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CCNP Cisco Configuring, Monitoring, and Troubleshooting Dial-up Services Study Guide Exam 640-505 [Hardcover]

Inc. Syngress Media
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Nov 1999 007211908X 978-0072119084 Har/Cdr
Global Knowledge Network brings its Cisco classroom experience to text. This book covers critical information disseminated into easy-to-digest forms helping ease the study process, plus certification exercises focused primarily on the exam environments.

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  • Hardcover: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Osborne/McGraw-Hill; Har/Cdr edition (Nov 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 007211908X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0072119084
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 18.8 x 5.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,019,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Amazon Review

The Remote Access exam (640-505), one of the larger hurdles you'll have to overcome as you make your way toward your Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) professional rating, trips up lots of candidates. Even if you have some experience with Cisco wide area networks (WANs), you'd be well advised to pick up a book like CCNP: Building Cisco Remote Access Networks Study Guide. It explains the material you'll be tested on in absolute terms (meaning you can also use it as an on-the-job resource), but it also supplements the explanations with test-specific sections that show you how the material is likely to appear on the exam. This combined approach is good in that it will prepare you for both the content and the form of the exam.

The book often makes side comments on, for example, what interpretation of debatable issues is likely to be considered "right" in an exam question. Each chapter concludes with exam-like multiple-choice questions, which are followed by explanations of why the answer is what it is. Exercises make up some of the most useful parts of this book. In a typical one, you learn the process of setting up a Point-to-Point Protocol (PPP) connection with Challenge Handshake Authentication Protocol (CHAP). Each required input command is presented and the output that appears in response listed, annotating each input-output cycle with informative text. --David Wall, Amazon.com

Topics covered: The published objectives of the Cisco Remote Access exam (640-505), including wide area network (WAN) concepts, configuration of an asynchronous interface on a Cisco router, implementing Point-to-Point Protocol (PPP) and various authentication schemes, Dial-on-Demand Routing (DDR), and leased lines. The section on the Cisco 7000-series routers and the ins and outs of their configuration is particularly good.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I have passed my exam with this book 7 Mar 2001
By A Customer
This is a really well done book! I have studied it for about three months, and then i finally passed the exam. Every aspects of the exam is covered here, and there are a lot of explanations for every thing you need to know. In conjunction with a lot of exercises, you will be able to pass the exam! Good luck
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great read 27 Mar 2002
I actually quite enjoy reading all of the CCNP Syngress books that I have bought. (3 read so far).
I think it is very easy to understand, and easy to apply in real life.
There are some typos, but if you understood the concepts in the book, then you would be able to pick these out, and I think that is great!
Some of the questions in the exam were not covered in the book, but it was a challenge to think about the questions and analyse it in the exam.
I hope you will enjoy reading this book as much as I did. The only downfall is - It is massive and too heavy to carry, but I enjoyed reading it thoroughly.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The good, bad, and the summary. 12 Aug 2000
By Eric Hansen - Published on Amazon.com
The good: lots of good information on complex topics. I've read this book cover to cover and feel ALMOST ready to take the exam. The 2 minute drills offer a good review of each chapter, and the 20 questions after each chapter are also excellent. The bad: The editor of this book should be shot! There are many, many errors all over this book. Some errors are so bad its funny. Example: Chapter 13 is titled - Intro to troubleshooting Remote Access Networks. Yet this chapter has nothing to do with it. Chapter 13 is all about Network Address Translation! Also the diagrams and schematics are all misslabeled with wrong router numbers, ip addresses, ect... Also, some of the material on the actual Cisco Remote Access test is not covered in the book. Example: On Cisco's web site, Voice over IP is stated as one of the areas covered in the Remote Access exam -- but it is nowhere to be found in the book. The Summary: I gave this book 4 stars because it is a valuable resource, and I did learn a lot from the 35+ hours I spent reading it. The writing style is a bit dry, and there are quite a few errors. But over all, if you stick with it, you can learn a lot from this book.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Helped Me Pass 14 July 2000
By Brendan Connor - Published on Amazon.com
This book was really an asset as I prepared for this exam. I was a little concerned about 640-505 as this specific exam technology is my weakest point. the book covers all the key objectives, and does it in a way that makes sense. The Two minute drill feature at the end of each chapter helped me clarify key points, and made me go back to them in the chapter if I was still uncomfortable. The questions at the end of the chapter were helpful, and I really like the way they describe the answers. obviously it helps to know why a certain answer is right, but the descriptions of why the other choices were wrong was really valuable to me. There was an excellent chapter on the 700 Series router which is covered on the exam, but I hadn't used with any regularity before. The chapter does a good job detailing the router (features, applications, etc.) and then discusses configuration (PPP, dHCP Config, etc.). Good Section, and good book.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent study material! 5 July 2000
By Brian Rowan - Published on Amazon.com
This book covers all of the objectives of the BCRAN test in great detail. The material is presented in a way that makes it easy to understand, Which is pretty hard to do given the complexity of the subject matter. I am looking forward to the other CCNP 2.0 Syngress releases.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for 2.0 exam 29 Jun 2000
By Scott King - Published on Amazon.com
This book is 700+ pages of solid material for the new 2.0 level exams. Published in 2000, it is not for the older 1.0 exam (and there is a difference). This book is much better study material than the Cisco press book, but the Cisco book is one of those you can use on the job after the test.
The other 2.0 books are not available from this publisher yet, but when they are I will definitely buy them as well.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This book appears to be a re-titled 640-405 guide 9 Sep 2000
By Cameron Dry - Published on Amazon.com
I purchased this book as an addition to the old BCRAN book I already owned from Cisco - but I shouldn't have wasted my money. The content is exactly the same as the Cisco Press book - sometimes even word-for-word. The book has many editorial errors and the chapter on the 700 sreies router that previous reviewers rave about is not even an exam objective. It is clear that Syngress wanted to be first on the new Cisco Exam bandwagon and have done so by just re-covering an old book. If you already have study guides for the old RAS exam then this won't offer you anything more. Essentially a waste of my time.
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