Personally, I’ve always been really interested in getting into a job doing a lot of work with Cisco hardware. Fortunately, BCIT’s Computer Information Systems Administration program, especially with the NSA option in second year, offers plenty of Cisco training – sufficient to challenge the CCNA, CCNP, and CCNA Voice exams.
The courses that are taken which include Cisco content are the following:
CISA 1220 – Routing & Switching 1 – Taken in the second half of the first year, this course provides the essentials of routing and switching including VLSM, CIDR notation, and ACLs. Additionally, it covers most common routing protocols: RIP v1 and v2, EIGRP, and OSPF. Much hands-on time is provided in a BCIT lab.
CISA 2120 – Routing & Switching 2 – Also taken in the second half of the first year, this course continues where 1220 left off with a focus on enterprise switching and WAN technologies. Topics covered include VLANs, STP, RSTP, VTP, inter-VLAN routing, NAT, P2PP, Frame Relay, IPv6, and network troubleshooting.
CISA 3025 – Campus Switched Networks – In the first half of the second year, this course covers the planning and configuration of a complex enterprise switching solution. Topics covered include VLAN usage, STP and its evolutions, more inter-VLAN routing concepts, QoS for VOIP support, and traffic optimization.
CISA 3115 – IP Telephony – In the last term of the program, this course covers, quite simply, VOIP. And most things about it.
CISA 3135 – Advanced IP Routing – Also in the last term of the program, this is the big one. This is the course that prepares you to take the CCNP certification. Topics in this course include (among others) OSPF, EIGRP, IS-IS, BGPv4, route summarization, route redistribution, route filtering, VLSM, NAT, and advanced ACLs.
Wow – that’s a huge amount of Cisco content in this program! So – my thinking in all this was that I’m probably going to want to be able to practice these concepts while I’m at home as well. Therefore I’ve gone ahead and purchased some Cisco hardware to work on.
What I’ve decided to buy is the following:
1x 3550 switch – 24 ports with inline power ($80)
2x 2950 switch – 24 ports ($25 each)
3x 1721 router – 32MB flash ($20 each)
3x WIC-1T modules for the routers for Frame Relay practice (2 were $55, one $25)
7x 10′ CAT5e cables ($1.99 each)
8x 6′ CAT5e crossover cables ($1.83 each)
The parts required to make an RJ45 (console) –> Serial –> USB cable to connect laptop to switch/router ($18.50 together)
4x DB60–>DB60 cables ($5 each)
The PC on the shelf that you can see is a G860 dual core, 4GB RAM, 1TB HDD, 120GB SSD which I plan to use for a Windows Server machine for playing around with / using for the Microsoft courses. I also got my first book for the program today – for CISA 1130, the MCTS Server 2008 Network Infrastructure Configuration (exam 70-642) – check it out!
Am I the only one getting pretty damn stoked for this program?? Comment below, let me know what your expectations for the program are, are you excited for it?