Dontstop's - Cisco CCNA Journal
So I've decided to finally man up and take my exam. I've always put it off due to this and that, always feeding myself the same procrastination precursors like "I'm too busy", "It's a lot of money", "I don't need Certifications", "Will I remember all of this?" and the kicker "Do I really want/need this". I found right off the bat, Cisco in their learning center provides some great videos on topics such as procrastination and how to be an adult learner, which are helpful and you should check them out! I'm writing this Journal to keep myself accountable and I guess gloat about my successes and sob about my failures with my fellow inmates^H^H^H TechExams Members. I will regularly try to update the OP with new information to save tiring eyes from going through my hopefully many posts. First off, lets talk about Study Material format;
- Books: Odom ICND1 & ICND2 (with some side reading of TCP/IP Illustrated Vol. 1 more for my own benefit than directly related to the exam revision material)
- Exam: I will be taking the 2 part exam ICDN1 (CCENT) + ICND2 for the CCNA. I'm doing this for a couple of reasons, Firstly I don't feel good about trying to pack my head full of CCNA for a single exam when there is so much new to study and such a range of topics I would need to remember (I don't want this to become a wrote learning exercise - On my first Cisco experience). I'm sure that once I'm more fluent on the CLI with Cisco the large exam format will be less intimidating. The other reason includes that I want to take my study slowly and the ICND1+2 just feels nice (another stepping stone) rather than a leap.
- Lab: I will be using physical hardware (I love playing with kit) mixing in a bit of Virtual on the oft occasion (Packet Tracer & GNS3) [The Virtual kit will be more useful in the future, when the network complexity out grows my ability to spend disposable income on it]
- Videos: CBT nuggets ICND1 & 2 + (looking into maybe grabbing something from Byrant Advantage)