CCDA 640-864 Official Cert Guide

CCDA 640-864 Official Cert Guide

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by Anthony Bruno, Steve Jordan

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Trust the best selling Official Cert Guide series from Cisco Press to help you learn, prepare, and practice for exam success. They are built with the objective of providing assessment, review, and practice to help ensure you are fully prepared for your certification exam.

CCDA 640-864 Official Cert Guide presents you with an organized test preparation


Trust the best selling Official Cert Guide series from Cisco Press to help you learn, prepare, and practice for exam success. They are built with the objective of providing assessment, review, and practice to help ensure you are fully prepared for your certification exam.

CCDA 640-864 Official Cert Guide presents you with an organized test preparation routine through the use of proven series elements and techniques. “Do I Know This Already?” quizzes open each chapter and enable you to decide how much time you need to spend on each section. Exam topic lists make referencing easy. Chapter-ending Exam Preparation Tasks help you drill on key concepts you must know thoroughly.

  • Master Cisco CCDA 640-864 exam topics
  • Assess your knowledge with chapter-opening quizzes
  • Review key concepts with exam preparation tasks
  • Practice with realistic exam questions on the CD-ROM

CCDA 640-864 Official Cert Guide, focuses specifically on the objectives for the Cisco CCDA DESGN exam. Expert networking consultants Anthony Bruno and Steve Jordan share preparation hints and test-taking tips, helping you identify areas of weakness and improve both your conceptual knowledge and hands-on skills. Material is presented in a concise manner, focusing on increasing your understanding and retention of exam topics.

The companion CD-ROM contains a powerful Pearson IT Certification Practice Test engine that enables you to focus on individual topic areas or take a complete, timed exam. The assessment engine also tracks your performance and provides feedback on a module-by-module basis, laying out a complete assessment of your knowledge to help you focus your study where it is needed most.

Well-regarded for its level of detail, assessment features, comprehensive design scenarios, and challenging review questions and exercises, this official study guide helps you master the concepts and techniques that will enable you to succeed on the exam the first time.

The official study guide helps you master all the topics on the CCDA DESGN exam, including:

  • Network design methodology
  • Network structure models
  • Enterprise LAN and data center design
  • Enterprise network virtualization
  • Wireless LAN design
  • WAN technologies and design
  • IPv4 and IPv6
  • Route summarization and route filtering
  • Security solutions
  • Voice and video design
  • Network management protocols

CCDA 640-864 Official Cert Guide is part of a recommended learning path from Cisco that includes simulation and hands-on training from authorized Cisco Learning Partners and self-study products from Cisco Press. To find out more about instructor-led training, e-learning, and hands-on instruction offered by authorized Cisco Learning Partners worldwide, please visit

The print edition of the CCDA 640-864 Official Cert Guide contains a free, complete practice exam.

Pearson IT Certification Practice Test minimum system requirements:

Windows XP (SP3), Windows Vista (SP2), or Windows 7;

Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 Client;

Microsoft SQL Server Compact 4.0;

Pentium class 1GHz processor (or equivalent);

512 MB RAM;

650 MB disc space plus 50 MB for each downloaded practice exam

Also available from Cisco Press for Cisco CCDA study is the CCDA 640-864 Official Cert Guide Premium Edition eBook and Practice Test. This digital-only certification preparation product combines an eBook with enhanced Pearson IT Certification Practice Test.

This integrated learning package:

  • Allows you to focus on individual topic areas or take complete, timed exams
  • Includes direct links from each question to detailed tutorials to help you understand the concepts behind the questions
  • Provides unique sets of exam-realistic practice questions
  • Tracks your performance and provides feedback on a module-by-module basis, laying out a complete assessment of your knowledge to help you focus your study where it is needed most

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Meet the Author

Anthony Bruno, CCIE No. 2738, is a senior principal consultant with BT with more than 20 years of experience in the internetworking field. Previously, he worked for International Network Services, Lucent Technologies, and as a captain in the U.S. Air Force. His other network certifications include CCDP, CCVP, CCSP, Cisco Data Center Network Infrastructure Specialist, Cisco Security Solutions & Design Specialist, JNCIS-ER, Project+, ITILv3 Foundation, and CWNA. He has consulted for many enterprise and service provider customers in the design, implementation, and optimization of large-scale data and IP telephony networks. Anthony leads architecture and design teams in building nextgeneration networks for his customers. He completed his Master of Science in Electrical Engineering at the University of Missouri–Rolla in 1994 and his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering at the University of Puerto Rico–Mayaguez in 1990. He is also a part-time instructor for the University of Phoenix–Online, teaching networking courses.


Steve Jordan, CCIEx3 #11293, has nearly two decades of experience in the field of networking and currently specializes in Data Center technologies. For the last 10 years, Steve has worked with many Enterprise and Service Provider customers in both pre-sales and post-sales engineering and architecture roles along with working at several Cisco Gold Partners. Steve is a 10-Year triple CCIE in the tracks of Routing & Switching (2003), Storage Networking (2013) and Data Center (2013) and is currently working towards achieving the CCDE certification. Steve lives in Houston, TX with his wife and 3 sons. When he is not teaching CCIE DC bootcamps, Steve can be found traveling to new places, finding great food, and listening to live music. You can contact Steve Jordan at, follow him on Twitter @ccie11293, or find him helping others in the INE’s IEOC Community Forum.


Steve was also the coauthor for the previous edition of the CCDA Exam Certification Guide, Third Edition.

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CCDA 640-864 Official Cert Guide 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So yeah, theres quite a few errors and grammatical incontinuities, its short, and it gives no insight into the story besides a nightmare. T It could be better. I want to see at least a first chapter before condemning it though.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I counted six spelling errors and a grammatical error. I recommend you read up on your grammar if you should continue.
Tech_Junkie More than 1 year ago
This book is a great study guide and it serves a very useful long term purpose as a great reference tool. I am also using it as one of my study materials preparing for the Cisco CCNA exam. I really like the way Cisco presents the material. This guide has just enough detail to clearly cover the topic but not overwhelm. The use of tables, figures, examples, and bulleted points, make it an easy read. Key topics for the exam are clearly marked. Each chapter begins with a quiz which is helpful in deciding how much time to spend studying that chapter. Each chapter also ends with a Q&A section which serves to ensure that you understand the material. The last 2 chapters of the guide tie it all together by providing real world comprehensive scenarios and tools for final exam preparation. The CD contains supplemental materials including: * Memory Tables and the Memory tables answer key in PDF format. This is similar to a cheat sheet and provides another good tool for certification preparation. * The installer for the exam engine for the practice test and the process to activate it * Link to register this guide so that you can receive any update The exam engine installed and ran well on Windows 7. It provides 2 modes, study and practice exam. You can choose to include the book questions as well as the practice exam questions. You can include or exclude questions for each exam objective. You can choose to order by objective or not. You can choose the number of questions to select and a time limit. You can move forward and backward through the questions. You can also review the answer and an explanation at any point in time. This exam engine also allows you to save notes for any specific question which is a feature I have not seen before. When you click the Grade Exam button, you are provided with detailed feedback on your results. This includes feedback on each objective as well as each question. I highly recommend this book as either a study guide and/or a great reference tool for networking concepts.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
CCDA 640-864 Official Cert Guide is a well written and easy to understand book. The book's goal is to help the readers pass the 640-864 Cisco DESGN exam. All chapters start with the "Do I know this already" quiz, followed by the introduction of the foundation topics and finished with Q&A. The book covers the design of Cisco internetwork infrastructure from the basic network design, LAN and WAN design to security, voice and video design. The first three chapters mainly discuss the network design method, Cisco enterprise architecture model and enterprise LAN design. It illustrates the usual campus layer design (core-distribution-access) along with the best design practices for large, medium or small LAN sites. It covers redundancy protocols like HSRP, VRRP and GLBP in 2 pages but its explanation is very concise and good. The data center design chapter touches many different topics from power, cooling, cabling to virtualization. There are a lot of acronyms like VSS, VRF, vPC, VSAN and others. The book does not explain them clearly. Readers will need to check the references and recommended readings at the end of the chapter to get a better understanding. There are also a lot of Cisco equipment (Nexus switches, ASA firewall and others) being mentioned. I know this is a design book but it should at least dedicate one chapter to introduce these Cisco equipments for readers who have no knowledge about Cisco products. Chapter 7 WAN design briefly illustrates Cisco router and switching solution only but not the new Nexus switches and other security products. The book does a good job explaining the WAN technologies and designs especially MPLS. In two pages, it is able to provide the summary on how MPLS works and the design for layer 2 and layer 3 MPLS. The book does an excellent job describing IPv4 and IPv6 and their comparison. I do recommend reading Shannon McFarland's IPv6 for Enterprise Networks for readers who want to know more about IPv6. The book also covers routing protocol topics well. Not only it describes how each routing protocols like RIP, EIGRP and OSPF work but it also explains these protocols in IPv6 networks. The chapter also explains route manipulation as well as BGP and its attributes. It does not cover ISIS. I find it interesting that the book dedicates 8 pages to explain IP multicast while it only reserves 2 pages for MPLS. Chapter 16 discusses three network case study scenarios and the final chapter is about final exam preparation where it identifies the tool and tips to use the material for the study. This book is relatively easy to read and understand for readers who are very familiar with Cisco switching and routing concepts. I recommend this book without hesitation. I rate this book 5 out of 5 stars. The book will help the readers pass the exam. However, I still recommend the readers to access the Cisco web site to get more information for their study in addition to reading this book
Boudville More than 1 year ago
The dominant computer networking company is Cisco. So if you aspire to be a network manager, being certified in Cisco products can be an important qualification. To help you pass the CCDA DESGN exam, the authors of this book compiled a massive study aid. Each chapter is prefaced by a 'Do I know this already' quiz. A few pages of multiple choice questions. None seems particularly hard or conceptually deep. This is a nice format for what is meant to be a purely functional, single purpose book. Perhaps like the venerable Schaum's Outline series, fleshed out with more narrative. I wonder why I don't see this more often. Often texts for exam preparation have quizzes at the end of chapters; not at the start. As usual with most Cisco books, the network diagrams are well drawn and usually simple. An invaluable aid to understanding the accompanying narrative. Often, the diagrams reduce the discussion of a network topology or routing to the minimal essence in graphical form. This pictorial representation might be what really makes coherent of a lot of text to the reader. The book can serve another purpose. The grouping of information into the various chapters is a handy way to study networking. Several of the chapters, like those on Internet Protocol version 4 and version 6, can be regarded as quite generic; ie. not about Cisco products and their specific properties. Likewise with the chapter on managing security. This talks about 3rd party tools (think Nmap, Nessus and Kismet as examples) and the overall design of a network. Don't forget the accompanying CD. While the book has those quizzes, the CD is meant as a full test run, after you have hopefully assimilated the chapters. If you are indeed preparing for the exam and have gotten this book, sittin thru the CD is vital feedback on your preparation status. If you find that you've scored too low on the CD exam, then consider postponing taking the real exam while you reread [more carefully this time!] the book. This can easily repay the cost of the book, compared to having to retake the exam.