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Overview

The official self-study test preparation package for the Cisco CCNA 640-801, ICND 640-811, and INTRO 640-821 exams

These best-selling study guides help you master all the topics on the new CCNA exam, including:

  • TCP/IP and OSI networking models
  • Operating Cisco(r) routers and LAN switches
  • IP addressing and subnetting
  • Discovering information about an IP network
  • Analog modems, PAP/CHAP, DSL, and cable
  • Spanning Tree Protocol (STP), VLANs, and trunking
  • RIP, IGRP, EIGRP, OSPF, and static route concepts and configuration
  • Variable-length subnet masking (VLSM) support and route summarization
  • Classless Interdomain Routing (CIDR) and Network Address Translation (NAT)
  • Point-to-point leased line implementation
  • ISDN and Dial-on-Demand Routing (DDR)
  • Frame Relay configuration
  • IP Access Control List (ACL) security

CCNA Certification Library is a comprehensive review and practice package for the new CCNA exam. Whether you choose to take the new two-exam track or the single, unified CCNA exam, you will find all the tools you need to fully prepare you for CCNA certification. The two books contained in this package, CCNA INTRO Exam Certification Guide and CCNA ICND Exam Certification Guide, present complete reviews and ample opportunity to test your knowledge of CCNA exam topics. Senior instructor and best-selling author Wendell Odom shares preparation hints and test-taking tips, helping you identify areas requiring further study and improve both your conceptual and hands-on knowledge. This new edition is organized in a modular fashion, segmenting larger chapters into smaller, more easily digestible components. Material is presented in a concise manner, focusing on increasing your understanding and retention of exam topics.

CCNA INTRO Exam Certification Guide and CCNA ICND Exam Certification Guide present 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 allow you to decide how much time you need to spend on each section. Exam topic lists and Foundation Summary tables make referencing easy and give you a quick refresher whenever you need it. Challenging chapter-ending review questions help you assess your knowledge and reinforce key concepts. Scenario-based exercises help you think about exam objectives in real-world situations, thus increasing recall during exam time.

The companion CD-ROMs contain a powerful new testing engine that allows you to focus on individual topic areas or take complete, timed exams from INTRO, ICND, or unified CCNA test banks. The assessment engine also tracks your performance and provides feedback on a module-by-module basis, presenting question-by-question remediation to the text and laying out a complete study plan for review. The CD-ROMs also include a wealth of hands-on practice exercises and a copy of the Boson NetSim(tm) for CCNA, Learning Edition, network simulation software that allows you to practice your hands-on skills in a virtual lab environment.

Well-regarded for their level of detail, assessment features, and challenging review questions and exercises, these books help you master the concepts and techniques that will enable you to succeed on the CCNA exam the first time. And to help you on the road to your CCNA certification, this package also includes a $10US voucher, valid worldwide, good for any of the new CCNA exams.

CCNA Certification Library is part of a recommended study program from Cisco Systems(r) 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, e-learning, and hands-on instruction offered by authorized Cisco learning Partners worldwide, please visit www.cisco.com/go/authorizedtraining.

Companion CD-ROM
The two CD-ROMs contain over 500 practice questions for the ICND, INTRO, and CCNA exams, including simulation-based questions. Also contains hands-on exercises and a copy of the NetSim for CCNA LE network simulation software.

Plus: The CCNA ICND Exam Certification Guide Barnes & Noble Enhanced Edition issued CD-ROM includes access to BONUS electronic content from the Cisco Networkers user conference.

This volume is part of the Exam Certification Guide Series from Cisco Press(r). Books in this series provide officially developed exam preparation materials that offer assessment, review, and practice to help Cisco Career Certification candidates identify weaknesses, concentrate their study efforts, and enhance their confidence as exam day nears.

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Cisco recently announced the most important restructuring of its CCNA program ever. Whether you’re currently pursuing certification, thinking about it for the future, or you’re already a CCNA and you want to stay certified, listen up.

For years, there’s been one path to CCNA certification. Suddenly -- remember high school biology? -- mitosis. Now, there are two. If you want to learn everything at once, you can still get your CCNA by passing a single exam: the new CCNA 640-801. But -- as many CCNA candidates have learned to their dismay -- that’s a lot of material to cover. And it’s all or nothing. Fail the exam, and you’ve got to go through the process all over again.

But now there’s an alternative: a two-exam path to your CCNA. You can start with an introductory exam, INTRO 640-821: Introduction to Cisco Networking Technologies.

This is material you can get your arms around before you become a heavy-duty routing and switching expert. The fundamentals of TCP/IP, WANs, IP, TCP; basics of running Cisco routers and switches; LAN cabling; introductory IP addressing and subnetting; dynamic routing protocols; and a little remote access. Pass this exam, and you’re halfway home.

Then, when you’re ready, you can take the second exam: ICND 640-811, Interconnecting Cisco Network Devices. You can learn at your own pace, and relax. (Well, not too much!)

The ICND exam also does double duty as the recertification exam for folks who already have CCNA certification. (So you don’t need to remember the OSI model to get recertified -- great!) But don’t expect Cisco to be too merciful. It’s been awhile since the CCNA content was updated, so they’ve gone through both exams to add a whole batch of new topics.

Now that you know what’s changed, what’s the best way to study for it? Cisco Press has just released a whole new series of books that map perfectly to the new exams. These books don’t just contain new coverage. They take a far more modular approach, with shorter, snappier chapters. If you only have a few minutes, you can still do some serious studying. Of course, Cisco’s experts have gone through this content with a fine-tooth comb, so you can trust it.

You’ll also find some pretty slick new study features. We think you’ll love the new Boson NetSim for CCNA, a fully functioning network simulator customized to match the books’ lab scenarios. But don’t ignore the new Tech 2000 practice testing engine, developed specifically for these books. Not only are there loads of new questions, you have better control over how you practice. It’ll even generate study plans for you.

If you’re pursuing the two-exam path to your CCNA, we highly recommend Cisco’s bundle, CCNA Certification Library (CCNA Self-Study) Barnes & Noble Custom Edition. Some publishers are trying to squeeze both exams into one book; this package gives you a separate book for each exam. You get CCNA Intro Exam Certification Guide and CCNA ICND Exam Certification Guide.

By all means, learn at your own pace. But whatever you do, learn the material well. With this two-book set, you will. Bill Camarda

Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks for Dummies, Second Edition.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781587200977
  • Publisher: Cisco Press
  • Publication date: 11/11/2003
  • Edition description: WITH FREE CD

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2003

    Excellent Author but challenging methodology

    The CCNA Certification Library (ISBN: 1587200953) contains two volumes: the CCNA INTRO Exam Certification Guide and the CCNA ICND Exam Certification Guide. This review is made from the perspective of a CCNA Candidate with little to no knowledge or experience of Internetworking in a Cisco environment. The CCNA INTRO volume tries to prepare the reader for the CCNA ICND volume while addressing the content of the INTRO exam 640-821. With such a methodology, this textbook ends up raising more questions than answers in the mind of a candidate that will have to wait for the CCNA ICND volume to get clarifications on a great number of topics. This new edition of the CCNA Certification Library has the following characteristics: Pros: - Odom makes the text accessible from the perspective of a CCNA candidate. Generally, topics are presented according to a progressive line of thought laid out in the introduction of any chapter. This plan usually presents what will be covered and what will not. - The textbook is written in a conversational format and emphasizes on four things: 1. exam format 2. exam content 3. real world tasks. Odom presents not just how to configure network equipment but how to make effective configurations. 4. Practice, with the addition of the NETSIM LE simulator on the accompanying CD-Rom, along with a to-the-point guide about this software in Appendix C of the book. The author also presents: - An excellent comparative analysis of routing protocols. - Some key sample configurations with interesting considerations about ¿real world¿ behavior of the Cisco equipment they run on - An excellent coverage of Frame Relay, ISDN and IP Access Control Lists. - Some good Design Principles - A good collection of web links and RFC references Cons: Some chapters including ¿IP Addressing and Subnetting¿ and ¿RIP, IGRP, and Static Route Concepts and Configuration¿ (ICND volume) contain too many non technical illustrations and lack a precise conceptual framework. This makes it difficult for a CCNA candidate to find and retain key points. Overall, in this new edition of the CCNA self-study kit, a conscientious effort has been put forth by the author to make the content of the CCNA exam more accessible while still trying to provide a solid understanding of some key networking concepts and technologies. However, the degree to which the two volumes overlap along with the methodology adopted, sometimes make it very challenging for a CCNA candidate to get a clear and precise understanding of the technologies covered on the exam.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2003

    Oh No! My CCNA Expired!

    CCNA Certification Library (ISBN: 1-58720-095-3) I was reading these books in order to recertify my CCNA. I managed to let it expire before passing my first 642 level CCNP exam, so now I have to retake the CCNA exam before I can complete my CCNP. I was dreading reading a CCNA book, but figured that I probably needed a refresher on some of the basic principals and there would surely be some new material covered since I last took the exam in 2000. I assumed correctly. I chose the Cisco Press books because I¿d learned that if you want to get the right material weighting for a Cisco exam, it¿s best to pick your apples right off of the tree. In my previous experience, Cisco Press books had a tendency to be somewhat dry but I quickly learned that this misconception is no longer true. I found that the author, Wendell Odom, brings a friendly approach to the material that makes it quite readable. His examples are handled very well and his explanations are good. He doesn¿t write in the ¿just-the-facts-ma¿am¿ way that tends to be the norm in technical books, so I will definitely be looking for titles by him in the future. The books are intended for someone fairly new to networking, so I experienced a bit of the ¿duh¿ factor. However, I was still able to learn a few interesting facts and reinforced a lot of what I already knew. The biggest change since I last took the CCNA exam is that Cisco now offers the option of taking it as 2 separate tests or as the single exam. I was pleased to see that, although the CCNA has been split into 2 books, the author has included a reading plan that allows you to read the 2 books in a back-and-forth order that makes it easy to use the same set of books to study for the single test version. Overall, the books are well written and readable. A little more care should have been taken into the spell checking prior to publishing, but that¿s far from a deal breaker on these books. Overall, I¿d give them 4 stars out of 5. Here¿s the individual run-down on the books¿ CCNA INTRO (ISBN: 1-58720-094-5) This book can be used by itself to study for exam 640-821(Introduction to Cisco Networking Technologies). The exam covers the basic principles behind basic network topologies, cabling, switching, routing, TCP/IP, IP addressing and WAN technologies. The book approaches this material in a very shallow way. Without going into too much depth on most topics, it covers a very broad range of material. If you are studying for the single CCNA exam, you can bounce back and forth between this book and the ICND book, reading the basics in this book then going to the ICND book for the nitty-gritty details. The one exception to the rule is the topic of IP Addressing, which is covered entirely within this title. Probably the most important topic in this book, it is very well explained and there are plenty of practice IP addressing exercises on the CD. This book covers the material adequately for a beginner who is just learning the networking principals. On it¿s own, I¿d give this book 4 stars out of 5. CCNA ICND (ISBN: 1-58720-083-X) This book can be used to study for exam 640-811 (Interconnecting Cisco Network Devices). The exam covers basic switch configuration, basic IP routing, basic access list configuration and basic remote access configuration. This book takes each topic and explains the details regarding its implementation. The basic configuration commands are presented, explained and then given in the form of an example. The examples are generally pretty clear and the commands are shown in relation to the surrounding commands, so the context of the command is clear. This book is the opposite of the Intro book, as it covers a small amount of material to a deeper level. There are some new topics presented, like route summarization and Link State protocols, which weren¿t on the old CCNA exam. If you¿re wanting to recertify, but aren¿t ready to move on to CCNP, then this is the bo

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