I am proud to have achieved my CCNA and I'm serious about the next step - CCNP.
I have started by begining to read the self study BCMSN book as to me, fully understanding MLS is a priority above BSCI. Of course I plan to move onto BSCI next and then ISCW followed by ONT.
My query is to those who have already obtained certification. When I succeeded in obtaining CCNA I did the bulk of study using online e-resources and I found this much easier than reading through the book's. I had to enroll at college to get access to e-resources but I mainly just self studied so the tutored lessons I had to pay for was a waste. Are there online CCNP resources I can pay for that you guy's could recomend and which I wouldn't have to enroll at some college or netacademy for? Any help/recomendations on good supplementary materials along side the CCNP self study guides would be much appreciated as I am dedicated to get to CCNP status. ie - Boson Netsim - Is this any good??
Carlton - UK
I found Boson Sim a total waste of time on the CCNA, and I had the full blown version. I would not invest in that again.
BUT here are a few good links. Bryant Advantage (www.thebryantadvantage.com). He has excellent study materials, labs and the best part: pod rental time using real equipment. Your study course comes with 3 days rental and you can use his labs. Then because you will have time left over, you can just use the equipment to test various things you've read about but found confusing.
You can also do simulated routing with DYNAMPS/Dynagen. (http://www.ipflow.utc.fr/index.php/Cisco_7200_Simulator). Won't help with switches and you have to have your own copy of the IOS for the router but it's a sweet product, and the emulator is free. I have tested more stuff for my organization before going live by using this simulator..done lots of debugging on it too.
You can buy the Networks Academy material without having to sign up for class, check CiscoPress web site or Amazon.com and others. Among helpful stuff: CCNP lab portfolio, ISBN 978-1-58713-213-1. Gives you more practice but again you have to have simulator or lab pods somewhere.
I've seen lots of comments on CBTNuggets but I haven't personally tried it.
Then there are the usual places to get training, Global Knowledge has some Online and CBT courses that come with access to lab equipment.
HTH, good luck!