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1. CCNA Cisco Certified Network Associate Study Guide, Deluxe Edition
by Todd Lammle, Sybex
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Asin: 0782143148
Catlog: Book (2003-11-14)
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Sales Rank: 14260
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Book Description

This Deluxe Edition of Sybex's best-selling CCNA: Cisco Certified Network Associate Study Guide has been revised and expanded for the new exam (640-801). Offering an extensive set of exam preparation tools, this Deluxe Edition now includes the CCNA Virtual Lab, Gold Edition on CD, which simulates a network environment consisting of 4 routers, 2 switches, and 4 hosts (a $150 US retail value!). The book's second CD contains an advanced testing engine with all chapter review questions and eight challenging bonus exams, plus 500 flashcards for PCs, Pocket PCs, and Palm devices. Also includes the entire book in PDF! ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Thank you Sir, teacher of all teachers in pen Mr. Todd
Even my grand mother from the remote bush of Africa could have read this book and pass her ccna exams. Only if she had had the chance to grab hold of this book before she passed on.

Jesus!! I never new IP subnetting was that easy.
Oh!! the CLI(command line interface) did i say command or cash line interface? Well I now know it.

In fact as a newbies all the way from the Jungle with no IT background. This book was just too good for me, all the others almost scared me of from CCNA.

This book reads easy, explained clearly what u needs to no, concepts are well detailed out in an understandable manner.

In fact this book for me is a six stars not only for preparing for the CCNA Exams but also for just given people like us who knows nothing about the theory and concept of networking the opportunity to read and understand what it is all about. How it works, and how to use and apply it in pratical situation.

I definitely will recommend it to any one who is just starting with CCNA or networking for that matter so also to those who wishes to refresh there memory. ... Read more


2. CCNA: Cisco Certified Network Associate Study Guide, Fifth Edition (640-801)
by Todd Lammle
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Asin: 0782143911
Catlog: Book (2005-01-11)
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3. CCNA Cisco Certified Network Associate Study Guide, 4th Edition (640-801)
by Todd Lammle, Sybex
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Asin: 0782143113
Catlog: Book (2003-10-24)
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Sales Rank: 4395
Average Customer Review: 4.35 out of 5 stars
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Book Description

The unsurpassed CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) Study Guide, for five years running, has been updated for the latest CCNA exam (640-801)! Brought to you from Sybex and globally renowned Cisco authority Todd Lammle, this fourth edition of the revered guide maps directly to the new, expanded exam objectives. The companion CD includes an advanced testing engine containing all chapter review questions and two bonus exams, plus 250 flashcards for PCs, Pocket PCs, and Palm devices! The entire book is also included in PDF. It's clear that years of dedication and expertise stand behind this supreme study aide for Cisco’s popular CCNA certification exam. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Ok study guide
Background: This was my only study guide for the CCNA exam. I have been working with Cisco gear for the last few years and my job wants me to go for the certifications.

Review: I didn't really read the book, skimmed the chapters and answered the review questions at the end of each chapter. I also did the simulation exam and the practice tests on the CDs. I used the questions to focus me in on what I was weak in (frame/isdn/etc) and reviewed those sections. In the end I did relatively well on the practice exams (high 80's, 90's). So with a good days worth of studying behind me, and accounting for my experience I felt confident, maybe a little too confident...

Exam Results: Took the exam this morning, let me tell you the questions in the book are WAY easier than the real test. I was ten questions in and I was wondering if I should continue. It was pretty tough I was actually sweating at points, cursing myself for not reading the book more carefully. (ok some questions were close but those felt few and far between). In the end I passed, by a decent margin, but I would have been happier if I prepared a bit more. I will probably use a different publishing company for the CCNP exams.

Advice: Don't use the questions from this book as a gauge for the exam, either actually read the book and comprehend things or get a book that has better questions (don't ask I have no clue which book has better ones). Also on the real exam try not to burn to much time on the sims. Their awesome, loved them, but they can suck a lot of time, so don't over think them.

GOOD LUCK

5-0 out of 5 stars Good for detailed review.
I have started reading through this book and am finding it is actually fun to read. Most technical books are fairly dry, but this one has a little humor and sometimes is written in the first person. If you are starting from scratch and unfamiliar with networking, you will be lost. This book works best for people who have some network in their background. There is a CD with some nice tools. I like the availability to print book in PDF format. The true test of this book will be when I take my CCNA exam!

4-0 out of 5 stars best so far
Definetly this is the best book so far about CCNA and network stuff in general. It's easy to read and after reading this book I definetly feel more confident and the first time I feel I have the knowledge to pass the CCNA test.

4-0 out of 5 stars Routing protocols
If you want to learn IP routing, this book will not take you anywhere close... For that, you would need "Cisco IOS for IP Routing" by Andrew Colton or Doyle's books. However, Lammle's book would probably be all you need to pass the CCNA test. Unless you're a complete beginner, then you may want to add one or two other fine CCNA books.

5-0 out of 5 stars Essential to CCNA
I'm MCSE, CCNA, and A+ certified, and have used a variey of Sybex books to achieve my certifications. Lammle's book is the best of Sybex's line, and used in conjunction with his E-Lab trainer, helped me pass the CCNA exam on the first try. That said, I read this book at least four times, which also attests to its readability.

Subnetting, TCP/IP, and Cisco IOS are not the most intersting subjects in the world, but Lammle manages to make the reading comprehensible. You could probably get the same info from the Cisco documentation website, but I guarantee you it will read like stereo instructions. I would like to have seen more information about accessing switches and routers in this book, but perhaps that is beyond the scope of the test objectives. Lammle lays this book out exactly according to the Cisco tesat objectives and covers each area in sufficient detail to help you pass the test.

One word of caution if you are shopping around for the best deal on this book: make sure the edition you are buying covers the current test version being administered. ... Read more


4. CCNA Virtual Lab, Platinum Edition (640-801)
by Todd Lammle, William Tedder
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Asin: 0782130372
Catlog: Book (2003-11-01)
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Sales Rank: 184579
Average Customer Review: 3.25 out of 5 stars
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Book Description

Nothing compares to this product's Cisco simulation technology! It gives you the hands-on practice with routers and switches that is critical for your success on the CCNA exam (640-801), without incurring the prohibitive hardware costs. Using the latest drag-and-drop technology, the CCNA Virtual Lab, Platinum Edition allows you to create a simulated lab of up to four switches, three routers, and six hosts. You can follow the 84 lab exercises provided or experiment with the hundreds of configuration commands built into the simulator. An extensive help system guides you through complex tasks. Can be used in conjunction with Sybex's best-selling CCNA Study Guide. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Not all it's cracked up to be
As a Cisco Academy student I bought this with the intent to supplement the lab activities and to do labs when lab time was not available. As another reviewer noted, the first thing it asks is if you want to upgrade. I am finishing the second half of the CCNA 1&2 book and this was a help with some of the early labs. As we got further I noted commands missing and not enough hardware can be set up to do the labs. I found the access-list command not working which blew away any ACL labs and practice. It just isn't worth the money for a serious student. I am upgraging to Router Sims NetVis 4.0 (actually the same engine this one uses, this is a scaled down version that Sybex resells). It has all the Cisco Academy semester 2 labs and looks like it covers all the commands. Appears to be a much more comprehensive simulator for about 80 bucks more. See the comparison at their web page.

This will give you a feel for router configs, but has too many limitations to be more than just a toy. If you are serious about CCNA lab and practice, you will find this lacking very quickly.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent simulation tool
Virtual Lab is far better than any other simulation available in the market. Esp for those who do not have regular access to switches and routers or networks.

Todd Lamllhe's book and Virtual Lab make a wonderful combination. hope this review helps .

2-0 out of 5 stars Buy the CCNA Gold Edition Used.
This product offers nothing of value over the Gold edition except for drag and drop. Creating my first network, I was shocked that I was limited in adding only two switches and three routers. Not much playing around or building with that limitation!

Todd Lammle, the Gene Simmons of Cisco training material, forces you to upgrade for any additional functionality on this already extremily over priced, very basic program.

Do yourself a favor and save your money and buy the used Gold version.

1-0 out of 5 stars Dissatisfied
I paid 120 dollars for a product that looks very pretty. But when I install it and try to use all the features, it asks me to upgrade! I use other ccna products and they offer more features for around the same price and don't charge for UPGRADES! Customer Support was not too helpful because they do not offer refunds...

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Out There
This simulation tool is excellent! First you create a network by dragging and dropping devices onto a screen. Then you connect them and then double click any of the devices to pop up a console screen. Then, you go a head and enter your configurations. You are not locked into doing anything. You can follow the labs or do your own thing and create you own network. ... Read more


5. CCNA Fast Pass
by Todd Lammle, Sean Odom, Sybex
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Asin: 0782143091
Catlog: Book (2003-10-24)
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Sales Rank: 18210
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Book Description

This handy, focused review guide was created to help CCNA candidates prepare for the new and expanded CCNA exam (640-801). Offering the most succinct and economical treatment, the CCNA Fast Past serves as the perfect supplement to Sybex's best-selling CCNA Study Guide. With objective-by-objective coverage from world-renowned Cisco authority Todd Lammle, this book is ideal for last-minute review and reinforcement of key topics. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Making the final steps a bit easier.
Ready to tackle the 640-801 CCNA Exam? Want to do some last minute prepping? Looking for the Sybex Exam Notes? With the release of the CCNA Fast Pass you can now get that final study session and be ready to go.

The book's new name, replacing the Exam Notes series, has the same material you have come to expect from Sybex and Todd Lammle. The book takes the objectives, breaks them down 1 by 1 and gives you the meat the subject.

This is the perfect add-on the CCNA Study and Virtual Lab for the 801 Exam. One thing that I like about this book is that even though it is a "cram" type of reading, there are labs and exercises that you can work on.

The book is broken down in to four chapters or areas and each one covers a great deal material. One thing to keep in mind is that this is not the end-all book; you will need other material in order to pass the exam.

Also included is a cd with a number of practice tests and overall this is an excellent final review book and well worth the investment. ... Read more


6. CCNA: Cisco Certified Network Associate, Deluxe Edition (640-801)
by Todd Lammle
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Asin: 078214392X
Catlog: Book (2005-02)
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Sales Rank: 1107121
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7. CCNP: Complete Study Guide (642-801, 642-811, 642-821, 642-831)
by Wade Edwards, Terry Jack, Todd Lammle, Toby Skandier
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Asin: 0782144217
Catlog: Book (2005-05-20)
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Book Description

The mid-level Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) certification validates advanced knowledge of Cisco-based networks. This single volume, from the leader in certification, provides complete and up-to-date coverage of all four exams required for the CCNP certification: 642-801, 642-811, 642-821, and 642-831. Not only is it handy to have all the necessary study information compiled in one guide, it is also the most economical self-study solution. The companion CD includes advanced testing engine containing chapter review questions and eight bonus exams, flashcards for PCs, Pocket PCs, and Palm devices, and the entire book in PDF. ... Read more


8. CCNA Virtual Lab, Gold Edition
by Todd Lammle, William Tedder, Bill Tedder
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Asin: 0782130186
Catlog: Book (2001-06-15)
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Sales Rank: 65232
Average Customer Review: 3.38 out of 5 stars
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If you're serious about passing the new CCNA exam (#640-607), you need hands-on experience with routers and switches. Until now, this has required access to expensive network equipment--not to mention the freedom to experiment with it. The CCNA Virtual Lab, Gold Edition gives you everything you need and more to tackle Cisco's challenging simulation format questions. You can practice with this, "equipment" on your own, use it in conjunction with suggested labs that cover CCNA exam objectives, or even design custom labs. An enhanced version of Sybex's best-selling CCNA Virtual Lab, this program simulates a network environment consisting of fourrouters, two switches, and four hosts, this program provides hands-on practice for the following topics and more:

* Logging in to a router

* Starting and saving router configurations

* Setting passwords, hostname, IP address, and clock rate

* Static routes and default routes

* Dynamic routing with RIP and IGRP

* Backing up, upgrading or restoring your router IOS

* Telnet

* IP name resolution

* Cisco Discovery Protocol (CDP)

* Internetworking Packet eXchange (IPX)

* Secondary network addresses and frame types

* Configuring frame relay ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Great Study Tool
I used this lab plus the Sybex CCNA e-Trainer for 3 weeks and passed 640-507 with a 945/1000 score. This lab isn't perfect as it doesn't replicate the entire IOS command set, but it does give you what you need to become a CCNA.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great program when studying for the new CCNA 607 exam!
This is a nice put together program that will help prepare you for the new SIMs that Cisco is using on the new 607 CCNA exam.

If you want to understand the sims as well as gain hands-on knowledge, then this is the software you need, along with Todd Lammle's book - of course!

5-0 out of 5 stars Has what it takes....for very little cash....
Instead of buying routers, I bought the Sybex CCNA Virtual Lab. It was good and I gave it a great Amazon rating. However, this is, and I am guesing here, the Second edition, which basically is just more routers, switches and hosts to configure and work within a fixed network environment. Works great, with more supported commands and worth every cent --much better then any Cisco software product! You MUST get the Todd Lammle Sybex CCNA Study Guide to read along with this product and then practice the labs. Good luck!

2-0 out of 5 stars Nice, but I found online labs CHEAPER and BETTER.
No question, this lab sim is good and provides a nice topology to work with.

BUT, for the coin you have to spend, you may find a better way to go. Check out IPExpert.com. They provide a free CCNA workbook with about 20 labs in it. Then check out www.gettLabs.com. They provide a FREE rack to work through the IPExpert labs. For no money, you can work with REAL equipment. Read the gettLabs Support forums before you start. There is a lot of helpful infomation for CCNA people using their equipment.

I liked Sybex, but it is just too hard to justify the cost.

1-0 out of 5 stars The simulator pales in comparison to the Cisco Press one
I try to be open minded about products, but I think the only reason this product has been popular uis because there was no competition out there. Now that cisco press has released their new CCNA book with NetSim in it, I can't see any value to this far inferior product. ... Read more


9. CCNP Study Guide Kit, 3rd Edition (642-801, 642-811, 642-821, 642-831)
by Todd Lammle, Arthur Pfund, et al., Sybex
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Asin: 0782142974
Catlog: Book (2003-12-23)
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Sales Rank: 65986
Average Customer Review: 3.67 out of 5 stars
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Prepare yourself for Cisco's new CCNP exams with Sybex's updated CCNP: Study Guide Kit, 3rd Edition! This box set is the complete self-study solution, covering all four required exams--BSCI (643-801), Switching (643-811), Remote Access (643-821), and Support (643-831). At an incredible value ($40 off price of books purchased separately), this kit delivers in-depth coverage of all official Cisco exam objectives along with practical insights that take you beyond the basics and reinforce key subject areas. Each book includes a CD with an advanced testing engine containing all chapter review questions and two bonus exams (eight exams in total), plus 150 flashcards for PCs, Pocket PCs, and Palm devices! All four books are also included in PDF! ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Great book for CCNP
Excellent book for exam and subject review. It covers the objectives for each exam in detail independently for each of the exams in CCNP. Practice questions, excellent examples, and lucid laguage are the best qualities of the book set. I gave four stars, as this set covers only objectives for the certification, but not for real life indepth touch of hte subject matter. Cisco Press books do an excellent job for these qualities. But, Lammle rocks as usual for "to the point" approach. Good Job! Keep it up! And, Good luck to all of you'll going for the certification!

-- Pankaj Patel BSCS, CCNA, MCDBA.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great book for CCNP
Excellent book for exam and subject review. It covers the objectives for each exam in detail independently for each of the exams in CCNP. Practice questions, excellent examples, and lucid laguage are the best qualities of the book set. I gave four stars, as this set covers only objectives for the certification, but not for real life indepth touch of hte subject matter. Cisco Press books do an excellent job for these qualities. But, Lammle rocks as usual for "to the point" approach. Good Job! Keep it up! And, Good luck to all of you'll going for the certification!

-- Pankaj Patel BSCS, CCNA, MCDBA.

3-0 out of 5 stars Some help, but...
The books cover all of the topics in all of the four exams for the CCNP, yet still they are a 'base level info'. If you want to understand fully the topics required for the CCNP and be able to enter the exams with confidence, be sure to pick up the recommended titles from Cisco Press. They may be considered in-depth and more than what is 'required knowledge' for the exam pass, but 'full knowledge' is what certification is really all about. These books should really be seen as a 'cram revision'.

1-0 out of 5 stars Bot covering all topics of the exam
I was quite unhappily surprised that, after reading the book for the BCSI exam, I was far from ready. I costed me quite a lot of extra work to properly prepare. Lots of topics are not covered and even worse with the BCMSN exam, where even more topics are not covered.

Very unsatisfactory!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book for passing all your exams
Without these books I would not have passed these tests. Excellent
coverage on the important subjects the test will cover. Great CDs
along with prep labs. Highly recommend it. ... Read more


10. CCNP/CCIP: BSCI Study Guide
by Todd Lammle, Carl Timm, Sean Odom
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Asin: 0782140955
Catlog: Book (2002-06-15)
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Sales Rank: 97150
Average Customer Review: 4.05 out of 5 stars
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Book Description

Get ready for Cisco's new Building Scalable Cisco Internetworks exam (#640-901) with the CCNP/CCIP: BSCI Study Guide. This book provides you with the knowledge, skills, and expert insights you'll need to approach the exam with confidence. You'll find in-depth coverage of all exam objectives, hundreds of challenging review questions, electronic flashcards, and a searchable electronic version of the entire book. The BSCI recently replaced the Routing exam as a core requirement for the CCNP (Cisco Certified Networking Professional) certification, and is also a core requirement for the CCIP (Cisco Certified Internetworking Professional) certification. The BSCI exam covers Cisco key technologies related to using Cisco routers connected in LANs and WANs typically found at medium to large network sites. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Good book for the exam
Todd Lammle has done it again. I used his CCDA book and was very impressed by it and this book did not disappoint.

Be careful if you are choosing books for this exam, its NOT the routing exam so if you pick up one of those books, you will not know enough about ISIS and BGP. There are a lot of books for the routing exam, but not many for the BSCI. This book is timely, useful and pretty-much error free!

Anything discussed in the book is fair-game in the exam. Unlike some books in this area (eg BCSN by McGraw-Hill for the BCSN exam ) this book covers all you need to know and almost has the right emphasis balance on the topics. Some books attempt to concentrate more on topics you'd use more often in real life, to the detriment of topics you know nothing about but will be examined on, the book doesn't do that but it still not just an exam book and has usefullness afterward.

To get the most out of this book do the chapter questions and the chapter labs too as well as the challenge lab at the end. They're not fillers, they help you make sure you understand. And whatever you do, do not skip any part of the book as irrelevant, that's the bit that will be in the exam for sure. You may then prompty forget the topic AFTER the exam.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not The Only Resource You Need To Pass
Let me first say I have not taken the exam yet so I am basing my judgment on the practice exams of Boson and Self Test. Also many people have personal preferences on how they like their technical material presented. That is maybe why you will find many good reviews on this book.

Usually I read the book then take the practice tests to prepare for the exam. This time after completing the book I started taking the practice exams. I found a number of questions where the answer could not be found in the book. An example of the questions were regarding EIGRP's advertised distance (AD) and feasible distance (FD) or also the advantages of ISIS. The answers are not readily apparent or do not exist at all in this text. A friend I work with has the BSCI Cisco Press by Gough and by looking for a few short minutes found many of the answers I had been looking for and could not find in the Sybex Llammle/Timm book. So based on the technical questions I am experiencing in the practice exams I am getting a copy of the Cisco Press Gough book to complete my preparation.

I too like Todd Lammle books but if the practice exams are anything like the real exam then you will need other materials to prepare you for the exam. The Sybex book does explain many topics very well and generally I think it is a good book. Just not the only one!

2-0 out of 5 stars It's poor written
It's basically a very poor written book, especially compared to the famous Todd's CCNA book. You can easily find a lot of much better written and easier understood articles on the Internet than in this book on same topics. It just simply hurts the repution of Sybex in my opinion.

5-0 out of 5 stars Carl Timm really pulls it together
Carl Timm who wrote most of this book and will write the updated 642 test version really knows this material. The preparatory reading from this book and Timm's style of writing (that is often credited elsewhere) really prepared me for the hardest of the CCNP tests. This is a crucial exam and topic as it covers material required for the BSCI test required for the CCNP, CCDP, CCIP and is good prep heading into the CCIE R&S. While I had critical experience in the field with this technology, the material is presented very well and is a great prep for the exam. The key is to read this material and understand it. This will not cram you for the exam, but lays the groundwork for better understanding of the topics which will carry you further than just passing the test. If you can correctly answer the practice questions throughout the book, you will demonstrate your command of the material (and pass the test).

5-0 out of 5 stars From a BrandNew CCNP
I found the BSCI exam the hardest of the 4 and without this book I am not sure I would have passed. The Author (who I found out is mostly Carl Timm) did a great job teaching the information - not just the test - I found the questions in the back to be tough - real tough - probably tougher than the actual exam. BUT - if you can answer them you are in.

Don't memorize test questions - follow the book - pay attention to what the author is telling you and you are in. But you better know the information. Find a good sim or some equipment to play on and get THIS book.

I passed my last test today and I am stoked - So I thought I would share the credit some.

CCIE - here I come. ... Read more


11. CCSP: Complete Study Guide (642-501, 642-511, 642-521, 642-531, 642-541)
by Wade Edwards, Todd Lammle, Tom Lancaster, Justin Menga, Eric Quinn
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Asin: 0782144225
Catlog: Book (2005-03-08)
Publisher: Sybex Inc
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To ensure adequate support for their security products and services, Cisco released a professional-level certification, Cisco Certified Security Professional (CCSP). This single volume, from the leader in certification, provides complete and up-to-date coverage of all five exams required for the CCSP certification: 640-501, 640-511, 640-521, 640-531, 640-541. Not only is it handy to have all the necessary study information compiled in one guide, it is also the most economical self-study solution. The companion CD includes advanced testing engine containing chapter review questions and ten bonus exams, flashcards for PCs, Pocket PCs, and Palm devices, and the entire book in PDF. ... Read more


12. CCNA Certification Kit, Third Edition (640-801)
by Todd Lammle, William Tedder
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Asin: 0782143156
Catlog: Book (2003-12-01)
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Sales Rank: 213906
Average Customer Review: 4.23 out of 5 stars
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Book Description

Here is the most effective self-study combination available for CCNA exam 640-801: The best-selling Study Guide AND the cutting-edge simulator, at an exceptional value of 20% off SRP! Sybex's CCNA: Study Guide, 4th Ed. provides in-depth coverage of all exam objectives, a testing engine with four bonus exams, 200 flashcards, and sample simulation questions. Using unmatched drag-and-drop simulation technology, the CCNA Virtual Lab, Platinum Edition allows you to simulate up to four switches, three routers, and six hosts. Follow the 84 lab exercises or experiment with hundreds of built-in configuration commands to get the hands-on experience you need to prepare for the CCNA exam. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I had the Cisco official Course material for the CCNA2.0 course. I brought the CCNA2.0 certification kit it has been my best buy till date. The concepts have been really well explained and if you understand them one shouldnt have any problem passing the exam with high scores.I didnt bother to look at the Ciscos course materials cos I though this book was well organized. Dont expect the questions to be straight out of the books , read the book , check the review question dont memorize it and am sure everybody should pass. Also there were some errors in the book send an Email to MR.Todd and was surprised to get an email back telling me to look at the sybex web site and check the errata sheet. Looking forward to the CCDA and then CCNA

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Book / Teaser Trainer
I have looked at most of the available CCNA books. It isn't worth it, you just get confused. This book is enough to pass the test and learn about the basics of Layer-2 and 3 theory.

There are a LOT of mistakes in the first addition. The errata on the sybex.com website has all the mistakes, but whew!

The e-trainer is a frustrating tease. I was so fed up with it after the first lab that I was about to purchase a used router. Even the most basic lab(chapter 4) doesn't have all of the functions supported. However, like I said, it is a tease. The point of the e-trainer is to give you a path to Mr. Lammale's partner: RouterSim. If you have your invoice from this package, RouterSim will cost you $130 extra as an upgrade to e-trainer, or $230 without. So the minute you order this, I recommend going to routersim.com and picking up your updated copy because you won't have the annoyance of e-Trainer to deal with during the labs.

Buy this set, get the upgrade, make Sybex and Todd rich, pass the test, start your path to being 1% as rich as Todd!

5-0 out of 5 stars All in one shopping for your CCNA!
I bought the book and software seperatly as I didn't know you could buy this kit at the time.

I am telling you that you just HAVE to have this kit if you want to pass the CCNA new 607 exam with simulations.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is the "HAVE TO HAVE" kit for CCNA!
I passed my CCNA exam after using this kit. I am an MCSE and MCP+I and now a CCNA thanks to these materials. The kit covers the vast majority of what you need to know to pass this exam.

After using several other books to prepare for other exams, this is by far the most thourough. The simulator did have some bugs, but it was still a valuable tool to simulate hands on practice. You can pass the exam using this kit alone, or got to ... for the complete router simulator.

This is excellent for those who want to learn on Cisco Routers and Switches and who are interested on CCNA exams. Certainly this is the best book, well written most of the topics, easy approach.

4-0 out of 5 stars everything you need to pass the difficult cisco-test
Be sure to memorize/practice the exercices included in this book. You'll absolutely need them for the cisco-test (cisco includes router-emulation exercices, and the tests are adaptive !) ... Read more


13. CCNA: Cisco Certified Network Associate Study Guide, Deluxe Edition
by Todd Lammle
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Catlog: Book (2001-12)
Publisher: Sybex Inc
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Average Customer Review: 4.24 out of 5 stars
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Todd Lammle strikes gold again with a new edition of CCNA: Cisco Certified Network Associate Study Guide which, in point of fact, isn't hugely different from earlier versions but nonetheless dominates its competitors. This is the best book on the market for bottom-up CCNA preparation, due in equal part to Lammle's thorough coverage (the CCNA test covers many tiny details), his skill in explaining concepts in prose and illustrations, and his care in designing exercises and practice questions. All the exam-prep elements are handled competently, as well, with annotations supplementing answer keys and plenty of comments about what Cisco expects its test-takers to say, as opposed to what may actually be true.

What's special about the Deluxe Edition? Its companion CD-ROM is somewhat better than before, since it now includes a browser-based tool that simulates a Cisco router's administrative interface (it can be hard to set up, though). The practice exam software on the CD-ROM is okay, though its questions are identical to those in the book. It would also be nice if the software kept track of your performance on exams over time, allowing you to identify and practice weaker subject areas. The book itself now features a larger and more detailed glossary, and a nice command reference. There's no need to upgrade if you have one of this book's predecessors, but count on a treat if this is the first Lammle CCNA book you buy. --David Wall

Topics covered: All of the material Cisco Systems says you have to understand in order to pass Exam 640-507 [new version: Exam 640-607] and earn its Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) professional rating, including the seven-layer network model, the essentials of Internet Protocol and its routing, the Cisco Internetwork Operating System (IOS), and wide area network (WAN) technologies. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Lammle is once again at the top of his game.
When I passed the CCNA exam a year ago I used the CCNA Study Guide by Todd Lammle and passed the exam with a 924. Had I had this book I am positive I would have done even better. Lammle is the first name in Cisco Certification exam material and judging from the content of the book there is no doubt why.

Lammle approach to the exam is by far the best I know of and studying the book in the order presented gives you the best chance of passing the exam on the first try. With Internetworking basics like the OSI model and topologies like Ethernet are the very beginning to the CCNA certification.

From there Lammle has you working with switching, which I like because switching should come before routing. Then you move to the internet protocols, IOS, IP routing VLANs and router management. Lammle again makes sure that far more information than the exam requires is included.

After that you then start working with IPX, Access lists and then WAN protocols like HDLC, PPP, Frame Relay and ISDN. Each section has review questions, the new thing I am very happy to see is both written and hands-on labs.

The cd included has over 400 practice questions, over 300 flash cards for both the PC and the palm devices and entire e-book. Lammle again takes the opening and adds not 2 but 4 additional bonus exams.

Finally as part of the study process is the use of an actual router and since this can be an expensive investment, Lammle has given you a Router Fundamental Simulator and practice labs. All this in one book and at a price that should make everyone happy. Whether certified or not, whether looking to refresh you skills this book is a must have for every router technician.

5-0 out of 5 stars Lammle is once again at the top of his game.
When I passed the CCNA exam a year ago I used the CCNA Study Guide by Todd Lammle and passed the exam with a 924. Had I had this book I am positive I would have done even better. Lammle is the first name in Cisco Certification exam material and judging from the content of the book there is no doubt why.

Lammle approach to the exam is by far the best I know of and studying the book in the order presented gives you the best chance of passing the exam on the first try. With Internetworking basics like the OSI model and topologies like Ethernet are the very beginning to the CCNA certification.

From there Lammle has you working with switching, which I like because switching should come before routing. Then you move to the internet protocols, IOS, IP routing VLANs and router management. Lammle again makes sure that far more information than the exam requires is included.

After that you then start working with IPX, Access lists and then WAN protocols like HDLC, PPP, Frame Relay and ISDN. Each section has review questions, the new thing I am very happy to see is both written and hands-on labs.

The cd included has over 400 practice questions, over 300 flash cards for both the PC and the palm devices and entire e-book. Lammle again takes the opening and adds not 2 but 4 additional bonus exams.

Finally as part of the study process is the use of an actual router and since this can be an expensive investment, Lammle has given you a Router Fundamental Simulator and practice labs. All this in one book and at a price that should make everyone happy. Whether certified or not, whether looking to refresh you skills this book is a must have for every router technician.

5-0 out of 5 stars Updated to the 640-607 exam- a real winner.
Todd Lammle has made a reputation for delivering CCNA Study Guide that will help you pass the exam the first time around, this book is certainly no exception. Cisco changed the exam from 640-507 to 640-607 and Lammle has kept pace with those changes in this must have reference manual.

Placing the exam objectives right in the front of the book, you then move to a assessment test that is both challenging and as a true measurement of the new exam as I have seen so far. Updated to the new exam this 825 page book should be the first place you go to study for the exam.

Layout of study guide is extremely important to the flow of material and that's why this book is so very good. Lammle starts off with internetworking overview and then to Layer 2 switching, from there you move to the IOS, routing, RIP, IGRP, VLANs, access lists, IPX, and WAN technologies, making this a very well rounded manual.

With 36 written and hands-on labs plus and added 7 labs in Appendix B for switching, coupled with over 200 review questions and tips and tricks, Lammle has once again given the reader everything and more they need to have an excellent shot at the exam.

Most books stop there but Lammle once again exceeds everyone by giving you 2 cdroms, the first is study tools like 200 practice questions, which include simulation type questions. 400 flash cards and 10 bonus exams along with the entire book in PDF format.

The second cd has a virtual lab to work with, including instructions for setup and use. While this book may cost a little more than others, the value and information clearly outweigh the cost difference as you have the number 1 book on the market.

5-0 out of 5 stars The ULTIMATE CCNA Prep book! Just passed with a 913!
I am a Cisco Networking Academy student and I just passed the CCNA 640-607 Exam yesterday. This wasn't the only book that I used to prep for the exam, but this book was instrumental in providing me with the answers for the exam that the other books didn't. Along with this book, I used the Cisco Networking Academy online curriculum, ICND, Ciscopress Router and Switch eSim, Transcender, and Preplogic. Hands-on experience with routers and switches was the key to my success, but I could have easily passed this test by using only the this book. The test was a lot harder than the Transcender CCNA practice test. It's usually the other way around. Anyway, if you get only ONE book for exam prep, get this one. You will not regret it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Routing Protocols
I agree, if you want to learn IP routing, this book will not take you anywhere close. For that you would need "Cisco IOS for IP Routing" by Andrew Colton or Doyle's books. However, Lammle's book would probably be all you need to pass the CCNA test. Unless you're a complete beginner, then you may want to add one or two other fine CCNA books. ... Read more


14. CCNP: Routing Study Guide Exam 640-503 (With CD-ROM)
by Todd Lammle, Sean Odom, Kevin Wallace
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Catlog: Book (2001-02-15)
Publisher: Sybex Inc
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Average Customer Review: 3.12 out of 5 stars
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Get ready for your future today! Cisco's new Routing exam is a requirement for both the Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) and Cisco Certified Design Professional (CCDP) programs. With full coverage of all exam objectives, you'll learn techniques and strategies for building scalable Cisco networks. The CD contains a testing engine, electronic flashcards for PCs and Palm devices, and valuable networking tools and utilities. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Waste of time and money!!!
I really wanted to like this book. Don't get me wrong, it's a decent book but after using the Lammle/Sybex book to pass my CCNA this book is a let down. This book, though not intentionally, is two books. The first half is well-written and explains IGRP, EIGRP, and OSPF in an in-depth, easy-to-read fashion. The second half covers BGP and leaves you scratching your head. I don't know if the topic of BGP is so complicated it's hard to put into words, but considering how much of the book covers BGP (3/10)I will have to look elsewhere for more information.

Addendum - I took the routing test for the CCNP and I can honestly tell you this book is useless unless you like a birds-eye view of information. I knew this book cover to cover, and still there were topics and commands on the test I had never seen before. I also used the corresponding cram session (again I knew it cover to cover)...and the Sybex virtual trainer...and guess what...I failed! (In case you're wondering if it's just my intelligence, I have a master's degree in aqueous geochemistry).

Stick with the Cisco books...a bit more dry to read, but far more informative.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good for the Exam, Not Good Enough If You're Out to Learn
This book is a good study tool for those of you preparing for the CCNP Routing examination. Although I have a good amount of experience with Cisco routers, which aided my preparation, there were several areas on the exam that I had no, or very limited, experience with. When combined with my previous experience this text, by itself, was sufficient to pass the exam.

For the most part the topics in the text were covered in a logical and thorough manner. Additionally, the topics discussed in the book were covered in sufficient detail to allow a person with limited router configuration experience to pass the test; however, there were a couple glaring areas of weakness in the text when compared against the exam. To score well on the exam you must have a fairly detailed grasp of EIGRP and OSPF configuration. This guide, though it provides sufficient information to pass both areas, does not provide enough depth and complexity in either area to score well.

I would not recommend depending solely on this reference to prepare for the test if you have very limited router configuration experience.

PJZ

1-0 out of 5 stars THIS IS THE WORST CCNP ROUTING BOOK OUT THERE!!!
Exam Cram is a better study guide than this and that is not saying much. This book has approximately 250 pages of useful reading and 200 pages of Fluff. In depth protocols such as OSPF, and BGP are explained in less than 30 Pages. There is almost no way possible for someone to really get an understanding of these topics from this book. Cisco certification is highly regarded in the industry for certifing professionals that understand IP routing and this book is not the one to help you. Purchase the Cisco Press Book or Doyle's Routing TCP/IP Vol. 1 and stay away from this one!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Study Guides
I have used these books for two of my Cisco exams, and can honestly say that they really, really are worth every penny. The way that Todd writes such heavily technical material is wonderful. They're easy to read, easy to understand, thorough, and cover everything you need to know to pass! He has a style that is unique, and makes it easy to remember such complex content. I will buy all his study guides for my Cisco path!

2-0 out of 5 stars Just don't like.
I used the Cisco Press Exam Certification Guide series to pass the CCNP exams. I got this one and I just don't like the higher level, skimming topics writing style. I'm not saying that I always understand the lower level stuff at first read, but I like the option of trying. The chapters I read of this book seem to offer not much more than high level topic summaries. The high number of typos bug too. ... Read more


15. Network+ Study Guide, Deluxe Edition
by David Groth, Todd Lammle, William Tedder
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Asin: 0782142753
Catlog: Book (2003-06-16)
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Sales Rank: 311000
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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The Network+ certification from CompTIA, designed to certify the knowledge of networking technicians, continues to gain popularity. Sybex's Network+ Study Guide, Deluxe Edition is the only self-study package for the Network+ exam (#N10-002) that combines comprehensive instructional material with sophisticated network and operating system simulation software. And it comes to you at a tremendous value (less than the retail value of the simulation software alone)! With this premium product, you get the leading CAQC approved Network+ Study Guide which provides in-depth coverage of all official objectives plus two valuable CDs. One CD includes advanced testing software with four bonus exams, as well as electronic flashcards for both PCs and Palm devices. The other CD contains a fully functional Virtual Lab (33 hands-on labs and 33 review labs) that simulates a network environment consisting of Windows, NetWare, Linux and Unix servers, hosts, and clients. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Try Another Book
I can only give this book a lukewarm recommendation since it appears to be very outdated even through it was recently published. Most examples and discussion were on Windows 95/98 and NT 4.0. Hardly any mention of Windows 2000 and almost none for Windows XP except the in the lab. Also almost no coverage of Linux/Unix. Finally, the book is not very well organized and covers the same material in multiple chapters.

The virtual lab supplied with the CD in the book is probably the best part and provides some value for beginners but is too simple for most students taking Network+.

2-0 out of 5 stars He's not Todd Lammle
I was previously CCNA certified when I took this test, thank goodness. I was hooked on the Sybex series because of Todd Lammle, what a great author he is. This book was not clear, even inacurate. Level two datagrams are called frames, not packets. Packets exist at layer 3 of the OSI model. This error kept popping up, if I didn't know the real answer I would have missed the question on the test that related to this. The book did not discuss token ring well enough for me, as I have never used it. I would suggest finding another book or going through a Cisco Networking Acadamy, you can get both your CCNA and your Network + certification that way. I felt like I wasted money on this book even though I passed the test the first time. Look elsewere

And remember that layer 3 datagrams are called packets, layer 2 datagrams are frames...hence frame relay which is a layer 2 technology and packet filtering capabilities of routers which operate at layer 3.

3-0 out of 5 stars not bad, but confusing
This book wasn't bad, but I didn't feel it was well written. The author gives you the bare minimum of what you need to know with little to no explanation. Unless you're A+ certified, you may be lost, as the author uses very technical terms and doesn't "dumb it down" for newbies. I'm not saying the book isn't complete or doesn't cover the exam objectives; it covers everything you need to know. I just felt the author's writing style was hard to follow. I bought the All-in-One Certification guide (Michael Meyers) and I feel it is much more well written and easier to follow.

5-0 out of 5 stars Text and sim all in 1 place - nice job!
Take a well known author for A+ and Net+. Add in a highly respected CCNA Author. Add to that a highly successful book for Network+ certification. Finally throw in a lab simulator and package it under through a publisher well known for producing high quality technical reference manuals.

Now you have the perfect study tool for the Net+ Certification. David Groth and Sybex have teamed up to give you an updated text for Network+ and thrown in a lab simulator to make the chance of passing the exam first time better than ever before.

I found that the OSI breakdown is not only perfect for Network+, but also the A+ class I am teaching benefits from it as well. Groth also has a great 200 pages for TCP/IP, again the explanation is written for all levels making a perfect learning and teaching tool.

Once again the text is technically up to date and accurate. The team has certainly done everything here including hands-on labs, practice questions, tips and tricks.

There are 2 cd included, one with practice exams and the other with the simulator. What should be included in either a separate lab manual to use with the simulator or the lab manual as part of the book.

Overall you have both a first rate book and simulator. If you are looking for a good set of tools for the networking, then you may just want to start here ... Read more


16. CCDA: Cisco Certified Design Associate Study Guide, 2nd Edition (640-861)
by Todd Lammle, Andy Barkl
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Asin: 0782142001
Catlog: Book (2003-07-16)
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Average Customer Review: 3.22 out of 5 stars
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Get ready for the new CCDA exam with the updated CCDA: Cisco Certified Design Associate Study Guide, 2nd Edition. Organized for optimal learning and retention, this book provides in-depth coverage of all exam objectives along with practical insights drawn from real-world experience. The accompanying CD includes hundreds of challenging review questions, electronic flashcards, and a searchable electronic version of the entire book. Cisco recently "refreshed" the CCDA exam, adding new questions and question formats to the pool, but leaving the previous set of exam objectives intact. The CCDA certification validates a foundation or apprentice knowledge of network design for the small office/home office (SOHO) market. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars MBECKHAM, Ashburn, VA. CCNA/CCDA - Excellent Book!
I passed the CCDA two weeks ago on first try. It was challenging. You must know the information and be able to apply it to the case studies. Plain and simple If you don't know it you won't pass. I'm not a fan necessarily of Todd Lammle, but of good study guides. Regardless of who publishes them. Todd lays it out for you. You have to go get it! This is an excellent book. This was my main source, but I also used CISCO, A beginners guide, MASONTECH web site and the CISCO web site. I'm not just looking for some quickie cert, but build a solid foundation in order o become a great CCIE. Be a student of CISCO, don't look for some quick fix. There aren't any! Use all of your resources for exam preparation and you will do fine.

1-0 out of 5 stars Not sufficient enough to pass the exam with
This book is garbage. It doesn't come close to fulfilling the exam objectives. The test prep software is a joke. VoIP and IPv6 are severely lacking as these two subjects constituted a good chunk of the exam. Too many pages written on subjects that weren't part of the exam (the trivial introductory stuff) and not enough pages devoted to the important stuff.

This was my first certification. I posted a decent score but not enough to pass. VoIP and IPv6 hurt me. I'll never use a Sybex book as source again. The other user reviews were right; I should have listened. One more thing learned the hard way...

I'm going to try the Teare book next.

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't touch with a barge pole. I've flushed better. Bile.
No stars earned here.
Over 50% of the book covers maybe 20 - 30% of the exam.
The thrust of analysis is covered by 30 - 50 pages of the book and maybe 50% of the exam; the rest of the book is introductory stuff which you'll need to understand but won't be questioned on and if it is new to you you are studying for the wrong exam - CCDA is not the start for someone new to networks. And containing the documentation in "Post Design Issues" (overly short) chapter is a basic sin my old Comp Sci professors would quite rightly have had the skin flogged off my back for.

This book introduces (some of) the tools, stops short of suggesting what to do with them then goes on about non exam related stuff - Sybex, this one is more than just a technical exam.

Am I bitter 'cos I got 80% and failed this exam on my first attempt? No, I'm bitter because I knew this book throughout and it left (for me) the main thrust of the exam unaddressed - had I used only this book I would have been lucky to get 40%.

Sybex have been known to leave books an occasional bit short, but this one is in a league of its own.

After reading DT's Cisco Press, managed a clear pass - I'm still considering giving some significant use to Todd Lammle et al and Sybex's email addresses as there are no innocent parties here.

Oh dear.

1-0 out of 5 stars Fail the exam with this book, I DID.
This book is incomplete for the new CCDA exam. It is missing information about VoIP, IPv6 and general design criteria. The Cisco Press book edited by Diane Teare is much better with all the info needed to pass. The Cisco book is up to date regarding technologies as well.

1-0 out of 5 stars Read this book and fail the CCDA Exam
This book provides very good introduction to the basic networking techologies. However, it does not provide much detail about designing, methodolgy and case studies which comprises about one third of exam questions. Also, SAFE, VoIP and IP v6 is covered very poorly in the book. The questions are very basic. Case studies presented in this book are well below the level of questions asked in the exam.

I will not recommend this book to anyone who is interested in passing the CCDA Exam ... Read more


17. CCNP Switching Study Guide (2nd Edition; Exam #640-604 with CD-ROM)
by Todd Lammle, Eric Quinn
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Asin: 0782141536
Catlog: Book (2002-10-10)
Publisher: Sybex Inc
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Average Customer Review: 3.94 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Good CCNP Study Guide
This book is a good study tool for those of you preparing for the CCNP Switching examination. Although I have a good amount of experience with Cisco routers, which aided my preparation, I had never dealt with Cisco switches of any sort prior to taking the exam. This text, by itself, was sufficient to pass the exam.

The two main areas of weakness in the text are multicast and multiplayer switching. If you wish to score well on all areas of the exam find additional materials to help your preparation in these areas.

Aside from these two areas, the text is sufficiently thorough to allow excellent scores in the other areas.

PJZ

4-0 out of 5 stars A good study guide to prepare you forthe exam
The authors' writing style presents the material in an easy to digest format. I found this text a little easier to read that its Cisco press counterpart which at times is a little dry. All switching topics were adequately covered, although I would have liked a little more material on implementing Multicasting (PIM) and Layer 3 switching. All in all, the book is a good preparation resource for the switching exam. Some nice labs and plenty of practice exam questions.

5-0 out of 5 stars Yes It Does Cover HSRP!
Try reading pages 313 to 321 and you will find coverage of HSRP. Good god and these people want to be CCNP's? I give up!

4-0 out of 5 stars Wondering which to buy for your 640-604, Cisco or Sybex?
I passed 640-604 Exam only studying with this book with the score of almost 900.

I also bought the Cisco Press's book for the same subject, but could not even go through it to the end once, because, it just made me very sleepy after few minutes every time I tried although I believe this is a great study book.

On the other hand, this Sybex book was very fun to read, covering the exam well. Even for those who do not have Engish as a native language like myself, can easily read this book, take the exam in English and can pass it.

The only bad point is, like the other reviewer pointed out, this book does not cover HSRP, which was still questioned as of May 2003. I would recommend that you buy the Cisco's book too and take a look at only that section to get a quick knowledge of HSRP, then you are good to go!

4-0 out of 5 stars HSRP on the test
Outstanding book. Provides everything you need to know to pass the test, except for HSRP. I realized that this was not in the book when I went to take the test. It was a good thing that there were only a few questions on HSRP. Maybe I guessed right, but I did pass the test and that is all that matters. ... Read more


18. CCNP: Support Study Guide
by Todd Lammle, Arthur Pfund
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Asin: 0782141528
Catlog: Book (2002-09-20)
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Sales Rank: 137855
Average Customer Review: 3.55 out of 5 stars
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Get ready for the new CCNP Support exam with the updated CCNP: Support Study Guide, 2nd Edition. Organized for optimal learning and retention, this book provides in-depth coverage of all exam objectives along with practical insights drawn from real-world experience. The accompanying CD includes hundreds of challenging review questions, electronic flashcards, and a searchable electronic version of the entire book. The mid-level Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) certification was developed by Cisco to validate advanced knowledge of Cisco-based networks. The Support exam (#640-606) is one of the four core exams that cover a wide range of topics, including installing, configuring, operating, and troubleshooting LAN, WAN, and dial-up access services for organizations with mid-to-large sized networks. Cisco recently "refreshed" the four CCNP exams, adding new questions and question formats to the pool, but leaving the previous set of exam objectives intact. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Sufficient if you are experienced
This book is a poor to fair study tool for those of you preparing for the CCNP Support examination. Although I have a good amount of experience with Cisco routers I have very limited experience with Cisco switches and RAS solutions. Depending on the amount of the experience you have this book may or may not be enough to prepare you for the exam. I normally expect study guides such as this one to assist me in overcoming the areas I am weak in, but this study guide does not do that.

In general the text is technically correct; however, it does not explore several important topics, such as Cisco NMS and support options, in sufficient detail and it is poorly organized. There were several topic areas on the exam, Token Ring is the best example, that I was totally unprepared for. The text does provide an overview of Token Ring operation and offers two examples of Token Ring network troubleshooting but does absolutely nothing to prepare you with the knowledge you will need to correctly answer the Token Ring questions on the test.

Overall my satisfaction level with the Sybex series of study guides for the CCNP exams is fairly low. For the next Cisco exam I take I plan on purchasing one of the Cisco texts.

PJZ

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Enough, but not as good as his previous works
I used this book and my own experience to study for the CCNP Support test. I did not use any hands-on time to study and passed the exam with a 896 (692 required to pass). So, based on the fact I passed the test, I have to say the book helped me to pass.

Keep in mind that the CCNP: Support exam is really nothing more than a review of the stuff you SHOULD have learned when you studied for the CCNP: Remote access, Switching and Routing exams, with a small emphasis on basic troubleshooting methodology thrown in. Because of that fact, I found this book really only re-stated things that were in the previous books. The only exception is the first chapter where they talk about basic troubleshooting methodology. (Hint: There were at least 5 questions on the test from this chapter).

The chapter review tests, along with the assessment test, practice test and 'bonus' test on the CD-Rom were very useful in focusing my study away from areas that I knew well and onto the areas where I needed to brush-up. This fact alone makes the book worth its price.

4-0 out of 5 stars Here goes Sybex again! (only 1 thing to warn you)
This book ALONE will be enough for you to pass 640-606.

The only small weak point that I found was in the section where they were explaining "silicon switching""netflow switching"..etc, the whole explanation was not that clear; Cisco Press' equivalent book did a better job in this section. Except for this, I found this book was a way better than Cisco one with more detailed explanation for each subject.

With Sybex book of Support, I finished my CCNP study. Sybex was always there for me to help me out for each exam. I cannot thank them too much. Their books are easy, clear and fun to read.

4-0 out of 5 stars Please note the Dates of the reviews.
The current test is 640-606 which came out in the first of 2002. This book is only been out sense September 20, 2002. Only one review is of the current edition. The old editions are very poor study guides. However, the current editions of the books are more in line with the test. As for the two new exams that I have taken, I found the Sybex as good as if not better than the Cisco.

The best options for the CCNP tests are to get both Sybex and the Cisco. Note however, that the Cisco books for this test (Support) and Remote Access and are for the old exams! Also Cisco books are poorly written and are full of errors and the Sybex will compliment the poor Cisco books

2-0 out of 5 stars Disappointed with this particular Sybex book
I have used Sybex for the routing/switching and remote access exam and passed the respective exams. But this book on the other hand was lacking some of the information on various categories of the official exam. Today I have purchased the official Cisco press book for this exam, which I will likely do for now on in the future. For now I have to pay for this exam AGAIN, this was the first I have failed. Good Luck! ... Read more


19. CCNP(R): Cisco Internetwork Troubleshooting Study Guide (642-831)
by Arthur Pfund, Todd Lammle, Sybex
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Asin: 0782142958
Catlog: Book (2003-12-05)
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Sales Rank: 490531
Average Customer Review: 3.24 out of 5 stars
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As Cisco revises its core Support exam (643-831) required for CCNP (Cisco Certified Network Professional) certification, Sybex has updated its best-selling Study Guide. In its 3rd Edition, Sybex's CCNP: Support Study Guide provides in-depth coverage of all exam objectives and clearly addresses the new technologies added to the exam. Organized for optimal learning and retention, this comprehensive guide offers practical insights that take you beyond the basics and reinforce key subject areas. The companion CD includes testing engine with two bonus sample exams, electronic flashcards for PCs and Palm handhelds, and the entire book in PDF. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Good book, but lacks explanations on show, debug commands
I passed the exam with a 907, but I feel the actual course material gave a much better explanation of show and debug outputs. About one third of my test was ISDN related and I don't feel he covered this subject adequately. Other than that it was an easy book to read.

1-0 out of 5 stars Unacceptable absence of detail!
This book just pastes in the output of Cisco commands without any adequate explainations. Obviously the authors know less about the material than many of the readers...

Notice that all the "positive" reviews give no details as to what's good about this book. I guess Lammle and Co. are going to have to submit more "reviews" to compensate for this bit of realism...

3-0 out of 5 stars Not Sybex's best bot a good study guid
This is not the usual Sybex study guide quality but it's still a good book. I purchased it with the expetation of being a great book and it fell short. To me there was a lot of filler that didn't need to be there. I would have liked to have seen more meat and less potato's...I know potato's fill pages but the meat is what you need to pass the test.

This book will help you prepare for the CIT exam but will not get you there.

5-0 out of 5 stars This book has everything you need to pass the CIT
Hear me know, believe me later: There was not one subject on the CIT exam that was not covered in this book! Be forewarned, it doesn't prepare you for the ridiculous phrasing and grammer used in the test to throw you off. I don't think any book can do that. Only real world experience can help you though those. If you used this book as your main study guide and failed the test, it is because you didn't study enough.

2-0 out of 5 stars There is no 'real-world' experience in this book...none!
This somes up every chapter in this book: Pages and pages full of unexplained cut and paste show commands. Tuns and tuns of show commands listed in line, no real-world troubleshooting experience given to add some meaning to the commands.

The book reminds me of my college essays I used to do: Filled with padding to get to that mimumim required number of pages, and done at the last minute, without having done any 'real' research. ... Read more


20. CCSP: Securing Cisco IOS Networks Study Guide (642-501)
by Todd Lammle, Carl Timm
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Asin: 0782142311
Catlog: Book (2003-06-10)
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Sales Rank: 135472
Average Customer Review: 4.45 out of 5 stars
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Cisco is moving aggressively into the network security arena by unveiling a lineup of a dozen new security products and services, and a new professional-level certification for them, Cisco Certified Security Professional (CCSP). The Securing Cisco IOS Networks (SECUR) exam (#642-501) is the first, and most critical, in a series of five exams required to achieve CCSP status. Sybex, the leader in Cisco certification study guides and winner of CertCities.com 2002 Readers' Choice Award for Best Study Guides, is offering this essential study guide to the SECUR exam (#642-501). Written for everyone pursuing a career as a Cisco security professional, this guide is packed with real world scenarios and exam essentials that take you beyond the basics and reinforce key subject areas. The accompanying CD includes hundreds of challenging review questions, electronic flashcards, and a searchable electronic version of the entire book. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellant book!
I like some of the other reviewers, went to take this exam to renew my ccna, and to go down the ccsp path. I only read this book for a resource for the exam. It took me about 3 weeks to read and study the material. I went today and scored a 927 on the exam. Thanks Todd!

1-0 out of 5 stars insuficient for the 642-501 exam
I bought this book because I have good experiences with Todd Lammle books, his books are usually clearly written and cost little energy to digest (and he did manage to this again in this book).

but.....It does seem out of date at this moment, the CCSP path changes rapidly and some main toppics have been added (such as "securing Cisco Routers using Security device manager" and "management centre (MC) for VPN routers". There is a big chance that the exam will hold quite a few questions on these topics as happened with me. With a passing rate of 860 you just can't afford loosing valuable points just because it wasn't in the book. I am now reading the cisco press self study book (Published: Apr 21, 2004), and indeed like one of the other reviewers says, they might sometimes be crammed with in depth information (perhaps even too much for the exam). Sybex should rewrite this book to match it with the current standards.

I'm happy that a lot of the reviewers passed after using this book, but it might have something to do with a lucky collection of questions.
Regards, Herman

5-0 out of 5 stars Very humane down-to-earth writing, and it gets you to pass!
Another great Todd Lammle book. I just passed the exam today with 922 points, 860 points being the minimum passing score.
I love the encouraging words after a tough chapter for example, telling you what a good job you have done. I generally love the humane writing, that really helps you understand the technical terms. The book misses the "Managing Enterprise VPN Routers" subject comletely so it would be a good idea to find some information about this subject elewhere before taking the exam, just to improve your chances. However if you study the book hard enough you will still pass. There are a few errors here and there, but you should be able to spot them, reading through the material. Great assessment, chapter and bonus tests. I also bought some test software from Boson, which gave me a little more knowledge not found in the book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Well organized and written
If you follow Mr. Lammle's advise and take your time reading through all the chapters, you will do well on the exam. This book helped me pass the exam on my first try. Don't be fooled by the size of the book. It packs a wealth of information that takes time to absorb. If you are a beginner, this is not a quick read. Altough this is not what I consider "leisure reading", I'm very thankful that Mr. Lammle added a little humor to his writing. The bonus exams on the CD were very helpful. I recommend this book to anyone studying for the Cisco Secur EXAM.

4-0 out of 5 stars Prasanna
I completed 642-501 couple of days before, scoring 933. This book is the only reference i had, and it covered almost everything on the exam, because there were couple of questions on Management Centre for VPN....which i don't remember having read from this book. There were couple of errors, however i think they are easily identifiable. On the whole this book is a good study guide for 642-501. ... Read more


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