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    Learning CISCO


    Hi, i want to start learning CISCO. I know a little about networking with windows, but want to basically take on learning CISCO full time.

    Does anyone where i can start? good online tutorials etc.

    and lastly, what is the general difference in CISCO and windows networking.

    From what i beleive, cisco is just more in-depth but also based on windows networking or vice-a-versa

    Thanks!
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    Networking is networking, of which Cisco is a vendor of networking equipment. They have some things they like to do their own proprietary way, but otherwise participate in global* standards.

    Windows is a product offered by Microsoft, an Operating System to be specific. It has interfaces that interact with a network, as well as some protocols that utilize said network, but in and of itself is not "networking".

    A good start is actually Wikipedia. They have some really fantastic articles detailing how a lot of things are put together. But, if you have really no knowledge of networking and the terms used, it could be very overwhelming. Cisco Press (a subsidiary of Cisco) has a series of "Networking Academy" books; they are what many colleges and universities use as textbooks. These would make a great starting place for any beginner as they focus on the right way to do things, not *just* the Cisco way. Try looking up some of these and reading them.
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    Thanks for your reply. I will look for these books!
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    Originally Posted by kyliejamez
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    Thanks, this looks really good

    Exactly what im after

    Cheers man
    Last edited by AdamPI; July 12th, 2012 at 11:28 AM.
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    AdamPI is a great resource, I picked his brain a time or two studying for my CCNA. Personally I used the ICND press books from Cisco and GNS3 to setup virtual environments. I did get lucky and already have access to cisco ISO images. If you don't have access to those, you can try Boson Netsim. Of course shelling out cash for the real equipment (maybe Ebay) is always best.

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    Thanks Guys!
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    Originally Posted by onlinegamesnz
    and lastly, what is the general difference in CISCO and windows networking.
    I can't really think of any differences. Kinda like puppies and mangos. No difference at all.
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