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CCNA®: Cisco® Certified Network Associate: Fast Pass, Third Edition

Book Description

Organized by exam objectives, this is a focused, concise review guide that works hand-in-hand with any learning tool, including the Sybex CCNA: Cisco Certified Network Associate Study Guide, 6th and Deluxe editions.

The book will consist of four high-level chapters, each mapping to the four main Domains of the exam skill-set. The book will drill down into the specifics of the exam, covering the following:

  • Designing Cisco internetworks

  • Developing an access list

  • Evaluating TCP/IP communication

  • Configuring routers and switches

  • Configuring IP addresses, subnet masks, and gateway addresses

  • Performing LAN, VLAN, and WAN troubleshooting

  • Understanding rules for packet control

The interactive CD contains two bonus exams, handy flashcard questions, and a searchable PDF of a Glossary of Terms.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. Dear Reader
  3. Acknowledgments
  4. About the Author
  5. Introduction
  6. Describe how a network works
    1. Describe the purpose and functions of various network devices
    2. Select the components required to meet a network specification
    3. Use the OSI and TCP/IP models and their associated protocols to explain how data flows in a network
    4. Describe common networked applications including web applications
    5. Describe the purpose and basic operation of the protocols in the OSI and TCP models
    6. Describe the impact of applications (Voice over IP and Video over IP) on a network
    7. Interpret network diagrams
    8. Determine the path between two hosts across a network
    9. Describe the components required for network and Internet communications
    10. Identify and correct common network problems at layers 1, 2, 3, and 7 using a layered model approach
    11. Differentiate between LAN/WAN operation and features
    12. Review Questions
    13. Answers to Review Questions
  7. Configure, verify, and troubleshoot a switch with VLANs and interswitch communications
    1. Select the appropriate media, cables, ports, and connectors to connect switches to other network devices and hosts
    2. Explain the technology and media access control method for Ethernet networks
    3. Explain network segmentation and basic traffic management concepts
    4. Explain basic switching concepts and the operation of Cisco switches
    5. Perform and verify initial switch configuration tasks, including remote access management
    6. Verify network status and switch operation using basic utilities (including: ping, traceroute, Telnet, SSH, arp, ipconfig), SHOW & DEBUG commands
    7. Identify, prescribe, and resolve common switched network media issues, configuration issues, auto negotiation, and switch hardware failures
    8. Describe enhanced switching technologies (including: VTP, RSTP, VLAN, PVSTP, 802.1q)
    9. Describe how VLANs create logically separate networks and the need for routing between them
    10. Configure, verify, and troubleshoot VLANs
    11. Configure, verify, and troubleshoot trunking on Cisco switches
    12. Configure, verify, and troubleshoot interVLAN routing
    13. Configure, verify, and troubleshoot VTP
    14. Configure, verify, and troubleshoot RSTP operation
    15. Interpret the output of various show and debug commands to verify the operational status of a Cisco switched network
    16. Implement basic switch security (including: port security, trunk access, management vlan other than vlan1, etc.)
    17. Review Questions
    18. Answers to Review Questions
  8. Implement an IP addressing scheme and IP Services to meet network requirements in a medium-size Enterprise branch office network.
    1. Describe the operation and benefits of using private and public IP addressing
    2. Explain the operation and benefits of using DHCP and DNS
    3. Configure, verify, and troubleshoot DHCP and DNS operation on a router (including CLI/SDM)
    4. Implement static and dynamic addressing services for hosts in a LAN environment
    5. Calculate and apply an addressing scheme, including VLSM IP addressing design, to a network
    6. Determine the appropriate classless addressing scheme using VLSM and summarization to satisfy addressing requirements in a LAN/WAN environment
    7. Describe the technological requirements for running IPv6 in conjunction with IPv4 (including protocols, dual stack, tunneling, etc)
    8. Describe IPv6 addresses
    9. Identify and correct common problems associated with IP addressing and host configurations
    10. Review Questions
    11. Answers to Review Questions
  9. Configure, verify, and troubleshoot basic router operation and routing on Cisco devices
    1. Describe basic routing concepts (including packet forwarding, router lookup process)
    2. Describe the operation of Cisco routers (including router bootup process, POST, router components)
    3. Select the appropriate media, cables, ports, and connectors to connect routers to other network devices and hosts
    4. Configure, verify, and troubleshoot RIPv2
    5. Access and utilize the router to set basic parameters (including CLI/SDM)
    6. Connect, configure, and verify the operational status of a device interface
    7. Verify device configuration and network connectivity using ping, traceroute, Telnet, SSH, or other utilities
    8. Perform and verify routing configuration tasks for a static or default route given specific routing requirements
    9. Manage IOS configuration files (including save, edit, upgrade, restore)
    10. Manage Cisco IOS
    11. Compare and contrast methods of routing and routing protocols
    12. Configure, verify, and troubleshoot OSPF
    13. Configure, verify, and troubleshoot EIGRP
    14. Verify network connectivity (including: using ping, traceroute, and Telnet or SSH)
    15. Troubleshoot routing issues
    16. Verify router hardware and software operation using the SHOW and DEBUG commands
    17. Implement basic router security
    18. Review Questions
    19. Answers to Review Questions
  10. Explain and select the appropriate administrative tasks required for a WLAN
    1. Describe standards associated with wireless media (including IEEE WI-FI Alliance, ITU/FCC)
    2. Identify and describe the purpose of the components in a small wireless network (including SSID, BSS, ESS)
    3. Identify the basic parameters to configure on a wireless network to ensure that devices connect to the correct access point
    4. Compare and contrast wireless security features and capabilities of WPA security (including open, WEP, WPA-1/2)
    5. Identify common issues with implementing wireless networks (including Interface, Miss configuration)
    6. Review Questions
    7. Answers to Review Questions
  11. Identify security threats to a network and describe general methods to mitigate those threats
    1. Describe today's increasing network security threats and explain the need to implement a comprehensive security policy to mitigate the threats
    2. Explain general methods to mitigate common security threats to network devices, hosts, and applications
    3. Describe the functions of common security appliances and applications
    4. Describe security recommended practices, including initial steps to secure network devices
    5. Review Questions
    6. Answers to Review Questions
  12. Implement, verify, and troubleshoot NAT and ACLs in a medium-sized Enterprise branch office network.
    1. Describe the purpose and types of ACLs
    2. Configure and apply ACLs based on network filtering requirements (including CLI/SDM)
    3. Configure and apply ACLs to limit telnet and SSH access to the router using (including: SDM/CLI)
    4. Verify and monitor ACLs in a network environment
    5. Troubleshoot ACL issues
    6. Explain the basic operation of NAT
    7. Configure NAT for given network requirements using (including CLI/SDM)
    8. Troubleshoot NAT issues
    9. Review Questions
    10. Answers to Review Questions
  13. Implement and verify WAN links
    1. Describe different methods for connecting to a WAN
    2. Configure and verify a basic WAN serial connection
    3. Configure and verify Frame Relay on Cisco routers
    4. Troubleshoot WAN implementation issues
    5. Describe VPN technology (including importance, benefits, role, impact, components)
    6. Configure and verify a PPP connection between Cisco routers
    7. Review Questions
    8. Answers to Review Questions
  14. About the Companion CD
    1. What You'll Find on the CD
    2. System Requirements
    3. Using the CD
    4. Troubleshooting
  15. Glossary
  16. Index