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    Layer 3 switch question

    So can someone enlighten me on the difference between a regular switch and a layer 3 switch? I've never dealt with them hands-on, and I've heard of them quite a bit, but I'm not sure how they differ from a regular switch. Thanks.
  2. Could someone point me or show me the configuration required to setup a VPN tunnel from home to work? Thanks.
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    Book recommendations

    Could someone recommend a good, easy-to-understand book for BGP? I see a lot of books out there, but I don't know which ones are overly technical or good. Also, a friend had bought a general CCIE book (I don't remember the title or publisher), but he said it was a great overview of all the CCNP material and very easy to read. Would anyone know what this might be?
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    Using a virtual lab

    Has anyone used Boson's CCNP lab? If so, do you like it? I know there are others out there; I'm just curious if anyone has any experience with this one. Thanks.
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    Specifics covered in CCNP ROUTE test?

    So for the CCNP certification, does the ROUTE test cover much with MPLS and/or BGP? This is used at my current job, and it would be nice to know if I would dig into that in ROUTE, and if not, I know I'll need to study it on my own. If the latter is true, could someone recommend a good readable book which covers MPLS and BGP well? Thanks.
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    New CCNP curriculum v6 - ROUTE, SWITCH + TSHOOT

    How are the new exams as far as difficulty compared to the old exams? I guess it would be hard to compare unless one has taken both - duh.
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    New CCNP requirements

    I've been told by coworkers where I work that the CCNP track is a lot "easier" than the old track - at least covering less material. I also hear it's three tests now compared to four from the old track. Can someone elaborate on this, please? I've been considering pursuing the CCNP track.
  8. I'm exploring the possibility of becoming a systems administrator - my friend at work who's more familiar with the requirements for this has given me some advice on it. As I already have a CCNA, he said that if I were to get my A+, which would show my knowledge of hardware and the hands-on stuff, then get my MCSA, which would show my knowledge of Microsoft servers and technology, then I would be in a great position to land a systems administrator job. He said he knew someone who just had an MCSA and was doing this job making $80k/yr(?!) As a CCNA, I'm glued to a monitor, watching alarm boards and am not able to move for eight hours, which I hate. My hope is that as a sysadmin I could at least talk to people and move around to some degree - especially if I'm in a medium-sized corporate setting, where I need to go here and there checking things out, etc. Keep in mind that I'm entirely willing to pursue this course to obtain the aforementioned certs, but I'm not going to spend the rest of my life studying, pursuing cert after cert. I've spent the last four years obtaining them and I have no desire to, say, get an MCSE, SCCP, CCNP, etc, etc. The A+ and MCSA I feel could be obtained without too much difficulty, knowing what I know already. I'm just curious as to what those of you with sysadmin experience think of my plan. Cheers.
  9. I think what would help me in wrapping my brain around all the equipment needs for a voice lab would be knowing something like: What would be suitable lab gear for a GW? [Example] What would be suitable lab gear for a GK? What would be suitable lab gear for a CallManager server? What would be suitable lab gear for a PSTN cloud? What would be suitable lab gear for an Voicemail server? A SIP server? Etc, etc. A voice lab requires such an array of different equipment that it would be good for me to be able to separate it all in my head. If someone could offer some suggestions, I'm going to print it out and go over it - maybe see about getting some of it (if I can afford it).
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    Best way to start CCVP?

    I would recommend not going after a CCVP without first having a job in which you're already doing some voice work - preferably with voice protocols or CallManager. Otherwise, you'll probably find yourself with a voice cert that you worked your tail off for which is almost valueless without accompanying experience. It's brutal finding a voice job with zero paid voice experience, and everyone who's hiring is wanting lots of it. CCIEs are preferred. If you plan to forge ahead anyway, best wishes. Just so you go into this eyes wide open.
  11. Has anyone found an inexpensive CallManager server for his home lab? I'd rather go the actual hardware route instead of VMWare if that's possible. I don't want to spend a lot of money if I don't have to, but if it becomes too expensive I'll have to do VMWare. I just wanted to see if anyone was able to find anything which would work. I'd probably have to shop for something off eBay used. Thanks.
  12. I was just wondering why someone would want a VG200 instead of, say, a MC3810? Cost is a factor, probably, but other than that what are its advantages? What can it not do?
  13. I have a Dell Latitude D630 laptop, and I've installed CCM 4.1 on it in VMWare. It's great except that I only have 1GB of RAM installed. Once I run the VMWare, it slows the laptop down to the point that it almost won't respond. I'm definitely increasing the RAM to 2GB, but I wanted to see if anyone else out there uses VMWare with CCM, and if so, how much RAM you're using? Should 2GB be enough? Money is also an issue. Thanks.
  14. Still, it's discouraging when every single ad on Dice, Monster, etc, all really want a CCIE-Voice. Where's the incentive to get a CCVP? Where are all the mid-level jobs? Everyone can't be a general, and common sense tell you that there have to be more workers running the network than designing it - but it's all employers seem to want. Oh yes - 8-10 years experience required. People like me with zero paid, hands-on voice experience are shown the door by the HR-bouncer. I might mention that in several months time and several dozen resumes later, I've been contacted for one single interview (much less a job offer). "Not enough experience." I would never advise someone to go into voice without already being present and working in a voice environment to get that more-precious-than-gold experience. There just aren't any voice jobs out there unless you have tons of experience already or some kind of very high-level voice certification. Thanks for your support, but that's just the way things are. All the study in the world won't get me experience.
  15. To become a good voice engineer, I would say the first thing you'll need is a lot of hands-on voice experience under your belt. Then you can find a decent voice engineer position. Your second alternative is to have a CCIE in voice. Then experience might be waived and someone will give you a chance. At least, this is the way it is in the United States; I don't know about other countries. A CCVP has little to no value in the job market right now unless one has a significant amount of experience to go with it, I'm sorry to say. Just input "CCVP" at Dice or Monster and you'll see what I mean. Here's hoping that the economy turns around before long.