How to learn more about programming Cisco switches and configuring networks for your career

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I am a voice person and now venturing more into data networking. I have taken some Cisco classes in the past, with global knowledge paid by the company where I worked. So I am wondering now how I can improve my knowledge to get into programming Cisco switches and configuring networks. I have just bought two 2500 Cisco switches for practice. Wiill these give me enough to secure a job? I also have two 2900 Cisco switches.
ASKED: June 30, 2008  8:39 PM
UPDATED: July 2, 2008  10:15 PM

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Read lot Cisco technical stuff, if possible try get some sort of simulators like boson, and practice well. Set up small labs, study sample configurations from Cisco web site.

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  • Ed Tittel
    Hello! I am a resident certification and IT career advisor for searchnetworking.com (and other TechTarget.com Web sites) and have been asked to respond to your query (for more information about me, check out my Web page at www.edtittel.com). As far as learning about Cisco switches goes, your equipment should help you prep for the CCNA and CCNP certifications, which should be enough to get your technical understanding and skills where they need to be. As far as programming such devices goes, there really aren't certifications that deal directly with that topic beyond the usual battery of IOS and other commands that go into configuring, managing, and troubleshooting such devices. If you want to dig deeper than that, the previous poster is dead on when he (or she) recommends that you dig deeply into Cisco training and technical materials available in print and online to master these details. The CCNA/CCNP will be great prep for this, but you'll probably end up turning to Cisco Programming Guides like the ones mentioned at http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps6342/products_programming_reference_guides_list.html to really get down and dirty with this stuff. OTOH, once you do get certified, you'll have access to restricted message boards and forums where you can ask the *real* Cisco experts exactly how to acquire the expertise you crave. HTH, and thanks for posting, --Ed--
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