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Microsoft Windows 7 Tips and Tricks | Activation Part 1

Posted by Kelly Mansfield on Mar 28, 2011 12:33:00 PM

By Val Bakh

2.2 Activation

2.2.1 Volume Activation

Each installation of Windows 7 must be activated. It is a legal requirement for ensuring that an instance of the operating system is legitimate. There is a 30-day initial grace period, during which you can make up your mind. If you are using Windows 7 for evaluation, testing, or software development and you need to frequently reinstall it and start afresh, you can extend the grace period up to three times by running the following command:

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Tags: Val Bakh, Windows 7, Microsoft, practice exam, Microsoft certification

7 Question Types on Cisco Certification Exams

Posted by Kelly Mansfield on Mar 23, 2011 9:00:00 AM

By Michael Aldridge

I am often asked by people who are studying for the Cisco CCNA certification exam about what kinds of questions they can expect to see. Cisco exams can include the following question types:

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Tags: practice question, Michael Aldridge, Cisco certification, certification practice exams, ccna exam questions

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