Sunday, May 17, 2015

CCNP Routing and Switching v2.0 Official Cert Guide Library

This library is huge 2000+ pages all-in-one bundle to cover the new CCNP V2 exams. You are getting all the 3 books for your exam preparations. I think, at this point in time no other books are available to cover the exact CCNP V2 syllabus.
Topics are almost same as previous version of CCNP with few exceptions. I feel the authors have done a wonderful job of creating a material with different style and approach in explaining the technology and concepts that are well suited for today’s network infrastructure. I never felt boring while going through topics.

Some of the differences between old and new are Route: IPv6 - dual stack, IOS 15.0, EIGRP IPv6, OSPF IPv6, RIPng, VPN Concepts (DMVPN, EVN), IPv6 NAT etc. SWITCH: SDM configurations, VTP v1-V3, SPAN, RSPAN, Switch hardware etc, TSHOOT: Troubleshooting of IPv6 related topics. I feel that the approaches to explaining things are much better and the scenarios depicted in the book are all based on current deployment trend in the industry. BGP is covered to the level where one can deploy networks with internet connectivity to multiple ISPs. Under Remote Site connectivity topic, author has covered today’s WAN technology like MPLS and various VPN technologies. In Switch, MLS, DHCP, SNMP, 802.1x, IP SLA, SPAN/RSPAN, Stack wise, VSS, HSRP, VRRP, GLBP, VACL, L2 security etc are covered.
Book organization and Parts and chapter: Book organization and style are similar to other cisco press books. Some of the key features are: Starting Quiz, Key Topic flag that represents the topics importance in the exam, “Note” section for caveats, topic’s scope, and important points.
I see lots of diagrams in these books to explain each topic with absolute clarity.

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