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Posted byCCNA - Data Center Tech8 months agoGilded1

FINALLY passed ICND2 today, 874/811, MEOW!

This was my second attempt, first time failed by around 20 points. I say "FINALLY" in the title because I've been at this for a couple years now, mostly held back by finances and having to take three attempts to pass ICND1, but I'm super hyped I finally got it after all this time and money. I also completed it in only 57 minutes, not that I was rushing but was just my natural pace of reading and finding the best answer.

Thanks to everyone who helped. I used Odom, GNS3, Boson Practice Exams (highly recommended, though some of their questions are outside the scope of the CCNA so don't be too intimidated by them), and this course on Udemy by Neil Anderson.

Edit: Obligatory thanks for the gold, kind stranger!

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1 point · 8 months ago

Yay! Good job!

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CCNA CyberOps, CCNA R&S, SSCP, A+, Net+,1 point · 8 months ago

Great job! That's also great that you stayed persistent and did not give up.

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Good for you for sticking with it

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Good shit man :)

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Senior Content Developer, Boson Software1 point · 8 months ago

Congrats! Glad we could help. :)

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congrats OP. is the course you linked by Neil Anderson useful for someone looking to get their feet wet? noticed it was on sale and as I'm trying to figure out where to start I wonder whether this course might be a good place before I start investing real money into CCNA certification.

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CCNA - Data Center TechOriginal Poster3 points · 8 months ago · edited 8 months ago

Yes I do recommend his course for those on a budget. Note however that everything on Udemy is always on sale, it's just how they get people to buy more courses, much like many retail and online stores. I also enjoyed and used Chris Bryant's course, and his CCNP content is good, too.

He includes many premade Packet Tracer and GNS3 lab files that are super helpful. The only thing I don't think he covered nearly as well as he could have was SNMP v3 and SPAN, but both of those are easy to look up how to use anyway.

Personally though, I'd recommend starting on CBTNugget's course to start, just because of how interesting they make everything sound as well as how easy they make even the complicated subjects sound. Unfortunately, their weakness is they don't go nearly in depth into topics as they could.

When you feel ready for your ICND1 exam, memorize a subnetting chart that you can quickly and easily write down at the start of your exam, you'll need it. Boson is also great for gauging whether you're ready since it's harder than the real thing.

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