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the-packet-thrower commented on a post in r/ccna
the-packet-thrower 1 point

The best way is to just continuously lab everything, you have an easier time remembering a particular command if you actually used it and have seen why it is useful to a situation.

the-packet-thrower commented on a post in r/ccna
the-packet-thrower 3 points

Loop backs are useful in labs because you can easily add as many networks as you need without adding real or sub interfaces.

Depending on your exact lab they also might be teaching you things about certain features like OSPF’s router id

the-packet-thrower commented on a post in r/ccna
the-packet-thrower 1 point

It boils down to features, cost, performance, management, and support.

The small business router might be able to say static routes but isn’t likely to support OSPF and your support would be closer to talking to geek squad instead of a ccna or tac

the-packet-thrower commented on a post in r/ccna
the-packet-thrower 1 point

Netacad can be behind the curve since it is up to your school to keep current. I believe Netacad is at version 6 or maybe 7 now so you will have to do a lot of study after the course to have a chance of passing the current exam.

Exam wise it probably isn't updating for a bit but I can see some minor updates happening soon.

the-packet-thrower commented on a post in r/ccna
the-packet-thrower 1 point

It typically takes people about a year of study to get to CCNP after they get some solid work experience for a year or so.

Sure they may be some topic overlap but the CCNP will go far deeper into say OSPF then the CCNA does.

the-packet-thrower commented on a post in r/ccnp
the-packet-thrower 1 point

I was pretty convinced it was going to at least be announced by last year’s end but they really do need to announce it by mid year

Theincrediblemeagain 1 point

Topology is no longer available online and the demo tshoot test is now unavailable. Sign of imminent change?

the-packet-thrower 2 points

Hope so!

the-packet-thrower commented on a post in r/networking
the-packet-thrower 2 points

More importantly, did you tell them about the dead hookers in your basement?

charliethegreenman 5 points

I did. There was a delay on their part and they ended up calling 30mins after our scheduled time. But I didn't know it was pushing through so..

the-packet-thrower 8 points

So the interview was late so you immediately went to bed?

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the-packet-thrower commented on a post in r/networking
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Plenty of DC underlay protocols run IS-IS, it is a sneaky protocol that way.

While you could use it in a typical LAN it may be a bit too foreign and might not integrate well with others such as say Solarwinds.

The new RFC calls for us to rebrand it as Integrated System Integrated LAN in order to aid its acceptance in the network space which will hopefully reduce routing violence.

the-packet-thrower commented on a post in r/ccna
the-packet-thrower 2 points

To add my two cents here is a couple thoughts

My students are all looking for that magical 100K job

The reality is very few to no students will walk into a 100k job, IT degrees outside of programming aren't especially valued in the workplace and in most cases a CCNA is preferred instead for a number of reasons.

The CCNA itself is more of the de facto networking job requirement, no one is going to beat a CCNA's door down to get them to an interview. People need to remember the networking in networking and start working on their linkedin and building industry connections.

As they say "you have to pay your dues"

You have heard for years that "IT is the job of the future!!" but I see cloud services, streamlining, virtualization, NFV/SDN, literally designing people out of the system

Fear mongering is always been with us and will probably always will be. Yes things like cloud is growing but that also creates opportunities! Now a SMB that might have just bought a D-Link and a cheap resource to manage it might have that resource mess around with Azure as well which will give the junior more exposure. Cloud is also doing interesting things for business unit dynamics but that is a story for another day.

Automation has also been with us for a long time...does a junior need to learn python day one? No that is more of a intermediate/senior skill but there is a point where you reach diminishing returns when you are trying to add a vlan to say 100 switches manually. Though a junior could just as easily end up using Solarwinds or Prime Infrastructure to help with day to day operations.

SDN is also bringing cool things within a junior's reach. IWAN for example is DMVPN + VRFs + Performance Routing + IKEv2 VPNs and can also include things like WAAS optimization before things like APIC-EM a junior would have no chance at managing that but now they can add a site and do basic operations. Likewise SD-Access is LISP + BGP + Trustsec which can bring things like ISE into their day to day job.

Long story short, things are fine but a junior does need to be willing to learn new things. The only people who should be worried is the guy who stopped improving themselves after getting their install rack a new server and install Windows on it job :)

cruddy_mccrudderson 1 point

wtf is going on here

the-packet-thrower 1 point

On the First Day of April we like to honour vendors we love in a Foolish manner.

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the-packet-thrower 2 points

Your right, it needed more Watchguard

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cruddy_mccrudderson 2 points

It's funny what gets deleted / crucified around here ... and then this shit from the mods ... double standard anyone?


the-packet-thrower 0 points

u wot m8?

slacker87 7 points

Watchguard is not bad, but this spam about them sure is.

the-packet-thrower -5 points

There is no spam here, only praise.

the-packet-thrower commented on a post in r/ccna
Lucius8530 2 points

I know this is a ccna reddit page, and you probably bias but is CySA+ worth it? Or I should I do Cyberops? I keep hearing cisco isn't what it use to be in security.

the-packet-thrower 3 points

Are you hearing that from CompTIA people? :)

Those poor poor people.

Lucius8530 3 points

Nah, just around. I forgot where I heard it from, but it wasn't from comptia.

the-packet-thrower 4 points

Well they were wrong! Cisco has one of the most comprehensive security suites around

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