Book Review

Cisco Cookbook

K. Dooley and I.J. Brown
O'Reilly, 2003, 885 pages


This book is a collection of command-line tools and short Perl scripts for performing various maintenance tasks on Cisco routers, organized in a problem-solution format. Very well written and crammed with helpful advice about Cisco IOS and appropriate warnings about anything that might give you "paws". Includes recipes for configuring various aspects of RIP, BGP, OSPF, Frame Relay, QoS, VPNs, SNMP, logging, ACLs, DHCP, NAT, HSRP (Hot Standby Router Protocol), and multicasting. One disappointment is that flows and VRRP are not covered. Even so, this book is an essential reference for any network administrator. However, a CD is not included. This is one book that would have benefited from a CD.
October 15, 2005 Back