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  My friends at Cisco Press asked if I might take a few moments to hit the highlights of Cisco’s exam announcement about the new CCENT and CCNA Routing and Switching certifications. So, for those of you ready to go for the new CCNA Routing and Switching, here are some quick comments on the challenge and the opportunity! And it’s all Twitter sized…

1) The new CCENT and CCNA are now more relevant to real-world network tech after the first update in over 5 years.

2) Nice new tool from Cisco – Associate Level Exam Logic Tool (look closely) http://ow.ly/jraoK

3) Cisco gives us more detail in the exam topics as compared to older exams! That’s a great help to self-study candidates.

4) IPv6 grows up for CCNA. The books have brand-new IPv6 throughout. Includes: Addressing, NDP, SLAAC, DHCPv6, OSPFv3, EIGRPv6, t’shoot.

5) Do not stop studying while you decide to take either the new or old exams. Most of the old material still applies to the new exams.

6) Totally gone from CCNA: all RIP, almost all VTP and Wireless LANs, and all SDM/CCP.

7) You have 6 months to pass the old exams. But due to differences, interviewers will want to know: did you pass the old or new CCNA?

8) Cisco lets you pass old ICND1 640-822 and new ICND2 200-101 to get CCNA. That will be a tough path. Go all old, or all new.

9) Big new topics for ICND1 and CCENT: IPv6, NTP, Layer 3 switching.

10) Big new topics for ICND2 and CCNA: more IPv6, FHRP, IOS Licensing, Network Management.

For more information on new CCNA Routing & Switching self-study products and special offers visit www.ciscopress.com/ccna.

Now available for order or pre-order:

GCCENT/CCNA ICND1 Official Cert Guide• Cisco CCENT / CCNA ICND1 100-101 Official Cert Guide Premium Edition eBook and Practice Test (9780133367881)
• Cisco CCNA Routing and Switching ICND2 200-101 Official Cert Guide Premium Edition eBook and Practice Test (9780133367713)
• Cisco CCENT / ICND1 100-101 Official Cert Guide (1587143852) - April
• Cisco CCNA Routing and Switching ICND2 200-101 Official Cert Guide (1587143739) - April
• Cisco CCNA Routing and Switching 200-120 Official Cert Guide Library (1587143879) -May

About the author: 

Wendell Odom, CCIE No. 1624, is the most respected author of Cisco networking books in the world. His past titles include books on the entry-level Cisco certifications (CCENT and CCNA), the more advanced CCNP, and the industry-renowned CCIE. His books are known for their technical depth and accuracy. Wendell has worked as a network engineer, consultant, instructor, course developer, and book author, and he has produced videos, software, and blogs related to Cisco certifications. His web site with links to various study tools and resources is at www.certskills.com.