Cisco LAN Switching Fundamentals

| Thursday, June 3rd, 2010 | 3 Comments »

Cisco LAN Switching Fundamentals

Today my copy of “Cisco LAN Switching Fundamentals” has arrived. Written by CCIE’s David Barnes #6563 and Basir Sakandar #6040. John Tiso CCIE #5162  is credited as contributing author.

Now, when you’re searching for routing books, you will get hundreds of results. There does seem to be a lack of switching books. Sure, you’ll find those “Official Certification Exam Guides”. But not everyone is studying for a certification.

Sometimes you just want the meat, the details, topics regarding features and functions that can help improve your Cisco skillset that aren’t catered to exams. Although this sounds like an introduction book, it does cover these details:

  • VTP and Private VLAN’s
  • Native and Hybrid modes
  • QoS
  • PIM, IGMP snooping and CGMP protocols
  • Switch security features such as BPDU Guard/Filter, Root/Loop Guard
  • And of course best practices

Here’s a quote from the book.

Whether you are looking for an introduction to LAN switching principles and practices or a Cisco Catalyst configuration and troubleshooting reference, this book provides you with the invaluable insight you need to design and manage high-performance campus networks.

About 10 years ago, Cisco Press published a Switch CCIE related book. Since then, not too much. I’m hoping there is an updated one in the works.

Once I am done reading this book, I’ll provide a good general overview of my thoughts. Until then, can’t wait to crack this book open!

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  • Cyruslok

    I have recently encountered the term PIM and IGMP snooping which are not seen in Dave's book. These are being used in Industrial ethernet in ring topology and they do not use RSTP.. lol

  • ciscokid

    Hi Brandon,

    I have ordered this book as well now. The reason I have is becuase I am looking for a bit more information on configuration examples to pass the CCNP Switch. The cert guide is great but doesn't really go in to too much detail on configuration scenarios to aid with learning. Hopefully this book has what I'm looking for :-)