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Building Cisco Multilayer Switched Networks (BCMSN) (Authorized Self-study Guide) Hardcover – 15 Feb 2007

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 984 pages
  • Publisher: Cisco Press; 4 edition (15 Feb. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587052733
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587052736
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 5.5 x 23.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,302,803 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Learn CCNP BCMSN network switching concepts with the only early stage book based on the course and authorized by Cisco Systems

  • Master the new BCMSN 642-812 exam concepts with the book based on the course from Cisco Systems
  • Learn switching concepts from the only early-stage self-study book authorized by Cisco
  • Prepare for CCNP and CCDP certifications with the fourth edition of the best-selling early-stage book for BCMSN
CCNP Self-Study: Building Cisco Multilayer Switched Networks (BCMSN) , Fourth Edition, is a self-study learning resource for CCNP candidates preparing for the 642-812 BCMSN exam from Cisco Systems. Based on the course of the same name, and with coverage of intermediate-to-advance networking switching technologies, this book helps CCNP candidates and networking professionals understand switching best practices. The only book authorized by Cisco Systems for early-stage, self-study learning of BCMSN topics, it is the fourth edition of the No. 1 selling early-stage book for the BCMSN exam. CCNP certification indicates advanced or journeyman knowledge of networks. One of the four requirements to achieve CCNP certification is passing the BCMSN exam. Focused on intermediate-level switching issues, the BCMSN exam assesses a candidate's skill at building campus networks using multilayer switching technologies over high speed Ethernet. BCMSN is also a requirement for CCDP certification.  About the topic In Aug. 2006, Cisco Systems announced all-new CCNP certification requirements. The previous versions of the BSCI, BCMSN, BCRAN, and CIT exams retire in December 2006. The four new exams/courses are; 642-901 BSCI (Building Scalable Cisco Internetworks) 642-812 BCMSN (Building Cisco Multilayer Switched Networks) 642-825 ISCW (Implementing Secure Converged WANs) 642-845 ONT (Optimized Converged Cisco Networks) 

About the Author


About the Authors


Richard Froom, CCIE No. 5102, is an engineering manager for the Data Center Business Unit Customer

Operations Group at Cisco Systems. Richard is currently testing Cisco storage solutions with customers

and has been involved in customer testing, proof-of-concept testing, and post-sales support of

Cisco storage solutions. He has been with Cisco for nine years, previously serving as a support engineer

troubleshooting customers’ networks and a technical leader working with Cisco Catalyst products.

Richard, being involved with Catalyst product field trials, has been crucial in driving troubleshooting

capabilities of Catalyst and MDS products and software. He has also contributed substantially to the LAN Technologies Technical Tips and has written white papers about 802.3 auto-negotiation

and HSRP. Richard is also the coauthor ofCisco Catalyst QoS: Quality of Service in Campus Networks

(ISBN 1-58705-120-6) from Cisco Press. He attended Clemson University and completed his bachelor

of science degree in computer engineering.

 Balaji Sivasubramanian, CCNP, is a product manager for the Internet Systems Business Unit (ISBU)

at Cisco Systems. He is involved in defining product requirements for the next generation switching

products for the Catalyst 6500 Switch Series. Previously, Balaji served as a team leader for the Cisco

Systems Technical Assistance Center (TAC) LAN Switching team and as an escalation engineer for the

Gigabit Switching Business Unit (GSBU). He has been with Cisco for more than seven years. He was a

technical reviewer for the Cisco Press title,Cisco Catalyst QoS: Quality of Service in Campus Networks

(ISBN 1-58705-120-6). In addition, Balaji has authored and reviewed many technical white papers on for the LAN Technologies subject area. He has been a presenter at Cisco Networkers and

Technical Virtual Chalk Talk seminars for partners. Balaji holds a master of science degree in electronics

and computer engineering from the University of Arizona and holds a bachelor of engineering

degree in electrical and electronics engineering from Anna University, India.

 Erum Frahim, CCIE No. 7549, is a team lead working for the Data Center, Business unit in SAN Test

Lab at Cisco Systems. Erum is currently testing SAN solutions for various Cisco customers to aid them in

deployment of the Cisco storage technologies. In addition, she is testing new features and products as well

as handling crucial customer issues concerning Catalyst switches and Cisco MDS switches. She has been

working for Cisco for the past six years and has been involved in early field trial testing of Catalyst products.

In addition, Erum has contributed and authored articles on and inCertification Magazineon LAN and SAN technologies. Erum attended the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, where shecompleted her master of science degree in electrical engineering, and she received her bachelor’s degreefrom the N.E.D University of Engineering and Technology in Pakistan.


For questions regarding this book, you can contact Richard at and Erum at

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Format: Hardcover
When preparing for the new BCMSN exam, I chose the self-study guide over the 'the exam certification guide' -(David Hucaby) as it seemed it would offer a deeper explanation of the subject matter and perhaps less of the very rigid Q&A's at the beginning and end of every chapter, which I personally find a bit turgid when trying to properly learn a technical subject.

However, in trying to studiously work through the 900ish pages I found that the sheer amount of text (read waffle) clouded understanding of the technical subjects. Since reading this book, I've had the opportunity to look at the Hucaby book and have found it's explanations to be far more concise and would personally recommend that title for exam preparation.

Additionally, I'd say that these books aren't quite enough to pass the exams on their own - a good quality exam simulator, will come in very handy.
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Format: Hardcover
I've bought this book to prepare for my BCMSN exam in the Cisco CCNP track, as another customer said I've preferred this book over the exam certification guide' -(David Hucaby) as I thought this would offer a deeper coverage of subjects needed for this exam as it has been for the BSCI Self study guide but I have to tell I was totally wrong.

I did not like how technical concepts were presented to the reader as this just created confusion on arguments I was sure to know, I own the Official Certification Guide as well and gotta tell I would suggest to buy that book to prepare for the exam instead of this. one.
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