Tips for acing the new CCNA exams

Doesn’t it feel like vendors always update their certifications as soon as you get comfortable with them? Well, it’s happening again! Cisco has updated its main associate-level routing and switching certification, the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA). But don’t fret; the content that’s getting a reboot only makes up about 25 percent of the test. […]

Buying CCNA lab switches without going broke

One of the biggest challenges for Cisco newbies working their way up the certification ladder is how to deal with learning the equipment and the Cisco systems without completely breaking the bank. Many people at the entry level simply don’t have a lot (if any) of money available to spend on an extensive CCNA lab. […]

Get the right used Cisco router gear for your Cisco home lab

One of the biggest challenges for people getting into the Cisco world is knowing how to learn the equipment and the systems without completely breaking the bank. Many entry-level people in IT simply don’t have a lot of money available to spend on an extensive Cisco lab, and not everyone has an employer with suitable […]

How to configure Cisco Configuration Professional Express

For those of you that are in need of an easy deployment solution for Cisco routers, the Cisco Configuration Professional (CCP) Express comes to aid. It is provided by default on many of Cisco’s new routing products and can be installed on many of their former products that have not been pre-loaded. Here, let’s take […]

Configuring Cisco AnyConnect Tunnel with the CLI

One main capability of the AnyConnect client is that it provides a virtual private network (VPN) connection from a remote location to a second secured location. This capability of AnyConnect can be deployed from both Adaptive Security Appliances (ASA) and from a device running a supporting version of IOS (assuming the license has been purchased). […]

Installing Cisco Configuration Professional (CCP)

The Cisco Configuration Professional (CCP) application is a GUI based management tool for the Integrated Service Routers (ISR); it takes the place of the former Security Device Manager (SDM) application that existed on previous iterations of the Cisco router product lines. It makes the configuration and troubleshooting of an ISR easier for those not familiar […]

The next generation VPN is Cisco’s AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client

When researching security options that are available from Cisco, one of the words that is hard to miss is AnyConnect. Cisco has developed the AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client as a “next generation” Virtual Private Network (VPN) client. AnyConnect is not limited to providing VPN access; it has a number of other capabilities that enable an […]

Quick Guide to Cisco ASA Models

One of the most (if not the most) important parts of a modern network is the hardware and software that is used to secure it. There was a time (many years ago) when devices on the Internet could be rather complacent with their security without worrying about the constant threat of attack; those days have […]

Cisco Review: Basic IPv6 Address Configuration

The wide scale implementation of IPv6 is ongoing and the pace is increasing steadily. With this implementation comes a whole new addressing structure to understand and support. As of the writing of this article, almost all major Internet carriers actively support IPv6. With this, the implementation of IPv6 on all major networks (public and private) […]

Troubleshooting Common Cisco OSPF Issues

For those just getting into network routing protocols, it is hard enough to initially understand how all of them work. But what happens when they are not working in the way that you think they should? This article takes a look at some of the most common configuration mistakes that can often become problems for […]