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Exam Objectives

1.0   Describe How a Network Works

  • 1.1   Describe the purpose and functions of various network devices
    • 1.1.a   Interpret a network diagram
    • 1.1.b   Define physical network topologies
  • 1.2   Select the components required to meet a network specification
    • 1.2.a   Switches
  • 1.3   Use the OSI and TCP/IP models and their associated protocols to explain how data flows in a network
    • 1.3.a   IP
    • 1.3.b   TCP
    • 1.3.c   UDP
  • 1.4   Describe the purpose and basic operation of the protocols in the OSI and TCP models
    • 1.4.a   TCP/IP
    • 1.4.b   OSI Layers

2.0 Configure, Verify and Troubleshoot a Switch with VLANs and Interswitch Communications Using Nexus

  • 2.1 Explain the technology and media access control method for Ethernet networks
    • 2.1.a IEEE 802 protocols
    • 2.1.b CSMA/CD
  • 2.2 Explain basic switching concepts and the operation of Cisco switches
    • 2.2.a Layer 2 addressing
    • 2.2.b MAC table
    • 2.2.c Flooding
  • 2.3 Describe and Configure enhanced switching technologies
    • 2.3.a VTP
    • 2.3.b VLAN
    • 2.3.c 802.1q
    • 2.3.d STP

3.0 Implement an IP Addressing Scheme and IP Services to Meet Network Requirements in a Medium-Size Enterprise Branch Office Network Using Nexus

  • 3.1 Describe the operation and benefits of using private and public IP addressing
    • 3.1.a Classfull IP addressing
    • 3.1.b RFC 1918
    • 3.1.c RFC 4193
  • 3.2 Describe the difference between IPv4 and IPv6 addressing scheme
    • 3.2.a Comparative address space
    • 3.2.b Host addressing

4.0 Configure, Verify, and Troubleshoot Basic Router Operation and Routing on Cisco Devices Using Nexus

  • 4.1 Describe and Configure basic routing concepts
    • 4.1.a Packet forwarding
    • 4.1.b Router lookup process (exec mode, exec commands, configuration mode)
  • 4.2 Describe the operation of Cisco routers
    • 4.2.a Router bootup process
    • 4.2.b POST
    • 4.2.c Router components

Where to Go from Here

Passing the DCICN 640-911 exam moves you one step closer to a CCNA Data Center certification, but it does not complete the task. Your next step after DCICN is simple: study for and pass the DCICT 640-916 exam. Then consider when to tackle the next big hurdle: CCNP Data Center.

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