With organizations diverging in ever-increasing numbers from the "big central headquarters" organizational model and relying more on geographically distributed work centers, wide area networking (WAN) experts now are in greater demand than ever before. To prove that you're an expert in WAN connectivity, get your Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) rating. To get your CCNP rating, you'll have to pass the Remote Access exam (640-505). That's where CCNP: Remote Access Study Guide comes into play. It will prepare you for the test by helping you identify the relevant bits of your experience and filling you in on the pieces of WAN technology with which you're less familiar. It's uniformly well written and carefully organized.
The organization of this book derives from Cisco's published exam objectives, and each topic is addressed in a similar way. A given topic area typically opens with a discussion of what it's good for and why you would want to configure it. Then, you get to see how the subject looks in action--for a protocol, you'll see the sequence of messages that go back and forth. From there, it's on to the specifics of how Cisco equipment implements the technology. You'll find configuration file listings that illustrate variations on the theme and Internetwork Operating System (IOS) command sequences. Review questions, which are followed by their answers--plus comments--appear at the end of each chapter. --David Wall
Topics covered: The subjects that the Cisco Remote Access exam (640-505) covers, including X.25, Frame Relay, traffic flow, and the specifics of implementing WAN connections on Cisco IOS. Special attention goes to the Cisco 700-series router family.
Get ready for the new CCNP Remote Access exam with the updated CCNP: Remote Access Study Guide, 2nd Edition. Organized for optimal learning and retention, this book provides in-depth coverage of all exam objectives along with practical insights drawn from real-world experience. The accompanying CD includes hundreds of challenging review questions, electronic flashcards, and a searchable electronic version of the entire book. The mid-level Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) certification was developed by Cisco to validate advanced knowledge of Cisco-based networks. The Remote Access exam (#640-605) is one of the four core exams that cover a wide range of topics, including installing, configuring, operating, and troubleshooting LAN, WAN, and dial-up access services for organizations with mid-to-large sized networks. Cisco recently "refreshed" the four CCNP exams, adding new questions and question formats to the pool, but leaving the previous set of exam objectives intact.