Now that I've had time to sit down and go over the book for the 640-911 exam (CCNA Data Center), I'm feeling really good about that one. I pre-ordered the book for the 640-916 exam (the Todd Lammle one comes out on Feb 10th. The Wendell Odom book won't be out until June/July).
To kill some time, and expand the number of Cisco Certs I have (gotta catch 'em all!), I was looking at the CCNA Wireless, CCNA Service Provider and Service Provider Ops, and CCDA tracks. Has anyone here taken the exams for these yet?
I worked for a WISP for 6 years in a Tier 3 role, and used a wide range of both Cisco and Non-Cisco gear (Cisco, Areas, Tasman, SmartBridges, Trango, 3com, Motorola, Tsunami, Vivato, etc..),so I'm pretty comfy with the wired and wireless sides. There's some Cisco specific info I'm sure I'll have to brush up on. I've seen books for the 640-721 rev of the exam, but books for the 640-722 revision won't be out until March. If anybody has sat these exams, how different are the revisions? Was it mostly Cisco proprietary stuff on the exam, or was it a good mix of general info to proprietary ?
The Cisco SP (640-875 and 878 exams) look to be interesting. I've got an Adtran Technical Support Prof cert as well, and I've successfully deployed their Total Access 5000 & 5006
, OPTI-6100 LMX
, and NetVanta devices in COs (and a few military installations) that shall remain nameless. I'm not by any means a telecom guru, but I have a decent grasp of deploying and provisioning their devices (their SMs, Supervisor Cards, the different Line Cards, SFP/XFP/SFP+, In and Out of Band mgmt), the circuit types, and the different clocking stratum. I imagine I'll also need to brush up on BGP and IS-IS, since I haven't seen those since I sat a BSCI class many moons ago, as well as learn about the equipment Cisco typically deploys in COs along with their CLI commands. If anybody has sat either of these exams, can you describe what topics you saw on the exam, and any self-study books you used to pass? Any hardware you had to buy on ebay to practice with in a lab? I've only got mostly lower end routers and switches (2921XM routers, and Cat2900XL/3550 switches). I have various IOS versions (12.4 and lower of adventerprisek9 and telco ) to use in GNS3, but it tends to be more stable with 3640 and 7200 routers. Were you able to find any GNS3 labs online that would be helpful for these two exams?
The CCDA exam looks pretty easy. I'll just grab a self-study guide for it.
I think I'll start the VMWare VCA and VCP5 tracks after I get the CCNA Data Center, CCDA, CCNA Wireless, and at least the CCNA Service Provider. That should keep me busy and out of trouble for a little while.