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Hey all,

I'm trying to convince my current manager to try to make our network team more technically diverse. Meaning have SME's (Data Center, Security, RS, Voice, etc...) I'm getting quite a bit resistance on this subject every time I bring it up.

We have very talented people each of which has strengths and weaknesses (including myself). So my logical suggestion to get the best performance and moral amongst the team is to have engineers focus on what they know and are good at.

I personally have no interest in learning the telephony part of networking. I much prefer data center and routing & switching.

This is difficult since all the engineers are expected to know everything about everything, which is really not a realistic solution (they all agree).

I'm just curious how your current or past companies have staffed the networking team? Have engineers work on and know everything? SME's?



Are you currently employed in a networking role?

Most of this can be learned via on the job experience.

It would be hard to point you in a good direction because all businesses handle things differently...(especially change mgmt lol)

You're already CCNA, so that will get you in the door, so long as you can actually explain all the topics in CCNA in detail to someone in an interview...

As for your question:

4,5, and 7 - You will learn on the job

2,3,6 and 8 - Should have exposure to most of these already from CCNA (cant speak to UK since I live in the states, but should be very similar)

1 and 11 - check out should give you a good start

9 and 10 - will be very useful since most employers expect any network engineer to know firewalls. I would suggest focusing studies towards ASA, Palo Alto, Check Point, and Fortinet. (Again depends on what your employer is using)

Hope this helps!

What do you do currently in your job (in networking)? If your planning on staying with the company, ask where would be the most valuable for them. If your not planning on staying, focus on what you find most interesting so that it's easier to stay motivated.

If your not currently working in a networking role, I would suggest getting actual on the job experience and find out what areas in networking you like most.

You really can't go wrong with CCNP with any networking job. That what I'm working towards, then maybe design, data center, or security.

Hope this helps!

Original Poster1 point · 2 months ago · edited 2 months ago

I appreciate the feedback! Like I mentioned above, my present situation doesn't really require anything more than a CCNA, but if I were to move to a different department (or different company) that would probably be later down the road.

Motivation isn't really a problem, I've enjoyed all of it so far. I do however want to make sure I have the right study materials, as I've learned with my CCENT that the Lammle book was not enough for me. Not looking forward to making the same mistake again! Thank you for your suggestions, how long have you been studying for your CCNP, are you almost complete? Would the Odom books be adequate for R/S, or are additional aids necessary?

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I've been on ccnp for about 7 months now. Will be taking Route within the next 2 months. Passed Switch back in April.

All depends on your learning style... I've been using Chris Bryant Udemy course, INE, and OCG by Kevin Wallace. Seems to be getting me by so far.

I will say that a lot of the security objectives in CCNA Sec are also in CCNP switch (dhcp snooping, vacls, port security, etc...) so you should be able to pass either relatively fast once you have the other completed.


Hey everyone!

I'm pretty new to gns3 and i'm running into a problem saving my configurations after creating a lab.

I'm using virl images and I'd like to create an all in 1 lab with basic configurations (hostnames, ip's, etc...) and save that so I don't have to manually configure it everytime I want to lab up something for Cisco studies.

I used this video to reference my GNS3 setup

I've done a fair bit of research and have yet to find anything that works with this setup

If anyone can help out, I'd really appreciate it


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I am coming off of a pass for the 300-115 switch exam (took me about 5 months of study).

Started the CCNP route studies about 3 weeks ago and I'm finding it extremely difficult to keep up.

I have the INE video series, Cisco press book, Chris Bryant videos and study guides.

Normally I have no trouble keeping up with topics on the exams. Sure it may take 1 or 2 days for everything to fully sink in, but I usually catch on pretty quick.

I don't know what it is about routing tho. I don't really do any dynamic routing at work and it's been about 1.5yrs since passing the CCNA RS.

I'm currently watching the INE videos (EIGRP) and there are literally about 10 different ways to allow or deny routes each 1 achieving the same thing. Do I really need to go this deep?

CCNA was great, learn the technology, tweak a few things here and there, but this is a whole different animal.

Can anyone shed some light on how deep I need to go on these topics, how long it takes an "average" engineer to pass the route exam, and possibly any tips to keep motivated with the studies?


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Original Poster1 point · 2 months ago

Looks like a have a tough road ahead of me....

Thanks for the feedback

I would watch the Chris Bryant videos first. He doesn't go too deep, but he has GREAT labs. Do all of his labs, then start going deeper into the topics with INE and the book.

Just one note about the book... Don't kill yourself with BGP. It's 1/3 of the book but it's barely on the exam. Also, check the exam topics because Frame Relay, PPP and some more topics like Netflow aren't even in the book, but are in the objectives. The exam is only 40% routing and 60% other topics.

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Original Poster1 point · 2 months ago

Great advice, thanks!

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Hey everyone,

I bought a push mower about 2yrs ago. It's a Snapper OHV 7.25 self-propel push mower.

The first spring and summer it ran perfect, no problems at all.

After I put it away for the winter the first year, I treated the fuel and stored it in a dry corner in my garage.

The following spring I go to start it up and it does start, however the idle is all over the place. I let it run for about 15-20 mins in hopes that it would clear up, but no luck.

I replaced the spark plug, air filter, oil, gas, and clean the carburetor. It ran better after that, but still not as good as the previous year. It had what sounded like a misfire (kind of a puttering noise every couple of seconds).

I kept using it and never got back around to address those issues. Fast forward to now I bring out the mower after storing/treating it the same as the previous year and yet again same problem as before... It'll start no problem at all, but it bucks and rev's like crazy. I've only replaced the spark plug at this point, but the gas is pretty new since I filled it about 3 months ago (with fuel treatment), air filter is still in really great shape as well (white with no dirt or anything in it).

I did however notice today that if I apply presser to the throttle lever it actually evens the revs out....?

Can anyone point me in the right direction on where to go from here?

Attaching video as well...


Original Poster1 point · 3 months ago

Video not working for some reason.

I'll try to get that added later

I used Chris Bryants video course and Ben Piper's PluralSight course. I would highly recommend both!

However, the key factor to passing the exam is to lab. LAB EVERYTHING!

Seriously I did not lab as much on my first attempt and failed with a mid 600 score.

I spent the next 2 months labbing everything pretty much consistently everyday that I was able to.

Combined the video courses listed above with the Boson Practice exams and I was able to pass on my 2nd attempt with a high 800 score.

Best of luck!


So i've recently passed my CCNP Switch exam and plan on moving to route within the next week or so.

I have a physical lab consisting of 2-3750 switches, 2-2950 switches, and 3 2611XM routers.

I am wanting to do as much as I possibly can with my physical lab due to the lack of access to cisco ios images for gns3.

I am willing to buy a couple more routers if necessary to meet the requirements for the exam topics, but i'm having a hard time tracking down the models that I will need.

So far I found the 2800 series to be reasonably cheap on ebay, although I think they may lack a few of the features needed for ccnp route.

Can anyone else please provide some insight as to which routers I will need to cover 100% of the exam topics?



IOS15.2+ would be ideal. Virtual routers are sufficient for CCENT->CCIE, and will allow you to cover 100% of topics.

In a pinch you can get away with x800 series ISRs. I think there's only a couple of things you can't do. x900's are better as long as they have the right feature set.

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Original Poster1 point · 3 months ago

So a 2900 series router would work?

I see a lot of posts about 3725's.

Thoughts on those?


Hey all,

I'm currently working as a network administrator for fairly large company in the midwest. I've only been employed with this company for about 7 months and already extremely frustrated on a daily basis. Let me just start of by saying that I have about 5yrs experience going from desktop support to a jr netadmin and now netadmin (all with different companies). I have my CCNA RS and am currently about 1/2 done with CCNP.

Now onto the frustrations.... we have about 5 people that are on the network/system team. 2 of which are Sr level, but started out as pc techs that basically just stuck around long enough to get promoted to Sr level without any certifications or what I would call "official training". Also they have not worked in IT for any other company.

So with that being said I am in constant arguments about how the network "should be" based off of my past experience with different lines of business and different areas of the IT spectrum. Since they both have the Sr title, I get shut down pretty fast with things like "thats not appropriate for us because of x, y, and z" or "How does that technology work? I'm not familiar with it" (which leads to massive delays due to them being uneducated in the subject matter). Our company requires reviews from any network or system changes to be reviewed by a Sr, so that means every time I do something without informing them first I get the "why didn't you consult with us first?" or "Yeah we've been meaning to do this for a while, just haven't had the time" (But yet they are always having meaningless conversations ALL DAY!! and getting no real work done)

I've mentioned this to my supervisor multiple times. Saying that I know what i'm talking about and that they are not as familiar with networking as I am (I know this makes me look bad but hey I try to be honest). Anyways, he refuses to do anything about it because they are his "golden boys" always brown nosing when he's around and using big words to sound smarter than they actually are. I'm really considering leaving for another company, but have reservations on how it may look leaving my first network admin job after only 7 months.

I'm so close to having my CCNP that I'm considering just holding out and applying for more of the network engineer/arch type role. Has anyone else been in similar situations and how you were able to overcome them?


Do you enjoy your job outside of this issue? Do you get along with your colleagues? If not, I would pass the CCNP then start applying elsewhere.

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Original Poster1 point · 4 months ago

Great advice, thanks!

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You remind me of myself, so I’m going to tell you what I would do: Get CCNP Certified and then GTFO. I would never waste my time and energy playing at office politics when I could be improving my skills and seeking greener pastures. Now, if I ever I ended up at a company I truly loved, I would re-evaluate this stance.

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Original Poster2 points · 4 months ago

Awesome advice. Glad I'm not the only person that feels this way. Thanks!

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Hey all! I'm currently perusing my CCNP RS certification. After failing the switch exam about a month ago, I've picked myself back up, studied on the topics that I wasn't 100% on, and scheduled my retake for next week.

After failing the switch exam, I was crushed... Seriously it was bad. Felt like the last 3 months of study was a complete waste considering most of the material I was already really confident on from passing the CCNA about 8 months ago.

Any ways some things that kept me motivated to get back on my studies and schedule the exam was of course the inspirational posts here on Reddit and watching videos on YouTube.

Here are a few people on YouTube that I highly recommend that everyone subscribe to: NetworkChuck Du'an Lightfoot RouteHub Rasta Geek

P.S. if anyone else would like to share some YouTuber's that inspire them, please do so


I'm assuming you haven't taken any of the CCNP exams yet..? I would say that the switch exam will stay the same for the most part. Switching really doesn't change in IOS, nexus is another story (but that is covered in the CCNA DataCenter). Cisco has previously let testers mix and match which versions of CCNP exams they take to still let people achieve their certification IE. V1 Route, V2 Switch & V2 Tshoot.

I am currently in the same boat as you (don't really care about legacy WAN technologies) I'm personally more interested in SD Wan type implementations.

So with that being said, I'm currently studying for CCNP Switch and hopefully will be ready for Route when the refresh comes around.

Just keep in mind if you go that route (haha pun) you'll likely need to do a quick refresh of the new (if any) topics on whichever exam you took with the previous version.

Hope this helps! Good Luck!

Keep in mind that there are also several topics from the route exam that could be asked about on the switch exam (eigrp, ntp, ip sla, dhcp, snmp, etc...) as well as other things not directly called out in the exam objectives (vacl, pacl, racl, syslog, etc...)

Don't assume you will pass based solely on what is called out in the exam objectives (I did and regret it now). This exam is really tricky/annoying in that aspect. Hopefully Cisco will realize this when they go to update the CCNP.

Best of luck with the studies!

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