I hope that everyone is safe and healthy during this COVID-19 pandemic. Just wanted to share that I’ve finally obtained the following certifications:
- CCNA Routing and Switching (Finally)
- AWS Solutions Architect Associate Certified
I’ve also been spending time learning:
- Cisco ACI
CCNA Routing and Switching
I had first tried doing the all-on-one test but failed, then broke up the material and passed by taking the two tests: ICND 100-105 and ICND 200-105. I had passed on Feb 2020, right before Cisco retired these tests and revised the CCNA series exams.
I watched Kevin Wallace’s CCNA videos through learning.oriley.com, went through the Official Cisco Press Books and ran through Boson’s NetSim for practice labs and exams.
I had also originally gone through the Cisco Networking Academy in 2011, completed but never sat the exam. I also worked in roles that exposed me to a lot of networking technologies, so experience definitely helped.
AWS Solutions Architect Associate
This was another exam I wanted to take before it got revised. I felt this exam was much easier as it was multiple-choice and versus the Cisco exams
Aside from hands-on experience with AWS, I went through acloud.guru’s videos and did these practice exams. I was also lucky to have been sent to attended Exit Certified’s AWS SysOps course before I decided to sit any exams. I felt SysOps was more technically challenging while Solutions Architect was remembering AWS-specific lingo and products.
Now that I have my CCNA and AWS:SA Associate certifications, I’ve decided to pursue the following Certifications in the next 6 months:
- Cisco DevNet Associate
- Cisco Certified Network Professional Enterprise
- Cisco DevNet Professional
I’ve decided to go with all Cisco certs because I get free access to various online Cisco training material.
I’ll also start writing about my DevNet journey on this blog and hopefully help others as they pursue the same certification.