How to Network Tip of the Week #92 – 25th June 2009
Welcome to the ninety second www.howtonetwork.net tip of
Welcome to another weekly tip.
I am taking my niece to Disneyland Paris tomorrow so I’m
really looking forward to that. She is 6 years old. I
forget what it was like to be a child and have that sort
There is loads of cool stuff for you this week so please
take about five minutes away from surfing, e-mail etc and
have a good read.
Well done to Sean Goolia who passed his CCNA this week
after many weeks of hard work. Sean is a great example
of a person who studied hard EVERY DAY and never made
excuses about work getting in the way.
Sean took the time to post some great exam advice on the
forum and I consider it essential reading:
Well done also to Russell Oxenham who passed his ICND2
making him a fully fledged CCNA.
It makes me sad so see how many people quit every week when
they are so close to passing. I guess if it was easy then
everyone would be a CCNA.
Inner Circle Coaching
I am closing down my private coaching service because it
is too labor intensive. I am considering starting up an
inner circle coaching group where we have weekly tele-
conferences and you get extra exams and videos. In order
to cover the conference calls and time there will be a
weekly charge of $27.
If this is something you would like to be a part of to
boost your CCNA studies then please let me know by
filling in the below survey.
Essential CCNA Exam Advice
I hate to hear of my students failing their exams. When I
see their comments I can always see what went wrong. They
often fail due to either:
1. Slow hands on speed
2. Go blank (nerves)
3. Didn’t use practice exams enough.
I have prepared an article to prevent this happening to
you. Please read, rate it and digest it.
New Switching Labs Added
As well as the new switching labs, I am uploading new
videos for you to follow. I consider these labs and videos
crucial to your CCNA exam success. If you can’t do them
then your chances of passing are slim at best.
More details here:
I have uploaded one of the videos to YouTube:
Hands on labs:
OSPF For CCNP
The OSPF chapter has been uploaded. We will be adding
next and previous page links to each page shortly. It may
serve as a handy reference for those of you studying for
your CCNA if you want a bit more depth on certain areas.
Please don’t get yourself confused with it and just dip in
if, as and when you need to.
In the next few days we will be reformatting the CCNP
BSCI page so it has icons for the theory, labs, flash
cards and exams. Everything is done now…we just need to
get some more challenging labs written.
CCNA and CCNP Security
I know a lot of you have been asking for voice training.
I hear you but first we are adding security for CCNA and
the CCNP. The reason is that we have to get that part
done for those members who are doing the CCNP currently.
The CCNP does have a voice section so we will see if we
can do the CCNA voice along with that. There is an awful
lot of kit required for that as well so we need to work
out how to give remote access to that.
Do You Work For a Company?
We do offer group memberships to companies who have 5 or
more members who want to join the site. Why should you
pay when your company can?
Please help us to grow the site by recommending us to
your IT manager. We can grant him or her 2 weeks access
to the site to test it first.
Would You Like to be a Cisco Trainer?
The website is now being drafted. This will be to give
you a taster of how the business model will work. We are
sourcing a venue in the USA to run the training course
which will be for 7 days in late September.
Please fill in the form below to express your interest.
We will be hosting a webinar and then interviewing
candidates in about 2 weeks time.
UK Cisco Training – Discounts
I have twisted the owner of our sister company Networks
Inc who offer weekend Cisco training in the UK. They do
everything from CCNA to voice, security, CCNP and CCIE
If you call Stuart and tell him you are a member of this
site he has agreed to give you a very good deal.
What is Your Job?
There was a great post on the forum by Kevin Hughes asking
what all the howtonetwork.net members did for a living. I
realised that we are not all in IT. In fact, I am actually
a full time internet marketer..howtonetwork.net is just
one of about ten sites I run.
I have given Kevin 10 rack hours for the best forum
question of the week.
If you can add what you do that would be great.
I can’t promise anything but I know of a company who is
hiring internationally for Cisco engineers. They are
growing at a massive rate and take on engineers who may
not have passed their exams yet.
While some companies are taking a hit at the moment others
seem to be growing like crazy! They are also throwing
training at their team members, CCNA to CCIE.
I am going to get more details from them and then let
all members know of any jobs going. I think most of them
are in Europe but that could change.
Please DO NOT contact me about these jobs. I will post on
here and howtonetwork.net with any openings. I will also
highly recommend those who have passed their CCNA first.
Build a Million Dollar IT Business
I have a couple of seats left on this and then I am
closing it off. As a sweetener I am going to let you bring
a friend or colleague on this if you book this week. This
means you can share the cost.
I can’t emphasize how important it is to know how to
marketing yourself or your company, especially in the
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day to our Twitter account. If you want to keep sharp then
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