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5.0 out of 5 stars More of the same..., 18 Feb. 2005
This review is from: CCIE Practical Studies: CCIE Self-study v.2: CCIE Self-study Vol 2 (Cisco Press Practical Studies Series) (Hardcover)
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.
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