Like it says above really, I’ve managed to pass the CCDA at the second attempt today. Not a massive fan of this exam I have to say, many questions where lots of things could be the right answer, but you have to know the Cisco recommended way. I studied using the CBT Nuggets, and normally I’m a big fan of them. However, this time, and it was probably more to do with the topics that had to be covered, I wasn’t that impressed. Pretty sprawling and even with the updates for the series, still the only cover the old retired exam (640-843, whereas the exam is now 640-864). So in hindsight probably not the best start to the studies!
I also used the Cisco Press Self Study guide, CCDA Official Cert Guide 4th Edition (Anthony Bruno & Steve Jordan). This was a lot better, but the exam covers a massive area, including wireless, data centre, WANs, IPv6, routing protocols, media types, etc. There is a lot to go over and know, and it is all very much based on Cisco best practice.
I have to do a lot of design work in my job, and initially I got a few good ideas from studying for this exam. Maybe it would be more useful if you only used Cisco products in your designs, and designed exclusively for large organisations willing to spend large sums on equipment. But, personally I’m glad its out of the way and I can start studying something a bit more technical rather than so broad and theory based.
Next up is the Cisco Data Center Unified Computing Design Specialist Qualifier Exam, as I need to get my UCS Design Specialist exam done ASAP. I’ll also try and write up a few more interesting posts too rather than just exam reviews! For starters I will be emulating the UCS environment once I get on to that exam properly in VMware. Should be interesting!