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starting Self-study of CCNP

Hello Guys,

I want to start the self-study of CCNP. I've recently passed CCNA. I've emailed my tutor to ask him and he replied. To make it easier, I'll show you my email and his reply. And I'm awaiting for your comments.

My email:
After our conversation, I now wish to study for my CCNP. I don't have time to take courses as it takes 6 months, do you think I can learn CCNP by self-study ? Which books do you recommend for me to learn from ? Which software should I use for simulations ? Is there a CCNA Network Simulator http://www.ciscopress.com/bookstore/product.asp?isbn=1587202166 but for CCNP ?

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CCNP Study Guides are different than CCNA Guides. u should try to get Student Guide or Reference guide. both of them Great and helpful, u will find them in websites and so on, if u didnt find any of them just contact me.
About the order of courses. It could be either:
1 - Route , 2 - Switch , 3 - Troubleshoot
OR
1 - Switch, 2 - Route , 3 - Troubleshoot

Troubleshoot course should be the last one to take, it doesn't matter which one of the others you will start with.

about simulation. the best one is  GNS3  this is an Emulator to emulate cisco Routers, u can download it for free from their website www.gns3.net

So basically my question is, what resources should I study from ? what simulators ? Any links for either ? I've got the full version Cisco Packet tracer 5.3 ? Is that not enough for CCNP ?
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agreed with kderaing, i have those at home as well. forgot to mention those, good one KD
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ok thanks for all your answers

just one simple question, then I'll reply to each of your comments

what is the code for the certification ? For example, CCNA is 640-802, what are the certification codes in CCNP ?
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the above includes troubleshoot as well.
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thanks, got it, I'll reply to you all soon enough
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@iKalmar

Thanks for refering this website, it looks so dodgy lol, but I found everything in it, I won't use them  (cause I didn't pay for it), but atleast I know the title and have an idea what the books are like. Thanks a lot.

@GridLock137

Thanks for the book suggestions, I think I'm gonna stick with Cisco Press. I already use Cisco Packet Tracer, so thanks for confirming how brilliant it is :D. Thanks a lot for the CBT nuggets suggestion, never used them before, but I'm definitely gonna give it a try. Also thanks for confirming the codes.

@macronat

Thanks for suggesting Foundation Learning, i.e Cisco Press. I'm sticking with them. They are by far the best. I prefer Packet Tracer rather than GNS, but I know how to use GNS, it's a bit hard, Cisco Packet Tracer is the same and you don't need to have your own IOS. I'de love to study with you. Please feel free to contact me or share your contact details with me, and I'll contact you.

@kdearing

Thanks for suggesting Boson. I'll try it, although it's too expensive to buy.

@question01

Thanks for suggesting GNS3, I already know it though.



At the end, thank you all for your time and help. I've got a lot of what I want, but I'm gonna open a new question dedicated to the simulators and labs to use to study CCNP, it seems there are lots and lots of suggestions, and I've got many questions for each suggestion.


 
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Thank you all
I've been looking all around my profile options and can not find how to contact you or how to share my details :(

I hope I'm not violating any rule on doing this, but you can contact me through:

Skype:
miguel.corona.tarango

or

MSN:
miguel_corona@hotmail.com