CCIE Routing and Switching Practice Labsby Martin Duggan, Maurilio Gorito
Six comprehensive CCIE routing and switching labs to hone configuration and troubleshooting skills
Prepare for the CCIE lab exams and hone your configuration and troubleshooting skills with six complete practice scenarios that cover:
- Frame Relay configuration
- 3550 switch configuration
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After years of contemplating pursuing the coveted CCIE Routing and Switching certification and thinking, how hard could it really be, I certainly have a new found respect for the certification. The title ¿CCIE Routing and Switching Practice Labs¿ (ISBN: 1587051478) by Martin J. Duggan and Maurilio de Paula Gorito has opened my eyes to the challenges of obtaining the certification. I have found this title to be the most useful resource I have found to date. The title goes beyond technical details and into the actual nuts and bolts of what makes obtaining the CCIE certification such a worthy feat. I liken the CCIE Lab as well as the CCIE written similar to a series of brainteaser. The title is comprised of six different labs which each lab has a particular focus to fine tune your understanding of the `focus¿ technology. It¿s one thing to know how to implement a technology, but the labs take you beyond normal implementations. After working through a lab, you¿ll gain knowledge of the technologies that you may never have considered otherwise. These labs help you intimately understand the technologies. Some people focus on learning intricate details pertaining to a technology. For example, what a protocol structure looks like for a particular feature and how it functions, which is truly needed knowledge. As this title proves, you can know all about the technical details of a technology, but being able to apply the technology using all the applicable possibilities to accomplish a certain task is where the rubber meets the road. One of the best sections that I¿ve found useful is the ¿Ask the Proctor¿ section. The reason this section is so useful is that the labs are presented as if you where given the assignment in the actual certification exam. In other word, the labs are initially present to challenge you to accomplish the lab with no other assistance or information. This is where ¿Ask the Proctor¿ comes in. It gives you a taste of what to expect when seeking out clarity for a particular task. In a nut shell, your question need to be very well thought out and don¿t expect answers from the Proctor to be revealing. This is what makes this title so great because it gives you a true taste of what to expect. Each lab has a supporting diagram accompanied by several configuration and command screen outputs, at the appropriate times. The book comes with a CDROM that has each lab configuration for each device. The labs are well organized through a GUI application that makes the labs easy to find and implement. I would highly recommend this title for anyone that is either considering pursuing the CCIE certification or gung ho to get certified. If you¿re considering pursuing the CCIE certification, this title may save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars and possibly humble you at the same time. If you¿re gung ho, this is great economical resource. If it helps you make an extra 20 points, it may be the only thing standing in your way of passing the test and achieving your goal. After reading this title, I feel better prepared for the CCIE Lab. The biggest thing I¿ve gained from reading this book is an understanding of the rules of the game.
CCIE Routing and Switching Practice Labs ISBN: 1587051478 CCIE Routing and Switching Practice Labs by Martin J. Duggan and Maurilio de Paula Gorito is a must have for anyone preparing for the CCIE Routing and Switching lab exam. The book consists of 6 practice labs that are designed to prepare you for the actual lab exam. The quality of the labs are equal to or better than the other lab prep books that are on the market. You get 6 in-depth labs for a fraction of the cost of other lab prep guides. Each lab is broken into several sections. The first section deals with explaining the lab topology and the actual lab requirements. The next section is titled ¿Ask the Proctor¿. This section lists questions that you might find yourself asking the proctor in the real exam. So it mainly provides little hints on how to accomplish some of the tasks in the lab. The final section is the debriefing. Here you will find the solutions to the lab. The one thing to be aware of is that the labs in this book are designed using the latest technology that is in the lab. Even though you can complete parts of the lab using older equipment, to get the full benefits of the labs make sure that you either have the equipment or rent rack time somewhere. There is not much to explain with regards to the actual content that is in the book. All you really need to know is that the labs cover all of the topics that you will see in the real lab and then some. The solutions section points out gotcha areas where engineer commonly make mistakes. It points out what you should look for when identifying what technology to use. There is no ¿one book¿ that can provide everything that you need in order to pass the lab exam. I feel that this book did a good job putting together six labs that covered all f the items that one will see on the real lab. As long as the reader has the idea that this book is just a tool to aid in learning the material, the reader should be able to get a lot out of it. If the reader is looking for a ¿one book¿ solution, this book is not for them. If you are looking for cost effective, well written labs then look no further.
CCIE Routing and Switching Practice Labs by Martin J Duggan and Maurilio P Gorito (Cisco Press, 2004) leads through a half dozen labs that are representative of Cisco's day-long routing and switching exam. Each lab has a slightly different slant but they all relate to the objectives covered on the exam. I set up the first lab with a friend according to the topology of Lab 1 and found a number of typos (interface identifiers mostly) but also found it to be a great learning experience. Each chapter begins with an equipment list and instructions for setting up the lab. All labs require about 8 routers and a switch; in general, the popular 3550 Catalyst switch is used and Cisco 2600 routers are considered adequate. Often these routers are made to emulate a frame-relay switch to help with the remote access portions of the exam. Both logical topologies and cabling diagram are shown to assist you in this process. The descriptions include explicit instructions as to how to set up the basic connectivity that will allow you to configure solutions to the problems. After you've set up Layer 2, you then are given the Layer 3 IP addresses and you're ready to jump into the lab. A lot questions will ask for the 'most efficient' way of doing something. In a requested voice configuration, for instance, you may be tempted to jump right into a VoIP configuration, but if the routers that will be transporting the voice traffic are already frame-relay connected, then VoFR is in the intended method. You also have to be careful not to break the data connectivity when you configure the interfaces for VoFR. Then, you might have to ensure that voice is still available if a connection between the routers along the main path fails; this is where you need to configure dial peers for VoIP over ISDN. There are 'easy' requirements in the CCIE lab that break previous configurations, and while you should always be mindful of rechecking your earlier work to make sure it's standing up under the later configurations, you should especially be careful about this when a questions seems like a giveaway. Throughout, the book tells you how many points you might get if you caught this subtlety or that one, and tells you where you might lose a few if you leave off something. Although these labs are geared specifically to the CCIE exam, they speak to issues and best practices that can be applied in the day to day working of a network engineer. (For instance, there are appendixes on Frame Relay and ATM switch configuration, and troubleshooting.) That's why working through these problems has value even if you're not ready to climb to the top of the CCIE pyramid: you can still be that much more confident that you're keeping your network healthy.