I have a CCNA which I completed in 2006, when I was offered a free bootcamp style 2 week course which included both exams. Since then I have done very little with it, but have recently entered employment with a company who are very CISCO focused.
They are happy for me to pursue my CCNP, and will pay for anything I require. I have been looking at doing self-study and building my own lab..
To this end I am trying to work out which books to purchase, as I have seen there are Cisco Exam Certification books, and Cisco self-study books? What exactly is the difference between these?
Also do any of these contain lab's and lab exercises? The CCNA course I did furnished me with CCNA companion books and some paper based practice labs, where they literally told you everything to type and to jot down the expected answers..
Is there a CISCO self study equivalent to the companion stuff I did?
Also I am looking (At my employers expense) to buy a home lab... I am looking at doing it with an eye to the future (CCIE in R&S).. At the end of the day it will still be cheaper than sending me on a course for all 4 exams (Which they would do)..
Does anyone have any recommendations for this? I currently have only one 2950. I believe I need a 3550 at the very least...
Can anyone help me please!