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what Cisco Press is missing

Mon Jul 02, 2012 11:02 am

i recently took my CCNP Switch (642-813) after foolishly trusting wholeheartedly in the Cisco Press Official Certification Guide. the book was a good read, IMO, but i noticed several topics missing come exam day.

i don't intend on giving away exam questions, but i'd like to point out to other test takers the topics they should include in their studies. if you know of similar situations, feel free to contribute ( i know i'm not the first to mistakenly trust Cisco Press to cover all topics)

642-813 topics missing from the Official Exam Guide
    EIGRP (seriously)
    IP SLA (configuration/practical use)
    SNMP
    Planning (campus network VLAN building process)
    Syslog

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Re: what Cisco Press is missing

Mon Jul 02, 2012 11:36 am

My 2 cents... Always, always, always consult Cisco's website for the latest exam blueprint. The books are often created BEFORE the tests are actually finished. Also, I highly recommend coupling the Cisco Press Field Learning Guide with the Official Certification Guide.
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Re: what Cisco Press is missing

Mon Jul 02, 2012 11:38 am

I don't recall EIGRP or IP SLA on the switch exam. Interesting.
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Re: what Cisco Press is missing

Mon Jul 02, 2012 11:42 am

The amount of EIGRP is laughable and CCNA level...shouldn't have been a concern.

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Re: what Cisco Press is missing

Mon Jul 02, 2012 11:48 am

Chomp wrote:The amount of EIGRP is laughable and CCNA level...shouldn't have been a concern.


Maybe that is why I don't remember it.
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Re: what Cisco Press is missing

Mon Jul 02, 2012 2:44 pm

Check out the errata, supplements, and appendixes available on Cisco Press for the book. There's a pretty significant amount of material around those topics in them.

http://www.ciscopress.com/bookstore/pro ... 1587202433
http://blog.switchedbits.net/

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Re: what Cisco Press is missing

Tue Jul 03, 2012 2:16 am

Snuffleupagus wrote:Check out the errata, supplements, and appendixes available on Cisco Press for the book. There's a pretty significant amount of material around those topics in them.

http://www.ciscopress.com/bookstore/pro ... 1587202433


Excellent find, i appreciate the link!

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Re: what Cisco Press is missing

Tue Jul 03, 2012 8:48 am

Also, it's important to note the Offical Cert Guides are not intended to be extremely in-depth study resources. The OFG are intended to be quick refreshers for people who need to brush up before the exam. If you need a more comprehensive resource to study from then you should get the Foundation Learning Guides.

http://www.ciscopress.com/bookstore/pro ... 1587058847

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Re: what Cisco Press is missing

Tue Jul 03, 2012 10:59 am

that's interesting as I remember taking my route exam, thinking there was no IP SLA on it. So maybe that is where it is, in switch.

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Re: what Cisco Press is missing

Thu Jul 05, 2012 4:53 pm

When studying for these Cisco certs, I found that the Official Certificaion Guides or any other taylored course guides in reality only cover about 80-90% of what is in the exam blueprint. It's a bit devilish if you ask me.

I found the most effective method is to print the exam blue print off and study each topic (ie; tick each one off). The taylored books will get through most of it but the stuff they don't cover , look it up on the Internet Most of the material is actually hidden in the Cisco website somewhere.

Here's a link I used on the old course (most of the stuff could still be relavent). Of course, do your own searching too.

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/switches/lan/catalyst3550/software/release/12.1_12c_ea1/configuration/guide/3550scg.html

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Re: what Cisco Press is missing

Thu Jul 05, 2012 9:08 pm

The more I study, the less I pick up books. The Cisco Doc has absolutely everything you need, you can even download the PDFs and print them. Coupled with a lab or GNS3, I see no reason to actually buy anything from Cisco Press ever again (although I clearly will).

http://www.cisco.com/cisco/web/psa/defa ... ?mode=prod

For Layer 3 - Based on IOS 12.4T:
http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps6 ... _list.html

For Layer 2 - Based on 3560s:
http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/switche ... 60scg.html

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Re: what Cisco Press is missing

Thu Jul 05, 2012 10:54 pm

I had the same experience too with the CCSP SNPA exam back in 2008 I guess... I read the Cisco press book and had mastered all the topics and labs. But the exam was totally focused on some totally different topic that I doubt ever would be required in real life. So i failed :( . But the Cisco website saved me next time. You always need to master the subject matters with the help of Cisco website. It's always a life saver.....
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Re: what Cisco Press is missing

Fri Jul 06, 2012 7:38 am

I've actually seen test questions coming straight out of the docs, i.e. configuration example for a specific command
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