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CCNP SWITCH Exam - Router Redundancy Protocols

Posted by Kelson Lawrence on Feb 9, 2011 8:31:00 AM

By Josh E.

Being able to implement first hop router redundancy protocols is one of the objectives listed for Cisco’s 642-813 SWITCH exam. Cisco supports three first hop redundancy protocols: Gateway Load Balancing Protocol (GLBP), Hot Standby Router Protocol (HSRP), and Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol (VRRP). This article provides an overview of each of these protocols.

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Tags: GLBP, networking, VRRP, SWITCH, router, ccnp, router protocols, HSRP, exam, 642-813, redundancy, Josh E.

Why Create your own Lab Packs in Boson NetSim?

Posted by Kelson Lawrence on Feb 8, 2011 10:26:00 AM

By Brian Scheibe

I had a chance to talk to a customer on the telephone this week who was planning to teach a CCNA 640-802 class to students located around the country. His plan was to use laptops configured with NetSim for CCNA in the classroom so that he did not have to transport bulky Cisco equipment.

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Tags: labs, Brian Scheibe, NetSim, NetSim 8, ccna class, 640-802

TSHOOT - How to Tackle Cisco's 642-832 Exam

Posted by Kelson Lawrence on Feb 8, 2011 10:26:00 AM

By Michael Aldridge

Hi! I'm Michael Aldridge, Senior Content Developer at Boson Software. We've recently released our new ExSim-Max for TSHOOT product, and I'd like to share with you some thoughts about how to prepare for Cisco's new 642-832 TSHOOT exam.

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Tags: practice exam, Michael Aldridge, TSHOOT, 642-832, ccnp, Cisco certification, simulation, certification exam

CCNA Certification Tools and Easter Eggs

Posted by Kelson Lawrence on Feb 8, 2011 10:26:00 AM

By Brian Scheibe

For those of you who don’t know, an Easter Egg is an undocumented feature, freebie, or some other type of good thing that is available if you can find it. Do you look for them when you visit Web sites? For those of you studying to attain a CCNA certification there are Easter Eggs at boson.com. Several people find these Easter Eggs every day using search engines and I bet you want to know what and where they are.

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Tags: subnetting, CCNA Certification Tools, Brian Scheibe, subnet calculator

A Case Study on EIGRP Graceful Shutdown

Posted by Kelson Lawrence on Feb 8, 2011 10:25:00 AM

By Andrew Messier

The topology for this study consists of two routers connected on a LAN. FastEthernet 0/0 on Router1 connects to FastEthernet 0/0 on Router2. Full connectivity exists between both routers, and Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP) using Autonomous System (AS) 100 is configured to run on both FastEthernet ports. Below is sample configuration for this setup:

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Tags: Andrew Messier, EIGRP, graceful shutdown, router, Eigrp graceful shutdown, case study, router protocols

EIGRP Timer Talk

Posted by Kelson Lawrence on Feb 8, 2011 10:25:00 AM

By Andrew Messier

The topology for this study consists of two routers connected on a LAN. FastEthernet 0/0 on Router1 connects to FastEthernet 0/0 on Router2. Full connectivity exists between both routers, and Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP) using Autonomous System (AS) 100 is configured to run on both FastEthernet ports. Below is sample configuration for this setup:

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Tags: Andrew Messier, EIGRP, timer, router configuration

NAT and PAT - What's the Difference?

Posted by Kelson Lawrence on Feb 8, 2011 10:22:00 AM

By Brian Scheibe

Network Address Translation (NAT) and Port Address Translation (PAT) both map IP addresses on an internal network to IP addresses on an external network. Which method of address translation you use depends on the types of networks that you are translating and the number of available IP addresses that you have.

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Tags: Brian Scheibe, networking, NAT, PAT

VRRP, HSRP and the Master Router

Posted by Kelson Lawrence on Feb 8, 2011 10:22:00 AM

By Brian Scheibe

Does VRRP choose a Master (Active) router in the same way as HSRP?

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Tags: Brian Scheibe, networking, VRRP, HSRP, Master Router

TSHOOT: Inside Look at our TSHOOT Practice Exam (Study Hint!)

Posted by Kelson Lawrence on Feb 8, 2011 10:22:00 AM

By Brian Scheibe

If you’re studying for the Cisco 642-832 TSHOOT exam, here’s an inside look at the best way to study and understand what to expect by using the Boson ExSim-Max TSHOOT practice exam.

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Tags: Brian Scheibe, TSHOOT, 642-832, ccnp, Cisco certification, simulation, certification exam, certification practice exams, exam

Cisco Network Simulator: Can it be Used in a Classroom? (Part 3 of 3)

Posted by Kelson Lawrence on Feb 8, 2011 10:21:00 AM

By Brian Scheibe

Step 5: Use the Lab Compiler to Create the Lab Pack

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Tags: ccnp class, Brian Scheibe, NetSim 8, Cisco Network Simulator, networking, ccna class

Cisco Network Simulator: Can it be Used in a Classroom? (Part 1 of 3)

Posted by Kelson Lawrence on Feb 8, 2011 10:21:00 AM

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Tags: ccnp class, Brian Scheibe, NetSim 8, Cisco Network Simulator, certification, ccna class

Boson's Practice Exams Sold Separately

Posted by Kelson Lawrence on Feb 8, 2011 10:21:00 AM

By Brian Scheibe

So, you got a CD with your study guide, and it might seem unclear what the material from the CD is. Is it a study guide, a book review, or a practice exam? Let’s start with trying to define the features of each so that we can then compare them.

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Tags: practice tests, Brian Scheibe, certification, exam simulations, practice exams

NetSim 8.0 Network Simulator Updates

Posted by Kelson Lawrence on Feb 8, 2011 10:21:00 AM

By Brian Scheibe

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Tags: multi-monitor support, Brian Scheibe, NetSim 8, Cisco Network Simulator

My Experience with the Cisco TSHOOT Beta Exam

Posted by Kelson Lawrence on Feb 8, 2011 10:20:00 AM

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Tags: practice tests, Bryan Baize, certification, TSHOOT, 642-832, ccnp, exam, practice exams

A Case Study on Root Port Selection

Posted by Kelson Lawrence on Feb 8, 2011 10:20:00 AM

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Tags: Bryan Baize, case study root port selection, root port selection

Changes to the CCNP Program

Posted by Kelson Lawrence on Feb 8, 2011 10:20:00 AM

By Bryan Baize, CCIE #16139

Cisco has recently announced a revamp of the CCNP program. To begin this process, Cisco ordered a Job Task Analysis (JTA) to discover what the marketplace really expects from a CCNP certified professional. The participants in the JTA included subject matter experts from all over the world.

The results of the JTA indicate that it is time for the CCNP to get back to the basics of routing and switching and also bring back troubleshooting. Overall, the marketplace would like the CCNP professional to be a more a self-sufficient and freethinking network engineer. The IT professionals surveyed indicated that the CCNP job role would include three items:

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Tags: Bryan Baize, certification, ROUTE, TSHOOT, SWITCH, ccnp

Cisco Network Simulator: Can it be Used in a Classroom? (Part 2 of 3)

Posted by Kelson Lawrence on Feb 8, 2011 10:20:00 AM

By Brian Scheibe

Today we'll pick up on part two of our three-part blog explaining how you can use Boson's Cisco Network Simulator - NetSim 8.0 - in a classroom. In this installment, we're going to cover steps 3 and 4 - Creating the Loading Configuration Files and Creating the Grading Configuration Files.

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Tags: Brian Scheibe, NetSim 8, Cisco Network Simulator, ccna class

ASA Technology Update Part 2 of 4

Posted by Kelson Lawrence on Feb 8, 2011 10:19:00 AM

By Ryan Lindfield

Botnet Traffic Filter

Another exciting feature released in the 8.2 release is the Botnet Traffic Filter. This new technology enables the ASA to monitor both inbound and outbound traffic and to compare the external IP addresses and hostnames to a dynamic database, or blacklist, of offensive IP addresses and domain names. Essentially, after purchasing the license for this feature (a 30 day trial is available), your firewall gains insight into the latest known locations of botnet control points, SPAM distribution points, and other known hostile hosts.

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Tags: adaptive security appliance, Ryan Lindfield, asa, technology, networking, botnet traffic filter

ASA Technology Update Part 1 of 4

Posted by Kelson Lawrence on Feb 8, 2011 10:19:00 AM

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Tags: adaptive security appliance, Ryan Lindfield, asa, technology

How to use ExSim-Max Practice Exams

Posted by Kelson Lawrence on Feb 8, 2011 10:19:00 AM

By Kelly Mansfield

There are many ways to learn the technology for your certification exam. You can read books, attend training classes and get actual experience. But even with all that knowledge, do you really know if you can pass the certification exam? Let me go ahead and answer that one for you. Well, not really. With ExSim-Max™ Practice Exams, you will know what to expect when you are ready for the real exam.

ExSim-Max is designed to simulate the complete exam experience, including topics covered, question types, question difficulty and time allowed. Plus ExSim-Max includes accurate and detailed explanations for each question. You don't just learn the answer; you actually learn the technologies too.

How to use ExSim-Max :

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Tags: practice tests, Kelly Mansfield, certification, exam simulations, practice exams

Cisco Network Simulator - What's cool about NetSim?

Posted by Kelson Lawrence on Feb 8, 2011 10:19:00 AM

By Chad Altman

Boson NetSim Network Simulator is an application that simulates Cisco Systems' networking hardware and software and is designed to help you learn the Cisco IOS command structure. That alone is pretty cool, but it gets better. NetSim uses its Virtual Packet Technology® engine to create individual packets that are routed and switched through the simulated network, to build an appropriate virtual routing table and to simulate true networking. NetSim doesn't just look like a real network, it acts like one too -- same telnet window, same shortcut commands, same hands-on experience.

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Tags: 640-816, 640-822, SWITCH exam, 640-813, 640-832, ROUTE exam, Chad Altman, TSHOOT exam, 640-902, CCNA Certification Tools, NetSim, Cisco Network Simulator, CCENT, ccnp, Cisco certification, 640-802, CCNA

Microsoft Windows 7 Tips and Tricks | Editions (part 2)

Posted by Kelson Lawrence on Feb 8, 2011 10:18:00 AM

By Val Bakh

2. Windows 7

2.1 Windows 7 Editions

2.1.2 Support for multiple languages

Don’t breathe a sigh of relief; the fun may not be quite over yet. This depends on your linguistic requirements. It is easier if you are a home user. You simply buy any consumer edition of Windows 7 in your preferred language and enjoy the ride. But if you are an IT pro responsible for deploying and maintaining Windows 7 in a multilingual environment, then you are entitled to some more fun.

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Tags: Val Bakh, Windows 7, Microsoft, tips and tricks

Microsoft Windows 7 Tips and Tricks | Editions (part 1)

Posted by Kelson Lawrence on Feb 8, 2011 10:18:00 AM

By Val Bakh

2. Windows 7

2.1 Windows 7 Editions

2.1.1 Choosing the right edition can be fun

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Tags: Val Bakh, Windows 7, Microsoft, tips and tricks, certification

Microsoft Vista Tips and Tricks

Posted by Kelson Lawrence on Feb 8, 2011 10:18:00 AM

By Val Bakh

1. Vista

1.1. Boot architecture

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Tags: Val Bakh, Microsoft, tips and tricks, windows, vista

ASA Technology Update Part 4 of 4

Posted by Kelson Lawrence on Feb 8, 2011 10:18:00 AM

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Tags: adaptive security appliance, Ryan Lindfield, asa, networking, netflow

ASA Technology Update Part 3 of 4

Posted by Kelson Lawrence on Feb 8, 2011 10:18:00 AM

By Ryan Lindfield

AnyConnect Essentials

AnyConnect Essentials is a new licensing option for Secure Socket Layer Virtual Private Network (SSL VPN) client on the ASA. With the introduction of SSL VPN, Cisco began charging “per connection fees” for remote VPN connections. This came as a shock to many of you who were accustomed to connecting as many users as the box allowed with IPSec and never giving a thought to licensing. The default WebVPN license on the ASA is for two concurrent WebVPN users; each additional user requires additional licensing.

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Tags: adaptive security appliance, Ryan Lindfield, asa, technology, anyconnect essentials, networking

How to Train for CCNA Certification?

Posted by Kelson Lawrence on Feb 8, 2011 10:17:00 AM

By Kevin Harris

Real equipment and/or network simulator

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Tags: NetSim, NetSim 8, Cisco Network Simulator, certification, 640-802, CCNA, ccna study, Kevin Harris