- Hardcover: 400 pages
- Publisher: Cisco Press (May 7, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 158705017X
- ISBN-13: 978-1587050176
- Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.8 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #307,976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) is central to communication among the routers that move data from domain to domain. Cisco BGP-4 Command and Configuration Handbook explains how to use all Internetwork Operating System (IOS) commands having to do with BGP-4, documenting the purpose and syntax of each and presenting an example of appropriate use for most. This book is both a fantastic reference--it's easy to locate the entry that describes the command that interests you--and an excellent learning tool. You'll want to consult it each time you're presented with an interdomain routing problem, either for the IOS commands you need to implement your ideas or for the author's thoughts about how to engineer your solution.
Coverage of each BGP-4 command goes beyond what's in the IOS documentation. Each entry begins with a syntax summary (in large type, bless the book's designers), a concise statement of what the command does, and a note of the IOS version in which the command first appeared. After that, there's a configuration example consisting of input and output listings from the IOS command line and some suggestions (in the form of explicit IOS commands) on how to troubleshoot related problems. Sometimes there's a schematic "hockey puck" diagram to clarify configurations. This is a valuable reference and--for hardcore IOS fans and Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) candidates--an informative, straight-through read. --David Wall
Topics covered: Border Gateway Protocol 4 (BGP-4) as configured in Cisco's Internetwork Operating System (IOS). All IOS commands relevant to BGP-4 configuration, and all interesting options, are covered in reference form.
From the Back Cover
The comprehensive, hands-on guide to all Cisco IOS(r) Software BGP-4 commands The complete BGP-4 command referenceinvaluable for network designers, engineers, and architects Provides configuration, troubleshooting, and verification scenarios for every possible BGP-4 command supported by Cisco IOS Software that can be implemented on a minimum number of routers Groups BGP-4 commands by area of implementation route aggregation, auto-summary, route filtering, and route advertisement, just to name a fewProvides clear and concise commentary on the initial release, purpose, syntax, and usage of each BGP-4 commandOffers excellent CCIE certification preparation from one of the CCIE Program ManagersIncludes supplementary information on regular expressions, route map logic, and RFC 1771, A Border Gateway Protocol 4 (BGP-4) Cisco BGP-4 Command and Configuration Handbook is an exhaustive practical reference to the commands contained within BGP-4. For each command/subcommand, author Bill Parkhurst explains the intended use or function and how to properly configure it. Then he presents scenarios to demonstrate every facet of the command and its use, along with appropriate show and debug commands. Through the discussion of functionality and the scenario-based configuration examples, Cisco BGP-4 Command and Configuration Handbook will help you gain a thorough understanding of the practical side of BGP-4.
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The nice thing about this book is that it does cover theory, but does not get bogged down in it. You could easily take this book with you to work and set up community strings, peer-groups and load balance BGP with this at your desk. It's Very specific, has very pratical examples and is a must if you work with BGP and are striving for CCNP/CCIE...4 stars. A must have in any Network Engineer's library.
Overall a great book - use with Halabi's 'Internet Routing Architectures' and Jeff Doyles 'Routing TCP/IP Vol 2'
Commands and all of the parameters are explained, with good examples. If you want to be able to accomplish something, or want to understand what someone else was doing/thinking when they coded some line in the configuration, then this book is for you.
I'm probably going to have to hide it from my colleagues, in order to avoid someone taking it on an anonymous "loan".
The concept of this book is very simple - important BGP commands are discussed and also documented in configuration examples. It is very easy to understand the syntax of different BGP commands when displayed in this manner. There are a number of diagrams, showing the topology at hand. What I also like is that the book will often use different `show' commands to further document the use of the command. Appendix B is also of particular value, as it discusses regular expressions (something Cisco does a bad job at documenting - I think for awhile regular expression documents were an appendix to the dial section on the Cisco website).
Overall, I wish there would be more of these type of command books published. If you have a 3 or 4 router lab network, you will be able to see the effects of most of these commands. Also, any candidate for the CCIE will find commands documented here that are not discussed in other CCIE books.
I give this book 5 pings out of 5:
The flow of the book was very logically laid out. It begins with basic BGP route aggregation commands and progresses through neighbor configuration commands, route redistribution and ends with chapters on troubleshooting commands. Each chapter begins with basic commands and builds on those commands as the chapter progresses. This way the reader gets a feeling for how each command interacts with other commands.
As with any other command and configuration handbook, the reader must be well versed in the theory behind the technology. This is especially true with this book. I must admit, that before reading this book, I did not have much exposure to BGP-4, but I found the material very easy to comprehend. It also helped me to understand the protocol better. Without the proper background in BGP-4 you can get lost very easily, however if you have had exposure to BGP then you will find this book very useful in configuring the protocol.
Another aspect of the book I really liked was in how the configuration examples were presented. Each example had a network scenario and gave a step by step process on how to utilize the command. A network diagram was included along with outputs from the routers used in the configuration scenario. The configuration examples start with a verification phase where the correct operation is determined. Then the command is applied and the changes are outlined and displayed. The troubleshooting section outlines steps where the most common failures may occur. While the reader can get a lot of information from just reading the configuration section, it really helps if you can have access to live routers.
I also found the appendices very helpful in understanding some of the book's content. Appendix A presents the concepts and terminology contained in RFC 1771 Border Gateway Protocol 4. Appendix B covers regular expression and Appendix C is about route map logic and how route maps are used in BGP-4. Don't be daunted by Appendix A, the author left out most of the details, like packet format and content and instead focused on BGP attributes, path selection and forming BGP connections. Appendix C gave a good refresher on route maps and how they are utilized in BGP.
This book has become an excellent reference source for my studies toward the CCIE. It also helped me to understand BGP better. I would highly recommend this book to anyone studying for Cisco certification or who has to work with BGP-4 in their network. I looked forward to reading more books by Dr. Parkhurst
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by Sam Halabi! A useful command reference.
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