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Who all here has their CCNA or has at least studied it? I am at the tail end of getting my last CompTIA certification that my work actually pays out for and probably a day or so after I get it I will be starting my CCNA work. I have a CCNA ICND1 and ICND2 book and then I got CCNA for dummies (no comments lol) from a friend of mine.

Does anyone have any suggestions as to studying it or any good websites that have walk-throughs for like packet tracer or anything for those of us who don't have like 5 wonderfully networked computers with equipment at the ready to play with?

Thanks!
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I played with PT a lot, even at home to learn, just setting up random stuff.

You can also use virtual box, set up a few machines and create a mini network, set one or two up as servers and the rest as clients.
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I've got a hard drive I use just for testing purposes in my desktop, I am thinking about switching the BIOS over to it for a few days and loading 7 Pro and then creating a VM for server 2012, and 2 more that will just run additional instances of 7. Figure if I don't do anything else and just let my 16gb RAM split off like 2gb per VM I should be able to basically run a server and what would be the equivalent of 3 clients off one computer.
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I'd say save your RAM to try and setup a GNS3 box. From there you can actually be able to emulate routers to do the simulations. Switches you won't be able to emulate completely but you can use a router with 16 port cards for switches.
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+1 for GNS3 as good for larger scale labs where you need a few routers.
I'd get a router and switch or two so you can have some hands on experience as well. 2600XM/3550 are pretty cheap these days.
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I actually have GNS3 I got it from a commercial engineer at work along with a bunch of material on PDF. I need to get a better grasp on that as well if for no other reason than the ability to study for JNCIA also (since we run like 85% of our network on Juniper equipment) and I can study for JNCIA as well as CCNA.

I have a little Acer netbook that I hardly use anymore, but I think I may just set it up to be my packet tracer GNS3 machine. I don't know how well it would run on there but it doesn't seem to be very processor intensive. I only have like 2 gigs ram and the intel atom processor in it. Not exactly the best computer overall but would probably be great for that.
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Speaking of Juniper certs, they have a Fast Track portion of their site that will give you study materials for the JNCIA/JNCIS

Already having a CCNA helped quite a bit when I got my JNCIA and JNCIS-ENT though.
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Is there a cert for SDN yet?
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I found packet tracer to be sufficient when studying for the CCNA. Make sure you are good at subnetting.
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i found actual experience to be a key learning tool. Understanding of subnets, OSI model and TCP/IP is essential of course. But troubleshooting can be quite easy when you know how, its the setting up of the network paths and L3 routing using OSPF thats the key bit to get good with
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