So, I passed the ICND2 and then just kind of flatlined. I took some time bought the CCNA Collaboration material, work changed my direction to CCNA Security, and I'm working through the CCNA Security now.
What I did want to say is I flatlined because I failed on December 11th with a 778/811. That was a punch to the gut in a very hard time of life. I'd just gotten back from a mission's trip to Haiti in late November and unfortunately my wife and I discovered we miscarried twins the week before.
I pulled it together, studied in the morning before work for an hour, listened to the Chris Bryant's udemy course on the drive to work, built a question base in quizlet (used that at work in my free time), hammered the Boson exam sim (at work and at home), and went to the gym where I watched more CCNA videos while working out with the wife and just lived to pass the ICND2. I sat for it a month later and passed on January 12th.
I think hearing about people's failures is as important as hearing about people's successes in a reddit like this. This was one of the hardest tests I've ever taken. Also, could've been a lot of other things going on.
But anyway, I say this to say stick it out and it is worth it!
I'm sitting here tonight not feeling the drive after finishing Ch. 15 and came here for encouragement to be honest. I just wanted to say thank you guys for this reddit and wish you all the best as we continue down this road together.
I'm looking past the CCNA R&S (taking a peak really; it's my primary focus these days). I'm contemplating the next Network-Centric certification to go after. Also, the great deals on training for Black Friday kind of add incentive to this conversation.
I feel like Voice, Wireless, and Security would be meaningful.
Kevin Wallace has a 50% off training coupon for all of his products which includes CCNA Collaboration. Boson offers 30% off.
I'm thinking very seriously about the Collaboration route because I feel like it would round out my skills the best. Security, while of course necessary is only a single exam and same with Wifund.
I'll be headed into the realm of parenthood in the next 6-7 months; so I'm thinking hammer out the two-fer exam.
However, there's hardly any information on it that I can find on it and it seems like making a lab is a serious financial undertaking. There was a post a few pages back about it.
What does the CCNA Reddit think? I think a CCNP would be great but I don't think I can do that before parenthood (I'm knocking on the door of CCNA R&S currently; I've finished Odom and Lammle's books on the 200-105. I'm reviewing/polishing with Boson in fact I just finished a practice exam before this and I'll be labbing the problem areas tomorrow).
I like the CCNA DataCenter, but I believe I need more breadth and that will add Depth if that makes sense. Please feel free to knock some sense into me or correct me.
EDIT: I guess another good question is; is the CCNA Collaboration still well-respected? Also, isn't it due for an update very soon?
I haven't found very confidence inspiring reviews of the books either on Amazon.
Most Network Admins in my area seem to be comfortable with Routing, Switching, and Voice. I think Security, etc. would make sense immediately after that.
I sat for the ICND1 this morning.
Passed it with an 871/1000.
Products used: Keith Bogart INE Training Videos Wendell Odom's Books Todd Lammle's Books Boson and Transcender Practice Exam Quizlet (for review) Chris Bryant Udemy Videos I forgot, I also used Andrew Crouthammel's videos before switching to Chris Bryant to listen on the drive to work.
I'm taking two weeks off and onto the ICND2!
Ironically, my wife does want to adopt a kitten today.
I also forgot to mention I got an 871/1000.
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