How to Prepare for Cisco CCNP R&S

(Rene Molenaar) #14

Oh and before I forget…the updated version of “How to Master CCNA” is now online :slight_smile:

(system) #15

Thanks for answers and for your blog/website.
Its great source for studying cisco :slight_smile:

(system) #16

I can fully recommend the three books for CCNP, I recently passed CCNP in large part thanks to these books. Building the switchlab and using GNS3 is a great help. I managed to get 2x 2950 and 1x 3550 for next to nothing. ( the 3550 for free and the 2950’s for less than 60 euros total.) Add some cables and you are good to go.
Good luck on your studies and have fun doing the labs !

(Rene Molenaar) #17

Thanks Cas :slight_smile:

(system) #18

Greetings from Morocco.
On september, I passed my CCNA. Willing to continue the path to be certified as a CCNP R&S.
I have the intention to begin with the CCNP Switch.
I have bought your book :smiley:
My question is: what equipments (switches) I have to buy to complete my preparations.
Could you specify the reference of every one and why choosing them?
thanks for every topic u’re writing.

(Rene Molenaar) #19

Hi Tarik,

Have you seen this article? Most of it applies to CCNP SWITCH as well:

If you are on a budget, get 2x 2950 and 1x 3550. The 2950s are the cheapest layer 2 switches and the 3550 is the cheapest layer 3 switch you can get. These 3 switches will let you practice vlans, trunking, spanning-tree and routing. If you have some more money to spend, take a look at the 2960 (replacement for 2950) and 3560 (replacement for 3550). These switches have a different QoS mechanism which is useful if you plan to study QoS someday. The 3560 is also great for CCIE R&S (version 4 not sure about version 5 which will be live in June 2014).


(system) #20

Hi René,

great explanation of how I should prepare myself to start with the CCNP.
Maybe your articel prevented me from sadness after starting the CCNP :wink:


(Rene Molenaar) #21

You are welcome Daniel :slight_smile: CCNP & studying should be fun, no need for sadness ;):stuck_out_tongue:

(system) #22

Hi Rene,
Everything here, on your website, is downright practical. Thanks.
Nice work…:slight_smile:

(shaun y) #23

hi rene I’ve just passed my ccnp route exam and i’m about to start my ccnp switch i’m self studying at home I’ve bought the official cisco cert guide and I’ve checked the cisco website fore the exam topics but the official book does not cover some of the topics in the exam does you ccnp switch lessons cover all the topics that i’m going to see in the ccnp switch exam or do I need to find another source of information to fill the gaps please help as I used the official cisco book for the ccnp route exam and failed my first time because it did not cover all the topics in the exam I was very angry after this and had to go away and find the information needed that’s how I ended up here thanks

(harishkumar m) #24

Hello Rene,
what difference does it make when I purchase subscription or purchase your books? Is the content present in both books and website are same. Thank you

(Rene Molenaar) #25

The content in my CCNA/CCNP R&S books and networklessons is similar. Here are the differences.

  1. Networklessons has a lot more content. It’s not just CCNA/CCNP but we also have a lot of CCIE R&S / ASA and other content.
  2. Networklessons also has whiteboard and desktop capture videos.
  3. We have an active forum here. If you have any questions you can ask them here and you’ll get an answer.

Hope this helps!


(Fabio L) #26

Hello Rene!

I recently passed in the exam CCNA R&S 200-120, I know that the Cisco will change the exam 200-120 for the 200-125, I want to know if the CCNP Route exam, will be change too, like the CCNA or not?

(Andrew P) #27

The CCNP R&S track was updated with all new exams on January 30, 2015. The current Route exam (300-101) has no announced date of retirement that I have seen. I would estimate at least another year for that exam before any big changes are coming.

(SINAN A) #28

Hello Rene,

I have a question please If you can help me.

How can i check the port are healthy or not defective on a switch Cisco IOS Software, C2960S Software (C2960S-UNIVERSALK9-M), Version 12.2(55)SE5

What command will show that ? is it show tech command ? if yes , which of them please.

Thank you

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(MAODO T) #30

I’m preparing for CCNP ROUTE. I do understand that I can do the big part of the labs with GNS3. I did a nice Client/Server deployment of GNS3. Client is Win7 and Server is VmwareESXi. It is working fine ; as far I do not need to do a lab using a Software on Windows.

Couple a years a go, for CCNA ; I did be able to connect a PC (Win XP) to the GNS3 topology, by using MSLoopbackAdapter. Actually ; with my Win7 Client, I can not make it work. Things seem to be more complicated in a Client/Server deployment of GNS3.

Could someone explain how is the good and safe way for connecting a PC (Win7) to a GNS3 topology (running Remote on a ESXi server) ?

(MAODO T) #31

I do not any lesson on MULTICAST topic. Does that topic belong to CCNP ?

(Lazaros Agapides) #32

Hello Maodo

According to Cisco’s official exam description, multicast only shows up in the ROUTE exam as part of the Layer 3 Technologies section with the following breakdown:

3.0 Layer 3 Technologies
3.1 Identify, configure, and verify IPv4 addressing and subnetting
3.1.a Address types (Unicast, broadcast, multicast, and VLSM)
3.1.b ARP
3.1.c DHCP relay and server
3.1.d DHCP protocol operations

To see the full curriculum, click here.

So to answer more clearly, mutlicast is not a major part of the exam. It is sufficient to understand what it is in general and why it is useful. Implementations and configurations of multicast on the exams are highly unlikely.

I hope this has been helpful!


(Regis jean T) #33

Hello Rene,
can you help me find the updated topology link on Cisco?
the link you gave is a bit outdated.