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My boss has recently asked me to learn to configure Cisco routers and serve as the backup to the person who is currently doing this. I have some basic experience with this, but not a whole lot. I was wondering if anyone could recommend some books or websites to help me out with this. I am really excited as I have always wanted to learn how to do this, but I have never had the opportunity at any of my previous jobs. Thanks in advance.
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Do you know the basics behind things like routing, VLAN's and the like? Basically learn the technology and how it works, and then worry about how Cisco implements it.

Cisco's CCNA certification would be a good place to start, no, don't worry about getting it, but study the books on it. Maybe wander over to Barnes and Noble, or other large book store and just start flipping through CCNA/networking books and see what one pulls you in the best. One of the books I love is O'reilly's "Network Warrior"; it is more of a next step after you learn basic routing, and contains great information not covered in CCNA books. Things like VLAN's, Trunking, Duplexing (one of the biggest problems you will hit), and information for designing/maintaining networks.
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Well, the CCNA series can be had at barns and noble I think. Outside of that I would really recommended the Cisco cookbook series for routers since thats is what you are interested in mostly. They read like a textbook but are very informative and technical.
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Learing CISCO routers has to be a passion and not a side job. My suggestion is you somehow get hooked up so you can use the CISCO Academy website (this usually requires you take the CCNA prep classes at a Community College). Second best would be to take the CCNA course at CBT Nuggets or Train Signal. I just bet your boss wants you to be able to work with CISCO routers for .25 cents an hour more. Don't let this happen as if you are truly CISCO qualified you will have invested a lot of time and deserve to be compensated.
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Do some reasearch on doing a CCNA (cisco certified network assosiate) but if you feel that is too complicated try having a look at comptia N+ .. i really recommend this book!

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I just bet your boss wants you to be able to work with CISCO routers for .25 cents an hour more. Don't let this happen as if you are truly CISCO qualified you will have invested a lot of time and deserve to be compensated.
Not the case at all. The guy who is doing it now is planning on retiring in the next few years. This place takes care of its employees. They already hired me on to do the same thing I was doing at my previous job at a 33% increase, so I'm not really concerned about compensation at the moment. I'm confident they will do what is right.
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CBT Nuggets is the best by far. The Cisco books are written by some people who have terrible, almost consistently bad amazon reviews.

I would suggest doing the CCENT / CCNA CBT Nuggets and using Cisco Packet Tracer to use virtual switches / routers and buy absolutely no hardware.

Then if you want to proceed to the CCNP buy some hardware.

I have worked in IT for 17 years trust me this is the best way to get started.
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If your going to be taking over I would highly suggest taking ccna/p classes. For me face to face class rooms are much more efficient.
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CBT Nuggets is the best by far. The Cisco books are written by some people who have terrible, almost consistently bad amazon reviews.

I would suggest doing the CCENT / CCNA CBT Nuggets and using Cisco Packet Tracer to use virtual switches / routers and buy absolutely no hardware.

Then if you want to proceed to the CCNP buy some hardware.

I have worked in IT for 17 years trust me this is the best way to get started.
Thanks for the suggestion. My boss gave me a spare router, so I've got it set up in my office to play around with. I've been in IT for a little over 7 years, but I have primarily worked with Citrix and VMware. This is new-ish for me, and I always like to learn new things. One of my old bosses is like a Cisco guru(he actually left us to go work for Cisco), so I'll probably hitting him up for some knowledge too.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by SQLinsert View Post
CBT Nuggets is the best by far. The Cisco books are written by some people who have terrible, almost consistently bad amazon reviews.

I would suggest doing the CCENT / CCNA CBT Nuggets and using Cisco Packet Tracer to use virtual switches / routers and buy absolutely no hardware.

Then if you want to proceed to the CCNP buy some hardware.

I have worked in IT for 17 years trust me this is the best way to get started.

Agree with him , i'm doing the same thing with my studies, using videos + pack tracer.
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