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March 16, 2009

CCNP Book List

Filed under: books, CCNP, self-study — ccxx4488 @ 7:12 pm

I’ve compiled my CCNP book list. Still a ways to go before I get cracking. Need to finish reviewing ICND 1/2 topics, and complete IINS 640-553 before I get started proper. Gotta upgrade my lab with more gear. I’m pretty sure, I’m going to be leaning heavily on GNS3 this time around. Get to put this shiny quad core to the test, maybe dual boot with debian to run Dynamips (Vista, hmm, well, umm, better not post that…). Anyways here’s my list, any recommended additions, let me know.

  • CCNP Official Exam Certification Library (5th Edition)
  • Routing TCP/IP, Volume 1 (2nd Edition)
  • Routing TCP/IP, Volume 2
  • CCNP Quick Reference
  • CCNP Building Scalable Internetworks (BSCI 642-901) Lab Portfolio
  • CCNP Building Multilayer Switched Networks (BCMSN 642-812)
  • CCNP Implementing Secured Converged Wide-Area Networks (ISCW 642-825)
  • CCNP Optimizing Converged Networks (ONT 642-845) Lab Portfolio

Not 100% sure about the Quick Reference, it seems like it may be one of those books that are great in concept, but you don’t really need. Kind of like the CCNA Flash Cards book, it wasn’t needed, although the PDF version of the book on the CD included a concise review of ICND1 and ICND2 topics, not found in the printed version. I might not of considered the Jeff Doyle books, but many people swear by them for the CCNP level. I hope the lab books are good. This will cost a small fortune. Forget paying subscriptions, I need a real book plus an electronic version.

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July 22, 2008

CCNA ICND2 Official Exam Certification Guide Second Edition

Filed under: books, CCNA, ICND2, self-study — Tags: — ccxx4488 @ 3:46 pm

ISBN: 978-1-58720-181-3

I’ve read my fair share of computer books, and Wendell Odom has to be one of the best technical writers out there IMHO. The ICND1 and ICND2 books are the de facto standard for the CCNA exam. They provide the most complete coverage of any training resource available.

The ICND2 book is not without flaws, the Boson Exam Sim in both books, have incorrect diagram info, incorrect answers, questions in the wrong category etc, but having said that, its still an essential part of exam prep. The ICND2 content turns it up a notch or two, emphasizing greater technical skills and command usage etc, combining the theory from ICND1 with theory from the ICND2 objectives. In short the ICND1 is mostly theory and the ICND2 is more advanced and requires greater technical ability. Having said that, the errata for the ICND2 book is really frustrating, especially the Frame Relay section. There are multiple inaccuracies in the illustration of command syntax, you can pretty much put a line through most of the top paragraph on page 500. If your paying attention and really trying to get a deep understanding of the material, you’ll spot the errors—hopefully before you print your notes!

Given that 70% of people self-study for Cisco Certifications and Cisco Press, is pretty much the only provider of study books, (outside of CCIE lab books) you would think they could do a better job of providing accurate resources. Check the errata and you’ll see the usual suspects: command syntax, ip address (fat fingers?), diagram info, question/answer, etc, etc. It just pisses me off, I can put hundreds of hours into study, refining my notes, practicing, and up until the final week before test, I’m spotting major technical mistakes in the book, and consequently in my notes.

So why do I recommend this book? Its still the best available, its still very well written you just have to look past the books technical flaws.

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