- Hardcover: 1032 pages
- Publisher: Cisco Press; Har/Cdr edition (November 17, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1587050722
- ISBN-13: 978-1587050725
- Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 2.6 x 9.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,995,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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CCIE Practical Studies, Volume II (CCIE Self-Study) Har/Cdr Edition
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From the Back Cover
Gain hands-on experience for the CCIE Lab Exam with volume two of the best-selling CCIE Practical Studies title from Cisco Press
* Experience putting concepts into practice with lab scenarios that guide you in applying what you know
* Learn how to build a practice lab for your CCIE lab exam preparation
* Take five full-blown practice labs that mimic the actual lab exam environment
CCIE Practical Studies, Volume II leads CCIE candidates through the process of preparing for the CCIE lab exam by presenting them with a series of challenging laboratory exercises. A perfect companion to the best-selling first edition, this book provides coverage of CCIE lab exam topics not covered in Volume I, like the Cisco Catalyst 3550, route maps, IS-IS, BGP, Multicast, and QoS. Combined with Volume I, the CCIE candidate will get comprehensive coverage of all topics on the Routing and Switching, Security, and Communications and Services lab exams.
The book begins with brief coverage of the core technologies required on the CCIE lab exam and includes suggested references for further reading. Laboratory exercises covering each of the core technologies follow, providing detailed guides to applying the technologies in real network settings. The final chapter of the book concludes with five hands-on lab exercises. These comprehensive practice labs include all of the technologies and gradually increase in difficulty level. They present readers with scenarios similar to what they will face on the actual lab exam. Study tips and test-taking techniques are included throughout the book.
About the Author
Karl Solie, CCIE No. 4599, is a Senior Network Engineer for Comdisco Network Services in Minnetonka, MN. Karl is also a lead instructor for the Comdisco CCIE program and is the author of CCIE Practical Studies, Volume I from Cisco Press.
Leah Lynch, CCIE No. 7220, is a network engineer with a large financial institution. Leah has over seven years of experience in the IT industry with four years focused on heterogeneous internetwork environments, including banking, retail, medical, government, manufacturing, corporate, sales, service provider, telecommunications, and wireless networks.
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The first chapter is a much needed resource on the 3550 Catalyst switch. Part 2 covers route-maps and policy-based routing. I felt the multicast section was weak but felt it was made up for in the section covering QoS. The last part is on BGP and an excellent companion to Doyle's coverage in his 2nd TCP/IP book. I would not recommend the labs at the back of the book - they are error prone.
I did find some typos or editorial errors in the book (but not nearly as many as in the first volume):
Page 389 - in the first sentence - the bandwidth should be 772 kbps - not 772 bps. There are actually multiple errors over the next few pages.
Page 566 - the last line of the first paragraph - "... then the ORIGIN value is type 3, Incomplete." The origin code is type 2 for incomplete.
Page 737 - the aggregate-address should have included the `as-set' command.
Weighing in at 1,000 pages, it will take time to properly digest this book. I'm really at a loss as to whether this is a 4 or 5 star book. But considering the depth and breadth of coverage, it is nonetheless a book that must be read before the CCIE R&S lab. Overall, I expect to find this book on many a CCIE's bookshelf.
I give this book 5 pings out of 5:
although this book is good and worth the read, it was not as good as the first book. There are also much better books
to read on some of the topics listed in this book (see Halabi & Parkhurst for BGP) but the authors do add good examples to their explanations.
The best part of the book is the route-filtering and the queuing chapters. The switching chapter wasn't all that bad either with a deep dive into Spanning Tree as well as the features of the 3550. I was impressed with the output of the show/debug commands which shows us that the authors actually tested their configurations and allows the reader to follow along even if they don't have real gear to test the scenarios out.
Some of the material in the book was extraneous and felt a little like filler when reading it (the chapters on ATM and the Switching modes) but those were easily outdone by the BGP topic scenarios.
The full scale labs at the end of the book were really good and tested potential candidates on core areas and would give candidates an accurate account of the type of scenarios they should know for the real world.
I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of Solie's first CCIE Practical Studies. I was disappointed in other CCIE study guides, notably the earlier Hutnik/Saterlee "CCIE Lab Practice Kit". Practical Studies Vol. I, while having some dated material such as coverage of the Cat5xxx Series, provides an excellent treatment and foundation for Layer 2 protocols and IGPs. The labs at the end of the book were also of excellent quality.
I picked up CCIE Practical Studies in late December as a last minute addition to my CCIE prep library. I was scheduled to take the lab in February, and I anxiously awaited arrival. Needless to say, I was not disappointed! CCIE Practical Studies Vol. II coverage begins where Vol. I left off. The topics of focus include the Cat3550s, route-maps, multicast, and BGP. I found the chapters on BGP especially helpful. Upon completion of these chapters and labs, I had a much better grasp on BGP and the protocol's bells, whistles, and knobs. The appendix includes a great piece on prefix lists, an absolute must for any CCIE candidate. Finally, the labs at the end of the book were terrific, on par to many of the various "boot camp labs" available for purchase.
If I must provide one negative, it is that the author was inconsistent on providing IOS requirements needed to complete the labs. Sometimes Solie was kind enough to let me know I needed 12.2(T) or 12.3, and other times it was overlooked. As a result, during one lab, I needed to upgrade my IOS code and swap a router in the middle of my practice. A pain but, certainly not the end of the world.
As for my lab, I passed on February 26, 2004, CCIE #12932. I firmly believe that I would not have passed if not for Solie's wonderful treatment of BGP in CCIE Practical Studies Vol. II!