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Juniper JNCIA

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Inspired by the ICT Networks Junos start program training I went to a couple of weeks back I decided to take a look into the Juniper certification tracks and as part of this I sat and passed the JNCIA-Junos exam yesterday. For those not familiar with the Juniper certification paths the JNCIA is the prerequisite for all certification tracks , similar to what the CCNA used to be on the Cisco side of the house. For study materials I used the free PDF from the Juniper Fast track program and as I worked through these I realised that the free ICT Network Junos start program was a pretty good introduction course for this exam too.

Another bonus of the fast track program is the ability to get a 50% discount voucher for the JNCIA exam just by getting a score of 70% or more on the pre assessment exam, which is available once you log into the fast track website. This brought the exam cost down to only $50US , which after sitting many reassuringly expensive Cisco exams was a nice little bonus.

My goal is the Cisco service provider track but I like what I see from Juniper and I am starting to think it will be beneficial to go down the service provider road with Juniper as well, It also doesn’t hurt that Juniper are quite big in the carrier routing space so I can only see experience on both Cisco and Juniper platforms as a plus. Even with SDN gaining more traction in the industry I think there will always be a need for skilled engineers with a deep understanding of how protocols work, which in my mind is the biggest benefit of vendor certification…plus its also nice sometimes to get a little recognition in the form of a certificate/industry credential to show for it too.

The testing centre was average as usual, the machine took around 10 mins to finally start up the exam and once I finished no score report was printed, even the staff were pretty clueless why this was. I was a little concerned that I might have wasted 50 bucks as it seemed (according to the Pearson Vue website) like I had not attended the appointment, but later on that night the website updated showing the exam had been passed as well as the score report.

The JNCIA exam itself is not too challenging and should be pretty easy if you have some networking knowledge already (CCNA for example) and have read through the fast track PDFs. I wouldn’t say that hands on experience with Juniper gear is a necessity however the vSRX Firefly trial VM is freely available for download and it is very easy to spin up a few VMware instances (or even just one) to explore the cli commands. In terms of difficulty I have read that the Cisco comparison exam is around the CCENT level of but its been so long since I sat that it’s hard for me to gauge so I can’t really compare the two.

While working thorough the training materials I found that there are quite a few nice features in the Junos cli that I liked and thought were pretty interesting. I am putting together a list of useful commands as I find them so that might become a blog post one day.

Overall this was a nice little intro to Junos and I am looking forward to firing up my virtual server and getting into the JNCIS-SP track.  For anyone looking for some more info on Juniper certification or training check out the links below:

Juniper Fast Track Portal
Juniper Certification Tracks
vSRX Trial Download
ICT Networks Junos Start Program

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ICT Networks – Junos Start Program

Last week I attended the Junos start program training course which is a one day free training session run here in Sydney by ICT Networks.  This is a Juniper funded day of training intended to give Cisco engineers an overview of the Junos operating system.

This course has been running for around 2 years now I would guess, the instructor Paul mentioned he had been delivering the course for around 16 months, he is also an engineer (JNCIE SP) not an instructor as he pointed out.   He was very knowledgable and did a very good job delivering the material and explaining all the concepts and answering any questions we could come up with as well as engaging with all the students.

The course was held at Christies offices and conference centre in North Sydney, close to the train station (approximately a 4 min walk) with tea and coffee provided on the day.

The course runs from 9am to 5pm, it was a good basic introduction to the Junos operating system touching on the hardware naming convention, features of the Junos OS like command rollback and basic routing along with IOS to Junos comparisons.  The great thing about this course is that is is NOT all slide ware either, there is a good mix of theory and hands on labs during the day.  You are also provided two workbooks one containing all the labs for the day and the other containing the courseware (slides) with some explanation paragraphs on the slide pages also.

This course was a really good intro to Junos, it won’t teach you everything you ever wanted to know about Junos and Juniper products but if you have never used Junos before it is quite different in some ways to IOS and can be a bit daunting.  The fact that the course material is provided and you can take this home with you adds to what is already a pretty sweet deal.

I would defiantly recommend this training course to anyone who wants to check out Juniper and Junos OS but does not really have a good idea where to begin.

For more info check out the link here: Junos Start Program

 

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