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Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 1

The 640-822 exam associated with this course has been retired. However, the course still retains value as an IT resource. Looking for training for the new (2013) ICND1 exam? See Jeremy's course for ICND1 100-101....
The 640-822 exam associated with this course has been retired. However, the course still retains value as an IT resource. Looking for training for the new (2013) ICND1 exam? See Jeremy's course for ICND1 100-101.

Successful networking careers begin with Cisco CCENT/CCNA certification and the fundamental knowledge it represents. This course shows you the hands-on skills you need to meet the network support needs of employers and clients. This video course also teaches you the essential skills for passing the CCENT certification exam.

You proceed at your own pace, watching videos that break down the CCENT certification process and basic Cisco networking into bite-sized nuggets. Video by video you learn how to install, operate and troubleshoot a small enterprise branch network, including basic network security.

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1. Welcome to Cisco CCENT! (35 min)
2. Foundations: What is a Network? (35 min)
3. Foundations: Living in the OSI World (43 min)
4. Basic TCP/IP: Addressing Fundamentals (39 min)
5. Basic TCP/IP: TCP and UDP Communication (23 min)
6. Basic TCP/IP: Understanding Port Numbers (17 min)
7. Basic TCP/IP: The Tale of Two Packets (20 min)
8. LANs: Welcome to Ethernet (22 min)
9. LANs: Understanding the Physical Connections (18 min)
10. LANs: Understanding LAN Switches (19 min)
11. LANs: Working with the Cisco Switch IOS (29 min)
12. LANs: Initial Setup of a Cisco Switch (35 min)
13. LANs: Configuring Switch Security, Part 1 (37 min)
14. LANs: Configuring Switch Security, Part 2 (19 min)
15. LANs: Optimizing and Troubleshooting Switches (31 min)
16. Wireless: Understanding Wireless Networking (34 min)
17. Wireless: Wireless Security and Implementation (29 min)
18. Advanced TCP/IP: Working with Binary (25 min)
19. Advanced TCP/IP: IP Subnetting, Part 1 (55 min)
20. Advanced TCP/IP: IP Subnetting, Part 2 (22 min)
21. Advanced TCP/IP: IP Subnetting, Part 3 (19 min)
22. Routing: Initial Router Configuration (31 min)
23. Routing: SDM and DHCP Server Configuration, Part 1 (32 min)
24. Routing: SDM and DHCP Server Configuration, Part 2 (20 min)
25. Routing: Implementing Static Routing (37 min)
26. Routing: Implementing Dynamic Routing with RIP (40 min)
27. Routing: Internet Access with NAT and PAT (24 min)
28. Routing: WAN Connectivity (27 min)
29. Management and Security: Telnet, SSH, and CDP (28 min)
30. Management and Security: File Management (20 min)
31. Last Words for Test Takers (7 min)

Welcome to Cisco CCENT!


Welcome to the CBTNugget's CCENT video series, or what some people would call ICDN1. My name is Jeremy Cioara and I'll be talking with you throughout this entire series. And I realize that this may be a first for many of you on two accounts: first off, it could be your first time with CBTNuggets Since this is the beginning of a CISCO certification track, you may have never seen another CBTNuggets before. Second it may be a first into the CISCO certification track, so in this introductory video I want to talk about both. I want to first off talk about how we train at CBTNuggets and set your expectations for the whole series. Second, I want to talk about what I believe to be the most valuable certification you could ever get and that's CISCO certification. I'll talk about why I believe that and what I believe to be the best path for you to go through CISCO certification.


We'll talk about what employers are looking for; why they're looking for it and so on. I'll then talk about getting the most from the series because I want to be prepared as you go through here to get the most from it. So I'll give you some tips on just watching the series in general, and then I know many of you are taking the certification exam, so I want to give you some tips on preparing for the exam. Now because of that, I would recommend that you begin the series with this video, just like you're doing now and end the series with this video. Not the whole thing, maybe just the tips on preparing to take the exam because that will refresh your mind on what is the best way to study for the certification test.


Well, let me start off by talking about how we do what we do here it's CBTNuggets. And I realize I'm coming against a thousand stereotypes that people have any time they hear the words "Online Training" or "E-learning". Most people when they hear that immediately get images in their mind of, "Ah, well, boring." You know, it's just somebody reading something to them that they could read from the screen themselves and probably even faster. As a matter of fact, there is an extremely large company that shall remain nameless less who is large enough to produce online training for their own employees. And they did a study of how long the session would be maintained -- meaning how long somebody would keep the window open for the online training titles. You know what the average was? Two minutes! Two minutes! And people would shut the window and ugh, I'm done with that; that's not what CBTNuggets is about.


CBTNuggets is just like a classroom environment in that we have network diagrams that you'll be looking at and working through. A whiteboard, key facts, live demonstrations; it's just like you're there in a classroom, you just don't see me waving my hands around, jumping all around, up and down in front of the classroom. And because of that I will offer you my no falling asleep guarantee, meaning it's my goal, it's my job to keep this interesting enough, which I believe with CISCO is very easy to do because it's a very interesting topic, educational and kind of entertaining all at the same time.


Likewise, we gear everything around short, palatable sessions. That's why we have the name CBTNuggets is this series consists of short, little 30 minutes; that's our -- our target mark -- 30 minute sessions that you can come to, watch one or two, get the information you need to, take a break, you know, watch them on the road. Watch them on a laptop anywhere you want -- just -- it's like watching a I guess you could say. It's just a 30 minute you're-in-you're-out. Because of that these 30 minute sessions have no fluff. I cut out all marketing junk and you know that stuff that you typically have to listen through that just isn't -- isn't that valuable to you. It has no script, meaning I don't read anything and for me that's much better because I can't imagine trying to read something to you and somehow make it fun at the same time. Now I have to warn you, as we go through there is no scripts. There may be times when I'm in a live demonstration, showing you something and all of a sudden it blows up and I go right wasn't supposed to do that. And then we'll work through it together to try and figure out what the problem is. That's kind of part of the fun and kind of part of the real world as you're working with CISCO devices. Likewise, I may stutter from time to time. I may lose my train of thought. I may go off on some tangent that -- what am I doing right now? Going off on some tangent that has nothing to do with anything that we're talking about, but I guarantee you I'll bring it back in and it will make sense in the end. So CBTNuggets is different in that sense that it is kind of a fun, entertainable, educational way to go through this information.


With that, let me move into the CISCO certification track and the certification program. I started this video by saying CISCO certification is the most valuable certification you could ever get. And here's why. I've gone through many vendor certification programs like Novell and Microsoft. I have a CNE Netware four and five. I have an MSCSE in Windows NT and Windows 2000. And when I got those certifications, they were, you know, kinda monumental and I got a cool plaque in the mail or actually, it was a certificate and some logos to use on my business card. But about it, you know? It's all -- well, that's all the vendors could really do. They just said, "Okay, well, you're now certified, go on your way, and -- and may the force be with you. With CISCO on the other hand, when you get CISCO certifications, employers are looking for you.


The reason is because CISCO supports their certified people unlike any other company by giving employers discounts on CISCO equipment for hiring you, meaning they have these different partner roles that -- that in -- agencies and organizations can achieve with CISCO. And the higher your partner relationship is the more discount you on CISCO equipment. And the more support you get and things like that. And the only way to become a partner is -- you guessed it! To hire certified individuals for your company. So employers are looking for you and the higher your certification, of course, the higher the partner level is to achieve and the higher the discount. So it's good news to get CISCO certified, use it and -- and don't worry, you still get the -- the certificate; you still get the logos. Those aren't gone. You just now get the benefit that employers need you, which is very valuable.


Because of that CISCO certification is one of the most difficult to achieve in the industry, as well. Their exams are extremely real world, meaning it's not just one of those things where you can study a book and read the bullets and go, "Oh, okay." You know, Cat 5 cable goes a hundred meters and there's the fact, answer that next on the exam. It's not those kinds of questions know The questions -- sure they have multiple choice, but it's more of scenario multiple choice and I'll talk about that when I talk about the exam itself. They have simulations. They have testlettes, which are scenarios that tie into the simulations. A lot of stuff goes in there. The CCNA program in 2007 was also revised to become essentially more difficult; that's where the CCENT certification was introduced. They said, "You know, if -- if people are going to get a CCNA, they really need to know what they're doing. They really need to know a lot about a lot. So CCENT is how to set up a CISCO network for a small business. And I'll talk about that specifically on the next slide CCNA is focusing now more on the medium to large businesses.


And when you move into the CCNP, again talk about that on the next slide, you're -- you're moving more into the enterprise. Let's look at the CISCO certification track as a whole. First off, you can the CCENT and CCNA are the foundations of the entire program. So you have to begin here to really move into this CCVP CCENT, all -- all of the deeper certifications that we'll talk about in just a moment. Now there's multiple ways you can go about getting the CCENT and CCNA. The most common is going the two test route, meaning take the ICND one exam, which matches up to the CCENT and you get your first level certification. And then passing ICND two as the -- the second exam will give you your CCNA. And now just passing ICND two without passing one will not grant you your CCNA. You actually will have nothing if you as pass ICND two. It's -- well, you'll have the second exam out of the way you can take them in any order. Now first question is how long can I wait after taking ICND one before I take ICND without any expiration or anything like that? The answer is three years. Now most people won't wait that amount of time, but that's an option. You can take ICND one and then three years later -- latest pass ICND two and have your CCNA. And at that point you will be a CCENT and CCNA with a new expiration of three years. Passing any lower or I should say higher level exam will automatically renew all of your lower level certifications for three or more years. So that should give you a tip for the future if you get your CCENT or CCNA and then you pass one of the potentially four CCNP exams, that will automatically renew your CCNA and CCENT for three more years. So CISCO makes it beneficial to you to move on in your certification track rather than just re-taking the same old exams every three years.


They also have the one test wonder path. And I'm hesitant to even throw this one out there, but there is a single CCNA exam that you can pass and it will automatically grant you your CCNA and your CCENT at the same time. Now it's very tempting to go after that exam because people, you know, are it's -- it's easier to take one exam, right? And -- and you only have to pay for one exam and only sit through one exam. That's true, however, keep in mind that CCNA is designed for people that have an expiring certification, meaning they expiring CCNA and they just want to retake it again. So they've got the experience, they've got the certification already under their belt and they just want to renew it for three more years; that's what this one is designed for. However, CISCO says by the way if you can also pass and you know have anything you'll get your CCNA as well. So it is a very difficult exam to say the least. I will say the biggest thing you're fighting on CCNA that you don't have to fight as much on ICND one and ICND two is time. Meaning, you're rushed against the clock to get through that exam, whereas with ICND one and ICND two, sure you have a time limit, but it's no where near as intense as taking the CCNA.


So once you have your CCNA under your belt, you can move into any one of the three other major certification programs. there are others out there, it's just these are the ones most people go after. Statistically, most people will go after their CCNP, which is a focus in depth on routing and switching. Now once you get your CCNP, it is four more exams to achieve that, so it's not it's -- it's quite an accomplishment to get that. But you are considered a extremely proficient network engineer in the routing and switching arena. Some people will go after the CCSP first, which is a security professional. It's five exams to go after that. Or some people will go after the CCVP first, which is also five exams. In my opinion, it is more valuable to go after the CCNP first and then transfer over into one of your specialties if you'd like to. The reason for that is the VP and the SP, while they -- they do stand on their own, they really assume you know a lot about the CCNP that really -- well, it's not in the CCNA. It's in the CCNP and they assume you know that stuff moving into there. It's -- I'm not saying you can't move from the CCNA into the CCNP or the VP. I'm just saying you'll be more well-rounded if you go after the CCNP first because you'll have a good foundation of routing and switching.


I have all three of these: the VP, the NP, and the SP. And just for my experience I -- through many of the -- the topics in VP and SP I got in my mind, I'm like, "Wow, if I didn't know what I knew about routing and switching, I don't think I would fully understand this concept. So take that for what it's worth. Now two percent of anyone who's ever taken a CISCO certification exam will go on to attempt the CCIE. It is two exams. One is a written qualification exam, which is $300. The other is the practical lab exam, which is $1250 dollars plus travel expenses because you have to travel to one of CISCO's CCIE locations and sit through a grueling eight hour lab exam where you build a full-blown network infrastructure.


The CCIE that you focus on, you can see routing and switching and voice and security is the type of equipment that you'll be tested on and expected to implement. CCIE has long been considered the I guess you could call it the PhD of CISCO certifications.


It's like getting your doctorate because it is very difficult. Not many pass -- people pass the first time so you have to go back multiple times. But all of these are explained fully on the CISCO certification website. That is my best resource if you're looking for the facts of what is the time limit for the exam? What is going to be tested on the exams but do expect those to be very vague. As a matter of fact, I'll take you that website in just a moment and show you that. It's -- it's what exam numbers are assigned to the exam, all the exam info is right there.


We're here to focus in on the CCENT certification, which I would say if I had one word to describe it, it would be foundation. It is the foundation of everything networking. It's the first of -- of many steps hopefully that you'll be taking into the network world that will lay the foundation that everything else builds itself on. By the time we're done with this series you'll be able to describe how data networks work and -- and understand why they're used. What communication methods are used to cross them and so on. You'll be able to implement a small switched network using CISCO switches. You'll be able to subnet; that's a big part of it IP addressing, services like these DHCP services on a CISCO device. We'll set up routing, it's primarily to the internet.


For a small company you have to have a switch that connects everybody together, a router connecting them to the internet and along with that NAT and PAT address translation that you can share a single internet IP address for everybody in the company.


You'll need to know the basics of WAN connectivity -- how you would link up to an internet service provider in a corporation. You'll have a basic understanding of wireless networking which is one of the newest technologies added to the CISCO certification program, but has big ramifications on networks today. And finally you'll need to know implement basic network security. Things like SSH, Telnet, things, you know, what's the difference between those two. Physical security, what kind of attacks can come against your network. All those pieces fit together to describe the CCENT.


Now, this may be the first of many series that you go through. Let me tell you how to get the most and maximize your experience as you're watching these videos. First off, watch them more than once. Repetition, repetition, repetition is the key to learning information. If -- if you go through a video and you get everything on it; that's great. But if you go through and I can maybe is some hazy stuff in there -- watch it again. Watch it again. Watch it again.


Just to give you an example -- now this is kind of an embarrassing example, but I have seen the movie The Matrix well over 40 times. I kid you not. I think they're going to start requiring The Matrix for CISCO certification of viewing of it at least five times. There is -- really, I don't do it every weekend it's not like a ritual. It's more of a when I -- when I teach in classroom environments, I still do that about one week a month.


I usually put it on for lunch, so people can watch it very much And it never fails, I get sucked in and watch it yet again. But my point that is I can probably quote just about everything from that movie and every scene from that movie. I'm sure I have applied in some sort of parallel analogy in just about every I talk about. So just by seeing it a million times and hearing the information again and again, it embeds itself in your mind.


And when you're going through don't take a passive role; don't just kind of kick back and watch it like TV, take notes. Write down the key information. When -- when you hear something, you're like, "Oh, that -- that's a big point, you know, jot it down -- just make like no note list -- a little note pad that you go through. And in my opinion, writing is better than typing. I know it's old-school, but at the same time, grab a notepad. Jot down some notes because just processing it that way helps you remember it. I don't know if you remember back in college when your professors would say you can bring in one three note card with as many notes as you can fit for the exam. And you would pack it down in like microscopic type. And I don't know if you're like me, but I ended up never using the note card even after I wrote it because you know I use ended of remembering everything that was on there because I spent so much time writing it down. And I bet those professors knew that would happen. What a scandal.


Third thing is purchase a lab router. In my opinion, if you plan being in CISCO for the long haul and really getting into it, setting it up in your own home is one of the best ways that you can do. My recommendation for a lab router is by far that 8.51W. It's a brand new router CISCO has come out with that I think is phenomenal and it's under $2- or 300.


You go on EBay, shop the prices on there. It gives you wireless. It gives you routing. It gives you VPN's. It gives you just about every feature and the biggest thing is it gives you the full version of the CISCO iOS. Now $2- to 300 I know it's an investment, but that, you know, may carry you through many of your certifications where you'll be able to set up a lot of the things that we're talking about. If you want the old for a budget, the 2514 is my next recommended router, which that's I -- I put together a giant lab for myself when I was studying for my CCIE certification. And those things ran 3- or 400 bucks themselves back then. Now I saw recently EBay a pack of five of them somebody was selling for $30. Insane drop in prices. The good news is it's got the full iOS, and that's the good news. I guess the bad news is you won't be able to use the SDM, which is now a core part of the CCENT certification The SDM is the graphic interface that CISCO has created to manage CISCO devices. It's a gooey that you can point and click your way through many of the configurations.


Everything you do on a 2514 is going to be command line. The reason I recommend that one is because it has two ethernet interfaces so you can actually route your internet connection for your home. Last thing and I would say the most important thing -- I know it sounds funny, but catch the network buzz. In my opinion the people that do well in this industry and go after the certifications are people that really like it. I know it -- it sounds so basic but I mean there's -- there's some people that are like, "Yeah, yeah, you know, okay, you know, that -- that's how you configure the router.


I get that." But really, I mean, the people that -- that love it are the ones that just go after and take exams, get through them, you know, get into this in the real world. Because I -- if you really get into it, this is really cool stuff. I -- I know I'm a nerd, but at the same time, let me -- let me tell you. My wife not a technology person at all, went through some of the CISCO certification track and was talking about it. And it was like a monumental moment, you know, she had never really gotten into technology, but she -- she was going through and she goes, "You know, this is pretty neat, you know, just to make these things work. It's like putting together -- she described it as like putting together a big jigsaw puzzle. And that's kind of -- I guess, if that's floats your boat, but at the same time, it really is cool.


And that's, you know, when you get excited with it, you know, go with that; set stuff up. Don't just let that excitement kinda die and get wrapped up in the rest of life. Man, I feel like a motivational speaker right now. But it seriously, that is a big part of it is when you get excited about the technology, you're gonna do that much better about it because there's nothing that will stop you from learning more and more and more because that's what interests you.


Well, let me wrap up by talking about how to prepare to take the exam. A big part of CISCO certification obviously, it doesn't happen if you don't pass the exam. First things first, I would check out CISCO.com/certification I do this any time I go to take an exam because right on there -- this is the certification website -- they will show you the associate level, you can see CCNA is -- is the primary core associate level certification that's required to move into the professional level certifications. Right there is the CCENT if you want to know more about it.


You just click on the CCENT exam and it says okay the -- the way to get there is to take the ICND one exam the 640-822. Now, you're going to need that test number when you call up Vue to schedule your exam, so you'll want to write that down. Vue is currently the only testing company that does CISCO certification exams. They will find a testing center in your area and you give them your credit card, they'll schedule your exam on newly go take it there. Now before I move on to Vue, click on the actual exam and it will give you -- well, everything about it. Right there will be the exam number 640-822 ICND one. This is how long you have to take the exam -- 90 minutes; 50 to 60 questions. The more questions you have the less simulations. The more simulations the less questions because CISCO knows it takes longer to do that. Now, if you scroll down you can see right here is pretty much the core pieces of what they want to know about -- want you to know about the exam. This is what is on the exam: TCP/IP, OSI models, IP addressing and that sort of stuff. If you scroll down in a bullet list format is every topic area that is going to be tested on the exam. Now this is not one of those things where you can just say, "Oh, well let me learn this bullet and I'm ready." Because for instance like a bullet might be perform or verify network status and switch operation using basic utilities.


So that's kind of an umbrella that you need to know -- show commands debug commands on CISCO routers; ping Telnet, you know those kinds of things. But if -- if I were to say, "Yeah, you need to know show commands on a CISCO router; that's a broad umbrella. I mean, there's a lot of them, so I'll focus you as we go through this series is to what show commands; what kind of output you need. Know interpret network diagrams. These kind of things so right as you scroll through here is every topic that they have on the exam. Also, oh, they don't have it on this link, but there is a free -- from CISCO website CCNA prep center. Let me click on CCNA and scroll down. Right here is the CCNA prep center, if you click on that, that will take you over to a free resource that CISCO has, you just have to register your name and give them your email address so you will give them permission to spam you for the rest of your life. But in here is a good overview of the CCNA exam, they have the paths that described the different ways -- the one test or two test path; ways to study they have CCNA TV. And by the way these just describe the different tabs appear on that that will show you you know all of the different exams that are available. Right now as a record this CISCO is in the middle of the transition and moving from the intro and ICND exams into the ICND one, ICND two exam. That -- that was the transition that introduced the CCENT's certification. So most likely by the time you go to this website, these -- well, unless you go before November of 2007 will no longer be listed. All you will have access to is ICND one ICND two. Right next to that is exam study and they will have, you know, practice exams; practice questions; they have question of the week. So there's a lot of free resources that are available right from CISCO's website, right under that certification area.


Now what I would recommend on your certification exam is to schedule a date, meaning contact Vue, say this is the day I would like and I usually recommend two weeks out from what we knew begin preparing for the exam. Meaning, you've gone through the series and now you're just starting to -- to fill in the gaps and study, set a date two weeks out. The reason I say that is -- is twofold: number one is if you don't set a date, a lot of people will just kind of let it drift, you know, it's -- it's human nature to get sucked into whatever is facing you at the time and unless you set a date and say that is when I'm taking the exam, you know, life will eat you away and -- and before long five months have gone by and you go I barely remember the stuff that I was studying five months ago and you have to start over again. You can always reschedule. Let me -- let me throw that nugget out there for ya.


You can always reschedule the exam if you aren't feeling ready by the time that date approaches, as long -- let me preface that -- as long as you reschedule it before the 24-hour window. Once you get within 24 hours of the exam, you're taking it. There's no way to -- to rebook it at that point. So reschedule if -- if you need to, but by setting that day at least you have a goal to shoot for. Now to practice exam or not to practice exam; that is the question A lot of companies are out there that make their entire company around selling practice exams. The biggest one I've heard of is BOSON.com. The only -- the only caveat that I have with the practice exams is sure they're good you know they give you practice questions that of course will never be exactly what's on test, but it will give you a good guide. But the only catch to that is that the practice exam usually costs nearly the same amount as taking the exam in the first place.


So when I first got into the certification world, I bought practice exams and after about the second one I bought, I thought, you know, for this price, I might as well just go take the test and if miss it at least I have a good idea of what's on the exam; now I know what to study.


And you know I actually saw the real thing rather than -- than doing a practice exam. So that's the method that I do nowadays is I, you know, I don't buy practice exams I just go for and And if I make a great, if not then I sure know the areas that I was weak on in going -- going through that. But if you are planning on taking practice exams, be prepared to -- to -- to accept different questions styles, meaning some practice exam companies will just be a giant list of multiple choice questions; that's not the real test. The new tests or the real test has the different questions styles, like simulations; like testlettes all kinds of different ones. As a matter of fact, when -- when you go to the CCNA prep center one of the options that you have right there is the exam interface tutorial.


That will give you every type of question that they have on the exam. You can see right there's multiple choice, right there is the choose-two-choose-three. It's beautiful, CISCO revised it to remove all of the choose that all that apply questions them with choose twp and choose three; sounds like a small thing but big deal because choose all that apply really messes with your head. You could be, like, well, Linux is kind of an operating system or Linux is an operating system. Sorry, Google is kind of an operating system because they run applications but you know choose two choose three is much better.


Let me take off this little try-me and just move on. They have drag and drop questions which you will drag and drop routed versus routing protocol into the correct area and fill that out. Not all questions are created equal; beware, don't just jump over some of those questions. There are partial credit that you can get and this question may be worth more than just a standard multiple choice. Moving over -- oh, by the way this one is now removed from the exam. There are no more fill in the blank questions because simulations have replaced those. This is simulations meaning, I see that this scenario up top, you can see the -- the text up there. I'll have a bulleted list of objectives that the scenario wants me to accomplish, like changing the host name and right there is a computer with a console connection to router. I click on it and now I have to do it. I have to go in and start getting into the configuration. I can flip back and forth between the diagram and the -- and the prompt. That is that is one type of question. They also have these testlettes which have a scenario up here and one or more questions about the scenario or they could have this kind of testlette, where you have a simulation and then one or more questions about the simulation where you have to do show commands or troubleshooting to answer the questions above. So that's all the questions styles that they have and be prepared if you take a practice exam, you know, they may not reflect those same styles of questions.


Last but not least is the big day, when you take the exam. My recommendations is number one arrive early. There's nothing like being late and being stressed out that they're not gonna like let you take the test and things like that. So arrive early most the time if you're ready the let you in early and take the exam or you can just sit and go the restroom, study, things like that. Second grab a cup of coffee or water, if allowed.


I've never seen a testing center that doesn't allow you and take that in with you so you don't have a parched or you know, it kinda just gives you a more relaxed thing. I'll tell ya, half of what you fight when you take these exams is your own nervousness and stress. If you can make this like a little relaxing environment, you know, bring bring a pillow. I don't know you know what I mean, as relaxing as is possible so you're not -- not just fighting your own nerves. Third, ask for multiple sheets of quote-unquote paper. Most testing centers don't allow paper anymore, they'll give you like a laminate piece of paper and some dry erase markers. It's like a mini whiteboard. They'll usually give you multiples of those so you don't have to erase off what you've written to write more stuff if you have to work out a problem or drop up a diagram or something like that. So grab a couple of those to start. Start with the exam tutorial, that's the tutorial I just showed you is on the exam, meaning they'll say would you like to start with that even if you've seen it before. And now you all have, do it again because it's one of those things, they give you a bonus 15 minutes. It doesn't -- doesn't count against your time to go through that. And it's -- it's not so much that you haven't seen the exam before, it's just something to click through to kind of get you in the mode before you take the -- the big test because if you skip the tutorial, they'll say okay question one. You know it's kind of like, "Whoa, there I am, I'm ready to go, you know? So that's -- that's a big one. Fourth -- or fifth, pace yourself well. You can't go back. CISCO exams do not allow you to return to previous questions. So it will -- it'll tell you how much time you have left. It'll tell you how many questions you have left; pace yourself well based on that. As your time ticks down, you know, maybe pick up the pace and -- and get through the rest of the questions. Don't spend any more than ten minutes on the simulations because those things can suck you in. The simulation feels like a real router or a real switch so we'll be like -- you'll be working with that and you'll think, "Oh, I know I can do." And you'll get into it and 30 minutes later, sure may have finished the simulation, but the exam time expires.


Not all questions are equal and I should add to that partial credit is given. As I mentioned on the drag and drop question that question may be worth more than multiple choice. Simulations are worth more than multiple choice and if you get some of the simulation right, you'll get some partial credit. So at least give it a try. Finally, never give up; never surrender. I pulled that I think it was from Galaxy Quest, but never give up. It's -- this is one of those certifications that is difficult. You most likely will miss an exam at some point in your CISCO career. As a matter of fact, CISCO now offers a transcript where you can go online and see every exam you've ever taken. I was just sitting there with my wife not too long ago, and I was like, "Oh, let's look at that." And I've taken probably forty different CISCO exams just going through all of the certifications And I was scrolling down, looking at all of them. And you know, it's like pass, pass, fail pass pass, pass, pass, fail. And you know my wife was looking with me and she goes wow you've really -- you've really failed a lot of exams. And I was like thanks.


No -- you know, it's kind of like ouch, but it's true, you know? You're going to go in and if you miss an exam, it's like the worst day of your life. You'll come home, kick the dog, you know, it's -- it's brutal. But just realize at the same time you got the experience you got a good view of what to study, go again. You know just keep -- keep going at it. Now if you had -- if you've taken the exam 15 times and you still haven't passed, that might be a good indicator that you're -- you're -- that just maybe there's -- there's other careers out there, you know. I'm just kidding.


But that, I mean, just -- you will miss an exam at some point. I can almost guarantee it. Never give up; just go back and do it again. That should give you a good idea of the two major objectives I had for this video; number one, what is CBTNuggets and how do we train here? How to get the most from this video series?


And number two, how CISCO certification works. Why I believe it's the most valuable one to get, and where you are now with certification and where you can go through the certification program. Along with what the exams look like. I hope this has been informative for you and I'd like to thank you for viewing.

Foundations: What is a Network?

Foundations: Living in the OSI World

Basic TCP/IP: Addressing Fundamentals

Basic TCP/IP: TCP and UDP Communication

Basic TCP/IP: Understanding Port Numbers

Basic TCP/IP: The Tale of Two Packets

LANs: Welcome to Ethernet

LANs: Understanding the Physical Connections

LANs: Understanding LAN Switches

LANs: Working with the Cisco Switch IOS

LANs: Initial Setup of a Cisco Switch

LANs: Configuring Switch Security, Part 1

LANs: Configuring Switch Security, Part 2

LANs: Optimizing and Troubleshooting Switches

Wireless: Understanding Wireless Networking

Wireless: Wireless Security and Implementation

Advanced TCP/IP: Working with Binary

Advanced TCP/IP: IP Subnetting, Part 1

Advanced TCP/IP: IP Subnetting, Part 2

Advanced TCP/IP: IP Subnetting, Part 3

Routing: Initial Router Configuration

Routing: SDM and DHCP Server Configuration, Part 1

Routing: SDM and DHCP Server Configuration, Part 2

Routing: Implementing Static Routing

Routing: Implementing Dynamic Routing with RIP

Routing: Internet Access with NAT and PAT

Routing: WAN Connectivity

Management and Security: Telnet, SSH, and CDP

Management and Security: File Management

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