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Top Recommended IT Cert Study Books

by Raju Woodward
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Published on August 14, 2014

{Editor's Note: As more recommendations are made, we will be adding them to this list!}

Here at CBT Nuggets, we often receive questions about book recommendations to help supplement our on-demand video training. And we get it, when it comes to studying for an upcoming certification exam, sometimes you need a little "extra" information. We understand it so much that we even recommended it in a previous post: Top 10 Ways to Up your Study Game.

At this point you may be thinking, "OK, great, I need to get a book to help supplement my learning, but, there are so many options for the topic I'm studying. How do I know what book is best?"

Based on some of the top-watched courses on our website, we polled our social community to find out what study books they would recommend. Broken down by course, here is the list we came up with:


  • Interconnecting Cisco Network Devices, Part 1 (ICND1) Foundation Learning Guide (4th Edition) by Anthony Sequeira

  • CCENT/CCNA ICND1 100-101 Official Cert Guide by Wendell Odom

  • CCENT Study Guide: Exam 100-101 (ICND1) by Todd Lammle

  • CCENT Certification All-In-One for Dummies by Glen E. Clark

  • CCENT Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician Study Guide: (ICND1 Exam 640-822) by Todd Lammle


  • How to Master CCNA by Ren© Molenaar (also applies to the ICND1)

  • CCNA Routing and Switching ICND2 200-101 Official Cert Guide by Wendell Odom

Cisco CCNA Security 640-554

  • CCNA Security 640-554 Official Cert Guide by Keith Barker and Scott Morris

Cisco CCNP Route 642-902

  • CCNP Route 642-902 Official Certification Guide by Wendell Odom

Microsoft Windows Server 2012 70-410 R2

  • Exam Ref MCSA 70-410: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 R2 (One commenter had a different opinion about this book. See his comment below.)

VMware vSphere 5.5 VCA-DCV VCP5-DCV

  • Mastering VMware vSphere 5.5 by Scott Lowe, Nick Marshall, Forbes Guthrie, Matt Liebowitz, and Josh Atwell

MPLS Fundamentals

  • MPLS-Enabled Applications: Emerging Developments and New Technologies, 3rd Edition by Ina Menei and Julian Lucek

LPI Linux LPIC-1 101 and CompTIA Linux+

  • CompTIA Linux_ Complete Study Guide Authorized Courseware: Exams LX0-101 and LX0-102 by Roderick W. Smith

  • LPIC/CompTIA Linux+ Certification Exam Guide by Robb H. Tracy

  • LPI Linux Certification In a Nutshell by Adam Haeder, Stephen Addison Schneiter, Bruno Gomes Pessanha, and James Stanger

CompTIA Network+ N10-005

  • Network+ Guide to Networks by Tamara Dean

  • CompTIA Network+ All-In-One Exam Guide: Exam N10-005 by Mike Meyers

Other books highly recommended by our community but not necessarily related to top-viewed courses:

  • The Network Warrior by Gary A. Donahue

  • CCNA Routing and Switching Portable Command Guide (3rd Edition) by Scott Empson

  • CompTIA Security+: Get Certified Get Ahead: SY0-301 Study Guide by Darril Gibson

  • Computer Networking: A Top-Down Approach by James Kurose and Keith Ross

  • Routing TCP/IP, Volume 1 (2nd Edition) by Jeff Doyle and Jennifer Carroll

  • Routing TCP/IP, Volume II (CCIE Professional Development) by Jeff Doyle and Jennifer Carroll

  • Windows PowerShell (Pocket Reference (O'Reilly)) by Lee Holmes

  • ng-book: The Complete Book on AngularJS by Ari Lerner

  • Practical Packet Analysis: Using Wireshark to Solve Real-World Network Problems

Obviously, there are a lot of different certification exams and we couldn't possibly list them all, but hopefully, this will give you a good point from which to start your exam prep.

Now what are you waiting for? Go forth and conquer!

Have you used a study guide that you would recommend that we didn't list? Tell us below in the comments!


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