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CCNP BCMSN Official Exam Certification Guide (4th Edition) Hardcover – Dec 29 2006
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David Hucaby, CCIE No. 4594, is a lead network engineer for the University of Kentucky, where he works with healthcare networks based on the Cisco Catalyst, IP telephony, PIX, and VPN product lines. David has a bachelor of science degree and master of science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Kentucky. He is the author of three previous books for Cisco Press, including Cisco ASA and PIX Firewall Handbook, Cisco Field Manual: Router Configuration, and Cisco Field Manual: Catalyst Switch Configuration.
David lives in Kentucky with his wife, Marci, and two daughters.
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BUT if you are not very familiar or not familiar with cisco switches at all, I don't think this book is good for you, the authorized self study guide may be more suitable for that.
This IS a great read if you are familiar with switches already. Is not real fun to read (i prefer books with a joke here and there, and some real-life situations and so on) but is not terribly boring either.
The information is very complete, accurate, and up to date, so, if you read this, practice with the exam-type question on the cd, and spent some time in a lab or simulator, you should be good to go.
So, overall, is highly recommended, is complete and clear.
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But,the reason I bought the book was to supplement my networking experience in helping me pass the 642-812 exam. I diligently studied this book along with an older 642-811 text, took notes, reviewed the material, took the pratice exams from the CD, and praticed configuring Cisco switches. This method worked well for me in the past, scoring high on most exams (this one was for recertification).
For some reason Cisco has made this exam MUCH more difficult than past exams. The exam questions were much more complex than the pratice questions in the book and CD. My suggestion would be to read this book, but suppliment it with other material and EXTENSIVE hands on switch configuration and analysis.
It has many examples that help to illustrate the different concepts. However, there are small errors on most of the examples. They're not critical, but they are somewhat annoying. E.g. In the diagram, switches A, B and C have addresses aaaa.aaaa.aaaa, bbbb.bbbb.bbbb, and cccc.cccc.cccc respectively. In the explanation of the diagram, the addresses are 0000.0000.0001, 0000.0000.0002, and 0000.0000.0003. So, it's not a major problem, but it does make one question the accuracy of some of the examples; especially if you are unsure of the concepts being presented.
Like all certification guides, the software is a little buggy. Most of the questions have the correct solution(s). However, a few do not. This can cause problems when trying to use the software to study for the exam. Hopefully they will release an update for the software soon to correct the errors.
Despite the shortcomings, I still rate this book at 5 stars because it contains good material in an easy to understand format without being excessively verbose or terse.
'When a switch receieves a BPDU from a designated switch that identified the root bridge and the designated bridge as the same switch the switch considers the BPDU an inferior BPDU'.
All in all it seems like a technically sound book. I havent wrote the test yet so it remains to be seen how useful this will be in the grander scheme of things. It reads like a technical manual... sometimes too technical for its own good. I would have liked to see much better consistency out of its authors and a more readable style.
The test "simulator" questions on the included CD-ROM are simplistic and way to easy compared to the actual test which gives you a false sense of security. You will know it when you are hit on the side of the head by the real test and it will be like wow, what happened, I scored 95% or higher on the CD-ROM simulations.
In addition, many of the questions on the actual test aren't even covered in the book. Believe me, I went back to the book after taking the test and the topic detail WAS NOT IN THIS BOOK.
I would not waste my money on this book if you are going to use it to prep for the real test. Save your money and buy real test study material online.
You will be extremely disappointed with this "study" guide.
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