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CCIE Resource Library - 2000 Edition (2nd Edition) Hardcover – November 24, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-0130876959 ISBN-10: 013087695X Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 2000 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR; 2 edition (November 24, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 013087695X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0130876959
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 7.6 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,432,665 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews Review

While not exactly a boxed set meant for either straight shelfware reference nor a clear path to certification, the CCIE Resource Library offers more information per pound than just about any other boxed set out there. However, candidates who haven't passed all of the Cisco second-tier exams are likely to be eaten alive by the dense and unforgiving material presented here.

Cisco Certification is the largest and best book in this three-pack, although it's distinctly not a beginner book--and it may even go above the heads of many intermediate CCIE candidates. The book has been written as a preparation guide for the nefariously tough two-day CCIE lab, and it shows in the methodology. Rather than giving generic advice and tutorials, author Andrew Caslow states that he wants to get you to the point where you can look at a broken system and see instantly where the flaws lie. As such, the chapters are tersely written with not a word wasted, each sentence barreling onward toward the uncompromisingly complex problem-solving exercises at the end of each chapter. If paragraphs like, "In fact, a DLSw session terminates both source-route bridge RIFs and LLC2 sessions at both ends of the DLSw connection. A DLSw peer will also terminate LLC2 traffic that traverses directly connected Ethernet, FDDI, X.25 and SDLC networks" don't scare you, this is the book for you.

Keep in mind, however, that if you skip over so much as a single concept, your understanding of the rest of the chapter may fall apart like a house of cards-- this book has been designed for minimal space and maximum information, i.e., nothing is repeated. But careful and diligent reading will get you thoroughly prepared for the toughest test in the Cisco stable. The exercises are taken from real-life networks and involve all aspects of networking--and the eventual goal of spotting problems quickly and efficiently is never forgotten--a definite strength.

As comprehensive as Cisco Certification, Routing in the Internet is a deep but somewhat dull book (even by computer standards) that rewards persistence. The book is authoritative, and a thorough reading will give you an in-depth understanding of the major routing protocols that will stand you head and shoulders above the rest of the field. But the book is extremely academic, written in textbook form, and most of Routing deals with theory, not hands-on experience. However, there are a lot of theories and potential situations covered, and the packet-level concepts are critical to developing a CCIE's troubleshooting capabilities, making it a must-read for the CCIE candidate.

ATM, Volume III: Internetworking with ATM is similarly content-rich, but it's also the weakest in the set. Packed with many simple yet effective diagrams and a text that relies heavily on said drawings, Volume III is another book that's not for the novice or even an intermediate networking student, and it deals with how ATM interacts with various protocols and topologies in a truly networked environment. While a valuable read, one questions whether a better book couldn't have been placed in this slot.

A $35 savings from buying all of these books separately, the books here seem slightly odd choices--Cisco Certification is geared toward lab preparation, while ATM and Routing are meant to be shelf references, to be read once and then pulled down when you need them. Neither fish nor fowl, it's not a bad investment for the CCIE candidate or the CCIE needing reference... but more books will be needed to flesh out either side. --William Steinmetz

From the Back Cover

A three-book set containing:

Cisco Certification: Bridges, Routers & Switches for CCIEs
by Andrew Bruce Caslow

  • The Bestselling CCIE
    Prep Guide and on the Job Reference! This guide is designed to dramatically improve your odds of passing the CCIE exam through use of proven test preparation techniques, including internetwork "issue spotting," troubleshooting, and analysis skills. Learn major test taking strategies. By categorizing and ordering internetworking topics, you will build a systematic study scheme. The hands-on format covers step-by-step configuration issues, expert use of Cisco IOS Show commands, and detailed analysis of Cisco IOS debugging tools. After using this book to prepare for the exam, you will treasure it as a comprehensive reference for both technical reference and problem solving.

Routing in the Internet-NEW SECOND EDITION!
by Christian Huitema

  • The Classic Book on Internet
    Routing Fully Updated! Written by the former Chair of the Internet Architecture Board (IAB), this book presents all the latest advances in Internet routing--so crucial to the Cisco networking professional. Topics covered include: principles of Internet architecture, RIP, OSPF, EGP, BGP, CIDR, and policy routing. Advanced topics such as IP multicasting, resource reservation, mobile IP, and IPv6, the next generation IP protocol, are also covered.

ATM, Volume III: Internetworking with ATM
BY Uyless Black

  • Learn How ATM Supports Efficient Internetworking!
    This is the definitive guide to this crucial topic by widely respected communications specialist and bestselling author, Uyless Black, who is known for straight talk about complex technologies. Topics covered include: Multiprotocol Over ATM, Classical IP Over ATM, Frame Relay and ATM, and LANE (local area network emulation).

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Ruslan Moskalenko on July 29, 2000
It was hard to choose how many stars this library worths. It includes 3 completly different books. The Caslow book is absolutly perfect. It's a very good tutorial, probably the best I know. I passed real written test and even I couldn't find answers to some questions from the test in this book, if you want to read just one book and get the maximum information - that's it! You might be not able to answer all questions, but I believe it gives you enough information to pass.
But two other books are completly different. First of all, they are not about cisco. It's just a general theory, a lot of packet structure diagrams and protocol description. Language sometimes is very dull and dry. Many topics, especially in the ATM book are beyond the scope of CCIE exam. Routing book contains a lot of interesting information about routing history, current problems and possible ways of future improvements. Probably, these books are interested to some readers, but it's not the best choice for CCIE preparation.
I put 4 stars just because Caslow book is so good that it makes whole library useful too. But I'd strongly recommend to buy this one book only and spend the rest of money to some other tutorials.
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4 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Michael J Woznicki HALL OF FAME on November 30, 2000
One of the toughest, if not the toughest certification to get is CCIE. That's why it's very important to make sure that the books you use are the best out there. Prentice Hall has put together the only CCIE Library I have seen.
In book 1 of the 3 - ATM Volume III - the entire world of ATM is taken apart and dissected for you. Encapsulation, frame relay, DXI and FNNI, LNNI and ARP, multiprotocols over ATM are but a few of the topics discussed in great detail. In the second book - Routing in the Internet 2nd Edition - the book is broken down into 4 parts. Part1 discusses IP and associated protocols including IP V.6. Part 2 takes a look at the interior routing protocols like RIP and OSPF, it does breakdown both RRIP1 and RIP2.
Part 3 is the exterior protocols like BGP and CIDR. Finally in part 4 you have explanations of new developments in multicasting and mobile hosting. The book is well written and well documented and the author really gives a complete look at the internet and how routing is used.
The final book - Cisco Certification - Bridges, Routers and Switches for CCIE is written by Andrew Bruce Caslow a CCIE himself. Caslow has written several other book on the CCNA certification and as with the other books this is an excellent reference manual.
The advanced routing techniques like ISDN and DDR as well as excellent coverage of the Catalyst 5000 switch are some the topics Caslow goes over is this book. Caslow also sheds light on ATM and extensive detail on IP Addressing and routing.
Protocols like RIP, IGRP, EIRGP and OSPF as with non-IP routing protocols AppleTalk, DECNET and IPX are broken down for you. Caslow's knowledge of bridging, which includes source route, transparent and translation is nothing short of tremendous.
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4 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 12, 2000
If you prepare for CCIE written test, buy Ccie Resource Library. This 3 volume set will gain your knowledge and experience about internetworking skills. Full of some very usefull case studies, network design, etc. No matter where you are in your progress towards the exam, this book is a worthwhile addition to your Cisco library.
The entire book contains output from numerous working configurations. These examples confirm that the authors did not just throw together another theory book, but have taken the time and effort to create scenarios that can be recreated by the reader. A CD accompanies the book, and contains complete configurations so that the reader can copy and paste them into home lab hardware.
In short, this book is one of the most interesting books concerning certification topics. After you read these 3 set books, I guarantee you pass the CCIE written test. Buy it, and plan to stay up late the night of your purchase. You won't be disappointed.
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