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- Publisher: Stuart Fordham (March 1, 2014)
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the material. I have completed the entire book -- every lab -- and it is excellent.
Two observations, if I may:
1) I have seen some reviewers complain about grammatical errors and\or typos. Pound sand. The errors, such as they are, are not so
onerous that you can't figure out what the author is saying. There aren't that many of them anyway. Certainly nothing to cry about.
2) I saw another reviewer who objected to the (current) fact that the author is not a CCIE. What does that have to do with the quality
and layout of the material? Nothing. Albert Einstein was a patent clerk when he published his work on relativity. How many people
complained that "he's only a patent clerk?". Nobody. The quality of the material is what should be judged, not whether the author
has certain letters after his name.
The book was easy to go through, and the complexity of the network increased as more routers and more advanced options are put into place.
A nice, systematic approach to delivering the material.
If you can't learn a decent, fundamental working knowledge of BGP with this book, then you simply aren't trying.
Being all those things - The book does a great job of setting you up with a lab topology and getting started with configuration - as new things are taught, the lab focuses on various parts of BGP required for the exam. At 4 dollars, this is a great way to get rolling on your BGP basics. Preparing for the CCIE (and I'm borrowing this from an INE slide) generally follows 4 steps
1. - gain a basic understanding
2. - gain basic hands-on experience to reinforce and expand your understanding
3. - gain an expert level of understanding
4. - gain an expert level of hands-on
I believe this book covers 1. and 2. very well.
Having said that there are a few gotchas here and there - Outputs shown in the book don't always match the lab. In some instances I had to go undo other parts of the lab to make the next section relevant (removing a blocked router so a lab router had two paths again) - sometimes that kind of thing is good as it forces you to do your own troubleshooting, but it felt a little more strained as the course went on. The author has an errata page up at his website and could probably add a few more things to it -
I might have liked basic configs for each chapter or for some of the smaller labs with configs that weren't documented well, but again, this sort of thing then improves troubleshooting - (so does fat fingering stuff which I did A LOT)
for the price you just can't beat a nice pre-configured GNS3 setup and structured labs/material like this - it won't get you all the way but is a good start - it sounds like the author is also going for his CCIE and will be releasing more material for MPLS and IGP at a future date - I went thru it all in about 12 hrs or so at a moderately fast speed but I am BGP cisco certified and have been doing this stuff for over 10 years. I would recommend it to anyone looking to expand their BGP knowledge within cisco IOS
I'm referring to Conditional Routing, Inject Maps, etc. The author created a very good lab scenario with GNS3 to
explain all his concepts.
You can also re-create the lab with GNS3, and turn on just a few routers to do a variety of labs. This book has helped
a lot with BGP.