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  • ISBN-10: 1-58720-142-9
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Official self-study test preparation guide for the Cisco BCMSN exam 642-811

The official study guide helps you master all the topics on the CCNP BCMSN exam, including:

  • Modular network design
  • Switch operation and configuration
  • Switch port configuration
  • VLANs and the VLAN Trunking Protocol (VTP)
  • Aggregating switch links
  • Spanning Tree Protocol configuration, security, and advanced features
  • Multilayer switching
  • Router redundancy and load balancing
  • Multicast and quality-of-service (QoS) concepts
  • Diffserv QoS configuration
  • IP Telephony on Catalyst switches
  • Securing switch access and VLANs 

CCNP BCMSN Exam Certification Guide, Third Edition, is a best of breed Cisco® exam study guide that focuses specifically on the objectives for the BCMSN exam. Lead network engineer and consultant David Hucaby shares preparation hints and test-taking tips, helping you identify areas of weakness and improve your switching knowledge. Material is presented in a concise manner, focusing on increasing your understanding and retention of exam topics.

CCNP BCMSN Exam Certification Guide, Third Edition, presents you with an organized test preparation routine through the use of proven series elements and techniques. “Do I Know This Already?” quizzes open each chapter and allow you to decide how much time you need to spend on each section. Exam topic lists and Foundation Summary tables make referencing easy and give you a quick refresher whenever you need it. Challenging chapter-ending review questions help you assess your knowledge and reinforce key concepts. The companion CD-ROM contains a powerful testing engine that allows you to focus on individual topic areas or take complete, timed exams. The assessment engine also tracks your performance and provides feedback on a module-by-module basis, presenting question-by-question remediation to the text. Well-regarded for its level of detail, assessment features, and challenging review questions and exercises, this book helps you master the concepts and techniques that will enable you to succeed on the exam the first time.

This revision to the popular second edition includes updates on high-availability considerations and design, security in the switching environment, Voice VLANs, and Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol (RSTP).

CCNP BCMSN Exam Certification Guide, Third Edition, is part of a recom-mended learning path from Cisco Systems that includes simulation and hands-on training from authorized Cisco Learning Partners and self-study products from Cisco Press. To find out more about instructor-led training, e-learning, and hands-on instruction offered by authorized Cisco Learning Partners worldwide, please visit

Companion CD-ROM

The CD-ROM contains an electronic copy of the book and over 200 practice questions for the BCMSN exam, including simulation-based questions, all available in study mode, test mode, and flash card format.

This volume is part of the Exam Certification Guide Series from Cisco Press®. Books in this series provide officially developed exam preparation materials that offer assessment, review, and practice to help Cisco Career Certification candidates identify weaknesses, concentrate their study efforts, and enhance their confidence as exam day nears.

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Table of Contents

Part I            Overview and Design of a Campus Network

Chapter 1    Campus Network Overview

                    “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz

                    Foundation Topics

                    Switching Functionality

                    Layer 2 Switching

                    Layer 3 Routing

                    Layer 3 Switching

                    Layer 4 Switching

                    Multilayer Switching

                    Campus Network Models

                    Shared Network Model

                    LAN Segmentation Model

                    Network Traffic Models

                    Predictable Network Model

                    Hierarchical Network Design

                    Access Layer

                    Distribution Layer

                    Core Layer

                    Foundation Summary


Chapter 2    Modular Network Design

                    “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz

                    Foundation Topics

                    Modular Network Design

                    Switch Block

                    Sizing a Switch Block

                    Core Block

                    Collapsed Core

                    Dual Core

                    Core Size in a Campus Network

                    Other Building Blocks

                    Server Farm Block

                    Network Management Block

                    Enterprise Edge Block

                    Service Provider Edge Block

                    Can I Use Layer 2 Distribution Switches?

                    Evaluating an Existing Network

                    Discovering the Network Topology

                    Migrating to a Hierarchical Design

                    Foundation Summary


Part II          Building a Campus Network

Chapter 3    Switch Operation

                    “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz

                    Foundation Topics

                    Layer 2 Switch Operation

                    Transparent Bridging

                    Follow That Frame!

                    Multilayer Switch Operation

                    Types of Multilayer Switching

                    Follow That Packet!

                    Multilayer Switching Exceptions

                    Tables Used in Switching

                    Content Addressable Memory

                    Ternary Content Addressable Memory

                    TCAM Structure

                    TCAM Example

                    Port Operations in TCAM

                    Troubleshooting Switching Tables

                    CAM Table Operation

                    TCAM Operation

                    Foundation Summary


Chapter 4    Switch Configuration

                    “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz

                    Foundation Topics

                    Switch Management

                    Operating Systems

                    Identifying the Switch

                    Passwords and User Access

                    Password Recovery

                    Remote Access

                    Interswitch Communication: Cisco Discovery Protocol

                    Switch File Management

                    OS Image Files

                    Filename Conventions

                    Configuration Files

                    Other Catalyst Switch Files

                    Moving Catalyst Switch Files

                    Troubleshooting from the Operating System

                    Displaying Configuration and File Contents

                    Debugging Output

                    Viewing CDP Information

                    Foundation Summary


Chapter 5    Switch Port Configuration

                    “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz

                    Foundation Topics

                    Ethernet Concepts

                    Ethernet (10 Mbps)

                    Fast Ethernet

                    Full-Duplex Fast Ethernet

                    Gigabit Ethernet

                    10-Gigabit Ethernet

                    Connecting Switch Block Devices

                    Console Port Cables/Connectors

                    Ethernet Port Cables and Connectors

                    Gigabit Ethernet Port Cables and Connectors

                    Switch Port Configuration

                    Selecting Ports to Configure

                    Identifying Ports

                    Port Speed

                    Port Duplex Mode

                    Managing Error Conditions on a Switch Port

                    Detecting Error Conditions

                    Automatically Recover from Error Conditions

                    Enable and Use the Switch Port

                    Troubleshooting Port Connectivity

                    Looking for the Port State

                    Looking for Speed and Duplex Mismatches

                    Foundation Summary


Chapter 6    VLANs and Trunks

                    “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz

                    Foundation Topics

                    Virtual LANs

                    VLAN Membership

                    Static VLANs

                    Configuring Static VLANs

                    Dynamic VLANs

                    Deploying VLANs

                    End-to-End VLANs

                    Local VLANs

                    VLAN Trunks

                    VLAN Frame Identification

                    Inter-Switch Link Protocol

                    IEEE 802.1Q Protocol

                    Dynamic Trunking Protocol

                    VLAN Trunk Configuration

                    VLAN Trunk Configuration

                    Trunk Configuration Example

                    Troubleshooting VLANs and Trunks

                    Foundation Summary


Chapter 7     VLAN Trunking Protocol

                    “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz

                    Foundation Topics

                    VLAN Trunking Protocol

                    VTP Domains

                    VTP Modes

                    VTP Advertisements

                    VTP Configuration

                    Configuring a VTP Management Domain

                    Configuring the VTP Mode

                    Configuring the VTP Version

                    VTP Configuration Example

                    VTP Status

                    VTP Pruning

                    Enabling VTP Pruning

                    Troubleshooting VTP

                    Foundation Summary


Chapter 8    Aggregating Switch Links

                    “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz

                    Foundation Topics

                    Switch Port Aggregation with EtherChannel

                    Bundling Ports with EtherChannel

                    Distributing Traffic in EtherChannel

                    Configuring EtherChannel Load Balancing

                    EtherChannel Negotiation Protocols

                    Port Aggregation Protocol

                    Link Aggregation Control Protocol

                    EtherChannel Configuration

                    Configuring a PAgP EtherChannel

                    Configuring a LACP EtherChannel

                    Troubleshooting an EtherChannel

                    Foundation Summary


Chapter 9    Traditional Spanning Tree Protocol

                    “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz

                    Foundation Topics

                    IEEE 802.1D Overview

                    Bridging Loops

                    Preventing Loops with Spanning Tree Protocol

                    Spanning-Tree Communication: Bridge Protocol Data Units

                    Electing a Root Bridge

                    Electing Root Ports

                    Electing Designated Ports

                    STP States

                    STP Timers

                    Topology Changes

                    Direct Topology Changes

                    Indirect Topology Changes

                    Insignificant Topology Changes

                    Types of STP

                    Common Spanning Tree

                    Per-VLAN Spanning Tree

                    Per-VLAN Spanning Tree Plus

                    Foundation Summary


Chapter 10   Spanning Tree Configuration

                    “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz

                    Foundation Topics

                    STP Root Bridge

                    Root Bridge Placement

                    Root Bridge Configuration

                    Spanning-Tree Customization

                    Tuning the Root Path Cost

                    Tuning the Port ID

                    Tuning Spanning-Tree Convergence

                    Modifying STP Timers

                    Manually Configuring STP Timers

                    Automatically Configuring STP Timers

                    Redundant Link Convergence

                    PortFast: Access-Layer Nodes

                    UplinkFast: Access-Layer Uplinks

                    BackboneFast: Redundant Backbone Paths

                    Troubleshooting STP

                    Foundation Summary


Chapter 11  Protecting the Spanning Tree Protocol Topology

                    “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz

                    Foundation Topics

                    Protecting Against Unexpected BPDUs

                    Root Guard

                    BPDU Guard

                    Protecting Against Sudden Loss of BPDUs

                    Loop Guard


                    Using BPDU Filtering to Disable STP on a Port

                    Troubleshooting STP Protection

                    Foundation Summary


Chaptere 12 Advanced Spanning Tree Protocol

                    “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz

                    Foundation Topics

                    Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol

                    RSTP Port Behavior

                    BPDUs in RSTP

                    RSTP Convergence

                    Port Types


                    Topology Changes and RSTP

                    RSTP Configuration

                    Rapid Per-VLAN Spanning Tree Protocol

                    Multiple Spanning Tree Protocol

                    MST Overview

                    MST Regions

                    Spanning Tree Instances Within MST

                    IST Instances

                    MST Instances

                    MST Configuration

                    Foundation Summary


Part III         Layer 3 Switching

Chapter 13  Multilayer Switching

                    “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz

                    Foundation Topics

                    InterVLAN Routing

                    Types of Interfaces

                    Configuring InterVLAN Routing

                    Layer 2 Port Configuration

                    Layer 3 Port Configuration

                    SVI Port Configuration

                    Multilayer Switching with CEF

                    Traditional MLS Overview

                    CEF Overview

                    Forwarding Information Base

                    Adjacency Table

                    Packet Rewrite

                    Configuring CEF

                    Fallback Bridging

                    Verifying Multilayer Switching

                    Verifying InterVLAN Routing

                    Verifying CEF

                    Verifying Fallback Bridging

                    Foundation Summary


Chapter 14  Router, Supervisor, and Power Redundancy

                    “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz

                    Foundation Topics

                    Router Redundancy in Multilayer Switching

                    Packet Forwarding Review

                    Hot Standby Router Protocol

                    HSRP Router Election

                    Conceding the Election

                    HSRP Gateway Addressing

                    Load Balancing with HSRP

                    Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol

                    Gateway Load Balancing Protocol

                    Active Virtual Gateway

                    Active Virtual Forwarder

                    GLBP Load Balancing

                    Enabling GLBP

                    Verifying Gateway Redundancy

                    Redundancy Within a Switch Chassis

                    Redundant Switch Supervisors

                    Configuring the Redundancy Mode

                    Configuring Supervisor Synchronization

                    Non-Stop Forwarding

                    Redundant Power Supplies

                    Foundation Summary


Chapter 15   IP Multicast

                    “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz

                    Foundation Topics

                    Multicast Overview

                    Multicast Addressing

                    Routing Multicast Traffic

                    Multicast Trees

                    Reverse Path Forwarding






                    PIM Dense Mode

                    PIM Sparse Mode

                    PIM Sparse-Dense Mode

                    PIM Version 1

                    PIM Version 2

                    Switching Multicast Traffic

                    IGMP Snooping


                    Verifying Multicast Routing and Switching

                    Multicast Routing with PIM

                    Multicast Switching

                    What Would Happen Without a Multicast Router?

                    Foundation Summary


Part IV         Campus Network Services

Chapter 16   IP Telephony

                    “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz

                    Foundation Topics

                    Power over Ethernet (PoE)

                    How Power over Ethernet Works

                    Detecting a Powered Device

                    Supplying Power to a Device

                    Configuring Power over Ethernet

                    Verifying Power over Ethernet

                    Voice VLANs

                    Voice VLAN Configuration

                    Verifying Voice VLAN Operation

                    Voice QoS

                    QoS Overview

                    Best-Effort Delivery

                    Integrated Services Model

                    Differentiated Services Model

                    DiffServ QoS

                    Layer 2 QoS Classification

                    Layer 3 QoS Classification with DSCP

                    Implementing QoS for Voice

                    Configuring a Trust Boundary

                    Verifying Voice QoS

                    Foundation Summary


Chapter 17   Securing Switch Access

                    “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz

                    Foundation Topics

                    Switch AAA




                    Port Security

                    Port-Based Authentication

                    802.1x Configuration

                    Mitigating Spoofing Attacks

                    DHCP Snooping

                    Dynamic ARP Inspection

                    Best Practices for Securing Switches

                    Foundation Summary


Chapter 18   Securing with VLANs

                    “Do I Know This Already?” Quiz

                    Foundation Topics

                    VLAN Access Lists

                    VACL Configuration

                    Private VLANs

                    Private VLAN Configuration

                    Configure the Private VLANs

                    Associate Ports with Private VLANs

                    Associate Secondary VLANs to a Primary VLAN SVI

                    Securing VLAN Trunks

                    Switch Spoofing

                    VLAN Hopping

                    Switch Port Monitoring

                    Local SPAN and VSPAN

                    Local SPAN and VSPAN Configuration

                    Remote SPAN

                    Remote SPAN Configuration

                    Foundation Summary


Part V          Scenarios for Final Preparation

Chapter 19  Scenarios for Final Preparation

                    Scenario 1: Trunking and DTP

                    Scenario 2: VLANs, Trunking, and VTP

                    Scenario 3: EtherChannels

                    Scenario 4: Traditional STP

                    Scenario 5: Advanced STP

                    Scenario 6: Router Redundancy with HSRP and GLBP

                    Scenario 7: Multicast

                    Scenario 8: IP Telephony in a Switched Network

                    Scenario 9: Securing Access and Managing Traffic in a Switched Network

                    Scenario Answers

                    Scenario 1 Answers

                    Scenario 2 Answers

                    Scenario 3 Answers

                    Scenario 4 Answers

                    Scenario 5 Answers

                    Scenario 6 Answers

                    Scenario 7 Answers

                    Scenario 8 Answers

                    Scenario 9 Answers

Part VI Appendix

                    Answers to Chapter “Do I Know This Already?” Quizzes and Q&A Sections


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