How to Network Tip of the Week #75 – 26th Feb 2009
Welcome to the seventy fifth www.howtonetwork.net tip of
Two days until I leave for Australia for a month. I
suppose I had better pack sometime soonish.
To reassure you all, I will be checking the forum and
e-mails still once per day. The only difference is I will
be sitting on the beach doing it!
Just to let you all know. I will be adding the Network+
content to the site in the next few months which will be
a buffer for those who don’t want to jump into the CCNA
right away and want to learn some networking fundamentals
first. ETA for that is around May.
Well done to John Ssekibaamu who has passed his CCNA. John
took the two exam route which worked well for him. He said:
I am writing this with a smile! This Saturday I passed my
second part of CCNA. I decided to take it in parts and it
paid off. I passed ICND1 on January 23 2009 with a score of
955 and passed the second part ICND2 on February 21.
Yahoooo! Thanks to you for creating such a website and the
good studying material it contains.
Why Some People Will Never Pass Their CCNA
I get a few strange e-mails which I usually just ignore. I
figure some people are just having a bad day or plain
This week alone I have received three. Each one in a
different way demonstrates why some people will never ever
pass their CCNA. And it has nothing to do with technical
Read more here.
Platinum Member Benefits
Here is the first of the extra quizzes for Platinum
members. All platinum members have been given the password
for the area where you can receive the extra exams,
podcasts and other goodies as they are created.
Anyone who wants to upgrade to unlimited rack time and
other goodies please drop me a line to firstname.lastname@example.org
What to Do If You Fail Your Exam
Almost everyone on the site passes first time. I do accept
that sometimes it takes a second crack at the exam in
order to pass. I had to take it twice in fact and I had
studied very hard indeed.
Here are a few tips if you are not successful the first
Prizes for Best Forum Question
Every week I am going to hand out 10 hours rack time to
the best question on the forum. All you need to do is
post something useful or some Cisco study issue you have
and you could win.
I have added this week 10 hours to Jospeh Patalano for
asking a question about OSPF and EIGRP masks.
Cool New Resources for Members
If you are a member of the site, I have started a members
training page so you can learn how to get the most from
all the resources on the site. You will also have noticed
that we have a brand new discussion forum for you to
enjoy with lots more resources.
Please note – TO GET YOUR RACK UP AND RUNNING YOU SET UP
YOUR OWN ACCOUNT AND THEN DROP US AN E-MAIL TO THE
RACKS ACCOUNT. email@example.com This will really
speed things up.
Is it Worth Doing a Degree in IT?
I have just read an e-mail from a student who is doing a
degree in IT security. He has spent $70k on it and is
wondering if it is going to be worth the paper it is
Perhaps a bit late to be asking now but I do have strong
feelings about IT degrees which is backed up with several
years experience working with IT managers and directors
who decide who to employ.
Please feel free to add your own comments on it.
My views won’t go down too well but I have to be honest
Cisco Subjects Coming
I will be adding the last 3 CCNP modules over the next
few months as well as the CCNA Security. After that we will
look at the voice module for CCNA.
Stuff like the CCVP CCSP may come in the future depending
upon the level of interest.
Our sister company in the UK – Networks Inc. Ltd has a
couple of seats left on the CCNP course. You can choose
from two fantastic offers.
You can come on all 4 CCNA modules (Routing, Voice, Sec and
Wireless) for no charge when you book on the CCNP or you can
just do the 4 CCNA modules for under £1000! That is a barmy
offer but the new CEO Stuart insists that he wants to give
the best value for money possible.
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