How to study Brocade when your brain is wired to cisco?

Hey guys,
I just passed CCNA but unfortunately my company uses brocade. Is there any way to get virtual labs for brocades? I have access to the brocade training but haven't found what I needed expect videos and books which help.
Thanks in advance.

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  • santaownssantaowns Member Posts: 366
    Read the BCNE in a nutshell guide from brocade and that was enough to pass the certification for me
  • fredrikjjfredrikjj Member Posts: 879
    You probably want a trial version of the Brocade Vyatta 5400 vRouter and build some kind of topology with a bunch of them. Don't ask me how to actually do it though.
  • DoubleNNsDoubleNNs Member Posts: 2,013 ■■■■■□□□□□
    It seems like you can even emulate Brocade's vyatta in GNS3 using virtualization. GNS3 Talk has a 20 min tutorial on youtube about it.
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  • jahazieljahaziel Member Posts: 175
    Looked into it. vyatta seems totally different from the NOS used on other switches and routers for brocade. I'm becoming more of a cisco fan the more I study brocade.
  • sh runsh run Member Posts: 10 ■□□□□□□□□□
    I would recommend reading through the Brocade IP Primer, and a FastIron config guide. Both will give you a good idea of how to configure features you should already know from CCNA, and the IP Primer will introduce you to some of the differences in terminology between Cisco and Brocade. Just step through some basic config tasks, like configuring a trunk port, an access port, voice VLAN (dual-mode), creating an LACP LAG, setting up a stack, etc.

    Lots of good study guides here, but you'll probably have some difficulty tracking down the various documents in question (a common problem with Brocade's website). If you get stuck trying to find the docs, PM me and I can upload them to dropbox or something.

    BCNE & BCNP 2012 Exams - Extended Study Material - Brocade Community
  • it_consultantit_consultant Member Posts: 1,903
    jahaziel wrote: »
    Hey guys,
    I just passed CCNA but unfortunately my company uses brocade. Is there any way to get virtual labs for brocades? I have access to the brocade training but haven't found what I needed expect videos and books which help.
    Thanks in advance.

    I have a youtube channel with a lot of Brocade stuff.

    https://www.youtube.com/user/patrickstonetree1

    Brocade is extremely easy, one of the hardest things about learning Cisco and then moving on to a more standards based switch like Brocade or HP is unlearning the unneeded complexity that Cisco throws in. I am shocked when Cisco guys are confused by non-Cisco switches, they are similar enough but almost everything requires fewer keystrokes.

    I just re-read one of your posts, are you running VDX switches? Those are the only ones running NOS (everything runs a form of the FCX image) in which case there are very few differences between NOS and Cisco IOS.
  • devils_haircutdevils_haircut Member Posts: 284 ■■■□□□□□□□
    I'm in a similar boat. I'm less than 30 days away from taking my CCNA, and I just started working with a company that is 90% HP networking gear, with a few Cisco wireless devices thrown in the mix.

    I'm hoping the transition goes smoothly, because I'm not stopping my studies to change to HP after coming this far.

  • jahazieljahaziel Member Posts: 175
    Thank you for your suggestion guys. I'll let you know how my studies come out. Only trying to study for 2 weeks.

    @ Devils_haircut I'm only doing it to help the company out and get a good performance review and start working on switches and routers. As of right now I like Server more then networking but its all fun to me at the same time.
  • sh runsh run Member Posts: 10 ■□□□□□□□□□
    Almost forgot this one. Great comparison of common configuration tasks. Should get you up to speed really quickly.

    Brocade to Cisco command comparisons
  • jahazieljahaziel Member Posts: 175
    Passed the BCNE without any issues... With an 96. It has alot of brocade MCT and LAG questions but otherwise its CCNA watered down test.
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