[lpi-discuss] LPI-type exam but Networking-only?
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Fri Feb 19 15:19:47 EST 2010
The network+ is a good start. It covers everything you might want to
know, from cabling through network topologies to OSI model and ports.
They do not go too deep into the protocols itself and target mostly
Ethernet with TCP/IP.
Maybe some Cisco certs would be interesting if you want to do more...
On 19/02/10 18:21, Imran Chaudhry wrote:
> Sorry if this is kinda off-topic but I thought I'd ask it anyway in a
> "wisdom of crowds" sort of way.
> I'm looking for a certification exam that will teach me the
> fundamentals of computer networking in a vendor-neutral way (just like
> LPI is vendor-neutral for Linux). When I say networking I mean going
> beyond the network-related chapters in LPI1 and 2 (which I have got
> already) but not for a complete beginner to computers. Essentially,
> I'm looking for something aimed at a starting network administrator.
> In my work, I'm faced with a situation where we are designing a new
> office network and I want to keep up with my colleagues, some of the
> topics are VLANs, routing, choosing address ranges with subnetting,
> switches (eg. HP ProCurve-class stuff), firewall/routers and VPNs.
> The exam I have so far identified as meeting my needs is CompTIA
> Network+. I intend to pursue that this year unless I find a better
> alternative. Are LPI thinking/planning of branching into such a field?
> The CompTIA exam is geared for someone placed to be a network
> technician but on the career path to a network administrator. It
> probably overlaps some fraction of the network knowledge in LPI1 and 2
> but thats not such a bad thing as a refresher of the fundamentals is
> sometimes good.
> I've seen many recommended books from searching Google and the
> serverfault.com site (eg. "Network Warrior" O'Reilly press and "TCP/IP
> Illustrated Vol. 1"). I'm looking for a certification exam though as I
> believe that, plus practical experience, represents more higher
> quality learning than simply reading a book.
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