What books for CCNP? reading bad stuff about the official guides

mark076hmark076h Member Posts: 154
Just got my CCNA and looking to jump into the CCNP. I am looking to do SWITCH first but i am reading that the official certification books from Cisco are not that great. Mainly they are lacking a lot of material on the test? Does anyone know a good site that gives a run down on what is not covered or recommend a better book? I don't see much int he way of study guides for the CCNP?


  • bermovickbermovick Member Posts: 1,135 ■■■■□□□□□□
    I used the official cert guide (and cbt nuggets) for Switch, and I found that sufficient. I DID however do route first, so some of the 'missing' material had already been covered in Route.

    Pretty much every study guide for Switch had bad reviews, from what I saw.
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  • mark076hmark076h Member Posts: 154

    So what exactly is the missing material? is there a list anywhere?
  • SharkDiverSharkDiver Member Posts: 844
    I thought the ROUTE OCG was great for the exam, and the TSHOOT was perfect.
    The SWITCH OCG was lacking. However, I have seen on here that there is a chapter available at the publisher's site that covers all of the missing material.
  • spiderjerichospiderjericho CCNA, CCNP Enterprise, CISSP, CASP, SEC+, Pentest+, CYSA+, CISA, CGEIT, CRISC, CISM, VCP 6.7 San DiegoRegistered Users, Member Posts: 861 ■■■■■□□□□□
    You could always get the Cisco Press FLG, which cover the material but tend to expound a bit more on topics and align to the network academy course.
  • Panzer919Panzer919 Member Posts: 462
    ROUTE and SWITCH FLG are the best. Yes they have more information than what is needed but it is well worth it.
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  • mark076hmark076h Member Posts: 154
    The reviews of the SWITCH FLG on Amazon are not very good?
  • MickQMickQ Member Posts: 628 ■■■■□□□□□□
    I used the Switch OCG, Route FLG, and TSHOOT FLG.
    The Switch OCG (first ed.) was missing SLA. It was on the examinable topics on the cisco site, but was included as an appendix online with the errata.

    I found the Route FLG pretty good. about 8 or so errata (from memory).

    Used the books, lab manuals and labwork to pass.
  • mark076hmark076h Member Posts: 154
    Thanks for the info. I just got my OCG SWITCH book in the mail and surprised how small it is. I figure I will read the OCG and the FLG. This is the site that has the missing material supposedly - CCNP SWITCH « Ponder the Network (and other things)

    It looks like a few small subjects are missing.
  • MickQMickQ Member Posts: 628 ■■■■□□□□□□
    As myself and others have said on other threads, don't be fooled by how relatively thin the Switch book is. It's still a slog.
  • MrXpertMrXpert Member Posts: 586 ■■■□□□□□□□
    I'm working on Route as a first up but have no intention of using any official study guides. Wendell Odom had an epic fail in the last so many revisions (ICND2) that I can't take him seriously or anything by Ciscopress for that matter. It's just I don't think it's very fair that someone should buy an expensive latest edition book which has several prior editions and revisons behind it and then spend most of their time going through and correcting errors.
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