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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 andretention 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.
Posted August 2, 2006
This is by far the worst certification study guide I have ever worked with to date. What the book covered and what showed up on the actual test were not even in the same galaxy. Most of the questions covered commands that are not documented in this text.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 13, 2006
This 'kit' is one of the most useless study aids available today. The text is self-contraditory, the software, once you make long distance calls to fix licensing issues, is marginal at best. Most of the SIM help system is disabled, so you can't self discover. At least 25% of the test questions are NOT covered in the text. Here is an example of a included text question (edit for brevity) How do you determine which cable DCE or DTE is plugged into you router? A - none of the answers are correct B - Use show controllers command C - All of these answers are correct D - Use show running config command to check for clock rate E - Disconnect the two cables from each other, the end with female v.35 connector is female Correct answer C, all of these answer are correct. Now I do not know what school of logic they went to, but ALL would include 'None of these are correct' and as you are only allowed to select ONE answer. Another example: The question listed an access list of 88, and wanted it applied. ALL answers referenced 99 and one of them deemed correct. The software and sim are different in each book, most in look and feel. Despite EVERY passage in the book relating to 'reserved' or 'discouraged' subnet ranges saying simply DO NOT DO IT, IT IS bad, many test questions regarding EIGRP require that you use those subnets. At 10 questions on which pins connect to which pins in an RJ-45 connector when interconnectin various devices shown in diagrams, not referencing the cable concept. When the required cable can be purchased for under $10.00 when was it last cost effective to make them by hand? Isn't the concept a touch more important that something is published. Bottom line: If you aren't an experienced network person trying to codify your knowledge into a certification, go elsewhere this will do more to confuse and frustrate than educate. As well, the product is NOT shareable, each person who wanted the use the 'included' software would have to go their own, kinda like a one time play CD.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 23, 2005
If you are either looking to get your CCNA, or reading up for CCDA, whatever it may be, I cannot stress enough how important the right reading material must be. Personally shuffling through material for years, and favoring other authors (for certain reasons), the new 640-801 CCNA exam text from CiscoPress is simply amazing. Many authors walk you through the router configs, theory and skim over important subjects. I've heard many say that CiscoPress publishes hard-to read text...well, if you are anything of a geek, then this, or any other Cisco-related-certification or Cisco-related-equipment reading material pertaining to Cisco, is probably the best you'll find. Straight from Cisco, these two covers, INTRO and ICND, tell you what you're most interested in. It's more than getting a passing score (I hope) and if you really enjoy networking and technology in general, and what makes what work, then you'll soon forget about the passing score and will begin to remember and work things out in your mind, rather than memorizing acronyms. So, in conclusion, if you really are pursuing your CCNA, and are intimately into networking and technology, then this is the right 'text'. (With that said, you cannot substitute real experience with routers, and switches; it is a text, a key that will unlock the door, the rest is up to you.)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 27, 2004
I started reading Todd Lammle's CCNA book last year and i learned all the introduction of all the topics included for the CCNA certification. But when I read this book. Bang!!! I just couldnt stop it. I already passed the exam but I still read it. This book gave me very wide range of ideas. Complete from the TCP/IP model to OSI up to Remote Access Technologies. Wendell Odom's approach of teaching is very very good. And I put my name on that. This book will assure you a Cisco certification. I trusted this one....Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 12, 2004
When I was studying for my CCNA, many years ago, I didn¿t have a two part option. Now that Cisco has made available the option to take the CCNA certification exam in two parts, this is the set of books to use for studying. The first book in the library is CCNA Intro which is the exam prep for test 640-821. The other book in the set is CCNA ICND which prepares the reader for the 640-811 test. Each book also comes with a CD containing practice questions using the Boson test engine. It also has a customized copy of the Boson NetSim LE network simulation software. The CCNA Intro gives an overview of a broad range of topics, from the OSI model, fundamentals of TCP/IP and IP addressing. I was very impressed with the way the material was covered in this volume. It presents IP Fundamentals in a very easy to understand way. I really liked the ¿Do I Know This Already¿ quizzes presented at the beginning of each chapter. These pre-quizzes help the student gauge their knowledge of the subject matter and home in on where they need to study more. The CCNA ICND has the same layout and features of the Intro book but it covers more of the core Cisco technology with particular emphasis on routing and switching. This book progresses from LAN Switching thorough advanced IP Routing protocols and access lists. I was amazed at the depth the author went into concerning the routing protocols. As I remember, I wasn¿t required to know a whole lot about OSPF or EIGRP; I had to wait until I started preparing for my CCNP to delve into these subjects. The CD that comes with each volume was outstanding. The practice questions use the Boson test engine and were a very good representation of the actual CCNA exam. The test engine has multiple choice questions, fill in the blanks, and router simulation exercises. I know that the full version couldn¿t have been included, but the NetSim LE network simulator, that was included, was quite adequate. Personally I preferred the CCNA Certification Library over the study guide I used to prepare for my CCNA exam. To me it presented the information in a much easier to understand format and covered the topics in more depth. If this library had been available when I was studying for the CCNA, it would have made my studies much easier. This is a great study aid for those new to networking and those pursuing the CCNA.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 12, 2003
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 boWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 24, 2009
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