Which Book?

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Apr 16th, 2008
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Hello everyone

1. First I would like an advice. Would you recommend study for the CCNP first then move to the CCVP? Or I should go directly to the CCVP? I believe I need more experience with router and switches so the CCNP will be the best choice to start? on the other hand, CCVP will help me specialize in the area of Voice. My question is which one would help me START my career as a Network specialist? Thank you in advance for your comments.

In addition, If CCNP is the best route to start then what book should I use for the BSCI exam? The self study guide or the CCNP BSCI Official Exam Certification Guide? Any additional books?

Thank you,


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Justin Brenton Wed, 04/16/2008 - 07:28
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Hi Nilslau03,

This all depends on your career focus and personal preference but it sounds like your geared towards CCNP already.

To advance your career as a Network Specialist I would highly recommend CCNP.

CCVP could take up to a year to complete, I would also suggest looking into what version you would want to be taking as the CCVP exam is based on CUCM v4. CUCM v6 is expected for next year.

HTH, please rate


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jim_berlow Wed, 04/16/2008 - 09:37
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Justin is right on with his post, but I want to offer another point of view.

The question of which to pursue I think depends on what you want to do. There is little overlap between the programs and I don't feel that being a CCNP / CCIE R&S is necessary to completing the CCVP. If part of your question is which has better job prospects the answer is definitely the CCVP (starting wages for the CCVP rival the CCIE R&S and there are vastly more job opportunities in voice). One of the big differences with the voice track is the greater emphasis on user features such as configuring Call Manager (PBX), Unity (Voice Mail), and it is wise to learn how users interact with the system (because you will be the go to person for when that user can't transfer a phone call properly :).

Just my thoughts...


jonmo2578 Tue, 04/29/2008 - 13:55
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Again, I agree with the two other comments.. It all depends where your interests lie and which area you want to progress in..

Im working with Call Manager daily so Im looking to get the CCVP qualification first beforelooking at the CCNP..

In regards to whether or not you need study for CCNP first, I dont think you do.. Ive just completed the QOS exam today and that wasnt too bad.. Im hoping that my daily exposure to CM will help with the remaining 4 exams.. we'll see :-)


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