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This study group was formally known as the Cisco Certification Mailing List but Cisco's lawyers made us change the name.

When I was in college, I learned one of the most effective tools for passing any test was forming a study group. I chose the name to convey a sense of a virtual study group You are now reading the companion website.

WARNING: This list is popular. With 20000+ active participants expect to receive over 100 messages/day. If you plan to use your e-mail account for anything else, make sure you have filters (e.g. Inbox Assistant, procmail) in place to move the messages to a particular sub-folder. Filter on the to: and cc: fields. Both should have the address of the list.

An alternative is to use the website or newsfeed to view and send messages.

Certifications: Cisco's CCNP & CCDP, and those studying for the CCIE Lab Written Exam.

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