May 19, 2013

Top 10 CCIE Routing and Switching Books

This top 10 CCIE Routing and Switching books list is a bit of a deviation from the Cisco recommended list. It is made up mainly of books recommended by Brian Dennis on the last CCIE bootcamp I attended in London this month. Books II own and some from the CCIE recommended reading list. Most of the books are vendor independent and go into explaining the technology itself rather than Cisco’s implementation of it. If you understand the technology and what it is trying to do, any vendors implementation is just commands which can easily be learnt. If you buy any of the books by clicking through on this page I get a few pennies which helps towards the running cost of this site.

1. OSPF – Anatomy of an Internet Routing Protocol

This was one of the first books I bought after all the Cisco Press titles that Cisco reccomend, it is written by John T Moy than man who wrote the RFC for OSPF. The book is a very interesting read and certainly not as dry as the RFC. Anyone serious about networking and passing the CCIE or anyone working with OSPF should read this book.

2. QOS Enabled Networks

A brilliant book on QOS, this book does not contain any commands at all it is purely about the theory of QOS and what is does and how it does it. The book is written by two Juniper engineers but describes QOS brilliantly. This book was recommended to me as the best book on QOS. It is only 200 pages long and can easily be read in a weekend but the content is amazing.

3. MPLS Enabled Applications

Another brilliant vendor independant book, which goes into the theory of MPLS and how and why it does what it does, again there is not much configuration in this book, but what you learn is exactly how MPLS works.

4. CCIE Routing and Switching Certification guide

This book is one of the Ciscopress books I do like, it contains most of what you need to know to pass the written exam. It covers all the topics on the blueprint so you know what you are up against. The topics also map very well to the lab exam. I would not say this book is all you need to pass the written but most of the information is there.

5. Routing TCP/IP: v. 1 (CCIE Professional Development Routing TCP/IP)

Considered by many to be the ultimate book on networking, it is all in here. This is certainly one of the books that you should read. It is excellent preparation for the written and lab exam. Jeff Doyle has written the book very well and it is easy to read and not too heavy going, it covers internal routing protocols and it is the first of two books, the second being Vol II which covers BGP in great depth and Multicast.

6. Routing TCP/IP (CCIE Professional Development): Volume 2

Routing TCP/IP, Volume II, expands upon the central theme of Volume I: scalability and management of network growth. Volume II moves beyond the interior gateway protocols covered in Volume I to examine both inter-autonomous system routing and more exotic routing issues such as multicasting and IPv6. This second volume follows the same informational structure used effectively in Volume I: discussing the topic fundamentals, following up with a series of configuration examples designed to show the concept in a real-world environment, and relying on tested troubleshooting measures to resolve any problems that might arise. 

This book helps you accomplish more than earning the highly valued CCIE number after your name; it also helps you develop the knowledge and skills that are essential to perform your job at an expert level. Whether you are pursuing CCIE certification, need to review for your CCIE recertification exam, or are just looking for expert-level advice on advanced routing issues, Routing TCP/IP, Volume II, helps you understand foundation concepts and apply best practice techniques for effective network growth and management.

7. Internetworking with TCP/IP: v. 1: Principles, Protocols and Architecture

This best-selling, conceptual introduction to TCP/IP internetworking protocols interweaves a clear discussion of fundamentals with the latest technologies. Leading author Doug Comer covers layering and shows how all protocols in the TCP/IP suite fit into the five-layer model. With a new focus on CIDR addressing, this revision addresses MPLS and IP switching technology, traffic scheduling and VOIP.

8. Routing Bits –

Written by Ruhann CCIE x2 (R&S and SP) this book is a downloadable pdf of study notes written by Ruhann when he was studying for his CCIE’s. They are constantly updated and available to purchase from his site. The price tag of $98 is definatley worth it for the amount of effort that he puts into them. I have my copy on my ipad and it takes the form of some simple notes you can just dive into and it runs through all the basic commands and what each one does. A great study aid which a lot of CCIE’s have credited to helping with their success in passing the lab exam.

9. IPv6: Theory, Protocol, and Practice, 2nd Edition

The second edition of IPv6: Theory, Protocol, and Practice guides readers through implemetation and deployment of IPv6. The Theory section takes a close, unbiased look at why so much time and effort has been expended on revising IPv4. In the Protocol section is a comprehensive review of the specifics of IPv6 and related protocols. Finally, the Practice section provides hands-on explanations of how to roll out IPv6 support and services.

This completely rewritten edition offers updated and comprehensive coverage of important topics including router and server configuration, security, the impact of IPv6 on mobile networks, and evaluating the impact of IPv6-enabled networks globally. Pete Loshin’s famously lucid explanations benefit readers at every turn, making Ipv6: Theory, Protocol, and Practice the best way for a large diverse audience to get up to speed on this groundbreaking technology.

10. Developing IP Multicast IP Networks

One of the Cisco press books that is actually pretty good.
  • Clear explanations of the concepts and underlying mechanisms of IP multicasting, from the fundamentals to advanced design techniques
  • Concepts and techniques are reinforced through real-world network examples, each clearly illustrated in a step-by-step manner with detailed drawings
  • Detailed coverage of PIM State Rules that govern Cisco router behavior
  • In-depth information on IP multicast addressing, distribution trees, and multicast routing protocols
  • Discussions of the common multimedia applications and how to deploy them


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