The time has come for me to understand networks and Cisco equipment and I have a few questions.
I was unable to find any Cisco Academy's in my immediate area. Very sad considering there were tons of them only 6 years ago. I have a full time IT job now. (Mostly computer repair and Novell Administration.) No one in our department really has a true understanding of all of our fantastic network equipment and I want to change that.
I have opted for the self study route, and was hoping someone could point me in the right direction. After searching these forums, and the internet I decided to purchase Todd Lammle's CCNA Study Guide and the CCNA video mentor by Wendell Odom.
First question: Did I make the right decision in purchasing the Lammle Study Guide. If so, should I stick with his book only?
I am only on Chapter 3, so needless to say, I don't have a need for any hardware yet.
I have access to some old 2500 series routers we have laying around here. I also have access to several old switches that were donated some years ago.
Question 2: What types of equipment should I be looking for hands-on training when I get to that point in my study?
Question 3: If I pass the CCNA and truly understand the topics covered by it, should I be able to configure and or troubleshoot a malfunctioning 6509? Or will I need further education.(We have several of these!)
Sorry for the lengthy post. I've been ill for several weeks so please excuse anything in my post that seems incoherent!