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I have been through the Cisco Digital Learning Course and Boson. Starting to fill left over gaps with the OCG.

Thoughts of the materials combined and how prepared a candidate would be using these resources?

Gotta say I’m feeling confident, scary because I have never felt too confident going into a Cisco exam.


TSHOOT was my favorite practice exam to create. Hope you enjoyed it!

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Original Poster2 points · 5 days ago

I have to say the practice exams have been awesome. The explanations not only of the correct answer but also justifying why some answers are incorrect is what I am looking for for study prep.

I’m not deep into CCNP level work at my job, you definitely have given me some great reps at some problems I would have otherwise not seen.

Amazing product!

Be sure to familiarize yourself with the topology they use on the TSHOOT exam. Cisco provides this on their website and it’s the same exact one they use on the real exam!

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Original Poster2 points · 6 days ago

I have tried like hell to find this on the Cisco site and just can’t locate it. I read something off the Pearson Vue website that for the 300-135 exam it is not published.

Do you have a Cisco link for it by any chance?

Was looking to go for CCDA and CCDP. Would you say the material was helpful to learn areas that you may not be exposed to in your day to day work?

Edit: congrats!

2 points · 13 days ago

For the wire, on the guest VLANs you can checkout the “switchport protected” command. If you do this on every port in the guest vlan then no hosts can communicate with others hosts on that subnet other than the gateway. Then on the SVI you can do an extended ACL.

As far as the wireless, I assume you have a guest SSID with its own vlan. You can disable peer-to-peer in the advanced tab. This prevents clients on that SSID from communicating with one another. Again, use an ACL on the controller to restrict access to other networks.

Thoughts or comments?

2 points · 15 days ago

Congrats. I’ll be sitting in a couple of weeks and hope to have your experience!

6 points · 20 days ago

Don’t have an answer, maybe just perspective on the price.

Hypothetically if your vendor was charging 250 an hour (that’s pretty high to me). They have accounted for 100 hours. There is no way that doesn’t get done in a night, you need more quotes!

I did voice years ago and I don’t recall it being that difficult of an upgrade process.

2 points · 25 days ago

Boson is great. Items on the Cisco digital library are awesome. Chris Bryant on udemy is solid as well.

2 points · 25 days ago

Congrats! Definitely a tough one. I liked the labs though in it, bit challenging.

64 points · 1 month ago

Is this IPv5?

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10 points · 1 month ago

I was hoping to be the first for that line!

I’m a Cisco guy but when it comes to firewalls, PAN all day long

3 points · 1 month ago

Without direct connect you can only call your ISP and see if they can push the request to their upstream provider as well.

What exactly is stopping you from using a SIP trunk? You can build a SIP trunk with a test number and once you get it functioning can port over the numbers to it. As far as capacity, SIP scales a lot easier/quicker than FXO/FXS lines do.

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Bhaikalis has a point. It would just be a matter of timing when the customer could port numbers.

2 points · 1 month ago

If they do not have an existing pbx or voip system I would definitely go voip and introduce them to easier functionality and better features. Same applies if they are dissatisfied with whatever solution is in place

If they already have a pbx that they are happy with it the. stick with what they have until an upgrade is required. Plant the seed of a voip system for the future.

Monitor sessions typically are restricted to 1 destination interface (physical or logical).

I’ll pitch in with design, products of choose can be based on that. Try to base the horse power of the devices on bandwidth consumption but don’t cheap out to the point where you are upgrading in a couple of years.

Is your fiber plant a hub and spoke topology? If so you can go with a collapsed core design and assign VLANs based on location, or go with a 3 tier model.

For collapsed core you would purchase a core router that would receive fiber from each building. Trunk a group of unique VLANs to each building and then assign each floor its own vlan. The default gateways would live on the core. All switches other than the core only have to be layer 2 switches.

Another option is a three tiered model which would consist of a layer 3 switch at the fiber entry point of the building (considered the distribution layer). From there you route to the core. Default gateways of the VLANs live at this distribution layer. This is better for scalability.

If you priced out both options and had price parity, I would go with the 3 tier model.

I assumed a hub and spoke topology for this. If this is in fact the way it is you want to consider redundant core devices.

You can safely assume that any interface that falls within any of the “network” statements are being advertised. Any directly connected network that is not listed with the “network” command is also being advertised (I believe as an external-type route) meaning those routes will have a higher AD when received by a neighbor.

Others on the thread mentioned this but to reiterate, this is all in play only if you have a neighborship formed with another router in the existing environment.

Download a free version on Inssider. Fire it up and see which 5ghz channels have little or no use. Set your wifi gateway to that channel and you will be good to go.

I did a few months of hosting voice equipment and used Telnyx. Zero issues, never needed support but when I was researching SIP providers at 11pm at night they would respond via IM on their webpage within a minute. I really enjoyed the experience with them.

I work at a university and the only drawback of NAT is gaming devices tend to freak out if a student wants to host their own game. In that case we do a 1to1 NAT rather than a PAT.

Aside from that we don't have any issues with using PAT/NAT

Dont bond your 2.4 channels either. If those devices support the 5ghz channels you should leverage those due to less interference.

I would get into your core devices then start mapping outwards to get a lay of the land quickly. Congrats on the new job, your never going to want to do anything else!

I would suspect they can't. Two applications listening on the same port isn't the norm. I personally would adjust one of the ports.

Even if your switches didn't support LLDP or LLDP-MED, you can still install voip.

They are just using the protocol to detect a voip device to most likely automatically assing a voice vlan. You can do this all manually from the phones, granted it is more work and moving a phone down the line, you would have to make sure it's going on the right vlan (say if you had a different voice vlan per floor).

How many phones are you talking?

I would first determine if the users think its slow because of the upgrade or if was slow prior to upgrade. Same thing for the disconnects. You just want to be sure that the problem(s) actually started right after the upgrade.

Ultimate goal would be to do a "debug client MAC" to see whats going on as a problem is reproduced.

For the voice applications on wireless make sure you don't have load balancing on under the advanced tab of the WLAN.

I would also start out by disabling the following 802.11k options if you have them enabled.

  1. Assisted Roaming Prediction Optimization
  2. Neighbor List Dual Band

The changes suggested would be service affecting while the WLAN resets, but it is really quick. Voice calls would drop. Other applications not as sensitive might stay alive but have a hiccup.

Let us know how it goes.

Timers is my best guess as well. Is the timing consistent for how long it takes to drop adjacencies?

I'll second for willie Howe. When doing some side work I looked into Ubiquity, didn't go with them but Willie was a main source of info, he does a good job.

Other than that and the vendors documentation, i don't think there is much other than forum posts. They might have a Reddit.

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