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CCNP Official Exam Certification Library Hardcover – 1 Aug 2007

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  • Hardcover: 2400 pages
  • Publisher: Cisco Press; 4 edition (1 Aug. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158720178X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587201783
  • Product Dimensions: 20.2 x 18.2 x 25.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,125,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Brent Stewart, CCNP, CCDP, is a certified Cisco Systems instructor and teaches at Global Knowledge.

 

David Hucaby, CCIE No. 4594, is a Lead Network Engineer for the University of Kentucky.

 

Brian Morgan, CCIE No. 4865, is a Director for Paranet Solutions, a nationwide consulting firm.

 

Neil Lovering, CCIE No. 1772, works as a systems engineer for Cisco Systems.

 

Amir Ranjbar, CCIE No. 8669, is an instructor and senior network architect for Global Knowledge, Cisco's largest training partner.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James Butler on 29 Oct. 2009
Format: Hardcover
An absolutely great set of books that will guide you through all of the requirements of the CCNP exams as well as being useful in assisting you with your day job. I used these books in conjunction with the CBT Nuggets CCNP videos by Jeremy Cioara to pass my exams. The videos give you great understanding of the concepts and the books then give you the extra detail required for the exam. A great combination that worked for me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Ngwenya on 10 Sept. 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is a brilliant product very good value for money and easy to follow especially self study.The exam requirements are given in detail and good lab practises are included, you get the latest in Cisco exams to be well equiped for the future in IT.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By flyinghyphen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 29 Oct. 2009
Format: Hardcover
CCNP Certification Library is a comprehensive review and practice package for the four Cisco® CCNP® exams: BSCI, BCMSN, ISCW, and ONT. The four books contained in this package, CCNP BSCI Official Exam Certification Guide, Fourth Edition, CCNP BCMSN Official Exam Certification Guide, Fourth Edition, CCNP ISCW Official Exam Certification Guide, and CCNP ONT Official Exam Certification Guide, present complete reviews and ample opportunities to test your knowledge of CCNP exam topics. These authorized Cisco CCNP study guides are written by CCIE® certified individuals and certified Cisco instructors, bringing years of teaching and consulting experience together in an ideal test preparation format.

CCNP BSCI Official Exam Certification Guide, Fourth Edition, helps you evaluate your ability to use advanced IP addressing and routing in implementing scalability for Cisco integrated services routers (ISRs) connected to LANs and WANs. This book covers all the topics on the CCNP BSCI exam 642-901. CCNP BCMSN Official Exam Certification Guide, Fourth Edition, covers all the topics on the CCNP BCMSN exam 642-812 and helps you understand how to implement scalable multilayer switched networks. CCNP ISCW Official Exam Certification Guide covers all the topics on the CCNP ISCW exam 642-825 and tests your ability to secure and expand the reach of an enterprise network to teleworkers and remote sites with a focus on securing remote access and VPN client configuration. CCNP ONT Official Exam Certification Guide covers all the topics on the CCNP ONT exam 642-845 and examines your ability to optimize and apply effective quality of service (QoS) techniques for converged networks.
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This is a very good series of a cisco books. I have used them for a CCNP preparation. Like a theory it is very good, you need also some extra hands on experience and LABs.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Cisco has the best exam cert. guides. 24 Oct. 2007
By A. Adams - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is an excellent buy for getting the complete CCNP exam prep books. It would cost significantly more to buy them individually.

The books have been updated for the new tests. The BCMSN covers Wifi theory very well, but it is lacking in the "practical" aspect. I.e. the actual test had questions regarding more specific Cisco wireless products that the BCMSN book did not contain. The BSCI is quite good. I can not comment on the other two (ONT and ISCW because I have not read them yet.) However, the topics covered look really interesting.

What is especially great about these products is that they include some study software. I personally find this invaluable. This is the deciding factor between buying the Authorized Self-Study versus the Exam Prep books.

Some of the examples in the books have errors, which can cause some confusion. This is normal Cisco Press behavior. Also, some of the examples appear to differ from the text. Sadly, Cisco's product line is similar; some features are available in some versions, and not in others. So, this is kind of a real-world example of what Cisco products are like.

All in all, I really like these books. I find them much more useful than the competitors offerings; especially the exam prep software.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Disappointed after using Cisco Press CCNA set 16 Mar. 2009
By Justin Borchardt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
A couple of years ago I bought the Cisco books for the CCNA exam, and using them and some spare Cisco equipment that I had collected, self-studied for and passed the CCNA without difficulty. I thought those books were excellent, the material was well presented, and the explanations clear and easy to follow. Having such great success with Cisco Press, I eagerly purchased the CCNP set.

I have been quite disappointed by the CCNP books so far. The main impression that I got was that they would probably be a great reference, if you already knew the material. If you're trying to just learn the material though, good luck. First of all, long parts of them read like they're written in management/marketing-speek. Lots of elaborate sounding twenty-dollar words describing just how fantastic Cisco's vision of the network is. You know, I understand we need to talk about architecture, reliability, and allocation of resources...but when we're droning on for page after page about the "network align[ing] itself with the business priorities of an orgainzation..." you've lost me. I'm a tech guy. I'm sure this is all important, but boil it down to the key points here please instead of drowning me in marketing BS.

The other thing that I've noticed is that the technical explanations in these books seem to be lacking. Often to introduce a new topic they will present a list of terms (defined using other terms in that list or other things that have not been explained), a couple of diagrams, and some textual explanation relying on other topics that they have not explained. Now this may be perfectly adequate to get a CCNP certification, I don't know, I haven't taken the test. But if you want to get a real solid understanding of the topics being discussed, it fails totally. I don't feel this set is going to prepare me for the CCNP, so I'm back on Amazon looking for other guides.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great Material with Good Examples 26 Nov. 2008
By Jim Shank - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I received my CCNA last year using the Sybex/Lammle books. I was really worried when I found out there weren't any current Lammle books for the CCNP so I broke down and bought this set hoping it wouldn't bore me to tears with traditional technical manual writing. So far, so good, with the official exam library. The material is clearly written and explained with good examples and diagrams. I have taken 2 of the CCNP classes with the "official" Cisco curriculum and didn't get nearly as much detail as I have with this library. Don't be worried that the books are 4th edition, this is the 5th edition of the library and all the books are the most recent versions. The chapter-opening quizzes were very good at helping me decide what I needed to review when going back through the material a 2nd and 3rd (and 4th time). Don't forget to get your hands-on lab experience with free GNS3/Dynamips labs (routing only), they are a life saver and open-source to boot, check out gns3-labs.com. My only complaints are, first, there is no Kindle edition yet and, second, some of the tables are just page filler. For example, do I really need a 5.5" x 2" table showing that EIGRP is the only vendor proprietary routing protocol?

The CD has the PDF version of the book plus the test engine. It's a decent engine, I was hoping to find the pre-chapter assessments so I wouldn't have to flip to the appendix but I had to go to General - Book Questions then to Select Categories and remove all but the chapter I was interested in, then I had the questions I was looking for. It would have been easier to have a tab of pre-assessment questions with chapter buttons. The Study Saver was kind of fun, it turns your screen saver into an exam review. Not that I use a screen saver in this must-be-green age but handy anyway.

They may not have the humor and one on one style of Lammle books but they get you the information with examples and a friendly reading style.

One last thing to watch out for unrelated to the books themselves. I had them sent USPS media mail to save some cash, it took 11 days from TX to CO. It was a grueling wait.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I am now a CCNP! 7 July 2009
By Equa - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
So,

Here's the real deal from someone who got his CCNP a month ago. These books are a must have to get your certification. If you intend to know the material, about 95% of what you need to know is in these books. There are some other options of course, but you will want to have worked your way through each of the 4 books at least once. It's a foundational set that gives you a TON of information. I got my CCNP in a little under 6 months, after having a CCNA for over a year. Each one of these books served as my primary method of study, combined with labbing. The money I spent on this set may be one of my best investments ever. That said, there are places where the writing could use a little help, and the presentation of material is just mechanical, and not always easy to understand. Let's face it, Wendell Odom obviously didn't write these books, but they're still pretty decent, and they give you want you need.

Just buy it.

:)

-Matt
Best Guide for CCNP Fast Track 17 Feb. 2010
By Jason T. Masker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I bought the 5th Edition after returning from a one week instructor lead Global Knowledge BSCI course. Using the books in this edition I was able to study for and pass all three (I took the composite BSCI & BCMSN) CCNP exams within one month. Prior to this I had been working with Cisco equipment for approximately one year.

The guides really are a terrific resource. I let them lead the way by following the model of taking the quiz at the beginning of the chapter, reading the chapter and then using the Q&A at the end to test my knowledge and study. The questions at the end of the chapters and the questions on the CD that comes with each book are both excellent resources to prepare you to solve the problems you will be presented with on the exams, but it is important you thoroughly study the material first. Many people who complain that these guides do not prepare them for tests, I think, spend too much time memorizing the answers to the questions provided for study. The question bank for the exam is much larger than what you get to study, so memorizing answers won't help you. However, if you read through the material thoroughly and then use the materials to identify weak areas, you will find this a extremely valuable resource.

I have heard much feedback that the BSCI guide is not sufficient for the exam and I have to agree it is the weakest of the series. I had the added help of an instructor lead course for the material covered by BSCI, so I may not be in the best position to comment on this particular guide. I will say that I studied for the exam with this guide, not with the materials provided by my course and that I feel the same principle applies to BSCI as I outlined above, only the BSCI material is by far the most difficult and most likely to stump you if you are memorizing facts instead of understanding concepts.

If you plan to buy this product, please note that you must schedule your tests before July 31, 2010. After that the BSCI, BCMSN, ONT & ISCW exams will be discontinued and the exams they have been replaced with, though they may cover a large percentage of the same material, will not align directly with these guides. Buy this product if you have started and want to finish up with the old track.
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