About Chris Bryant

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Cisco CCNA Exam: Five ISDN Details To Remember
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CCNA exam success depends on mastering many technologies that are new to you, and few exam topics have more details than ISDN.

Cisco CCNP / BSCI: Using The OSPF Command “Area Range”

Your BSCI and CCNP exam success depends on knowing the details, and one such detail is knowing the proper way to summarize routes in OSPF.

Configuring Standard Access Lists

Access Control Lists (ACLs) allow a router to permit or deny packets based on a variety of criteria.

Cisco CCNP Exam: Defining Collision Domains
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CCNA exam success depends on mastering the fundamentals, and two important fundamentals are knowing exactly what the terms “collision domain” and “broadcast domain” mean.

OSPF Route Redistribution Review

OSPF route redistribution is an important topic on the BSCI exam, and its a topic full of details and defaults that you need to know for the exam room and the job.

Cisco CCNP / BSCI: IPv6 Leading Zero Compression

The BSCI exam and CCNP certification requires that you be well versed in the basics of IP Version 6, or IPv6.

Changing Root Bridge Election Results

Your BCMSN and CCNP studies will include mastering the details of Spanning Tree Protocol (STP).

Cisco CCNP Certification / BCMSN Exam Tutorial: Uplinkfast

You remember from your CCNA studies that when a port goes through the transition from blocking to forwarding, youre looking at a 50-second delay before that port can actually begin forwarding frames.

ISIS Router Types

To pass the BSCI exam and earn your CCNP, you\ve got to know ISIS inside and out.

Cisco CCNP/BCMSN Exam Tutorial: BPDU Skew Detection
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You may look at that feature’s name and think, “What is a BPDU Skew, and why do I want to detect it?” What we’re actually attempting to detect are BPDUs that aren’t being relayed as quickly as they should be.

Configuring An Access Server

As your CCNA / CCNP home lab expands, an access server such as the Cisco 2509 or 2511 is one of the best investments you can make.

Cisco CCNP / BSCI Exam: ISIS Hellos And Adjacencies

In my last ISIS tutorial, I mentioned that while ISIS and OSPF are both link state protocols, their actual operation differs greatly.

Trunking And Trunking Protocols

To earn your CCNA or CCNP certification, youve got to understand the basics of trunking. This isnt just a CCNA topic – you must have an advanced understanding of trunking and etherchannels to pass the BCMSN exam and earn your CCNP as well.

Cisco CCNA Exam: Connected Serial Interfaces
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To pass the CCNA exam, you’ve got to master quite a few services and routing protocols that may be new to you.

OSPF Hub-And-Spoke Details You Must Know!

CCNA exam success depends greatly on knowing the details, and if theres one protocol that has a lot of details, its OSPF!

BSCI Exam Tutorial: An Introduction To BGP

When youre studying for the BSCI exam on the way to earning your CCNP certification, its safe to say that BGP is like nothing you’ve studied to this point.

Multicasting And The RPF Check

Multicasting is a vital topic on your BCMSN, CCNP, and CCIE exams, and it can also be very confusing when you first start studying it.

Making The Most Of Cisco’s CCNP Program Changes

As you probably know by now, Cisco’s making some sweeping changes in their Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) program.

Troubleshooting Direct Serial Connections

A prime topic of your CCNA and CCNP CIT exams will be connecting Cisco routers directly via their Serial interfaces, and while the configuration is straightforward, there are some vital details and show commands you must know in order to pass the exams and configure this successfully in production and home lab networks.

Cisco CCNA: Password Recovery Procedures

It might happen on your CCNA exam, it might happen on your production network – but sooner or later, youre going to have to perform password recovery on a Cisco router or switch.

Certification: Be Ready For Your Opportunity

I was reading The Big Moo: Stop Trying To Be Perfect and Start Being Remarkable this morning, and I’d recommend a copy of this to anyone who wants to improve their career and their future. And that’s all of us, right?

Cisco CCNA / CCNP Certification Exam Review: Protocol Basics
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To earn your Cisco CCNA certification and pass the BSCI CCNP exam, you have to know your protocol basics like the back of your hand!

Configuring CGMP On Routers & Switches

If a Layer Two switch doesn’t have the capabilities to run IGMP Snooping, it will be able to run CGMP – Cisco Group Membership Protocol. CGMP allows the multicast router to work with the Layer Two switch to eliminate unnecessary multicast forwarding.

Cisco CCNA / CCNP: Frame Relay BECNs and FECNs

BECNs and FECNs arent just important to know for your Cisco CCNA and CCNP certification exams – theyre an important part of detecting congestion on a Frame Relay network and allowing the network to dynamically adjust its transmission rate when congestion is encountered.