Cisco CCNA Training

Mark Leonard mark at
Wed Nov 12 16:39:35 UTC 2014

YYC Net Lab (of which I am a co-founder) went through the trouble of
forming a not-for-profit company and gaining access to Cisco's official
Network Academy content.  The process is a little painful to setup, but you
get access to all the content including Packet Tracer.  I still use GNS3
because not all functionality is present in Packet Tracer.  If you're just
looking for CCNA material, Packet Tracer is enough to get you your cert.

If anyone is interested in learning more about the process to get access to
NetAcad content, feel free to contact me off list.

On Tue, Nov 11, 2014 at 8:07 AM, Paul S. <contact at> wrote:

> GNS3, while unofficial, is what I'd recommend for that.
> On 11/11/2014 午後 11:59, Colton Conor wrote:
>> Does CBT or any of these other subscription based learning courses include
>> a Cisco IOS simulator so we don't have to buy a Cisco lab or equipment?
>> On Sun, Nov 2, 2014 at 7:36 PM, Scott Morris <swm at> wrote:
>>  Depends on how quickly you want them trained, and how they tend to learn
>>> thingsŠ
>>> Reading is good, but can be boring and tedious and not always have all
>>> the
>>> answers.
>>> Standard ILT can be costly, but very quick and often standard (though I¹d
>>> shop around for who you have as an instructor since that can make or
>>> break
>>> the success)!
>>> Video-based training gives a good mix of things and there are options out
>>> there.  I know there¹s been one other response for CBT Nuggets, which I
>>> would definitely recommend.
>>> Take that with a grain of salt (and I¹m ok with that) since I do some
>>> work
>>> for them now.  However, I would have recommended them even before I
>>> started developing training for them.  :)
>>> Jeremy Cioara teaches the CCNA courses for CBT, and he is quite animated
>>> and very knowledgeable.   He will definitely get all the necessary points
>>> across.  In addition to the certification courses you mentioned, there
>>> are
>>> also many ³real world² variants of materials as well, which give a
>>> different slant to the teachings that you may find useful for your group.
>>> And being a subscription cost, you can watch as many different things as
>>> you¹d like rather than being limited to one course.  Something worth
>>> checking out.  Don¹t take my word for it, go look for yourself (or have
>>> your group do that).
>>> Cheers,
>>> Scott
>>> -----Original Message-----
>>> From: Colton Conor <colton.conor at>
>>> Date: Sunday, November 2, 2014 at 1:02 PM
>>> To: NANOG <nanog at>
>>> Subject: Cisco CCNA Training
>>>  We have a couple of techs that want to learn cisco and networking in
>>>> general. What do you recommend for learning and getting certified on
>>>> Cisco?
>>>> There seems to be a million different training courses, books, etc out
>>>> there.

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