Honored to join in the CCNA Security fellowship. Test was rather easy, being an NetAcad student did surely help. The only slightly strange thing was the SDM simulator which is like a couple of images that have only certain zones (as in buttons) active, so one needs to know exactly where to look for a specific information (like where IKE policies are, interesting traffic, and so on). Knowing just the theory and the CLI is not enough so make sure you're practicing enough with SDM, and if is possible with ACS, too.
ROUTE done, SWITCH done, TSHOOT is next so we get this CCNP sorted as well.
Thanks for the replies, and thanks to the whole CLN community, to everyone that takes a few minutes (or more) to respond to questions and give free advice. Social learning is really a great thing, and I'm glad that Cisco is fully supporting it.
I'm not aware of any simulator for SDM, however, you should be able to download it from CCO website. You'll find it under the name of Cisco Configuration Professional (version 2.5). You can use it either in conjunction with a physical router or with GNS3.
GNS3 and SDM will work; you need PC with old java version like 18.104.22.168 or 6.13;
CCP works on new Java but not SDM.
SDM and CCP software are still FREE
Congrats Christian, glad to hear it was easy for you. As for your next test (TSHOOT), if you passed ROUTE and SWITCH without an issue I think you'll have no problem with it - in fact you may even find it enjoyable (I did!). Good luck my friend, hopefully I will be joining you soon on the NA-Security bandwagon.