Overview

Based on the Official Cisco five day 'Implementing and Administering Cisco Solutions (CCNA)' course, this eight day event brings all the self study learning required for the CCNA exam into the classroom. Going beyond the official five day classroom syllabus of the standard course, this eight day event includes an additilonal three days of instruction and hands-on labs to ensure that delegates are fully prepared for the 200-301 Cisco® Certified Network Associate (CCNA®) exam.

You will learn how to install, operate, configure, and verify basic IPv4 and IPv6 networks. The course covers configuring network components such as switches, routers, and wireless LAN controllers; managing network devices; and identifying basic security threats. The course also gives you a foundation in network programmability, automation and software-defined networking.

Who should attend?

If you are new to the core Cisco networking technologies and your ambition is to achieve the CCNA accreditation we highly recommend this course as the best option available to prepare you for the exam. The course brings examinable topics into the classroom (which are usually addressed via self study in the five day variant of the course) to ensure that the learner enjoys the opportunity to address these subjects and topics and undertake practical hands-on labs to reinforce the theory in the presence of one of QA's Cisco Subject matter experts.

Note: Delegates with significant existing Cisco Networking experience may consider attending the standard five day CCNA course instead.

This course is designed for anyone seeking CCNA certification. The course also provides foundational knowledge for all support technicians involved in the basic installation, operation, and verification of Cisco networks.

The job roles best suited to the material in this course are:

  • Entry-level network engineer
  • Network administrator
  • Network support technician
  • Help desk technician
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Prerequisites

Before taking this course, you should have:

  • Basic computer literacy
  • Basic PC operating system navigation skills
  • Basic Internet usage skills
  • Basic IP address knowledge
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Delegates will learn how to

  • 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
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Outline

Lecture: Exploring the Functions of Networking
Lecture: Introducing the Host-to-Host Communications Model
Lecture: Operating Cisco IOS Software
Lecture: Introducing LANs
Lecture: Exploring the TCP/IP Link Layer
Lecture: Starting a Switch
Lecture: Introducing the TCP/IP Internet Layer, IPv4 Addressing, and Subnets
Lecture: Explaining the TCP/IP Transport Layer and Application Layer
Lecture: Exploring the Functions of Routing
Lecture: Configuring a Cisco Router
Lecture: Exploring the Packet Delivery Process
Lecture: Troubleshooting a Simple Network
Lecture: Introducing Basic IPv6
Lecture: Configuring Static Routing
Lecture: Implementing VLANs and Trunks
Lecture: Routing Between VLANs
Lecture: Introducing OSPF
Lecture: Building Redundant Switched Topologies
Lecture: Improving Redundant Switched Topologies with EtherChannel
Lecture: Exploring Layer 3 Redundancy
Lecture: Introducing WAN Technologies
Lecture: Explaining Basics of ACL
Lecture: Enabling Internet Connectivity
Lecture: Introducing QoS
Lecture: Explaining Wireless Fundamentals
Lecture: Introducing Architectures and Virtualization
Lecture: Explaining the Evolution of Intelligent Networks
Lecture: Introducing System Monitoring
Lecture: Managing Cisco Devices
Lecture: Examining the Security Threat Landscape
Lecture: Implementing Threat Defense Technologies
Lecture: Securing Administrative Access
Lecture: Implementing Device Hardening

Lab outline

Get Started with Cisco Command-Line Interface (CLI)
Observe How a Switch Operates
Perform Basic Switch Configuration
Implement the Initial Switch Configuration
Inspect TCP/IP Applications
Configure an Interface on a Cisco Router
Configure and Verify Layer 2 Discovery Protocols
Implement an Initial Router Configuration
Configure Default Gateway
Explore Packet Forwarding
Troubleshoot Switch Media and Port Issues
Troubleshoot Port Duplex Issues
Configure Basic IPv6 Connectivity
Configure and Verify IPv4 Static Routes
Configure IPv6 Static Routes
Implement IPv4 Static Routing
Implement IPv6 Static Routing
Configure VLAN and Trunk
Troubleshoot VLANs and Trunk
Configure a Router on a Stick
Implement Multiple VLANs and Basic Routing Between the VLANs
Configure and Verify Single-Area OSPF
Configure and Verify EtherChannel
Improve Redundant Switched Topologies with EtherChannel
Configure and Verify IPv4 ACLs
Implement Numbered and Named IPv4 ACLs
Configure a Provider-Assigned IPv4 Address
Configure Static NAT
Configure Dynamic NAT and Port Address Translation (PAT)
Implement PAT
Log into the WLC
Monitor the WLC
Configure a Dynamic (VLAN) Interface
Configure a DHCP Scope
Configure a WLAN
Define a Remote Access Dial-In User Service (RADIUS) Server
Explore Management Options
Explore the Cisco DNA™ Center
Configure and Verify NTP
Configure System Message Logging
Create the Cisco IOS Image Backup
Upgrade Cisco IOS Image
Configure WLAN Using Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 (WPA2) Pre-Shared Key (PSK) Using the GUI
Secure Console and Remote Access
Enable and Limit Remote Access Connectivity
Secure Device Administrative Access
Configure and Verify Port Security
Implement Device Hardening
Configure Root Bridge and Analyse STP Topology
Troubleshoot STP Issues
Configure and Verify HSRP
Troubleshoot HSRP
Configure Serial Interface and PPP
Configure and Verify MLP

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