CCNA expiring in 25 days

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May 22nd, 2007
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I've just discovered my CCNA certification is about to expire. (I misremembered the year and thought I had more time.) Of the 4 CCNP tests, which is the "easiest" study for so I can get back on track? I'm not trying to minimize the value of the cert, I just don't want to have to go through CCNA again.



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Wilson Samuel Wed, 05/23/2007 - 04:33
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It all depends, how fresh you are with the CCNA course contents, if really fresh, then I shall recommend the BSCI as its more easier in the following aspects:-

1. RIP/IGRP (no hassles,not in the syllabus)

2. EIGRP is easier

3. OSPF make sure you understand every part of the OSPf esp. the NBMA and Areas

4. Multicasting = to an extent its pretty easy however the catch lies at the L-2 Address mapping

5. BGP= its also not too difficult

6. IPv6= Important and must recall all the different types of addresses et al.

You should be able to prepare the stuff in 5 days and revise it for next 4 days and attempt it sir.


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stefan.jones Wed, 05/23/2007 - 17:51
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It really is going to depend on what you already know. If you already know routing or have been studying, BSCI may be easiest. If you work on switches, then BSCMN. And if you've been working at all with VoIP and QoS, you'll find the ONT is a breeze.

If you are actualy using Cisco products in your day to day job, I think the SND exam is by far the easiest. It's just security basics, router lockdown and high level information on Cisco product lines. So boning up for a test should be easy. Bonus is that a lot of the curriculum is the same for BCSMN and ICSW, so you'll have a head start on CCNP. Better still, there are a number of specialist titles that just require CCNA, SND and one other test.

If you've been removed from networking (or security) for a while, it may be a better idea to just take the CCNA exam again.

emcnish Fri, 05/25/2007 - 11:42
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Your last option is what I decided on. It killed me to step back, but better to keep what I have than start over.

From what I see on the site (, I only need to pass the 640-811 ICND - right? Easy enough. And then I'll have another 3 years to work on CCNP.

SND looked like a good option too, but with 20+ days until my cert expires, better to re-test something I know.

Thanks again to everyone that took the time to read/respond.



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