- Paperback: 360 pages
- Publisher: Cisco Press; 2 edition (June 29, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1587056100
- ISBN-13: 978-1587056109
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
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From the Back Cover
Cisco LAN Switching Configuration Handbook
A concise reference for implementing the most frequently used features of the Cisco Catalyst family of switches
Steve McQuerry, CCIE® No. 6108
David Jansen, CCIE No. 5952
David Hucaby, CCIE No. 4594
Cisco LAN Switching Configuration Handbook, Second Edition, is a quick and portable reference guide to the most commonly used features that can be configured on Cisco® Catalyst® switches. Written to be used across all Catalyst IOS platforms, the book covers general use of Cisco IOS®, followed by a series of chapters that provide design and configuration guidelines. Each chapter starts with common design overviews and then describes the configuration of management features. Coverage includes Layer 2, Layer 3, multicast, high availability, and traffic management configurations.
This book is organized by groups of common features, with sections marked by shaded tabs for quick reference. Information on each feature is presented in a concise format, with background, configuration, and example components. The format is organized for easy accessibility to commands and their proper usage, saving you hours of research time.
From the first page, the authors zero in on quick facts, configuration steps, and explanations of configuration options in each Cisco Catalyst switch feature. The quick reference format allows you to easily locate just the information you need without having to search through thousands of pages of documentation, helping you get your switches up and running quickly and smoothly.
Whether you are looking for a handy, portable reference to more easily configure Cisco Catalyst switches in the field, or you are preparing for CCNA®, CCNP®, or CCIE® certification, you will find Cisco LAN Switching Configuration Handbook, Second Edition, to be an essential resource.
Steve McQuerry, CCIE No. 6108, is a technical solutions architect with Cisco focused on data center solutions. Steve works with enterprise customers in the midwestern United States to help them plan their data center architectures. David Jansen, CCIE No. 5952, is a technical solutions architect (TSA) with Cisco focused on Data Center Architectures at Cisco. David has more than 20 years of experience in the IT industry. David Hucaby, CCIE No. 4594, is a lead network engineer for the University of Kentucky, where he works with healthcare networks based on the Cisco Catalyst, ASA/PIX/FWSM security, and VPN product lines.
- Implement switched campus network designs
- Configure switch prompts, IP addresses, passwords, switch modules, file management, and administrative protocols
- Understand how Layer 3 interfaces are used in a switch
- Configure Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, and EtherChannel interfaces
- Implement VLANs, trunking, and VTP
- Operate, configure, and tune Spanning Tree Protocol (STP)
- Handle multicast traffic and interact with multicast routers
- Streamline access to server and firewall farms with accelerated server load balancing
- Deploy broadcast suppression, user authentication, port security, and VLAN access lists
- Configure switch management features
- Implement QoS and high availability features
- Transport voice traffic with specialized voice gateway modules, inline power, and QoS features
This book is part of the Networking Technology Series from Cisco Press®, which offers networking professionals valuable information for constructing efficient networks, understanding new technologies, and building successful careers.
About the Author
Steve McQuerry, CCIE No. 6108, is a technical solutions architect with Cisco Systems focused on data center solutions. Steve works with enterprise customers in the
midwestern United States to help them plan their data center architectures. Steve has been an active member of the internetworking community since 1991 and has held multiple
certifications from Novell, Microsoft, and Cisco. Steve holds a BS degree in physics from Eastern Kentucky University. Prior to joining Cisco, Steve worked as a consultant for various companies and as an independent contractor with Global Knowledge, where he taught and developed coursework around Cisco technologies and certifications.
David Jansen, CCIE No. 5952, is a vertical solutions architect for manufacturing for U.S Enterprise Segment. David has more than 20 years experience in the information technology
industry. He has held multiple certifications from Microsoft, Novell, Checkpoint, and Cisco. His focus is to work with Enterprise customers to address end to end manufacturing architectures. David has been with Cisco for 11 years, and working as a manufacturing architect for the past year has provided unique experiences helping customers build architectural solutions for manufacturing connectivity. David holds a BSE degree in computer science from the University of Michigan (Go Blue!) and an MA degree in adult education from Central Michigan University.
David Hucaby, CCIE No. 4594, is a lead network engineer for the University of Kentucky, where he works with healthcare networks based on the Cisco Catalyst, IP Telephony, PIX, and VPN product lines. Prior to his current position, David was a senior network consultant, where he provided design and implementation consulting, focusing on Cisco-based VPN and IP Telephony solutions. David has BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Kentucky.
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Unfortunately, the above could be written about the bulk of technical books published these days. If I foolishly buy another in the future, I'm ready to cut and paste this review!
Each chapter starts with a quick introduction of the features, followed by common design overview, configuration steps and examples and further reading where readers can find more extensive advanced topics on the features.
This is not a comprehensive reference book. The book is for network technicians that need to work on switches fast and do not need too much explanation to get the job completed. As a result, this book seems too basic for CCNP level engineer but it is a good start for CCNA level and networking beginners.
However, the authors have done a good job covering the switching configuration and concepts from a vast range of Cisco switching family series considering that the book has only 340 pages. The official Cisco configuration guide for 6500 switch itself has almost 600 pages.
I agree with some readers that question why the book is missing CD / DVD learning resources that will allow readers to access the book material anywhere. The book however does come with a free 45 days online edition from Safari Books online site.
Some drawbacks I found including the need to give more depth for Quality of Service chapter and perhaps a chapter dedicated for routing protocol concept as well. Most of these switches are layer 3 switches that can do routing. With the proliferation of layer 3 access layer switches, this will be helpful for readers to configure them. I would add some basic concept and configuration for Cisco Nexus switch family including 1000v virtual switch as well for future releases.
I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars. Overall, the book is a good reading to get a quick grasp on the switching configuration but readers will need to supplement their reading with other Cisco Press books to learn the switching concepts and features in detail.
The Cisco Certified Network Administrator and/or System Engineer should easily understand the concepts that are presented in the book and implement the switch features. The senior level engineer may find this book to be too basic for their use, but the authors recommend several different resources through-out the handbook that can be beneficial for them to utilize. The novice systems engineer can use this book as reference guide to successfully deploy layer 2 and/or 3 Catalyst switches with ease, as well as use the resource to assist them in preparing and studying for their Cisco certification exams.
The authors clearly explain the theory of each command that the administrators could implement and suggest several optional configurations based upon where the switches are deployed. They clarify the how and the why in utilizing each of the commands / configurations from basic through advanced layer 3 switching.
The handbook covers the Catalyst switches from the 2000 models through the high-end 6500 series. The network and system administrators could utilize the soft cover handbook as a day to day configuration guide that they can refer to on a daily basis. I also believe that they may find it to be a valuable resource in their IT library. I have utilized several of the instructions that were presented throughout the book and have improved the security and management of our switched environment. The basic configurations, features and instructions that were given are extremely easy to follow and implement.
I have found that the main weakness of the book is a lack of CD/DVD learning resources that would be beneficial for the reader to utilize in a variety of settings. The instructions, definitions and the informational links that are referenced throughout the book are extremely useful, but if they were contained on removable media, it would be extremely valuable. An additional suggestion and/or improvement would be a video resource that could emphasize the configurations and information contained throughout the book.
Overall, the concepts presented in the Cisco LAN Switching Configuration Handbook, Second Edition were easy to understand and were presented in a clear and concise manner and would be a vital resource for the network administrator. I look forward to additional titles from the authors. I give this book 4 out 5 stars.
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