CCNA: Implementing and Administering Cisco Solutions


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Course Description:

Implementing and Administering Cisco Solutions (CCNA) is a 5-day class that teaches learners how to install, operate, configure, and verify a basic IPv4 and IPv6 network, including configuring a network components, such as switch, router, and Wireless LAN Controller; managing network devices, and identifying basic security threats. Today’s job roles are ever changing. The new CCNA will now cover wireless, overview of SD-WAN, DNA Center and Security threats.

The goal of the course is to provide learners with the knowledge and skills that are necessary to install, configure, and operate a small to medium-sized network.






Course Objectives

Upon completing this course, the learner will be able to meet these overall objectives:

  • Identify the components of a computer network and describe their basic characteristics
  • Understand the model of host-to-host communication
  • Describe the features and functions of the Cisco Internetwork Operating System (IOS®) software
  • Describe LANs and the role of switches within LANs
  • Describe Ethernet as the network access layer of TCP/IP and describe the operation of switches
  • Install a switch and perform the initial configuration
  • Describe the TCP/IP Internet layer, IPv4, its addressing scheme, and subnetting
  • Describe the TCP/IP Transport layer and Application layer
  • Explore functions of routing
  • Implement basic configuration on a Cisco router
  • Explain host-to-host communications across switches and routers
  • Identify and resolve common switched network issues and common problems associated with IPv4 addressing
  • Describe IPv6 main features and addresses, and configure and verify basic IPv6 connectivity
  • Describe the operation, benefits, and limitations of static routing
  • Describe, implement, and verify Virtual Local Area Networks (VLANs) and trunks
  • Describe the application and configuration of inter-VLAN routing
  • Explain the basics of dynamic routing protocols and describe components and terms of Open Shortest Path First (OSPF)
  • Explain how Spanning Tree Protocol (STP) and Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol (RSTP) work
  • Configure link aggregation using EtherChannel
  • Describe the purpose of Layer 3 redundancy protocols
  • Describe basic WAN and VPN concepts
  • Describe the operation of Access Control Lists (ACLs) and their applications in the network
  • Configure Internet access using Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) clients and explain and configure Network Address Translation (NAT) on Cisco routers
  • Describe basic Quality of Service (QoS) concepts
  • Describe the concepts of wireless networks, which types of wireless networks can be built, and how to use Wireless LAN Controllers (WLCs)
  • Describe network and device architectures and introduce virtualization
  • Introduce the concept of network programmability and Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and describe smart network management solutions such as Cisco DNA Center™, Software-Defined Access (SD-Access), and Software-Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN)
  • Configure basic IOS system monitoring tools
  • Describe the management of Cisco devices
  • Describe the current security threat landscape
  • Describe threat defense technologies
  • Implement a basic security configuration of the device management plane
  • Implement basic steps to harden network devices


Course Topics

Section 1: Exploring the Functions of Networking

  • Identify the components of a computer network and describe their basic characteristics
  • Define a network and describe examples of networks
  • Implementing and Administering Cisco Solutions (CCNA)
  • Components of a Network
  • Characteristics of a Network
  • Physical vs. Logical Topologies
  • Compare and contrast logical and physical topologies
  • Interpreting a Network Diagram
  • Impact of User Applications on the Network

Section 2: Introducing the Host-To-Host Communications Model

  • Host-To-Host Communications Overview
  • ISO OSI Reference Model
  • TCP/IP Protocol Suite
  • Peer-To-Peer Communications
  • Encapsulation and De-Encapsulation
  • Describe the process of encapsulation and de-encapsulation
  • TCP/IP Stack vs OSI Reference Model

Section 3: Operating Cisco IOS Software

  • Cisco IOS Software Features and Functions
  • Cisco IOS Software CLI Functions
  • Cisco IOS Software Modes

Section 4: Introducing LANs

  • Local Area Networks
  • LAN Components
  • Need for Switches
  • Characteristics and Features of Switches

Section 5: Exploring the TCP/IP Link Layer

  • Ethernet LAN Connection Media
  • Ethernet Frame Structure
  • Describe the fields of an Ethernet frame
  • LAN Communication Types
  • MAC Addresses
  • Frame Switching
  • Duplex Communication

Section 6: Starting a Switch

  • Switch Installation
  • Connecting to a Console Port
  • Switch LED Indicators
  • Basic show Commands and Information

Section 7: Introducing the TCP/IP Internet Layer, IPv4 Addressing, and Subnets

  • Internet Protocol
  • Decimal and Binary Number Systems
  • Binary-to-Decimal Conversion
  • Decimal-to-Binary Conversion
  • IPv4 Address Representation
  • IPv4 Header Fields
  • IPv4 Address Classes
  • Subnet Masks
  • Subnets
  • Implementing Subnetting: Borrowing Bits
  • Implementing Subnetting: Determining the Addressing Scheme
  • Benefits of VLSM and Implementing VLSM
  • Private vs. Public IPv4 Addresses
  • Reserved IPv4 Addresses
  • Verifying IPv4 Address of a Host

Section 8: Explaining the TCP/IP Transport Layer and Application Layer

  • TCP/IP Transport Layer Functions
  • Reliable vs. Best-Effort Transport
  • TCP Characteristics
  • UDP Characteristics
  • TCP/IP Application Layer
  • Introducing HTTP
  • Domain Name System
  • Explaining DHCP for IPv4

Section 9: Exploring the Functions of Routing

  • Role of a Router
  • Router Components
  • Router Functions
  • Routing Table
  • Path Determination

Section 10: Configuring a Cisco Router

  • Initial Router Setup
  • Configuring Router Interfaces
  • Configuring IPv4 Addresses on Router Interfaces
  • Checking Interface Configuration and Status
  • Exploring Connected Devices
  • Using Cisco Discovery Protocol
  • Configure and Verify LLDP
  • Implement an Initial Router Configuration

Section 11: Exploring the Packet Delivery Process

  • Layer 2 Addressing
  • Layer 3 Addressing
  • Default Gateways
  • Address Resolution Protocol
  • Host-To-Host Packet Delivery

Section 12: Troubleshooting a Simple Network

  • Troubleshooting Methods
  • Troubleshooting Tools
  • Troubleshooting Common Switch Media Issues
  • Troubleshooting Common Switch Port Issues
  • Identify common access port issues
  • Troubleshooting Common Problems Associated with IPv4 Addressing

Section 13: Introducing Basic IPv6

  • IPv4 Address Exhaustion Workarounds
  • IPv6 Features
  • IPv6 Addresses and Address Types
  • Comparison of IPv4 and IPv6 Headers
  • Internet Control Message Protocol Version 6
  • Neighbor Discovery
  • IPv6 Address Allocation
  • Verification of End-To-End IPv6 Connectivity

Section 14: Configuring Static Routing

  • Routing Operation
  • When to Use Static Routing
  • IPv4 Static Route Configuration
  • Default Routes
  • Verifying Static and Default Route Configuration
  • Configuring IPv6 Static Routes
  • Implement IPv4 Static Routing
  • Implement IPv6 Static Routing

Section 15: Implementing VLANs and Trunks

  • VLAN Introduction
  • Creating a VLAN
  • Assigning a Port to a VLAN
  • Trunking with 802.1Q
  • Configuring an 802.1Q Trunk
  • VLAN Design Consideration
  • Troubleshoot VLANs and Trunk

Section 16: Routing Between VLANs

  • Purpose of Inter-VLAN Routing
  • Options for Inter-VLAN Routing
  • Implement Multiple VLANs and Basic Routing Between the VLANs

Section 17: Introducing OSPF

  • Dynamic Routing Protocols
  • Path Selection
  • Link-State Routing Protocol Overview
  • Link-State Routing Protocol Data Structures
  • Introducing OSPF
  • Establishing OSPF Neighbor Adjacencies
  • OSPF Neighbor States
  • SPF Algorithm
  • Building a Link-State Database
  • Routing for IPv6

Section 18: Building Redundant Switched Topologies

  • Physical Redundancy in a LAN
  • Issues in Redundant Topologies
  • Spanning Tree Operation
  • Types of Spanning Tree Protocols
  • Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol
  • PortFast and BPDU Guard

Section 19: Improving Redundant Switched Topologies with EtherChannel

  • EtherChannel Overview
  • EtherChannel Configuration Options
  • Configuring and Verifying EtherChannel
  • Improve Redundant Switched Topologies with EtherChannel

Section 20: Exploring Layer 3 Redundancy

  • Need for Default Gateway Redundancy
  • Understanding FHRP
  • Understanding HSRP

Section 21: Introducing WAN Technologies

  • Introduction to WAN Technologies
  • WAN Devices and Demarcation Point
  • WAN Topology Options
  • WAN Connectivity Options
  • Virtual Private Networks
  • Enterprise-Managed VPNs
  • Provider-Managed VPNs

Section 22: Explaining Basics of ACL

  • ACL Overview
  • ACL Operation
  • ACL Wildcard Masking
  • Wildcard Mask Abbreviations
  • Types of Basic ACLs
  • Configuring Standard IPv4 ACLs
  • Configuring Extended IPv4 ACLs
  • Verifying and Modifying IPv4 ACLs
  • Applying IPv4 ACLs to Filter Network Traffic
  • Implement Numbered and Named IPv4 ACLs

Section 23: Enabling Internet Connectivity

  • Configure internet access using DHCP clients and explain and configure NAT on Cisco routers
  • Introducing Network Address Translation
  • NAT Terminology and Translation Mechanisms
  • Benefits and Drawbacks of NAT
  • Static NAT and Port Forwarding
  • Dynamic NAT
  • Port Address Translation
  • Configuring and Verifying Inside IPv4 NAT
  • Implement PAT

Section 24: Introducing QoS

  • Converged Networks
  • Quality of Service Defined
  • QoS Policy
  • QoS Mechanisms
  • QoS Models
  • Deploying End-to-End QoS

Section 25: Explaining Wireless Fundamentals

  • Wireless Technologies
  • WLAN Architectures
  • WLAN Components
  • WiFi Channels
  • AP and WLC Management

Section 26: Introducing Architectures and Virtualization

  • Introduction to Network Design
  • Enterprise Three-Tier Hierarchical Network Design
  • Spine-Leaf Network Design
  • Cisco Enterprise Architecture Model
  • Cloud Computing Overview
  • Device Architecture
  • Virtualization Fundamentals

Section 27: Explaining the Evolution of Intelligent Networks

  • Overview of Network Programmability in Enterprise Networks
  • Software-Defined Networking
  • Common Programmability Protocols and Methods
  • Configuration Management Tools
  • Introducing Cisco DNA Center
  • Cisco SD-Access
  • Introducing Cisco SD-WAN

Section 28: Introducing System Monitoring

  • Introducing Syslog
  • Syslog Message Format
  • SNMP Overview
  • Enabling Network Time Protocol
  • Configure System Message Logging

Section 29: Managing Cisco Devices

  • Cisco IOS Integrated File System and Devices
  • Stages of the Router Power-On Boot Sequence
  • Loading and Managing System Images Files
  • Loading Cisco IOS Configuration Files
  • Validating Cisco IOS Images Using MD5
  • Managing Cisco IOS Images and Device Configuration Files

Section 30: Examining the Security Threat Landscape

  • Security Threat Landscape Overview
  • Malware
  • Hacking Tools
  • Denial of Service and Distributed Denial of Service
  • Spoofing
  • Reflection and Amplification Attacks
  • Social Engineering
  • Evolution of Phishing
  • Password Attacks
  • Reconnaissance Attacks
  • Buffer Overflow Attacks
  • Man-in-the-Middle Attacks
  • Vectors of Data Loss and Exfiltration
  • Other Considerations

Section 31: Implementing Threat Defense Technologies

  • Information Security Overview
  • Firewalls
  • Intrusion Prevention Systems
  • Introduction to Cryptographic Technologies
  • IPsec Security Services
  • Secure Sockets Layer and Transport Layer Security
  • Wireless Security Protocols
  • Configure WPA2 PSK

Section 32: Securing Administrative Access

  • Network Device Security Overview
  • Securing Access to Privileged EXEC Mode
  • Securing Console Access
  • Securing Remote Access
  • Configuring the Login Banner
  • Limiting Remote Access with ACLs
  • External Authentication Options
  • Secure Device Administrative Access

Section 33: Implementing Device Hardening

  • Securing Unused Ports
  • Infrastructure ACL
  • Disabling Unused Services
  • Port Security Overview
  • Mitigating VLAN Attacks
  • DHCP Snooping
  • Dynamic ARP Inspection
  • Implement Device Hardening


Target Audience

The primary audience for this course is as follows:

  • Individuals seeking the Cisco CCNA certification
  • Entry-level network engineer
  • Network administrator
  • Network support technician
  • Help desk technician

Lab Outline

Labs are designed to assure learners a whole practical experience, through the following practical activities:

  • Discovery 1: Get Started with Cisco CLI
  • Discovery 2: Observe How a Switch Operates
  • Discovery 3: Perform Basic Switch Configuration
  • FASTLab 1: Implement the Initial Switch Configuration
  • Discovery 4: Inspect TCP/IP Applications
  • Discovery 5: Configure an Interface on a Cisco Router
  • Discovery 6: Configure and Verify Layer 2 Discovery Protocols
  • FASTLab 2: Implement an Initial Router Configuration
  • Discovery 7: Configure Default Gateway
  • Discovery 8: Explore Packet Forwarding
  • Discovery 9: Troubleshoot Switch Media and Port Issues
  • Discovery 10: Troubleshoot Port Duplex Issues
  • Discovery 11: Configure Basic IPv6 Connectivity
  • Discovery 12: Configure and Verify IPv4 Static Routes
  • Discovery 13: Configure IPv6 Static Routes
  • FASTLab 3: Implement IPv4 Static Routing
  • FASTLab 4: Implement IPv6 Static Routing
  • Discovery 14: Configure VLAN and Trunk
  • FASTLab 5: Troubleshoot VLANs and Trunk
  • Discovery 15: Configure a Router on a Stick
  • FASTLab 6: Implement Multiple VLANs and Basic Routing Between the VLANs
  • Discovery 16: Configure and Verify Single-Area OSPF
  • Discovery 17: Configure and Verify EtherChannel
  • FASTLab 7: Improve Redundant Switched Topologies with EtherChannel
  • Discovery 18: Configure and Verify IPv4 ACLs
  • FASTLab 8: Implement Numbered and Named IPv4 ACLs
  • Discovery 19: Configure a Provider-Assigned IPv4 Address
  • Discovery 20: Configure Static NAT
  • Discovery 21: Configure Dynamic NAT and PAT
  • FASTLab 9: Implement PAT
  • Discovery 22: Log into the WLC
  • Discovery 23: Monitor the WLC
  • Discovery 24: Configure a Dynamic (VLAN) Interface
  • Discovery 25: Configure a DHCP Scope
  • Discovery 26: Configure a WLAN
  • Discovery 27: Define a RADIUS Server
  • Discovery 28: Explore Management Options
  • Discovery 29: Explore the Cisco DNA Center
  • Discovery 30: Configure and Verify NTP
  • FASTLab 10: Configure System Message Logging
  • Discovery 31: Create the Cisco IOS Image Backup
  • Discovery 32: Upgrade Cisco IOS Image
  • Discovery 33: Configure WLAN Using WPA2 PSK Using the GUI
  • Discovery 34: Secure Console and Remote Access
  • Discovery 35: Enable and Limit Remote Access Connectivity
  • FASTLab 11: Secure Device Administrative Access
  • Discovery 36: Configure and Verify Port Security
  • FASTLab 12: Implement Device Hardening



The knowledge and skills that a learner should have before attending this course are as follows:

  • Basic computer literacy
  • Basic PC operating system navigation skills
  • Basic Internet usage skills
  • Basic IP address knowledge


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