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Implementing Cisco IP Switched Networks (SWITCH) Exam 300-115

Course Code

TO404

Duration

The duration of this course is 5 days or 10 nights (Monday through Friday) and is structured to deliver lecture and hands-on experiences through practical exercises involving system installation, configuration and troubleshooting.

Due to the pace and duration of this course, ideal candidates for this course operate in medium to very large computing environment:

  • The SWITCH certification is appropriate for those with at least one year of networking experience who are ready to advance their skills and work independently on complex network solutions
  • Hold the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification
Participants of this accelerated course are provided knowledge and skills to build campus networks using multilayer switching technologies. The course covers all the major topics on the Switching Exam, enabling you to master the following concepts and technologies: switch operation and port configuration; VLANs, trunks, and VLAN Trunking Protocol (VTP); Spanning Tree Protocol (STP), Multilayer switching, Enterprise campus network design, Router and supervisor redundancy, IP telephony, Wireless LANs, and Switched network security.

The Implementing Cisco IP Switched Networks (SWITCH 300-115) is a qualifying exam for the Cisco Certified Network Professional CCNP® certifications. The SWITCH 300-115 exam will certify that the successful candidate has the knowledge and skills necessary to use advanced IP addressing and routing in implementing scalable and secure Cisco ISR routers connected to LANs and WANs. The exam also covers configuration of secure routing solutions to support branch offices and mobile workers.

Documentation
Course Materials consist of the following materials:
A Welcome Kit
CCNP Switching Study Guide
The CCNP Virtual Lab (Sybex e-trainer)

Exam Preparation
Completion, review and discussion of examination question examples.

Examination
Within the three domains, Cisco will ask advanced questions on packet switching, trunking, and other complex switching technologies. As with most Cisco exams, the SWITCH is considered to be very challenging. Students should expect to spend many hours studying for this exam both in lab and in text. The exam normally lasts 75 minutes. However, you will have 90 minutes to complete the exam.

Criteria for Certification
Cisco does not publish the pass score for this exam; however rumors say that the normal passing score is 849 out of 1000. The exam contains somewhere between 60 and 70 questions that include multiple choice, drag and drop, and simulation style questions in varying numbers.
This course is primarily targeted at IT professionals who have a large amount of experience with network design and implementation.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Layer 2 Switch Operation and Multilayer Switch Operation
  • Tables Used in Switching and Monitoring Switching Tables
  • Ethernet Concepts and Connecting Switches and Devices
  • Switch Port Configuration
  • Virtual LANs, VLAN Trunks, and VLAN Trunk Configuration
  • Troubleshooting VLANs and Trunks
  • VLAN Trunking Protocol, VTP Configuration, and VTP Pruning
  • Troubleshooting VTP
  • Switch Port Aggregation with EtherChannel
  • EtherChannel Negotiation Protocols
  • EtherChannel Configuration
  • Troubleshooting an EtherChannel
  • IEEE 802.1D Overview
  • Types of STP and STP Root Bridge and Spanning-Tree Customization
  • Tuning Spanning-Tree Convergence and Redundant Link Convergence
  • Monitoring STP
  • Protecting Against Unexpected BPDUs and Protecting Against Sudden Loss of BPDUs
  • Using BPDU Filtering to Disable STP on a Port
  • Troubleshooting STP Protection
  • Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol
  • Multiple Spanning Tree Protocol
  • InterVLAN Routing
  • Multilayer Switching with CEF
  • Verifying Multilayer Switching
  • Using DHCP with a Multilayer Switch
  • Hierarchical Network Design and Modular Network Design
  • Router Redundancy in Multilayer Switching
  • Supervisor and Route Processor Redundancy
  • Power over Ethernet
  • Voice VLANs and Voice QoS
  • Wireless LAN Basics
  • WLAN Building Blocks and WLAN Architecture
  • Roaming in a Cisco Unified Wireless Network
  • Configuring Switch Ports for WLAN Use
  • Port Security and Port-Based Authentication
  • Mitigating Spoofing Attacks
  • Best Practices for Securing Switches
  • VLAN Access Lists, Private VLANs, and Securing VLAN Trunks

Benefits
A solid credential that can be utilized in any industry
Validation of achievement in an industry-valued skill
Viable career path, leading to higher level positions

Domains of Exam
Switching Technology
Implementation and Operation
Planning and Design


Part I: New CCNP Exam Approaches
Module 1: The Planning Tasks of the CCNP Exams

Perspectives on CCNP Exam Topics Related to Planning
Relating the Exam Topics to a Typical Network Engineer’s Job

Part II: Building a Campus Network
Module 2: Switch Operation

Layer 2 Switch Operation
Multilayer Switch Operation
Tables Used in Switching
Monitoring Switching Tables

Module 3: Switch Port Configuration
Ethernet Concepts
Connecting Switches and Devices
Switch Port Configuration

Module 4: VLANs and Trunks
Virtual LANs
VLAN Trunks
VLAN Trunk Configuration
Troubleshooting VLANs and Trunks

Module 5 VLAN Trunking Protocol
VLAN Trunking Protocol
VTP Configuration
VTP Pruning
Troubleshooting VTP

Module 6: Aggregating Switch Links
Switch Port Aggregation with EtherChannel
EtherChannel Negotiation Protocols
EtherChannel Configuration
Troubleshooting an EtherChannel

Module 7: Traditional Spanning Tree Protocol
IEEE 802.1D Overview
Types of STP

Module 8: Spanning-Tree Configuration
STP Root Bridge
Spanning-Tree Customization
Tuning Spanning-Tree Convergence
Redundant Link Convergence
Monitoring STP

Module 9: Protecting the Spanning Tree Protocol Topology
Protecting Against Unexpected BPDUs
Protecting Against Sudden Loss of BPDUs
Using BPDU Filtering to Disable STP on a Port
Troubleshooting STP Protection

Module 10: Advanced Spanning Tree Protocol
Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol
Multiple Spanning Tree Protocol

Module 11: Multilayer Switching
InterVLAN Routing
Multilayer Switching with CEF
Verifying Multilayer Switching
Using DHCP with a Multilayer Switch

Part III: Designing Campus Networks
Module 12: Enterprise Campus Network Design

Hierarchical Network Design
Modular Network Design

Module 13: Layer 3 High Availability
Router Redundancy in Multilayer Switching
Supervisor and Route Processor Redundancy

Part IV: Campus Network Services
Module 14: IP Telephony

Power over Ethernet
Voice VLANs
Voice QoS

Module 15: Integrating Wireless LANs
Wireless LAN Basics
WLAN Building Blocks
WLAN Architecture
Roaming in a Cisco Unified Wireless Network
Configuring Switch Ports for WLAN Use

Part V: Securing Switched Networks
Module 16: Securing Switch Access

Port Security
Port-Based Authentication
Mitigating Spoofing Attacks
Best Practices for Securing Switches

Module 17: Securing with VLANs
VLAN Access Lists
Private VLANs
Securing VLAN Trunks

Part VI: Final Exam Preparation
Module 18: Final Preparation

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