Chapter 11: VLANs and Inter-VLAN Routing Here I cover
virtual VLANs and how to use them in your internetwork. This chapter covers the nitty-gritty of VLANs and the different concepts and protocols used with VLANs. I'll also guide you through
troubleshooting techniques in this all-important chapter. The hands- on labs, written lab, and review questions are there to reinforce the VLAN material.
Chapter 12: Security This chapter covers security and access lists, which are created on routers to filter the network. IP standard, extended, and named access lists are covered in detail. Written and hands-on labs, along with review questions, will help you study for the
security and access-list portion of the Cisco exams.
Chapter 13: Network Address Translation (NAT) New information, commands, troubleshooting, and detailed hands-on labs will help you nail the NAT CCENT objectives.
Chapter 14: Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6) This is a fun chapter chock-full of some great information. IPv6 is not the big, bad scary creature that most people think it is, and it's a really important objective on the latest exam, so study this chapter carefully—don't just skim it. And make sure you hit those hands-on labs hard!
Chapter 15: Enhanced Switched Technologies Chapter 15 is the first chapter of Part 2 of this book, which maps to the ICND2 exam. This chapter will start off with STP protocols and dive into the fundamentals, covering the modes, as well as the various flavors of STP. VLANs, trunks, and troubleshooting are covered as well. EtherChannel technologies, configuration, and verification are also covered. There are hands-on labs, a written lab, and plenty of review questions to help you. Do not even think of skipping the fundamental written and hands-on labs in this chapter!
Chapter 16: Network Device Management and Security Managing Cisco Devices This chapter describes the boot process of Cisco routers, the configuration register, and how to manage Cisco IOS files. The chapter finishes with a section on Cisco's new licensingstrategy for its IOS. Hands-on and written labs, along with review questions, will help you build a strong foundation for the objectives covered in this chapterhow to mitigate threats at the access layer using various security techniques. AAA with RADIUIS and TACACS+, SNMP and HSRP are also covered in this chapter. Don't skip the hands-on labs that are included, as well as a written lab and review questions at the end of the chapter.
Chapter 17: Enhanced IGRP EIGRP was not covered in the ICND1 (CCENT) chapters, so this is a full chapter on nothing but EIGRP and EIGRPv6. There are lots of examples, including configuration, verification, and troubleshooting labs, with both IP and with IPv6. Great hands-on labs are included, as well as a written lab and review
Chapter 18: Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) Chapter 9 dives into more complex dynamic routing by covering OSPF routing. The written lab, hands-on labs, and review questions will help you master this vital routing protocol.
Chapter 19: Multi-Area OSPF The ICND1 (CCENT) portion of this book had a large chapter on OSPF, so before reading this chapter, be sure you have the CCENT objectives down pat with a strong OSPF
foundation. This chapter will take off where that ICND1 chapter left off and add multi-area networks along with advanced configurations and then finish with OSPv3. Hands-on labs, a written lab, and challenging review questions await you at the end of the chapter.
Chapter 20: Troubleshooting IP, IPv6, and VLANs I want to say this is the most important chapter in the book, but that's hard to say. You can decide that yourself when you take the exam! Be sure to go through all the troubleshooting steps for IP, IPv6, and VLANs. The hands-on labs for this chapter will be included in the free bonus material and dynamic labs that I'll write and change as needed. Don't skip the written lab and review questions.
Chapter 21: Wide Area Networks This is the longest, and last, chapter in the book. It covers multiple protocols in depth, especially HDLC, PPP, and Frame Relay, along with a discussion on many other technologies. Good troubleshooting examples are provided in the PPP
and Frame Relay configuration sections, and these cannot be skipped! Hands-on labs meant to focus squarely on the objectives are included at the end of the chapter, as well as a written lab and challenging review questions.
Chapter 22: Evolution of Intelligent Networks I saved the hardest chapter for last. What makes this chapter challenging is that there is no configuration section to you really need to dive deep into the cloud, APIC-EM and QoS sections with an open and ready mind. I stuck as close to the objectives as possible in order to help you ace the exam. The written lab and review questions are spot on for the objectives.
Appendix A: Answers to Written Labs This appendix contains the answers to the book's written labs.
Appendix B: Answers to Chapter Review Questions This appendix provides the answers to the end-of-chapter review questions.
Appendix C: Disabling and Configuring Network Services Appendix C takes a look at the basic services you should disable on your routers to make your network less of a target for denial of service (DoS) attacks and break-in attempts.
tHow to Use This Book
If you want a solid foundation for the serious effort of preparing for the Interconnecting Cisco Network Devices Part 1 and 2 exams, or the CCNA R/S Composite exam, then look no further. I've spent hundreds of hours putting together this book with the sole intention of helping you to pass the Cisco exams, as well as really learn how to correctly configure Cisco routers and switches!
This book is loaded with valuable information, and you will get the most out of your study time if you understand why the book is organized the way it is.
So to maximize your benefit from this book, I recommend the following study method:
1. Take the assessment test that's provided at the end of this introduction. (The answers are at the end of the test.) It's okay if you don't know any of the answers; that's why you bought this book! Carefully read over the explanations for any questions you get wrong and note the chapters in which the material relevant t o them is covered. This information should help you plan your study strategy.
2. Study each chapter carefully, making sure you fully understand the information and the test objectives listed at the beginning of each one. Pay extra-close attention to any chapter that includes material covered in questions you missed.
3. Complete the written labs at the end of each chapter. (Answers to these appear in Appendix A.) Do not skip these written exercises because they directly relate to the Cisco exams and what you must glean from the chapters in which they appear. Do not just skim these labs! Make sure you completely understand the reason for each correct answer.
4. Complete all hands-on labs in each chapter, referring to the text of the chapter so that you understand the reason for each step you
take. Try to get your hands on some real equipmen .
exams, and the electronicThese labs will equip you with everything you need for all your Cisco certification goals.
5. Answer all of the review questions related to each chapter. (The answers appear in Appendix B.) Note the questions that confuse you, and study the topics they cover again until the concepts are crystal clear. And again—do not just skim these questions! Make sure you fully comprehend the reason for each correct answer. Remember that these will not be the exact questions you will find on the exam, but they're written to help you understand the chapter material and ultimately pass the exam!
7. Test yourself using all the flashcards, which are also found on the download link. These are brand-new and updated flashcards to help you prepare for the CCNA R/S exam and a wonderful study tool!
To learn every bit of the material covered in this book, you'll have to apply yourself regularly, and with discipline. Try to set aside the same time period every day to study, and select a comfortable and quiet place to do so. I'm confident that if you work hard, you 'll be surprised at how quickly you learn this material!
If you follow these steps and really study— doing hands-on labs every single day in addition to using the review questions, the practice
flashcards, as well as all the written labs—it would actually be hard to fail the Cisco exams. But understand that studying for the Cisco exams is a lot like getting in shape—if you do not go to the gym every day, it's not going to happen!
or call 877-404-EXAM (3926).Where Do You Take the Exams?
To register for a Cisco exam, follow these steps:
1. Determine the number of the exam you want to take. (The ICND1 exam number is 100-105, ICND2 is 100-205, and CCNA R/S Composite is 200-125.)
2. Register with the nearest Pearson VUE testing center. At this point, you will be asked to pay in advance for the exam. At the
time of this writing, the ICND1 and ICND2 exams are $150, and the CCNA R/S Composite exam is $250. The exams must be taken within one year of payment. You can schedule exams up to six weeks in advance or as late as the day you want to take it—but if you fail a Cisco exam, you must wait five days before you will be allowed to retake it. If something comes up and you need to
cancel or reschedule your exam appointment, contact Pearson VUE at least 24 hours in advance.
3. When you schedule the exam, you'll get instructions regarding all appointment and cancellation procedures, the ID requirements, and information about the testing-center location.