Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Accelerated v3.0

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All of the classes are taught from our Exton facility utilizing High-Definition Instructor Led Training (HD-ILT). What exactly is HD-ILT?

HD-ILT™ is the world’s first distance training system utilizing state-of-the-art, life-size high-definition video & audio combined with patented remote lab access. This unique combination provides students with live training and the same experience as if they were actually in the classroom with the instructor.

Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices: Accelerated (CCNAX), is a course consisting of ICND1 and ICND2 content in its entirety, but with the content merged into a single course. Overlapping content between ICND1 and ICND2 is eliminated and content is rearranged for the purpose of the course flow.

This course teaches learners how to install, operate, configure, and verify a basic IPv4 and IPv6 network, including configuring a LAN switch, configuring an IP router, identifying basic security threats, understanding redundant topologies, troubleshooting common network issues, connecting to a WAN, configuring EIGRP and OSPF in both IPv4 and IPv6, understanding wide-area network technologies, and getting familiar with device management and Cisco licensing. Learner will encounter more troubleshooting, and more lab time than with the previous version of CCNAX.

Intended Audience

​Target Candidate: Individuals seeking the Cisco CCNA® Routing and Switching certification. The course is also appropriate for pre-sales and post-sales network engineers involved in the installation and support of enterprise branch office networks.

At Completion

After completing this course, students will be able to...

  • Describe network fundamentals and build simple LANs
  • Establish Internet connectivity
  • Manage network device security
  • Describe IPv6 basics
  • Troubleshoot VLAN issues, explain how STP works, configure EtherChannel, and understand the idea behind Layer 3 redundancy
  • Troubleshoot IP connectivity
  • Define the characteristics, functions, and components of a WAN
  • Configure and troubleshoot EIGRP in an IPv4 environment, and configure EIGRP for IPv6
  • Configure, verify, and troubleshoot multi-area OSPF
  • Describe SNMP, syslog and NetFlow, and manage Cisco device configurations, IOS images, and licenses


​The CCNAX is a very fast-paced course and it is recommended that you have working networking knowledge prior to attending class. The knowledge and skills that a learner must have before attending this course are as follows: 

  • Basic computer literacy
  • Basic PC operating system navigation skills Basic Internet usage skills
  • Basic IP address knowledge

Exams & Certifications

Cisco CCNA® Routing and Switching


Course Outline

Module 1: Building a Simple Network

Lesson 1: Exploring the Functions of Networking

  • What Is a Network?
  • Physical Components of a Network
  • Interpreting a Network Diagram
  • Impact of User Applications on the Network
  • Characteristics of a Network
  • Physical vs. Logical Topologies


Lesson 2: Understanding the Host-to-Host Communications Model

  • Introducing Host-to-Host Communications
  • OSI Reference Model
  • TCP/IP Protocol Suite
  • Encapsulation and De-Encapsulation
  • Peer-to-Peer Communications


Lesson 3: Introducing LANs

  • Local Area Networks
  • LAN Components
  • Need for Switches
  • Switches Summary


Lesson 4: Operating Cisco IOS Software

  • Cisco IOS Software Features and Functions
  • Cisco IOS CLI Functions
  • User EXEC Mode
  • Privileged EXEC Mode
  • Help Functions in the CLI
  • CLI Error Messages
  • Managing Cisco IOS Configurations
  • Improving the User Experience in the CLI


Lesson 5: Starting a Switch

  • Switch Installation
  • Switch LED Indicators
  • Connecting to a Console Port
  • Basic Switch Configuration
  • Verifying the Switch Initial Startup Status


Lesson 6: Understanding Ethernet and Switch Operation

  • Ethernet LAN Connection Media
  • Ethernet Frame Structure
  • MAC Addresses
  • Switching Operation
  • Duplex Communication
  • Configuring Duplex and Speed Options


Lesson 7: Troubleshooting Common Switch Media Issues

  • Common Troubleshooting Tools
  • Media Issues
  • Troubleshooting Switch Media Issues
  • Port Issues
  • Troubleshooting Port Issues


Lesson 8: Module Summary

  • References
  • Module Self-Check


Module 2: Establishing Internet Connectivity

Lesson 1: Understanding the TCP/IP Internet Layer

  • Internet Protocol
  • IPv4 Address Representation
  • IPv4 Header Address Fields
  • Decimal and Binary Systems
  • Decimal-to-Binary Conversion
  • IP Address Classes
  • Reserved IPv4 Addresses
  • Domain Name System
  • Verifying the IPv4 Address of a Host


Lesson 2: Understanding IP Addressing and Subnets

  • Subnets
  • Subnet Masks
  • Octet Values of a Subnet Mask
  • Computing Usable Subnetworks and Hosts Applying Subnet Masks
  • Determining the Network Addressing Scheme VC Interactivity: Host Address
  • Variable-Length Subnet Mask VLSM Example


Lesson 3: Understanding the TCP/IP Transport Layer

  • TCP/IP Transport Layer Functions
  • Reliable vs. Best-Effort Transport
  • TCP vs. UDP Analogy
  • UDP Characteristics
  • TCP Characteristics
  • TCP/IP Applications


Lesson 4: Exploring the Functions of Routing

  • Role of a Router
  • Router Characteristics
  • Router Functions
  • Path Determination
  • Types of Routes
  • Dynamic Routing Protocols


Lesson 5: Configuring a Cisco Router

  • Initial Router Startup
  • Initial Router Setup
  • Configuring Router Interfaces
  • Configuring the Cisco Router IP Address
  • Verifying Interface Configuration and Status
  • Exploring Connected Devices
  • Cisco Discovery Protocol
  • Discovering Neighbors Using Cisco Discovery Protocol


Lesson 6: Exploring the Packet Delivery Process

  • Layer 2 Addressing
  • Layer 3 Addressing
  • Host-to-Host Packet Delivery
  • Role of a Switch in Packet Delivery


Lesson 7: Enabling Static Routing

  • Routing Operations
  • Static and Dynamic Routing Comparison
  • When to Use Static Routing
  • Static Route Configuration
  • Default Routes
  • Static Route Configuration Verification


Lesson 8: Managing Traffic Using ACLs

  • Using ACLs
  • ACL Operation
  • ACL Wildcard Masking
  • Wildcard Bit Mask Abbreviations
  • Types of ACLs
  • Testing an IP Packet Against a Numbered Standard Access List
  • Basic Configuration of Numbered Standard IPv4 ACLs


Lesson 9: Enabling Internet Connectivity

  • The Demarcation Point
  • Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol
  • Options for Configuring a Provider-Assigned IP Address
  • Configuring a Static Provider-Assigned IP Address
  • Configuring a DHCP Client
  • Public vs. Private IPv4 Addresses
  • Introducing NAT
  • Types of Addresses in NAT
  • Types of NAT
  • Understanding Static NAT
  • Configuring Static NAT
  • Verifying Static NAT Configuration
  • Understanding Dynamic NAT
  • Configuring Dynamic NAT
  • Verifying Dynamic NAT Configuration
  • Understanding PAT
  • Configuring PAT
  • Verifying PAT Configuration
  • Troubleshooting NAT
  • Troubleshooting NAT Case Study


Lesson 10: Module Summary

  • References
  • Module Self-Check


Module 3: Managing Network Device Security

Lesson 1: Securing Administrative Access

  • Network Device Security Overview
  • Securing Access to Privileged EXEC Mode
  • Securing Console Access
  • Securing Remote Access
  • Enabling Remote Access Connectivity
  • Limiting Remote Access with ACLs
  • External Authentication Options
  • Configuring the Login Banner


Lesson 2: Implementing Device Hardening

  • Securing Unused Ports
  • Port Security
  • Port Security Configuration
  • Port Security Verification
  • Disabling Unused Services
  • Network Time Protocol
  • Configuring NTP
  • Verifying NTP
  • VC Interactivity: Network Time Protocol


Lesson 3: Implementing Traffic Filtering with ACLs

  • Using ACLs to Filter Network Traffic
  • ACL Operation
  • The Need for Extended ACLs
  • Configuring Numbered, Extended IPv4 ACLs
  • Configuring Named ACLs
  • ACL Configuration Guidelines
  • Monitoring ACLs
  • Troubleshooting Common ACL Errors


Lesson 4: Module Summary

  • References
  • Module Self-Check


Module 4: Introducing IPv6

Lesson 1: Introducing Basic IPv6

  • IPv4 Addressing Exhaustion Workarounds IPv6 Features
  • IPv6 Addresses
  • IPv6 Unicast Addresses
  • IPv6 Addresses Allocation
  • Basic IPv6 Connectivity


Lesson 2: Understanding IPv6

  • IPv6 Header Changes and Benefits
  • ICMPv6
  • Neighbor Discovery
  • Stateless Autoconfiguration


Lesson 3: Configuring IPv6 Routing

  • Routing for IPv6
  • Static Routing


Lesson 4: Module Summary

  • References
  • Module Self-Check


Module 5: Building a Medium-Sized Network

Lesson 1: Implementing VLANs and Trunks

  • Issues in a Poorly Designed Network
  • VLAN Introduction
  • Trunking with 802.1Q
  • Creating a VLAN
  • Assigning a Port to a VLAN
  • Configuring an 802.1Q Trunk
  • VLAN Design Considerations


Lesson 2: Routing Between VLANs

  • Purpose of Inter-VLAN Routing
  • Options for Inter-VLAN Routing


Lesson 3: Using a Cisco Network Device as a DHCP Server

  • Need for a DHCP Server
  • Understanding DHCP
  • Configuring a DHCP Server
  • Monitoring DHCP Server Functions
  • DHCP Relay Agent


Lesson 4: Troubleshooting VLAN Connectivity

  • Dynamic Trunking Protocol
  • VLAN Troubleshooting
  • Trunk Troubleshooting


Lesson 5: Building Redundant Switched Topologies

  • Issues in Redundant Topologies
  • Spanning-Tree Operation
  • Types of Spanning-Tree Protocols
  • Per VLAN Spanning Tree Plus
  • Modifying the Bridge ID
  • Analyzing the STP Topology
  • Spanning-Tree Failure Consequences
  • PortFast and BPDU Guard


Lesson 6: Improving Redundant Switched Topologies with EtherChannel

  • The Need for EtherChannel
  • Advantages of EtherChannel
  • EtherChannel Protocols
  • Configuring EtherChannel
  • Verifying EtherChannel Summary


Lesson 7: Understanding Layer 3 Redundancy

  • The Need for Default Gateway Redundancy
  • Default Gateway Redundancy
  • HSRP
  • HSRP Interface Tracking
  • HSRP Load Balancing
  • Gateway Load Balancing Protocol


Lesson 8: Module Summary

  • References
  • Module Self-Check


Module 6: Troubleshooting Basic Connectivity

Lesson 1: Troubleshooting IPv4 Network Connectivity

  • Components of Troubleshooting End-to-End Connectivity
  • Verification of End-to-End Connectivity
  • Verification of Physical Connectivity Issue
  • Identification of Current and Desired Path
  • Default Gateway Issues
  • Name Resolution Issues
  • ACL Issues


Lesson 2: Troubleshooting IPv6 Network Connectivity

  • Troubleshooting End-to-End IPv6 Connectivity
  • Verification of End-to-End IPv6 Connectivity
  • Identification of Current and Desired IPv6 Path
  • Default Gateway Issues in IPv6
  • Name Resolution Issues in IPv6
  • ACL Issues in IPv6


Lesson 3: Module Summary

  • References
  • Module Self-Check


Module 7: Wide Area Networks

Lesson 1: Understanding WAN Technologies

  • Introducing WANs
  • WANs vs. LANs
  • WAN Devices
  • Role of Routers in WANs
  • Serial WAN Cabling
  • WAN Layer 2 Protocols
  • WAN Link Options


Lesson 2: Configuring Serial Encapsulation

  • Point-to-Point Connectivity
  • Configuring a Point-to-Point Link
  • Serial Communication Links
  • Configuration of a Serial Interface
  • HDLC Protocol
  • Point-to-Point Protocol
  • PPP Configuration
  • PPP Authentication: PAP
  • PPP Authentication: CHAP
  • Configuring CHAP for PPP Authentication
  • Verifying CHAP Configuration
  • Troubleshooting Serial Connections


Lesson 3: Establishing a WAN Connection Using Frame Relay

  • Understanding Frame Relay
  • Frame Relay Topologies
  • Frame Relay Reachability Issues
  • Frame Relay Signaling
  • Frame Relay Address Mappings
  • Configuring Frame Relay
  • Point-to-Point vs. Multipoint Configuring Point-to-Point Frame Relay Configuring Multipoint Frame Relay


Lesson 4: Introducing VPN Solutions

  • VPNs and Their Benefits
  • Cisco SSL VPN Solutions
  • Introducing IPsec Summary


Lesson 5: Configuring GRE Tunnels

  • GRE Tunnel Overview
  • GRE Tunnel Configuration
  • GRE Tunnel Verification


Lesson 6: Module Summary

  • References
  • Module Self-Check


Module 8: Implementing an EIGRP-Based Solution

Lesson 1: Implementing EIGRP

  • Purpose of Dynamic Routing Protocols
  • Interior and Exterior Routing Protocols
  • Distance Vector and Link-State Routing Protocols
  • Administrative Distance
  • EIGRP Features
  • EIGRP Path Selection
  • EIGRP Metric
  • EIGRP Configuration
  • Verification of EIGRP Configuration
  • Load Balancing with EIGRP Summary


Lesson 2: Troubleshooting EIGRP

  • Components of Troubleshooting EIGRP
  • Troubleshooting EIGRP Neighbor Issues
  • Troubleshooting EIGRP Routing Table Issues


Lesson 3: Implementing EIGRP for IPv6

  • EIGRP for IPv6
  • EIGRP for IPv6 Commands
  • EIGRP for IPv6 Configuration Example


Lesson 4: Module Summary

  • References
  • Module Self-Check


Module 9: Implementing a Scalable OSPF-Based Solution

Lesson 1: Implementing OSPF

  • Link-State Routing Protocol Overview
  • Link-State Routing Protocol Data Structures
  • Introducing OSPF
  • Establishing OSPF Neighbor Adjacencies
  • SPF Algorithm
  • Building a Link-State Database
  • OSPF Area Structure
  • Router ID
  • Configuring Single-Area OSPF
  • Verifying OSPF Configuration Summary


Lesson 2: Multiarea OSPF IPv4 Implementation

  • Single-Area vs. Multiarea OSPF
  • Planning for the Implementation of OSPF
  • Multiarea OSPF Configuration
  • Multiarea OSPF Verification


Lesson 3: Troubleshooting Multiarea OSPF

  • OSPF Neighbor States
  • Components of Troubleshooting OSPF
  • Troubleshooting OSPF Neighbor Issues
  • Troubleshooting OSPF Routing Table Issues
  • Troubleshooting OSPF Path Selection


Lesson 4: Examining OSPFv3

  • OSPFv3 Key Characteristics
  • OSPFv3 Configuration
  • OSPFv3 Configuration Verification Summary


Lesson 5: Module Summary

  • References
  • Module Self-Check


Module 10: Network Device Management

Lesson 1: Configuring Network Devices to Support Network Management Protocols

  • SNMP Overview
  • SNMP Versions
  • Obtaining Data from an SNMP Agent
  • SNMP Configuration
  • Syslog Overview
  • Syslog Message Format
  • Syslog Configuration
  • NetFlow Overview
  • NetFlow Architecture
  • Netflow Configuration


Lesson 2: Managing Cisco Devices

  • Router Internal Components Overview
  • ROM Functions
  • Stages of the Router Power-On Boot Sequence
  • Configuration Register
  • Changing the Configuration Register
  • Locating Cisco IOS Image Files
  • Loading Cisco IOS Image Files
  • Loading Cisco IOS Configuration Files
  • Cisco IOS Integrated File System and Devices
  • Managing Cisco IOS Images
  • Deciphering Cisco IOS Image Filenames
  • Creating the Cisco IOS Image Backup
  • Upgrading Cisco IOS Images
  • Managing Device Configuration Files
  • Password Recovery


Lesson 3: Licensing

  • Licensing Overview
  • Licensing Verification
  • Permanent License Installation
  • Evaluation License Installation
  • Backing up the License
  • Uninstalling the License


Lesson 4: Module Summary

  • References
  • Module Self-Check



  • Lab 1-1: Performing Switch Startup and Initial Configuration
  • Lab 1-2: Troubleshooting Switch Media Issues
  • Lab 2-1: Performing Initial Router Setup and Configuration
  • Lab 2-2: Connecting to the Internet
  • Lab 3-1: Enhancing the Security of the Initial Configuration
  • Lab 3-2: Device Hardening
  • Lab 3-3: Filtering Traffic with ACLs
  • Lab 4-1: Configure and Verify Basic IPv6
  • Lab 4-2: Configure and Verify Stateless Autoconfiguration
  • Lab 4-3: Configure and Verify IPv6 Routing
  • Lab 5-1: Configuring Expanded Switched Networks
  • Lab 5-2: Configuring DHCP Server
  • Lab 5-3: Troubleshooting VLANs and Trunks
  • Lab 5-4: Optimizing STP
  • Lab 5-5: Configuring EtherChannel
  • Lab 6-1: Troubleshooting IP Connectivity
  • Lab 7-1: Configuring and Troubleshooting a Serial Connection
  • Lab 7-2: Establishing a Frame Relay WAN
  • Lab 7-3: Establishing a GRE Tunnel
  • Lab 8-1: Implementing EIGRP
  • Lab 8-2: Troubleshooting EIGRP
  • Lab 8-3: Implementing EIGRP for IPv6
  • Lab 9-1: Implementing OSPF
  • Lab 9-3: Troubleshooting Multiarea OSPF
  • Lab 9-4: Configuring OSPF for IPv6
  • Lab 10-1: SNMP and Syslog Basic Configuration
  • Lab 10-3: Managing Cisco Devices and Licensing



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