OSPF StudyGroup Discussion Guidelines

This document tries to answer most common questions regarding the upcoming OSPF Discussion in the GroupStudy.com Study Rooms.

Group Motto:

"The only dumb question is the one that goes unasked"

Statement of Internet:

We would like to help our fellow engineers worldwide understand the routing protocol OSPF. It is a very important protocol to many networks these days and it is the only routing protocol that has been recommended by the IETF. In order to accomplish this goal we will be hosting a classroom type discussion based upon the Cisco Press book "OSPF Network Design Solutions". It is our intention to dedicate at least one week to each chapter of the book (12 total). The proposed schedule is shown below.

Who are we?

Tom Thomas - author of OSPF Network Design Solutions, Cisco Certified, and Course Designer

Matt Birkner - technical editor of the OSPF Book, and a CCIE

Pamela Forsyth - technical editor of the CCNA Study Guide, Cisco certified, and former Cisco certified instructor

What should you expect?

Basically we want to help people and make it simple, easy and cheap for you the student to become involved. However we all have full time jobs, families and other interests to take care. We will do our best and expect you to remember this is free.


Participation and/or comments does not in anyway reflect endorsement by our respective employers or any other organization, group, company, or anything but our own personal opinions in the world. We are simply 3 people who are trying to help our peers worldwide.


The following instructions will attempt to answer the enrollment process for network engineers interested in participating in the OSPF Discussion.

How do I join?

Send an email to the following address: tthomas@groupstudy.com you will receive additional information via email.

Number of participants:



There is no cost and the moderators of the OSPF Study Group are doing it "pro bono" (free) the same can be said with the facilities being provided.

Registration Deadline:

Registration for this class will close on Friday the 17th of January.

Student Requirements:

In general you are ones driving the content of this course. You will have the responsibility of reading the chapter to be covered that week and asking any questions that you might have on it.

Desirable but not required:

Where is the classroom?



Will be limited in scope in order to support people with differing degrees of access to routers. We anticipate the labs will consist of using various Cisco OSPF commands and understanding the output and how it pertains to your network and the operation of OSPF in a Cisco router environment.


Failure to abide by the classroom Code of Conduct and Guidelines will result in being dropped form the class. The following are some items that we would like to stress:

  1. If you have already achieved a Cisco Certification, please honor your non-disclosure agreement.
  2. Please direct all posts to the classroom as opposed to individuals.
  3. Be courteous to your fellow list members
  4. Be as clear as possible when posting to the classroom.

General Guidelines from Group Study that we will be following in the school:

FAQs (frequently asked questions)

Does this school cost me any money to join?

No. This is all done voluntarily and free of charge

Do I need to buy anything?

1578700469_m.gif (12120 bytes) Yes a copy of OSPF Network Design Solutions, which is going to be the textbook for this course.


Where can I buy this book and how much does it cost?

You may buy it at any local bookstore or from amazon.com by clicking on the link: OSPF Network Design Solutions. If you do plan to purchase form Amazon.com, please support this site and click through from the above link. 

I want to know more about the book before I buy it?

Check out the sample chapter at www.groupstudy.com and www.ciscopress.com has the Table of Contents

Do I need a router?

It would help but it is not essential

What are my responsibilities as a student?

Read the chapter to be discussed, follow the guidelines and most importantly ask questions. It is the input from the students that will drive the discussion in our studygroup.

What are the monitors going to be doing?

They will be reading the course along with you and providing an email about their interpretations of each chapter and how the knowledge is beneficial to you. In addition when appropriate they will provide real world examples and answer questions. Having several monitors will allow for a variety of opinions allowing for a varied and complete learning experience.


Tentative Schedule

This is just a tentative schedule. Dates might be lengthened or shortened for a particular topic if the participates feel additional discussion is necessary to facilitate learning.

Chapter 1: Foundations of Networking January 4th to 10th
Chapter 2: Network Routing Fundamentals January 11th to 17th
Chapter 3: Understanding & Selecting Network Protocols January 18th to 24th
Chapter 4: Introduction to OSPF January 25th to 31st
Chapter 5: The Fundamentals of OSPF Routing & Design February 1st to 7th
Chapter 6: Advanced OSPF Design Concepts February 8th to 14th
Chapter 7: Designing & Implementing an OSPF Network February 15th to 21st
Chapter 8: Monitoring & Troubleshooting an OSPF Network February 22nd to 28th
Chapter 9: Managing your OSPF Network March 1st to 7th
Chapter 10: Securing Your OSPF Network March 8th to 14th
Chapter 11:The Continuing Evolution of OSPF March 15th to 22nd
Chapter 12: Future Network Considerations March 23rd to 30th