I've been working in IT for 10 years now, and doing systems administration for the last 3. I've got an MCSE under 2000 and 2003, and have a good handle on windows based networking.
However, I've never done anything on any kind of Cisco product. I don't even know how to connect to or log on to a switch or router to do something on it.
I now have to learn enough to pass the CCNA and I have 2 years to do it. But I'm at a complete loss as to where to start.
Can anyone give me some guidance? What's the most basic form of training I can get my hands on? I'm confident I can learn this stuff, I'm just a bit hesitant to dive into a course on programming switches when I don't even know how to connect to one.
Todd Lammie's book is very good and a frequent recommendation.
I don't think the order is important, but anything you can get (avoid braindumps for now, there are some bad Q&As in those sites)can be helpful.
Everyone learns differently, but what works for me would be to do a section for the Lammie book, then do the same section from the Internetworking Guide.
Sometimes reading / hearing / following several different sources helps to fill in the blanks (i.e., some aspect in the Lammie book might be unclear, but the additional explanation from the IG (or other source) might provide additional insight).