Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Free CCNA Resources

Do you want to become a CCNA with little or no cost out of pocket beyond taking the exam(s)?  Between my own attempt at the CCNA and my association with forums and blogs where Cisco devices and Cisco certifications are discussed, I have collected a number of free resources in one location here for the CCNA candidate.  I will continue to update the list in this post as I stumble across more resources.  If any of the links are broken or you have anything you would like to see added, feel free to leave a comment.

Please do not post links to dumps here.  I do not want that here and it will be deleted.

Exam Topics For Every Cisco Cert:
http://www.cisco.com/web/learning/le3/learning_career_certifications_and_learning_paths_home.html

CCNA Textbooks:
http://www.itcertguides.com/
http://www.routeralley.com/ra/guides.html 
http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/internetworking/technology/handbook/ito_doc.html
http://www.ccnahelp.com/
http://ciscotests.org/ccna.php
http://docwiki.cisco.com/wiki/Internetworking_Technology_Handbook

CCNA Lab Manuals:

Free CCNA Workbook.  The gold standard in free online CCNA hands on training.
http://www.freeccnaworkbook.com/

This next lab manual is a .pdf download.  While it's a bit dated and some of the topics included are not relevant to the current CCNA exams, there's still a lot of good material here.
http://www.lulu.com/product/ebook/ccna-version-5-draft/930539

101 CCNA Labs:
http://www.howtonetwork.net/public/department140.cfm

Some great labs for CCNA topics and more:

http://www.routeralley.com/ra/labs.html

Here's an awesome site full of lectures and lab notes from Dr. Kenneth M. Chipps on a wide range of networking topics:

http://www.chipps.com/index.html

NetSimK CCNA Network Simulator:

http://netsimk.com/

Here's a few Packet Tracer activity files:

https://learningnetwork.cisco.com/thread/4933

Probably a bit beyond the CCNA topics.  But it's labeled as CCNA Lab Projects, so why not step outside your comfort zone and learn a little.

http://jjrinehart.wordpress.com/2011/06/02/ccna-lab-projects/

GNS3 Info and Labs:

http://www.gns3-labs.com/
http://gns3vault.com/

http://www.blindhog.net/category/dynamips/

Subnetting:
http://www.learntosubnet.com/
http://www.subnettingquestions.com/
http://www.techexams.net/technotesnew/158-ipv4-subnetting-guide.html

Youtube resources:
The Bryant Advantage - http://www.youtube.com/user/ccie12933
Todd Lammle - http://www.youtube.com/user/lammledotcom
Cisco - http://www.youtube.com/user/Cisco
CiscoPress - http://www.youtube.com/user/CiscoPress
Kevin Wallace - http://www.youtube.com/user/kwallaceccie
Free CCNA Workbook - http://www.youtube.com/user/FreeCCNAWorkbook
Palaestra Training - http://www.youtube.com/user/palaestratraining
Pancho Training - http://www.youtube.com/user/panchotraining
TrainSignal - http://www.youtube.com/user/TrainSignalInc
Bowler CBT Labs - http://www.youtube.com/bowlersp
Keith Barker - http://www.youtube.com/user/Keith6783
CBT Nuggets - http://www.youtube.com/user/cbtnuggets
81 Part Series - http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLEDA4CC4D696B957D

Blogs:
Wendell Odom - http://www.networkworld.com/community/odom
Wendell Odom (New) - http://www.certskills.com/About/WendellOdom.aspx
Todd Lammle - http://www.lammle.com/blog
PacketLife - http://packetlife.net/
INE - http://blog.internetworkexpert.com/
IPExpert - http://blog.ipexpert.com/

Forums:
http://www.techexams.net/forums/
http://www.networking-forum.com/
http://www.lammle.com/discussion/

Free Practice Exams:
http://www.knowledgebuster.com/
http://www.pearsonitcertification.com/promotions/promotion.aspx?promo=138159
http://www.techexams.net/ciexams.shtml
http://www.techexams.net/practice-exams/take/cisco-subnetting
http://www.internetworktraining.com/quiz.aspx

and a couple fun ones:
http://valerieaurora.org/tcpip.html
http://sock-raw.org/netsec/tcpipdrink.html


Misc Articles by Topic:
2900XL vs 2950 switches
Cryptography
Ethernet
IPSec
NTP
PuTTY related links
T1
VoiP

How do I know if a web resource is legit?
http://www.certguard.com/

A shameless plug for my Facebook CCNA Group:
http://www.facebook.com/groups/2210858047/

A little humor:

http://www.routergod.com/

Another Big Link Collection:
https://learningnetwork.cisco.com/thread/15662

And don't forget the best free online resource for technical documentation, the Cisco website.

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