I have quite a bit of background in networking and telecom switching already, so this review is more from the perspective of what's in the box, and how well it works as a learning and sim tool. Other reviews and the product description already do a good job of explaining the actual content, although I will say this set adds some degree of oblique background or history which may not always be absolutely necessary in passing a CCNA exam, but it did help me see the big picture of why things developed the way they did.
The Odom books by Cisco Press and some terrific competitors like Lammle's are all very good, but I decided on Odom. I searched around for the CCENT/CCNA ICND1 640-822 Official Cert Guide (3rd Edition) and CCNA ICND2 640-816 Official Cert Guide (3rd Edition) books separately, not realizing they also came together with this full version of the Cisco lab simulator in one set, where by 'full' version, meaning it has around 300 preset labs plus the ability to respond to any current Cisco command. I would not characterize any consumer-level publication as having a 100% fully-compatible router/switch simulator, but still, no matter what the lab subject was, I found I could enter any valid IOS command and it responded correctly. In fact, within the labs, I tended to go off on my own and start pinging and ipconfig'ing various devices, just to see if I could break the simulator...nope, not yet! It's well designed. In addition to various router/switch set-up for a given lab, the simulator also allows you to configure or dump status of connected hosts like PC's. Finally, it looks and operates just like the exam environment, and is fun to use, so it prepares you well. If you don't have daily access to Cisco equipment, I really have to strongly recommend you look at this version of the training material. The cost of a re-take for any Cisco exam is high enough that having your own simulator (particularly at Amazon pricing) is a bargain.
Taken together, the two ICND 1 and ICND 2 books are around 1,500 pages, although there is a lot of ToC/appendix content that is redundant between the two. I like Odom's style, and while these are essentially text books, they are written with enough of a colloquial or conversational style that they have been easy to read. I personally use my own study/note system by summarizing each chapter, but the author has several good study aids, including exercises that force you to memorize or look-up and record information, which are excellent for committing lots of information to memory. Each book also has it's own DVD in the back, just as they would if purchased separately. So, this set contains the two books, with a DVD in each book, plus the simulator DVD. Although I probably won't need to use this offer, this 3rd edition also has a code to purchase the e-book version for 70% off retail. I don't use e-book readers (yet), but the e-version includes a PDF of this set with searchable text...that might be nice to have.
I'm running the simulator on OSX Snow Leopard and it works well. The content DVD's in the back of each book only run on Windows, but they operate fine in a virtual machine on the Mac. There are a few practice scenarios on the DVD's not in the book, such as extended exercises on subnetting, or a troubleshooting section that deals with various problems that don't fall under one particular heading. As a troubleshooter for over 20 years, that latter one is the exact kind of thing I have taught or write-up for myself, because it teaches students how to think critically, rather than just study with the sole objective of passing a test. Although, to that end, there are ample CCNA-sample test questions provided. They are not the exact questions that will be seen on the exam because they cannot be, but what I've found is you will learn what are the wrong answers, as well as the right ones, and that does help for the real exam.
If you make it through this set and can pass the chapter test questions provided, plus one or two of the practice exams, you will almost certainly get your CCNA on the first try, and be well-grounded for your CCNP too.
- 语种： 英语
- ISBN: 1587204371
- 条形码: 0619472204375
- 商品尺寸: 20.6 x 13.5 x 24.9 cm
- 商品重量: 3.47 Kg
- ASIN: 1587204371
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