CCNP Practical Studies: Switching


Gain necessary hands-on experience implementing CCNP BCMSN concepts with this practical lab guide

  • Lab configurations include explanations of equipment set-up and execution
  • Valuable reference tool for Catalyst switches, including shortcuts, caveats, and application of the most advanced features
  • Real-world scenarios represent the whole range of CCNP BCMSN 642-811 exam topics
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Gain necessary hands-on experience implementing CCNP BCMSN concepts with this practical lab guide

  • Lab configurations include explanations of equipment set-up and execution
  • Valuable reference tool for Catalyst switches, including shortcuts, caveats, and application of the most advanced features
  • Real-world scenarios represent the whole range of CCNP BCMSN 642-811 exam topics

CCNP Practical Studies: Switching (CCNP Self-Study) provides CCNP candidates with an in-depth, hands-on experience in configuring Cisco Catalyst switches. This practical guide shows intermediate level networkers how to apply the theoretical knowledge they have gained through CCNP coursework and exam preparation. Configuration labs performed within this book will cover all technologies tested on the BCMSN 642-811 exam, as well as a number of real world scenarios that will test users' overall understanding of multilayer switching. The labs come complete with full explanations, highlighting why the chosen commands and techniques are recommended.

In addition to applicable labs, this book also provides general information on various switching technologies, as well as tips, tricks, shortcuts, and caveats for deploying Cisco switching gear in production environments. This book also includes exercises (similar to traditional mathematics exercises) that will help readers internalize, practice, and memorize certain concepts and thought processes necessary to successfully deploy a switched network.

Part of the Practical Studies series from the Cisco Press, CCNP Practical Studies: Switching provides self-study based hands-on experience. As such, it canbe used in conjunction with other Cisco Press titles and is an excellent companion to instructor-led training from a Cisco Learning Partner.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781587200601
  • Publisher: Cisco Press
  • Publication date: 11/27/2002
  • Series: Cisco Press Practical Studies
  • Pages: 958
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 2.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Justin Menga, CCIE No. 6640, is a Network Solutions Architect for Compaq Computer NZ in the Wireless and E-Infrastructure unit of Compaq Professional services and has over five years experience in the IT industry. Mr. Menga is responsible for the design, implementation, and expert-level support of complex networking, security and voice solutions for enterprise customers and service providers.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Switching Connectivity 3
Ch. 2 VLAN Operations 121
Ch. 3 Trunking and Bandwidth Aggregation 167
Ch. 4 Spanning Tree 241
Ch. 5 Inter-VLAN Routing 339
Ch. 6 Layer 3 Switching 425
Ch. 7 Multicast Routing and Switching 509
Ch. 8 Traffic Filtering and Security 605
Ch. 9 Quality of Service 673
Ch. 10 Maintenance, Monitoring, and Troubleshooting 725
Ch. 11 Comprehensive Switching Self-Study Lab 831
App. A Comprehensive Switching Self-Study Lab Part I Solution 843
App. B Comprehensive Switching Self-Study Lab Part II Solution 897
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2003

    Great reference and study guide!

    Cisco Press has done it again! Justin Menga¿s CCNP: Practical Studies: Switching is an excellent addition to the growing Cisco Press Library. As the title indicates, the author takes the reader on a journey through the areas of switching that are practical, timely, and very applicable, both as a reference for real life working situations and as a study guide for people working toward either their CCNP or CCIE for routing and switching. He does an excellent job of showing the ins and outs of configuration for both the CATOS and Cisco IOS. As with any book, however, there are positives and negatives. First the positives: I found the book to be very readable overall. The information given is very straightforward and generally easy to follow. I found the in-depth explanations of the various aspects of switching and switch configuration to be very helpful both as a review and as a teaching guide. The illustrations, tables and configuration examples for the various switches were very useful in conveying the ideas and concepts the author was relating. Additionally, the index and appendices were well put together. I will be renewing my CCNP certification soon and then working toward my CCIE written and lab tests, and the information in both chapter 11 and the appendices will be invaluable in the process. The chapters relating to vlans, vlan trunks, spanning tree, inter-vlan routing, and layer 3 switching were particularly useful, for me, since I do a lot of work in those areas. I especially liked the explanations relating to how ether channel works and how to configure it properly. I¿ve done a bit of searching on Cisco¿s web site and haven¿t been able to find any information that comes close explaining ether channel as well as Menga. As well, the explanation and illustration relating to vlan hopping was very well done and very helpful from a security standpoint. I also found the information relating to Switch Fabric Modules and Supervisor 720s extremely valuable. Again Menga has topped any information I¿ve been able to find elsewhere. The chapters relating to security and troubleshooting were also very well written and show the author¿s strength of experience. I will definitely read other books by the author. Now the negatives: Though I felt the examples were laid out well, overall, there were times I found the example numbering scheme hard to follow. There were some chapters where the example numbers listed by the examples matched the numbers referred to in the chapter paragraphs. However, there were several chapters where the numbering listed by the examples did not match the example number referred to in the paragraph, making it confusing at times to follow what the author was saying. There were also several editing errors throughout the book that were a distraction. It wasn¿t very hard to figure out what the author really meant, but it was an annoyance at times to have to stop and re-read things to get the exact meaning. I got the feeling, as has been the case with many new technical books I¿ve read, published both by Cisco Press and other companies, that the author and editors were under so much pressure to meet a publishing deadline that an appropriate amount of time wasn¿t allotted to ensure proper editing. That said, I give the book an overall rating of 4.5 and would recommend the book to others. As stated above, the book is readable, the language and explanations are straight forward, and anyone in the industry will find it to be useful both as a reference for everyday situations, and as a certification study guide.

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