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  • Modular Chapter Organization.
    • Breaks topics down into smaller, easy to understand and absorb blocks of information.

  • Simulation Based Questions.
    • Emulates new testing environment and test hands-on networking skills.

  • CD-ROM Testing Engine and Chapter-ending quizzes.
    • Provides students with feedback on areas requiring further study.

  • Hands-on Lab Exercises.
    • Develops student's ability to apply concepts in real-worl setting, improving concept comprehension.

  • Aligned to Cisco Certification exam objectives.
    • Prepares students for exam.

  • Only Cisco Systems authorized materials of its kind.
    • Students gain knowledge from the source of the exams, courses and technology of the CCNA exam.


  • Copyright 2004
  • Dimensions: 7-3/8" x 9-1/8"
  • Pages: 696
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 1-58720-076-7
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-58720-076-2

The official test preparation guide for the CCDA 640-861 DESGN exam

  • Review topics in the CCDA 640-861 DESGN exam for comprehensive exam readiness
  • Prepare with proven study tools like foundation summaries, and pre- and post-chapter quizzes to ensure mastery of the subject matter
  • Get into test-taking mode with a CD-ROM testing engine containing over 200 questions that measure testing readiness and provide feedback on areas requiring further study

The first step in the Cisco Systems certification networking design track, CCDA (Cisco Certified Design Associate) certification requires that a candidate pass the CCDA 640-861 DESGN exam. CCDAs have the skills needed to determine customer requirements for security, scalability, and network management; design a network structure that meets customers' needs; identify how to build a network prototype; and link Cisco's products in an end-to-end manner.

CCDA Exam Certification Guide (CCDA Self-Study), Second Edition is designed for professional networkers and students who are pursuing CCDA certification. As such, the book will cover all the exam topics upon which candidates will be tested in this new version of the CCDA exam. Each chapter uses all the necessary components to help a reader prepare for the exam, including "Do I Know this Already" quizzes that assess knowledge; Foundation Summary sections that highlight essential concepts; exam topic lists for easy reference; and end-of-chapter review questions. The final chapter in the book contains scenarios that help readers prepare for the exam.

A companion CD-ROM contains more than 200 questions intended to provide testing preparation and feedback on areas for further study.



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Table of Contents




1. Design Principles.

“Do I Know This Already?" Quiz. Foundation Topics. Organizational Network Policies and Procedures. What Is a Global Network Business? How the Global Network Business Evolved. Network Design and the Global Network Business. Top-Down Design Practices. Requirements for Top-Down Design Practices. Evaluation of Top-Down Design Practices. Deployment and Team Building for Top-Down Design Practices. The Final Word on Top-Down Design Practices. Requirements and Constraints. Technological Constraints. Social Constraints. Political Constraints. Economic Constraints. Return on Investment (ROI). Design Activities, Tools, and Techniques. Auditing an Existing Network. Analyzing Network Traffic. Simulating Network Traffic. Foundation Summary. Global Network Business Model. Top-Down Design. Requirements and Constraints. Network-Design Tools. Q&A.

2. Network Design Methodology.

“Do I Know This Already?" Quiz. Foundation Topics. Design Methodology. PDIOO Stages of the Network. Planning. Design Assessment. Design. Implement, Operate, and Optimize. Implementation. Operability and Support Maintenance. Optimization. Network Documentation. Executive Summary. Design Requirements. Design Solution. Summary and Appendixes. Network Prototype. Creating a Prototype. Step 1: Reviewing the Requirements. Step 2: Determining the Extent of the Prototype. Step 3: Understanding Alternative Proposals. Step 4: Developing a Test Plan. Step 5: Purchasing and Preparing Equipment. Step 6: Practicing. Step 7: Conducting Final Tests and Demonstrations. Foundation Summary. PDIOO. Network Documentation. Steps for Prototyping. Q&A.

3. Network Structure Models.

“Do I Know This Already?" Quiz. Foundation Topics. Hierarchical Network Models. Benefits of the Hierarchical Model. Hierarchical Network Design. Hierarchical Model Examples. Enterprise Composite Network Model. Enterprise Campus Modules. Enterprise Edge Modules. Service Provider (SP) Edge. Network Availability. Workstation-to-Router Redundancy. Server Redundancy. Route Redundancy. Media Redundancy. Foundation Summary. Q&A.


4. LAN Design.

“Do I Know This Already?" Quiz. Foundation Topics. LAN Media. Ethernet Design Rules. Gigabit Ethernet Design Rules. Fast EtherChannel. Token Ring Design Rules. FDDI Design Rules. Wireless LANs. LAN Hardware. Repeaters. Hubs. Bridges. Switches. Routers. Layer 3 Switches. LAN Design Types and Models. Large-Building LANs. Enterprise Campus LANs. Small and Remote Site LANs. Server-Farm Module. Quality of Service Considerations. Multicast Traffic Considerations. Foundation Summary. Q&A.

5. Wide-Area Networking Technologies.

“Do I Know This Already?" Quiz. Foundation Topics. Introduction to Wide-Area Networking. What Is a WAN? WAN Categories. WANs and the Enterprise Composite Network Model. Wide-Area Networking Technologies. Dial-Up. ISDN. X.25. Frame Relay. SMDS. Asynchronous Transfer Mode. Additional WAN Technologies. Multiprotocol Label Switching. Foundation Summary. Q&A.

6. Designing Wide-Area Networking Solutions.

“Do I Know This Already?" Quiz. Foundation Topics. Analyze, Characterize, Design. Common Design Factors. Application Factors. Technical Factors. Cost Factors. WAN Performance Options. Data Compression. Window Size. Queuing Services. Traffic Shaping and Policing. Foundation Summary. Q&A.

7. Backup Options and Sample WAN Designs.

“Do I Know This Already?" Quiz. Foundation Topics. WAN Backup Design Options. Dial Backup Routing. Permanent Secondary WAN Link. Shadow PVC. Internet. Sample WAN Designs. WAN Technologies for Remote Access. A WAN Connecting Enterprise Sites. Foundation Summary. Q&A.

8. VPN and DSL WAN Design.

“Do I Know This Already?" Quiz. Foundation Topics. DSL Technologies. DSL Types. VPNs. GRE. PPTP. MPPE. VPDN. IPSec. MPLS. Foundation Summary. Q&A.


9. Internet Protocol Version 4.

“Do I Know This Already?" Quiz. Foundation Topics. IPv4 Header. ToS. IPv4 Fragmentation. IPv4 Addressing. IPv4 Address Classes. IPv4 Private Addresses. NAT. IP Address Subnets. Mask Nomenclature. IP Address Design Example. Determining the Network Portion of an IP Address. VLSMs. Address Assignment and Name Resolution. Static and Dynamic IP Address Assignment. BOOTP. DHCP. DNS. ARP. Foundation Summary. Q&A.

10. Internet Protocol Version.

“Do I Know This Already?" Quiz. Foundation Topics. Introduction to IPv. IPv6 Header. IPv6 Address Representation. IPv6 Prefix Representation. IPv6 Address Types. IPv6 Unicast Address. IPv6 Anycast Address. IPv6 Multicast Address. IPv6 Address Allocations. IPv6 Mechanisms. ICMPv. IPv6 ND. IPv6 Name Resolution. Path MTU Discovery. IPv6 Address-Assignment Strategies. IPv6 Security. IPv6 Routing Protocols. IPv4 to IPv6 Transition Strategies and Deployments. IPv6 over Dedicated WAN Links. IPv6 over IPv4 Tunnels. Dual-Stack Backbones. Protocol Translation Mechanisms. IPv6 Comparison with IPv. Foundation Summary. Q&A.

11. Routing Protocol Selection Criteria.

“Do I Know This Already?" Quiz. Foundation Topics. Routing Protocol Characteristics. Static Versus Dynamic Route Assignment. Interior Versus Exterior Routing Protocols. Distance-Vector Routing Protocols. EIGRP. Link-State Routing Protocols. Distance-Vector Routing Protocols Versus Link-State Protocols. Hierarchical Versus Flat Routing Protocols. Classless Versus Classful Routing Protocols. Administrative Distance. Routing Protocol Metrics and Loop Prevention. Hop Count. Bandwidth. Cost. Load. Delay. Reliability. Maximum Transmission Unit (MTU). Routing Loop-Prevention Schemes. ODR. Foundation Summary. Q&A.

12. RIP, IGRP, and EIGRP Characteristics and Design.

“Do I Know This Already?" Quiz. Foundation Topics. RIPv1. RIPv1 Forwarding Information Base. RIPv1 Message Format. RIPv1 Timers. RIPv1 Design. RIPv1 Summary. RIPv2. Authentication. RIPv2 Forwarding Information Base. RIPv2 Message Format. RIPv2 Timers. RIPv2 Design. RIPv2 Summary. IGRP. IGRP Timers. IGRP Metrics. IGRP Design. IGRP Summary. EIGRP. EIGRP Components. EIGRP Timers. EIGRP Metrics. EIGRP Packet Types. EIGRP Design. EIGRP Summary. Foundation Summary. RIPv1 Summary. RIPv2 Summary. IGRP Summary. EIGRP Summary. Q&A.

13. OSPF and IS-IS.

“Do I Know This Already?" Quiz. Foundation Topics. OSPF. OSPF Concepts and Design. OSPF Summary. IS-IS. IS-IS Metrics. IS-IS Operation and Design. IS-IS Summary. Foundation Summary. OSPF Characteristics. IS-IS Summary. Q&A.

14. Border Gateway Protocol, Redistribution, and IP Multicast.

“Do I Know This Already?" Quiz. Foundation Topics. BGP. BGP Neighbors. Route Reflectors. Confederations. BGP Administrative Distance. BGP Attributes, Weight, and the BGP Decision Process. BGP Summary. PBR and Route Redistribution. PBR. Redistribution. IP Multicast Review. Multicast Addresses. Layer 3 to Layer 2 Mapping. IGMP. Sparse Versus Dense Multicast Routing Protocols. Multicast Source and Shared Trees. PIM. DVMRP. Foundation Summary. BGP Summary. Q&A.


15. Common Security Flaws and Monitoring.

“Do I Know This Already?" Quiz. Foundation Topics. Introduction to Threats. Network Reconnaissance. Packet Sniffing. Man-in-the-Middle Attacks. IP Spoofing. DoS. Password Attacks. Port Redirection. Trust Exploitation. Unauthorized Access. Application-Layer Attacks. Virus and Trojan-Horse Applications. Introduction to Secure Monitoring and Management. Secure Monitoring. Secure Management. Secure Management Communications. Out-of-Band Management. In-Band Management. Auto Update Security. Foundation Summary. Q&A.

16. SAFE Blueprint and the Security Ecosystem.

“Do I Know This Already?" Quiz. Foundation Topics. SAFE Blueprint Overview. Achieving the Balance. Defining Customer Expectations. Complete Security Is Not Achievable. Where Most Breaches Occur (or Not). Design Objectives. Significance of Areas and Modules. Security Ecosystem. Essential Elements for Comprehensive Network Security. Foundation Summary. Q&A.

17. Traditional Voice Architectures and Integrated Voice Design.

“Do I Know This Already?" Quiz. Foundation Topics. Traditional Voice Architectures. Local Loop and Trunks. Ports. Major Analog and Digital Signaling Types. PSTN Numbering Plan. PBX Switches. Grade of Service and Erlangs. Other PSTN Services. Integrated Multiservice Networks. VoFR. VoATM. VoIP Introduction. AVVID Components. AVVID Deployment Models. Codecs. VoIP Control and Transport Protocols. Voice Design Issues. QoS Mechanisms for VoIP Networks. LFI. PQ. WFQ. PQ-WFQ. LLQ. Auto QoS. Foundation Summary. Q&A.

18. Network Management Technologies.

“Do I Know This Already?" Quiz. Foundation Topics. A Sample Roadmap to Network Management. SNMP. SNMP Components. SNMP MIB. SNMP Commands. SNMP Design Constraints. SNMP References. SNMP Evolution. CDP. CDP Components. CDP Advantages. CDP Considerations and Constraints. RMON. Foundation Summary. Q&A.

19. Network Management Functionality.

“Do I Know This Already?" Quiz. Foundations Topics. Fault Management. Configuration Management. Accounting Management. Performance Management. Security Management. Service Levels. Service Levels Defined. SLAs. Service Level Contract. SLM. Foundation Summary. Q&A.


20. Comprehensive Scenarios.

Scenario One: Pearland Hospital. Scenario One: Questions. Answers to Scenario One. Scenario Two: Big Oil and Gas. Scenario Two: Questions. Answers to Scenario Two. Scenario Three: Super Consulting. Scenario Three: Questions. Answers to Scenario Three. Scenario Four: Sound Masters Inc. Scenario Four: Questions. Answers to Scenario Four.


Appendix A: Answers to Chapter “Do I Know This Already?" Quizzes and Q&A Sections.
Appendix B: The OSI Reference Model and Numeric Conversion.
Appendix C: References and Recommended Readings.


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