The Remote Access Exam and the CCNP and CCDP Certifications

The Remote Access exam proves mastery of the features used in larger corporate dial-in facilities and Internet service provider (ISP) operations. Skills required for CCNP and CCDP certifications include the ability to install, configure, operate, and troubleshoot remote access devices in a complex WAN environment. Specifically, the remote access skills required ensure that the CCNP or CCDP candidate can ensure minimal WAN costs to the customer or client using the Cisco IOS features.

The Cisco features that are critical to this endeavor include dial-on-demand, bandwidth-on-demand, dial backup, snapshot routing, dialer-maps, and dialer profiles. In addition, successful candidates should be comfortable with Frame Relay, ISDN, PSTN, and X.25.

The target audience for CCNP and CCDP certification includes the following:

• Gold- or Silver-certified partners

CCNAs who want increased earning power, professional recognition, job promotions, and so on

• Level 1 network support individuals that want to progress to level 2

• ISP professionals who want to gain a larger understanding of the Internet picture and its intricacies

A CCNP's training and experience enables him or her to accomplish the following:

• Install and configure a network to minimize WAN costs and to ensure connectivity from remote sites

• Maximize performance over a WAN link

• Improve network security

• Provide access to remote customers or clients

• Configure queuing for congested links to alleviate occasional congestion

• Provide dial-up connectivity over analog and digital networks

• Implement DDR backup services to protect against down time

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