I started studying for the CCNA exam in early September, and I just completed chapter 14, which means that I have read all of the material for the first exam and the Cisco Certified Entry Network Technician certification.
I scheduled the exam in the first week of December, so I only have about three weeks remaining to polish up all of my skills for the exam. I know that sounds like a lot of time, but this exam covers a crazy amount of material. Chapters 1-14 in the book were a total of 611 pages, most of it describing really obscure CLI commands. It’s a big book, and it will probably be the hardest certification that I have attempted so far. Do to some things happening at work there is a lot of pressure (mostly from myself) to pass this exam.
So whats next? Well I will be hopefully studying like crazy for the next three weeks, and then will either pass or fail the exam at the beginning of December. If I pass I will probably take a couple weeks off of studying, and then start working on chapters 15-21 for the CCNA exam. After that, who knows. If I am successful in switching careers from Windows server support to networking I will probably start working on a Juniper cert. Otherwise it might be time to start working on the Linux+ cert again.