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Exam Profile: Cisco 100-105 ICND1 v3.0

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This article provides an exam profile for the Cisco 100-105 ICND1 v3.0 exam for the CCENT and CCNA certifications. Pearson IT Certification provides a variety of exam preparation tools to help our customers in their quest for certification. As part of our service to you, we have developed this Exam Profile series. Each profile is developed based on the testing experience of one of our trainers or authors. Of course you will not receive exact questions or answers, but you will get a real feel for the exam. Each profile describes question forms, trouble spots, hints for exam preparation, and recommendations for additional study resources. Find out here what you can expect to see on the exam, and how you can better prepare for it.
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The ICND1 v3.0 is the latest iteration (at the time of this writing) for one of the most famous professional certification exams on the planet. The Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 1 exam is your first step into the exciting and rewarding world of Cisco Networking Certifications. This exam is your only requirement for what is many people’s first Cisco Certification – the Cisco Certified Entry Network Technician (CCENT) certification. ICND1 also serves as a first of two steps in the follow up certification, the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) cert.

NOTE: A composite exam may be substituted for the ICND1 and ICND2 exams in order to achieve CCNA in one step. This path is considered very difficult, but students that are interested should check out the Exam Profile for 200-125 CCNA v3.0.

The Exam Details

Here are the raw details you want to know about this exam:

Number of Questions: 45-55
Types of Questions: Multiple Choice (single and multiple answer), Drag-and-Drop, Simulations, Simlets, and Testlets
NOTE: For a tutorial in this types of questions, be sure to visit the Cisco site—be patient, as the content does take some time to load in your browser initially
Passing score: Cisco may change this at any time, but currently it is around 800-850 out of 1000 possible points
Time Limit: 90 minutes
How to Register: Visit pearsonvue.com/cisco in order to register at a testing center near you

The Exam Topics

While Cisco can refresh their question bank for the exam at any time without warning, they will try and stick closely to the following topics that makeup what we refer to as the exam "blueprint":

1.0 Network Fundamentals (20% of your exam questions will come from this area)
1.1 Compare and contrast OSI and TCP/IP models
1.2 Compare and contrast TCP and UDP protocols
1.3 Describe the impact of infrastructure components in an enterprise network
   1.3.a Firewalls
   1.3.b Access points
   1.3.c Wireless controllers
1.4 Compare and contrast collapsed core and three-tier architectures
1.5 Compare and contrast network topologies
   1.5.a Star
   1.5.b Mesh
   1.5.c Hybrid
1.6 Select the appropriate cabling type based on implementation requirements
1.7 Apply troubleshooting methodologies to resolve problems
   1.7.a Perform fault isolation and document
   1.7.b Resolve or escalate
   1.7.c Verify and monitor resolution
1.8 Configure, verify, and troubleshoot IPv4 addressing and subnetting
1.9 Compare and contrast IPv4 address types
   1.9.a Unicast
   1.9.b Broadcast
   1.9.c Multicast
1.10 Describe the need for private IPv4 addressing
1.11 Identify the appropriate IPv6 addressing scheme to satisfy addressing requirements in a LAN/WAN environment
1.12 Configure, verify, and troubleshoot IPv6 addressing
1.13 Configure and verify IPv6 Stateless Address Auto Configuration
1.14 Compare and contrast IPv6 address types
   1.14.a Global unicast
   1.14.b Unique local
   1.14.c Link local
   1.14.d Multicast
   1.14.e Modified EUI 64
   1.14.f Autoconfiguration
   1.14.g Anycast

2.0 LAN Switching Fundamentals (26% of your exam questions will come from this area)
2.1 Describe and verify switching concepts
   2.1.a MAC learning and aging
   2.1.b Frame switching
   2.1.c Frame flooding
   2.1.d MAC address table
2.2 Interpret Ethernet frame format
2.3 Troubleshoot interface and cable issues (collisions, errors, duplex, speed)
2.4 Configure, verify, and troubleshoot VLANs (normal range) spanning multiple switches
   2.4.a Access ports (data and voice)
   2.4.b Default VLAN
2.5 Configure, verify, and troubleshoot interswitch connectivity
   2.5.a Trunk ports
   2.5.b 802.1Q
   2.5.c Native VLAN
2.6 Configure and verify Layer 2 protocols
   2.6.a Cisco Discovery Protocol
   2.6.b LLDP
2.7 Configure, verify, and troubleshoot port security
   2.7.a Static
   2.7.b Dynamic
   2.7.c Sticky
   2.7.d Max MAC addresses
   2.7.e Violation actions
   2.7.f Err-disable recovery

3.0 Routing Fundamentals (24% of your exam questions will come from this area)
3.1 Describe the routing concepts
   3.1.a Packet handling along the path through a network
   3.1.b Forwarding decision based on route lookup
   3.1.c Frame rewrite
3.2 Interpret the components of routing table
   3.2.a Prefix
   3.2.b Network mask
   3.2.c Next hop
   3.2.d Routing protocol code
   3.2.e Administrative distance
   3.2.f Metric
   3.2.g Gateway of last resort
3.3 Describe how a routing table is populated by different routing information sources
   3.3.a Admin distance
3.4 Configure, verify, and troubleshoot inter-VLAN routing
   3.4.a Router on a stick
3.5 Compare and contrast static routing and dynamic routing
3.6 Configure, verify, and troubleshoot IPv4 and IPv6 static routing
   3.6.a Default route
   3.6.b Network route
   3.6.c Host route
   3.6.d Floating static
3.7 Configure, verify, and troubleshoot RIPv2 for IPv4 (excluding authentication, filtering, manual summarization, redistribution)

4.0 Infrastructure Services (15% of your exam questions will come from this area)
4.1 Describe DNS lookup operation
4.2 Troubleshoot client connectivity issues involving DNS
4.3 Configure and verify DHCP on a router (excluding static reservations)
   4.3.a Server
   4.3.b Relay
   4.3.c Client
   4.3.d TFTP, DNS, and gateway options
4.4 Troubleshoot client- and router-based DHCP connectivity issues
4.5 Configure and verify NTP operating in client/server mode
4.6 Configure, verify, and troubleshoot IPv4 standard numbered and named access list for routed interfaces
4.7 Configure, verify, and troubleshoot inside source NAT
   4.7.a Static
   4.7.b Pool
   4.7.c PAT

5.0 Infrastructure Maintenance (14% of your exam questions will come from this area)
5.1 Configure and verify device-monitoring using syslog
5.2 Configure and verify device management
   5.2.a Backup and restore device configuration
   5.2.b Using Cisco Discovery Protocol and LLDP for device discovery
   5.2.c Licensing
   5.2.d Logging
   5.2.e Timezone
   5.2.f Loopback
5.3 Configure and verify initial device configuration
5.4 Configure, verify, and troubleshoot basic device hardening
   5.4.a Local authentication
   5.4.b Secure password
   5.4.c Access to device
      5.4.c.i Source address
      5.4.c.ii Telnet/SSH
   5.4.d Login banner
5.5 Perform device maintenance
   5.5.a Cisco IOS upgrades and recovery (SCP, FTP, TFTP, and MD5 verify)
   5.5.b Password recovery and configuration register
   5.5.c File system management
5.6 Use Cisco IOS tools to troubleshoot and resolve problems
   5.6.a Ping and traceroute with extended option
   5.6.b Terminal monitor
   5.6.c Log events

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