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CCNP BCRAN Exam Certification Guide, Second Edition, is a Cisco exam study guide that has been completely updated to focus specifically on the objectives for the new BCRAN exam. Inside, you find preparation hints and test-taking tips to help you identify areas of weakness and improve both your conceptual and hands-on knowledge of virtual private networking (VPN) and broadband technologies, with special emphasis on issues such as security and quality of service (QoS).

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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781587200847
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 9/22/2003
  • Series: Exam Certification Guide Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 552
  • Product dimensions: 7.62 (w) x 9.46 (h) x 1.52 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. I Identifying Remote Access Needs 3
Ch. 1 Remote Access Solutions 5
Ch. 2 Identifying Site Requirements 25
Ch. 3 Networking Overview 51
Pt. II Enabling On-Demand Connections to the Central Site 81
Ch. 4 Configuring Asynchronous Connections with Modems 83
Ch. 5 Configuring PPP and Controlling Network Access 111
Ch. 6 PPP Link Control Protocol Options 127
Pt. III Using ISDN and DDR Technologies to Enhance Remote Connectivity 139
Ch. 7 Using ISDN and DDR Technologies 141
Ch. 8 Advanced DDR Options 175
Ch. 9 Using ISDN Primary Rate Interface 191
Pt. IV Broadband Access to the Central Site 215
Ch. 10 Broadband Options to Access a Central Site 217
Ch. 11 Using DSL to Access a Central Site 241
Pt. V Establishing a Dedicated Frame Relay Connection and Control Traffic Flow 271
Ch. 12 Establishing a Frame Relay Connection 273
Ch. 13 Framework Relay Traffic Shaping 297
Pt. VI Backup and Network Management Methods 313
Ch. 14 Enabling a Backup to the Permanent Connection 315
Ch. 15 Managing Network Performance with Queuing and Compression 327
Pt. VII Scaling Remote Access Networks 359
Ch. 16 Scaling IP Addresses with NAT 361
Ch. 17 Using AAA to Scale Access Control in an Expanding Network 395
Pt. VIII Securing Remote Access Networks 423
Ch. 18 Securing Remote Access Network Connections 425
App. A: Answers to the "Do I Know This Already?" Quizzes and Q&A Sections 451
Index 504
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2003

    Very Readable and a Good Value

    The ¿CCNP BCRAN Exam Certification Guide, Second Edition¿ (ISBN 1-58720-084-8; Brian Morgan, Craig Dennis; Cisco Press; 547 pages) is the official study guide for the ¿Building Cisco Remote Access Networks¿ exam (BCRAN 642-821). The Forward to this guide states that it is ¿a complete study tool¿ for the exam. And it does appear to cover all of the topics described in the exam at The topics include traditional and emerging WAN technologies, dial-on-demand, NAT and security. The book is well structured, beginning with a high-level overview of remote access technologies and requirements and presents information in easily absorbed pieces. Very well executed figures, examples and even photographs are used liberally to help explain concepts and familiarize readers with the relevant Cisco products. The book provides several suggested study strategies and useful tips for taking the real exam. The ¿Do I Know This Already?¿ questions at the start of each chapter allow readers with different levels of experience to focus on the specific areas they need to improve. At the end of each chapter is a ¿Foundation Summary¿ that¿s intended to reinforce concepts and to be used as review notes prior to the real exam. But the ¿Foundation Summary¿ found in several chapters consists of only a few sentences and omits commands and other ostensibly important information found in the text. Also following each chapter is a ¿Q&A¿ section with questions that are more difficult than the ones on the real exam. These questions probe one¿s understanding of a topic and don¿t depend on the multiple-choice or fill-in-the-blank formats that encourage guessing at answers. All questions and answers are grouped into an appendix that makes a good review tool to use the day before the exam. Although the back cover of the guide describes ¿an entire chapter of scenarios¿ or real world exercises, only a handful of scenarios can be found distributed among just a few chapters. The companion CD-ROM contains practice questions and the full text in Adobe Acrobat format. A total of 276 test questions are available including 170 questions taken directly from the text and 20 lab simulations. The practice tests use the venerable Boson test engine and contain multiple-choice, fill-in-the-blank and list-in-order style questions. The well-designed and functional simulator provides practice in basic configuration of many of the IOS features described in the text. When errors are found in a practice exam at best they are a nuisance; at worst they can actually cost the reader valuable points on the real exam. Thankfully, the printed material and practice tests included here contain few obvious errors. However, no provision is made for easily reporting test errors if you do find them. There is no mention of how to go about reporting an incorrect answer. By contrast, some other products put a button on each answer that will send the questionable text along with comments directly to the author and publisher. Although registration via Internet or telephone is required before the practice tests can be used, nothing prevents one from registering and using the product on a second computer. This ¿feature¿ will be very appreciated by those that want to install the tests on a laptop for use when traveling in addition to installing on a desktop computer. The onerous single-use license enforced by some other publishers prevents this legitimate use of their product. Let¿s hope that Cisco Press continues to permit products like this to be registered and used on more than one computer. The authors have produced a technical reference and study guide that may very well be the only BCRAN exam preparation tool that you will need. And they¿ve done a good job of presenting a lot of information in a thoroughly readable form with relatively few weaknesses. I look forward to seeing other titles from them. Overall the guide represents a go

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