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Best Simulator for Cert Prep...but...
on May 4, 2012
Nothing really drives home the information like doing it - either on real gear of in a simulator. Trying to test without one of those two greatly reduces your odds of passing. I had an opportunity to try several of the simulators out there - PacketTracer, Boson, and a couple others. PT and real gear have the drawback of you having to create the network first to being learning - not a bad thing if you want the extra practice. What I like about this sim and the Boson sim is that when you select a lab the environment pops up, pre-built and all you do is the specific task. I preferred this sim's environment to that of the Boson (v8) sim and there were more labs. If you complete every lab in this product you will be well prepared for anything thrown at you.
That said...there is one drawback to this product that I hope the author takes to heart. When you select a lab the environment is presented and in a separate window a PDF worksheet for the specific lab pops up. However, the lab instructions tell you what to do, step by step. Having been through Microsoft, Novell and other training classes that use a similar approach you find yourself relying on the instructions and "zoning out" becoming a human Xerox. This approach if poorly thought out. Each lab should have an initial page that states the tasks you must complete. Period. Nothing more. Then the following pages can give you the step by step and explanations that are there now. To truly learn you need to be given a task without assistance and attempt to complete it. That way, even if you need to refer to the step by step instructions, your mind is focused on the material. Make that change and it's a 5 star product.