CBTNuggets

1 03 2012

Looks like I got in there with my CBT purchases at just the right time (I.e the whole of the last 18 months).. Download packages (as opposed to streaming – much less flexible) seem to start from $499 now, rather than the $299 I paid for most of the packages I’ve bought previously ;(

Not saying they’re not worth it, but it’s a big jump.





Thanks CBTNuggets

3 11 2011

Wondering if I was the only one who managed to purchase the 2008 CCNA Voice syllabus video series from CBT Nuggets, on the DAY the 2011 series was released.

Literally must have been the timezone difference that caused it – the 2011 series was not on the site at the time of purchase.

Dropped them a cheeky email explaining the above, and they were happy to remove the 2008 series from my account and add the 2011 series instead – great customer service, thank you CBT Nuggets.





Passed ICND2

5 10 2011

Took the ICND2 again at the same test centre yesterday, and passed! Score was 860. As preparation, I carried out hours and hours of subnetting, binary conversion and VLSM practise, and was glad I did.

Knowing that time would be my greatest enemy, I had already decided that I would be confident in my answers and move on from each question as quickly as possible, rather than reviewing which I’d normally do. I got a similar VLSM question to one I got last time, quite early on in the test, which I was glad of, and then smashed through the questions as fast as possible.

The switch simulation was very near the end, which was great, because I had lots of time to spare by this point and as it was similar to the last one which I was pretty sure I got right, I was quite confident about the answer.

As NAT / access lists was my weakest area last time, I paid special attention to these in my studies, and was glad I did, achieving 100% on this section compared to 33% last time.

Finally finished with 10 minutes to spare. Had a hairy moment when I clicked “End Exam” in order to get my score without messing around with surveys etc, and the screen skipped straight to the login screen, bypassing the score page!

Practically ran out to reception, worried that I’d ended the process early and lost my score, but fortunately, my score sheet was already being printed. I jumped up and down screaming “yes!” when I saw the pass mark.

So, I strongly advise candidates for this one to know the material very well before taking, and to practise binary conversion, subnetting and VLSM til you’re blue in the face – it’s so important to be able to calculate these quickly during the exam.

Onwards!





Bricked..

22 09 2011

Both a 2950 switch, and a 2811 router (that one hurt!) in two days! Unbelievable.

Firstly, the switch – I used write erase, expecting this to effectively delete my startup configuration file, but it actually deleted the OS image file. D’oh! I am finding the 2900XL fine for my study needs so far, but will be buying a replacement 2950 on pay day.

The router wasn’t my fault – it went from being fine one day to having a non-working console port the next. Tried alternative rollover cable, a different router etc, and every other combination worked fine. Unfortunately, I hadn’t enabled Telnet / SSH access so although it was working (a show cdp neighbor showed it live and kicking), so it’s effectively bricked.

This was my only 2-ethernet port router and my DCE-DTE cable hadn’t arrived yet, so I ordered a Cisco 1605 from Ebay for £30. Looks OK, with two ethernet ports (not fast ethernet) and a Serial port – plenty of scope for messing around with routing protocols etc.