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CCNP Routing and Switching Official Certification Library (Exams 642-902, 642-813, 642-832) (Certification Guide Series) 1st Edition

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About the Author

Wendell Odom, CCIE® No. 1624, is a 28-year veteran of the networking industry. He currently works as an independent author of Cisco certification resources and occasional instructor of Cisco authorized training for Skyline ATS. He maintains lists of current titles, links to Wendell’s blogs, and other certification resources at www.TheCertZone.com.


David Hucaby, CCIE No. 4594, is a network architect for the University of Kentucky, where he works with healthcare networks based on the Cisco Catalyst, ASA, FWSM, and VPN product lines. He is the author of several Cisco Press titles, including Cisco ASA, PIX, and FWSM Firewall Handbook, Second Edition; Cisco Firewall Video Mentor; and Cisco LAN Switching Video Mentor.


Kevin Wallace, CCIE No. 7945, is a certified Cisco instructor who holds multiple Cisco certifications. With Cisco experience dating back to 1989, Kevin has been a network design specialist for the Walt Disney World Resort, a senior technical instructor for SkillSoft, and a network manager for Eastern Kentucky University.


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Product Details

  • Series: Certification Guide Series
  • Hardcover: 1824 pages
  • Publisher: Cisco Press; 1 edition (March 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587202247
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587202247
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.1 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #753,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Grant Burns on March 2, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Cisco recently revamped the CCNP track to realign its focus on pure routing and switching. The new exams are SWITCH 642-812, ROUTE 642-902, and TSHOOT 642-832. A trio of CCIEs authored these guides. A valid CCNA is a prerequisite for the CCNP exams, so CCNA level knowledge of topics covered within the guides is assumed. The guides set out to fully cover CCNP exam topics, but often a basic review is included with each chapter.

I recently completed the CCNA certification, and am now pursuing the new CCNP v6 track in addition to the CCNA Security certification. I've typically self-taught and used the Official Certification Guide for each Cisco exam, and they are typically high quality. The books in this library are no exception.

The SWITCH Official Certification Guide includes coverage of Spanning Tree, VLANs, trunking, security, L3 switching, and other topics related to Cisco switching. I found Hucaby's writing style to be very readable and felt coverage was sufficient. I particularly enjoyed the chapter on Enterprise Campus Network Design.

The ROUTE Official Certification Guide includes the familiar IGPs, BGP, IPv4, and IPv6 in great detail. Wendell Odom is probably one of my favorite authors, as I just seem to `get it' when he writes. This is the largest book in the series, and I was impressed with the depth of coverage on each subject.

The TSHOOT Official Certification Guide is, as the exam name suggests, all about troubleshooting Cisco switches, routers, and the like. The book contains several scenarios with networks that have some type of problem related to topics covered in the exam. Each scenario has a network diagram.
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After completing my CCNA certification, I decided to pursue my CCNP using this library. Here is a breakdown of how I felt about each book. In the end, I was able to complete the CCNP exam track with the help of this book and ALOT of hands on lab time. I would not solely depend on these books to pass the CCNP exam track. Overall I would have to rate the set 4.5 stars (due to the switch book, please see below for further explanation). The $90-100 spent on this library is a small investment towards the knowledge you will gain from reading them. Good luck for those pursuing their CCNP!

ROUTE: (4 stars)
Coming from a CCNA certification, I decided to pursue my CCNP starting with the ROUTE exam. I've used books previously from Wendell Odom to pass my ICND1 and ICND2 exams. For those coming from CCNA get ready to have your head explode from the knowledge dropped on you from this book. I was fortunate enough to get a 5th printing of the book which corrected many of the errors others have stated (which can be found in the errata). So if you pick up this book, please make sure you have the latest printing or you will have to correct the book using the errata.

As for the book itself, as others have stated, the first time I read this book it seemed a little confusing. Although the topics were laid out in a clear and concise manner. I felt like I would have to already know what the book was discussing so I could just fill in the gaps because the topics are discussed in a very in-depth manner. This book was nothing like the books written for the ICND1/2. This book expects you to have expert knowledge in OSPF, EIGRP, Frame Relay, etc before even attempting to read it. Which is why I say to get additional training material if you are coming straight from a CCNA perspective.
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Recently I have had the opportunity to review these books as part of my journey to the CCNP certification. I had high expectations for these books prior to receiving them, and needless to say they do not disappoint.

Recently the CCNP track was updated and now includes only 3 exams (from 4). These books reflect those changes and do so in an effective manner.

I started my journey a bit out of traditional order by starting with the TSHOOT book, primarily because it closely related to some projects I was working on. Kevin Wallace is by far one of my favorite Cisco Press authors and this book continues his tradition of excellence. His writing style and format "just works" as it were. Perhaps my favorite part of these books were the various scenarios presented that give some real-world style networks and issues to resolve. Personally, this is my favorite style of learning. Reading is great, but reading towards a purpose is even better. All in all, I believe this book delivers more than just as study prep towards an exam and includes valuable real-world usable today information.

ROUTE was my next book. For me, this book was a hit/miss, not so much because of the book itself, but because of the nature of my work. Routing is my second least favorite topic trumped only by QoS, that said this book was more interesting than I initially expected. It is full of ton of great information including some which I had not learned in my career (especially around IPv6). I particularly enjoyed the chapters on OSPF and EIGRP (what I mostly see). Odom does a good job of delivering the information in a way that is enjoyable to read.

Lastly, the SWITCH book. I think this book would be invaluable for the majority of NOC type engineers.
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