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  • Posted July 24, 2013

    These are some very well written books. I originally had the set

    These are some very well written books. I originally had the set for the 640-802 test. I have noticed some really good differences in these new ones.

    -Thorough getting started section
    -Addition of IPv6 material is going to be a good foundation for network professionals moving forward
    -OSPF is now referred to as OSPFv2, this is because of the addition to the much needed sections on OSPFv3 for IPv6
    -Includes some excellent configuration examples with a comparison between the IPv4 and IPv6 way of doing things
    -FHRP's (First Hop Redundancy Protocols) are included i.e. HSRP, VRRP; this is awesome considering you will probably deal with this prior to reaching your CCNP studies
    -Implementing OSPF and EIGRP for IPv6 are excellent chapters considering that most people will be doing this soon if they haven't already
    -Sections on IOS licensing help understand how the products are working in the real world and where Cisco is going
    -Inclusion of NetFlow, SNMP, and Syslogs was also a very needed addition, these are also things many will see long before their CCNP studies
    -Mind maps are awesome!

    All in all these books have gone through some much needed updating and now include much more detail into what network professionals will see on a daily basis. Candidates will be better prepared for live networks or to implement their own after having gone through these books. Even if you already have your CCNA these books can still be very informative with their new information.

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  • Posted July 8, 2013

    Cisco CCNA ¿ Routing and Switching 200-120 Official Cert Library

    Cisco CCNA – Routing and Switching 200-120 Official Cert Library is the new addition to the Cisco press library to cover the latest CCNA exams announced and implemented recently. Wendell Odom is one of my favorite authors in Cisco Press publications. He is always detail oriented and covers the fundamentals very well. This new official Cert Guide Library covers the topics for ICND1 and ICND2 version 2 exams. Cisco always brings changes in the curriculum to fit the need of current networking Market. This package contains two books with DVDs. Cisco CCENT/CCNA book covers the fundamentals of networking (OSI Layers, IPv4 & IPv6 addressing, Routing and switching, IP services and Network management). CCNA Routing and switching book covers the actual implementation and troubleshooting of the above. CCENT book cover the basics of networking that anyone seeking employment at an entry level positions. This time they set the bar high by adding all the Routing and Switching elements of CCNA which was not covered in previous CCNA Libraries. CCENT/CCNA now has increased value than its previous version simply because the contents are more than just fundamentals of networking.
    I have seen lots of new stuff added in this book. Few of the topics are
    IPv4 and IPv6 troubleshooting
    Network Management
    Router and Switch Security
    IPsec VPN concepts
    VPN, OSPF ipv6 and EIGRP ipv6
    Software licensing
    Managing IOS files
    Syslog, SNMP, NETFLOW, DHCP etc.
    Implementation and Troubleshooting chapters in second book (ICND2) are specifically on IPv4 and IPv6 are critical to today’s complex network environment. Author has done good job by focusing on troubleshooting.
    As usual the organization of chapters starts with Quiz and all important subtopics have been marked as “Key Topics”. I like the way that is defined. It gives you a kind of importance to read it carefully.
    All the Figures are very clear and “Note” on important points are the key to anyone preparing for their certification.
    About the content of the DVDs
    The DVD contains network simulator, practice questions and videos. I like the concept of “Mind Mapping”. Mind Mapping is the concept by which you can remember all the aspects of a particular topic. It enhances your understanding of the topic and helps you remember and relate each and everything that the topic.
    Overall, nobody could have done better job in covering latest Cisco CCNA topics than Wendell Odom. Explaining basic networking concept is an art. Wendell Odom has done an excellent job over the years.

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