Archive for August, 2008

What is next for me on the Horizon?

Posted in 1 on August 21, 2008 by itdaddy

Well fellows! I am working on my home CCNP lab. I just bought a Skeletek network device rack and I am putting that together. They are very easy to build..I am glad…I was the one who always at Christmas time had to put together all the things that required building (bikes, anything) I hated it..but I am having fun. Will show pics of my rack in  a few weeks..I need to make it pretty and user-friendly. I like neat stuff that is organized. I need it to be neat and clean. I am also working on my JAVA class and I want to host my own blog on my home web server so it will be eventually for my blog name and hosted on my home servers. It is more fun to host yourself  that way I can encounter problems to solve. IT is solving IT problems. Bring them on……;)..I am looking at BSCI but will not be full steam ahead for at least another month or so then it is back to the attick to study my ass off again! Later!

Forgot to thank someone! GOD! Thank you!

Posted in Good God! Really! on August 15, 2008 by itdaddy

You know I am a Christian; atleast I try to act like a good one..but I want to thank God…during my exam I sware the answers just came to me..even after I screwed that simlet up…(which I am going to talk with cisco on; thought it wasnt fair of a question) and I could just see the answers. Yeah I studied hard but I had never seen some of these questions/topics before in my studies, but I could reason them out some how very easily, and well I suck at deductive reasoning during exams…but the exam just flowed good even after my big mistake…I just want to take this moment to thank the Good Lord for being my support…maybe some of you don’t believe, but in my life I have seen some cool things happen when I really asked in faith and this time I know I asked in faith…”let me pass God please”…..! and I had a peace right after my messup on the simlet and well I never have that kind of feeling..

 so Praise the Lord! yeah! hahahahh 😉

I have been thinking lately that I would like to do CCNA voice to maybe market myself better for the small and medium businesses around here..Since I can manage their networks already with what I know. I can after studying CCNA voice work maybe on their voice configs to work on data/voice convergence! So I will persue BSCI and Voice…….later dudes!!!!!!!!!!!

Dynamips can be used for Switching (BCMSN) Labs for CCNP!!

Posted in BCMSN Lab use Dynamips on August 15, 2008 by itdaddy

I was looking around to see if I could find a cheap way to work on my Switching lab either for CCNA or CCNP but for me CCNP. I found on Dynamips/GNS3 site this link to a tutorial.

I looked at 3550s and 3560s. The cost of 2 3550s would be $1,000.00 USD on ebay..not tooo bad but I am cheap sucker. So I believe you can run the IOS on your PC with Dynamips. It will look like or actually from my understanding and experience you will be using telnet (putty.exe) to run real IOS images.

Also, look at IOS helper program on google to find and buy it, there you can get IOS images with the program and pull down from some remote ftp server in Russian (always virus check your IOS images after download) sometime viruses show up in them. and then you can run real IOS images in Dynamips..

Example of what a CCNA Certificate Looks Like

Posted in CCNA Cert Example on August 11, 2008 by itdaddy

I was curious as to what the CCNA cert looked like so I found one and put my name on top of it. I think it looks better than the Comptia A+ Certificate. My A+ looks kind of cheesy. This one looks pretty cool. I am suppose to get it in like 6 to 8 weeks Cisco said.

How I passed The CCNA 640-802 Exam!!!

Posted in Misc on August 10, 2008 by itdaddy

Hey my peeps! What I did was I worked my butt off using certain materials and a method of study. My score was 854. It is not too impressive but I believe each exam is alittle different for everyone. They say it is a progressive exam where it is smart and hammers you on subjects more if you fail them during the exam so it forces you to fail? I have not seen nor heard that to be to true. I feel it was a fair exam. I will not say anything about any questions. I will however tell you what I thought was on the exam before I took it.  It only makes sense they would want you know the basics well. The Cisco site says it is 50-60 questions. I am sorry but that is not true. For example what if you got presented with 5 to 7 simlets that may or may not have 3 to 6 more questions in them so then that is 30 questions more than say the 50 you got. So now we are up to 80 questions. And yes you have 90 minutes to finish the exam and when it is done. It says done! It just stops! So basically do the math you have about alittle more than 1 minute for each question. The way I approached it is either I knew it or not! Me personally. I was attacking a simlet and I finshed some of it but some of it, I had no clue what they were asking me to do. I understood some of it, but man I freaked. Did some of it and the moved on cut my losses and moved on with full steam ahead. My heart was raising. But to be honest what all my instructors told me was true. The following I give to you from experience. This is what I did before my exam and what I used. No gimicks but hard ass working.

1. used Chris Bryant CBTs and questions. Great great course for real world usage and exam prep.

2. CCIE Odem video mentor course and both ICDN1 and ICDN2 books. He explains topics well.

3. Had down pat: Subnetting and VLSM, NAT, ACL, STP, VTP, EIGRP, OSPF, RIP, and VLANs and ROS. mastered. And I understood EIGRP, OSPF, and RIP authentication.

4. Understood all authentication methods and SSH stuff

5. Practice practice practice troubleshooting.

6. Built my own labs based off of what I new. I used some BOSON sims and some RouterSIM

7. But to be honest the best is using a real rack of equipment. But here is my opinion on each I have used:

a. Boson – good best sim out of all I used. Too pricey and alittle buggy. Some limits with commands

b. RouterSim by Lammale – Man I really like this one but very very limited with the commands.

c. Dynamips/GNS3 – man super but you need like 4 gigs of RAM and many processors to run this. You used real IOSs and some advanced routers. I hear you can use your own switches with this but this is mainly a router BSCI program that uses real IOS. I like it but you need a monster of a machine to run it.

d. MY favorite is a real rack with a 2511 access router. I plan on building my home system up. I have some good equipment. I am buying a rack for my equipment from this vendor:   I really like this rack; it is cheap and has wheels and does the job. I am going to get some big CCNP switches and maybe get my GNS3 to work with the switches. And like I have been saying, I am taking 2 months off to play with my IT stuff, build my CCNP lab up and host my new blog and 6to4 tunnel with my new firewall router. I might get me an ASA firewall. 😉  I will be quiet for awhile but trust me I am alive and progressing. I am finishing my BS degree in computer science and will be a CCNP this should be good to launch a good career in network engineering. I was going to do som MS stuff. Naaahh! I will keep learning my MS stuff but no certs in it. I hate Microsoft . I only learn their stuff cause I am a network admin and love IT and all it has! But I am Cisco Engineer at heart! 😉 I am going to blog how I hosted my blog maybe and will for sure blog how I did the 6to4 tunneling it is going to be cool…


My last comment is this. I can never ever emphasize how fast you have to be at subnetting and VLSM. I was told before my exam to master this cold by CCIE instructors. And I will say it again. You need to master subnetting and VLSM be able to do like 10 different subnets with VLSM fast fast fast. I mean you need to VLSM like 10 subnets in like 2-3 minutes or less. You bascially need to just look at diagrams and hammer the subnetting. This gave me and edge. I was super strong at subnetting to the point I could just see the host and how many were needed, and how many were in a subnet by the subnet mask. All instructors are not joking. You need to do subnetting so fast it is funny doing it that fast because you only have a minute per question. You need to jam! It can be done. I am blind as bat 20/40 in each eye and I could jam..But this is what I used. I used:

a. Bryant’s subnetting awesome!

b. I used this site every every day and will continue to use this site daily to do subnetting through out my career.

c. Odem Video Mentor subnetting; he is good too and has good techniques.

d. cbt nuggets jeremy C. He has a good method but he uses 3 steps. Once you learn his method and go to Bryants you will be able to ook at a subnet and just do it in 1 step! You have to do it that fast. I did. and It helps bam! You need to memorized bits and hosts like  2^5=32 hosts, 2^6=64 it is double each time. I know them up to 2^12…and can see hosts by taking 32 – the subnet mask bits and you get the host bits. To get the subnet bits you just take the class and minus it from the subnet mask bits and you get subnet bits and then you have the n to use in the calculations of subnets and host. By doing them so much you develop your own 1 step method bam bam bam. But you need to subnet and do VLSM with atleaset 10 to be strong and do it under 3 minutes or less. I was told this before my exam and I still say I was strong at this and it give you strength…

It was a fair exam. But man I can do so much more than what the exam tested me on. But I guess Cisco Engineering is a career not an exam. I was pissed I got 854 but each exam is different. And I just didnt know a few of what they were asking of me but I passed and I am now certified. It has given me happieness already. I can go places and say I am certified. Our ISP has only 1 certified CCNA and know I am-funny! But certs for me are cool but I think it is important to be great at what you do. Testing is good but doing the job is what I like. I have seen guys who have many certs. I met this guy who was an MSCE 2003 but I knew more about MS that he did. I mean I could do the work. Build domains, and websites he just was good at SQL admin only. I was good at many things and not even certified it in. I thought this cannot be true but there are many paper tigers they call them. But not all but you would be surprises. So just be great at what you do and get your certs! Have fun too. I know I am! I go go go! And like to do many real things. I have my own Exchange server at home, my own webserver at home I built. I have my own vpn into my house and I work IT jobs on the side. I set up VPNs etc…and well I am certified A+, CCNA, and am MCP (certs in MS) but the real fun is doing IT and making things work. Certs make me work harder. I will continue to strive for many certs. I would like to be a CCIE and then gets some certs in Linux and CEH because they seem fun. I do it for the career and to play all day.

I hope this site helps you. You can do it. I did! 😉

see you later. I will be gone for 2 months working on my new CCNP rack and home setup. But I will return and hope to have my blog running full steam! yeah!!!!!!!!!! whhoooooo! CCNA!

Who is your IT daddy!

ps. thank you to all who told me great job! I appreciate you and I hope anything I post here helps you.

😉 Team Cisco!!!!!!!!!!!!

How to prepare for the CCNA..what I think!

Posted in Misc on August 7, 2008 by itdaddy

***** Coming soon after I take a big nap ****** I want to give you some tips that will not violate any laws or rules set up by Cisco..but I would like to stress what it takes to pass this beast….I will only echo what everyone says to study for but will give my 2 cents..Anything I say will reflect the same objectives Cisco lays out.but in my own words….be right back later this weekend….need to relax…and play… but will post my thoughts on the CCNA..

PASS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 854 My Score!

Posted in Misc on August 7, 2008 by itdaddy

Okay, I wasn’t sure I was going to pass. My eye site sucks 20/40 both eyes doesn’t help much. During the exam I had one sim that was kicking my ass; too much to read! I did part of it and moved on after too much time. I honestly had never seen what they were asking for . I was ready for any NAT/ACL. So much that I studied wasn’t on their. Kind of pisses a guy off. Subnetting is a must to understand what they want you to do more so. But I am happy that I passed with 854 with 825 as a  pass minimum. I am very greatful. If I would have gotten that sim and 2 of the questions, I know that I bombed, I would have gotten higher close to 930, but I honestly didnt understand 2 questions and 1 simlet a big one. I just didnt know what  they were asking for. And I had done so many things to prepare. I have built my own rack, and I can make that baby hum. I have done so many real things. Taking the exam was good and seemed honest but man. What makes the Cisco Man is IT cert + what he can do! I can do so much more that this test could not verify. I guess I will just show my employer what I can do! I had studied so much that wasnt on there..but A Pass is a Pass!

I am a CCNA 640-802 by certification, but better yet by what I can do on the rack!

Thank you to all who believed in me. All of you guys are just fantastic support.

Those who have commented I have added your blog to my links. If I missed anyone, I will add you later. Well what is on the horizon??


Well to be honest. I plan on working on my CCNP slowly and I can do the BSCI route to work with G

but I plan on finsihing my BS degree in Computer Science which doing both (like I have been)

working on finishing my 4 year degree in computer science and working on CCNA has been hard.

So I going to trickel the BSCI CCNP and work harder on my BS Degree. I might start a new blog for CCNP.. this year looking to host my own blog on my own servers at home. I like to really do the work myself. So I am with you guys just be patient…


Oh yeah today I am  going to eat at a new stacke house in town; drink a big big beer and then

spend time with my son TIm and go  to the batting cages we have near our town where we can spend like 2 hours hitting fast balls. Yeah, blind itdaddy hitting fast balls. I can do it I just close my eyes and swing.


See you guys later whooooooooooooo ahahahhaahahahh I passed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!