Implementing Cisco IP Switched Networks (SWITCH)





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This course is for network professionals responsible for the design, configuration, and integration of Cisco switching networks and is recommended for those interested in becoming a Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) or a Cisco Certified Design Professional (CCDP).

The course teaches how to build campus networks using multilayer switching technologies over high speed Ethernet, addressing the integration of routing and switching technologies to create an efficient fault-tolerant campus network.  Course content is reinforced by numerous hands-on labs.

Provides preparation for exam 300-115 and assumes that the student has already completed the Interconnecting Cisco Network Devices (ICND) course or has equivalent internetworking experience. Students should possess hands-on experience with basic router and switch configuration tasks, and be able to configure a simple VLAN.

     Identification of Cisco products and services enabling connectivity and fault-tolerant traffic transport over Fast Ethernet.

     Improving IP routing performance through Multilayer Switching (MLS)

     Implementing fault tolerance through Hot Standby Router Protocol (HSRP)

     Implementation of the necessary services at each layer of the network permitting users to obtain membership in multicast groups.  

Course Topics

1. Overview of a Campus Network

  • Campus Network Overview
    • Traditional Campus Networks
    • Current Campus Networks
    • The Emerging Campus Network
  • Switching Technologies
    • Basic Layer Terminology
    • Layer 2 Switching
    • Benefits of Routing
    • Layer 3 Switching
    • Layer 4 Switching
    • Multilayer Switching
  • The Hierarchical Model
    • Access Layer
    • Distribution Layer
    • Core Layer
    • Choosing a Cisco Product
    • The Building Block Approach
    • The Switch Block

2. Connecting the Switch Block

  • Cable Media Types
    • Ethernet
    • Fast Ethernet
    • Gigabit Ethernet
    • Subscribing Links
  • Cabling Switch Block Devices
    • Connecting to the Console Port
    • Connecting to an Ethernet Port
    • Configuring Connectivity Within the Switch Block

3. Defining Common Workgroups

  • VLANs
    • Introduction to VLANs
    • Defining VLAN Boundaries
    • End-to-End VLANs
    • Local VLANs
    • Establishing VLAN Memberships
    • Membership by Ports
    • Configuring VLANs
    • Verifying VLAN Configuration
  • VLAN Identification
    • Link Types
    • ISL
    • IEEE 802.1Q
    • Trunk Negotiation
  • Configuring a Trunk Link
    • Creating Trunk Links
    • Clearing VLANs from Trunk Link
    • Verifying Trunk Link Configuration
  • VLAN Trunk Protocol (VTP)
    • VTP Overview
    • VTP Operation
    • VTP Modes of Operation
    • Adding a Switch into an Existing Domain
    • VTP Advertisements
    • VTP Configuration Revision Number
    • VTP Configuration Tasks and Guidelines
  • VTP Pruning
    • VTP Pruning Overview
    • Configuring VTP Pruning
    • Verifying VTP Pruning Configuration
    • Review Questions

4. Managing Redundant Links

  • Overview of Transparent Bridging
  • Introduction to Spanning Tree
    • Bridge Protocol Data Units
    • Electing a Root Bridge
    • Forming an Association with the Root Bridge
    • Spanning Tree Port States
    • Spanning Tree Timers
    • Topology Changes
    • Spanning Tree Example
    • Enabling Spanning Tree
  • VLANs and Spanning Tree
    • Per VLAN Spanning Tree (PVST)
    • Common Spanning Tree (CST)
    • Per VLAN Spanning Tree+ (PVST+)
  • Scaling Spanning Tree in the Campus Network
    • Establishing the Root Bridge
    • Determining the Best Loop-Free Path to the Root
    • Modifying Port Cost
    • Modifying Port Cost by VLAN
    • Modifying Port Priority
    • Modifying Port Priority by VLAN
    • Modifying Spanning Tree Timers
    • EtherChannel
    • Implementing PortFast
    • Configuring UplinkFast
    • Configuring BackboneFast

5. Inter-VLAN Routing

  • Introduction to Inter-VLAN Routing
    • Inter-VLAN Routing Issues
    • Distribution Layer Topology
  • Configuring Inter-VLAN Routing
    • Loading and Accessing the Route Processor

6. Improving IP Routing Performance With Multilayer Switching

  • Multilay2
    • Unsupported Topologies
    • Topology Changes and Routing Impacts

7. Configuring HSRP for Fault Tolerant Routing

  • HSRP Overview
  • Routing Issues in a Redundant Network
  • Utilizing HSRP to Resolve Issues in a Redundant Network
  • HSRP Groups
  • HSRP Operations
  • Configuring HSRP

8. Multicast Overview

  • Introduction to Multicast
    • Unicast Traffic
    • Broadcast Traffic
    • Multicast Traffic
    • IP Multicast Characteristics
  • Addressing in a Multicast Environment
    • IP Multicasting Address Structure
    • Mapping MAC Addresses to IP Multicast Addresses
  • Managing Multicast Traffic in a Campus Network
    • Subscribing and Maintaining Groups
    • IGMP v1
    • IGMP v2
    • Handling Multicast Traffic in a Switch
  • Routing Multicast Traffic
    • Routing Protocols
    • Distribution Trees
    • Multicast Routing Protocols

9. Configuring IP Multicast

  • Planning for Multicast
    • Planning for Multicast
    • Configuring IP Multicast Routing
    • Multicast Routing Protocol Types
    • Outgoing Interface Lists
  • Configuring Multicast Services
    • Configuring a PIM Interface
    • Selecting and Configuring a Designated Router
    • Choosing and Displaying a PIM Neighbor
    • Configuring a Rendezvous Point
    • Auto-RP
    • Defining the Scope of Delivery
    • Verifying Multicast Configuration
  • Enhancing the Route Processor
    • Joining a Multicast Group
    • Manipulating the IGMP Version
  • Enabling CGMP
    • Enable CGMP on the Router
    • Enable CGMP on the Switch
    • Enable CGMP Leave
    • Verifying CGMP Configuration

10. Controlling Access to the Campus Network

  • Definition of an Access Policy
    • What is an Access Policy?
    • Policies in the Hierarchical Model
  • Access Layer Policy
  • Distribution Layer Policy
    • Controlling Information with Filters
  • Core Layer Policy