Cisco Routers for the Desperate: Router and Switch Management, the Easy Way Kindle Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1593271930
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"Highly recommended pick" -- Midwest Book Review, January 2005 http://www.midwestbookreview.com/ibw/jan_05.htm

About the Author

Michael W. Lucas is a network/security engineer with extensive experience working with high-availability systems. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Absolute FreeBSD, Absolute OpenBSD, Cisco Routers for the Desperate, and PGP & GPG, all from No Starch Press.


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  • File Size: 382 KB
  • Print Length: 144 pages
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  • Publisher: No Starch Press; 2 edition (March 11, 2009)
  • Publication Date: August 20, 2009
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  • Language: English
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'Cisco Routers for the Desperate' (CRFTD) is the book Cisco should package with their routers -- assuming author Michael Lucas makes a few tweaks. I've always been amazed by Michael's uncanny ability to include details that matter to administrators, especially in his earlier books 'Absolute BSD' and 'Absolute OpenBSD'. CRFTD is no exception; the book is chock full of life-saving Cisco tips. I suggest you buy one to keep by your router, just as the author recommends.

CRFTD is not supposed to be comprehensive, but it is designed to answer many if not most of the questions facing the average small router administrator. If you're responsible for multiple routers or have complex requirements, this book is not for you. If you are stuck sitting if front of the router connected to your ISP, and don't know how to proceed, CRFTD is for you.

Although this book weighs in around 120 pages, it features material seldom discussed in other Cisco-related books. For example, Michael provides good advice on how to interact with your ISP to troubleshoot connectivity issues. He explains WAN circuits and the equipment responsibilities of ISPs and end users. Most impressively, he dedicates 25 pages in chapter 7 to Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) and Cisco's Host Standby Router Protocol (HSRP) -- two topics I did not expect in a book this size. I also appreciated mention of enabling usernames and passwords (beyond the usual 'password' and 'enable' methods) and activating secure shell services.

I like CRFTD because it cuts to the chase and tells the reader what he or she needs to know to properly configure a router. There is not a lot of theory here, but there are some explanations. In some cases, the syntax is not exactly in synch with Cisco's latest expectations.
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No one will mistake this for a Dummies book. No pretty colours or fancy graphics. Just a slim compendium of diagnostic hacks to be performed, probably under conditions of high stress. Lucas assumes you have some prior networking experience with TCP/IP. He claims you don't need much actual experience with a Cisco router to use this book. His reason is interesting. Those routers need to work continuously and in practise they and your network often do. Until an occasional breakdown. But the high MTBF means you might have little actual hands on with the router. Ironic, eh?

It should be said that the book is not really about what to do if the router is bad. Rather, it is about the more realistic case where something has come unglued on your network. Lucas shows how the router can be an invaluable tool in tracking down the problem.
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This book is somewhat strange. First half is very clear and informative for a beginner like me. I liked the chapter on how to set up the routing tables. However, it becomes unclear, almost rushed, in the second half when he starts talking about more advanced topics like BGP etc. I don't understand why he would need to include these topics in this (quite thin) volume, considering one needs much better expertise, like CCNA or more, to properly deal with them. What beginner really needs to configure and optimize circuits to two independent ISPs? An organization which can afford two T1 lines from two different ISPs for the purpose of redundancy most likely can afford to hire a professional Cisco engineer or consultant.

Author sometimes uses some strange terminology, like "SCP server". Although it is understood what he means, I don't think that's an established technical term.

Talking about BGP chapter, among other things, it is not clear where the two WAN circuits from the two providers connect to (which interfaces).
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I am a systems administrator who on occasion needs to take a look at the switches managed by the networking team. This book helps me find relevant commands. I would have appreciated it going more in depth on how to find the port a particular client was attached too. I needed to do some extra searching online to find out how to traverse multiple switches to find a particular client.
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I'm a CCNA/NP candidate, and having been out of the I.T. for a few years, and then not only finding employment, but a job in a WAN environment, I found myself in over my head.

Things had changed, and I needed to forget about things like Frame Relay, and accept BGP as the lord of corporate circuits to branch offices, and needed to get up to speed rather quickly.

Probably an easier read if you're someone who understands technology, and definitely wouldn't recommend it if you're not familiar with tech speak, but certainly more conversational than the typical tech books.

Well worth my time to read too in pursuit of my Cisco certifications, but it won't allow me to pass the test as my lone source of knowledge. Not that I expected it to.
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This eBook I put on the main IT department workstation. It is a emergency-mode-only guide to trying to get a Cisco router back up after a catastrophic event. If you can't get a restart after following this guide, you won't get one - it will become Cisco's problem at that point. Well worth the cost and written to be used swiftly.
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