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CCNA Complete Guide 2nd Edition covers the syllabus of the latest CCNA 640-802 Exam.
Written with the mindset to become the best CCNA self-study guide ever, it contains all the
theory and practical knowledge that an accomplished CCNA must obtain to ace both the
CCNA exam and the challenging real-life working environments.
If you have just begun your CCNA journey, CCNA Complete Guide 2nd Edition will save you
hours of research and trial-and-error learning. If you are well into your CCNA preparation,
CCNA Complete Guide 2nd Edition will provide you with an excellent baseline on how well
you are progressing, and fill all the gaps in your knowledge holes.
CCNA Complete Guide 2nd Edition includes all the lab setups built using the Dynamips,
the Cisco router emulation software. Practical knowledge is vital for a CCNA candidate and
you can horn this invaluable skill by launching the pseudo-real-devices in seconds and
proceed to the lab guides.
How to be sure whether something works as it claimed to be? Prove it!
The companion CD-ROM includes all the detailed outputs of the important configuration and
debug commands, as well as packet dump captures that verify all the concepts and facts
presented in the main text. This ensures the information provided in the main text is as
precise as possible!
Last but not least, obtaining and reading the CCNA Complete Study Guide 2nd Edition is the
best investment you will ever make to become an accomplished network engineer!
Dear valued customer,
Your investment of the CCNA Complete Guide 2nd Edition Companion CD will really worth it
because it contains much valuable information that can enhance your CCNA studies.
Kindly download the Companion CD by following the instructions at *link removed*.
The Dynamips folder contains a FREE software that provides a tool to simulate real Cisco routers
(and switches) for your CCNA practices. It is so powerful that can simulate any real Cisco IOS
commands because it actually loads and runs real Cisco IOS software.
Setup the Dynamips/Dynagen using a tutorial file included in the folder. However, you may face some
issues with Telnet in Windows Vista and Windows 7. Try to Google around to solve that, it isn't that
The MISC Tools and Guides folder contains some extra info regarding Dynamips. Actually you don't
really need to look into it. It contains the tools and guides when you wanted to use other IOS files other
than those provided in the IOS folder in the CD. The VBUnzip is actually a tool used to extract Cisco IOS
files. So when Dynamips load an extracted IOS image file, it doesn't need to extract it because it is already
extracted. This will speed up the boot up time of the IOS. If you managed to see how real Cisco routers
boot, you will see "extracting images.......". Basically we want to skip that step in the simulation.
The Lab Setups folder contains all the labs setup using Dynamips according to the CCNA Guide.
Whenever you saw a network diagram with some routers and IP addresses, and feel like wanted to see
how it works yourself. You may first look at the page number in the CCNA guide, then heads towards
the Lab Setups folder, most likely that there is a lab for it. Copy it out to your desktop, extract it, launch
the Dynamips engine, and run the Network.net file for the lab, the lab should be loaded in 10 seconds.
Console into every routers, copy and paste the basic configuration into the routers (the config files are
included in the folder for a particular lab setup itself). TATA! You are ready to practice the commands
according to the CCNA Guide. Just follow the commands and you will be able to see how things work.
All commands in the CCNA Guide have been fully tested and working fine.
Basically we can setup Cisco labs and practice Cisco IOS commands in 2 minutes time. Before this,
we would need to look for real routers, power cords, UTP network cables, power them on, took 5
minutes, clear the configuration, etc. From the time we are motivated to practice until the lab is up and
ready for practice (maybe take able 30 minutes), we may already feel tired and say: "OK, let me watch a
movie and come back to this later...". Hope you get the idea of using this wonderful tool.
Finally, the Proof of Concepts folder contains many packet captures and command output captured
for the various topics throughout the CCNA Guide. Download and install Wireshark
http://www.wireshark.org/ to view the packet capture files. Packet captures shows the bits and bytes of
network packets. Basically I spend many days and nights capturing them to prove how networking
works, and documented them down in the CCNA Guide. Basically most of the concepts have been
proven using Cisco IOS commands and real network packets. Hope you get the idea.
The files in the Proof of Concept folder are basically used to enhance you learning experience.
Those info are saved separately there because it will overwhelm the most of the readers and make the
CCNA Guide too lengthy if everything is included in the CCNA Guide itself.
OK, I have briefed the overall usages of the Companion CD. Have fun and keep in touch!