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CCNP SWITCH 642-813 Official Certification Guide (Official Cert Guide) 1st Edition

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Official Certification Guide


David Hucaby, CCIE® No. 4594


CCNP SWITCH Exam Preparation


  • Master the CCNP® SWITCH 642-813 exam with this official study guide
  • Assess your knowledge with chapter-opening quizzes
  • Review key concepts with Exam Preparation Tasks
  • Practice with realistic exam questions on the CD-ROM


CCNP SWITCH 642-813 Official Certification Guideis a best-of-breed Cisco® exam study guide that focuses specifically on the objectives for the CCNP® SWITCH exam. Network architect and best-selling author Dave Hucaby shares preparation hints and test-taking tips, helping you identify areas of weakness and improve both your conceptual knowledge and hands-on skills. Material is presented in a concise manner, focusing on increasing your understanding and retention of exam topics.


CCNP SWITCH 642-813 Official Certification Guidepresents you with an organized test preparation routine through the use of proven series elements and techniques. “Do I Know This Already? quizzes open each chapter and allow you to decide how much time you need to spend on each section. The complete exam topic list makes referencing easy. Chapter-ending Exam Preparation Tasks sections help drill you on key concepts and commands you must know thoroughly. 


The companion CD-ROM contains a powerful testing engine that enables you to focus on individual topic areas or take complete, timed exams. The assessment engine also tracks your performance and provides feedback on a topic-by-topic basis, laying out a complete study plan for review.


Well regarded for its level of detail, assessment features, and challenging review questions and exercises, this official study guide helps you master the concepts and techniques that will enable you to succeed on the exam the first time.


CCNP SWITCH 642-813 Official Certification Guideis part of a recommended learning path from Cisco that includes 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


This official study guide helps you master all the topics on the CCNP SWITCH exam, including

  • Network design, implementation, and verification plans
  • Switch operation and port configuration
  • VLANs, trunks, and VLAN Trunking Protocol (VTP)
  • Aggregating switch links
  • Spanning Tree Protocol (STP)
  • Multilayer switching
  • Enterprise campus network design
  • Router and supervisor redundancy
  • IP telephony
  • Wireless LANs
  • Switched network security


This volume is part of the Official Certification Guide Series from Cisco Press. Books in this series provide officially developed exam preparation materials that offer assessment, review, and practice to help Cisco Career Certification candidates identify weaknesses, concentrate their study efforts, and enhance their confidence as exam day nears.


Category: Cisco Press—Cisco Certification

Covers: CCNP SWITCH exam 642-813


About the Author

David Hucaby, CCIE No. 4594, is a lead network engineer for the University of Kentucky, where he works with healthcare networks based on the Cisco Catalyst, ASA, FWSM, and VPN product lines. David has a Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Kentucky. He is the author of several Cisco Press titles, including Cisco ASA, PIX, and FWSM Firewall Handbook, Second Edition; Cisco Firewall Video Mentor; and Cisco LAN Switching Video Mentor.


David lives in Kentucky with his wife, Marci, and two daughters.



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Product Details

  • Series: Official Cert Guide
  • Hardcover: 504 pages
  • Publisher: Cisco Press; 1 edition (February 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587202433
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587202438
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 1.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #362,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Daniel J. Allen on August 25, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I just took and failed the new 642-813 exam primarily based on study with this book, a lot of lab work with actual Cisco equipment and practice exams, including the exam on the CD in the book and the Ex-Sim Max exams (which "guarantee" you'll pass the test if you can pass them). In the past, for other Cisco tests, I've found the Official Certification Guides to be very comprehensive and provide almost more material than you need to past the tests. However this guide is not a good representation of what's on the test (or practice exams) and vice versa. I went into the test feeling extremely confident and ended up guessing on many questions and the simulation questions where much more difficult than those found on the BCMSN test. I'm an MCSE, CCNA and ITIL certified IT professional who has been working in this field for over 15 years, and I've never felt so prepared for a test and then performed so poorly on the actual exam. I'm not saying don't buy this book, I'm just saying do NOT depend on it to give you the material you need to pass the exam. This should NOT be the Cisco Official Exam Certification Guide.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Donald Stogsdill on August 23, 2010
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Dave Hucaby is a great writer and has done a tremendous job explaining the material in the book, however, this book alone will not prepare you for the exam. There are topics missing from the book, which you can find at Dave's blog at [...] or at the cisco press website here [...] located under the download link.

You can check out the blog posts at the url below for more information

The bottom line is Cisco did a lousy job writing the Switch exam and didn't match the exam to the topics or verbiage covered in the book. I have been told that if you study for the ROUTE exam first you have a better chance of passing the switch exam since some of the material is redundant. Many of these issues are being reported to Cisco so it's only a matter of time before they change some of the exam questions to better match the book.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By D'Marc Russell on August 6, 2011
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This is a good book, with good information, but it's not enough to pass the SWITCH exam. If you can manage to pass SWITCH and then move on to studying TSHOOT, you will quickly see that much of the material for the SWITCH exam is covered in the TSHOOT guide. It's as if you need to read both SWITCH and TSHOOT certification guides to study for the SWITCH exam, ... which might not be the worst thing, since you'll have to study both anwyay.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Brad Johnson on May 14, 2010
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I studied out of this book to prepare myself for the 642-813 exam, but when I went to take the exam I found that much of what the exam focuses on is not included in the book or is just lightly touched upon. All in all it has some great information for configuring and troubleshooting a network, but if you are looking for a study aide for the test I would look somewhere else.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K. Halla on October 12, 2012
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This book can get a bad rap for multiple reasons. The first several prints of this book left out critical information that was needed to pass the exam such as SNMP, Syslog and IP SLA all of which can now be found in the back of the latest print (6th) under the Appendix. This additional information can also be found on Dave Hucaby's blog. So with the updated book, is it enough to pass the switch exam? In my opinion, no it does not. While the book has essential information for understanding switch technology, it does not contain all the information you will need to pass the exam. Several key areas in which is lacks more in-depth information includes Networking Planning, Verification (one chapter in the book) and COS/QOS levels (one page). There may be more, but these are the areas I felt I was under prepared when I sat the exam using just this book and hands-on labs. If you're preparing for the exam, please do yourself a favor and either search the internet for additional information on these topics or invent in additional books that cover them more in detail.

With that said, the book overall is written well and the concepts are not difficult to understand. Do not let the small size of this book deceive you on how difficult the SWITCH exam is. In contrast, I actually found the SWITCH exam more difficult than the ROUTE exam. Overall, the book is an excellent resource, and I would give it an overall 3.5 stars (if I could). I would hardly classify it as an official certification guide (as others have stated) due to the fact that it is missing critical information needed to pass the exam.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Wilson on September 18, 2011
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Not a bad book, but it's missing critical information that is on the exam.
1) Wireless, needs at least 3 more chapters on wireless
2) 4500/6500 series switches, hardly touches them
3) labs, lacks labs to reinforce your learning. You end up spending another $40 on lab books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Navneet Gaur on April 8, 2013
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1. The book does cover a lot of ground with regards to Cisco switching and the author is a highly qualified individual.
2. However, that poses a problem, in that I got an impression that due to his vast experience, Davids explanations and examples were lacking in detail and 'additional relevant' examples were missing.
3. I want to clarify the above statement - there were sufficient relevant examples, for those who might be dealing with switch configurations on a daily basis.
For those, who are at a learning stage, these are insufficient and need more detailed explanation.
4. Essentially this book needs to be coupled with other books to prepare for Cisco switch exams.
5. The book that I found very supportive is the Foundation Learning Guide for Switching by Richard Froom.
6. Unfortunately, the official certification guide cannot be avoided. However I do agree that this book should not have been released as an official guide by Cisco.
7. My view is that the professionals at this level should not be preparing just for the exam. They should be preparing to handle switching in the real world. And towards that end they require both the books.
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