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31 Days Before Your CCNA Routing and Switching Exam: A Day-By-Day Review Guide for the ICND2 (200-101) Certification Exam, 3rd Edition


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  • A Day by Day Quick Reference Study Guide for the Cisco Networking Academy any CCNA Student
  • A practical way to commit to taking the CCNA in one month
  • A way to review key points of the Networking Academy information with a specific focus on CCNA objectives
  • The only CCNA exam preparation resource to address a student CCNA exam readiness gap

  • Copyright 2014
  • Edition: 3rd
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  • ISBN-10: 1-58720-463-0
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-58720-463-0

31 Days Before Your CCNA Routing and Switching Exam offers you a personable and practical way to understand the certification process, commit to taking the 200-101 Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 2 (ICND2) certification exam, and finish your preparation using a variety of Primary and Supplemental study resources.

The ICND2 is the second exam associated with the CCNA Routing and Switching certification. This exam tests your knowledge and skills required to successfully install, operate, and troubleshoot a small- to medium-size enterprise branch network. Sign up for the ICND2 exam and use the book’s day-by-day guide and checklist to organize, prepare, and review. Each day in this guide breaks down an exam topic into a manageable bit of information to review using short summaries. A Study Resources section provides you with a quick reference for locating more in-depth treatment of a day’s topics within the Primary and Supplemental resources.

The features of the book empower you to fit exam preparation into a busy schedule:

  • Visual calendar summarizing each day’s study topic
  • Checklist providing advice for preparation activities leading up to the exam
  • Description of the 200-101 ICND2 exam organization and sign up process
  • Strategies from the author to be mentally, organizationally, and physically prepared for exam day
  • Conversational tone, which makes your study time more enjoyable

Primary Resources:

Cisco CCNA ICND2 200-101 Official Cert Guide

ISBN-13: 978-1-58714-373-1

Interconnecting Cisco Network Devices, Part 2 (ICND2) Foundation Learning Guide, Fourth Edition

ISBN: 978-1-58714-377-9

Scaling Networks Companion Guide

ISBN: 978-1-58713-328-2

Scaling Networks Lab Manual

ISBN: 978-1-58713-325-1

Connecting Networks Companion Guide

ISBN: 978-1-58713-332-9

Connecting Networks Lab Manual

ISBN: 978-1-58713-331-2

Supplemental Resources:

CCNA Routing and Switching Practice and Study Guide

ISBN: 978-1-58713-344-2

CCNA Routing and Switching Portable Command Guide Third Edition

ISBN: 978-1-58720-430-2

Cisco CCNA Routing and Switching 200-120 Network Simulator

ISBN: 978-0-7897-5088-4

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31 Days Before Your CCNA Routing and Switching Exam: Spanning Tree Protocols


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Table of Contents

Introduction xxiv

Day 31: Spanning Tree Protocols 1

    CCNA 200-101 ICND2 Exam Topics 1

    Key Topics 1

        STP Concepts and Operation 1

        STP Algorithm 2

        STP Convergence 2

    STP Varieties 4

    Study Resources 5

Day 30: PVST and Rapid PVST+ Operation and Configuration 7

    CCNA 200-101 ICND2 Exam Topics 7

    Key Topics 7

    PVST Operation 7

        Port States 8

        Extended System ID 8

    Rapid PVST+ Operation 9

        RSTP Interface Behavior 9

        RSTP Port Roles 10

        Edge Ports 11

    Configuring and Verifying Varieties of STP 12

        STP Configuration Overview 12

        Configuring and Verifying the BID 12

        Configuring PortFast 14

        Configuring Rapid PVST+ 15

        Verifying STP 15

    Study Resources 16

Day 29: EtherChannel Concepts and Configuration 17

    CCNA 200-101 ICND2 Exam Topics 17

    Key Topics 17

    EtherChannel Operation 17

        Benefits of EtherChannel 18

        Implementation Restrictions 18

    EtherChannel Protocols 19

        Port Aggregation Protocol 19

        Link Aggregation Control Protocol 20

    Configuring EtherChannel 20

    Verifying EtherChannel 21

    Study Resources 23

Day 28: Routing Processes and Protocols 25

    CCNA 200-101 ICND2 Exam Topics 25

    Key Topics 25

    Dynamic Routing Metrics 25

    Administrative Distance 26

    IGP Comparison Summary 28

    Routing Loop Prevention 28

    Link-State Routing Protocol Features 29

        Building the LSDB 29

        Calculating the Dijkstra Algorithm 30

        Convergence with Link-State Protocols 31

    Study Resources 32

Day 27: Booting the Router 33

    CCNA 200-101 ICND2 Exam Topics 33

    Key Topics 33

    Router Internal Components 33

    IOS 34

    Router Boot Process 35

        Changing the Configuration Register 36

        Locating and Loading the Cisco IOS Image to Load 37

        Selecting and Loading the Configuration 39

    Study Resources 40

Day 26: IOS Images and Licensing 41

    CCNA 200-101 ICND2 Exam Topics 41

    Key Topics 41

    Cisco IOS Software Release Families and Trains 41

        IOS Version 12.4 Family 41

        IOS Version 15 43

        IOS Image Filenames 45

    Managing IOS Licenses 46

    Study Resources 50

Day 25: Backing Up and Restoring Files 51

    CCNA 200-101 ICND2 Exam Topics 51

    Key Topics 51

    Cisco IOS File System and Devices 51

        IFS Commands 51

        URL Prefixes for Specifying File Locations 54

    Commands for Managing Configuration Files 54

    Manage IOS Images 56

        Backing Up an IOS image 56

        Restoring an IOS Image 57

    Study Resources 58

Day 24: OSPFv2 Modification 59

    CCNA 200-101 ICND2 Exam Topics 59

    Key Topics 59

    Configuring OSPFv2 Review 59

        The router ospf Command 59

        The network Command 59

        Router ID 60

        Passive Interfaces 60

    Modifying the OSPF Metric 60

    OSPFv2 Configuration Example 62

    Modifying Single-Area OSPFv2 63

        Redistributing a Default Route 63

        Modifying Hello Intervals and Hold Times 64

        Authenticating OSPF Messages 65

        OSPF Network Types 67

        DR/BDR Election 67

        Controlling the DR/BDR Election 68

    Multi-Area OSPFv2 70

        Multi-Area OSPFv2 Operation 70

        Link-State Advertisements 72

        Configuring Multi-Area OSPFv2 73

    Study Resources 75

Day 23: OSPFv3 Modification 77

    CCNA 200-101 ICND2 Exam Topics 77

    Key Topics 77

    OSPFv3 Configuration Review 77

    Modifying the OSPFv3 Configuration 79

        Propagating a Default Route 79

        Modifying the Timers 80

        Configuring Multi-Area OSPFv3 81

    Study Resources 83

Day 22: EIGRP Concepts 85

    CCNA 200-101 ICND2 Exam Topics 85

    Key Topics 85

    EIGRP Overview 85

    EIGRP Characteristics 86

        PDMs 86

        RTP 86

        EIGRP Packet Types 87

        EIGRP Message Format 88

        EIGRP Operation 89

    EIGRP Convergence 89

        EIGRP Composite Metric 90

        Administrative Distance 91

        DUAL 91

        DUAL Concepts 91

        DUAL FSM 92

    Study Resources 93

Day 21: EIGRP for IPv4 Implementation 95

    CCNA 200-101 ICND2 Exam Topics 95

    Key Topics 95

    Configuring EIGRP for IPv4 95

        EIGRP Topology and Addressing Scheme 95

        The network Command 96

        The Router ID 96

    Verifying EIGRP for IPv4 97

        Examining the Protocol Details 97

        Examining Neighbor Tables 98

        Examining Topology Tables 99

        Examining the Routing Table 101

    Modifying the EIGRP for IPv4 Configuration 102

        Automatic Summarization 102

        Manual Summarization 103

        Propagating an IPv4 Default Route 105

        Modifying the EIGRP Metric 106

        Modifying Hello Intervals and Hold Times 106

        Authenticating EIGRP Messages 107

    Study Resources 109

Day 20: EIGRP for IPv6 Implementation 111

    CCNA 200-101 ICND2 Exam Topics 111

    Key Topics 111

    EIGRP for IPv6 Concepts 111

    Configuring EIGRP for IPv6 112

    Verifying EIGRP for IPv6 114

        Examining the Protocol Details 114

        Examining Neighbor Table 115

        Examining the Routing Table 115

    Modifying EIGRP for IPv6 116

        Manual Summarization 116

        Propagating an IPv6 Default Route 118

        Modifying Bandwidth Utilization 118

        Modifying Hello Intervals and Hold Times 119

        Authenticating EIGRP Messages 119

    Study Resources 120

Day 19: Varieties of FHRP 121

    CCNA 200-101 ICND2 Exam Topics 121

    Key Topics 121

    First-Hop Redundancy Concepts 121

    FHRPs 122

        HSRP 122

        GLBP 123

    Study Resources 124

Day 18: FHRP Configurations 125

    CCNA 200-101 ICND2 Exam Topics 125

    Key Topics 125

    HSRP Configuration 125

    GLBP Configuration 128

    Study Resources 131

Day 17: SNMP and Syslog 133

    CCNA 200-101 ICND2 Exam Topics 133

    Key Topics 133

    SNMP Operation 133

        SNMP Components 133

        SNMP Messages 133

        SNMP Versions 134

        The Management Information Base 134

    Configuring SNMP 136

    Verifying SNMP 136

    Syslog 138

        Syslog Operation 138

        Syslog Configuration and Verification 140

    Study Resources 142

Day 16: Utilizing NetFlow 145

    CCNA 200-101 ICND2 Exam Topics 145

    Key Topics 145

    NetFlow Operation 145

    Configuring NetFlow 146

    Verifying and Using NetFlow 147

    Examining NetFlow Data 148

    Study Resources 150

Day 15: Troubleshooting Methodology 151

    CCNA 200-101 ICND2 Exam Topics 151

    Key Topics 151

    Troubleshooting Documentation 151

        Configuration Files 151

        Topology Diagrams 152

        Baseline Date 153

    Troubleshooting Methods 154

    Troubleshooting at Each Layer 156

        Physical Layer 156

        Data-Link Layer 156

        Network Layer 156

        Transport Layer 157

        Application Layer 158

        Bottom-Up and the Layers 159

    Study Resources 159

Day 14: Troubleshooting STP and EtherChannel 161

    CCNA 200-101 ICND2 Exam Topics 161

    Key Topics 161

    Troubleshooting STP 161

    Troubleshooting EtherChannel 162

        Incorrect channel-group Command Configuration 162

        Physical Interface Mismatches 164

    Study Resources 165

Day 13: Troubleshooting Inter-VLAN Routing 167

    CCNA 200-101 ICND2 Exam Topics 167

    Key Topics 167

    Inter-VLAN Routing Configuration 167

    Inter-VLAN Routing Issues 170

        Physical Connections 170

        Trunking Configuration 170

        IP Addressing Issues 171

    Study Resources 171

Day 12: Troubleshooting Routing 173

    CCNA 200-101 ICND2 Exam Topics 173

    Key Topics 173

    Normal Routing Behavior 173

    Routing Protocol Operations 174

    The Basic Routing Troubleshooting Commands 174

    VLSM Troubleshooting 176

    Study Resources 177

Day 11: Troubleshooting OSPF 179

    CCNA 200-101 ICND2 Exam Topics 179

    Key Topics 179

    OSPF Operational Considerations 179

        OSPF States 179

        OSPF Adjacency 180

        OSPF Troubleshooting Commands 180

    Study Resources 182

Day 10: Troubleshooting EIGRP 183

    CCNA 200-101 ICND2 Exam Topics 183

    Key Topics 183

        EIGRP Troubleshooting Commands 183

    Discontiguous Networks 185

    Study Resources 186

Day 9: WAN Technology Overview 187

    CCNA 200-101 ICND2 Exam Topics 187

    Key Topics 187

    WAN Technology Concepts 187

        WAN Components 187

        WAN Devices 189

    WAN Operations 190

        WAN Physical Layer Standards 190

        WAN Data-Link Protocols 191

        WAN Switching 191

    Study Resources 192

Day 8: WAN Connection Options and VPNs 193

    CCNA 200-101 ICND2 Exam Topics 193

    Key Topics 193

    WAN Connection Options 193

        Dedicated Connection Options 194

        Circuit-Switched Connection Options 194

        Packet-Switched Connection Options 195

        Metro Ethernet 196

        Frame Relay 196

        Internet Connection Options 197

        DSL 197

        Cable Modem 198

        Wireless 198

        Choosing a WAN Link Option 199

    VPN Technology 199

        VPN Benefits 200

        Types of VPN Access 200

        VPN Components 201

        Establishing Secure VPN Connections 202

        VPN Tunneling 202

        VPN Encryption Algorithms 203

        Hashes 204

        VPN Authentication 204

        IPsec Security Protocols 204

    GRE Tunneling 207

        GRE Characteristics 207

        GRE Configuration 208

    Study Resources 210

Day 7: Serial Connections 211

    CCNA 200-101 ICND2 Exam Topics 211

    Key Topics 211

    Serial Communications 211

    HDLC 213

        HDLC Encapsulation 213

        Configuring HDLC 214

        Verifying HDLC 214

    Study Resources 215

Day 6: PPP 217

    CCNA 200-101 ICND2 Exam Topics 217

    Key Topics 217

    PPP Concepts 217

        The PPP Frame Format 217

        PPP Link Control Protocol (LCP) 218

        Looped-Link Detection 218

        Enhanced Error Detection 219

        PPP Multilink 219

        PPP Authentication 219

    PPP Configuration and Verification 220

        Basic PPP 220

        CHAP 221

        PAP 222

    Study Resources 223

Day 5: Frame Relay 225

    CCNA 200-101 ICND2 Exam Topics 225

    Key Topics 225

    Frame Relay Concepts 225

        Frame Relay Components 226

        Frame Relay Topologies 227

        NBMA Limitations and Solutions 228

        Inverse ARP and LMI Concepts 229

        Inverse ARP and LMI Operation 231

    Configuring and Verifying Frame Relay 232

        Full Mesh with One Subnet 233

        Configuring the Encapsulation 234

        Configuring the LMI Type 235

        Configuring Static Frame Relay Maps 235

        Partial Mesh with One Subnet per PVC 236

        Frame Relay Verification 238

    Study Resources 239

Day 4: PPPoE 241

    CCNA 200-101 ICND2 Exam Topics 241

    Key Topics 241

    PPPoE Concepts 241

    PPPoE Configuration 242

    Study Resources 243

Day 3: Troubleshooting WAN Issues 245

    CCNA 200-101 ICND2 Exam Topics 245

    Key Topics 245

    Troubleshooting WAN Implementations 245

    Troubleshooting Layer 1 Problems 246

    Troubleshooting Layer 2 Problems 247

    Troubleshooting Layer 3 Problems 248

    Study Resources 249

Day 2: NAT 251

    CCNA 200-101 ICND2 Exam Topics 251

    Key Topics 251

    NAT Concepts 251

        A NAT Example 252

    Dynamic and Static NAT 253

        NAT Overload 253

        NAT Benefits 254

        NAT Limitations 254

    Configuring Static NAT 255

        Configuring Dynamic NAT 256

        Configuring NAT Overload 257

    Verifying NAT 258

    Troubleshooting NAT 259

    NAT for IPv6 260

        IPv6 Private Address Space 260

        Purpose of NAT for IPv6 261

    Study Resources 262

Day 1: CCNA Skills Review and Practice 263

    Key Topics 263

    CCNA Skills Practice 263

        Introduction 263

        Topology Diagram 263

        Addressing Table 264

        VLAN Configuration and Port Mappings 265

        ISP Configuration 265

        Task 1: Configure Frame Relay in a Hub-and-Spoke Topology 266

        Task 2: Configure PPP with CHAP 266

        Task 3: Configure Static and Dynamic NAT on HQ 267

        Task 4: Configure Default Routing 267

        Task 5: Configure Inter-VLAN Routing 267

        Task 6: Configure and Optimize EIGRP Routing 267

        Task 7: Configure VTP, Trunking, the VLAN Interface, and VLANs 268

        Task 8: Assign VLANs and Configure Port Security 268

        Task 9: Configure STP 269

        Task 10: Configure DHCP 269

        Task 11: Configure a Firewall ACL 269

    CCNA Skills Practice (Answers) 271

        Task 1: Configure Frame Relay in a Hub-and-Spoke Topology 271

        Task 2: Configure PPP with CHAP 273

        Task 3: Configure Static and Dynamic NAT on HQ 274

        Task 4: Configure Default Routing 275

        Task 5: Configure Inter-VLAN Routing 275

        Task 6: Configure and Optimize EIGRP Routing 276

        Task 7: Configure VTP, Trunking, the VLAN Interface, and VLANs 278

        Task 8: Assign VLANs and Configure Port Security 281

        Task 9: Configure STP 282

        Task 10: Configure DHCP 283

        Task 11: Configure a Firewall ACL 284

    CCNA Skills Challenge 285

Exam Day 287

Post-Exam Information 289

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