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Cisco CCNA certification proves your professional worth. It tells prospective employers that you can handle the day-to-day work of running a mid- to large-sized Cisco network....
Cisco CCNA certification proves your professional worth. It tells prospective employers that you can handle the day-to-day work of running a mid- to large-sized Cisco network.

The two-exam CCNA process covers lots of innovative features, which better reflect the skills and knowledge you'll need on the job. Passing both exams is your first step towards higher-level Cisco certification, and trainer Jeremy Cioara has mapped these CCNA training videos to the 640-816 test. This CCNA training is not to be missed.

Here's how one user described Jeremy's training: "By the way, Jeremy Cioara has to be by far one of the BEST Cisco trainers I have ever had the privilege to learn from overall. He not only keeps your attention but his energy is contagious and he provides the information at a level where you grasp it rather easily."

The last day to take the 640-816 exam is Sept. 30, 2013. After that date, the only ICND2 exam available will be 200-101. CBT Nuggets has a training course for the 200-101 exam here.

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1. Review: Rebuilding the Small Office Network, Part 1 (33 min)
2. Review: Rebuilding the Small Office Network, Part 2 (28 min)
3. Review: Rebuilding the Small Office Network, Part 3 (23 min)
4. Switch VLANs: Understanding VLANs (16 min)
5. Switch VLANs: Understanding Trunks and VTP (39 min)
6. Switch VLANs: Configuring VLANs and VTP, Part 1 (35 min)
7. Switch VLANs: Configuring VLANs and VTP, Part 2 (39 min)
8. Switch STP: Understanding the Spanning-Tree Protocol (28 min)
9. Switch STP: Configuring Basic STP (21 min)
10. Switch STP: Enhancements to STP (29 min)
11. General Switching: Troubleshooting and Security Best Practices (29 min)
12. Subnetting: Understanding VLSM (18 min)
13. Routing Protocols: Distance Vector vs. Link State (26 min)
14. Routing Protocols: OSPF Concepts (30 min)
15. Routing Protocols: OSPF Configuration and Troubleshooting (39 min)
16. Routing Protocols: EIGRP Concepts and Configuration (32 min)
17. Access-Lists: The Rules of the ACL (27 min)
18. Access-Lists: Configuring ACLs (34 min)
19. Access-Lists: Configuring ACLs, Part 2 (48 min)
20. NAT: Understanding the Three Styles of NAT (20 min)
21. NAT: Command-line NAT Configuration (35 min)
22. WAN Connections: Concepts of VPN Technology (33 min)
23. WAN Connections: Implementing PPP Authentication (34 min)
24. WAN Connections: Understanding Frame Relay (28 min)
25. WAN Connections: Configuring Frame Relay (30 min)
26. IPv6: Understanding Basic Concepts and Addressing (34 min)
27. IPv6: Configuring, Routing, and Interoperating (23 min)
28. Certification: Some Last Words for Test Takers (13 min)
29. Advanced TCP/IP: Working with Binary (25 min)
30. Advanced TCP/IP: IP Subnetting, Part 1 (55 min)
31. Advanced TCP/IP: IP Subnetting, Part 2 (22 min)
32. Advanced TCP/IP: IP Subnetting, Part 3 (19 min)

Review: Rebuilding the Small Office Network, Part 1

Review: Rebuilding the Small Office Network, Part 2

Review: Rebuilding the Small Office Network, Part 3

Switch VLANs: Understanding VLANs

Switch VLANs: Understanding Trunks and VTP

Switch VLANs: Configuring VLANs and VTP, Part 1

Switch VLANs: Configuring VLANs and VTP, Part 2

Switch STP: Understanding the Spanning-Tree Protocol

Switch STP: Configuring Basic STP

Switch STP: Enhancements to STP

General Switching: Troubleshooting and Security Best Practices

Subnetting: Understanding VLSM

Routing Protocols: Distance Vector vs. Link State

Routing Protocols: OSPF Concepts

Routing Protocols: OSPF Configuration and Troubleshooting

Routing Protocols: EIGRP Concepts and Configuration

Access-Lists: The Rules of the ACL

Access-Lists: Configuring ACLs

Access-Lists: Configuring ACLs, Part 2

NAT: Understanding the Three Styles of NAT

NAT: Command-line NAT Configuration

WAN Connections: Concepts of VPN Technology

WAN Connections: Implementing PPP Authentication

WAN Connections: Understanding Frame Relay

WAN Connections: Configuring Frame Relay

IPv6: Understanding Basic Concepts and Addressing

IPv6: Configuring, Routing, and Interoperating

Certification: Some Last Words for Test Takers

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All right, I wanted to add a video at the end of this ICND2 series for those people that are focused on taking the exam. Just... my teaching style is, I try not to teach too exam focused. Just because it can kind of make material run dry. Meaning if every five minutes I'm saying, ok

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prepare for the exam, prepare for the exam, you know, remember this remember that and all that kind of thing. And CISCO lends itself to that because CISCO is one of the few exam creators, or certification systems that actually tests on the real world. Meaning, if you don't

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know how to do it in the real world you're not going to pass the exam. So what I wanted to do was take some special focus on this last video and briefly talk about some last words for exam takers. I've gone through and I've taken every single one of the brand new CCNA exams the ICND1 the ICND2 and the all in wonder CCNA. Now, if you are just getting

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into the certification arena let me talk about the difference. ICND1 and ICND2 are the split. Meaning when CISCO revised the CCNA they split it into two separate certifications. Passing ICND1 gives you the CISCO certified entry level network technician certification.

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Passing ICND1 and ICND2 gives you the CCNA and the second path you could take is to take the all in one exam, the bottom one, CCNA. So I just wanted to give you briefly what the difference is between all these. First off, ICND1 is really a focus on network architecture and do you understand what networks are all about. Now my main thing that

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I came away with when I took that exam is, well I guess two overarching themes. I thought, when I finished ICND1 if you really don't know how networks work, I mean nuts the bolts and you really, you know, you don't know how packets are crossing the wire and what's in headers and what mac addresses are used for and that kind of thing you're not going to pass that exam. And

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in that in that token i'll say they did an excellent job for entry level certification in creating an exam that won't let people skate by just trying to memorize some material. The main topic that I saw in that exam was subnetting. If you aren't good with subnetting that exam will be very difficult. Subnetting,

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subnetting, subnetting. Just questions from break this network into multiple subnets, to reverse engineering subnets, to how many hosts are in this subnet, and all of those kind of things is, is what was on that exams. Also and I mentioned that you've got to know how networks work. And I put sim city.

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I encountered more simulation questions on ICND1 than I have on any CISCO certification exam I've ever taken. Some are in the range of four to six simulations is what I encountered. Which was good in my mind, to think well you know, if you don't know how to do this that's what the simulations are testing. They

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say, here's your objectives go ahead and do this. It's going to be a tough exam. Now let's move into ICND2. ICND2 is what this series is focused on and passing this along with ICND1 will get you the CCNA. ICND2, I found a lot of focus on troubleshooting, and, you know after sitting down.

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Whenever I take one of those exams I kind of sit down for about fifteen minutes after the exam in the lobby of wherever I took it. Just kind of write down topic after topic after topic of what I remember from that exam because it helps me teach the material better. And when I was writing that I was like, well

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I had to trouble shoot this and I had to trouble shoot that. Sometimes in simulations, sometimes in a multiple choice question of this problem is occurring what do you think the most likely solution is or the most likely cause of this problem. The reason I think it was such a heavy focus on troubleshooting is because to troubleshoot an issue effectively you not only have to know how it works and how it's supposed to be set up but also have some experience of seeing things go wrong and and watching when something goes wrong what is the result of that and then recognizing that and saying, oh, well this is what I need to do to fix that.

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That's why i'll try and spin it this way. That's why when you've watched many of the demos in this entire series, when things go wrong I don't stop the video. Well most of the time anyway. I try and work through it with the video still recording because okay i'll admit it. Most the times I don't intend on things

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going wrong but sometimes they do and I think how valuable is that to be able to see what the problem was and troubleshoot it. Likewise in ICND2 I really felt there was a lot of focus on nat command line configurations. So one of the big differences between ICND1 and ICND2 was in ICND1 all nat configuration was done through the CISCO SDMs, the security device manager or the gooey. You just kind of

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next next finish and you've configured nat. In ICND2 we went through all the command line systems to do it. From configuring nat overload to configuring static nat and creating these mappings into your network. To creating an overload with dynamic nat. Meaning, and

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very focused on this one. Meaning, set up a pool of addresses a pool of public addresses and nat to that pool incorporating overload at the same time. Now, ICND2 really again and I say this it's hard for me to put this in to words but it really required a deep understanding of the concepts. Meaning, when you, when you understand a

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concept at a surface level you can answer a multiple choice question on it. But to have a deep understanding of it means that you not only know how to set something up but also, and I guess this combines with number one. When things go wrong what does that look like? If a certain feature like an access list or a nat configuration is not set up correctly what would that problem look like? So that's, that's what I really felt was the focus on ICND2. Now, if you are the brave soul that is going for the all-in-one CCNA exam there is a need for speed. Meaning, the CCNA, I will tell you

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when I when I took that exam, it is extremely difficult and there was, I would say two, three different simulations on that exam that take quite a while you really have to thoroughly configure a network but really the difference on the CCNA was the need for speed.

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You need to be able to do everything that you were doing on the ICND and the ICND2 exams ICND1 and 2, but you need to be able to do it fast and that's I think the pressure in there. You really are faced against the clock. It's not like the questions are that much different or that much more difficult it's just you are really put against the clock. And to give you an idea,

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you need to be able to reverse engineer subnets in about twenty seconds or less that was one of my notes I jotted down when I got out of the exam. And what I mean is, when you see a scenario you see a PC and they say this PC has the IP address 192168.5.26/28. You need to be able to look at that and kind of reverse engineer to say ok that came from the range of 192168.5.16-31. And I just did that in my head. So

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hopefully that's right, you know. In twenty seconds or less be able to just kind of look at it, do the binary, find the increments and work with that because there's many question types that are focused on subnetting as a side note. Meaning, it is a question

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that tests you on your subnetting skill but the primary focus of the question is something like an axis list gone wrong. or a frame relay configuration where two devices are on the wrong subnet. But unless you're able to quickly reverse engineer those subnet masks it's very difficult to see those problems. So that's the three exams in all their glory, just kind of

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of a brief overview of what those exams are like. The last thing i'll say about. My true last words on the last words for exam takers is that these exams are difficult. I have to admit when I took them, out of all of them I thought ICND1 was the toughest and I still am trying to figure out why I thought that one was the toughest. It may just be that I have

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you know i've been into the advanced classes in CISCO and teaching a lot of the advanced topics and to kind of reverse my mind back to the very beginning I thought maybe that's what was difficult but I really thought wow that's, you know, to give you an idea I went into that test center and I kind of, you know, kicked tilted my chair back I'm like okay you know, I kind of have the mentality I'm here to take these exams just to see, you know, what's on them, you know, it's it's almost like no-brainer in my exam. Oh you,

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know you'll pass just fine. I would say by about question five on ICND1, my chair was down on the floor and i'm thinking in my mind, the thought shoots through my head, I can not not pass this exam. Like it is suddenly crosses my mind like Jeremy, you've gone through every single CISCO certification that there is. Or I should say the primary ones and you're about

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to miss the basic one. And that, that, that seriously crossed my mind. So, I relay that to you to to let you know these exams are tough. They're the toughest in the industry and there may be times where you go take this and it might take you twice or sometimes even three times to pass this exam successfully.

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Don't let that discourage you it's normal. I've had people email me that say hey it's taken me six times to pass this exam, but on the sixth time I finally got it and I feel great, you know, and everything like that. Six times is a lot but at the same time it does take

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time. Not only are you going against some very difficult concepts but you have to remember you're going against yourself as well. Half of the game in taking these exams and passing them successfully is fighting your own nerves when you get in there. Just, you

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know breathing easy, realizing where you are in the exam, realizing how much time you have left. And if you haven't taken many of these exams before it can really catch you off guard that you're on question forty of fifty eight you look up and there's three minutes remaining on the exam. You're thinking, oh, you know,

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next, next and you're trying to just blaze through them and make it through the exam. It really is an experience that you can't explain you just have to do it for yourself and it may take a couple times to pass. I emphasise that because I've seen some people who really know what they're doing and really understand these concepts and they go and they miss the exam once and they just think, this must not be for me.

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I must not, I must not know this or this must be the wrong career field. These are extremely difficult exams and it may take a few times before you successfully pass. But what I will guarantee you, is when you finish these tests pass or fail you'll know that was a very fair exam.

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Okay this is my true last words I have taken some exams for i'll just say other certification vendors and and i've taken those exams and when I finish the exam I think wow that's a scandalous test. They're really trying to trick you in word games and did you read this right or is that the the best answer, really I mean, like there's five ready answers but what ones really the best answer. You're not going to get that kind

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of stuff in the CISCO world. They're very straightforward and very, you know right on. I write books for many of the publishers out there for CISCO and one of the most recent books did was a CCNA practice questions book and it's funny because you have all the publishers guidelines and they say okay if you're writing questions for and again I said i'm not going to say what kind of exams but this sort of certification exam write them very convoluted, you know, try and trick people with word games and kind of words that could mean two different things or try and slide a double negative like two nots by each other in there to trip them up. But when it when they're talking about writing

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questions for CISCO the publishers guideline says, be straight up, you know, straight forward cut and dry this is the question do you know it or you don't. You know, kind of thing and be very conceptual in what you're talking about. You know, make sure they can really visualize all of that so these exams are extremely fair. Ok I promise that was my last last

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words, I've said enough. I will say I wish you the best. Good luck with this certification journey if that's your focus. otherwise, you know certification or not, I wish you well in all things CISCO because i'll tell you what, this is the coolest career in my opinion that exists in the IT industry. And I hope

Advanced TCP/IP: Working with Binary

Advanced TCP/IP: IP Subnetting, Part 1

Advanced TCP/IP: IP Subnetting, Part 2

Advanced TCP/IP: IP Subnetting, Part 3

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