Building Cisco Multilayer Switched Networks (BCMSN) (Authorized Self-Study Guide) / Edition 4by Richard Froom, Frahim. Erum, Balaji Sivasubramanian, Erum Frahim, Balaji Sivasubramanian
Pub. Date: 03/01/2007
Publisher: Cisco Press
Authorized Self-Study Guide: Building Cisco Multilayer Switched Networks (BCMSN), Fourth Edition, is a Ciscor authorized, self-paced learning tool for CCNPr switching foundation learning. You will learn how to create scalable multilayer switched networks by installing, configuring, monitoring, and troubleshooting network infrastructure equipment for a campus
Authorized Self-Study Guide: Building Cisco Multilayer Switched Networks (BCMSN), Fourth Edition, is a Ciscor authorized, self-paced learning tool for CCNPr switching foundation learning. You will learn how to create scalable multilayer switched networks by installing, configuring, monitoring, and troubleshooting network infrastructure equipment for a campus switched network and integrate advanced technologies such as VoIP and wireless. This comprehensive book provides detailed information and easy-to-grasp tutorials on advanced skills in design, configuration, operation, and troubleshooting of enterprise level switched networks, including converged IP data, voice, and Airespace wireless LAN (WLAN) connectivity. The book assumes only a basic understanding of networking so it provides a great deal of detail on the topics covered. This book is ideal for certification candidates who are seeking a self-paced tool to learn the material covered in the latest BCMSN exam. Each chapter opens with the list of topics covered to clearly identify the focus of that chapter. At the end of each chapter, Study Tips list the main points related to the BCMSN exam. A summary of key concepts for quick study and review questions provide you with an opportunity to assess and reinforce your understanding of the material. Real-world case studies help illuminate theoretical concepts. In addition, chapters that cover Catalyst configurations also include configuration exercises. Most of these are small-scale exercises that can be performed on a single switch. The goal of using small-scale exercises is to enable network professionals to practice the configuration exercises with only a single switch.
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I have CCNP and CCSP certifications. I have been taking Cisco exams for the past 12 years. I've been teaching computers and networks for 10 years. Cisco books are known for being a dry read but this book is a disaster. The end-of-chapter questions don't match the chapter content. In Chapter 2, it even has a note that the answers to these questions may be in different chapters of the book. Then why aren't the questions re-located to the appropriate chapters? The purpose of chapter questions is to see if the reader understood the content. The Review Commands don't list all the commands in the chapter and include some commands not in the chapter. The commands are either explained poorly or not explained at all. Some of the commands are from obsolete versions of the operating system and no longer used. For example the "squeeze" command hasn't been used in at least 8 years. The book spends a lot of time on the CatOS commands even though this is NOT on the BCMSN exam. The writers (???) apparently suffer from "Lazy Instructor Syndrome". This book reads like someone copied and pasted pieces of existing Cisco articles together without any regard for logical organization or flow. The only reason why I can understand this book at all is because I already have years of Cisco experience. If you are trying to get your CCNP for the first time, try CCNP BCMSN Official Exam Certification Guide by Hucaby. It is a far superior text book.