Recommended Training Path for CCNA

Cisco recommends that you take two courses before you take the CCNA exam. The first, Internetworking Technology Multimedia (ITM), is a CD-based course that you can order directly from Cisco (www.cisco.com/warp/customer/10/wwtraining/cust/course_itm.html) currently for $50. This course covers many of the protocol basics needed for CCNA.

The other suggested course is the instructor-led Interconnecting Cisco Network Devices (ICND) course, which is available from almost every Cisco training partner (for a list of training partners, go to www.cisco.com/warp/public/10/wwtraining/listAllTP.html). The ICND course replaces the old Introduction to Cisco Router Configuration (ICRC) course, as well as the less-popular Cisco Routing and LAN Switching (CRLS) course.

So, if you have taken or will take ICND, that's the best way to prepare for the CCNA exam. Reading the ITM CD will be helpful as well. But what if you took one of the older courses? Or, what if you took the Cisco Networking Academy curriculum? Or, what if you simply choose not to spend the money on an introductory course? The final section of this chapter suggests a strategy for people from each background.

First, an outline of the ICND course, shown in Table 1-3, should be helpful. Remember, although the CCNA exam is not a test on the ICND course, ICND is the course that most closely matches the CCNA topics.

Table 1-3 ICND Course Summary

Module Title

Topics in This Module

Interconnecting Cisco

Typical administrative details.

Networking Devices Introduction

Internetworking Concepts

OSI model details; common physical and data link specifications;

Overview

MAC address definition; description of Ethernet, Token Ring, and

FDDI operation; a brief explanation of WAN data links.

Assembling and Cabling Cisco

Short chapter on basic physical setup and cabling.

Devices

Operating and Configuring a

Logging in, initialization, modes of operation, passwords, help,

Cisco IOS Device

command editing, and various show commands.

Managing Your Network

Telnet, CDP, and managing the IOS and config files.

Environment

Catalyst 1900 Switch Operations

LAN switching concepts, spanning tree, and 1900 switch

configuration.

Extending Switched Networks

Virtual LANs, VLAN trunking, and VLAN configuration on 1900

with Virtual LANs

switches.

continues continues

Table 1-3

ICND Course Summary (Continued)

Module Title

Topics in This Module

Interconnecting Networks with TCP/IP

Protocol stack versus OSI; application layer examples; TCP error recovery; TCP and UDP ports; TCP, UDP, and IP headers; and ICMP. For Class A, B, and C networks: IP addresses, mask subnetting, and planning; configuring IP addresses; configuring host names; configuring DNS; and verifying operation with ping, trace, and show commands.

Determining IP Routes

Configuring static routes; configuring default routes; interior versus exterior routing protocols; configuring RIP; debugging RIP; IGRP configuration; and IGRP debug and show commands.

Basic IP Traffic Management with Access Lists

The purpose of using access lists, logic diagrams, standard and extended access lists, and TCP/IP access lists; wildcard masks; configuring standard IP access lists; configuring extended access lists; monitoring IP access lists.

Configuring Novell IPX

Protocol versus OSI, IPX addresses, Novell encapsulation options, RIP, SAP, GNS, configuring IPX, displaying IPX, debugging IPX, and IPX access-lists.

Telephone company service basics, survey of data link protocols for WANs, SDLC/HDLC/PPP/LAPB framing, PPP functions, PAP and CHAP authentication, and PAP and CHAP configuration.

Completing an ISDN BRI Call ISDN Protocol basics and dial-on-demand routing (DDR).

Establishing Serial Point-to-point Connections

Establishing a Frame Relay PVC Connection

Terminology, LMI messages, Inverse ARP, addressing, configuration, monitoring, configuration using subinterfaces, NBMA, and full and partial mesh issues.

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