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Routing and Switching
Routing and Switching
by Dr Rita Puzmanova
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars What a Book !, 18 Aug. 2005
This review is from: Routing and Switching (Hardcover)
This is hands down, the most thoroughly enjoyable book I have read to date that encompasses so many diverse technologies, whilst providing more than adequate coverage of each. It would make worthwile reference material in any Network Engineers library. From X25 through to MPLS VPNs, I honestly couldnt imagine anyone disliking it.


CISCO OSPF Command and Configuration Handbook (CCIE Professional Development)
CISCO OSPF Command and Configuration Handbook (CCIE Professional Development)
by William R. Parkhurst Ph.D. CCIE®
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Same format is a good thing, 18 Feb. 2005
If you liked William Parkhurst's BGP Command and Config handbook then you'll equally enjoy this. Use it for anything from lab testing to understanding pre-configured configs (ie. company take on's), this book has an easy to understand flow that breaks down each and every OSPF command and explains its usage along with an example of how and why to deploy it.
If you use OSPF, buying this book is a no brainer.


CCIE Practical Studies: CCIE Self-study v.2: CCIE Self-study Vol 2 (Cisco Press Practical Studies Series)
CCIE Practical Studies: CCIE Self-study v.2: CCIE Self-study Vol 2 (Cisco Press Practical Studies Series)
by Karl Solie
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More of the same..., 18 Feb. 2005
Having pretty much covered Frame/IGPs/Voice/Bridging/NAT & HSRP in Vol.1. PartII focuses on LAN switching(specifically L2/3 on 3550-emi's as per the CCIE Lab), PBR/RouteMaps, MCAST, QoS and BGP.
The first book was excellent, partII is even better.
The BGP chapters are possibly the most practical I have ever come across (including Halabi) - I learn faster by doing and to be honest, without practice no one is going to pass the lab. This book makes seemingly hard theories relatively easy to comprehend using great multi-router scenarios (other than this book, William Parkurst's Command & Config guide is also good for practice, however it tends to use far less routers and relies more on loopbacks). To make good use of this book (and its predecessor you will either need your own lab or rent labtime. If using your own lab, figure on around 10 routers in order to cover all the lab scenarios offered.
Personally I think the BGP chapters alone justify the book price; and considering the points weighting given to BGP in the CCIE Lab, I would definately recommend it.


Cisco Cookbook
Cisco Cookbook
by Kevin Dooley
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal Quick Reference, 2 Dec. 2004
This review is from: Cisco Cookbook (Paperback)
This book is a life saver. It contains literally hundreds of realworld config examples (along with summary text for each config) to assist the hectic schedule of a busy net admin. As yet I have been able to find an example for everything I was looking for - from as far afield as pim sparse/dense to bgp confeds. This book is the perfect desktop quick reference. Well worth the purchase.


Cisco Cookbook
Cisco Cookbook
by Kevin Dooley
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One for keeps, 1 Nov. 2004
This review is from: Cisco Cookbook (Paperback)
If you administer cisco networks, this book is a *must*. As its title suggests it infers a prior knowledge of IOS, however its format greatly assists those still at the beginning of the cisco learning curve. Each recipe comes with Problem, Solution and Discussion sections, with the Discussion section being just enough to clarify the proposed solution.
Over 850 pages of examples with topics as diverse as hsrp to multicast. An all round gem of a book, and one that will no doubt see several editions.


BGP: Building Reliable Networks with the Border Gateway Protocol
BGP: Building Reliable Networks with the Border Gateway Protocol
by Iljitsch van Beijnum
Edition: Paperback
Price: £26.50

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A definative BGP reference !, 21 Mar. 2003
You can tell the author has "walked the walk". I actually got far more out of this book than I did with Halabis' Internet Routing Architectures (1st ed).
Far more real-world, this book covers not just the raw BGP protocol (both I and Ebgp), but also covers topics such as DoS prevention, BGP Filters, RIR/LIR requirements, how to obtain PI/PA space/table space/hardware requirements etc etc.
In a Cisco world, this book coupled with Parkhursts' Config Handbook could possibly be all the reference you would need to get by.
A definate "must have" for any engineer needing to support/deploy this protocol.


Routing TCP/IP: v. 1: Authorized CCIE Preparation (CCIE Professional Development)
Routing TCP/IP: v. 1: Authorized CCIE Preparation (CCIE Professional Development)
by Jeff Doyle
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars "The" definitive tcpip/IGP reference book, 1 Feb. 2003
Jeff Doyle has a sense of humour. In a book this thick, containing this much technical information, that in itself is reason to buy this book. He can make a dry topic sound interesting, and has the (scarce) ability to make technically challenging subjects relatively easy for the reader to comprehend (his analogies are excellent). I have had this book for 3yrs now, and still refer to it on average at least once a week. Buy this book (and part2) along with Kennedy Clarks Switching book, and the CCIE is a stones throw away.
will


Server Load Balancing
Server Load Balancing
by Tony Bourke
Edition: Paperback
Price: £26.50

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars not enough meat on the bone..., 1 Feb. 2003
This review is from: Server Load Balancing (Paperback)
Was looking forward to this book as LB design is becoming more and more of a necessity in the "5 9s of uptime" world we live in. Sad to say that the book just doesnt provide enough in-depth coverage of LB. Personally I think it should have been called WebServer Load Balancing, as most examples seem to revolve around this concept. WebServers arent the only things which can be load balanced. Concepts such as SSL persistence/L7 analysis/FWLB/LB in relation to HA network design/DNS LB etc. are either given scant coverage, or none at all.
Good for an intro to load balancing, with plenty of handy configuration examples of several key vendors products in the LB space. But just not enough meat on the bone...
How about part 2 Tony ?
will


Cisco BGP-4 Command and Configuration Handbook (CCIE Professional Development)
Cisco BGP-4 Command and Configuration Handbook (CCIE Professional Development)
by William R. Parkhurst Ph.D. CCIE®
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Effectively a BGP Field Guide, 31 Aug. 2001
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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