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CCNAX - Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices: Accelerated


Duration: 5 Days




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Course Information

Course Description

Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices: Accelerated (CCNAX) v1.1 is a 60-hour instructor-led course that provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to install, operate, and troubleshoot a small to medium-sized network, including connecting to a WAN and implementing network security.

This course is the equivalent of Interconnecting Cisco Network Devices Part 1 v1.0 and Interconnecting Cisco Network Devices Part 2 v1.0 together.

The ideal candidate would be someone who has worked in a data network environment (PC support/helpdesk or network operations/monitoring), and has had hands-on experience, though no formal training, with Cisco IOS devices. This boot camp will serve to review and expand on what the candidate already knows and add to it, the detailed configuration and implementation of Cisco IOS devices.

Prospective CCNAX v1.0 students should prepare themselves for course days consisting of at least 10 hours and as long as 12 hours. Homework will be assigned and reviewed daily.

Those new to networking and to Cisco IOS should consider taking the ICND1 and ICND2 classes instead of CCNAX v1.0.​

Course Objectives


  • Describe how networks function, identifying major components, function of network components, and the OSI reference model
  • Describe issues related to increasing traffic on an Ethernet LAN and expand the switched network from a small LAN to a medium-sized LAN with multiple switches supporting VLANs, trunking, and spanning tree
  • Describe the reasons for extending the reach of a LAN and the methods that can be used, with a focus on RF wireless access
  • Describe the reasons for connecting networks and connecting multiple IP subnets with routers
  • Configure and verify a Cisco router for WAN connections with HDLC and PPP encapsulation, PAT, static routing, and describe the components that make up a VPN solution
  • Use the command-line interface to discover neighbors on the network and manage the router startup and configuration
  • Describe routing concepts as they apply to a medium-sized network, discuss dynamic routing with distance vector and link-state routing protocols, and configure RIP
  • Configure, verify, and troubleshoot single-area OSPF
  • Configure, verify, and troubleshoot EIGRP
  • Determine how to apply ACLs based on network requirements, and to configure, verify, and troubleshoot ACLs
  • Describe when to use NAT and PAT on a medium-sized network, how to configure NAT and PAT, and explain IPv6 addressing and configuration on a Cisco router
  • Configure, verify, and troubleshoot Frame Relay​


Course Audience

The primary audience for this course is as follows:


  • Network administrators
  • Network engineers
  • Network managers
  • Systems engineers


The secondary audience for this course is as follows:

  • Network designers
  • Project managers​


Course Outline

 Module 1: Building a Simple Network

 Lesson 1: Exploring the Functions of Networking


  • What Is a Network?
  • Common Physical Components of a Network
  • Interpreting a Network Diagram
  • Resource-Sharing Functions and Benefits
  • Network User Applications
  • Impact of User Applications on the Network
  • Characteristics of a Network
  • Physical vs. Logical Topologies
  • Bus Topology
  • Star and Extended-Star Topologies
  • Ring Topologies
  • Mesh and Partial-Mesh Topologies
  • Connection to the Internet


  Lesson 2: Securing the Network


  • Need for Network Security
  • Balancing Network Security Requirements
  • Adversaries, Adversary Motivations, and Classes of Attack
  • Mitigating Common Threats


  Lesson 3: Understanding the Host-to-Host Communications Model


  • Understanding Host-to-Host Communications
  • OSI Reference Model
  • OSI Model Layers and Their Functions
  • Encapsulation and De-Encapsulation
  • Peer-to-Peer Communication
  • TCP/IP Suite


  Lesson 4: Understanding the TCP/IP Internet Layer


  • Internet Protocol
  • IP Address Fields
  • IP Addressing
  • IP Address Classes
  • Reserved IP Addresses
  • Public and Private IP Addresses
  • DHCP
  • Domain Name System
  • Using Common Host Tools to Determine the IP Address of a Host


  Lesson 5: Understanding the TCP/IP Transport Layer


  • Transport Layer Functions
  • Reliable vs. Best Effort
  • User Datagram Protocol
  • Transmission Control Protocol
  • TCP Header
  • TCP/IP Applications
  • Passing Transport to Applications
  • Establishing a Connection with a Peer System
  • Three-Way Handshake
  • Flow Control
  • TCP Acknowledgment
  • Windowing
  • TCP Sliding Windowing
  • TCP Sequence Number and Acknowledgment Numbers


  Lesson 6: Exploring the Packet Delivery Process


  • Layer 1 Devices and Their Function
  • Layer 2 Devices and Their Function
  • Layer 2 Addressing
  • Layer 3 Devices and Their Function
  • Layer 3 Addressing
  • Mapping Layer 2 Addressing to Layer 3 Addressing
  • ARP Table
  • Host-to-Host Packet Delivery
  • Function of the Default Gateway
  • Using Common Host Tools to Determine the Path Between Two Hosts Across a Network


  Lesson 7: Understanding Ethernet


  • Definition of a LAN
  • Components of a LAN
  • Functions of a LAN
  • How Large Is a LAN?
  • Ethernet
  • Ethernet LAN Standards
  • Ethernet Frames
  • Ethernet Frame Addressing
  • Ethernet Addresses
  • MAC Addresses and Binary-Hexadecimal Numbers


  Lesson 8: Connecting to an Ethernet LAN


  • Ethernet NICs
  • Ethernet Media and Connection Requirements
  • Connection Media
  • UTP Implementation


Module 2: Switching

  Lesson 1: Understanding the Challenges of Shared LANs


  • Ethernet LAN Segments
  • Extending a LAN Segment
  • Collisions
  • Collision Domains
  • Role of CSMA/CD in Ethernet


  Lesson 2: Solving Network Challenges with Switched LAN Technology


  • Typical Causes of Network Congestion
  • Bridges: Early Solutions to Network Congestion
  • How Switches Segment the Ethernet Network
  • Switches
  • Switches vs. Bridges
  • Switching in Action
  • LANs Using Switched Technology


  Lesson 3: Exploring the Packet Delivery Process


  • Layer 2 Addressing
  • Layer 3 Addressing
  • Host-to-Host Packet Delivery


  Lesson 4: Operating Cisco IOS Software


  • Cisco IOS Software Features and Functions
  • Configuring Network Devices
  • External Configuration Sources
  • Cisco IOS CLI Functions
  • Entering the EXEC Modes
  • Keyboard Help in the CLI
  • Enhanced Editing Commands
  • Command History


  Lesson 5: Starting a Switch


  • Physical Startup of the Catalyst Switch
  • Switch LED Indicators
  • Viewing Initial Bootup Output from the Switch
  • Logging Into the Switch
  • Configuring a Switch from the Command Line
  • Showing the Switch Initial Startup Status
  • MAC Address Table Management


  Lesson 6: Securing the Switch


  • Overview of Switch Security Concerns
  • Physical and Environmental Threats
  • Securing Switch Devices
  • Configuring Password Security
  • Telnet vs. SSH Access
  • Configuring the Login Banner
  • Port Security
  • Port Security Configuration
  • Securing Switch Protocols


  Lesson 7: Maximizing the Benefits of Switching


  • Microsegmentation
  • Duplex Communication
  • The need for Different Media Rates in an Enterprise Network
  • Physical Redundancy in an Ethernet LAN
  • Loop Resolution with Spanning Tree Protocol
  • VoIP Requirements in Switched Networks


  Lesson 8: Implementing VLANs and Trunks


  • Understanding VLANs
  • Understanding Trunking with 802.1Q
  • Understanding VLAN Trunking Protocol
  • Configuring VLANs and Trunks


  Lesson 9: Optimizing Spanning Tree Performance


  • Building a Redundant Switched Topology
  • Recognizing Issues of a Redundant Switched Topology
  • Resolving Issues with STP
  • STP Operation
  • Configuring RSTP


  Lesson 10: Routing Between VLANs


  • Understanding Inter-VLAN Routing
  • Configuring Inter-VLAN Routing


  Lesson 11: Troubleshooting Switched Networks


  • Troubleshooting Switches
  • Using a Layered Approach
  • Troubleshooting Port Connectivity
  • Identifying and Resolving Common Access Port Issues
  • Troubleshooting VLANs and Trunking
  • Troubleshooting VTP
  • Troubleshooting Spanning Tree


Module 3: Wireless LANs

  Lesson 1: Exploring Wireless Networking


  • Business Case for WLAN Service
  • Differences Between WLANs and LANs
  • RF Transmission
  • Organizations that Define WLANs
  • ITU-R Local FCC Wireless
  • 802.11 Standards Comparison
  • Wi-Fi Certification


  Lesson 2: Understanding WLAN Security


  • WLAN Security Threats
  • Mitigating Security Threats
  • Evolution of WLAN Security
  • Wireless Client Association
  • How 802.1X Works on WLANs
  • WPA and WPA2 Modes


  Lesson 3: Implementing a WLAN


  • 802.11 Topology Building Blocks
  • BSA Wireless Topology
  • Wireless Topology Data Rates
  • Access Point Configuration
  • Steps to Implement a Wireless Network
  • Wireless Clients
  • Wireless Troubleshooting


Module 4: LAN Connections

  Lesson 1: Understanding Binary Basics


  • Decimal and Binary Systems
  • Powers of 2
  • Decimal-to-Binary Conversion
  • Binary-to-Decimal Conversion


  Lesson 2: Constructing a Network Addressing Scheme


  • Subnetworks
  • How End Systems Use Subnet Masks
  • How Routers Use Subnet Masks
  • Mechanics of Subnet Mask Operation
  • Computing Usable Subnetworks and Hosts
  • Applying Subnet Mask Operation


  Lesson 3: Exploring the Packet Delivery Process


  • Layer 2 Addressing
  • Layer 3 Addressing
  • Host-to-Host Packet Delivery
  • Using the show ip arp Command
  • Using Common Cisco IOS Tools


  Lesson 4: Starting a Cisco Router


  • Initial Startup of a Cisco Router
  • Initial Setup of a Cisco Router
  • Logging In to the Cisco Router
  • Showing the Router Initial Startup Status


  Lesson 5: Configuring a Cisco Router


  • Cisco Router Configuration Modes
  • Configuring a Cisco Router from the CLI
  • Configuring Cisco Router Interfaces
  • Configuring the Cisco Router IP Address
  • Verifying the Interface Configuration


  Lesson 6: Understanding Cisco Router Security


  • Physical and Environmental Threats
  • Configuring Password Security
  • Configuring the Login Banner
  • Telnet and SSH Access


  Lesson 7: Using Cisco SDM


  • Cisco SDM Overview
  • Cisco SDM User Interface
  • Cisco SDM Wizards


  Lesson 8: Using a Cisco Router as a DHCP Server


  • Understanding DHCP
  • Using a Cisco Router as a DHCP Server
  • Using Cisco SDM to Enable the DHCP Server Function
  • Monitoring DHCP Server Functions


Module 5: WAN Connections

  Lesson 1: Understanding WAN Technologies


  • What Is a WAN?
  • Why Are WANs Necessary?
  • How Is a WAN Different from a LAN?
  • WAN Access and the OSI Reference Model
  • WAN Devices
  • WAN Cabling
  • The Role of Routers in WANs
  • WAN Data-Link Protocols
  • WAN Communication Link Options


  Lesson 2: Enabling the Internet Connection


  • Packet-Switched Communications Links
  • Digital Subscriber Line
  • Cable
  • Global Internet: The Largest WAN
  • Obtaining an Interface Address from a DHCP Server
  • Introducing NAT and PAT
  • Configuring the DHCP Client and PAT
  • Verifying the DHCP Client Configuration
  • Verifying the NAT and PAT Configuration


  Lesson 3: Introducing VPN Solutions


  • VPNs and Their Benefits
  • Types of VPNs
  • Components of VPNs
  • Introducing IPsec
  • IPsec Protocol Framework


  Lesson 4: Configuring Serial Encapsulation


  • Circuit-Switched Communication Links
  • Public Switched Telephone Network
  • Point-to-Point Communication Links
  • High-Level Data Link Control Protocol
  • Verifying Serial HDLC Encapsulation
  • Point-to-Point Protocol
  • Configuring and Verifying PPP


  Lesson 5: Enabling Static Routing


  • Static and Dynamic Routing Comparison
  • Static Route Configuration
  • Default Route Forwarding Configuration
  • Static Route Configuration Verification


Module 6: Network Environment Management

  Lesson 1: Accessing Remote Devices


  • Establishing a Telnet or SSH Connection
  • Suspending and Resuming a Telnet Session
  • Closing a Telnet Session
  • Alternate Connectivity Tests


  Lesson 2: Using CDP


  • Creating a Network Map of the Environment
  • Cisco Discovery Protocol
  • Information Obtained with Cisco Discovery Protocol
  • Implementation of Cisco Discovery Protocol
  • Using the show cdp neighbors Command
  • Monitoring and Maintaining Cisco Discovery Protocol


  Lesson 3: Managing Cisco Router Startup and Configuration


  • Internal Router Components
  • Stages of the Router Power-On Boot Sequence
  • How a Device Locates and Loads Cisco IOS Image and Configuration Files
  • Configuration Register


  Lesson 4: Managing Cisco Devices


  • Cisco IOS File System and Devices
  • Managing Cisco IOS Images
  • Cisco IOS copy Command
  • Managing Device Configuration Files
  • Using show and debug Commands on Cisco Devices


Module 7: Medium-Sized Routed Network Construction

  Lesson 1: Exploring the Functions of Routing


  • Routers
  • Path Determination
  • Routing Overview
  • Dynamic Routing Protocol Overview
  • Routing Tables
  • Routing Methods


  Lesson 2: Enabling RIP


  • Understanding Distance Vector Routing Protocols
  • RIP Features
  • RIPv1 and RIPv2 Comparison
  • Dynamic Routing Configuration Tasks
  • RIP Configuration
  • RIP Configuration Verification
  • RIP Configuration Troubleshooting


  Lesson 3: Implementing VLSM


  • Reviewing Subnets
  • Introducing VLSMs
  • Understanding Route Summarization


Module 8: Single-Area OSPF Implementation

  Lesson 1: Implementing OSPF


  • Introducing OSPF
  • Establishing OSPF Neighbor Adjacencies
  • SPF Algorithm
  • Configuring and Verifying OSPF
  • Loopback Interfaces
  • Verifying the OSPF Configuration
  • Using OSPF debug Commands
  • Load Balancing with OSPF
  • OSPF Authentication


  Lesson 2: Troubleshooting OSPF


  • Components of Troubleshooting OSPF
  • Troubleshooting OSPF Neighbor Adjacencies
  • Troubleshooting OSPF Routing Tables
  • Troubleshooting Plaintext Password Authentication


Module 9: EIGRP Implementation

  Lesson 1: Implementing EIGRP


  • Introducing EIGRP
  • Configuring and Verifying EIGRP
  • Load Balancing with EIGRP
  • EIGRP Authentication
  • Troubleshooting EIGRP Authentication


  Lesson 2: Troubleshooting EIGRP


  • Components of Troubleshooting EIGRP
  • Troubleshooting EIGRP Neighbor Issues
  • Troubleshooting EIGRP Routing Tables
  • Troubleshooting EIGRP Authentication


Module 10: Access Control Lists

  Lesson 1: Introducing ACL Operation


  • Understanding ACLs
  • ACL Operation
  • Types of ACLs
  • Additional Types of ACLs
  • ACL Wildcard Masking


  Lesson 2: Configuring and Troubleshooting ACLs


  • Configuring Numbered Standard IPv4 ACLs
  • Configuring Numbered Extended IPv4 ACLs
  • Configuring Named ACLs
  • Troubleshooting ACLs


Module 11: Address Space Management

  Lesson 1: Scaling the Network with NAT and PAT


  • Introducing NAT and PAT
  • Translating Inside Source Addresses
  • Overloading an Inside Global Address
  • Resolving Translation Table Issues
  • Resolving Issues Using the Correct Translation Entry


  Lesson 2: Transitioning to IPv6


  • Reasons for Using IPv6
  • Understanding IPv6 Addresses
  • Assigning IPv6 Addresses
  • Configuring IPv6
  • Routing Considerations with IPv6
  • DNS Considerations with IPv6
  • Strategies for Implementing IPv6


Module 12: LAN Extension into a WAN with Frame Relay

  Lesson 1: Establishing a WAN Connection with Frame Relay


  • Understanding Frame Relay
  • Configuring Frame Relay
  • Verifying Frame Relay


  Lesson 2: Troubleshooting Frame Relay WANs


  • Components of Troubleshooting Frame Relay
  • Troubleshooting Frame Relay Connectivity Issues



Lab Outline


  • Lab 1-1: Using Windows Applications as Network Tools
  • Lab 1-2: Observing the TCP Three-Way Handshake
  • Lab 1-3: Observing Extended PC Network Information
  • Lab 2-1: Configuring Cisco Switches
  • Lab 2-2: Configuring Switch Security
  • Lab 2-3: Configuring Expanded Switched Networks
  • Lab 2-4: Troubleshooting Switched Networks
  • Lab 4-1: Converting Decimal to Binary and Binary to Decimal
  • Lab 4-2: Classifying Network Addressing
  • Lab 4-3: Computing Usable Subnetworks and Hosts
  • Lab 4-4: Calculating Subnet Masks
  • Lab 4-5: Performing Initial Router Startup
  • Lab 4-6: Performing Initial Router Configuration
  • Lab 4-7: Enhancing the Security of Initial Router Configuration
  • Lab 4-8: Using Cisco SDM to Configure DHCP Server Function
  • Lab 5-1: Connecting to the Internet
  • Lab 5-2: Connecting to the Main Office
  • Lab 6-1: Managing Remote Access Sessions
  • Lab 6-2: Using Cisco Discovery Protocol
  • Lab 6-3: Managing Router Startup Options
  • Lab 6-4: Managing Cisco Devices
  • Lab 7-1: Enabling Dynamic Routing to the Main Office
  • Lab 8-1: Implementing OSPF
  • Lab 8-2: Troubleshooting OSPF
  • Lab 9-1: Implementing EIGRP
  • Lab 9-2: Troubleshooting EIGRP
  • Lab 10-1: Implementing and Troubleshooting ACLs
  • Lab 11-1: Configuring NAT and PAT
  • Lab 11-2: Implementing IPv6
  • Lab 12-1: Establishing a Frame Relay WAN
  • Lab 12-2: Troubleshooting Frame Relay WANs


Course Prerequisites


  • Basic computer literacy
  • Basic Microsoft Windows navigation skills
  • Basic Internet usage skills​


Course Schedule
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