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ISBN-10: 1587050021
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Prepare for CCIP certification as you learn to design and deploy MPLS-based VPNs


* Assists in preparation for the CCIP MPLS elective exam with detailed technology coverage and review questions
* Offers in-depth analysis of MPLS architecture
* Helps you learn how MPLS scales to support tens of thousands of virtual private networks (VPNs)
* Provides extensive case studies that guide you through the design and deployment of real-world MPLS/VPN networks
* Presents configuration examples and guidelines that assist you in configuring MPLS on Cisco devices
* Provides design and implementation options that help you build various VPN topologies

Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) is an innovative technique for high-performance packet forwarding. The most widely deployed usage of MPLS today is the enabling of VPNs. With the introduction of MPLS-enabled VPNs, network designers can better scale their networks than ever before.

MPLS and VPN Architectures, CCIP Edition, is a practical guide to understanding, designing, and deploying MPLS-based VPNs. This book covers MPLS theory and configuration, network design issues, and one major MPLS application: MPLS-based VPNs. The MPLS/VPN architecture and all its mechanisms are explained with configuration examples, suggested design and deployment guidelines, and extensive case studies.

This book has been revised from the first edition to include coverage of the CCIP MPLS elective exam. New chapters cover MPLS troubleshooting and MPLS/VPN troubleshooting; self-assessment questions at the end of each chapter help you prepare for the CCIP MPLS elective exam. CCIP candidates choosing to follow the MPLS elective will find this book to be a valuable self-study component in their exam preparation.

MPLS and VPN Architectures, CCIP Edition, is part of a recommended learning path from Cisco Systems that can include simulation and hands-on training from authorized Cisco Learning Partners and self-study products from Cisco Press. To find out more about instructor-led training, e-learning, and hands-on instruction offered by authorized Cisco Learning Partners worldwide, please visit cisco/go/authorizedtraining. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Ivan Pepelnjak, CCIE #1354, is the Executive Director of the technical division at NIL, Cisco's gold partner, training partner, and professional services provider. Ivan has more than 10 years of experience in designing, installing, troubleshooting, and operating large corporate and service provider networks, many of them based on the EIGRP routing protocol. He is also the creator of several advanced IP routing protocol courses, including the advanced EIGRP configuration and troubleshooting course that is offered by Cisco and NIL to their European customers.

Jim Guichard, CCIE #2069, is a Network Design Consultant at Cisco Systems who has extensive experience with designing, migrating, and deploying large-scale IP networks. Jim has used his practical knowledge to assist many of Cisco's largest customers with their network rollouts. He has worked closely with Cisco development and has spent much time researching and testing MPLS-VPN functionality, both within the lab environment and within multiple customer deployments throughout Europe.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Cisco Press (October 31, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587050021
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587050022
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,092,614 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Khaled Abu El Enain on February 1, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I read this book in preparation for my Cisco MPLS exam, on my way to becoming a CCIP. I bought the 2 volumes. After reading the first one, I decided not to go ahead with the second. I work for a giant service provider, which is a fortune 500 company as well. I specifically work at the core network level. The core network transitioning from legacy SDH towards a pure IP/MPLS solution meant for me a fundamental understanding of MPLS.
First of all, never throughout the book did I understand what exactly was the problem that MPLS was aimed at solving. The words are there and you will read them 3 or 4 times. But nothing will sink in.
Configuration examples are there alright, but there was no clear, separate explanation of each and every component of the architecture. When and where do we use MP-BGP, where do we redistribute which protocol, and so forth. You will have to do a lot of figuring out on your own, which will certainly mean a lot of guessing. And that is NOT why I bought a book on MPLS and VPNs :-)
This is not a book written in a style which assumes that you know nothing about the subject. On the contrary, it is so complicated that I think you need to know everything beforehand, and this book is only for reference ! This is certainly NOT a book for MPLS dummies (like myself).
The above conclusions I arrived at after I read one specific resource. Try to read the Cisco authorized course material, which is simply the instructor projector slides printed on paper, and a little explanation under it. Forget about the exam for a little while. For whoever is interested in REALLY understanding MPLS, and really understanding where each protocol goes, and the where and how and why of almost anything related to MPLS and VPNs, read that resource. Then compare it to this book. You will get my point.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Darryl on January 3, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is a very useful reference book that had enough details for almost anybody. With the informaiton provided you can design, implement, and deploy MPLS-VPNs in a short timeframe. In addition, there are several good overviews for new MPLSers. Job very well done!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Xueyan Liu on November 11, 2005
Format: Hardcover
If you are looking for a clearly written book on mpls and vpn, don't buy this one. You probably will get much useful information from cisco's website.

The book is carried in a confusing way and the authors can't present clearly what problem they're trying to solve, or the logics behind the solutions. Most parts of the books is words piled up together without much meaning or logic.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Hao Zhong on September 29, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Ivan and Jim did a splendid job. I haven't read such a well-written book in a long time. It is perfect for not only the people who are looking for a thorough understanding of MPLS, but also the begginers who know nothing about it. All the concepts are explained in great detail, and the language is so smooth, it makes the reading an enjoyment. Since the book is mainly focused on MPLS, you will need a good understanding of how BGP works before start reading this book (such as BGP synchronization and how to get aroung it). I am sure you will like this book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Francisco Samuel Bonete Sa on November 5, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Today I have done my 642-611 MPLS Exam. Before that, I studied the MPLS and VPN architectures. Latter, I decided to buy also the CCIP edition to study any new topic not covered by the previous edition. What have been my surprise when taking the exam and seeing several topics not covered by the CCIP edition (as EIGRP, detailed description of the LDP/TDP protocol operation and so on). I think that the way in what that book has been written, is quite confused. It is not a good starting book for the MPLS and VPN topic. I am aware that the book covers in depth several topics not related with the exam (no question at all about RR and Confederation, inter AS routing and so on) that are quite good when working with MPLS/VPN technology, but I must say that the book is not as good when trying to prepare your CCIP exam.

Any case, I have passed the exam thanks to this book so it, at the end, it has been good enough. Also, I think that is the unique Cisco Press book that covers MOST (but not all) the exam topics.

For all that, only three starts. Over the base of five, one less for not cover all the topics, and another less for being quite confuse for non initiated on the topic.

Samuel Bonete.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By John Willis on November 8, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I have been looking for a good book on MPLS. This book covers Frame-mode VPNs in great detail. I have read this book repeatedly and have absorbed a great deal on Frame based MPLS VPNs. The examples presented are succinct and to the point.
The discussion on Internet connectivity to MPLS VPNs is also presented very well. I would encourage the authors to discuss hybrid IPsec and MPLS VPNs and ATM VPNs in the next edition.
All in all, a well written book.
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13 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 24, 2001
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An excellent presentation of the theoretical and practical aspects of MPLS and MPLS VPNs. The authors examine the mechanics of MPLS and they present numerous topologies and configurations for designing and implementing MPLS VPNs. This book is a must for anyone involved with deploying MPLS VPNs.
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