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great for ICND1 test, having limited IOS experience
on March 20, 2012
I purchased this book (kindle version) with very limited Cisco experience. I had a decent networking background (i have my MCSA, but no real world experience in network engineering or administration), but not a lot. This book was excellent. the author does a GREAT job at explaining the concepts of each chapter in detail. When showing configurations, he will talk about the principal of the configuration, show how it is done, with the output, then explain why you saw the output and why it works the way it does. I purchased this book, a lab book (something like 101 labs for CCNA) and got a copy of packet tracer. I probably averaged 60-90 minutes of study, 4-5 days most weeks. It took me about 5 weeks to get through the material of the book. After that, i went through and reviewed the questions at the beginning and end of each chapter and did some labs. I took the test another 3 weeks later and scored an 850 on my first try. I am going to purchase the ICND2 book by this author later tonight, and start on the material this week. This is an EXCELLENT book for someone with limited networking background that wants to learn the basics of Cisco Internetworking.
There is also a LARGE emphasis on subnetting. This is because you NEED to know subnetting to pass any cisco test. Take your time to review the practice questions at the beginning and end of each subnetting chapter, as well as in the appendices. They are awesome, and explain the answers, and how to get there, in great detail.