This Blog, the Exams, and Certifications
This blog focuses on the topics found in the ICND1 exam from Cisco Systems. Cisco also covers these same topics in the CCNA exam – in fact, the ICND1 exam’s topics equal the more basic first half of the CCNA exam’s topics. In effect, this blog covers all of the ICND1 exam, which leads to the CCENT certification, and the first half of the CCNA exam, which leads to CCNA certification.
This Blog is…
This blog will focus on tools to help you when you are in the process of studying for CCENT/CCNA (1st half). While I’m sure I’ll come up with other ideas over time, my original intent is to create a place to post the following:
- Links to a series of videos that introduce each chapter of the ICND1 Certification Guide
- Pose sample exam questions, with a place to discuss the question
- Pose lab exercises
- Post links to videos that explain some labs and questions
- Discuss topics related to getting ready to nail the ICND1 exam (and parts of the CCNA exam)
- React to reader comments about a part of the book by posting clarifications, more examples, or other things that might help someone understand better.
This Blog is Not…
This blog is not intended as a general-purpose forum on CCENT topics. First off, I just don’t have the bandwidth to get to all questions, but more importantly, there is a fantastic place to ask any question that comes to mind: The Cisco Learning Network (learningnetwork.cisco.com). CLN is easily the #1 best community for CCENT and CCNA certification preparation. If you have a question, you can usually search and find an answer pretty quickly. If not, you can post new questions, and expect to see an answer, often times many answers, and very quickly.
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By way background, my name is Wendell Odom. I’ve been around the world of networking since my first real job. I started out at IBM in the 1980′s and the early 1990′s, back when they were the leading networking vendor in the world. I did work for Cisco for a short time, but have worked with and around Cisco products and technology for most of the last 20 years. During that time, I’ve been a self-employed consultant, teacher, writer, and creator of lots of Cisco certification products, including the best-selling CCNA Exam Certification Library.
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I also write a blog at Network World’s Cisco Subnet (www.nww.com/odom). In the past 3-4 years, that blog has included a wide range of Cisco certification topics. However, I intend to leave the broader certification topics in the Network World Cert Zone blog. This CCENT Skills blog will focus on anything that helps you get ready to pass the ICND1 exam.