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It was a good Question, lived a long life and happy life.

So from what I have learned in life so far. Ladies might not care what kind of car you have, MOST care if its clean or a mobile locker room.

I think both packages are pretty much the same,mostly the same videos. I got the "Security" a few months back. He covers a large amount of the content, but no all of it, just as an FYI. With out going over both class's video by video, i would guess that 8 hours is 200-215 content, but i would be guessing.


There was lots of blood shed on the battlefield, buy the hero now stands here the victor.


Congrats! Did you lab with an ASA?

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Original Poster2 points · 14 days ago

I used an ASA for ASDM practice, everything else I did in packet tracer. I did not mess with gns3 at all, because I didn't want to learn something else at the same time. KEEP IT SIMPLE STUPID is my mantra.

I plan to work on CCNP r+s next, so I think now is the time for me to tackle gns3 before I start that.

Original Poster4 points · 15 days ago

So I failed the test 2 weeks ago and that was the first time I have ever failed a cert test. I did not give this test the respect it demands.

First thing I did was to review the test topics, break them down make sure that you have at least studied every single one.

So afterword’s I went back to the "31 days before" book and hammered that book pretty hard. I redid all my notes from it, the one I took before where lazy. I would do 3 or 4 days at a time.

Then I focused on the Boson test, I was lazy with that also before the first test. There is a skill to using the boson tests, make sure you don't just mesmerize the questions and answers, when they write their questions they are trying to point you in the right direction of stuff you need to know.

I think the only hardware you would need is an asa 5505 (unless you want to mess with GNS. Everything else can be done on packet tracer. I have a few routers and switches in my office, but I just used packet tracer because it was easy and worked. Save that money.

Can you post your percentages??? I want to compair to mine from my failed test 2 weeks ago.

Yea I can't seem to get ahold of this parka doc...


836 and needed 860 to pass. I have heard that this is a hard test, harder than CCNA r+s. However I'm pretty angry right now because I don't feel like it got a fair shot at it. I spent all this time studying a very wide array of topics, lots of them don't show up on the test, but than there is this other stuff thats worded bad and it really ticks me off. I have come this far, so i have to retake, but I feel like this is a CERT to avoid. If you have just got your CCNA r+s, I would stay on that track, at least thats what I wish I would have done now...

I failed this shit three time before passing. You can do it! I highly recommend the CCNA Security Portable Command Guide. It was more useful than the actual cert book.

Here's my notes for what I used.

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Original Poster2 points · 29 days ago

Thanks I'll check them both out!

Original Poster1 point · 1 month ago

ASDM has some major bugs with windows 10 and or Java. it will not load the firepower tabs. Works on server 2008r2

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It runs fine for me, just need to install the right version of java. Just google the version of asdm and find the java version it can work on. I know there is a table out there.

Original Poster1 point · 1 month ago

man if you are right on that, ill owe you a big one.

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Did you use the boson tests?

I finished ccna r&s a few months ago and will take ccna security in the next month. There is some overlap between the 2 test, so doing icnd2 first will make security easier I believe. The security test is more broad compared to the icnd2.

I have found that a lot of trainers say, you will be a more knowledge security expert if you take CCNA R&S, some even say to get CCNP in R&S. I guess the CCNP for security content is old.

I'm a system admin for 15+ years, but never really did any networking stuff till last year when I got my CCNA. So I asked myself the same question then and decided that I would go for the CCNA Security. I should be taking the test in the next 45 days, I have learned that I enjoy the routing and switch more than security, so afterwards I plan to got back to routing and switching for CCNP. I am glad that I chose security, because now at least I have more complete perspective of how a network is designed.

I was wondering the SAME thing today also. None of the other videos series that I have watched really show much of the ASDM.


I feel like I need to redesign how I have might filters setup in my tank. I have two canister filters and two power heads. How should I place them around the tank

Original Poster1 point · 4 months ago

I'm in the scholarship and the learning partner they used stated many times all of the information in their resources are enough. When I got home, I decided to take a look at their format and compared it to the Cisco press SECFND book and, at least to me, it appears the Cisco press book seems to cover the materials better than the learning partner. I didn't read the book but purchased the ebook merely for the practice exams, but as I skimmed through the topics at the beginning, it appears they have everything labeled almost identical to how it would be labeled in the exam objectives. I know we all learn in different ways but it seems the book approach may have benefited me more than say watching the videos/reading the text after the videos that the learning partner provided.

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One thing to point out. The Cisco Press books are not written by the people that create the test. It's confusing I know.

Check out the BOSON tests if you want a true feel for the tests. It's not the exact same as the test, but it is close. They are a tad harder than the real thing, but the are an awesome tool.

Like it!


So I have had a 55gal brackish water tank with a few puffers and I can't keep plants (java fern) alive in this tank. I have tried lots of simple fix's to tackle this issue and all I end up with is more algae.

I have sand in the tank now and I think that's what I need to change. I think I need to get a different sub straight.


With brackish water it tends to be hard keeping any plants alive. You shouldn't put java fern in the substrate, just tie it to some rocks or driftwood. Generally you can have a nice planted tank with sand (here is a quick potato quality photo of my sand only planted tank), but brackish is a bigger problem. You should try some hardy plants like anubias and java fern, just remember both are epiphytes, they can't have their rhizomes in the substrate!

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Original Poster1 point · 4 months ago

Yea I have the java fern above the sand. I even moved the plants to a smaller tank and they are doing good now.

At first I was using RO water than I switch to tap. I have tried a couple different Flourish bottles and they don't really seem to help.

Keep at it buddy, I think every sys admin should at least complete CCENT just to make you a better well rounded sys admin. You don't have to commit to being the NETWORK guy just because you are studying cisco. But it will make your talks with the NETWORK guy better if you have a basic understanding. Nothing worse than someone talking over my head.

Maybe watch some of the ccna guys on youtube, they can really help you get hyped about it.


I have a 70d and the 18-135mm kit lens. On ebay i got a 17-40mm f4 lens this week and i'm not very happy with it.

When I take test photos with both lens, they are pretty much the same result. I got the lens thinking it would be a really good landscape with high detail. Is this to be expected???

Original Poster3 points · 4 months ago · edited 4 months ago


What were your settings on the sample pics?

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Original Poster1 point · 4 months ago

100 iso 1/8 f/13 on a tripod for both

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I think you need to step back and review your resume/cover letter maybe. I had to re edit mine 4+ times till I started getting calls. Start with the really simple stuff like spelling and grammar stuff. (not that you have that issue)

A lot of the time HR people are the first to see your resume and they might not have a really good understanding of what the IT people are looking for.

Something else to think about is the amount of people applying for the same job. I signed up for the fancy LinkedIn account once and it show you how many people apply for the same job as you and how you might stack up to them.

Or talk to your friends and family and see if they have any connections, a lot of people get a job based on who they know, not what they know. You just have to get your foot in the door, the rest will depend on how hard you hustle.

Good Luck.

I say keep going. I think having any cert with the name Security in it is going to be golden. When dealing with non-IT hiring people, when they see a security cert, you will get bonus points and now that your a jt admin, at some point you will want to upgrade to sr, so the more you know the better.

Your going to need at least 3 routers and 3 switches if your are going to do all the labs.

I would start with packet tracer first because its going let you have as many routers and switches you want.

Than if you want to play with the hardware, just buy 1 router and switch.

Getting really comfortable can be the first step towards getting stuck. Have you talked with your boss and asked how can you move forward where you are?

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