said by rolande:
Unfortunately this is true of pretty much all the certifications. The certifications are more about understanding the technology and what it does and not about best practice network design and ways in which to implement specific platforms in specific scenarios
and i understand this. however, most people work on their professional and expert level certs while working in industry. the not only have the academic knowledge that the certs provide, but they have an understanding of "real life" as well.
the ccna is more of a "marketability" cert, often the entry level that gets you your first job as a network admin. as such, i feel that you should hit the ground running with an idea of what *should* go on in the network and how poor choices in initial deployment can lead to bad things down the road - hence the original topic of this post.
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