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Cisco BGP-4 Command and Configuration Handbook (CCIE Professional Development) Hardcover – 27 Apr 2001


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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Cisco Press; 1 edition (27 April 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158705017X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587050176
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 2.1 x 22.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,402,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) is central to communication among the routers that move data from domain to domain. Cisco BGP-4 Command and Configuration Handbook explains how to use all Internetwork Operating System (IOS) commands having to do with BGP-4, documenting the purpose and syntax of each and presenting an example of appropriate use for most. This book is both a fantastic reference--it's easy to locate the entry that describes the command that interests you--and an excellent learning tool. You'll want to consult it each time you're presented with an inter-domain routing problem, either for the IOS commands you need to implement your ideas or for the author's thoughts about how to engineer your solution.

Coverage of each BGP-4 command goes beyond what's in the IOS documentation. Each entry begins with a syntax summary (in large type, bless the book's designers), a concise statement of what the command does and a note of the IOS version in which the command first appeared. After that, there's a configuration example consisting of input and output listings from the IOS command line and some suggestions (in the form of explicit IOS commands) on how to troubleshoot related problems. Sometimes there's a schematic "hockey puck" diagram to clarify configurations. This is a valuable reference and--for hardcore IOS fans and Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) candidates--an informative straight-through read. --David Wall

Topics covered: Border Gateway Protocol version 4 (BGP-4) as configured in Cisco's Internetwork Operating System (IOS); IOS commands relevant to BGP-4 configuration, and all interesting options, are covered in reference form.

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The comprehensive, hands-on guide to all Cisco IOS® Software BGP-4 commands
The complete BGP-4 command reference
invaluable for network designers, engineers, and architects
Provides configuration, troubleshooting, and verification scenarios for every possible BGP-4 command supported by Cisco IOS Software that can be implemented on a minimum number of routers
Groups BGP-4 commands by area of implementation route aggregation, auto-summary, route filtering, and route advertisement, just to name a few
Provides clear and concise commentary on the initial release, purpose, syntax, and usage of each BGP-4 command
Offers excellent CCIE certification preparation from one of the CCIE Program Managers
Includes supplementary information on regular expressions, route map logic, and RFC 1771, A Border Gateway Protocol 4 (BGP-4)
As the means by which Internet destinations are communicated between subscribers and service providers, BGP-4 provides a critical function for Internet operations. Whether associated with Internet service providers or enterprise networks that depend heavily on the Internet, a background in BGP-4 is essential. Moving beyond background information, BGP contains a great number of commands, and practical information on those commands is difficult to come by.
Cisco BGP-4 Command and Configuration Handbook is an exhaustive practical reference to the commands contained within BGP-4. For each command/subcommand, author Bill Parkhurst explains the intended use or function and how to properly configure it. Then he presents scenarios to demonstrate every facet of the command and its use, along with appropriate show and debug commands. Through the discussion of functionality and the scenario-based configuration examples, Cisco BGP-4 Command and Configuration Handbook will help you gain a thorough understanding of the practical side of BGP-4.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Jun. 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is a very useful book. It explains how the different command in a cisco router can be used to configure BGP (obviously), but better than I have seen anywhere else. It also tells you of commands that, although in the IOS, don't work!
I found that this book both clarified and enhanced my understanding of the subject.
If you are studying for the CCIE exam (or just want to test some of the examples), it also shows many example configurations that only require three routers. Sometimes that is all the kit you can get your hands on to test.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By L. Mefflin on 31 Aug. 2001
Format: Hardcover
Anyone using bgp, wanting a desktop reference covering all possible implementation scenarios need look no further. A great reference covering (with examples and explanations) just about all the bgp commands you could ever need.
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Amazon.com: 16 reviews
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
One step further on BGP 19 July 2001
By Jean Maurice MEREL - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
If you start with BGP you can read Doyle's Routing TCP/IP vol II. For the complete picture and also if your are a beginner, read Halabi's Internet Routing Architecture 2nd edition (if to choose one, buy this last) If you already practice BGP and want to achieve the "BGP's state of the art", buy Parkhurst's BGP-4 Command and configuration handbook. This is NOT a command reference book which are very unuseful. Although Cisco is doing efforts with their web site, it's missing many explanations on commands. It is never as good as this book that contains a lot of examples for illustrating the why and how.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Much Needed 9 May 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
BGP resources (in print at least) are few and far between. This book presents a much needed tool in the day to day configuration and maintenance of THE routing protocol - BGP. It is for cisco people only - but Juniper have also got some good docs on their web site....so check them out.
Overall a great book - use with Halabi's 'Internet Routing Architectures' and Jeff Doyles 'Routing TCP/IP Vol 2'
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Finally....A bgp book that in concise, practical and more... 3 Jun. 2001
By Kaotic1 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is the new definitive BGP book by Cisco. It is more in depth than Internet Routing Architectures and covers very specific and practical examples on how to properly configure BGP.
The nice thing about this book is that it does cover theory, but does not get bogged down in it. You could easily take this book with you to work and set up community strings, peer-groups and load balance BGP with this at your desk. It's Very specific, has very pratical examples and is a must if you work with BGP and are striving for CCNP/CCIE...4 stars. A must have in any Network Engineer's library.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Excellent reference and preparation for the CCIE lab 12 July 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book has 1 to 4 lab exercises for every BGP command using a minimum number of routers. If you are preparing for the CCIE lab this book can guarantee that you shouldn't miss any BGP questions.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Remarkable achievement 10 Jan. 2002
By Stephen Kalman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
BGP isn't easy. No book is ever going to change that, but this book comes close.
Commands and all of the parameters are explained, with good examples. If you want to be able to accomplish something, or want to understand what someone else was doing/thinking when they coded some line in the configuration, then this book is for you.
I'm probably going to have to hide it from my colleagues, in order to avoid someone taking it on an anonymous "loan".
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