The CCDA Exam Objectives

Cisco lists the objectives for CCDA Exam on its Web site at http://www.cisco.com/warp/public/10/wwtraining/certprog/ testing/pdf/ccda.pdf. This list provides the most key information about what the test covers. Table I-1 lists these CCDA exam objectives and the corresponding chapters in this book that cover those objectives. Each chapter and each major section of the book begins with a listing of the objectives covered. Use these references as a road map to find the exact materials you need to study to master all the CCDA exam objectives.

Table I-1 CCDA Objectives and the Chapters Where They Are Covered Objectiv e Description Chapter

Overall Objectives

1 Design a network that meets a customer's requirements for performance, 1 security, capacity, and scalability.

2 Assemble Cisco product lines into an end-to-end networking solution. 4, 5 Small- to Medium-Sized Business Solutions Framework

3 Upon completion of this introduction, you will be able to describe a 1

framework you can use to simplify the complexities associated with analyzing customer network problems and creating Cisco scalable solutions.

Identify Customer Needs—Characterize the Existing Network

Table I-1 CCDA Objectives and the Chapters Where They Are Covered (Continued)

Objectiv e

Description

Chapter

4

Identify all the data you should gather to characterize the customer's existing network.

2

S

Document the customer's current applications, protocols, topology, and number of users.

1,

2, l

6

Document the customer's business issues that are relevant to a network design project.

1,

2, l

l

Assess the health of the customer's existing network and make conclusions about the network's capability to support growth.

2

S

Determine the customer's requirements for new applications, protocols, number of users, peak usage hours, security, and network management.

2,

3, l, S

9

Diagram the flow of information for new applications.

2,

3

10

Isolate the customer's criteria for accepting the performance of a network.

2

11

List some tools that will help you characterize new network traffic.

2,

l

12

Predict the amount of traffic and the type of traffic caused by the applications, given charts that characterize typical network traffic.

3

Design the Network Structure

13

Describe the advantages, disadvantages, scalability issues, and applicability of standard internetwork topologies.

4

14

Draw a topology map that meets the customer's needs and includes a high-level view of internetworking devices and interconnecting media.

4,

S

1S

Recognize scalability constraints and issues for standard LAN technologies.

4

16

Recommend Cisco products and LAN technologies that will meet a customer's requirements for performance, capacity, and scalability in small to medium-sized networks.

4,

l

1l

Update the network topology drawing you created in the previous section to include hardware and media.

4,

S

1S

Recognize scalability constraints and issues for standard WAN technologies.

S

19

Recognize scalability constraints and performance budgets for major Cisco products.

S

Table I-1 CCDA Objectives and the Chapters Where They Are Covered (Continued)

Objectiv e

Description

Chapter

20

Recommend Cisco products and WAN technologies that will meet the customer's requirements for performance, capacity, and scalability in an enterprise network.

5, 7

21

Propose an addressing model for the customer's areas, networks, subnetworks, and end stations that meets scalability requirements.

6

22

Propose a plan for configuring addresses.

6

23

Propose a naming scheme for servers, routers, and user stations.

6

24

Identify scalability constraints and issues for IGRP, EIGRP, IP RIP, IPX RIP/SAP, NLSP, AppleTalk RTMP and AURP, static routing, and bridging protocols.

6

25

Recommend routing and bridging protocols that meet a customer's requirements for performance, security, and capacity.

6, 7

26

Recognize scalability issues for various Cisco IOS software features such as access lists, proxy services, encryption, compression, and queuing.

6

27

Recommend Cisco IOS software features that meet a customer's requirements for performance, security, capacity, and scalability.

6, 7

Build a Prototype or Pilot for the Network Structure

28

Determine how much of the network structure must be built to prove that the network design meets the customer's needs.

8

29

List the tasks required to build a prototype or pilot that demonstrates the functionality of the network design.

8

30

List the Cisco IOS software commands you should use to determine whether a network structure meets the customer's performance and scalability goals.

8

31

Describe how to demonstrate the prototype or pilot to the customer so that the customer understands that the proposed design meets requirements for performance, security, capacity, and scalability, and that the costs and risks are acceptable.

8

Table I-2 shows which objectives are covered in each chapter. Table I-2 Chapter-by-Chapter Listing of CCDA Objectives

Chapter

Objective

1

1, 3, 5, 6

2

4-11

3

8, 9, 12

4

2, 13-17

5

2, 14, 17-20

6

21-27

7

5, 6, 8, 11, 16, 20, 25, 27

8

8, 28-31

If you feel that your knowledge of a particular chapter's objectives is strong, you might want to proceed directly to that chapter's exercises to assess your true level of preparedness. If you are having difficulty with those exercises, make sure to read over that chapter's Foundation Topics. Also, be sure to test yourself by using the CD-ROM's test engine. Finally, if you are lacking in certain internetworking technologies knowledge, be sure to review the reference materials provided in the appendixes. No matter your background, you should begin with Chapter 1, "Design Goals."

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