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Certification Newsletter
144th Edition :: August 15th, 2006

Over 41,585 Subscribers
In This Issue:
:: What's New @ MC MCSE
:: ETA Extends, Expands Rollover Program
:: Cisco Announces CCNP Certification Updates
:: CCNA/CCNP Home Lab Article: The 2501 Router
:: Training Directory Product Reviews
:: At the Boards

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:: What's New @ MC MCSE ::

New Cisco Tutorials:
We have added 3 new tutorials for Cisco certifications as follows:

CIT - Troubleshooting EIGRP
BSCI - Troubleshooting Route Redistribution
BSCI - Route Redistribution and the Seed Metric

:: ETA Extends, Expands Rollover Program ::

The Electronics Technicians Association (ETA) announced that they will extend their rollover program. The rollover program has also been expanded. Previously, only CompTIA certifications could be transferred, but now Apple, Microsoft, Novell, LPI, Cisco, and RedHat certs can be transferred for a fee.

For more information, click here.

:: Cisco Announces CCNP Certification Updates ::

Cisco has announced a complete upgrade and new exams for their CCNP certification program. The new exams will be:

642-901 BSCI
Building Scalable Cisco Inter-networks ISR routers, updates to Cisco IOSŪ Software 12.4 routing protocol, routing authentication security, multicast routing, IPv6

642-812 BCMSN
Building Cisco Multilayer Switched Networks High availability, new wireless LAN fundamentals for Airespace thin-client, voice, and Cisco IOS switch security

642-825 ISCW
Implementing Secure Converged Wide-Area Networks Cable and DSL broadband access, Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)/MPLS VPN fundamentals Cisco IOS Security featuring S2S VPN (IPsec and generic routing encapsulation/IPsec [GRE/IPSEC]), Cisco Easy VPN, Cisco IOS Firewall, Cisco IOS Intrusion Prevention System (IPS), Cisco AutoSecure, Role-Based CLI Access, and Cisco Security Device Manager (SDM)

642-845 ONT
Optimizing Converged Cisco Networks Voice over IP (VoIP) fundamentals, techniques to address VoIP challenges, concepts and implementation methods for quality of service (QoS), wireless security standards, and Cisco wireless LAN (WLAN) networks

These exams became available on August 15th. The current exams will retire on December 31, 2006

Click here for more information

:: CCNA/CCNP Home Lab Article: The 2501 Router ::

To be truly prepared for your CCNA and CCNP exams, you need real hands-on experience with real Cisco routers and switches. However, a production network is a really bad place to practice your configurations, but an excellent way to get fired and/or sued. The key to becoming a true CCNA and CCNP is assembling your own Cisco home lab.

You don't have to spend a lot of money to do so; used Cisco equipment is cheaper than ever. It's robust as well - I've bought literally hundreds of used routers and switches over the years and have had very few problems. I owe much of my skill to practicing configurations and troubleshooting in my own home lab.

2501 routers are fantastic for CCNA and CCNP home labs. They come with two serial interfaces, allowing you to connect one interface directly to another router (you'll need a DTE/DCE cable for that, too) while connecting another to a frame relay switch if you like. If you don't have a frame relay switch, you can connect a 2501 directly to two other routers via the serial interfaces.

You also have an AUI port, which requires a transceiver to operate as your Ethernet interface. Transceivers are pretty cheap and readily available from Cisco resellers and ebay vendors, so pick one up for each 2503 you decide to buy.

2501 routers don't come with BRI interfaces, but not every router in your lab has to be ISDN-ready. If you choose not to have ISDN in your lab at all, 2501s are the way to go. If you do want to run ISDN and have an ISDN simulator device, you can get two 2503s and the rest of your routers can be 2501.

All in all, 2501 routers are great for your CCNA / CCNP home lab. They cost less than $100 each on ebay, so they're also very affordable. There's no better training than training on your own CCNA or CCNP home lab, and you can always sell the equipment later if you like. Basically, you're renting the routers and switches, and the experience you get by working with the real deal is invaluable.

You might also want to read about the Cisco 2503 router

About the Author:
Chris Bryant, CCIE #12933, is the owner of The Bryant Advantage , home of free CCNA and CCNP tutorials! Pass the CCNA exam with Chris Bryant!

:: Training Directory Product Reviews::

Here are the latest product reviews have been submitted to our Training Directory.

70-270 MCSE / MCSA Guide to Microsoft Windows XP Professional - By walkerbowe
We used this book at CDI College, it covers alot of material that found on the real exam. I also feel that it would be a good choice to find a second reading with this book, perhaps something that asks more questions. By it's self I don't think it's enough, if your writing the 070-270, then perhaps. If your writing the 072-270 exam, then you'd better get more material, cause this one was written before Service Pack 1, was released.

Security+ Guide to Network Security Fundamentals - By walkerbowe
This book is good, but your gonna need a second source.

We keep our sites free for you. In return, we would really appreciate it if you would help your fellow members by writing a short review of the books and products that you have used or are currently using in our Training Directory. It takes just a few minutes of your time, but will be very beneficial to others and us.

:: At the Boards ::

Our forums currently have 81,897 members and 59,538 posts. Here are some of the most popular posts since our last newsletter.

Popular Posts
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difference between cisco PIX and cisco Router 10 98 August 15, 2006
How long will the 2003 MCSE be around? 6 120 August 14, 2006
Windows Backup 8 110 August 14, 2006
Passed 70-290, with 880!! 12 162 August 14, 2006
Is it possible to get a decent job just having 70-270? 7 153 August 13, 2006
Routers and ACL 9 145 August 11, 2006
Passed 290 8 247 August 9, 2006
Certification Scam ? 18 606 August 1, 2006

Unanswered Posts - be the first to answer.
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DNS and islanding 0 82 August 9, 2006
Things opening slowly when not connected to my domain 0 45 August 11, 2006
cant connect all n/w drives 0 36 August 14, 2006
What resources/book do you like for 293? 0 17 August 15, 2006

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Good luck with your studies!