How to Network Tip of the Week #47 – 31st July 2008
Welcome to the forty-seventh www.howtonetwork.net tip of
Live Rack Instructions
Today is the last day you can join the site and get 15
hours rack time instead of 10 so please be quick if you
want the extra 5 hours.
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 couple of videos to Youtube. The latest one
is how to connect to a router using your USB port. You
will need to know how to do this if your laptop does not
have a COM port which is basically every modern one now
If you like the videos please rate them.
Just click on ‘Subscribe to paulwbrowning’s videos’
New CCNA Study Guide
Cisco CCNA Simplified is very nearly done. I absolutely
guarantee that is will be the best CCNA study guide you
have ever read in your life. In fact, I am so confident in
it that it comes with a 100% money back guarantee. I don’t
think any other Cisco authors offer that last time I
It should be ready for sale next week. Members of
howtonetwork.net will be able to take advantage of a
special discounted offer.
CCNA flash card decks will soon be available to all members
so you will be able to study on the go.
We are still writing the content for the Cisco CCNA IINS
security qualification. Should be ready in a few weeks we
are hoping. The videos will take a short while longer.
Cisco CCNA Simplified study manual will be ready in a week
roughly. When it is ready, I confidently say that you will
be able to set fire to your other CCNA study books or use
them to prop up uneven tables.
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.
Well done to Colin Mc Ouat who passed his CCNA this week
with a very healthy 936.
New Cisco CCNA Blog
I have started my own Cisco CCNA blog where you will be
able to access loads of great articles, videos and other
cool content which you will find useful when it comes to
exam time, technical interviews or during your time as
a Cisco network engineer.
The first few entries feature important exam news you
need to know plus a round up of some great study resources
which will help you study and pass your exams.
I hope you join it.
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:
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