Maybe I missed the point also. My take on the original question was
that he thought it was too much reading to do! He probably has a lot of
studying ahead of him whether he gets the information from the Web or
out of books, and the amount of studying necessary will depend on his
experience with routers and internetworking, and on his present level of
knowledge. There's no way around that.
Your point is well taken concerning the cost and availability of books.
Cisco does not require that you get the knowledge from any particular
book or even from a book at all--the list is only a recommendation.
The Internetworking Technologies Overview (or handbook) is just what the
title implies--a broad overview. It is a good starting point, but it is
definitely not enough to get you through CCIE written or lab by itself.
There are a number of detailed tutorials on the Web for technologies
like Sonet, frame relay, ATM and others.
RFCs are a GREAT resource, and you should study them even if you have
all the books ever published about TCP/IP and IP routing! There's even
a similar recommendation at the bottom of Cisco's reading list, if you
read the fine print. Howard Berkowitz has posted some excellent
pointers here about approaching the RFCs in an efficient way. But the
RFCs will only cover the IP part of CCIE study. You will still need to
know IPX, AppleTalk, DECnet, all the IBM-related stuff including token
ring, and Cisco IOS. I believe the IPX router specifications (RIP and
NLSP) are still available from the Novell developer support site, but I
haven't been able to find much on the net for AppleTalk or DECnet
There is actually some coverage of router configuration in the CCIE
written, although it isn't an area of great emphasis. The questions
aren't about basic commands, either, so they assume you have broad
knowledge of IOS configuration commands. All the commands are in the
documentation CD or in the public area of CCO, however, so you don't
need to buy any books for those either.
So, bottom line is, you can probably get a lot of what you need without
buying books. But there's no way to avoid doing a lot of studying in
the process, as you already know.
> Maybe I'm not getting the point, if so, please consider this as an
> extension of the original question.
> The CCIE WRITTEN test is mainly focused on internetwork technologies,
> including deep understanding of topologies, architectures, protocols, and
> how-it-works issues. I think that the Internetwork technologies Guide is
> the starting point, giving you a broader vision of what you should know.
> Then, you have to acquire deeper knowledge of that topics by reviewing the
> rest of the reading list (a lot may overlap???).
> Can RFCs be good resources instead of reading the book list???
> Maybe other point when considering this is cost-related. Some of us that
> don't live in US have to pay $15-$20 of S&H for each book at Amazon or
> whatever, and then have to wait at least a month. If the book isn't useful
> you can't return it (is more expensive, again for the cost of S&H).
> Personally, I prefer to obtain the information on the Net and study harder
> (i.e. RFCs, Cisco's Doc CD, etc.) than exploring books other than the
> considered as indispensable. I think this should be a more cost and
> time-effective approach.
> Could this be considered as a good alternative???
> About IOS, I thought CCIE written didn't cover IOS knowledge, if so, would
> the Cisco Doc CD be enough ??
> Pamela Forsyth <pforsyth@xxxxxxxxx> on 12/03/99 01:22:48 PM
> Please respond to Pamela Forsyth <pforsyth@xxxxxxxxx>
> To: Zhen Cai <zhencai@xxxxxxxx>
> cc: cisco <cisco@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> (bcc: Antonio Smythe/NU/Novartis)
> Subject: Re: CCIE writen test
> If you already have enough experience in internetworking that you
> understand everything in those 20 books, plus all the IOS documentation,
> then I would say you don't need to read them.
> If your full knowledge of Cisco routers and internetworking is
> represented by CCNA, ACRC and "Internetworking Technology Handbook,"
> then you have a *lot* of studying yet to do for CCIE. If you don't want
> to read all of the books, choose the ones on the topics that you know
> the least about.
> Zhen Cai wrote:
> > Hi,
> > Cisco recommends more than 20 books to read before taking the CCIE
> > writen test, that's sounds like a whole lot to read. Can someone give
> > me some recommendation on this? I passed CCNA test and currently
> > working on ACRC. I've read the "Internetworking Technology Handbook",
> > what else should I read? I don't want to read all of them.
> > Thanks a lot.
> > Zhen Cai
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