on June 16, 2011
Networking is definately a tell me AND show me endeavor. I love kicking back and watching great video tutorials like this that reinforce all the stuff you pump into your head with the eye-straining book time. Video Mentor is a great product and I have several now, including Wendell Odom's and David Hucaby's Cisco Video Mentor's.
These modules pretty much cover all the main ROUTING objectives you need to grasp for the CCNA or ICND1/2 exam, but many of them go beyond that, covering some topics that are definately in the realm of CCNP.
Great value, good fun, good teacher.
on August 27, 2009
Cisco Routing Video Mentor by Kevin Wallace published by Cisco Press (ISBN-13: 978-1-58720-242-1 / ISBN-10: 1-58720-242-5) covers various routing configuration tasks through 15 instructional videos (also referred to as Lab 1 through Lab 15).
The target audience for this video book is anyone who is interested in understanding how to configure routing protocols on Cisco routers. This video book covers the fundamentals of configuring routing protocols on Cisco routers and as such is appropriate for individuals trying to get their associate or professional Cisco certification.
A printed, one hundred and two (102) page booklet accompanies the DVD. The booklet is also available in PDF format on the DVD. The booklet covers all 15 labs and is consistently formatted. The booklet format for each lab contains 5 sections. The first section describes the objectives of the lab. The second section contains the steps performed in the lab to complete the objectives. The third section contains the initial configuration prior to starting the lab. The fourth section contains the configuration to accomplish the lab objectives. The fifth section is used as a reference to the video presentation of the lab, which contains the lab topology and IOS commands used during the configuration of the lab.
The video is presented well. The video lab format begins with the author discussing the theory behind the lab. During the initial discussion of the theory, a video inset of the author speaking is presented in the upper right hand portion of the display area. The author explains the various configuration commands to accomplish the objectives of the lab. After explaining the theory and the configuration commands to accomplish the lab objectives, the author then configures the various routers in the topology, while simultaneously explaining each configuration command.
The topology used throughout consists of four (4) routers. Routers R1, R2, BB1 (BackBone router #1) and BB2 (BackBone router #2). Router R1 is connected to BB1 and BB2 via a Frame Relay Switch. R1 is also connected to R2 via a direct Fast Ethernet interface.
The author does a tremendous job presenting the content of the video and technically explaining how to configure the various routing protocols. Routing topics covered in this video book include:
RIP Version 1 and RIP Version 2
OSPF (Single Area)
OSPF (Multiple Areas and Frame Relay Nonbroadcast)
OSPF Route Summarization for Interarea and External Routes
Policy Based Routing (PBR)
Route Maps for BGP Path Selection
IPv6 OSPF Routing
Tunneling IPv6 via IPv4
I personally found it most beneficial to read through the booklet first, studying the configurations and then viewing the video. This is a must have resource for those individuals pursuing their CCNA or CCNP.
on August 11, 2009
"Routing Video Mentor" by Kevin Wallace is an excellent product for students, those who want to learn Cisco router configurations taught by an Instructor. The Video mentor is designed for people those who find it easy to learn in classroom like environment compared to self study books.
The biggest advantage of the Video Mentor is that, It can be viewed again and agin till the concepts are clear. It has all the equipment racked and stacked and wired for the Labs. The lectures are in a very easy to understand format, which show actual telnet session to devices, command inputs followed by the device responses.
It is accompanied by a book, which has all the lab scenarios and output from the routers, which can be used for a reference.
It teaches everything starting with static routes, RIP, EIGRP, configuring OSPf in single area, configuring ospf in multiple Non-broadcast area, Multihome BGP, route summarizations etc. The most important being Tunneling IPv6 via IPv4.
There are total 15 labs and each lab is approx. 25-30 minutes long.
This can be an excelent product for folks preparing for CCNP routing exam.
on August 1, 2009
Kevin delivered the presentation clearly with pointing specific troubleshooting issues on each configuration.
The topology selected for routing protocols is very easy to understand for newcomer and an experienced person for review.
Topics such as summarization and no auto summary explained in detail. It should give clear understanding about use cases , when one need to summarise and when one need to configure no summary option in routing protocols EIGRP and RIP v2.
Some confgurations needs special attention ,like virtual link and Summary address in OSPF. Both needs area as one of the variable during configuration. He clearly explained that virtual link uses crossing area between back bone and other area, summarization uses the area where its routes exists. This will helps every one for their configuration and troubleshooting.
The Seed metric concept explained in detail in route redistribution topics.
Advantages of PIM sparse mode over dense mode explained in detail. Simulation with A PC helps easy for understanding a client, instead of using an interface.
To some, understanding routing algorithms can be daunting. This book and DVD attempt to take much of the pain out of learning the subject. It should appeal to those readers who are able to better learn from a "live" teacher, rather than from just a book. The videos are short; for the most part around 25 minutes. Think of each perhaps as half a classroom lecture, which may aid your assimilation of the content.
Also, another attraction is the cheap price, compared to the cost of attending a series of live lectures.
The material should not be that hard. The algorithms that are explained, including OSPF and IS-IS routing, are done so at a level that focuses on the concepts. You do have to get used to seeing Internet nodes described just by raw IP. Unlike most other contexts of using the Internet, when it comes to routing, domain names are not used much. They are at a higher level of labelling. Fundamentally, the algorithms are not too hard, in part because they have to be implemented as quickly as possible.
As far as the accompanying book goes, it is minimal. The bulk of the material is in the DVD. You may well find that you need another Cisco book for more substantial exposition, once you've understood the videos.