IT Certification Forums is home for an active and helpful community with forums for CCNA, MCTS, Network+, Security+ and many other IT certifications en Mon, 18 Jun 2018 08:29:00 GMT vBulletin 60 IT Certification Forums Network + Performance questions Mon, 18 Jun 2018 03:48:44 GMT HI guys, What type of performance tasks do they have on the exam? is it like configuring a router etc. HI guys,

What type of performance tasks do they have on the exam? is it like configuring a router etc. ]]>
NETWORK+ bowmatty
Ccie-w Mon, 18 Jun 2018 03:22:22 GMT How often do they revise the CCIE exams. Is it every three years? Will CCIE-W next be updated around the end of 2020? How often do they revise the CCIE exams. Is it every three years? Will CCIE-W next be updated around the end of 2020? ]]> CCIE neRForNothing 300-115 Progress Thread Mon, 18 Jun 2018 03:04:36 GMT I think it's finally time to commit to the 300-115. I have been reading everyone's "I passed" threads (thanks for the advice btw) for the past few months. Based on what I've read, here's my plan and the materials I'll be using:

First Pass (Introduction/Overview) ~ 1 Month
I've selected the following materials to get an overview of the materials based on everyone's feedback. I'm not going to worry about getting too in depth.
CBT Nuggets 300-115 course
Chris Bryant 300-115 course
Cisco E-Learning:
Implementing Cisco IP Switched Networks (SWITCH) v2.0

Second Pass (Depth) ~ 1.5 months
INE 300-115 Technologies
Kevin Wallace Live Lessons
Cisco E-Learning: Implementing Cisco IP Switched Networks (SWITCH) v2.0 Review
3750 Configuration Guide

Practice Test

INE Switch Bootcamp VoD & Workbook (going to use VIRL whenever possible to save my tokens)
CBT Nuggets 300-115 Hands On Labs Course (going to use VIRL to follow along)
Cisco E-Learning Labs

My strategy is going to be watch the video first, then read, then lab. I'm hoping to take my first attempt within 2.5 - 3 months.
CCNP FullofBit
VoIP Career Sun, 17 Jun 2018 18:04:13 GMT Hello. I知 currently working for the Army Cyber Command in the Voice Branch. I have my security+ but I知 new to VoIP. I was wondering if anybody here... Hello. I知 currently working for the Army Cyber Command in the Voice Branch. I have my security+ but I知 new to VoIP. I was wondering if anybody here have any experience and any advice when it comes to getting my brain around this stuff. Right now I知 doing routing and switch with the CS1000 and now we are using Cisco call manager. Also is there any certs I should be working on to be better at my job. Eventually I would love to do cyber security. But I知 hearing where I知 at right now is a good start. Any help and advice is greatly appreciated ]]> IT Jobs / Degrees CodeHaVoC <![CDATA[CISM Study Guide - Peter Gregory's Book Good? Anyone Passed Exam Using It?]]> Sun, 17 Jun 2018 16:56:26 GMT I'm curious if anyone has passed the CISM exam only using the following book by Peter Gregory? Amazon reviews are higher on it than the ISACA 15th Edition.

Seems like most people study these two for sure (15th Edition ISACA Official book) and the subscription for the questions.

However, has anyone used Peter Gregory's book combined with the online question subscription *and* sucessfully passed the CISM exam?

Here's Gregory's book (which gets much higher ratings on Amazon than the 15 Edition does (granted that's tried and true according to this site):

Hence - Why I'm a bit skeptical purchasing the Gregory book but it does have good reviews and a 2018 publishing date.....

Thanks! ]]>
IT jobs at ski resorts? Sun, 17 Jun 2018 15:01:12 GMT I'm thinking of relocating from Southern California to a mountain/ ski town. I've already been to the " silicon slopes" Salt Lake City area. Is there any other places with affordable housing and decent pay? I was looking at Colorado. I think with Colorado you have to drive much further vs SLC. ]]> IT Jobs / Degrees EMT760 300-115 Rene Molenaar missing labs compared to CiscoPress Sun, 17 Jun 2018 13:40:49 GMT I love Rene Molenaar's book. Mostly labs. Learning by doing.
But there are a few labs missing compared to the CiscoPress book.
For example L3 EtherChannel, SNMP, voice VLAN.

Now I am planning to add these CiscoPress labs to my GNS3vault training. Is this necessary? ]]>
CCNP BigMac83
How do you stay motivated Sun, 17 Jun 2018 02:50:47 GMT Just what the title says. I've been in the IT field since 1999 and am currently a Sr. Network Engineer for a SW company. My team handles all the DWDM transport, using Ciena and Infinera (formerly Transmode) gear. I love the optical side of networking however I still feel there is the need for the route/switch throughout anyone's "Network Engineering" career. Having said that, I don't do any router work at my job, we have a separate team that handles that. I'm strictly optical at this time.

Back in 2013/2014, I got my CCNA but unfortunatley I let it expire. I have a desire to get back into the Cisco cert path to keep my skills up-to-date as there aren't a lot of optical jobs out there unless you want to work for an actual optical vendor. Every NetEng job seems to involve route/switch in one way shape or form.

I'm married, have 3 kids(10/9/5) and work full time (wife is a stay at home). When I try to sit down and read, or lab, I get easily distracted with life. From September until April, I coach my son's youth hockey team and am on the ice easily, 3-4 days a week with practice, including weekends when we have game(s). I'm wondering how all of you manage to handle life and also make quality time to study for certs as I am just sucking at it right now. For context, no, my job does not require any certs, in fact, they don't even recognize them. This is strictly something that I want to do for myself to keep my skillset up.

Any insight would be appreciated.

Sincerely, guy with excuses and no time:sad: ]]>
General Certification Ramair2k
Passed CySA+ 6/16/18 Sat, 16 Jun 2018 21:14:52 GMT Hello everyone,

It's been a while since my last certification exam. I am pleased to announce that I passed my CySA+ exam today with a 809/750.

I took my sweet time on this exam and only had about 15mins remaining. I liked that CompTIA gave us plenty of time for this exam as I really had to flex my brain. As many other members mentioned before, I found the simulations to be pretty straight forward and multiple choice questions more challenging.

My study resources were:

Sybex book with practice questions.
Udemy courses with Jason Dion & Total seminars course.
Quizlet flashcards for memorization.

I recently landed a cyber sec role (under 6mo) so I had a bit of exposure to nessus and other tools. To pass the exam, my recommendation would be to spend a little extra time on log analysis (syslog, firewall, wireshark)
Know basic linux cmds and not only use the process of elimination but analyze the answers in your head to see if it really applies to the question.

My goal for the rest of the year is to take some Red Hat classes and then on to CISSP. ]]>
Other CompTIA Certifications mikey88
Just Finished For578 Course and Coinslayer Netwars Sat, 16 Jun 2018 19:53:16 GMT JCundiff gave a great summary of the course here:... JCundiff gave a great summary of the course here:

My experience was different than his but still very good. To start with, my background is SOC Analyst/IR but am moving towards the CTI space. I would also say the make up of my class was more heavily weighted with people that were already working in well established CTI functions. There were a lot of former gov't and military in my class. My instructor was Rob M. Lee. In my class there was a pretty wide range of people that were willing to engage and talk. Maybe 50-60% of the people were willing to talk. There were times when Rob would almost stop the class to get some of the folks in the back to engage a bit.

This class itself focused on analytic techniques. The labs were not super technical. They all built on a scenario and each lab showed how different techniques could contribute to the CTI process. Rob kept reminding people that not every technique would be relevant to everyone. People just needed to find what works for them. The point was to expose them to different ways of working through issues and helping them identify bias. I came away with a few things i wanted to bring back to my organization pretty much right away. The focus on this class is the discussions rather than the labs. After taking it, I am glad I did it in person rather than on demand. The discussions with your classmates really contribute to the overall experience. My team won a challenge coin during the capstone which really made my day.

Coin Slayer Netwars was an interesting beast. There were some technical difficulties to start with so we got a bit of a late start. This is a different style of Netwars. There were no hints. Questions were broken up by DFIR discipline. There were four levels of questions with five questions at each level for each discipline. You could start at any level and with any discipline. If you answered all questions correctly for a single discipline you earned the class coin. I was taking public transportation so I couldn't stay until then end on either night but I did see a couple of coins for Malware Reverse Engineering and Mobile Forensics get awarded. This was my first netwars experience. I was able to answer questions at all of the levels but I struggled a bit with getting the exact format they were looking for. I bounced around between the questions for For500 (formerly 408) For508 and For572 disciplines. Initially, I was going to try and earn the 508 coin but I got interested to see what kinds of things they were asking for the other disciplines. ]]>
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