Appendix E Cisco Small and Medium Business Solution Guide 556

Cisco Business Solutions 557

Cisco Branch Office Connectivity Solutions 557 Cisco Telecommuting and Remote User Solutions 562 Cisco Internet and Intranet Solutions 566 Cisco High-Performance LAN Solutions 571 Cisco Networked Office Stack 576

Cisco Access Routers and Servers Overview 578

Key Features of Cisco IOS Software Supported by Cisco Routers and Servers 578

Cisco Access Router and Access Server Summarization 581

Cisco 700 Series Access Routers 582

Cisco 1000 Series Access Routers 584

Cisco 1600 Series Access Routers 586

Cisco 2500 Series Access Routers/Servers 588

Cisco 2600 Series Access Routers 592

Cisco 3600 Series Modular Access Routers/Servers 595

Cisco 4000 Series Access Routers 598

Cisco AS5x00 Universal Access Server Series 600

Cisco Internet Security and Scalability Overview 602 Firewall Functionality 602 Cisco Firewall Solution Summarization 603 Centri Firewall 604 Cisco IOS Firewall Feature Set 605 Cisco PIX Firewall 606 Cisco Micro Webserver 608 LocalDirector 609

Cisco Ethernet and Fast Ethernet Switches Overview 611

Key Features of Cisco IOS Software Supported by Catalyst Ethernet Switches 611 Key Features of Cisco IOS Software Supported by Catalyst 1900, 2820, and 5000 Series Ethernet Switches 612

Cisco Ethernet and Fast Ethernet Switches Summarization 612

Cisco 1548 Micro Switch 10/100 615

Cisco Catalyst 1900 Series Ethernet Switches 616

Cisco Catalyst 2820 Series Ethernet Switches 617

Cisco Catalyst 2900 Series XL 10/100 Switches 619

Cisco Catalyst 5000 Series Ethernet Switches 621

Cisco FastHub Line of 100BaseT Class II Hubs 624

Cisco 1500 Series Micro Hubs 626

Cisco 1528 Micro Hub 10/100 628

HP 10Base-T Hub-16M 629

Cisco Ease of Use and Network Management Overview 630 Key Management Services of Cisco IOS Software 631 CiscoWorks Windows 3.1 631 Cisco ConfigMaker V2 634 Fast Step 635

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Introduction to CCDA

So you have worked on Cisco devices for a while, designing networks for your customers, and now you want to get certified? There are several good reasons to do so. Cisco's certification program permits network analysts and engineers to demonstrate their competence in different areas of networking and at different levels. The prestige and respect that come with a Cisco certification will definitely help you in your career. Your clients, peers, and superiors will recognize you as an expert in networking.

In the Cisco Routing and Switching career certification path, there are two certification tracks: the Network Design track, with which this book is concerned, and the Network Support track. Figure I-1 illustrates the various levels of the two design tracks for Cisco Routing and Switching career certification. Note that Cisco Certified Design Associate (CCDA) is the entry-level certification in the Network Design track.

Figure I—1 Routing and Switching Certifications

Network Design

Cisco Certified Design Professional'

Cisco Certified Design Associate

CCNA Certification is a Prerequisite for CCDP Certification

Network Support

Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert

Cisco Certified Network Professional

Cisco Certified Network Associate

The test to obtain CCDA certification is called Designing Cisco Networks (DCN) Exam #640-441. This is a computer-based test that currently consists of between 80 and 90 questions and has a 120-minute time limit. All exam registrations are made by calling Sylvan Prometric at 1-800-204-3926. The cost for the exam is $100 USD. Throughout this book, you will see the exam referred to as the DCN exam or the CCDA exam; they are the same exam for the purposes of this text.

The DCN exam measures your ability to design networks that meet certain requirements for performance, security, capacity, and scalability. The exam is focused on small- to medium-sized networks. The candidate should have at least one year of experience in the design of small- to medium-sized networks using Cisco products. A CCDA candidate should have an understanding of internetworking technologies, including network topologies, routing, switching, WAN technologies, LAN protocols, and network management. Cisco suggests taking the Designing Cisco Networks self-paced training material before you take the CCDA exam. For more information on the various levels of certification, career tracks, and Cisco exams, go to the Cisco Learning Connection page of the Cisco Connection Online (CCO) Web site at

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