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I have been waiting eagerly and patiently for the release of the title CCIE Routing and Switching v5.0 Official Cert Guide Vol 1 from Cisco Press. There were two reasons behind my eagerness first being written by two different authors Narbik Kocharians and Peter Paluch and the second reason being the version change of the CCIE Routing and Switching exam. Thanks to Cisco Press and a Jamie Shoup for proving me the copy of the CCIE Routing and Switching v5.0 Official Cert Guide Vol 1.
The tile CCIE Routing and Switching v5.0 Official Cert Guide Vol 1 does follows typical style and format of other Cisco Press books, yet it’s quite different in many aspects. In past one volume used to cover all the topics of the CCIE Routing and Switching exam, however for version 5 Cisco Press came out with two volumes, the first volume covers topics like
- –Virtual LANs and VLAN Trunking
- –Spanning Tree Protocol (STP)
- –IP services (ARP, NTP, DHCP, NAT, SNMP, NetFlow, and more)
- –RIPv2 and RIPng
- –OSPF v2 and v3
- –Route redistribution, route summarization, default routing, and performance routing
This approach is quite good especially when the CCIE Routing and Switching exam demands more resources in depth, which the authors Narbik Kocharians and Peter Paluch have done in an excellent fashion. The OSPF chapter is the most liked chapter for me, especially the way the authors have simplified the topics is quite interesting. OSPF always remains to be the confusing and hard topic either when it comes to wither exams or a job interview. This chapter certainly helped me to understand the concepts in much more simpler fashion.
The second thing I liked about this title is the language used by the authors, it’s quite simple, easy to understand and the examples demonstrated for any topics are quite helpful.
I have been using the Advance CCIE Routing & Switching v5.0 work book developed by Narbik and it’s quite good, and did had huge expectations from Narbik Kocharians and Peter Paluch which they kept.
This title does comes with practice test as well, the good thing I noticed from Cisco Press is they included the “ Do I know this Already” questions from the title. This makes life easier for the CCIE aspirers.
When it comes to resources for the CCIE Routing and Switching exam one does needs to go thorough lot of resources, I certainly recommend this title to part of their journey of CCIE Routing and Switching exam. Once I get an opportunity I would certainly like to review the second volume.
In a nut shell a very good resource not only serves the journey of CCIE Routing and Switching exam but also serves as a reference guide for Network Engineers.