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Overview

Although it's the first step in the Cisco Career Certifications, the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) exam is a difficult test. The recent additions of performance-based questions have made it even more challenging. Your first attempt at becoming Cisco certified requires a lot of study and confidence in your networking knowledge. When you're ready to test your skills, complete your knowledge of exam topics, and prepare for exam day, you need the preparation tools found in Cisco CCNA Exam #640-607 Certification Guide from Cisco Press.

Completely revised by CCIE and Certified Cisco Systems Instructor Wendell Odom, Cisco CCNA Exam #640-607 Certification Guide is a comprehensive study tool for the CCNA exam. Updated with new content and features to make it easier to read and reference, this book helps you understand and master the material you will need to know to pass the exam. The instructor-developed elements and techniques enable you to maximize your retention of exam topics. "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 and figures make referencing easy and give you a quick refresher whenever you need it. Challenging chapter-ending review questions and scenario exercises help you assess your knowledge and reinforce key concepts.

This edition of the book includes special features in both the text and CD-ROM to help you prepare for the new simulation-based questions you will encounter on the exam. These new simulation-based questions are designed to test your hands-on skills. A chapter of lab scenarios allows you to practice applying your knowledge on home-, work-, or remote access-based labs. In addition to these exercises, the robust exam engine on the CD-ROM includes the new question types so that you can assess your ability to handle this new challenge. The CD-ROM's test engine includes powerful features that enable you to take practice exams that mimic the real testing environment, focus on particular topic areas, track your progress, and refer to electronic text to review concepts.

Cisco CCNA Exam #640-607 Certification Guide is part of a recommended study program from Cisco Systems that can include simulation and hands-on training from authorized Cisco Learning Partners, hands-on experience, and Coursebooks and study guides from Cisco Press. In order 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/training.

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For an allegedly "entry-level" certification exam, Cisco's CCNA has never been easy. As of March 12, 2002, it's even tougher. Now, in addition to multiple-choice and fill-in response questions, you may find yourself up against a real-life performance simulation. Cisco's new Exam 640-607 will present CCNA candidates with actual networking scenarios and topologies: you must identify the appropriate tasks, choose the right routers to perform them on, then enter the correct commands in the exam's built-in router simulator.

The goal, of course, is to "provide a higher-level focus on testing candidate's knowledge, skills and abilities" -- in other words, to make sure the CCNA more accurately reflects the realities of work as a Cisco networking professional. For you, it simply means this: you need to be more prepared than ever.

What Cisco is taking with one hand, it's giving back with another: Cisco Press's new CCNA Exam Certification Guide, Third Edition offers comprehensive and expert preparation for the new exam -- including its simulator components.

Cisco hasn't changed the topics covered on the exam, but that hasn't stopped author (and CCIE) Wendell Odom from thoroughly revising and extending his book. CCNA Exam Certification Guide, Third Edition draws upon all of Odom's immense experience in networking (eighteen years building and managing networks, extensive experience authoring Cisco-related course curricula, and eight years delivering Cisco-certified courses at all levels).

In this edition, Odom has reorganized much of the content to teach routing and switching far more effectively; in particular, thoroughly rewriting the sections on LANs, frame relay, and subnetting. He's also updated dozens of figures with additional information that allows them to stand alone: You can now understand his key points at a glance, without reading the surrounding narrative.

In addition, he's added features that make the book far more useful to CCNA candidates -- and any working Cisco professional. For instance, there's a new chapter full of hands-on lab exercises designed to give you the practice you need to take on the simulator. There are new "Extra Credit" sections, which go beyond the exam to offer crucial insights for working network professionals. There's a new appendix designed to give you practice with subnetting -- and with using the handy calculation "tricks" Odom introduces in the main text.

These features build on a format that's already well designed for efficient learning. Odom has designed the book to offer two learning pathways: one for readers "who need a thorough background before their final study time"; the other for readers who are "reviewing and filling in the missing parts of their CCNA knowledge."

To this end, each chapter begins with a "Do I Know This Already" quiz designed to help you focus on the topics where you need the most help. Chapters also end with extensive quizzes to make sure you're comfortable with the material. Each chapter contains scenario-based exercises that put your skills to work. There's also a CD-ROM test engine containing more than 200 unique practice questions. You can take complete sample exams, or tell the test engine to focus on specific topics.

As you'd expect from the "official" study guide, this one covers all areas of the exam. It starts with an overview of the CCNA certification process itself; then introduces the fundamentals of the Cisco IOS. You don't have to be a complete master of the IOS to pass your CCNA, but Odom makes sure you do know the fundamentals that are covered: accessing and using the command-line interface, basic router configuration commands, upgrading IOS software, and the differences between IOS on routers and on Cisco's 1900 series switches. You've also got to know that "academic" OSI layered network stuff; Odom makes sure you do.

You'll find detailed chapters on bridges and switching; then on Virtual LANs (VLANs) and trunking. Next, Odom presents comprehensive review information for TCP/IP networking, including IP routing concepts and protocols, as well as IP access list security. The book also contains thorough coverage of point-to-point WAN Protocols, dial-on-demand routing, frame relay, and for those with older NetWare networks, Novell IPX.

Well organized, easy to understand, and respectful of your time, CCNA Exam Certification Guide, Third Edition is worthy of the Cisco logo it bears. (Bill Camarda)

Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer with nearly 20 years' experience in helping technology companies deploy and market advanced software, computing, and networking products and services. He served for nearly ten years as vice president of a New Jersey–based marketing company, where he supervised a wide range of graphics and web design projects. 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: 9781587200557
  • Publisher: Cisco Press
  • Publication date: 5/2/2002
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 1019
  • Product dimensions: 7.62 (w) x 9.46 (h) x 2.55 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 All About the Cisco Certified Network Associate Certification 3
Ch. 2 Cisco IOS Software Fundamentals 27
Ch. 3 OSI Reference Model and Layered Communication 79
Ch. 4 LANs, Bridges, and Switches 145
Ch. 5 Intermediate LANs: Spanning Tree, VLANs, and Trunking 215
Ch. 6 TCP/IP and IP Routing 267
Ch. 7 Routing and Routing Protocols 407
Ch. 8 Understanding Access List Security 489
Ch. 9 WAN Protocols and Design 533
Ch. 10 Frame Relay Concepts and Configuration 605
Ch. 11 Novell IPX 677
Ch. 12 Scenarios for Final Preparation 759
Ch. 13 Hands-on Lab Exercises 823
App. A Answers to the "Do I Know This Already?" Quizzes and Q&A Sections 851
App. B Decimal to Hexadecimal and Binary Conversion Table 933
App. C Subnetting Practice: 25 Subnetting Questions 943
App. D Hands-on Lab Exercises: Solutions (included in PDF format on the CD for this book)
Index 991
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Interviews & Essays

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The Relevance of the CCNA® Exam

Cisco Systems® announced the Cisco Certified Network Associate® (CCNA) certification and exam in the spring of 1998. Since that time, this exam has become incredibly popular, has grown into the basis for almost all other Cisco certifications, and has become the standard first step for professionals wanting to move into the networking arena from a career outside the information technology arena. But is CCNA still relevant after four years? Yes, but CCNA has evolved, just like other computing certifications. This article explores some of the reasons people may want to become a CCNA and how these motivations may be slightly different four years into CCNA's existence.

Getting a Job
Probably the most popular reason for getting your CCNA is to get a better job or a pay raise! Some companies include certifications as part of their performance reviews, and incorporate a pay raise at that stage. More often, CCNA is the first bit of "résumé fodder" to add before applying for a new networking job. But how have things changed over the years?

CCNA is one step, but not the only step, toward landing a networking job that requires experience. Two years ago, having CCNA on your résumé got you at least a telephone interview. I've even heard stories of people getting to job interviews where the interviewer learned that the candidate was a CCNA and did not even ask that candidate any technical questions! However, the bar is much higher now. Two years ago, the training company I work for now was hiring some people from outside the computing industry and teaching them networking because it was very difficult to find qualified individuals who could travel a lot to teach. Today, we get multiple résumés per week from CCIE™-certified instructors, looking for work. Simply put, the competition for the higher paying jobs that require experience is much greater than it was a few years ago. Having CCNA on your résumé used to get you at least a phone interview for more advanced jobs. Now a résumé with CCNA, but no experience and no other Cisco certifications, may not get you that far.

What about entry-level networking jobs? CCNA is still absolutely the best thing on your résumé, other than possibly relevant networking experience. That should help you get the interview -- the rest is up to you!

Channel Partners
Cisco calls their product resellers "Channel Partners." Channel Partners receive different discounts from Cisco, based on a lot of different factors. The most obvious way for Channel Partners to get better discounts from Cisco, which helps them make more margin on product sales, is to become a Premier, Silver, or Gold Partner. To reach these levels, the partner must meet certain requirements, some of which are having certain numbers of CCNAs, CCNP®s or CCIP®s, CCIEs, and other Cisco-certified individuals on staff.

If you already work for a partner or potential Cisco Channel Partner, your CCNA and your eventual passage of the CCNP or CCIP certifications may help your company make the next level of partnership with Cisco. Because the next level is tied to the bottom line of the company, most partner companies give financial incentives for passing the next certification!

Professional Services Partners
Professional services companies sell and perform design, installation, and maintenance services for their customers. But what are they really selling? Typically, they are selling the time, knowledge, and experiences of their staff, so most companies have constantly updated consultant's résumés that are used when trying to land the services contract.

Would you hire a consultant to work on your Cisco network today, if that person wasn't even CCNA certified? Probably not. In fact, in most cases, unless the consultant has a lot of relevant experience, a CCNP or CCIP certification is probably required.

Conclusion
Being CCNA certified today gets you in for an interview for some jobs, and keeps your résumé on the shortlist for others. It gets you bonuses or raises, and makes you more valuable to the Channel Partner or Professional Services Partner that you work for. But in most cases today, until the economy recovers and a shortage of qualified personnel happens again, CCNA is a good place to start down the Cisco certification path. It is a necessary, important, valuable first step-but I encourage you to be thinking toward your next steps as you prepare for CCNA!

You have many resources available to help you prepare for your CCNA. The Cisco CCNA Exam #640-607 Certification Guide from Cisco Press will help you get ready to succeed on the exam, but more importantly, it will help you understand the materials and make you much better prepared for the next steps beyond CCNA. (Wendell Odom)

About the Author
Wendell Odom, CCIE, is the Technology Director of Lacidar Unlimited, Inc., a networking consulting and training company in Atlanta, Georgia. In this role, Wendell provides both expert advice about many aspects of building networks, and full design and implementation assistance for large projects. Wendell is CCIE #1624 and a Certified Cisco Systems Instructor and has taught various Cisco certification courses. Wendell is one of the first Cisco instructors certified without a probationary testing period and is the first non-Cisco instructor in the United States to teach Cisco's SNAM, CIP, and DLSw courses.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2004

    Great book for any Network Administrator!

    This was one of my first Cisco Press books and the quality and detail of the info is great. Very detailed network information and I wish I'd have read this before I studied operating systems.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2003

    More than enough...

    If you study for the CCNA certification, this guide would probably be all you need to pass the test. I would also get the Lammle's book as well to cover any blank spots... If you are ready to take it beyond the CCNA level, I would also look into getting the following books: 1. 'Cisco IOS for IP Routing' by Andrew Colton. A lot of information on IP routing protocols (EIGRP, OSPF, IS-IS, BGP, etc.). 2. 'Routing TCP/IP, volume I' by Jeff Doyle. Covers just as much as the Colton's book. 3. 'Interconnections: Routers, Bridges...' by Radia Perlman. Good academic info on routing and bridging. Overkill for the CCNA to CCNP level though.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2003

    Not so great

    This book has an excellent study program built into it, however it is not an easy read for someone who is just starting cisco studies. I'd recommend it for reference purposes but not as a study guide. It will put you to sleep.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2003

    Worst book ever!!!

    Worst book I ever read. This book is written for experts and has many missing gaps of information. The testng software that comes with the book is extremely bugged, providing the wrong answers to a question.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2002

    Cisco RULZZZ

    FOR THIS BOOK I WOULD SAY, Its the silent teacher! bravo to the writers for such indepth Info.

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