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Old 12-04-2012, 04:57 PM   #26
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Did you take your CCNA recently? Because I don't remember seeing anything in the 640-802 exam specifically about thicknet in the book I have here. Hubs and such are covered because it's the best way to show why switching was introduced and the advantages it provides.
Never did the exam but I did go through the curriculum. Unless the one they go by in Cisco Academy is different or maybe it changed. I want to eventually look at getting the certs but I'm in no hurry. They expire, so it only makes sense to take them if I see myself looking for another job within 3 years.
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Old 12-04-2012, 05:03 PM   #27
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I'm almost done with a BS in Network Security Engineering. I never read anything about a thinnet or thicknet. Prof says we could pass the CCNA easily, so I don't know if that is part of the current curriculum.
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I'm almost done with a BS in Network Security Engineering. I never read anything about a thinnet or thicknet. Prof says we could pass the CCNA easily, so I don't know if that is part of the current curriculum.
Find out when your prof took the test last. Today's CCNA is tougher than the CCNP used to be ... far less memorization and heavily weighted toward the SIMs and questions that require some thought.
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Find out when your prof took the test last. Today's CCNA is tougher than the CCNP used to be ... far less memorization and heavily weighted toward the SIMs and questions that require some thought.
That's actually nice to hear. The memorization stuff is what is hard. It makes more sense to test on actual knowledge than a bunch of memorized lists and stuff. Does it have any hands on stuff as well? If they gave a bunch of routers and switches and said "do this" it would totally be awesome. To me that's how it SHOULD be.
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That's actually nice to hear. The memorization stuff is what is hard. It makes more sense to test on actual knowledge than a bunch of memorized lists and stuff. Does it have any hands on stuff as well? If they gave a bunch of routers and switches and said "do this" it would totally be awesome. To me that's how it SHOULD be.
It's an emulated setup, using whatever devices they are asking about. You get virtual console (ala telnet) access to each device, and a list of goals to achieve, or some troubleshooting problem. The "help" / question mark is active, but doesn't list all commands, and offers some bogus choices that look good to the unfamiliar admin.
There's often an addressing issue or problem integrated. There are usually some switching SIMs to set up STP, VLANs, access vs trunk ports, channel bonding, etc.

There are still lots of memorization (which don't have to be memorization if you know the equipment and protocols), and there's still some questions that require the "Cisco Way" of doing things.

It's a fairly challenging test. Unless you're an old hand at Cisco stuff, IMO, you'd be foolish to take it lightly.
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