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CCNA Security Home Lab

The CCNA SECURITY lab has most of its hardware roots from the routing and switching (R&S) track. You need one more piece of hardware if you already have 3 routers and 3 switches. Here is my input on finding the

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CCNA Security Prep

So after looking at the CCNP SWITCH, I figured I would look at the certification I am studying for: CCNA Security. It is known that this exam is a bit tougher than in the past.  Knowing this, I am focusing

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While preparing for this weekend’s CCNP study group session, I reviewed the CCNP switch exam blueprint and the official lab book. I noticed a major gap in covered exam objectives in the lab book.  Having passed the CCNP SWITCH exam,

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The ASA is here!

It took some time to find one, but I have got a Cisco ASA5505! This ASA comes with the Security License.  Now I can start working on my CCNA security firewall labs!

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The planning and configuration of Network Address Translation/Port Address Translation is similar for security device as a router. Define your internal IP address space to translate. This will help with choosing the right network translation scheme for your application. You

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I have found myself asking when and where would this be useful? What architectures or campus designs would this be implemented? The idea is that you can route traffic from the same interface it came in on is similar to

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Making your startup configuration

I have a helpful tip for those of you in your final weeks of review for you Cisco test. Creating a baseline start up configuration is helpful to speed up your labs and allow you to work on learning the

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