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Cisco LAN Switching (CCIE Professional Development series)

Cisco LAN Switching (CCIE Professional Development series)

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by Kennedy Clark, Stuart Hamilton, Kevin Hamilton

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ISBN-10: 1578700949

ISBN-13: 9781578700943

Pub. Date: 08/26/1999

Publisher: Cisco Press

The most complete guide to Cisco Catalyst(r) switch network design, operation, and configuration

  • Master key foundation topics such as high-speed LAN technologies, LAN segmentation, bridging, the Catalyst command-line environment, and VLANs
  • Improve the performance of your campus network by utilizing effective Cisco Catalyst design, configuration


The most complete guide to Cisco Catalyst(r) switch network design, operation, and configuration

  • Master key foundation topics such as high-speed LAN technologies, LAN segmentation, bridging, the Catalyst command-line environment, and VLANs
  • Improve the performance of your campus network by utilizing effective Cisco Catalyst design, configuration, and troubleshooting techniques
  • Benefit from the most comprehensive coverage of Spanning-Tree Protocol, including invaluable information on troubleshooting common Spanning Tree problems
  • Master trunking concepts and applications, including ISL, 802.1Q, LANE, and MPOA
  • Understand when and how to utilize Layer 3 switching techniques for maximum effect
  • Understand Layer 2 and Layer 3 switching configuration with the Catalyst 6000 family, including coverage of the powerful MSFC Native IOS Mode

Cisco LAN Switchingprovides the most comprehensive coverage of the best methods for designing, utilizing, and deploying LAN switching devices and technologies in a modern campus network. Divided into six parts, this book takes you beyond basic switching concepts by providing an array of proven design models, practical implementation solutions, and troubleshooting strategies. Part I discusses important foundation issues that provide a context for the rest of the book, including Fast and Gigabit Ethernet, routing versus switching, the types of Layer 2 switching, the Catalyst command-line environment, and VLANs. Part II presents the most detailed discussion of Spanning-Tree Protocol in print, including common problems, troubleshooting, and enhancements, such as PortFast, UplinkFast, BackboneFast, and PVST+. Part III examines the critical issue of trunk connections, the links used to carry multiple VLANs through campus networks. Entire chapters are dedicated to LANE and MPOA. Part IV addresses advanced features, such as Layer 3 switching, VTP, and CGMP and IGMP. Part V covers real-world campus design and implementation issues, allowing you to benefit from the collective advice of many LAN switching experts. Part VI discusses issues specific to the Catalyst 6000/6500 family of switches, including the powerful Native IOS Mode of Layer 3 switching.

Several features in Cisco LAN Switchingare designed to reinforce concepts covered in the book and to help you prepare for the CCIE exam. In addition to the practical discussion of advanced switching issues, this book also contains case studies that highlight real-world design, implementation, and management issues, as well as chapter-ending review questions and exercises.

This book is part of the Cisco CCIE Professional Development Series from Cisco Press, which offers expert-level instruction on network design, deployment, and support methodologies to help networking professionals manage complex networks and prepare for CCIE exams.

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CCIE Professional Development
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Table of Contents

Part I Foundational Issues

Chapter 1 Desktop Technologies
Chapter 2 Segmenting LANs
Chapter 3 Bridging Technologies
Chapter 4 Configuring the Catalyst
Chapter 5 VLANs

Part II Spanning Tree

Chapter 6 Understanding Spanning Tree
Chapter 7 Advanced Spanning Tree

Part III Trunking

Chapter 8 Trunking Technologies and Applications
Chapter 9 Trunking with LAN Emulation
Chapter 10 Trunking with Multiprotocol over ATM

Part IV Advanced Features

Chapter 11 Layer 3 Switching
Chapter 12 VLAN Trunking Protocol
Chapter 13 Multicast and Broadcast Services

Part V Real-World Campus Design and Implementation

Chapter 14 Campus Design Models
Chapter 15 Campus Design Implementation
Chapter 16 Troubleshooting
Chapter 17 Case Studies: Implementing Switches
Chapter 18 Layer 3 Switching and the Catalyst 6000/6500s

Part VI Appendixes

Appendix A Answers to End of Chapter Exercises

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Cisco LAN Switching (CCIE Professional Development series) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Cisco LAN Switching by Kennedy Clark and Kevin Hamilton is considered a definitive guide to Cisco switching ¿ and rightly so. The book contains an exhaustive presentation on all aspects of switching ¿ from the basics of switching technologies, to the protocols and algorithms used in campus switching, to real-world designs of campus switching environments. All this with an added bonus of tidbits of humor thrown into the discussion of serious, no-nonsense topics! The book is surprisingly well written and easy to understand for readers who have a basic understanding of switching and routing in the Cisco world. The formatting in the book follows the standard Cisco layout for advanced level books. The headings, diagrams, tables, and notes are laid out in a clear and easy-to-scan format. Each chapter ends with review questions for those who wish to test their understanding of the material ¿ these can prove particularly useful for the readers who may be studying for one of the Cisco certifications. The index is a crucial part of any technical book. Those of us working in the field can appreciate the importance of having a detailed and useful index when trying to put out fires at the workplace. This book offers a comprehensive, detailed index ¿ spanning over 30 pages -- which provided me with useful knowledge on the topic(s) that I was trying to look up. While the book claims to be a switching resource for those studying for the advanced Cisco certifications, I personally selected the book in order to help me in my work environment. It has served its purpose very well. The sample configurations given throughout the book for various situations were particularly helpful in tying the theory to the practical and especially helped in troubleshooting some of the issues I encounter every day. Presentation of the inner workings of some of the advanced material like the Spanning Tree protocol was surprisingly detailed and practical, while being easy to understand at the same time. I have not read any other book that covers this topic effectively with such detail. The only suggestion I have for the authors is to look into writing an updated edition. Some of the topics ¿ like layer 3 switching ¿ do not seem to cover the latest switch types offered by Cisco. For example, the Cisco 3550 layer 3 switch, a popular and important milestone in the Cisco switching hierarchy, is not covered in any significant detail. Overall, the authors present the material in a very well thought-out way, making sure that readers at all (reasonable) levels can understand the topics. At the same time, the material is not fluffy like some other books; it is a detailed, no-nonsense study of the important field of campus switching.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While I was preparing for the CCNP, I was hard pressed to find just the right book that explained LAN switching in depth. Now that I am preparing for my CCIE, this is the book I was looking for. This is one of the most comprehensive texts on Cisco LAN switching I¿ve seen. It breaks down switching concepts into easy to understand topics. You don¿t have to be an expert at switching to understand the topics addressed in this book. It begins with basic switching technologies and progresses into more advanced topics. Cisco LAN Switching is broken down into 6 sections. Section 1 is concerned with foundational issues and gives an excellent introduction to bridging and switching technologies. The other sections progress through VLANS and STP to Trunking and advanced topics. Each chapter concludes with review questions and the later chapters have hands on lab configurations. The book ends with real world campus design models, implementation and case studies, which tie all the earlier sections together. Each topic is thoroughly explained and the diagrams and definitions help clarify certain areas. I also found the tips and notes in the chapters very helpful in understanding the material better. Another interesting point is that the chapters dealing with STP were reviewed by Radia Perlman, creator of the Spanning Tree algorithm. Even without a whole lot of exposure to the spanning tree protocol, the material was presented in an easy to understand format. However there were a few issues I did have with the some of the content and the layout of the sections dealing with trunking. The first chapter addresses the basics of LAN switching and bridging but does not go into enough depth on the different bridging technologies. I believe an expanded discussion on bridging technologies (SRB, RSRB and DLSW+) would have been helpful as well as a section on deciphering an RIF. The section on trunking technologies goes into great depth about different types of trunking, including a wide array of diagrams and tables explaining each technology. While the subject matter is thoroughly covered, I do have an issue concerning the layout of the chapters. The authors devote an entire section of the book to trunking technologies, yet they place the chapter on VTP in an entirely different section of the book. I believe the flow of the chapters would have been more consistent if VTP was addressed in the section on trunking technologies. These small issues aside, I found this book very helpful for my studies toward the CCIE and also in implementing better switching technologies in my company¿s network. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who plans on using any type of switching in their network environment or those studying for Cisco certification. However, this book should not be used solely as a study resource and then be put aside; it should be an integral part of any network administrator¿s reference library.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While studying for my R&S lab attempt I felt that one of my weak understandings was the fundamental design and implementation of intricate network switching. I had gone through other books in preparation for the CCNP switching exam, and many of the other CCIE preparation books (i.e. Caslow, Doyle, Bruno.) I understood how to implement the typical configurations as per many of the practice lab workbook materials, but I was unable to grasp the immense capabilities of the current Catalyst line of equipment. The book begins with a lesson of Ethernet development. It brought an understanding the road to current network deployment with an eye on the future of the technology. Explanations of the politics and business needs that brought the 802.3 group standards into use helped in teaching the capabilities of them. While troubleshooting many large enterprise networks I have been witness to extremely poor network segmentation (¿when in doubt, bridge everything!¿) I would really recommend that all administrators use this book to more fully apprehend the benefits of avoiding a flat network and segmenting to realize the network utilization potential. Fast network convergence and understanding spanning-tree is necessary in any moving network design. The lessons on VLAN trunking protocol, configuration, and design touched was written to easily help with real world completion. With the recent troubles of Welchia, Blaster, and Nachi, implementing a flexible network that can be responsive and designed to protect users should be one of the top responsibilities for any responsible admin. In chapter 14, the explanation of equipment and design to executing an access, distribution, and core network design provided a very handy top down view of proper redesign project development. It provided advantages, disadvantages, and great practical advice for an exhaustive list of campus design models. One of the most beneficial aspects of the design chapters was an excellent use of network design exercises of which I have made several uses in my lab environment. It is my personal belief that developing excellent philosophical troubleshooting fundamentals is one of the most important skills necessary to completing the R&S lab within time limits, and also in keeping any clients network alive and well in any business environment. Chapter 16 provided more than the usual end of chapter lesson on troubleshooting your switched environment. The books final chapter on Catalyst 6000/6500 technology has been my best guide to understanding the platform. Though not tested in the R&S lab environment the 6000/6500 platform has been extremely important to understand in my direct line of work. After reading the section my confidence in using the line has greatly improved. Cisco Lan Switching is the definitive guide to understanding segmentation, trunking, and advanced spanning-tree. The STP chapters are possibly the best written material on the subject that is available. While the book doesn¿t provide information on the 3550 (published 2001) it does overview L3 switching quite nicely. And although no longer a CCIE R&S lab requirement, the chapter on ATM LANE helped clear many of my previous fears on the subject. The book was an excellent read, the chapters and materials flowed well with brief overviews at the beginning of each chapter. This book is a pillar to any CCIE library!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am extremely happy with this book. I covers all necessary details on LAN design and operation using Catalyst switches. Even talks about MSFC for Cat6500. I did wish for more detail on the Cat6500 in 'Native' IOS mode, but overall a must for LAN admins/engineers.