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What Happened to CCENT and Where Do I Go From Here?

Jun 27, 2019 1:33:17 PM / by James Hanback posted in Cisco, CCENT, CCNA, ICND1, ICND2, Cisco Update, Cisco 2020

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So, you finally decided to obtain your first Cisco certification. Like many candidates, you had your eye on getting a Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA). You explored your options and decided you wanted to test the waters by plunking down the money for the  Cisco Networking Devices Part 1 (ICND1) exam and obtaining your Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT) credential. Then you can use that credential as a stepping stone to your CCNA by taking ICND2 later, presumably after you spent some time studying for it.

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April Fools

Apr 1, 2019 11:15:39 AM / by Palmer

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Bet you didn't see that one coming!

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How to Exchange Free Content to the NetSim Community

Nov 28, 2018 7:36:11 AM / by Andrew Messier posted in NetSim, Cisco Network Simulator, Network Simulator, Customizing NetSim, Network Simulator Customization

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Have you made a personal lab that you're itching to share with others? Or are you looking for a new lab yourself? Well, NetSim 12 provides you with the ability to upload and view items to the NetSim Community, which is a database of customized labs, lab packs, and topolgies that anyone with a NetSim 12 license can access and contribute to. Check out how to download and upload to the NetSim Community below! 

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5 Network Designer Tips and Tricks

Nov 10, 2018 11:24:54 AM / by Andrew Messier posted in NetSim, Network Simulator, CCNP Network Simulator, Customizing NetSim, Network Simulator Customization

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New to NetSim? Or are you a seasoned pro? Either way, check out these 5 Network Designer Tips and Tricks that you can do in NetSim 12, the industry's most powerful Network Simulator:

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What to Expect From the CAT Edition of the CISSP Exam

Jul 9, 2018 3:20:50 PM / by James Hanback posted in cissp, CISSP practice exam, (ISC)2 CISSP, CISSP certification, CISSP CAT

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Test takers who sat the original proctored paper-and-pencil version of the (ISC)2 Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP®) exam might identify with the following nagging thoughts chewing at the minds of candidates as they attempted to center themselves for the long haul in what was most likely an unfamiliar environment:

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ICMP Port Numbers

Aug 24, 2017 11:20:34 AM / by Andrew Messier posted in ICMP Port Numbers

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Various application layer protocols listen on specific ports. For example, when you want to visit a website, the HTTP request that exits your computer is destined for TCP port 80 on the remote server. The source port on your computer is an arbitrary ephemeral port. The request is processed on the server, and data returns to your computer destined to the previous source port where your web browser (probably Chrome) is ready and waiting.

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Cisco Live 2017 - What Makes NetSim Different

Jun 20, 2017 3:46:32 PM / by Andrew Messier posted in NetSim, Cisco Labs, GNS3, Cisco Live

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With CiscoLive 2017 quickly approaching, I'm looking ahead and reviewing my notes from last year. One question we frequently receive throughout the conference is, "What makes NetSim different than ____?" or, "I have real equipment, so why would I use NetSim?" We enjoy answering this question because people normally walk away with a better understanding of our product and plan to use it for themselves or for their students. My goal is not to knock the other options, because there are a lot of great resources out there. Instead I aim to be as informative as possible to help you make a smart buying choice.

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How to Choose Your Path to the CCNA

Mar 2, 2017 11:09:33 AM / by James Hanback posted in CCENT, CCNA, ICND1, ICND2

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Just like the Robert Frost poem, two paths diverge in the thicket that is your study for the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Routing and Switching certification. Along one of those paths, you first earn the Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT) by taking the Interconnecting Cisco Networks Devices 1 (ICND1) exam, or exam number 100-105. After more study, you can then opt to take the ICND2 (200-105) exam to earn the CCNA certificate.

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3. Microsoft Exams’ Inner Mechanics

Feb 2, 2016 11:42:47 AM / by Val Bakh posted in exam tips, Microsoft, Microsoft Exams

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How to Become a Microsoft Certified Professional

3.5. How to Pass a Microsoft Exam – Part 2

This is Part 2 of the final blog post in this series. In Part 1 , we discussed a strategy for the exam-taking process. Now we’ll talk about a few snags that you might have to overcome during the exam. Each of the remaining sections presents a specific type of problem and provides recommendations on what you should do if you encounter it.

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NetSim 10.10 Released

Nov 10, 2015 2:26:33 PM / by Andrew Messier

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Hi Everyone

NetSim 10.10 was released today. This update includes 10 new CCNP labs for GLBP, BGP, EIGRPv6, and OSPFv3. Minor document updates and bug fixes are also included. This release wraps up our coverage of BGP. We expect one more release covering a few more GLBP topics to be delivered next, We now have labs covering of every topic in CCNP. A complete list of each new lab is below:

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