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Hardware for CCNP

Hi all,
I am starting to look for hardware for my CCNP. I am starting to see kits online some advertising to support SDM and some that do not. Here is an example of several i am looking at

http://www.ciscokits.com/cube/ccnp/ccvp/ccsp-kits/advanced-ccna/starter-ccnp-kit/prod_91.html and
http://www.ciscokits.com/cube/ccnp/ccvp/ccsp-kits/advanced-ccna/starter-ccnp-kit/prod_116.html

I know the ONT and ISCW test cover SDM and want to know if it is a big deal if none of my hardware supports SDM. Also when looking through the SDM hardware requirments on CIscos site i am not seeing 3600's on the list but several of the kits say the 3600 has SDM support.

Could anyone shed some light on this for me.

Thanks
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that1guy15
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AIT_PSGCommented:
Hi,

First of all, congrats on beginning your study for the CCNP.

With regards to SDM, it is not a necessity to have hands on experience before the exams as it is fairly easy to navigate through to find information (should the need arise to do this in the exam).  However hands on experience is always going to help you.  Cisco seems to be going ahead with GUI's for all of their devices (such as ASDM for Cisco ASA 5500s), and if you are dealing with customers without much experience, they are likely to have used the GUI to configure their router.

According to the Cisco Router Quick Start Guidefor the 3640, SDM can be used to configure 3620 and 3640 routers.
The Quick Start Guide can be found at: http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/hw/routers/ps274/products_quick_start09186a00800a5b29.html

Also be aware that the Cisco 1900 switches will not be able to do all the switching commands required for the BCMSN exam as they do not use the IOS.  Also be aware that they do not specify how many ports the switches have.

I realise that out of date models are inexpensive, but remember that the more expensive, newer model switches and routers will be more useful for your study and will also have higher resale value once you've finished.

eBay is another place to look for Cisco routers for your home lab, however you need to be very careful with regards to the amount of memory installed, the IOS installed, and that the modules you require have been installed as well.

Hope you find the information helpful.

Regards,
Deryck
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that1guy15Author Commented:
Thanks for the feedback
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