CCNP Exam Topics

Carefully consider the exam topics Cisco has posted on its website as you study, particularly for clues to how deeply you should know each topic. Beyond that, you cannot go wrong by developing a broader knowledge of the subject matter. You can do that by reading and studying the topics presented in this book. Remember that it is in your best interest to become proficient in each of the CCNP subjects. When it is time to use what you have learned, being well rounded counts more than being well tested.

Table I-1 shows the official exam topics for the BCMSN exam, as posted on Cisco.com. Note that Cisco has historically changed exam topics without changing the exam number, so do not be alarmed if small changes in the exam topics occur over time. When in doubt, go to cisco.com, click Learning and Events, and select Career Certifications and Paths.

Table I -1 BCMSN Exam Topics

Exam Topic

Part of This Book Where Exam Topic Is Covered

Describe the Enterprise Composite Model used for designing networks, and explain how it addresses enterprise network needs for performance, scalability, and availability*

Part I*

Describe the physical, data link, and network layer technologies used in a switched network, and identify when to use each*

Part I*

Explain the role of switches in the various modules of the Enterprise Composite Model (Campus Infrastructure, Server Farm, Enterprise Edge, Network Management)*

Part I*

Compare end-to-end and local VLANs and determine when to use each*

Part I*

Explain the functions of VLANs in a hierarchical network

Part II

Configure VLANs (native, default, static, and access)

Part II

Explain and configure VLAN trunking (i.e. IEEE 802.1Q and ISL)

Part II

Table I -1 BCMSN Exam Topics (Continued)

Exam Topic

Part of This Book Where Exam Topic Is Covered

Explain and configure VTP

Part II

Verify or troubleshoot VLAN configurations

Part II

Explain the functions and operations of the Spanning Tree protocols (i.e. RSTP, PVRST, and MISTP)

Part II

Configure RSTP (PVRST) and MISTP

Part II

Describe and configure STP security mechanisms (i.e. BPDU Guard, BPDU Filtering, Root Guard)

Part II

Configure and verify UDLD and Loop Guard

Part II

Verify or troubleshoot Spanning Tree protocol operations

Part II

Configure and verify link aggregation using PAgP or LACP

Part II

Explain and configure InterVLAN routing (i.e. SVI and routed ports)

Part III

Explain and enable CEF operation

Part III

Verify or troubleshoot InterVLAN routing configurations

Part III

Explain the functions and operations of gateway redundancy protocols (i.e. HSRP, VRRP, and GLBP)

Part III

Configure HSRP, VRRP, and GLBP

Part III

Verify High Availability configurations

Part III

Describe the components and operations of WLAN topologies (i.e. AP and bridge)

Part V

Describe the features of Client Devices, Network Unification, and Mobility Platforms (i.e. CCX, LWAPP)

Part V

Configure a wireless client (i.e. ADU)

Part V

Describe common Layer 2 network attacks (e.g. MAC flooding, Rogue Devices, VLAN Hopping, DHCP Spoofing, etc.)

Part IV

Explain and configure Port Security (i.e. 802.1x, VACLs, Private VLANs, DHCP Snooping, and DAI

Part IV

Verify Catalyst switch (IOS-based) security configurations (i.e. Port Security, 802.1x, VACLs, Private VLANs, DHCP Snooping, and DAI)

Part IV

Describe the characteristics of voice in the campus network

Part IV

Describe the functions of Voice VLANs and trust boundaries

Part IV

Configure and verify basic IP Phone support (i.e. Voice VLAN, Trust and CoS options, AutoQoS for voice)

Part IV

* While the topics listed here are not included in the updated list of exam topics for the 642-812 exam, you will still need to be familiar with these concepts to successfully pass the exam.

* While the topics listed here are not included in the updated list of exam topics for the 642-812 exam, you will still need to be familiar with these concepts to successfully pass the exam.

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