GNS3 Network Simulation Software
It’s a FREE tool that you can download. Works on Mac, Windows and Linux. I use it on my MacBook…it seems to run more stable on Mac and Linux. However, Windows works pretty good…just make sure you have a system with beefy RAM and a decent processor. I mentioned this application before in a previous blog. I will probably not do any blogs on how this works at this time. You will need to use real Cisco IOS images. I used this application for purely Layer 3 practice. You will find some people using it for Layer 2 but it is pretty limited so instead, I use real hardware for Layer 2 practice. Here are a few Blogs that I tend to check out on tips about using GNS3 and some free labs to practice. Be resourceful…you can find lots of good information on the web and on http://www.cisco.com
Here are list of books that I used for CCNP and to help as a refresher for CCIE written exam. These books have a pretty good bank of practice questions. Since the CCNP track is changed, some of these books might be valid for learning theory but they may not cover all of the new topics for the updated CCNP exam track.
CCNP BSCI Official Exam Certification Guide Fourth Edition
CCNP BCMSN Official Exam Certification Guide Fourth Edition
CCNP ONT Official Exam Certification Guide
CCNP ISCW Official Exam Certification Guide
These are more of the books I used for the CCIE written exam.
Cisco LAN Switching (CCIE Professional Development series) – Very good book. Covers everything Layer 2. Used this one in conjunction with CCNP BCMSN.
Routing TCP/IP Volume I (CCIE Professional Development) – dry reading. I used this book to solidify theory
Routing TCP/IP, Volume II (CCIE Professional Development) – dry reading. I used this book to solidify theory
CCIE Routing and Switching Certification Guide 4th Edition – EXCELLENT book. It covers all the v4.0 exam topics
Be on the look out for Move 3 in this three part blog. This is where I will bring all of this together and sum up my actual study plan that I followed using all the tools and literature. Thanks for reading!
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