Cisco Cookbook
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: July 2003
Pages: 912

While several publishers (including O'Reilly) supply excellent documentation of router features, the trick is knowing when, why, and how to use these features There are often many different ways to solve any given networking problem using Cisco devices, and some solutions are clearly more effective than others. The pressing question for a network engineer is which of the many potential solutions is the most appropriate for a particular situation. Once you have decided to use a particular feature, how should you implement it? Unfortunately, the documentation describing a particular command or feature frequently does very little to answer either of these questions.

Everybody who has worked with Cisco routers for any length of time has had to ask their friends and co-workers for example router configuration files that show how to solve a common problem. A good working configuration example can often save huge amounts of time and frustration when implementing a feature that you've never used before. The Cisco Cookbook gathers hundreds of example router configurations all in one place.

As the name suggests, Cisco Cookbook is organized as a series of recipes. Each recipe begins with a problem statement that describes a common situation that you might face. After each problem statement is a brief solution that shows a sample router configuration or script that you can use to resolve this particular problem. A discussion section then describes the solution, how it works, and when you should or should not use it. The chapters are organized by the feature or protocol discussed. If you are looking for information on a particular feature such as NAT, NTP or SNMP, you can turn to that chapter and find a variety of related recipes. Most chapters list basic problems first, and any unusual or complicated situations last.

The Cisco Cookbook will quickly become your "go to" resource for researching and solving complex router configuration issues, saving you time and making your network more efficient. It covers:

  • Router Configuration and File Management
  • Router Management
  • User Access and Privilege Levels
  • TACACS+
  • IP Routing
  • RIP
  • EIGRP
  • OSPF
  • BGP
  • Frame Relay
  • Queueing and Congestion
  • Tunnels and VPNs
  • Dial Backup
  • NTP and Time
  • DLSw
  • Router Interfaces and Media
  • Simple Network Management Protocol
  • Logging
  • Access Lists
  • DHCP
  • NAT
  • Hot Standby Router Protocol
  • IP Multicast
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By Gavin Newman

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Comments about oreilly Cisco Cookbook:

This book is going to sit on my bookshelf along with the other O'Reilly "bibles" that I use on a day to day basis. It distils into on book valuable information required for those who grapple with Cisco routers on a day to day basis.

Congratulations to the authors - now that this book has been done what about a similar book covering the Catalyst switches in a similar vein?

 
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Comments about oreilly Cisco Cookbook:

Another excellent book published by O'Reilly carrying foward their 'tradition' of precise cogent publications for computer professionals.

The book's breadth is wonderful - it can be useful to the casual router user but it seems also to have enough material that even someone as advanced as a CCIE would probably find this a handy instrument.

As a manager who occassionally is involved in the complexity of networking minutiae, this book was perfect. I could simply review a concept by checking the index and then proceeding to the salient page.

The book also had an excellent introduction to basic router hardware and configuration file upkeep. It also had an thorough section on static routing and associated routing masks in chapter 5.

I had my staff Networking engineer review this book also - he too thought it was excellent. So good, in fact, that he's planning to purchase his own personal copy. One of his remarks was that this book covers many subjects that cisco itself fails to cover in their website.

Overall, this is one of the best O'Reilly books I've ever read - and I've been buying them since 1986.

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