How to Network Tip of the Week #48 – 7th August 2008
Welcome to the forty-eighth www.howtonetwork.net tip of
Live Rack Update
Many of you are now logging into the live rack and getting
lots of hands on practise which will hold you in very
good stead for your exams, for technical interviews and
of course it gets you more hands on experience for your
Can you all please remember that you have to do the very
short 7 lessons and then fill in the terms and conditions
box before your rack account is allocated. Many people
have been e-mailing us saying access isn’t working when
they haven’t done the training yet.
Here is the live Cisco rack site:
And here are the training pages. You must complete the
training before your rack account is allocated.
One last thing. There are sure to be a few bugs in there
still so if you find one, please let us know.
YouTube Cisco Videos
I have added a video on how to configure a trunk link
between Cisco 2950 switches to YouTube. I have also added
a video showing you how to configure static NAT which of
course is a Cisco CCNA topic
Please can you view them and rate them.
Just click on ‘Subscribe to paulwbrowning’s videos’
CCNA Study Groups
If you would like to set up a local study group so you can
share equipment and ideas with other students then please
put an entry onto the discussion forum which of course can
only be accessed by members.
Pass Your CCNA in 60 Days
I am in the process of writing a 60 day Cisco CCNA study
plan and along with it I will be issuing a challenge. The
course will be open to members and non members and will
If you follow my study plan and advice, you will pass your
CCNA 60 days after having started it (so it isn’t just a
It should be ready to go in September.
CCNA Training in the USA
We are thinking about coming over to the USA to run some
CCNA weekend boot camps. If that is something you are
interested in or even better, if you work for a company
who would like some on site Cisco CCNA training then let
Just drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or if you want
to come on a weekend course just send an e-mail with your
city in the title and we will gauge interest.
New Forensic Checks at Cisco Testing Centres
No, they won’t be swapping your mouth just yet but Cisco
are clamping down hard on exam cheats. Instead of getting
your pass through you are going to have your photo ID
checked before your pass certificate is issued.
More news here:
10 Books Every Cisco Engineer Must Read
I am guessing that you don’t just want to scrape through
your exam and then pray you don’t encounter anything
outside the scope of the CCNA syllabus in your networking
For this reason, I have put together a list of the books
I personally think should be on the book shelf of every
serious Cisco engineer. When I worked at Cisco TAC I
know that we all had a copy of each of these books. I
have of course slipped my book in there.
Don’t feel you need to buy them all now and remember that
you can get them cheap on eBay or Amazon marketplace.
Buddy – Can You Spare Me a Link?
I am still very keen to hear from those of you who are
webmasters for good quality web sites.
howtonetwork.net is flying up the Google listings and that
is a good thing.
I am wondering if you have access to a good quality web
site where you can add a link to point to us. If you
fulfil the below criteria please let me know and we can
work out a win/win with either extended membership of
the site or extra rack credits.
If you have a .gov or a .edu domain then I will be
especially interested in chatting with you.
Please drop me a line at:
CCNA Weekend Bootcamps – UK
If you fancy a weekend of routing and switching fun then
please feel to join us on one of our famous CCNA weekend
boot camps with a 97% exam success rate.
Dates are available in Cardiff, Milton Keynes, Birmingham
Dublin and North London. Other venues to follow.
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