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RE: Is CID enough posted 03/31/1999
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CID is related to CCDP, not CCDA. Studying for the CCDP is proving to be
a little more time consuming than the studying I did to pass the CDS
exam for the CCDA (er - none !!!)


PS - re-reading this shows a lot of acronyms, CID and CDS certainly seem
to confuse a few people.

> -----Original Message-----
> From:	Howard C. Berkowitz [SMTP:hcb@xxxxxxxxx]
> Sent:	31 March 1999 15:32
> To:	Cisco@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject:	Re: Is CID enough
> >Common sense, product knowledge and familiarity with a couple of well
> >designed networks is sufficient. I never saw any of the class
> material,
> >but had no problem with CCDA. I was lucky in that one of the case
> >studies was nearly identical to a network I put together two years
> >ago...but then, I think I modeled THAT design on a case study on CCO.
> >You do have to know the general capabilites of 3-4 different routers
> and
> >what size/type site you'd put them in, etc (gee, Howard, do you cover
> >that in the CID?). For the questions covering design methodology
> >(obviously from the course), logic and common sense seemed to be
> enough.
> >
> >Don't mean to belittle the cert, but none of the hardcore folks here
> >would have any problem knocking this one out. Yes Howard, you're
> >hardcore.
> >
> >Steve Coker, JAFA
> >
> As a serious example of the instructor-added material for CID, I spend
> a
> couple of hours going through the multiple forwarding paths possible
> on
> different routers, their effects on speed, when they can be used, etc.
> I point out that raw forwarding speed is only one determinant of
> router
> power.  CPU processing, memory, interface types and density,
> coprocessor
> availability, etc., all form part of the "budget" of capabilities on a
> given router.
> I also deal with specifying flows and determining your workload, and
> matching the appropriate router -- not ignoring the frequent
> advisability
> of using colocated multiple router boxes cabled together, or LAN
> switches
> feeding into routers.
> Then, I go through my extended version of the core/distribution/access
> model, and try to position all the Cisco product families in it. I do
> a
> technical discussion, later on, about the functional differences among
> switches and when you want one type rather than another.
> ---------------------
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