I haven’t posted anything in a while, because I haven’t labbed anything lately. Instead, I’m trying to catch up on my reading. I’ve already mentioned on before that I check the CiscoPress eBook Deal of the Day every day, and over the last eight months, I’ve gathered quite a library of legal eBooks. So far, I haven’t finished a single one of these books, but I have read a lot of chapters in different ones. Let’s list it up (I like making lists):

  • Implementing Cisco Unified Communications Voice over IP and QoS (Cvoice) Foundation Learning Guide (CCNP Voice CVoice 642-437), 4th Edition
    The first purchase. I got tempted because I’ve got some IP Phones and QoS, especially combined with voice (as it most often is in reality) sounded like a good topic.
  • PKI Uncovered – Certificate-Based Security Solutions for Next-Generation Networks
    Initially an impulsive purchase, but I’m happy with it now as I find this topic difficult to understand (as do many, I notice), but it’s very useful to know when dealing with data security.
  • Enterprise Network Testing
    I bought this one halfway my CCNP studies. Since I hadn’t any experience at that moment, picking up some common practices would be nice.
  • IPv6 for Enterprise Networks
    It’s IPv6, one of my favorite topics. So that’s a perfect excuse to get out my wallet.
  • CCNP Security Secure 642-637 OCG
    With topics like DMVPN, SSLVPN and general security information, why wouldn’t this be good? I’ve got a CCNA Security so the exam is an option too.
  • CCDA 640-864 Official Certification Guide (OCG)
    I’m actually studying this now, it’s very theoretical but I like the design insights.
  • ARCH Foundation Learning Guide 642-874
    This one became Deal of the Day about two weeks after I found the CCDA OCG. I didn’t hesitate, with ROUTE and SWITCH already done for CCNP, with a bit of luck, this may help me get another professional-level certification.
  • Troubleshooting IP Routing Protocols (CCIE)
    A CCIE-level book shows up less than once a month, so I got tempted again.

The above eBooks where all Deal of the Day, so at $9.99, that’s $80 for eight books, two of which came with an exam simulator. Can’t beat that.

Apart from eBooks, I’ve got hard copies too: the three CCNP books and the CCNA Security OCG. Also, I had the chance to borrow a ‘NX-OS and Cisco Nexus Switching’ hard copy from work, which I’m reading right now. EIGRP is a hybrid routing protocol again according to this book. Seriously? But apart from that, the book is really interesting, showing what the Nexus is worth with secured BGP sessions, FCoE, vPC, and so on.

Now I’m off to read some more, and hopefully post something new and interesting next time!

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