Although the only prerequisite for CCNP certificaion is CCNA status, and the only prerequisite for CCDP certification is CCNA and CCDA status, Cisco does not expect you to be able to pass the professional-level exams (such as the Routing exam) without training and experience. This is why Cisco's recommended training for CCNP/CCDP involves an official Cisco course. For the routing knowledge required of a CCNP/CCDP, Cisco recommends a course called Building Cisco Scalable Networks (BSCN).
As stated on the Cisco web site, the BSCN course is targeted toward enterprise network engineers (including systems engineers [SEs], customers, and resellers) who are responsible for network administration and implementation. The targeted audience performs one or more of the following tasks:
• Install and configure network devices
• Design and implement large enterprise networks
• Add services/applications to an existing network, and determine what router configurations are required to support the new services/applications
• Improve traffic flow, reliability, redundancy, and performance through the network
NOTE BSCN replaces the old Advanced Cisco Router Configuration (ACRC) course, much as the new Routing 2.0 exam (#640-503) replaces the old ACRC exam (#640-403).
This book is a final stage preparation tool. Therefore, this book will be most effective as a study resource after you have taken the BSCN course or have acquired an equivalent level of on-the-job experience and training. The following are the prerequisites for the BSCN course, and, for all practical purposes, should be considered prerequsites for using this book effectively:
• Working knowledge of the OSI reference model and the hierarchical model
• Understanding of internetworking fundamentals
• Ability to operate and configure a Cisco IOS device
• Working knowledge of the TCP/IP stack and how to configure a routed protocol such as IP
• Understanding of distance vector routing protocol operation and configuring Routing Information Protocol (RIP) and Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (IGRP)
• Ability to determine when to use static and default routes, and how to enable them on a Cisco router
• Ability to display and interpret a Cisco router routing table
• Ability to enable a WAN serial connection
• Ability to configure Frame Relay permanent virtual circuits (PVCs) on interfaces and subinterfaces
• Ability to configure an IP standard and extended access list
• Ability to verify router configurations with available tools such as show and debug commands
The ideal audience for this book is someone who has attended the Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices (ICND) course (or the retired Introduction to Cisco Router Configuration [ICRC] course), has acheived CCNA status, and has attended the BSCN course, or who has an equivalent level of on-the-job training and experience with Cisco switches and routers.
Cisco highly recommends that you take courses to support each certification level, but it also recognizes that attending courses might not be an option for everyone. Therefore, if you find yourself struggling with CCNA-level knowledge as you work through this book, you might want to review a copy of the Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices coursebook (ISBN 157870-111-2) from Cisco Press. Similarly, if you want course details at the CCNP/CCDP level about routing, review the Building Scalable Cisco Networks coursebook (ISBN 1-57870-2283), also from Cisco Press.
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