I'm very interested in learning Cisco, specifically for small-medium business and for companies with less that 500 users +/-. I would like to learn how to configure the routers for setup/install/troubleshooting - opening/closing ports etc - vpn site-site to site configurations etc. I'm not looking to be an "expert" but to know it confidently enough to where I can do all the basics mentioned above with some troubleshooting. I know there are many different types of Cisco Routers/Firewalls and I'm not sure which one to start with? (Probably PIX 501).
I've searched for some classroom training but I dont want to spend $3,000 dollars for a weeks worth of "book training". I've been to a couple of Microsoft certified training classes but wasn't so impressed for what you get for your money, thats why I'm a little skeptical.
I have 10 years experience with networking and know how to configure any 3rd party router/firewall and have some decent experience with MS ISA 2004.
What would you recommend I should learn, the Cisco PIX 501? Does anyone know of any private instructors that may be available in the South Florida area? I'd rather pay someone who will actually teach me some real hands on - instead of a full classroom just going through the motions. I dont have the time for personal study so I would definitely need some hands on with an instructor.