CCNA Certification Introduction
The CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) certification is the first in Cisco´s line of certifications that an aspiring networking professional must acquire in order to add value to their IT career. The CCNA certification validates a firm foundation of networking skills that include fundamentals like the OSI Reference Model, Networking Protocols, Layer 2 Switching Concepts and Protocols, Routing Concepts and Protocols, and Wide-Area Networking (WAN) Connectivity. Thus a person who is aiming to qualify for the CCNA certification should be proficient in their abilities to provide basic network installations and troubleshooting.
CCNA Course Contents
- Introduction to Wide Area Networks
- Internetwork Operating System (IOS)
- IP Routing (Static & Dynamic)
- LAN Switching
- IPv4 & IPv6
- STP, PVSTP & RSTP
- Virtual Private Network – VPN
- Redundancy Protocols
- Network monitoring tools
- NAT & PAT
- Cisco Express Forwarding
- Network Device Security
- WAN Technologies (Cloud, SDN, IoT)
CCNA Routing & Switching Course Details
Describe how a network works
- Describe the purpose and functions of various network devices
- Select the components required to meet a network specification
- Use the OSI and TCP/IP models and their associated protocols to explain how data flows in a network
- Describe common networked applications the impact of applications
- Describe the purpose and basic operation of the protocols in the OSI and TCP models
- Interpret network diagrams
- Determine the path between two hosts across a network
- Describe the components required for network and Internet communication
- Identify and correct common network problems at layers 1, 2, 3 and 7 using a layered model approach
- Differentiate between LAN/WAN operation and features
Configure, verify and troubleshoot a switch with VLANs and interswitch communications
- Explain the technology and media access control method for Ethernet networks.
- Explain network segmentation and basic traffic management concepts.
- Explain basic switching concepts and the operation of Cisco switches.
- Perform and verify initial switch configuration tasks including remote access management.
- Verify network status and switch operation using basic utilities (including: ping, traceroute, telnet, SSH, arp, ipconfig), SHOW & DEBUG commands.
- Identify, prescribe, and resolve common switched network media issues, configuration issues, auto negotiation.
- Describe enhanced switching technologies (including: VTP, RSTP, VLAN, PVSTP, 802.1q, Ether-Channel).
- Describe how VLANs create logically separate networks and the need for routing between them.
- Configure, verify, and troubleshoot VLANs.
- Configure, verify, and troubleshoot trunking on Cisco switches.
- Configure, verify, and troubleshoot interVLAN routing.
- Configure, verify, and troubleshoot VTP.
- Configure, verify, and troubleshoot RSTP operation.
- Configure, verify, and troubleshoot Ether-channel.
- Interpret the output of various show and debug commands to verify the operational status of a Cisco switched network.
- Implement basic switch security (including: port security, trunk access, management vlan other than vlan1, etc.)
- Select the appropriate media, cables, ports, and connectors to connect switches to other network devices and hosts.
Implement an IP addressing scheme and IP Services to meet network requirements in a medium-size Enterprise branch office network
- Describe the operation and benefits of using private and public IP addressing.
- Explain the operation and benefits of using DHCP and DNS.
- Configure, verify and troubleshoot DHCP and DNS operation on a router.
- Implement static and dynamic addressing services for hosts in a LAN environment.
- Calculate and apply an addressing scheme including VLSM IP addressing design to a network.
- Determine the appropriate classless addressing scheme using VLSM and summarization to satisfy addressing requirements in a LAN/WAN environment.
- Describe the technological requirements for running IPv6 in conjunction with IPv4 (including:tunneling).
- Describe IPv6 addresses.
- Identify and correct common problems associated with IP addressing and host configurations.
Configure, verify, and troubleshoot basic router operation and routing on Cisco device.
- Describe basic routing concepts (including: packet forwarding, router lookup process).
- Describe the operation of Cisco routers (including: router bootup process, POST, router components).
- Select the appropriate media, cables, ports, and connectors to connect routers to other network devices and hosts.
- Configure, verify, and troubleshoot RIPv2.
- Access and utilize the router to set basic parameters.
- Connect, configure, and verify operation status of a device interface.
- Verify device configuration and network connectivity using ping, traceroute, telnet, SSH or other utilities.
- Perform and verify routing configuration tasks for a static or default route given specific routing requirements.
- Manage IOS configuration files. (including: save, edit, upgrade, restore)
- Manage Cisco IOS.
- Compare and contrast methods of routing and routing protocols.
- Configure, verify, and troubleshoot OSPF.
- Configure, verify, and troubleshoot EIGRP.
- Verify network connectivity (including: using ping, traceroute, and telnet or SSH).
- Troubleshoot routing issues.
- Verify router hardware and software operation using SHOW & DEBUG commands.
- Implement basic router security.
Identify security threats to a network and describe general methods to mitigate those threats.
- Describe today’s increasing network security threats and explain the need to implement a comprehensive security policy to mitigate the threats.
- Explain general methods to mitigate common security threats to network devices, hosts, and applications.
- Describe the functions of common security appliances and applications.
- Describe security recommended practices including initial steps to secure network devices.
Describe the purpose of ACLs and NAT
- Configure and apply ACLs based on network filtering requirements.
- Configure and apply an ACLs to limit telnet and SSH access to the router using.
- Verify and monitor ACLs in a network environment.
- Troubleshoot ACL issues.
- Explain the basic operation of NAT.
- Configure NAT for given network requirements using.
- Troubleshoot NAT issues.
Implement and verify WAN links
- Describe different methods for connecting to a WAN
- Configure and verify a basic WAN serial connection
- Configure and verify Frame Relay on Cisco routers
- Troubleshoot WAN implementation issues
- Configure and verify a PPP connection between Cisco routers
Describe VPN technology
- Importance, benefits, role, impact, components of VPNs in modern day networks.