- Series: Networking Technology
- Paperback: 672 pages
- Publisher: Cisco Press; 2 edition (July 10, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1587141167
- ISBN-13: 978-1587141164
- Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,046,304 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover
Fast answers and reliable solutions for all widely-used Cisco router features - all in one time-saving guide
About the Author
David Hucaby, CCIE No. 4594, lead network engineer for the University of Kentucky, runs healthcare networks based on Cisco technologies. Steve McQuerry, CCIE No. 6108, a consulting systems engineer with Cisco, specializes in helping enterprise customers plan data center architectures. He has been active in internetworking since 1991, and previously taught and developed Cisco-related coursework for Global Knowledge. Andrew Whitaker manages and teaches ethical hacking and Cisco courses. He holds multiple Cisco certifications. Hucaby and McQuerry co-authored Cisco Catalyst Switch Configuration Handbook.
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Well, I can't say how disappointed I am in my initial review of the book. I am a voice engineer and the UC section and the initial hardware overview section have not been updated which makes me concerned to rely on other sections of the book since I have to assume other sections haven't been updated since the first edition as well.
The initial hardware chapter still references hardware file system limitations for the 1003,1004,1005,1600,1700,2500,2600,3600,4000,as5200, and mc3810. It doesn't even make a mention of ISR 2800/3800/2900/3900 routers. There are many changes with the latest generation ISRG2's such as license enforcement and these topics are not covered.
In addition to the hardware overview, the book covers the Service Assurance Agent (SAA) which was renamed to IP SLA quite a while ago.
Buffer / Memory management sections also cover old router models and don't make mention of the newer routers.
==Voice / Unified Communications Chapter==
This chapter does have a note that indicates the section covers configuration for the newer 2800/2900/3800 but in my opinion does not appear to contain many recent additions.
It mentions G711/G729 without even listing the newer codecs such as G722 and ilbc. The DSP configuration section has not been updated for ISRs or ISRG2s. It lists older models by name. ISR and ISR G2 DSP architecture is significantly different from the older routers and this section does not have any information on the current shipping router models. SAA is also mentioned here as well and the configuration tasks listed are not relevant to the new IP SLA configuration.
In summary, there is ALOT of information covered in this book including a lengthy section on IPv6. However, it is a "configuration handbook" not a theory book, and in many cases the book has not been updated to reflect the recent changes within Cisco router hardware or software development.
This book will be useful for someone new to Cisco routers or someone who is dabbling in areas outside of their expertise. However for someone experienced in Cisco IOS it may contain too much outdated information to be useful or relevant to the current technologies in the latest 12.4T or 15.x IOS trains.
One impressive section is chapter 9, on Quality of Service. To the extent that IPv4 has no intrinsic QoS, the chapter, insofar as it pertains to v4 traffic, shows the many ways in which Cisco has been able to work around this limitation.
But there could have been some improvements in the text. It assumes that you already have a Cisco router hooked up to your network. Where the mechanics of doing so, and the initial setup of the router might be specific to that model. Which is fair enough, but perhaps the text should explicitly tell the reader at the start to refer to her hardware manuals for the initial setup. Because the first chapter plunges right in, assuming the router is already on the network.
On page 41 there is this enigmantic statement - "you must have the cryptographic software image for your router". There are several problems with this. First, what is a software image? This term does not appear to be defined prior to that page. Then, what is a cryptographic software image? The index is nonexistent on both. Also, how do you tell whether you have this thing or not? And if you do not have it, how can you get it? What is the background of the reader? Should she be expected to already know all this?
While the authors are clearly qualified to write the book, their problem is that they have internalised their subject. The above statement could or should have been expanded into an entire paragraph that gives more information.
On page 172, for the chapter on Mobile IP, there should be a diagram on or next to that page of a home agent, foreign agent and mobile node. Page 177 has an example with such a diagram, but it's too far away. If the reader has never met mobile IP before, the chapter's start is too obscure without an adjacent diagram.
You probably won't read this entire book from cover to cover. Instead you'll read the first few chapters and then go to other places in the book when you are looking for something specific.
Most recent customer reviews
It wont go deep into the technology but it will go straight to the configuration.Read more