Preparing for the ICND1/CCENT

2727 Posts: 30Member ■■□□□□□□□□
Hello,
I'll be going on a 5 day training course for the ICND1 between 23 and 27 June.
I want to buy a book to prepare me so that I am familiar with the material before the course.

Can anyone tell me the difference between this
http://www.amazon.co.uk/CCENT-Official-Certification-640-822-640-802/dp/1587201828

and this

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Interconnecting-Cisco-Network-Devices-ICND1/dp/1587054620

The second one seems to cover the CCENT and CCNA. However, there is also an ICND2 book
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Interconnecting-Cisco-Network-Devices-ICND2/dp/1587054639

Thank you.

Comments

  • SlowhandSlowhand MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure, MCSA: Windows Server 2003/2012/2016, CCNA Routing & Switchi Bay Area, CaliforniaPosts: 5,163Mod Mod
    The first two books are, in essence, the same. The difference is that the official study guide is meant to be a textbook, usually for a classroom environment, while the other is written to be a self-study guide you'd buy if you were going to study on your own. Now, that doesn't mean the official study guide can't be used for self-study and the self-study guide can't be used as a textbook, it's just Cisco Press' idea of how they think the world should work. Both books cover the same topics, usually in slightly different ways, so they're not a bad complement to each other. My advice, go to a bookstore and page through each one, see which seems like a better read to you, and pick up that one.

    Incidentally, almost every certification Cisco offers has a set of books like this: a self-study guide and an official study guide. You'll be seeing the pattern a lot, if you continue working on Cisco certs after CCENT. And remember, ICND1 and ICND2, together, comprise the full CCNA. So a book that covers one of the exams would only cover half the CCNA certification. (Unless you pick up a book that covers the 640-802 exam, which would include just about everything from ICND1 and ICND2.)

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  • 2727 Posts: 30Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    Slowhand wrote:
    The first two books are, in essence, the same. The difference is that the official study guide is meant to be a textbook, usually for a classroom environment, while the other is written to be a self-study guide you'd buy if you were going to study on your own. Now, that doesn't mean the official study guide can't be used for self-study and the self-study guide can't be used as a textbook, it's just Cisco Press' idea of how they think the world should work. Both books cover the same topics, usually in slightly different ways, so they're not a bad complement to each other. My advice, go to a bookstore and page through each one, see which seems like a better read to you, and pick up that one.

    In your opinion, which is better suited to self study?
  • nicklauscombsnicklauscombs Posts: 885Member
    i really enjoyed reading the wendell odom books, the sybex ccna guide by todd lammle is great also and a good second source
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  • 2727 Posts: 30Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    i really enjoyed reading the wendell odom books

    Self Study Guide or Exam Certification Guide?
  • SlowhandSlowhand MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure, MCSA: Windows Server 2003/2012/2016, CCNA Routing & Switchi Bay Area, CaliforniaPosts: 5,163Mod Mod
    Personally, I liked the official study guides better than the self-study guides, but that was more a preference of how they were written. I also read Todd Lammle's book, (but I read the one for 640-801,) which was an enjoyable read. I also gave a mini-overview of what other books I looked at for the exam in this thread, which might be helpful for you.

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    Slowhand wrote:
    Personally, I liked the official study guides better than the self-study guides, but that was more a preference of how they were written. I also read Todd Lammle's book, (but I read the one for 640-801,) which was an enjoyable read. I also gave a mini-overview of what other books I looked at for the exam in this thread, which might be helpful for you.

    Thanks for that.
    I'm leaning towards the ICND1 Self Study Guide at this time.
    I'll probably order it within a few hours.
  • 2727 Posts: 30Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    Thank you very much for your help.
    I've ordered the ICND1 Self Study Guide.
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