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5 Days


IT Professionals





SWITCH is one of three courses associated with tests required to earn the Cisco CCNP Routing and Switching certification. The SWITCH course builds on the switching skills that the student developed in the CCNA Routing and Switching curriculum. This course will prepare students to design, implement, and manage complex enterprise switching environments using the Cisco Enterprise Campus Architecture though lectures and hands-on lab exercises.

  • Network Engineers
  • Network Operations Center (NOC) Technical Support Personnel
  • Help Desk Technicians
  • A network professional who will need to correctly implement switch-based solutions given a network design using Cisco IOS services and features
  • Any individual involved in network operations and support

Upon completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the hierarchical campus structure, basic switch operation, use of SDM templates, PoE, and LLDP
  • Implement VLANs and trunks, explain VTP, implement DHCP in IPv4 and IPv6 environments, and configure port aggregation
  • Implement and optimize the STP mechanism that best suits your network: PVST+, Rapid PVST+, or MST
  • Configure routing on a multilayer switch
  • Configure NTP, SNMP, IP SLA, and port mirroring, and verify StackWise and VSS operation
  • Implement first-hop redundancy in IPv4 and IPv6 environments
  • Secure the campus network according to recommended practices

You must have the following knowledge and skills before attending the SWITCH course:

  • Describing network fundamentals
  • Establishing Internet and WAN connectivity (IPv4 and IPv6)
  • Basic networking security
  • Operating a medium-sized LAN with multiple switches, supporting VLANs, trunking, and spanning tree
  • Troubleshooting IP connectivity (IPv4 and IPv6)
  • Configuring and troubleshooting EIGRP and OSPF (IPv4 and IPv6)
  • Configuring devices for SNMP, syslog, and NetFlow access
  • Managing Cisco device configurations, Cisco IOS images, and licenses
  • Interconnecting Cisco Network Devices Part 1, Version 2.0 (ICND1) and Interconnecting Cisco Network Devices Part 2, Version 2.0 (ICND2) or
  • Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices: Accelerated v2.0 (CCNAX)

It is highly recommended that this course be taken after the following Cisco courses:

1 Basic Concepts and Network Design

  • Campus Network Structure
  • Comparing Layer 2 and Multilayer Switches
  • Cisco SDM Templates
  • LLDP
  • PoE

2 Campus Network Architecture

  • VLANs and Trunks
  • VTP
  • DHCP
  • DHCP for IPv6
  • Layer 2 Port Aggregation

3 Spanning Tree Implementation

  • RSTP
  • STP Stability Mechanisms
  • MST

4 Inter-VLAN Routing

  • Inter-VLAN Routing Using a Router
  • Configuring a Switch to Route

5 High-Availability Networks

  • Network Time Protocol (NTP)
  • SNMP Version 3
  • Cisco IOS IP SLA
  • Port Mirroring for Monitoring Support
  • Verifying Switch Virtualization

6 First Hop Redundancy Protocol Implementation

  • Layer 3 Redundancy with HSRP
  • Layer 3 Redundancy with VRRP
  • Layer 3 Redundancy with GLBP
  • First Hop Redundancy Protocol for IPv6

7 Campus Network Security

  • Port Security
  • Storm Control
  • Access to External Authentication
  • Mitigating Spoofing Attacks
  • Securing VLAN Trunks
  • PVLANs

8 Labs

  • Lab 1: Investigating the CAM
  • Lab 2: VLANs and Trunks
  • Lab 3: VTP Operation
  • Lab 4: DHCP
  • Lab 5: Obtaining IPv6 Addresses Dynamically
  • Lab 6: EtherChannel Configuration and Load Balancing
  • Lab 7: Discovering and Modifying STP Behavior
  • Lab 8: Root Guard
  • Lab 9: MST
  • Lab 10: Routing with an External Router
  • Lab 11: Routing on a Multilayer Switch
  • Lab 12: NTP Configuration
  • Lab 13: IP SLA Echo Configuration
  • Lab 14: Configuring and Tuning HSRP
  • Lab 15: VRRP and Spot the Differences from HSRP
  • Lab 16: Configure GLBP
  • Lab 17: Port Security