Monday, June 27, 2011

Using Cisco Packet Tracer to study for the CCNA

So I just finished a week long CCNA boot camp with Global Knowledge.  It was intense, to say the least.  Global Knowledge continues to impress me with their classes.  They are still several notches above any of their competitors.

Their lab setup was particularly impressive for the CCNAX.  Each pair of students have remote access to two routers, a switch, a virtual machine, a TFTP server, and connectivity to a core router.  There was also a pretty snazzy web interface that allowed you to reset the configurations of all the devices to any lab.  Pretty impressive. It gave you the leeway to mess around as much as you wanted without fear of being unable to fix it.

For post-class studying I've been using Cisco's Packet Tracer - and it rocks.  Unlike GNS3 which actually requires you to have the IOS's, Packet Tracer emulates the IOS's (which also means it doesn't eat up your computer's resources loading a half a dozen IOS's).

Here's a screenshot of a lab I threw together this afternoon.  It covers pretty much everything you need to know for the CCNA except ACLs (I'll be starting on those tomorrow).

Now I just need to braindump the multiple choice portion = P

Apparently you just need to start a blog to get a job at VMware

Hello there!  It seems that just about everyone has an IT blog now.  I figured I'd jump on the bandwagon too.  This will be my first attempt at blogging.  I'm mostly going to be covering virtualization and its place in the SMB sector.  Stay tuned for lots of virtual goodness!