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Cisco Official Materials
Interviews and insights from networkers
Study Groups
Preparation Tips from those who passed the exam:
Highly Recommended Books:

Read the following books at lease twice, make sure you understand all the concepts, especially protocols features and design options. Go through all the case studies thoroughly.

Recommended Books:

Read the following books at lease once.

Online Resources
Published: 25 June 2016

About the current condition of the book market on any specific topic



Take any topic you wish and you will face the same problem: too many books, most of them of questionable quality.

Before, when publishing a book was much more difficult, both the authors and the publishers were very selective with their content. These days the situation changed and almost everybody can write a book by compiling info from other books and changing the form and adding very little to the original content. For this reason the student is inundated with books that lack clarity concision and style. Some authors are very good professionals and experts on the topics discussed in their book but unfortunately they lack the skills required for a clear exposure, they are simply unable to teach others what they know.

The entire situation reminds me what someone told me about Yoga. “Before the information on these topics was scarce, transmitted verbally, it was an esoteric discipline and there were numerous obstacles in front of any serious adept. Today the information is everywhere but the obstacles are the same, the adept is inundated with information and it is as difficult as it was before to get meaningful information”

These days too much information replaces the lack of information and this makes it equally difficult for the student in both situations.

Good luck in your studies Neo!

While waiting for AutoNetKit for GNS3/UNL–AuotIP for GNS3


It all started with learning the IP packet fields. One of these fields is IP record route and I wanted to test this option. To properly test this you need more than a pair of routers linked together and you need either static routing or dynamic routing enabled, both of them quite tedious and boring tasks. I told myself: “You are going to have to do this 10000 times before you get your number –if ever Smile - so you better find a quick way to do it” 
I knew about KiwiCattools but that tool still requires a lot of manual work and no templating. I also knew about Ansible but guess what Ansible has nothing decent for configuring the devices without creating templates and moreover nothing like walking the topology and automatically assigning IPs. Then what..what else? VIRL? No, no way, sorry Cisco but I have a problem with the maximum device number and with the annual subscription. So here I am in on Friday morning scratching my head what to do to get around this… The conclusion was that there is no way around it so I decide build my own tool.

The results can be seen at https://github.com/1001QAdotNET/AutoIP4GNS3