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I’ve used it for several courses, it is pretty slick and I like the way they integrate the lab environments.

It is definitely worth checking out, most courses have a demo.

Hey that’s not Amazon’s address space! And that’s not their AS! Somethings not adding up here.....

Windows has several extensive CLIs such as powershell, hell it even has linux shells these days.

You would be better off reading about Windows or looking at one of MS's troubleshooting certs then just trying to remember a few commands.

The simlets explicitly tell you that saving is not necessary when you start them.

If they do want you to save them for some reason then they would tell you that in the instructions.

If it was actually realistic there would be booze on the top of the networking gear.

Also why is there no fighting over the crash cart because the bastards from IBM keep stealing it? 3/10

Eh serial still has its place, especially for voip or for legacy / rural networks. The ccna mostly just teaches it for awareness and to show the difference in behaviour. It probably won’t be in future updates down the road. VXLAN awareness would probably be in the next round too.

As for schools using serials in labs, I’m guessing it is mostly them just being cheap, trying to make the lab a bit harder, or they are just used to it and don’t care that much.

The point is more about learning about a non-ethernet interface type. All the complexity of fiber is all in the layer 1 stuff so it isn't really all that worth it from a lab point of view.

Why do you insist on making things hard for yourself? You know from your other posts that turning on the secure web server will generate weak keys so why are you doing that before generating the proper keys?

Anyway keys don’t show up on the router till you save the config though not all keys will be visible in your show run. You should use the crypto show commands if you want to see them.

No the device is a old Linksys SMB router that operates completely different than the stuff taught on Cisco certs and can’t do most of the features anyway.

At most you’ll just see how a terrible router implements things like NAT.

Typically you would use a loopback wherever possible but you might instead use the dedicated management interface if the device has one. You might also just use a regular interface if the device routing config doesn’t give you any other options. So it depends is what I’m saying.

You got to be careful with getting too many certs without experience, all it does is potentially make you overqualified for the role (disqualified) or makes the interview harder since a good interviewer will make sure you know your cert material really well for each cert.

End of Life means the device/product is not being sold, supported, or maintained anymore.

Most student lab equipment will be EoL or will be near it since the average person going for the ccna isn’t going to spend a few grand (at minimum) per switch.

The 3560 is still very useful since it still lets you study up to the CCIE in most tracks. I personally don’t recommend layer 2 switches for labs since you will very quickly run out of use for them but 2960s do make cheap lab gear.

Your school should have some some job resources to help you get placed or at least hold some job fairs etc so local ISPs etc can recruit the students.

CCNA expects you to know Firepower well and be familiar/have awareness with most of the solutions

CCNP would definitely require you to have deep hands on with everything.

It’s also worth noting that both sec certs are next in line to be updated so things will be changing pretty quick.

CCENT is not enough to branch out with, other tracks generally expect you to be around CCNP level.

Finishing the CCNA will be the obvious next step and will be what employers expect from you.

Sims will likely support most shortened commands but keep in mind there is nothing stopping Cisco from asking you about syntax on full commands so make sure you know the proper ones!

Like others have said, it should change practically anytime now but the bulk of the material will be the same, OSPF will still be OSPF, EIGRP will change to Named mode but mostly the same. So there is no harm in working towards it then just focus on the new sdn etc stuff

You still can get a lot of value out of the network fundamentals of the CCNA, even if your using inferior vendors!

Besides your next job may be a Cisco environment again etc.

I always use a personal email for company logins if I can since it makes moving jobs easier

The 4ESW is a layer 2 module, you can’t make them layer 3 ports

That’s where some method of scripting or config push comes in handy

Nah it was at the end of the program

I know of a VAR that tried to bill a client for quite a few hours just for them to figure out that the drop they connected their equipment to wasn’t connected to a upstream switch.

Mistakes (or utter incompetence) happen!

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