New to Cisco - CCNA

Unanswered Question
Mar 10th, 2010
User Badges:

Hi all,

Im 22 living in the UK and have some 1st line desktop support experience. Im very keen to learn and have recently signed up to take my first step to a career in IT, by this I mean a CCNA qualification and hopefully more in the future.

Would appreciate any advice and guidance you could give in helping me achieve my CCNA?  Look forward to studying and hopefully asking more intersting questions.

Thanks alot


  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Overall Rating: 0 (0 ratings)
Reza Sharifi Wed, 03/10/2010 - 14:02
User Badges:
  • Super Bronze, 10000 points or more
  • Cisco Designated VIP,

    2017 LAN

Hello Andy,

CCNA is very good starting point. In addition to CCNA books, there are a lots of good documents with examples on Cisco's site that you can read.

Once you are done with your CCNA you can move on to other certs i.e CCDA and CCNP and so on.....There are also a lots good books i.e Routing TCP/IP by Jeff Doyle out there that you can reference as you read and get more experiance.

Good Luck


chris.macleod Thu, 03/11/2010 - 01:11
User Badges:

Hi Andy,

I used the following books:

Both are very good and covered the topics well.  I also used CBT Nuggets which is very usefull especially the subnetting section!

Also I would recommend you have a look at GNS3 it's a free network simulator that runs Cisco IOS.  Don't even think about buying a network simulator they are expensive and support limited commands, GNS3 is much better.  As well as GNS3 I purchased some cisco routers and a couple of switches from ebay, if you have a few spare £ i would recommend you do this also. 

Have a look at Wendell Odom's blog (author of the two study guides above) he discusses purchasing equipment for your home lab.

Hope this helps and good luck!


Andy21JH1 Thu, 03/11/2010 - 02:46
User Badges:


Thank you for your support so far, will look into all your suggestions.


Sukanta Biswas Sun, 03/14/2010 - 03:27
User Badges:

Hi Andy,

On top of CCNA, there are few Cisco guide books in Networking and you will find handy for better understanding of OSI and cisco layers, Different types of domain and network topology. However, I agree with Chris, don't buy any network simulator. Use GNS3 for practice and you can even create complex network in GNS3.  Good luck.



azimrazvi Wed, 10/27/2010 - 04:25
User Badges:

Hell Andrew,

Sorry for negative reply, because u mentioned here that u stay in uk either here i know one of the proffessional Cisco CCNA Courses intitute which is located in Mumbai, India but how sad because u r not stay in India also for further details u can chk its prfossional website "" or u can call at +91-9769932894 or email at "[email protected]".

Thanks and Regards

Azeem Tamboli


This Discussion