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Howard Hooper

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22 Jun 2012 1587204479 978-1587204470 2

The official study guide helps you master all the topics on the CCNP Security VPN exam, including

Configuring policies, inheritance, and attributes


·         AnyConnect Remote Access VPN solutions

·         AAA and Dynamic Access Policies (DAP)

·         High availability and performance

·         Clientless VPN solutions

·         SSL VPN with Cisco Secure Desktop

·         Easy VPN solutions

·         IPsec VPN clients and site-to-site VPNs


The CD-ROM contains a free, complete practice exam.


Includes Exclusive Offer for 70% Off Premium Edition eBook and Practice Test


Pearson IT Certification Practice Test minimum system requirements:


Windows XP (SP3), Windows Vista (SP2), or Windows 7; Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 Client; Pentium class 1GHz processor (or equivalent);
512 MB RAM; 650 MB disc space plus 50 MB for each downloaded practice exam


This volume is part of the Official Cert Guide Series from Cisco Press. Books in this series provide officially developed exam preparation materials that offer assessment, review, and practice to help Cisco Career Certification candidates identify weaknesses, concentrate their study efforts, and enhance their confidence as exam day nears.


CCNP Security VPN 642-648 Official Cert Guide is a best of breed Cisco exam study guide that focuses specifically on the objectives for the CCNP Security VPN exam. Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) Howard Hooper shares preparation hints and test-taking tips, helping you identify areas of weakness and improve both your conceptual knowledge and hands-on skills. Material is presented in a concise manner, focusing on increasing your understanding and retention of exam topics.


CCNP Security VPN 642-648 Official Cert Guide presents you with an organized test-preparation routine through the use of proven series elements and techniques. “Do I Know This Already?” quizzes open each chapter and enable you to decide how much time you need to spend on each section. Exam topic lists make referencing easy. Chapter-ending Exam Preparation Tasks help you drill on key concepts you must know thoroughly.


The companion CD-ROM contains a powerful testing engine that enables you to focus on individual topic areas or take a complete, timed exam. The assessment engine also tracks your performance and provides feedback on a module-by-module basis, laying out a complete assessment of your knowledge to help you focus your study where it is needed most.


Well-regarded for its level of detail, assessment features, and challenging review questions and exercises, this official study guide helps you master the concepts and techniques that will enable you to succeed on the exam the first time.

CCNP Security VPN 642-648 Official Cert Guide is part of a recommended learning path from Cisco that includes simulation and hands-on training from authorized Cisco Learning Partners and self-study products from Cisco Press. To find out more about instructor-led training, e-learning, and hands-on instruction offered by authorized Cisco Learning Partners worldwide, please visit


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Howard Hooper, CCIE No. 23470, CCNP, CCNA, CCDA, JNCIA, works as a network consultant and trainer for Transcend Networks Ltd., specializing in network design, installation, and automation for enterprise and government clients. He has worked in the network industry for 10 years, starting his career in the service provider field as a support engineer, before moving on to installations engineer and network architect roles, working on small, medium, enterprise, and service provider networks. In his spare time, Howard is a professional skydiver and Cisco Academy instructor. When he is not freefalling from more than 13,500 feet at his local drop zone, he is teaching the CCNA syllabus at his local Cisco Academy.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book for my technical reference library 6 Sep 2012
By V. MERCHENT - Published on
My use of this book was more for a technical reference than for certification exam prep. I needed to greatly enhance my knowledge of VPN protocols especially in the area of the SSL VPN protocol. As a Cisco CCNA student I have become very comfortable with the format of the Cisco cert books and I usually consider these first. This book provided the VPN technologies, protocols and design considerations that I was looking for. It presented the material in an easy to follow, concise, clear format similar to what I have found in many other Cisco Cert Guides.

This cert guide covers clientless remote-access VPN, the Cisco AnyConnect Remote-access VPN, Cisco IPsec Remote-access client, Cisco Easy VPN, and Cisco IPsec site-to-site VPN solutions in great detail. It also covers the Cisco Secure Desktop.

As expected, the material in this book is very specific to the Cisco ASA family of appliances. The book contains many screen shots and command line examples which are always very helpful. I was also pleased to find that I can also apply the knowledge gained from this book to non-Cisco appliances as well.

If you are using this book as a study guide, the Pearson Cert Practice Test Engine included on the CD is a great tool to use. The CD also contains memory tables which I have found to be very useful during my exam prep. This study guide also includes access to a free online edition for 45 days through Safari Books online. If you purchase the Premium edition of this book, you will have access to 2 additional exams and an ebook version of this guide.

This book is a valuable tool in my toolkit.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not enough details for a PRO level 6 April 2014
By Daniel Gligorov - Published on
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I hated the first edition cause it was ASDM configuration only, then when saw that second edition has CL also decided to give it a try, but another disappointment.
Gave it 2 stars only cause its a bit better than the first edition to which I gave 1 start.

This book might be OK if there was CCNA VPN exam, but for CCNP level its inappropriate.
All config is based on ASDM, feels like you are reading some book for WIndows, tells you click next, next and have no idea why are you clicking it. Then at the end there will be short CL explanation, where is not in a separate box but in the middle of the text, there is no example, but only listed the name of the command and in what mode it will put you, and then in a table list of what commands can be issued. In some cases there is no CL example for the previous ASDM explanation, and in some if it has he would put !comments in the CL that makes it look like a mess and unclear.

There is so much redundant info, this 850 page book can be easily re-written to fit same info in about 400 pages.

There is nothing mentioned about GET, VTI, DMVPN... I definitely learned more from CCNA Sec and CCNP Secure books for VPNs than from this dedicated book for VPN

In the content page the book is divided in parts, but as you read the book there are no part pages.

Sometimes it explains much better stuff that is not related to this book and puts effort on that than on the VPN part. For example you read some half explain VPN config and find perfect examples for logging, ntp, packet trace.

Would definitely not recommend this book to anybody.
Luckily next month is coming out new CCNP Security program, and probably with it a new VPN book and students wont have to read this one.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good to have reference material for CCIE Security 26 Sep 2012
By Jeyaprakash Kopula - Published on
CCNP Security VPN - Official Cert Guide by Howard Hooper

I have found this book useful for my CCIE security preparations. It would have been a difficult task if I had to compile Cisco ASA VPN configuration topics. The source obviously would have been Cisco's website. This book eliminates the hurdle. It has nicely compiled VPN topics, configurations and explanations.

CCNP Security Certification is focused on implementing Cisco ASA firewalls; Cisco ASA VPN, Cisco IPS/IDS and Cisco Router and Switch security. This book covers all aspects of VPN technology implementation using Cisco ASA Firewall/VPN devices.

The book starts with Cisco ASA device Architecture and technology over view. This chapter briefly describes different type of VPN technology and protocol stacks, Cisco ASA models and their configurations, licensing for incorporating various VPN technologies. Next the author describes how to create policies, inheritances and attributes that are consumed by various types of VPN configurations.

At the high level the VPN technologies covered are 1. Clientless SSL VPN, 2. Client based AnyConnect VPN 3.Remote Access Client based 4. Easy VPN Solutions and 5.Site-to-Site VPNs. Important points are pointed out using Notes. It is very useful when you take Certification exam. Some of the questions may even relate to the "Note" section.

Both command line and ASDM (GUI) based methods are described in this book. Screen shots are visible and CLI examples are helpful. For ASDM configurations, each section and panes are described with equivalent CLI commands using tables.

The style and presentation of different topics in the book is identical to the Official Cert guide CCNP Security Series. Each chapter consists of the following sections.

Quiz, Foundation topics, Exam Preparation Task, Review of Topics and Tables and Lists from Memory.
This style helps you in retaining the contents in your memory.

As for as the syllabus is concerned, I would argue that for a practical purpose Security engineers have to know how to build VPNs using IOS based devices as well. We have to keep in mind that this book covers Cisco ASA based VPN only.

Once again an excellent source for CCIE Security preparation and good to have guide for VPN implementers.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Updated book for VPN 2.0 exam 11 Sep 2012
By Walter Gibbons - Published on
The Official Cert Guide for the CCNP Security VPN exam 642-648 is Howard Hooper's update to his first CCNP Security VPN exam Cert Guide based on the new exam 2.0 topics. The CCNP Security is the second most popular Cisco professional level certification next to the Routing and Switching track. As such, Cisco Press has committed to developing excellent learning materials to help prepare for the exam. They feature an official certification guide for each of the 4 CCNP Security Exams. This guide is another timely release of on an exam certification guide to coincide with Cisco's updated exam topics and new exam, which was recently released.

You'll find that the exam topics list in the introduction of the book are based on the old exam topics, however you will find that the chapters and content map perfectly to the 2.0 exam topics that can be found on This is a soup-to-nuts preparation resource to the VPN exam. It is a great complement to Cisco's official VPN Course - Deploying Cisco ASA VPN Solutions (VPN v2.0), each of which mirror the exam topics for the 2.0 VPN exam. On the CD you'll find an excellent exam engine containing the question for the "Did I know this already" section of each chapter as well as an additional exam containing 87 questions to help prepare you for the exam. The book is a good blend of both CLI configuration of the VPN features as well as copious screenshots of the ASDM interface giving the user in many instances the ability to compare and contrast the two different configuration methods. The writing style is technically sufficient to convey the configuration concepts, however the readability and clarity of the text can be difficult at times. You'll want hands on real gear to practice the examples in the book. Discussing ASA features in the book will be cemented in the readers head by following along on the real device.

This book is *the definitive guide for the VPN Exam, and a must have if you want to pass the exam. It's well worth the investment along with the cost of the certification test to ensure first time success.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! 12 April 2014
By Drake - Published on
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Great book for any ASA VPN Guru or anyone studying for the CCNP Security. This book has all the material in it to be able to pass the CCNP VPN exam. I passed with a 958 out of 1000!

I would recommend it but Cisco is retiring the entire CCNP Security track with new exams. HOWEVER, this book is a great tool for any ASA or Security Engineer.
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