(appologies to the fine men at Monty Python for today's title)
And now for something completely different...
Microsoft and Cisco are worlds apart, when it comes to their training and testing outlook. Oh, sure you have the same vague questions. As one student put it, instead of asking "From which direction does the sun rise?", Cisco will say "You are in Oakland facing the Golden Gate bridge. You feel something warm on your back. What is it?"
But overall you are using less technology (just hubs, routers and switches, and really just routers and switches) to do a very focused set of tasks (get data from here to there).
That doesn't mean it's easy, and it certainly doesn't mean it's within my range of experience. All the different, competing and completely valid standards for cable, transmission, connection, encapsulation. Stop the network, I think I'm going to be sick.