- Series: Practical Studies
- Hardcover: 1366 pages
- Publisher: Cisco Press (December 27, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1587200023
- ISBN-13: 978-1587200021
- Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 2.3 x 9.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 21 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #757,858 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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CCIE Practical Studies, Volume I
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Preparing for the practical portion of the Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) examination, in which you have to configure and troubleshoot networks on Cisco equipment in a testing lab, can be scary. There's simply so much the test proctor can throw at you, and you have to be prepared for it all. CCIE Practical Studies, Volume I does a fantastic job of preparing you for much of what you can expect to see on the first day of your CCIE lab exam (when you build a system to specifications). Karl Solie, a CCIE himself, first approaches each subject on the CCIE syllabus with a quick academic overview ("Here's what frame relay is for," for instance, "and here's how Cisco equipment thinks of it"). That gives way to a series of examples ("Here's a typical set of customer requirements, and here are the IOS commands and configuration files that satisfy them"). Finally, a series of subject-specific lab exercises (which are shorter than a typical day-long CCIE assignment) drill you on the Cisco skills related to the technology at hand. Solie explains how he'd solve the lab--in wonderful detail--immediately after the pages that describe these small lab tasks.
At the end of the book, you'll find five full-scale CCIE labs, very similar to the ones you'll have to complete in 8.5 hours on test day. There are instructions on how to prestage your equipment (as the exam proctor would normally do), and what you need to accomplish. You can time yourself on these labs and get a very good idea of your preparedness. Solie could make the next edition of this book better by devoting even more discussion to the troubleshooting techniques appropriate to different kinds of systems. Problems inevitably crop up in CCIE configurations, and there's rarely time to start over in the lab. Regardless, provided you have the equipment and discipline required to work through his exercises independently, this book is a better deal than almost any commercial training course. --David Wall
Topics covered: Some of the subjects you should be prepared to exhibit practical knowledge of when you go in for the CCIE practical exam, including the main WAN protocols (frame relay, PPP, ISDN, and ATM); routing protocols (RIP-1, RIP-2, IGRP, EIGRP, and OSPF); bridging; Data Link Switching Plus (DLSw+); access lists; network address translation (NAT); Hot Standby Router Protocol (HSRP); and time protocols. Other CCIE subjects, including IPX, BGP, and IPSec, are to be covered in the second volume of this book.
From the Back Cover
Authored by CCIEs in collaboration with CCIE Program Managers. In-depth coverage of routing protocols provides both great practical knowledge and exam preparation.In-depth study and exercises for the CCIE Routing and Switching Lab Exam, CCIE Practical Studies, Volume I focuses on the 1-day lab portion of the exam, largely regarded as the most difficult portion of the CCIE testing process. This book includes in-depth coverage for more than 37 lab scenarios, as well as information on how to design and implement basic to complex networks. Five CCIE simulation labs will test your knowledge and ability to perform in a timed environment.
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Throughout the 1200 pages are interspersed shorter practice labs where you are tested on specific tasks. The only "fault" I found in this book, if you could call it such, is the omission of BGP and IS-IS from this volume - these and other topics are to be covered in Volume 2. Let's hope that one is published in a timely manner.
and shoulders above anything else I've seen, including some
very expensive ccie lab prep manuals. You will not be disappointed, Karl presents dificult problems and then shows
you step by step how they are solved correctly.
Even if you are not pursuing the CCIE ciertification, every
serious network engineer needs to understand this material.
Some of the typos/editorial mistakes are:
* Page 344 - For Cisco LMI " LMI status information is sent on DLCI 0." Not true - Cisco LMI is sent on 1023. And then the opposite with ANSI LMI right below Cisco LMI.
* Page 518 - 2nd paragraph - "...snapshot routing can be used only with link-state protocols..." Not true - snapshot routing is used only with distance-vector protocols (like RIP).
* Page 705 - 1st line - "For autosummarization to work properly, discontinuous subnets..." I believe the proper term is discontiguous.
* Page 776 - When discussing what must match for an OSPF neighbor relationship to form, the book is missing that the stub area flag and MTU must also match.
* Between 937 & 939 - completely ignore how they document NetBios and SNAP SAPs. This error is repeated throughout the book but can be verified on Cisco's website.
And so on... But have written this, I will be surprised if many CCIE candidates don't have this book on their shelf. Chapter 2, on LAN protocols is very good (and not document elsewhere). Also, the chapter on ISDN is both of use in the lab and a good tool to use in the real world.
I give this book 3 pings out of 5: