member Member Posts: 1,281 ■■■■■□□□□□
    Congrats and keep us posted on your CCNA: Voice studies!
  • calinccnacalinccna Junior Member Registered Users Posts: 1 ■□□□□□□□□□
    Did you use some practice exams?
    Congrats!
  • techie2012techie2012 Network Engineer Member Posts: 150
    calinccna wrote: »
    Did you use some practice exams?
    Congrats!

    Thanks everyone and nope, no practice exams this time around. I just used the book and also an ASA from work for fiddling with the sdm. I used packet tracer for setting things up like CLI views, AAA, ACLS and ssh.
    (CCNP: Switch) Passed!
    (CCNP: Route) Goal: 11/15/12 Progress: 75%
    (CCNP: TShoot) Goal: 12/15/12 Progress: ​50%
    (Perl Scripting) Ongoing :study:
  • fadhilfadhil Senior Member Member Posts: 200
    congratulation.
  • JackaceJackace Senior Member Member Posts: 335
    How long did it take you to prepare for the certification?
  • techie2012techie2012 Network Engineer Member Posts: 150
    Jackace wrote: »
    How long did it take you to prepare for the certification?

    It took me about 3 weeks to prepare, mind you I had taken the Security+ beforehand and that took me about a month to study for. I also had experience from taking classes in college.
    (CCNP: Switch) Passed!
    (CCNP: Route) Goal: 11/15/12 Progress: 75%
    (CCNP: TShoot) Goal: 12/15/12 Progress: ​50%
    (Perl Scripting) Ongoing :study:
  • JackaceJackace Senior Member Member Posts: 335
    Congrats on the pass with only 3 weeks of prep. What hardware/IOS images did you use for your labs?
  • techie2012techie2012 Network Engineer Member Posts: 150
    Jackace wrote: »
    Congrats on the pass with only 3 weeks of prep. What hardware/IOS images did you use for your labs?

    I used an ASA5500 with IOS 8.2 and 2 3560 Catalyst switches with IOS 12.2 that I borrowed from work and 2 1900 Cisco routers that I own with IOS 12.4.
    (CCNP: Switch) Passed!
    (CCNP: Route) Goal: 11/15/12 Progress: 75%
    (CCNP: TShoot) Goal: 12/15/12 Progress: ​50%
    (Perl Scripting) Ongoing :study:
  • fadhilfadhil Senior Member Member Posts: 200
  • JackaceJackace Senior Member Member Posts: 335
    techie2012 wrote: »
    I used an ASA5500 with IOS 8.2 and 2 3560 Catalyst switches with IOS 12.2 that I borrowed from work and 2 1900 Cisco routers that I own with IOS 12.4.

    Was the asa needed or was it just nice to have?
  • techie2012techie2012 Network Engineer Member Posts: 150
    Jackace wrote: »
    Was the asa needed or was it just nice to have?

    It was just nice being able to tinker with sdm and set up dmzs and such. It wasn't needed but I have to say that it certainly did help for the exam. You can also download GNS3 and get an IOS with sdm and do that.
    (CCNP: Switch) Passed!
    (CCNP: Route) Goal: 11/15/12 Progress: 75%
    (CCNP: TShoot) Goal: 12/15/12 Progress: ​50%
    (Perl Scripting) Ongoing :study:
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