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CCNP Routing and Switching SWITCH 300-115 Official Cert Guide, Video Enhanced Edition

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CCNP Routing and Switching SWITCH 300-115 Official Cert Guide

CCNP Routing and Switching SWITCH 300-115 Official Cert Guide from Cisco Press enables you to succeed on the exam the first time and is the only self-study resource approved by Cisco. Expert engineer David Hucaby shares preparation hints and test-taking tips, helping you identify areas of weakness and improve both your conceptual knowledge and hands-on skills.

This complete study package includes

  • A test-preparation routine proven to help you pass the exam

  • "Do I Know This Already?" quizzes, which enable you to decide how much time you need to spend on each section

  • Chapter-ending exercises, which help you drill on key concepts you must know thoroughly

  • The powerful Pearson IT Certification Practice Test software, complete with hundreds of well-reviewed, exam-realistic questions, customization options, and detailed performance reports

  • More than 60 minutes of personal video mentoring from the author on important exam topics

  • A final preparation chapter, which guides you through tools and resources to help you craft your review and test-taking strategies

  • Study plan suggestions and templates to help you organize and optimize your study time

Well regarded for its level of detail, study plans, assessment features, and challenging review questions and exercises, this official study guide helps you master the concepts and techniques that ensure your exam success.

David Hucaby, CCIE® No. 4594, is a lead network engineer for the University of Kentucky, where he works with a large healthcare network based on the Cisco product lines. David holds bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Kentucky. He is the author of several Cisco Press titles, including CCNA Wireless Cert Guide, Cisco ASA, PIX, and FWSM Firewall Handbook, Second Edition, Cisco Firewall Video Mentor, and Cisco LAN Switching Video Mentor.

The official study guide helps you master topics on the CCNP R&S SWITCH 300-115 exam, including the following:

  • Enterprise campus design

  • Switch operation

  • Switch port configuration

  • VLANs, trunks, and VLAN Trunking Protocol (VTP)

  • Spanning Tree Protocol (STP), RSTP, and MSTP

  • Protecting the STP topology

  • Aggregating switch links

  • Multilayer switching

  • Configuring DHCP

  • Logging switch activity and managing switches with SNMP

  • Monitoring performance and traffic

  • High availability

  • Securing switched networks

  • The CD-ROM contains more than 200 practice questions for the exam, memory table exercises and answer keys, a study planner tool, and more than 60 minutes of video.

    Includes Exclusive Offer for 70% Off Premium Edition eBook and Practice Test

    Pearson IT Certification Practice Test minimum system requirements:

    Windows Vista (SP2), Windows 7, or Windows 8.1; Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 Client; Pentium-class 1GHz processor (or equivalent); 512 MB RAM; 650 MB disk space plus 50 MB for each downloaded practice exam; access to the Internet to register and download exam databases

Table of Contents

  1. About This eBook
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. About the Author
  5. About the Technical Reviewers
  6. Dedications
  7. Acknowledgments
  8. Contents at a Glance
  9. Contents
  10. Command Syntax Conventions
  11. Introduction
    1. The CCNP SWITCH Exam
    2. How to Take the SWITCH Exam
    3. Format of the CCNP SWITCH Exam
    4. CCNP SWITCH 300-115 Official Certification Guide
    5. Book Features and Exam Preparation Methods
    6. How This Book is Organized
    7. For More Information
  12. Part I: Designing Campus Networks
    1. Chapter 1. Enterprise Campus Network Design
      1. “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz
      2. Foundation Topics
        1. Hierarchical Network Design
          1. Predictable Network Model
          2. Access Layer
          3. Distribution Layer
          4. Core Layer
        2. Modular Network Design
          1. Sizing a Switch Block
          2. Switch Block Redundancy
          3. Network Core
          4. Collapsed Core
          5. Core Size in a Campus Network
          6. Cisco Products in a Hierarchical Network Design
      3. Exam Preparation Tasks
        1. Review All Key Topics
        2. Complete Tables and Lists from Memory
        3. Define Key Terms
    2. Chapter 2. Switch Operation
      1. “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz
      2. Foundation Topics
        1. Layer 2 Switch Operation
          1. Transparent Bridging
          2. Follow That Frame!
        2. Multilayer Switch Operation
          1. Types of Multilayer Switching
          2. Follow That Packet!
          3. Multilayer Switching Exceptions
        3. Tables Used in Switching
          1. Content-Addressable Memory
          2. Ternary Content-Addressable Memory
            1. TCAM Structure
            2. TCAM Example
            3. Port Operations in TCAM
        4. Managing Switching Tables
          1. CAM Table Operation
          2. TCAM Operation
          3. Managing Switching Table Sizes
      3. Exam Preparation Tasks
        1. Review All Key Topics
        2. Complete Tables and Lists from Memory
        3. Define Key Terms
        4. Use Command Reference to Check Your Memory
    3. Chapter 3. Switch Port Configuration
      1. “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz
      2. Foundation Topics
        1. Ethernet Concepts
          1. Ethernet Overview
          2. Scaling Ethernet
            1. Fast Ethernet
            2. Gigabit Ethernet
            3. 10-Gigabit Ethernet
            4. Beyond 10-Gigabit Ethernet
            5. Duplex Operation over Ethernet Links
        2. Connecting Switches and Devices
          1. Ethernet Port Cables and Connectors
        3. Switch Port Configuration
          1. Selecting Ports to Configure
          2. Identifying Ports
          3. Port Speed
          4. Port Duplex Mode
          5. Managing Error Conditions on a Switch Port
            1. Detecting Error Conditions
            2. Automatically Recover from Error Conditions
          6. Enable and Use the Switch Port
          7. Troubleshooting Port Connectivity
            1. Looking for the Port State
            2. Looking for Speed and Duplex Mismatches
        4. Discovering Connected Devices
          1. Cisco Discovery Protocol
          2. Link Layer Discovery Protocol
        5. Using Power over Ethernet
          1. How PoE Works
          2. Detecting a Powered Device
          3. Configuring PoE
          4. Verifying PoE
      3. Exam Preparation Tasks
        1. Review All Key Topics
        2. Complete Tables and Lists from Memory
        3. Define Key Terms
        4. Use Command Reference to Check Your Memory
  13. Part II: Building a Campus Network
    1. Chapter 4. VLANs and Trunks
      1. “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz
      2. Foundation Topics
        1. Virtual LANs
          1. VLAN Membership
            1. Static VLANs
            2. Configuring Static VLANs
            3. Dynamic VLANs
          2. Deploying VLANs
            1. End-to-End VLANs
            2. Local VLANs
        2. VLAN Trunks
          1. VLAN Frame Identification
            1. Inter-Switch Link Protocol
            2. IEEE 802.1Q Protocol
          2. Dynamic Trunking Protocol
        3. VLAN Trunk Configuration
          1. Configuring a VLAN Trunk
          2. Trunk Configuration Example
        4. Troubleshooting VLANs and Trunks
        5. Voice VLANs
          1. Voice VLAN Configuration
          2. Verifying Voice VLAN Operation
        6. Wireless VLANs
      3. Exam Preparation Tasks
        1. Review All Key Topics
        2. Complete Tables and Lists from Memory
        3. Define Key Terms
        4. Use Command Reference to Check Your Memory
    2. Chapter 5. VLAN Trunking Protocol
      1. “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz
      2. Foundation Topics
        1. VLAN Trunking Protocol
          1. VTP Domains
          2. VTP Modes
          3. VTP Advertisements
          4. VTP Synchronization
        2. VTP Configuration
          1. Configuring the VTP Version
          2. Configuring a VTP Management Domain
          3. Configuring the VTP Mode
          4. VTP Configuration Example
          5. VTP Status
        3. VTP Pruning
          1. Enabling VTP Pruning
        4. Troubleshooting VTP
      3. Exam Preparation Tasks
        1. Review All Key Topics
        2. Complete Tables and Lists from Memory
        3. Define Key Terms
        4. Use Command Reference to Check Your Memory
  14. Part III: Working with Redundant Links
    1. Chapter 6. Traditional Spanning Tree Protocol
      1. “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz
      2. Foundation Topics
        1. IEEE 802.1D Overview
          1. Bridging Loops
          2. Preventing Loops with Spanning Tree Protocol
          3. Spanning-Tree Communication: Bridge Protocol Data Units
          4. Electing a Root Bridge
          5. Electing Root Ports
          6. Electing Designated Ports
          7. STP States
          8. STP Timers
          9. Topology Changes
            1. Direct Topology Changes
            2. Indirect Topology Changes
            3. Insignificant Topology Changes
        2. Types of STP
          1. Common Spanning Tree
          2. Per-VLAN Spanning Tree
          3. Per-VLAN Spanning Tree Plus
      3. Exam Preparation Tasks
        1. Review All Key Topics
        2. Complete Tables and Lists from Memory
        3. Define Key Terms
    2. Chapter 7. Spanning-Tree Configuration
      1. “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz
      2. Foundation Topics
        1. STP Root Bridge
          1. Root Bridge Placement
          2. Root Bridge Configuration
        2. Spanning-Tree Customization
          1. Tuning the Root Path Cost
          2. Tuning the Port ID
        3. Tuning Spanning-Tree Convergence
          1. Modifying STP Timers
            1. Manually Configuring STP Timers
            2. Automatically Configuring STP Timers
        4. Redundant Link Convergence
          1. PortFast: Access Layer Nodes
          2. UplinkFast: Access Layer Uplinks
          3. BackboneFast: Redundant Backbone Paths
        5. Monitoring STP
      3. Exam Preparation Tasks
        1. Review All Key Topics
        2. Complete Tables and Lists from Memory
        3. Define Key Terms
        4. Use Command Reference to Check Your Memory
    3. Chapter 8. Protecting the Spanning Tree Protocol Topology
      1. “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz
      2. Foundation Topics
        1. Protecting Against Unexpected BPDUs
          1. Root Guard
          2. BPDU Guard
        2. Protecting Against Sudden Loss of BPDUs
          1. Loop Guard
          2. UDLD
        3. Using BPDU Filtering to Disable STP on a Port
        4. Troubleshooting STP Protection
      3. Exam Preparation Tasks
        1. Review All Key Topics
        2. Complete Tables and Lists from Memory
        3. Define Key Terms
        4. Use Command Reference to Check Your Memory
    4. Chapter 9. Advanced Spanning Tree Protocol
      1. “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz
      2. Foundation Topics
        1. Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol
          1. RSTP Port Behavior
          2. BPDUs in RSTP
          3. RSTP Convergence
            1. Port Types
            2. Synchronization
          4. Topology Changes and RSTP
          5. RSTP Configuration
          6. Rapid Per-VLAN Spanning Tree Protocol
        2. Multiple Spanning Tree Protocol
          1. MST Overview
          2. MST Regions
          3. Spanning-Tree Instances Within MST
            1. IST Instances
            2. MST Instances
          4. MST Configuration
      3. Exam Preparation Tasks
        1. Review All Key Topics
        2. Complete Tables and Lists from Memory
        3. Define Key Terms
        4. Use Command Reference to Check Your Memory
    5. Chapter 10. Aggregating Switch Links
      1. “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz
      2. Foundation Topics
        1. Switch Port Aggregation with EtherChannel
          1. Bundling Ports with EtherChannel
          2. Distributing Traffic in EtherChannel
          3. Configuring EtherChannel Load Balancing
        2. EtherChannel Negotiation Protocols
          1. Port Aggregation Protocol
          2. Link Aggregation Control Protocol
        3. EtherChannel Configuration
          1. Configuring a PAgP EtherChannel
          2. Configuring a LACP EtherChannel
          3. Avoiding Misconfiguration with EtherChannel Guard
        4. Troubleshooting an EtherChannel
      3. Exam Preparation Tasks
        1. Review All Key Topics
        2. Complete Tables and Lists from Memory
        3. Define Key Terms
        4. Command Reference to Check Your Memory
  15. Part IV: Multilayer Switching
    1. Chapter 11. Multilayer Switching
      1. “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz
      2. Foundation Topics
        1. Inter-VLAN Routing
          1. Types of Interfaces
          2. Configuring Inter-VLAN Routing
            1. Layer 2 Port Configuration
            2. Layer 3 Port Configuration
            3. SVI Port Configuration
          3. Multilayer Switching with CEF
            1. Traditional MLS Overview
            2. CEF Overview
            3. Forwarding Information Base
          4. Adjacency Table
          5. Packet Rewrite
          6. Configuring CEF
        2. Verifying Multilayer Switching
          1. Verifying Inter-VLAN Routing
          2. Verifying CEF
      3. Exam Preparation Tasks
        1. Review All Key Topics
        2. Complete Tables and Lists from Memory
        3. Define Key Terms
        4. Use Command Reference to Check Your Memory
    2. Chapter 12. Configuring DHCP
      1. “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz
      2. Foundation Topics
        1. Using DHCP with a Multilayer Switch
          1. Configuring an IPv4 DHCP Server
            1. Configuring a Manual Address Binding
            2. Configuring DHCP Options
            3. Configuring a DHCP Relay
        2. Configuring DHCP to Support IPv6
          1. Stateless Autoconfiguration
          2. DHCPv6
          3. DHCPv6 Lite
          4. Configuring a DHCPv6 Relay Agent
          5. Verifying IPv6 DHCP Operation
      3. Exam Preparation Tasks
        1. Review All Key Topics
        2. Complete Tables and Lists from Memory
        3. Define Key Terms
        4. Use Command Reference to Check Your Memory
  16. Part V: Monitoring Campus Networks
    1. Chapter 13. Logging Switch Activity
      1. “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz
      2. Foundation Topics
        1. Syslog Messages
          1. Logging to the Switch Console
          2. Logging to the Internal Buffer
          3. Logging to a Remote Syslog Server
        2. Adding Time Stamps to Syslog Messages
          1. Setting the Internal System Clock
          2. Using NTP to Synchronize with an External Time Source
          3. Securing NTP
          4. Using SNTP to Synchronize Time
          5. Adding Time Stamps to Logging Messages
      3. Exam Preparation Tasks
        1. Review All Key Topics
        2. Complete Tables and Lists from Memory
        3. Define Key Terms
        4. Use Command Reference to Check Your Memory
    2. Chapter 14. Managing Switches with SNMP
      1. “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz
      2. Foundation Topics
        1. SNMP Overview
        2. Configuring SNMP
          1. Configuring SNMPv1
          2. Configuring SNMPv2C
          3. Configuring SNMPv3
      3. Exam Preparation Tasks
        1. Review All Key Topics
        2. Complete Tables and Lists from Memory
        3. Define Key Terms
        4. Use Command Reference to Check Your Memory
    3. Chapter 15. Monitoring Performance with IP SLA
      1. “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz
      2. Foundation Topics
        1. IP SLA Overview
        2. Configuring IP SLA
        3. Using IP SLA
      3. Exam Preparation Tasks
        1. Review All Key Topics
        2. Complete Tables and Lists from Memory
        3. Define Key Terms
        4. Use Command Reference to Check Your Memory
    4. Chapter 16. Using Port Mirroring to Monitor Traffic
      1. “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz
      2. Foundation Topics
        1. Using Local SPAN
          1. Local SPAN Configuration
        2. Remote SPAN
          1. Remote SPAN Configuration
        3. Managing SPAN Sessions
      3. Exam Preparation Tasks
        1. Review All Key Topics
        2. Complete Tables and Lists from Memory
        3. Define Key Terms
        4. Use Command Reference to Check Your Memory
  17. Part VI: Implementing High Availability
    1. Chapter 17. Understanding High Availability
      1. “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz
      2. Foundation Topics
        1. Leveraging Logical Switches
          1. StackWise
          2. Virtual Switching System
        2. Supervisor and Route Processor Redundancy
          1. Redundant Switch Supervisors
          2. Configuring the Redundancy Mode
          3. Configuring Supervisor Synchronization
          4. Nonstop Forwarding
      3. Exam Preparation Tasks
        1. Review All Key Topics
        2. Complete Tables and Lists from Memory
        3. Define Key Terms
        4. Use Command Reference to Check Your Memory
    2. Chapter 18. Layer 3 High Availability
      1. “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz
      2. Foundation Topics
        1. Packet-Forwarding Review
        2. Hot Standby Router Protocol
          1. HSRP Router Election
          2. Plain-Text HSRP Authentication
          3. MD5 Authentication
          4. Conceding the Election
          5. HSRP Gateway Addressing
          6. Load Balancing with HSRP
        3. Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol
        4. Gateway Load Balancing Protocol
          1. Active Virtual Gateway
          2. Active Virtual Forwarder
          3. GLBP Load Balancing
          4. Enabling GLBP
        5. Verifying Gateway Redundancy
      3. Exam Preparation Tasks
        1. Review All Key Topics
        2. Complete Tables and Lists from Memory
        3. Define Key Terms
        4. Use Command Reference to Check Your Memory
  18. Part VII: Securing Switched Networks
    1. Chapter 19. Securing Switch Access
      1. “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz
      2. Foundation Topics
        1. Port Security
        2. Port-Based Authentication
          1. 802.1X Configuration
          2. 802.1X Port-Based Authentication Example
        3. Using Storm Control
        4. Best Practices for Securing Switches
      3. Exam Preparation Tasks
        1. Review All Key Topics
        2. Complete Tables and Lists from Memory
        3. Define Key Terms
        4. Use Command Reference to Check Your Memory
    2. Chapter 20. Securing VLANs
      1. “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz
      2. Foundation Topics
        1. VLAN Access Lists
          1. VACL Configuration
        2. Private VLANs
          1. Private VLAN Configuration
            1. Configure the Private VLANs
            2. Associate Ports with Private VLANs
            3. Associate Secondary VLANs to a Primary VLAN SVI
        3. Securing VLAN Trunks
          1. Switch Spoofing
          2. VLAN Hopping
      3. Exam Preparation Tasks
        1. Review All Key Topics
        2. Complete Tables and Lists from Memory
        3. Define Key Terms
        4. Use Command Reference to Check Your Memory
    3. Chapter 21. Preventing Spoofing Attacks
      1. “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz
      2. Foundation Topics
        1. DHCP Snooping
        2. IP Source Guard
        3. Dynamic ARP Inspection
      3. Exam Preparation Tasks
        1. Review All Key Topics
        2. Complete Tables and Lists from Memory
        3. Define Key Terms
        4. Use Command Reference to Check Your Memory
    4. Chapter 22. Managing Switch Users
      1. “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz
      2. Foundation Topics
        1. Configuring Authentication
        2. Configuring Authorization
        3. Configuring Accounting
      3. Exam Preparation Tasks
        1. Review All Key Topics
        2. Complete Tables and Lists from Memory
        3. Define Key Terms
        4. Use Command Reference to Check Your Memory
  19. Part VIII: Final Preparation
    1. Chapter 23. Final Preparation
      1. Tools for Final Preparation
        1. Exam Engine and Questions on the CD
          1. Install the Exam Engine
          2. Activate and Download the Practice Exam
          3. Activating Other Exams
          4. Premium Edition
        2. The Cisco Learning Network
        3. Memory Tables
        4. Chapter-Ending Review Tools
      2. Study Plan
        1. Recall the Facts
        2. Practice Configurations
        3. Using the Exam Engine
  20. Part IX: Appendixes
    1. Appendix A. Answers to the “Do I Know This Already?” Quizzes
      1. Chapter 1
      2. Chapter 2
      3. Chapter 3
      4. Chapter 4
      5. Chapter 5
      6. Chapter 6
      7. Chapter 7
      8. Chapter 8
      9. Chapter 9
      10. Chapter 10
      11. Chapter 11
      12. Chapter 12
      13. Chapter 13
      14. Chapter 14
      15. Chapter 15
      16. Chapter 16
      17. Chapter 17
      18. Chapter 18
      19. Chapter 19
      20. Chapter 20
      21. Chapter 21
      22. Chapter 22
    2. Appendix B. Exam Updates
      1. Always Get the Latest at the Companion Website
      2. Technical Content
    3. Glossary
  21. Index
  22. CD-Only Appendixes
    1. Appendix C. Memory Tables
      1. Chapter 5
      2. Chapter 6
      3. Chapter 9
      4. Chapter 10
      5. Chapter 13
      6. Chapter 14
      7. Chapter 17
      8. Chapter 18
    2. Appendix D. Memory Table Answer Key
      1. Chapter 5
      2. Chapter 6
      3. Chapter 9
      4. Chapter 10
      5. Chapter 13
      6. Chapter 14
      7. Chapter 17
      8. Chapter 18
    3. Appendix E. Study Planner
  23. Where are the companion content files?
  24. Code Snippets