CiscoPress Toubleshooting IP Routing Protocols
Part of the CCIE
Professional Development Series, "Troubleshooting IP Routing Protocols"
is an 850 page CiscoPress guide book for networking engineers who need
to acquire expert-level skills at a moment's notice. Packed with many years of
experience of working solutions used to resolve the most common routing problems
related to a variety of routing protocols the book also serves as expert-level
instruction for networking professionals
preparing for their CCIE exams.
With a focus on IPv4 addressing which is the type
of IP address in use currently, the book sidesteps IPv6, but leaves valuable
problem solving insight which will help in the future when that protocol is
The book begins with a short overview of different
IP routing protocols as a refresher and the jumps right into a dissection of
Routing Information Protocol (RIP), and a fairly extensive chapter on
troubleshooting it. Cisco's book continues on with chapters on IGRP, EIGRP,
OSPF, IS-IS, PIM, and BGP-4 with subsequent troubleshooting sections which offer
anywhere between 15 and 30 examples laided out in a step by step
||Routing Information Protocol|
||Interior Gateway Routing Protocol|
||Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol|
||Open Shortest Path First|
||Intermediate System-to-Intermediate System|
||Protocol Independent Multicast|
||Border Gateway Protocol Version 4|
The troubleshooting examples, and indeed the protocols are fairly advanced
networking subjects with a specific focus on Cisco IOS Software network
Typical problem examples are broken down into sections to offer admins the
easiest, and quickest way to problem solve. Advanced users familiar with the
basics of a problem can quickly glance at a short point form list of possible
solutions to the problem at hand. Based on the quick list of possible causes
they can resolve the issue on their own or continue on with detailed
explanations of each particular cause and effect.
Within those explanations the authors of the book have set up several tools
to help with visualizing the problem, and then resolving it. Included with each
problem or case study is a problem-resolution flowchart, network set up diagram
and then command line examples of process. The information is specific to each
of the outlined points at the start of the chapter, and frankly, most of is out
of my sphere of expertise.
That said, I do think the focus of the book has been well positioned, and the
problem identification and resolution well written. It may take some adaptation
to remove the holistic information from the Cisco-only applications, but the
foundation for universal problem resolution is definitely there. Unlike some of
the other Cisco Press books we have looked at in the past, the explanations and
discussion in IP routing Protocols is very specific and much better explained.
For individuals engrossed in this kind of troubleshooting on a day to day basis,
the book offers a wealth of valuable insight and information. For advanced
users getting ready to take Cisco's CCIE exams, this book can be a very useful
1. Understanding IP Routing.
2. Understanding the Routing
Information Protocol (RIP).
3. Troubleshooting RIP.
4. Understanding the Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (IGRP).
5. Troubleshooting IGRP.
6. Understanding the Enhanced
Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP).
7. Troubleshooting EIGRP.
8. Understanding the Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) Protocol
9. Understanding the Intermediate
System-to-Intermediate System (IS-IS) Protocol.
11. Understanding Protocol Independent Multicast (PIM).
12. Troubleshooting PIM.
13. Understanding the Border
Gateway Protocol Version 4 (BGP-4).
14. Troubleshooting BGP.