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Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) guru Thomas M. Thomas II strikes again with his OSPF Network Design Solutions. This book's three sections--"Contemporary Intranets," "OSPF Routing & Network Design," and "OSPF Implementation, Troubleshooting, & Management"--amply cover any OSPF base you can imagine. In addition, each chapter ends with at least one case study and a list of FAQs--a particularly nice touch.

Always careful to lay the proper groundwork, Thomas first covers networking foundations, including relatively recent developments such as intranets. From there he launches into an explanation of not only routing protocol fundamentals but also methods that will enable you to determine which protocols are appropriate for your particular environment. If at that point you have discerned that OSPF is indeed what you need, you can march on to the second and third sections, which hone in on implementation specifics.

The second section opens with a chapter dedicated to OSPF, complete with the protocol's history and Request for Comments (RFC). The remaining pages are taken up by configuration commands and tips. The last part of the book is reserved for highly advanced topics, including network design, security, and management. Though definitely aimed at those well versed in basic networking, OSPF Network Design Solution has the flexibility to grow with you as your level of OSPF knowledge and familiarity increase.--Sarah L. Roberts-Witt

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A practical handbook for OSPF network design and deployment.Learn the most effective OSPF network design and deployment solutionsMaster OSPF routing and network design issues such as OSPF convergence, area design, route selection, and VLSMEnsure network management and security through coverage of SNMP, MIBs, and OSPF's inherent security featuresUse system logging and debugging commands to monitor and troubleshoot your networkAnticipate solutions to network growth with knowledge of router CPU utilization, OSPF Internet connections, route summarization, router additions, and network expansion with VLSMOSPF Network Design Solutions presents a detailed, applied look into the workings of the popular Open Shortest Path First protocol, demonstrating how to dramatically increase network performance, security, and the ease with which large-scale networks are maintained. The opening chapters cover network foundations and network protocol selection. Subsequent chapters quickly delve into the details of OSPF routing and network design. Advanced design concepts are also covered. Later chapters focus on implementation and troubleshooting issues, network design methodology, and configuration details for different network types and area parameters. Finally, you will learn about some established and experimental techniques designed to contend with network growth. Practical case studies support concepts presented throughout the book.
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Product Details

  • Series: Cisco Press Design and Implementation Series
  • Textbook Binding: 800 pages
  • Publisher: Cisco Press; 1st edition (October 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578700469
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578700462
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 7.7 x 2.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,921,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Tom, holds the premier industry certification Cisco Certified Internetworking Expert (CCIE #9360) in Routing & Switching as well as his Certified Cisco Systems Instructor (CCSI #21702), CCSP, CCNP, CCDA, & CCNA certifications and is proud to say he never works since he loves what he does so much.

Customer Reviews

Also a very good reference book.
Aaron
It has good explanation of all OSPF parameters that cisco has implemented in the IOS and the examples show the actual configuration as well.
Jeremy
If you really want to understand how OSPF works, or HOW to make it work, this is a good reference or study-guide.
C. J. Haas

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 1, 1999
Format: Textbook Binding
Let me first commend the author of this book for a thorough explanation of OSPF. However, I do have a few qualms with the book, especially in the area of the organization of the content of the book. The author jumps one subject to another, and usually without a decent transition, or without a logical link between subjects. (Example: the author discusses the different types of OSPF routers before discussing autonomous systems and areas within an OSPF autonomous system, then proceeds to discuss the concept of hierarchical routing.) Another qualm: the beginning of this book provides an introduction to networking that is composed of a smattering of basic to advanced networking concepts, all arranged in no particular logical order. Anyone interested in designing an OSPF network should already have a firm grasp of networking (and especially of the OSI Refernce Model, which the author spends numerous pages explaining). Just be prepared to skim over the first 100 pages (or so) of the book, as it deals with topics any network engineer should be painfully familiar with. However, the information at the heart of this book is comprehensive and well-worth the read. The author covers the details of OSPF functionality quite carefully, and also provides detailed guidelines for implementing OSPF.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 5, 1999
Format: Textbook Binding
A well laid out book that takes the reader through OSPF. This book is not the "definative" OSPF guide, as the book is not detailed enough to warrant this recognision. It does not address some of the "querky" OSPF design issues.
The book focuses on Sam Halabi's Design Guide that is still the most informative document produced on OSPF configuration guidelines. The author acknowledges this and adds some "value added" with the latest Cisco features. Although the book is a hefty 800 pages, the technical content does not justify this.
As a text book goes, and not free reference material, this may in fact be the best OSPF book on the market. This reflects the quality and quantity of reference material available for this subject !
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mike Diehn on January 19, 2001
Format: Textbook Binding
Oddly enough, I like this book. Odd because, usually, when a book is so poorly edited and contains so many contradictions and errors, I just plain don't like it. Even though I do like it, I don't trust it completely.
I purchased it orginally as a reference about eight months ago and only recently set out to read it carefully from cover to cover. When I did, I discovered that quite often, the text and accompanying diagrams disagree. Values listed in tables for IP address ranges in A, B, C, D and E class networks disagree with the authors text. At one point, the author references a table showing differences between feature-set differences between RIP, IS-IS and OSPF. When I looked at the table, I discovered that every entry in the table said "Yes," indicating that there were *no* differences. Why include the table? A diagram intended to show a chronological sequence of events has no sequencing information whatsoever. In fact, the diagram added nothing of value to the discussion.
Besides disagreements between text and accompanying tables and and diagrams, there are many errors of grammar that confuse the points the author is trying to make, to the degree that I wasn't able to understand what I'd just read, re-read and read yet again.
At one point, I stoped reading in disbelief that any editor could have allowed this book into print. I checked the flyleaf and found no fewer than eleven editors listed. Amazing. Eleven people listed as various kinds of editors and not one of them caught the errors.
This book reads fairly well; I've learned quite a bit from the author so far (I'm only into chapter four) and, oddly enough, I'm enjoying it in spite of the problems. However, I have to say this looks far more like a rough draft...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 19, 1999
Format: Textbook Binding
After reading this book i was very disapointed in the lack of technical information on the protocol. I was hoping for an indepth discussion on the packet formats and information on some of the less documented design issues with OSPF networks. If you are serious about learning this protocol then the RFC, Halabis guide, and Jeff Doyles Routing TCP/IP V1, are the only sources of information that hit the spot. To sum up : This book might have a place for mangement that would like a high level view of the protocol, but CCIE's or students studying towards CCIE will find this book very disapointing.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 19, 1999
Format: Textbook Binding
This is the best book I've read about OSPF. The book takes a reader from basic OSPF concepts to in-depth design as well as troubleshooting techniques. The book is easy to read and flows in very logical manner. The author tries to highlight all the detailed information that you need to know about OSPF in a systematic way. It's a must read if you want a solid understanding of OSPF.
Nowadays, you cannot totally trust the book review from Amazon because there are a lot of biased comments out there. Hardly you can determine whether it is a good book or not. Of course, each individual might has different expectation. A book is good to a lot of readers may not be a good one to certain people. Luckily, I did not waste my money! Thanks to those who gave unbiased comments to this book.
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