Most helpful critical review
A great resource - but use with MUCH caution!
on February 2, 2006
CiscoPress's "CCIE Practical Studies - Volume 1" by Solie is a difficult book to assess. On one hand, the book does an excellent job at covering half of the topics that you will see on the CCIE lab at the time of the book's printing. On the other hand, the book is riddled with errors. Every page, almost every config needs to be examined, reexamined and then, perhaps, discussed on GroupStudy to verify. It is hard to trust such a book but at the same time impossible to ignore.
Some of the typos/editorial mistakes are:
* Page 344 - For Cisco LMI " LMI status information is sent on DLCI 0." Not true - Cisco LMI is sent on 1023. And then the opposite with ANSI LMI right below Cisco LMI.
* Page 518 - 2nd paragraph - "...snapshot routing can be used only with link-state protocols..." Not true - snapshot routing is used only with distance-vector protocols (like RIP).
* Page 705 - 1st line - "For autosummarization to work properly, discontinuous subnets..." I believe the proper term is discontiguous.
* Page 776 - When discussing what must match for an OSPF neighbor relationship to form, the book is missing that the stub area flag and MTU must also match.
* Between 937 & 939 - completely ignore how they document NetBios and SNAP SAPs. This error is repeated throughout the book but can be verified on Cisco's website.
And so on... But have written this, I will be surprised if many CCIE candidates don't have this book on their shelf. Chapter 2, on LAN protocols is very good (and not document elsewhere). Also, the chapter on ISDN is both of use in the lab and a good tool to use in the real world.
I give this book 3 pings out of 5: