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CCNP SWITCH Exam - Router Redundancy Protocols

Feb 9, 2011 8:31:00 AM / by Kelson Lawrence posted in GLBP, networking, VRRP, SWITCH, router, CCNP, router protocols, HSRP, redundancy

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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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Why Create your own Lab Packs in Boson NetSim?

Feb 8, 2011 10:26:00 AM / by Kelson Lawrence posted in labs, NetSim, NetSim 8, ccna class

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

Feb 8, 2011 10:26:00 AM / by Kelson Lawrence posted in practice exam, TSHOOT, CCNP, Cisco certification, simulation, certification exam

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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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CCNA Certification Tools and Easter Eggs

Feb 8, 2011 10:26:00 AM / by Kelson Lawrence posted in subnetting, CCNA Certification Tools, subnet calculator

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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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A Case Study on EIGRP Graceful Shutdown

Feb 8, 2011 10:25:00 AM / by Kelson Lawrence posted in EIGRP, graceful shutdown, router, Eigrp graceful shutdown, case study, router protocols

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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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EIGRP Timer Talk

Feb 8, 2011 10:25:00 AM / by Kelson Lawrence posted in EIGRP, timer, router configuration

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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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NAT and PAT - What's the Difference?

Feb 8, 2011 10:22:00 AM / by Kelson Lawrence posted in networking, NAT, PAT

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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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VRRP, HSRP and the Master Router

Feb 8, 2011 10:22:00 AM / by Kelson Lawrence posted in networking, VRRP, HSRP, Master Router

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By Brian Scheibe

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

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

Feb 8, 2011 10:22:00 AM / by Kelson Lawrence posted in TSHOOT, CCNP, Cisco certification, simulation, certification exam, certification practice exams

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

Feb 8, 2011 10:21:00 AM / by Kelson Lawrence posted in ccnp class, NetSim 8, Cisco Network Simulator, networking, ccna class

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By Brian Scheibe

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

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

Feb 8, 2011 10:21:00 AM / by Kelson Lawrence posted in ccnp class, NetSim 8, Cisco Network Simulator, certification, ccna class

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Boson's Practice Exams Sold Separately

Feb 8, 2011 10:21:00 AM / by Kelson Lawrence posted in practice tests, certification, exam simulations, practice exams

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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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NetSim 8.0 Network Simulator Updates

Feb 8, 2011 10:21:00 AM / by Kelson Lawrence posted in multi-monitor support, NetSim 8, Cisco Network Simulator

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By Brian Scheibe

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My Experience with the Cisco TSHOOT Beta Exam

Feb 8, 2011 10:20:00 AM / by Kelson Lawrence posted in practice tests, certification, TSHOOT, CCNP, practice exams

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A Case Study on Root Port Selection

Feb 8, 2011 10:20:00 AM / by Kelson Lawrence posted in case study root port selection, root port selection

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Changes to the CCNP Program

Feb 8, 2011 10:20:00 AM / by Kelson Lawrence posted in certification, ROUTE, TSHOOT, SWITCH, CCNP

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

Feb 8, 2011 10:20:00 AM / by Kelson Lawrence posted in NetSim 8, Cisco Network Simulator, ccna class

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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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ASA Technology Update Part 2 of 4

Feb 8, 2011 10:19:00 AM / by Kelson Lawrence posted in adaptive security appliance, asa, technology, networking, botnet traffic filter

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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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ASA Technology Update Part 1 of 4

Feb 8, 2011 10:19:00 AM / by Kelson Lawrence posted in adaptive security appliance, asa, technology

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How to use ExSim-Max Practice Exams

Feb 8, 2011 10:19:00 AM / by Kelson Lawrence posted in practice tests, certification, exam simulations, practice exams

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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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Cisco Network Simulator - What's cool about NetSim?

Feb 8, 2011 10:19:00 AM / by Kelson Lawrence posted in SWITCH exam, ROUTE exam, TSHOOT exam, CCNA Certification Tools, NetSim, Cisco Network Simulator, CCENT, CCNP, Cisco certification, CCNA

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

Feb 8, 2011 10:18:00 AM / by Kelson Lawrence posted in Windows 7, Microsoft, tips and tricks

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

Feb 8, 2011 10:18:00 AM / by Kelson Lawrence posted in Windows 7, Microsoft, tips and tricks, certification

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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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Microsoft Vista Tips and Tricks

Feb 8, 2011 10:18:00 AM / by Kelson Lawrence posted in Microsoft, tips and tricks, windows, vista

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By Val Bakh

1. Vista

1.1. Boot architecture

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ASA Technology Update Part 4 of 4

Feb 8, 2011 10:18:00 AM / by Kelson Lawrence posted in adaptive security appliance, asa, networking, netflow

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ASA Technology Update Part 3 of 4

Feb 8, 2011 10:18:00 AM / by Kelson Lawrence posted in adaptive security appliance, asa, technology, anyconnect essentials, networking

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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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How to Train for CCNA Certification?

Feb 8, 2011 10:17:00 AM / by Kelson Lawrence posted in NetSim, NetSim 8, Cisco Network Simulator, certification, CCNA, ccna study

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By Kevin Harris

Real equipment and/or network simulator

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