When it comes to passing the Cisco Certification exams, the first questions comes to mind is “how to pass the Cisco Certification exam? Each and every individual has his or her own approach. Some of them prefer self-study, they buys some Cisco Press titles, CBT nuggets and some simulators such as boson Net simulators or emulators such as GNS3 (an open-source Cisco Emulator) and some attend the Instructor led courses offered by Cisco Network Academy or by their partners. But want if some is new to the field and prefers the self-study approach and need to know the tips and techniques which might help him/her to pass the CCNP Route 640-902 (Implementing Cisco Route) Exam.
Recently I passed the CCNP Route 640-902 (Implementing Cisco Route) Exam. My approach pretty simple, I did the following
1)First and foremost set the deadline for the exam when you are planning take, mark your calendar ( Goal setting)
2)Read and master the Cisco Press title CCNP ROUTE 642-902 Official Certification Guide by Wendell Odom, as well the practice the Boson Exam Engine questions came with the Cisco Press Title.
3)Watch Cisco CCNP Route 642-902 CBT Nuggets Series are great especially the way Jeremy connects with his audience, I love it. Watch these nuggets until you master the topic; the best part is listening to them while you are driving to work or while you are on the road. Make use of time.
4)Set up the GNS3 labs (an open-source Cisco Emulator) and practice them. When you buy the Cisco CCNP Route 642-902 CBT Nuggets Series you are entitled to get the topologies used by Jeremy.( Practice as much you can, more practice masters you and make you more familiarize with Cisco Routers Configurations)
By the time you’re done with reading the Cisco Press CCNP ROUTE 642-902 Official Certification Guide by Wendell Odom, watching the Cisco CCNP Route 642-902 CBT Nuggets Series and practicing the GNS3 labs you’ll be ready to take the challenge of Cisco CCNP Route Exam 642- 902(Implementing Cisco Route) Exam.
After acquiring Tandberg, Cisco Systems made a significant progress in Telepresence business. Now Telepresence is not just a mere conferencing solution this technology is widely used in entertainment business as well.
Look at its popularity it was a right move by Cisco Systems to introduce the Cisco CCT Telepresence Certification, which focuses on the on the skills required for onsite support and maintenance of Cisco TelePresence Systems. Technicians in this area must be able to identify Cisco TelePresence models, accessories, cabling, and interfaces; understand the Cisco TelePresence operating modes and identify commonly found software; and be able to use the Cisco Command Line Interface (CLI) to connect and service products and make basic Cisco TelePresence system adjustments.
The only prerequisite for Cisco CCT Telepresence Certification is Cisco CCT Routing and Switching.
|CCT TelePresence Exams & Recommended Training|
|Required Exam(s)||Recommended Training|
|640-792 TPTECH||Supporting Cisco TelePresence System Devices v1.0|
For further details do check the Cisco Learning Network Website
In my previous post I discussed about the introduction of Cisco Certified Technician (CCT), as well as the Cisco CCT Routing and Switching, Cisco CCT Telepresence Certification and Cisco CCT Data Center Certification.
Personally I welcome the introduction of Cisco CCT Data Center certification, especially after Cisco announced their Nexus 7000, Nexus 5000, and Nexus 2000 Series Switches which are specially designed for Data Centers. Certainly this move by Cisco System empowers the Data Center operators or Technicians to demonstrate the knowledge and ability required for the onsite support and Maintenance of Cisco Data Center Products.
The Cisco CCT Data Center Certification ensures that the certified individual have knowledge of the Cisco Nexus 7000, Nexus 5000, Nexus 2000 and MSD 9000 (SAN Switches) product line along with the basic knowledge of the NX-OS and simple commands required to perform tasks such as password recovery.
In order to be Cisco CCT Data Center Certified the only prerequisite is to have valid Cisco CCT Routing and Switching Certification.
For further details do check the Cisco Learning Network Website
Yesterday a major announcement came out from Cisco Systems. It’s about the introduction of Cisco Certified Technician (CCT) to its career Certification Program. So with an introduction of Cisco Certified Technician (CCT) training and certification program, Cisco Systems is targeting even the Network Technicians who perform onsite support and maintenance for Cisco infrastructure for Routing and Switching, TelePresence and Data Center solutions. At least now I can convince my management to give me some relief as my technicians are certified by Cisco Systems to carry out some of the basic tasks in our Data Center.
Currently Cisco Systems are offering three Cisco Certified Technician (CCT) Certifications.
1) Cisco CCT Routing & Switching certification
2) Cisco CCT Data Center certification
3) Cisco CCT TelePresence certification.
The Cisco CCT Routing & Switching certification which certifies that an onsite technician has the required skills and knowledge to work with Cisco Routers and Switches performing task such as troubleshooting, repairs, hot-swap of specific components, and create TAC tickets as required. The Cisco CCT Routing and Switching certification serves as a prerequisite for the Cisco CCT Data Center certification and the Cisco CCT TelePresence certification.
Exams & Recommended Training for Cisco CCT Routing & Switching certification are as follows
In my next post I will talk about Cisco CCT Data Center certification and the Cisco CCT TelePresence certification. It’s a good move from Cisco and for sure this certification is very handy and provides a solid foundation to all those technicians who are aim the sky (CCIE)
Recently I was going through Cisco Live Virtual web site and I was browsing the presentation Cisco Data Center/Storage Certification. According to Cisco Data Center/Storage Certification Presentation there are 22741 Cisco Certified Internetwork Experts (CCIE’s) worldwide. Still CCIE Routing and Switching lead the table followed by CCIE Security.Here is the detailed breakout of CCIE World Wide statistics which was last updated on 2/18/2011.
Pic Courtesy: Cisco Systems
Total of Worldwide CCIEs 22741
Total of Routing and Switching CCIEs 16647
Total of Security CCIEs 2537
Total of Service Provider CCIEs 1951
Total of Service Provider Operation CCIEs 5
Total of Storage Networking CCIEs 145
Total of Voice CCIEs 1414
Total of Wireless CCIEs 42
According my assumption if someone who is targeting either CCIE Security or Voice they are expected to find enormous opportunities. But Routing and Switching CCIE happens to be a most valued IT Certification.
Many CCIEs have gone on to pass the Certification Exams In Additional Tracks, Becoming a ―Multiple CCIE.Below Are Selected Statistics on CCIEs Who Are Certified in More Than One Track
Total with Multiple Certifications Worldwide 2650
Total of Routing and Switching and Security CCIEs 809
Total of Routing and Switching and Service Provider CCIEs 790
Total of Routing and Switching and Storage Networking CCIEs 35
Total of Routing and Switching and Voice CCIEs 347
Total with 3 or More Certifications 476
Difference between shared mode and dedicated mode operation in Nexus 7000 Series Switches – Series 2
In my previous post we discovered how Nexus 7000 Series line card works in shared mode. The other mode of operation is known as dedicated mode. Unlike in shared mode where four interfaces share the 10 Giga Bandwidth, the dedicated mode offers 10 GB bandwidth to the first interface of the group while all the three remaining will be disabled.
In previous post we learned how the of Cisco Nexus 7000 Series 32-port, 10-Gigabit Ethernet module (N7K-M132XP-12) works in shared mode by. In the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series 32-port, 10-Gigabit Ethernet module (N7K-M132XP-12) each group can be configured individually as either dedicated or shared mode. Always a dedicated port is easy to identify in any Nexus line card as they are marked yellow.
The main disadvantage of configuring a Cisco Nexus 7000 Series 32-port, 10-Gigabit Ethernet module is that you are losing 24 ports functionality as they are totally disabled, and the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series 32-port, 10-Gigabit Ethernet module works as 8 port module. Rather I prefer to use a Cisco Nexus 7000 Series 8 port, 10 Giga Ethernet module (N7K-M108X2-12L).
Difference between shared mode and dedicated mode operation in Nexus 7000 Series Switches – Series 1
When it comes to the line cards of Nexus 7000 Series Switches, they operate in either in shared mode or dedicated mode. So what is the difference between shared mode and dedicated mode operation?
In shared mode operation say four interfaces of 10 Giga are grouped together and they offer in total of 10 GB of bandwidth, which creates an over subscription of 4:1
Take an example of Cisco Nexus 7000 Series 32-port, 10-Gigabit Ethernet module (N7K-M132XP-12), this 32 port 10 GE module have an 80 GB fabric connection so they are over 4:1 subscribed , in this module by default four interfaces grouped together either in odd numbers such as 1,3,5,7 or even numbers such as 2,4,6,8. Rather than offering 40 GB of bandwidth they offer just 10 GB of which results in over subscription. This mode of operation is known as shared mode operation, which is on by default in on all the Nexus 7000 Series Switch line cards except N7K-M108X2-12L line card.
In upcoming post I will talk about the dedicated mode and how we can configure ports to work in dedicated mode in Nexus 7000 Series Switch. Nexus 7000 Series Switch line cards, N7K-M108X2-12L line card,
According Juniper Networks press release their second quarter net revenues rose by 15%.
“We delivered solid year-over-year growth in the June quarter. However, we saw some moderation in certain areas of the business, which resulted in revenues coming in below our expectations. I’m pleased with our diligent expense control, which enabled us to generate earnings within our guidance range,” said Robyn Denholm, chief financial officer at Juniper Networks. “We have taken decisive steps to ensure our cost structure takes into account the near term revenue environment while preserving investments that support our multi-year growth agenda.”
For more details check their press release.
In one my post I talked about the new announced SUP 2T by Cisco Systems for Cisco 6500 Series Switch. There is a great video by Tech Wise TV which briefs about the SUP 2T. It’s worth watching. Please check this demo.
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Whenever you are trying to place an order or trying the figure out the details of the Nexus 7000 Series line care follow the below breakdown of how to read the nomenclature and understand what it is tell you.
- N7K = denotes Nexus 7K chassis blade
- M1 = denotes L2 and L3 capable line card; F would denote only L2 capable
- 32 = 32 ports are supported
- X = each port is capable of 10Gbps
- P = SPF+ port types
- -1 = first generation fabric line card
- 2 = means that 2 crossbar fabric cards are required to use this line card at its full potential.