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February 02, 2007

One Down, Many more to go

Well, I finished reading A. Anthony Bruno's CCIE Routing and Switching Exam Certification Guide by Cisco Press. I read through it with a grain of salt, since this is the exam guide for the _current_ exam and not the exam I will be taking. It was still good information and gave me an idea of what to expect out of the other guide.

One thing that I noticed is that the book seemed to be more oriented towards recapping the highlights of things that should already be known. There's no way that this book (or any other) will cover the information necessary for the exam. It seemed to be more of a 'review' type of material rather than providing the meat of the subject matter.

I haven't finished my self-generated notes for the General Networking Theory section of the exam blueprint so I'm going to re-read the Sybex CCIE Study Guide next. I read the book quite some time ago, but I think it would be helpful to re-read it and refresh my memory. I will be adding those numbers to my page counts and listing it again in the Books Read - since I AM reading it again. By that time, I should be done with the General Section in my notes and can move on to the LAN Switching portion.

It's a bit overwhelming to look at, but I have six books for that section. In the pile, I put the old CCNP Switching exam guide. I remember it had quite a bit of good information in it, so it might be worth another look-see. I think it spooked me to have only one LAN Switching book from the recommended reading list. So I added some more books from my personal library. I have a book from Prentice Hall on Gigabit Ethernet and another from Wiley on Fast Ethernet. I know I've had those books for a while, but they still might be useful. I also have two McGraw-Hill books - one on VLANs and another on Catalyst LAN Switching. Granted, these books are old, but Fast Ethernet is still Fast Ethernet. I'm sure there are a few white papers on the Cisco site that will caulk any gaps between what I already have and what will be presented on the exam.

Posted by BlueWolf on February 2, 2007 12:15 PM