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Written By: Chris Bryant, CCIE #12933When studying for your Cisco CCNA, CCNP, or CCIE exam, you’ve got a powerful online weapon at your disposal. It’s Cisco Connection Documentation, found at www.cisco.com/univercd. This site contains product, code, and protocol documentation for all Cisco products. Many exam candidates really don’t start using this powerful tool until they’re [...]

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Written By: Chris Bryant, CCIE #12933The web is covered with stories regarding the benefits of professional computer certification, and most of them are backed up with salary surveys and the like. While there’s certainly nothing wrong with making more money and having better job prospects, there’s one benefit of certification that many candidates forget about. [...]

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Written By: Chris Bryant, CCIE #12933 The web is covered with stories regarding the benefits of professional computer certification, and most of them are backed up with salary surveys and the like. While theres certainly nothing wrong with making more money and having better job prospects, theres one benefit of certification that many candidates forget [...]

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Written By: Chris Bryant, CCIE #12933The format and difficulty of computer certification exams is constantly changing. When I took my first certification exam (Novell NetWare 3.1x CNA, January 1997), there was no such thing as a simulator question, and my practical skills really were not tested. The exams then were much heavier on memorization. One [...]

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Written By: Chris Bryant, CCIE #12933Ah, the technical interview. Nothing like it. Not only does it cause anxiety, but it causes anxiety for several different reasons. How many people will be asking questions? From experience I can tell you there’s nothing like walking into a room and seeing nine people on the other side of [...]

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Written By: Chris Bryant, CCIE #12933When you’re choosing which computer certification to pursue next, you should also be formulating a plan for your career. Your time is precious, and you should never choose to pursue a certification because it’s “hot”. There are some hard questions you should ask yourself before deciding to pursue the CCNA, [...]

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Written By: Chris Bryant, CCIE #12933 In the previous ISDN article, we looked at how and why one router dials another using ISDN. Just as important is knowing what keeps the link up once it is dialed. Why? Because ISDN acts as a phone call between two routers, and its billed that way to your [...]

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Written By: Chris Bryant, CCIE #12933 Introduction To ISDN, Part III: Configuring PPP PAP Authentication Now we know how the ISDN link comes up (interesting traffic), and some scenarios that might cause the link to stay up, we need to look at ISDN authentication schemes. The two methods Cisco certification candidates must be familiar with [...]

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Written By: Chris Bryant, CCIE #12933To conquer the Introduction To Cisco Networking exam, and to begin the process of becoming an expert network troubleshooter, you have to master the OSI model and learn what happens at each of the seven layers. In this three-part series, we’ll examine each level of the OSI model, paying particular [...]

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Written By: Chris Bryant, CCIE #12933Security is a hot topic in today’s networks, and will continue to be for a long time to come. With that in mind, you must consider adding a Cisco security certification to your resume and firewall skills to your skill set. It’s quite a jump from the CCNA to the [...]

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