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The official test preparation guide for the CCDA 640-861 DESGN exam
The first step in the Cisco Systems certification networking design track, CCDA (Cisco Certified Design Associate) certification requires that a candidate pass the CCDA 640-861 DESGN exam. CCDAs have the skills needed to determine customer requirements for security, scalability, and network management; design a network structure that meets customers' needs; identify how to build a network prototype; and link Cisco's products in an end-to-end manner.
CCDA Exam Certification Guide (CCDA Self-Study), Second Edition is designed for professional networkers and students who are pursuing CCDA certification. As such, the book will cover all the exam topics upon which candidates will be tested in this new version of the CCDA exam. Each chapter uses all the necessary components to help a reader prepare for the exam, including "Do I Know this Already" quizzes that assess knowledge; Foundation Summary sections that highlight essential concepts; exam topic lists for easy reference; and end-of-chapter review questions. The final chapter in the book contains scenarios that help readers prepare for the exam.
A companion CD-ROM contains more than 200 questions intended to provide testing preparationand feedback on areas for further study.
|Pt. I||General Network Design||2|
|Ch. 1||Design Principles||5|
|Ch. 2||Network Design Methodology||21|
|Ch. 3||Network Structure Models||45|
|Pt. II||LAN and WAN Design||72|
|Ch. 4||LAN Design||75|
|Ch. 5||Wide-Area Networking Technologies||111|
|Ch. 6||Designing Wide-Area Networking Solutions||135|
|Ch. 7||Backup Options and Sample WAN Designs||155|
|Ch. 8||VPN and DSL WAN Design||173|
|Pt. III||The Internet Protocol and Routing Protocols||196|
|Ch. 9||Internet Protocol Version 4||199|
|Ch. 10||Internet Protocol Version 6||235|
|Ch. 11||Routing Protocol Selection Criteria||265|
|Ch. 12||RIP, IGRP, and EIGRP Characteristics and Design||289|
|Ch. 13||OSPF and IS-IS||321|
|Ch. 14||Border Gateway Protocol, Redistribution, and IP Multicast||345|
|Pt. IV||Security, Convergence, and Network Management||376|
|Ch. 15||Common Security Flaws and Monitoring||379|
|Ch. 16||SAFE Blueprint and the Security Ecosystem||405|
|Ch. 17||Traditional Voice Architectures and Integrated Voice Design||421|
|Ch. 18||Network Management Technologies||463|
|Ch. 19||Network Management Functionality||477|
|Pt. V||Comprehensive Scenarios||492|
|Ch. 20||Comprehensive Scenarios||495|
|App. A||Answers to Chapter "Do I Know This Already?" Quizzes and Q&A Sections||513|
|App. B||The OSI Reference Model and Numeric Conversion||583|
|App. C||References and Recommended Readings||601|
Posted September 19, 2005
When I took the CCNA, I remember reading several books out there in preparation for the exam that just plain made me fall asleep. When I found Interconnecting Cisco Network Devices, I was overjoyed because it was very easy to follow and interesting to learn the material required for passing the exam. The book sort of ¿spoke my language¿ for lack of a better term. I had a similar feeling while reading the CCDA Exam Certification Guide. In preparation of the CCDA exam, I found this book to be both interesting and insightful! I found myself getting very excited reading chapter to chapter which were well broken up by the before and after quizzes. All of the items required to pass the CCDA exam I felt were covered in great detail and after reading this book, I feel I was well prepared for the exam. The material contained in this book gives great insight to what I feel you should know as a CCDA. Whether or not it will get you a passing score I guess is up to your test taking skills.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 24, 2004
This book may get you familiar with the exam material, but not prepare you for the actual exam. The test/practice questions included in the book and on the CD-ROM.. seemed useful, but the actual questions on the exam are structured much differently. I got to the point where I answered correctly every single question in that book and on that CD, but there are concepts on the exam that are not discussed in the same way as in the book. I felt after I took the exam I wasted my money on this book. I will not be buying any more books by Cisco Press, or anything written by these authors.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 8, 2004
The CCDA Exam Certification Guide by Anthony Bruno and Jaqueline Kim (Ciscopress, ISBN 158720067) is a book that will help towards achieving the Cisco Certified Design Associate (CCDA) certification, especially if the reader has some familiarity with implementing LAN/WAN technology. Especially helpful in preparing for the CCDA is the ¿Do I know This Already?¿ quizzes at the beginning of each chapter. These quizzes helped me to determine how much time I required spending on the chapter. I found that for most of the technology specific areas (routing protocols, switching concepts, etc.) I was extremely strong. I still found it good practice to read through these chapters anyway. Initially I thought taking the CCDA exam would be a piece of cake based upon my experience in Cisco Networking, but these initial quizzes proved that thought to be flawed when it came to a formalized design process. Each chapter has a ¿Summary¿ section that provides a quick overview of the material discussed in the chapter. I found these to truly be a good summary of the chapters and I placed a bookmark at each of these summaries to be able to quickly locate them for a review prior to taking the CCDA exam. At the end of each chapter, I found that the ¿Q&A¿ sections were useful to find out my retention of the information that I read. I especially liked the fact that some of these questions were in an essay format and not all multiple choice or true/false questions. This really forced me to understand the processes required for design. One chapter that I particularly liked was the one on IPv6 basics. The explanation of this new protocol helped to clarify a lot of my thoughts on the protocol. It was presented in a way that took a lot of the fear of IPv6 away. One of the sections that I struggled through was the first couple of chapters that were based upon the Cisco SAFE blueprint. I found that by going out to cisco.com and reading through the SAFE blueprint helped me to get through these chapters with a much greater understanding of them. The final chapter of the book dealt with ¿real world¿ scenarios. I especially liked the addition of this to the book as it provides an introduction to what a network designer would come across. This helped be able to gain an understanding of the questions that should be asked as a network design is developed as well as where the design proposal should address the design specifics. The book comes with a CD with practice exams on it. I found the ¿Do I Know This Already?¿ quizzes to be very accurate and followed the book. When I went through the practice CCDA exam, I spent a lot of time going back and reviewing ¿incorrect¿ answers only to find that the practice exam had mistakenly flagged the answer as incorrect. There were a couple of times that providing the correct answers to the questions would match what the exam said was the correct answer, but they would be counted as incorrect. The practice CCDA exam appears to be related to Boson as it requires registering the CD online in order to access the tests. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who has a couple years of practical experience implementing and maintaining a network. This book will definitely help the reader to achieve the CCDA certification and will remain on my bookshelf for future reference as I prepare new network designs. Based on the format of this book, I will definitely purchase additional Ciscopress books authored by Anthony Bruno. On a scale of 1 to 5, I would give this book a 4. Had the practice exam on the CD been better, I would have no problem giving this book a rating of 5 out of 5.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 18, 2004
Having recently taken the CCDA exam I was interested in seeing how the CCDA Self-Study Exam Certification Guide would have helped me in my preparations. What I found is that authors Bruno and Kim do a good job in covering most if not all the exam objectives. However, they lack in providing the depth of knowledge needed to adequately prepare an individual for the exam. Typical of most Cisco Press self-study exam prep guides each chapter starts off with a ¿Do I Know This Already?¿ quiz. These do a wonderful job in providing the reader a quick way to gauge what they know in that particular area. The chapters then proceed to the Foundation Topics, a Foundation Summary, and finally a Q&A section. I found that the majority of chapters do an adequate job in presenting the information you will need to not be totally lost on the exam. Ok, now the crux of my evaluation. I don¿t believe I could use this book solely to study and pass the CCDA exam. The book provides an excellent introduction to all of the topics covered on the exam but just does not do so in as much depth as the exam requires. One particular area is the area of network design and also network design methodology (chapters 1 and 2). The authors spend about 30 pages of text describing what about a third of the exams consist. Let me be honest here, those areas were ones that I struggled with, particularly discerning between a technical/business goal/restraint, so maybe I am jaded. To be balanced, the material covering IPv6 was excellent in its minimalist approach. It was much easier to read than the 30 or so page whitepaper, ¿The ABC¿s of IPv6¿. Also the section on the Enterprise Composite Network model was concise and the diagrams were wonderful. In general I think this book would be great to read as both an introduction to the material and also as a review the weekend before the exam. The case study in the last chapter gives you plenty of review material and a way to model what you might find in the real world. The CD containing the entire book in PDF format and 200 practice questions would also be helpfully in reviewing/preparing for the exam. The diagrams and illustrations are clear and help in digesting the material. For my money, I don¿t think you can buy enough material to prepare for the CCDA exam. I am a CCNA, a CCDP, and a Cisco Voice specialist and found the CCDA exam to be one of the harder exams that I have taken from Cisco (Biochemistry has them all beat). This guide won¿t solely get you through the exam it will certainly help get you started and/or help you review. I would also suggest Diane Teare¿s Cisco Press book CCDA Self-Study, Designing for Cisco Internetwork Solutions (ISBN 1587051419) and Priscilla Oppenheimer¿s Top-Down Network Design (ISBN 1578700698) as books to also use in studying for the CCDA exam. They provide a much more in depth coverage of most of the material.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 5, 2004
I own many Cisco Press titles (about 20), and I am pleased with all of them. They are the most readable, thorough titles on the market when it comes to exam preparation. I waited several months for this book to be published so that I could pursue my CCDA certification, and I ordered it the day it started shipping. Over the next four weeks, I put in about 4 hours per day, on average, reading this book and using the materials on the CD that's bundled with it. Using this book as my primary study guide, I passed the exam on the first try. From a content and presentation standpoint, this book is one of the best self-teaching tools I¿ve ever used, period. The book corresponds very well to Cisco's published objectives for the CCDA exam, covering them all in great detail. As I found on the exam, if you have mastered the material in this book you will find most aspects of the CCDA exam almost trivial. Except for the fact that you have 75 minutes to complete 72 questions--so know your material cold. Good preparation is a must. I found two things that really helped me with this: (1) the 'Do I Know This Already' and Q&A quizzes included with every chapter, (2) the CD's practice exam engine. The Q&A and 'Do I Know This Already' materials are a bit misleading in one sense, however. The Q&A questions at the end of each chapter are considerably more difficult than the 'Do I Know This Already' questions. If you want to gauge your knowledge of a topic before deciding to skip that chapter, you should probably go straight to the Q&A questions rather than making an assessment based on the 'Do I Know This Already' quizzes. This book gives outstanding introductions to routing protocols, including RIPv2, EIGRP, OSPF, IS-IS and BGP, devoting several chapters to them. (It also covers CCNA topics such as RIP and IGRP for completeness.) Although the coverage of advanced routing protocols, QoS/CoS, multicast, and a few other topic areas benefited me greatly in pursuit of my CCNP certification, there's almost no coverage of any of them on the CCDA exam. The same is true of a few other topics in the book, including (sadly) VoIP. That said, however, this new CCDA Exam Certification Guide is also a very good preparatory tool for the 642-871 ARCH exam. Without studying anything specific to that exam, I only missed this exam (and my CCDP) by 20 points after passing the CCDA and the CCNP routing (BSCI) and switching (BCMSN)exams, which are the other prerequisites for the CCDP certification. The CD packaged with this book contains a great practice exam engine (Cisco Press is licensing the Boson exam engine with this book and its newest CCNP Exam Cert Guide books). I found it very useful also, although frankly I'm annoyed that I had to register the software via the Internet before I could use it. I mean, I paid for the book . . . let me use the software! In the course of using this book to prepare for the exam, I found a number of errors in the book. The majority are typographical, but some (nine, to be exact) are content errors that need to be fixed in the next printing. Of the errors I found, only a few percent are technical errors, so the remaining 90%+ shouldn't trip up careful readers. I've sent my list of corrections to Cisco Press to help them make the book better. Overall I give this book four stars. The next printing, if it fixes the errors, will get a solid five stars from me.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 10, 2004
The CCDA Exam Certification Guide (Anthothy Bruno, Cisco Press, ISBN 1-58720-076-7) is a good choice for CCDA candidates from a large range of experience and backgrounds. As a technical trainer I look for texts which present material in a way that is clear to understand and emphasizes recall and review. I look for clear diagrams and charts which are relevant to their context and aid understanding of difficult concepts. This text meets all these objectives well. The text is labeled as a ¿Self-Study¿ guide. However, I would recommend it regardless of weather the reader is receiving formal training or is studying independently. This is a good text for someone who has completed the CCNA program and wishes to broaden their knowledge by going for the CCDA Many of my CCNA students read a chapter of their text and wrongly assume they have acquired enough knowledge about a topic. With a few review questions they find they understand less than they initially thought, but they know what is lacking. Anthony Bruno¿s text gives so many opportunities for review. Review questions and summaries are included at the beginning and end of every chapter. Bruno¿s text includes ¿Do I Know This Already?¿ quizzes at the beginning of every chapter and ¿Q&A¿ at the end of every chapter. Do I Know This Already gives readers a good idea of their strengths/weaknesses in knowledge before starting a chapter. It even allows for skimming or skipping chapters based on solid understanding of a concept. The Q&A at the end of every chapter allows one to test understanding and review what didn¿t quite sink in the first time. The only drawback to these sections is that there are several errors which are somewhat frustrating and can confuse readers. There is also a CD which provides an exam simulation for final preparation for the CCDA. This saves so much time in searching the web/other texts for practice questions. The explanations of concepts are generally high-quality. However, there are areas which assume a level of understanding that not all CCDA candidates have or are expected to have. Some explanations could stand to be a bit clearer and contain errors. However, a little on-line research can go a long way to fill in some gaps a reader may have. All in all it cuts the middle between an experienced candidate and someone new to networking well. The illustrations and charts are first-rate. I always find Cisco Press¿s illustrations to be superior to other texts in clarity and relevance to the text. Charts are included every time they need to be to aid understanding. The most important charts are reproduced in the summaries of every chapter. This is something I always find lacking in non-Cisco Press texts. I would definitely recommend this text to my students going for the CCDA. Someone who reads the text, goes through all the review questions, and conducts on-line research/study should be well prepared for the CCDA. I wouldn¿t recommend this for someone who has not already gone through a CCNA program or has CCNA level experience (just do that first!). On a scale of 1-5, I¿d rate this text a 4.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 11, 2003
This book is an excellent exam preparation aid and will help you understand and appreciate the topics needed to pass the new Cisco CCDA exam (DESGN 640-861). Each chapter begins with a self-assessment quiz and ends with review questions. The multiple-choice review questions and the comprehensive scenarios in part 5 of the book aid in retention of relevant facts. As an update to the first edition of the CCDA exam certification guide, IPv6, voice and security network design issues are covered to reasonable depth in this second edition. I would suggest to anyone planning to take the CCDA exam to have CCNA-level training/knowledge before attempting this exam. The book is broken down to 6 parts- Part 1 - General Network Design Chpts 1 - 3 Part 2 - LAN and WAN Design Chpts 4 - 8 Part 3 - The Internet Protocol and Routing Protocols Chpts 9 - 14 Part 4 - Security, Convergence and Network Management Chpts 15 - 19 Part 5 - Comprehensive Scenarios Part 6 - Appendices The presentation of the material makes great reading, and will prove useful even after the exam. The companion CD-Rom has 280 questions. This includes questions from the book, multiple choice, drag and drop and fill in the blank questions. The test engine is similar to the ones on the Boson practice tests. I am currently preparing for the DESGN 640-861 exam and this book has been a great help. I have also taken a look at the Sybex book by Todd Lammle. The Sybex book is decent, but I find this one of greater value.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.