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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.
oh rly I didn't know they were still hiring Americans?
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GNS3 with a valid 2600, 3600, 3700, 7200 series IOS & don't bother with Packet tracer.

Wendel Odom authored the CiscoPress Offical Certification library and is what I used as the reading reference for my CCNA. If you're not a book worm you can buy a subscription to CBTNuggets and watch the very entertaining Jermey Cioara. Chris Bryant with the CCNA training from Train-Signal is a lot deeper and more through and goes deeper into the CLI, but is a tad dry. His whiteboards are never ending. His CCNA: Security training blows the doors off CBTnugget though.

The Sybex is very good also, as is the 31 days tell CCNA. As stated above, Charles Danahue's Networking Warrior is bad-ass. His 2nd addition was just released on the 22nd of last month (and finally made it to my door step this morning - Slow Amazon shipping). If you can afford both the Official CCNA Certification Library from CiscoPress (3rd addition) & Networking Warrior you'll be set. The networking Warrior isn't a teaching book, it's a "What you didn't learn in the CCNA that you need to know, and how to fix it" book.
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Thanks to all for the suggestions. I picked up a copy of the CCNA book by Wendel Odom. I also ordered a copy of the Network Warrior book.
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Here is my suggestion, jump into the CLI and use te heck out of "?". You of course may want a book to help guide you so that you aren't just presing buttons. Of course you want to have Cisco CLI command reference sheet on hand.

However all of this will mean nothing if you don't understand the router potocols and thechnologies. Good luck, I am in the Cisco Network Academy and they have 8 classes they use to teach all of this stuff, so you are really taking a true crash course.
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Here is my suggestion, jump into the CLI and use te heck out of "?". You of course may want a book to help guide you so that you aren't just presing buttons. Of course you want to have Cisco CLI command reference sheet on hand.
Some *very* good supplement cheat sheets you can use for studying.

http://packetlife.net/library/cheat-sheets/
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Here is my suggestion, jump into the CLI and use te heck out of "?". You of course may want a book to help guide you so that you aren't just presing buttons. Of course you want to have Cisco CLI command reference sheet on hand.

However all of this will mean nothing if you don't understand the router potocols and thechnologies. Good luck, I am in the Cisco Network Academy and they have 8 classes they use to teach all of this stuff, so you are really taking a true crash course.
Thanks a lot. Saved a copy of the reference sheet.

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Some *very* good supplement cheat sheets you can use for studying.

http://packetlife.net/library/cheat-sheets/
Thank you. Will check these out for sure.
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you should ask a million questions to the guy who is retiring. follow him around for 3 months and absorb as much as you can.
    
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you should ask a million questions to the guy who is retiring. follow him around for 3 months and absorb as much as you can.
That's the plan. We try to block off some time for it every afternoon if nothing is going on.
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Points to pick his brain on.

1. Get good diagrams of LAN, DMZ, and WAN if you have all of those.
2. Diagrams of switch closet locations, and acess point locations.
3. Any of those "sepcial" networks that have unusual configurations. IE: VPN tunnels doing crazy dual natting because you don't want to route each others subnets inside your networks.
4. Any firewall configurations? Ask if you are using simple ACLs or Access Groups.
5. Spare equipment.
6. Process to replace equipment. Do you have a support contract with someone.. do you need to have access to some webportal to do RMAs?

Just a few off the top of my head.
4. Indepth knowledge on your moitoring tools. I would go as far as setting up a new server to pratice installing them.
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also make sure you get added to your SMARTNET account so you can open a TAC ticket if need be.
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