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Anybody use Alphaprep.net for CCNA R&S? Any good? by joshgoldeneagle in ccna

[–]joshgoldeneagle[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Do you feel like it is worth the $75? I wasn't super interested in the videos, because Udemy has courses for about $10 or $20 with Chris Bryant and Neil Anderson, among others. I was just interested in the exams and practice questions, and the claim that they can tell you when you are ready to take the exam.

Dumb question... What is the difference between CCNA Security and CCNA Cyber Ops certifications? by joshgoldeneagle in ccna

[–]joshgoldeneagle[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Thanks for the info everyone.

Have you taken the CCNA Cyber Ops exam? Do you recommend it for a sysadmin wanting to get into security? Or maybe I should ask, who is the designed for?

Do I Have Enough Study Resources? by NetworkPhreak in ccna

[–]joshgoldeneagle 5 points6 points  (0 children)

The 3 month schedule is a bit arbitrary. It takes as long as it takes you to learn the material well enough to pass. Could be 2 months, could be a year. Just commit to the idea that you will keep studying as long as it takes until you are ready.

Looks like enough materials but I would add the Boson practice exams towards the end to know whether you are ready.

Prepping for ICND1 after failing composite. by Kogot in ccna

[–]joshgoldeneagle 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I'm liking Neil Anderson course on Udemy.com for ICND2, and he's got an ICND1 100-105 course as well.

Super awesome book for ICND1 100-105 is Anthony Sequiera's ICND1 100-105 Exam Cram book for when you are in your last 4-6 weeks before the exam.

And Boson practice exams. You def want those to verify you are ready for the real exam. Just be aware Boson exams are a bit more difficult than the actual exam.

Any other fat rock climbers out there? by cicoprog in loseit

[–]joshgoldeneagle 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Even for not fat climbers, I think comparing yourself to others can be a mistake. Everyone is at a different level. We're all hopefully having fun. Probably none of us are going to the Olympics. So just enjoy the one of the most entertaining forms of getting exercise there is.

Can I test a script for configuring Cisco Routers using Packet Tracer or GNS3? by joshgoldeneagle in networking

[–]joshgoldeneagle[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Super cool stuff. Yes I am just trying to get my feet wet a bit.

Anyhow I thought a minimum I could put the IP addresses of the routers in a separate file. I think perhaps that is a small step in the direction you are going in.

I think because Packet Tracer is a simulator(?), it is not an accurate test for Cisco IOS (Sometimes I get simulator and emulator confused). Everyone saying to use GNS3 so I'll head that direction.

When I finish CCNA this year (1 exam of 2 already done), hope to give Network Programming it's proper attention and at minimum take a Udemy course or two. I like networking. I like programming. Python seems really friendly being a high-level language, and my instincts tell me I will like this language. It makes sense to learn more in this area.

Can I test a script for configuring Cisco Routers using Packet Tracer or GNS3? by joshgoldeneagle in networking

[–]joshgoldeneagle[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

"Wildcards on crack" is the best definition for Regular Expressions I have ever heard. Nailed it.

Can I test a script for configuring Cisco Routers using Packet Tracer or GNS3? by joshgoldeneagle in networking

[–]joshgoldeneagle[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Hard coding passwords... Oops!

I have since changed that in the script. Thank you. Still need to test in GNS3 like other posters have recommended.

Anyhow I know more or less how much an amateur I am in this. I'm just trying to get my feet wet with Python. When I pass my 2nd CCNA exam this year (one done already!), I will see about treating this subject properly, by at least taking a Udemy course in Network Programming.

Fantastic that you have all those scripts working.

Can I test a script for configuring Cisco Routers using Packet Tracer or GNS3? by joshgoldeneagle in networking

[–]joshgoldeneagle[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Or maybe it's just the wild west out there, and everybody's doing their own little scripting thing.

Can I test a script for configuring Cisco Routers using Packet Tracer or GNS3? by joshgoldeneagle in networking

[–]joshgoldeneagle[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Awesome awesome! I am going to spend the time and effort to give your reply full justice tomorrow when I am at work. But before I forget, I wanted to ask, because you seem like someone who would know... What the heck are people doing that have 20, 50, 100, 1000 Cisco routers to configure them? Is there a product they are buying from Cisco or another company to push out config files or other changes? Are they pushing out settings with a Python script like this? Or using some other scripting language?

I also got some feedback from an Intel friend he says anything repeated should be made into a function. Maybe this flies in the Cisco world, but when it comes to full time programmers, they're saying "No bueno". So I've got some work to do on this!

Should I take notes from scratch or just use what I already have? by Bebop-n-Rocksteady in ccna

[–]joshgoldeneagle 1 point2 points  (0 children)

You can always take a practice test (i.e. Transcender and/or Boson) to see where you are at. But don't do this too often, because you only want to take each practice test once. You don't want to be memorizing the practice test questions and give yourself a false practice test result , you want to be memorizing the concepts.themselves.

Should I take notes from scratch or just use what I already have? by Bebop-n-Rocksteady in ccna

[–]joshgoldeneagle 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Use what you have. Once you finish the portion of the Todd Lammie book you haven't read, you can move on to other study materials and/or reviewing. I had to use many many different materials, books, labs, flashcards videos before the concepts started to sink in.

just started my ccna r&s by Falable in ccna

[–]joshgoldeneagle 1 point2 points  (0 children)

You might want to try one of Neil Anderson's CCNA courses on Udemy. They are like to $10 to $20 and you will learn quite a bit... from the lab exercises especially.

junior sysadmin/only sysadmin/ the IT guy who has been given far too much responsibility for someone lacking the skills needed. Advice needed by sudo_throw_ in sysadmin

[–]joshgoldeneagle 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Just a quick note... Wordpress sites can be easily breached if any of the administrative account passwords are susceptible to a dictionary attack, or any of the passwords have been exposed in known data breaches previously. I think you can check passwords against the site https://haveibeenpwned.com if you know them.

Anyhow, when you get the site cleaned up, you may want to look into possibly resetting admin passwords and use lengthy passwords in those cases.

So sick of getting lied to for jobs... by chewieconcarne in sysadmin

[–]joshgoldeneagle 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You don't have to, but if you read Time Management For System Administrators, it will utterly cement your views on the absolute need to stick to a ticket system. Not that you need convincing, but you need to be able to quickly and eloquently explain why to other people.

I have a bit of a reputation for being pretty strict when I tell people to send an email to the general techsupport / help desk address. I try to be nice about it, and at the same time I am strict. And I'm OK with that.

I only help people on the spot if they are CEO (sometimes), their computer doesn't turn on, or some other critical issue absolutely prevents them from doing their job, with no obvious alternative. Outlook broken doesn't count because I will send you an URL for Office 365 web mail if you forgot it. Even the CEO has gotten used to ticket system now and he uses it.

When people send a help request, I make an appointment with them in Outlook, even if it's only a hour or two from now. Most people have gotten used to this and are fine with it. A few people don't respect my time or the process at all, and I just keep reminding them (as nicely as possible) every time to send an email to techsupport .

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Are the OSPF process IDs supposed to match, be unique, or does it matter? by joshgoldeneagle in ccna

[–]joshgoldeneagle[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

So what is the process ID for then? If I am setting up OSPF using a network statement, is there any way I can set the process ID incorrectly?

If I am setting ospf by setting it on each interface (instead of network statement), I assume then process ID has to match on each interface?