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The definitive guide to designing and deploying Cisco IP multicast networks
Developing IP Multicast Networks, Volume I, covers an area of networking that is rapidly being deployed in many enterprise and service provider networks to support applications such as audio and videoconferencing, distance learning, and data replication. The concepts used in IP multicasting are unlike any other network protocol, making this book a critical tool for networking professionals who are implementing this technology.
This book provides a solid foundation of basic IP multicast concepts, as well as the information needed to actually design and deploy IP multicast networks. Using examples of common network topologies, author Beau Williamson discusses the issues that network engineers face when trying to manage traffic flow. Developing IP Multicast Networks, Volume I, includes an in-depth discussion of the PIM protocol used in Cisco routers and detailed coverage of the rules that control the creation and maintenance of Cisco mroute state entries. The result is a comprehensive guide to the development and deployment of IP multicast networks using Cisco routers and switches.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Absolutely the best Multicast book available,
This review is from: Developing IP Multicast Networks, Volume I (Hardcover)This is the best multicast book on the market. It is a must have whether you are preparing for the CCIE Lab or just want to understand multicast.
The explanation was simple and clear. There are tons of configuration examples covering pretty much all kinds of scenarios. The author actually explained every single line of the configurations.
I bought this book for my Lab exam, and after two days of reading, 99.99% of my questions were answered (the only one I still have is I actually made PIM-DM work in a hub-spoke frame relay network. The prune message from one spoke was actually seen by the other spoke, I don't know why the hub would forward it out).
I have to admit this is one of the best books I've read for a long time. Just like Jeff Doyle's TCP/IP Routing is the Bible of IGP, this book is the Bible of Multicast.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Good foundational book, even in 2008,
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This review is from: Developing IP Multicast Networks, Volume I (Hardcover)I was skeptical about buying a book this old, but I just finished it and am still slightly amazed at how little has changed in multicast technology in ~8 years. I have read Doyle's multicast coverage, listened to InternetworkExpert's excellent "class on demand" (CoD) on the topic many times, and worked through over half of their 20 CCIE lab scenarios, all of which have multicast sections. This doesn't make me an expert by any means, but I know enough now to recognize that the material in this book is still worth reading.
The differences between this book and Doyle's (2004) are:
- Williamson dedicates a lot more effort to explaining the mroute table. This was my single biggest stumbling block in multicast routing
- Doyle, IMO, gives IGMP a better treatment
- Doyle goes over mtrace and mstat
- Williamson spreads the information out over more pages via liberal usage of config snips and diagrams, often one per page. This allows him to go into *brutal,... Read more
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Finally! Someone Get's It.,
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This review is from: Developing IP Multicast Networks, Volume I (Hardcover)Multicast is a pain to learn only because most authors make it seem like rocket science. FINALLY an author who gets it right! Presenting in a logical manner and with an understanding of his audience.
I picked up what I needed to know with multicast for the CCIE lab exam in just a few evenings with this book. That was the end of a 6 month search for a good reference.
The chapters IP PIM DENSE, IP PIM SPARSE, IMPLEMENTING IP PIM DENSE, IMPLEMENTINT IP PIM SPARSE, are worth the cost of the book alone, but you get much more.
1. Introduction to IP Multicasting.
2. Multicast Basics.
3. IGMP-Internet Group Management Protocol.
4. Multimedia Multicast Applications.
6. PIM Dense Mode.
7. PIM Sparse Mode.
8. Core Based Trees (CBT).
10. Using PIM Dense Mode.
11. Using PIM Sparse Mode.
12. PIM Rendezvous Points.
13. Connecting to DVMRP Networks.
14. Multicasting over LAN Switches.
15. Multicasting over ATM Networks.
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