20 useful sites for Cisco networking professionals

Blogs, hints and tips from Cisco networking professionals

If you're studying for Cisco exams and just about to tear your hair out, don't fret, there are many others in the same position, and many of them are writing up their experiences in their blogs and passing along hints and tips. Even if you're a CCIE pro, there's always room for personal improvement and expansion. With that in mind we've scoured the Web to bring you our top 20 most useful Web resources for Cisco networking professionals.

IPEXPERT SUPPORT CERTIFICATION TALK

This site is an online Cisco certification discussion and technical support forum to assist network engineers who are preparing or who have already passed the expert-level Cisco career certifications. It is run by IPexpert, a company that provides instructor-led, online, audio, print and interactive training tools designed to assist candidates in passing the lab portion of the Cisco CCIE certification exam. One of IPexpert's instructors is Scott Morris, a quadruple CCIE who operates a US$2.3 million network from his home.

SEEKING ALPHA

A host of investors and pundits blogging about Cisco business, earnings and share price. The site is useful for business-related discussions about Cisco and is particularly good if readers own shares in Cisco. Seeking Alpha focuses on the opinion and analysis of the investor-writers rather than news written by journalists.

6200NETWORKS.COM

A blog about Cisco product updates, sample configurations, technology explanations and certification assistance, hosted by Joe Harris, CCIE# 6200. It is designed to help engineers prepare for Cisco certification exams and serve as a source for internetworking strategies and advice. Contributors include Cisco certified and industry experts sharing an array of study tools and networking resources designed to assist in solving "real-world" networking problems.

CIPTUG: THE OFFICIAL CISCO IP TELECOMMUNICATIONS USER GROUP

CIPTUG is a forum where beginning and experienced users of Cisco IP telephony products can share experiences, insights, concerns and solutions. The Web site provides members with opportunities to collaborate, participate in conferences, and offers discounts on training and books. The site also allows users to network with Cisco and its partners, and influence product enhancement and direction.

BLINDHOG

This site offers tips and tutorials to users of Cisco and Linux products, including routers, VoIP and VPNs and firewalls. Tutorials are downloadable for a fee. The name, meanwhile, comes from a saying - "Even a blind hog occasionally finds an acorn." Blindhog is intended to offer answers to difficult networking questions through video tutorials -- or acorns.

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