Cisco Switching Black Book: A Practical in Depth Guide to Configuring, Operating, and Managing Cisco LAN Switches

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Thoroughly covers the advanced topics required to achieve a high level of comprehensive Cisco knowledge. Includes valuable information for those studying for the CCNP certification including tips and hints, sample review questions and lab exercises. Explores complex topics in-depth, in the popular Black Book format, using a complete systematic approach to Cisco switching along with comprehensive examples and diagrams.

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Thoroughly covers the advanced topics required to achieve a high level of comprehensive Cisco knowledge. Includes valuable information for those studying for the CCNP certification including tips and hints, sample review questions and lab exercises. Explores complex topics in-depth, in the popular Black Book format, using a complete systematic approach to Cisco switching along with comprehensive examples and diagrams.

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The perfect Cisco switching resource: in-depth guidance combined with immediate solutions! Fundamentals, basic switch configuration, WAN switching, LAN switch architectures, VLANs, configuring switch-swappable cards and modules, IP multicast, WAN cell switching, LightStream ATM switches for multiservice applications, Layer 2 redundant links, multilayer switching, Hot Standby Routing Protocol, policy-based networking, web management, and dozens of troubleshooting procedures.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932111330
  • Publisher: Paraglyph Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/28/2000
  • Series: Black Book (Paraglyph Press) Series
  • Pages: 656
  • Product dimensions: 7.46 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.89 (d)

Meet the Author

Nottingham works at a Fortune 500 company managing various server farms nationwide and develops networks for midsize companies.

Odom has been in the computer networking field for about 12 years and is currently a Systems Administrator for CH2M Hill, one of the largest engineering firms in the world. He is also the president of the Sacramento/Placer County Cisco Users Group and proprietor of Certification Soultions, which provides classroom learning for Cisco certifications. He has been a consultant for many companies.

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Chapter 1: Network Switching Fundamentals

although writing the first paragraph of a book is probably the least important part, it's invariably the most difficult section to write. To get a good picture of the different parts of networking, readers need to know where networking began and the history behind the networks of today. You may have seen a lot of what is in the first section of this chapter in any basic networking course, such as Networking Essentials; or you may have covered most of it in a CCNa class; but a refresher never hurt.

In this chapter, you will become acquainted with the history of networks and how networks evolved into those you see in today's corporate environments. I will also discuss the inventors of the different types of networking equipment found at each layer of the network.

as we progress through the chapter I will also cover the different network architectures, from legacy networks to the fast high-speed media types found in today's networks. a clear understanding of the networking technologies and challenges found at each layer of the network will aid you in assessing problems with the switches you'll deal with later.

I have a favorite quote that helps me to remember why I continuously study, so that I can better support my customers' equipment. It is a quote by albert Einstein, and I remember it from one of my mentors: "The significant [technical] problems we face cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them."

This chapter will contain some of the following information:

  • The history of networking
  • The different pieces of networking equipment
  • How to identify problems in a flat network topology
  • The how to's and the when to's of upgrading to a switched network
  • When to upgrade your flat topology network
  • Network upgrade planning and basic strategies
Two terms to keep in mind when reading this chapter are resource nodes and demand nodes. a resource node is a node on an interface attached to a device that provides resources to the network. These nodes can be everything from printers, servers, and mainframes, to wide area network (WaN) routers. a demand node is an interface on the network that makes requests or queries to the resource nodes. The interfaces can be devices such as workstations, terminals, or even client applications. Network conversations occur when resource nodes and demand nodes send a series of requests and responses through the network.

Physical Media and Switching Types

The following are the most popular types of physical media in use today:

  • Ethernet-Based on the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 802.3 standard. However, it doesn't rely on the Carrier Sense Multiple access Collision Detection (CSMa/CD) technology. It includes 10Mbps LaNs, as well as Fast Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet.
  • Token-Ring-Not as popular as Ethernet switching. Token-Ring switching can also be used to improve LaN performance.
  • FDDI-Rarely used, chiefly due to the high expense of Fiber Distributed Data Interface (FDDI) equipment and cabling. The following are some of the protocol and physical interface switching types in use today:
  • Port switching-Takes place in the backplane of a shared hub. For instance, ports 1, 2, and 3 could be connected to backplane 1, whereas ports 4, 5, and 6 could be connected to backplane 2. This method is typically used to form a collapsed backbone and to provide some improvements in the network.
  • Cell switching-Uses asynchronous Transfer Mode (aTM) as the underlying technology. Switch paths can be either permanent virtual circuits (PVCs) that never go away, or switched virtual circuits (SVCs) that are built up, used, and torn down when you're finished.

a Bit of History

The first local area networks (LaNs) began as a result of the introduction of personal computers into the workplace environment. as computers became more common, the need arose to share resources, such as printers or files. These early networks were pretty simple, with a handful of computers sharing a few printers and not much more. as more items such as servers, applications, and peripherals came along, the increasing numbers of interfaces-along with application designs that could take advantage of the network-created a weakness in the current network design...

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Table of Contents

Chapter 2: Basic Switch Configuration ..... 39
Chapter 3: WaN Switching ..... 75
Chapter 4: LaN Switch architectures ..... 99
Chapter 5: Virtual Local area Networks ..... 129
Chapter 6: InterVLaN and Basic Module Configuration ..... 171
Chapter 7: IP Multicast ..... 207
Chapter 8: WaN Cell Switching ..... 241
Chapter 9: LightStream Switches ..... 277
Chapter 10: Layer 2 Redundant Links ..... 301
Chapter 11: Multilayer Switching ..... 345
Chapter 12: Hot Standby Routing Protocol ..... 371
Chapter 13: Policy Networking ..... 387
Chapter 14: Web Management ..... 415
Chapter 15: The Standard Edition IOS ..... 431
Chapter 16: Switch Troubleshooting ..... 473
appendix a: Study Resources ..... 523
appendix B: Basic IOS CLI-to-Set/Clear Commands ..... 529
appendix C: The Cisco Consultant ..... 531
appendix D: Cisco 1912EN and Catalyst 5000 Configuration Practice Lab ..... 541
appendix E: Switch Features ..... 551
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2003

    Excellent & Good Explanation

    This is a excellent book for IT professionals who are studying or understanding Cisco switching. It has some good tips which Cisco website does not list.

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