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CCNP R&S SWITCH 300-115 Pearson uCertify Course and Textbook Bundle


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Welcome to CCNP Routing and Switching SWITCH 300-115Pearson uCertify Course and Textbook Bundle

CCNP Routing and Switching SWITCH 300-115 Pearson uCertify Course is an easy-to-use online course that allows you to assess your readiness and teaches you what you need to know to pass the Cisco CCNP SWITCH exam.

The course starts off with a pre-assessment where each question has a full explana.tion and points you to the chapter where you can learn about the objective. Then you can master all of the Cisco CCNP Routing and Switching SWITCH 300-115 exam objectives in the framework of CCNP Routing and Switching SWITCH 300-115 Official Cert Guide interactive eBook. The interactive eBook includes informative text, tables, step-by-step lists, images, video, interactive exercises, and review activities. Each chapter also includes glossary flash cards.

Gauge your readiness with a pre-assessment exam with questions specifically designed to identify your deficiencies. Then after you have worked through the course material practice with two complete practice tests and then take the final post assessment to see if you are ready or where you need to study more. In total there are over 600 practice questions.

All of the content–the complete Official Cert Guide, the 5+ hours of video instruc.tion, the practice questions, and the exercises–is focused around the official Cisco CCNP Routing and Switching SWITCH exam objectives. 

CCNP Routing and Switching SWITCH 300-115 Official Cert Guide from Cisco Press enables you to succeed on the exam the first time and is the only self-study resource approved by Cisco. Expert engineer David Hucaby shares preparation hints and test-taking tips, helping you identify areas of weakness and improve both your conceptual knowledge and hands-on skills.

This complete study package includes

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  • Chapter-ending exercises, which help you drill on key concepts you must know thoroughly
  • The powerful Pearson IT Certification Practice Test software, complete with hundreds of well-reviewed, exam-realistic questions, customization options, and detailed performance reports
  • More than 60 minutes of personal video mentoring from the author on important exam topics
  • A final preparation chapter, which guides you through tools and resources to help you craft your review and test-taking strategies
  • Study plan suggestions and templates to help you organize and optimize your study time

Well regarded for its level of detail, study plans, assessment features, and challenging review questions and exercises, this official study guide helps you master the concepts and techniques that ensure your exam success.

David Hucaby, CCIE® No. 4594, is a lead network engineer for the University of Kentucky, where he works with a large healthcare network based on the Cisco product lines. David holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Kentucky. He is the author of several Cisco Press titles, including CCNA Wireless Cert Guide, Cisco ASA, PIX, and FWSM Firewall Handbook, Second Edition, Cisco Firewall Video Mentor, and Cisco LAN Switching Video Mentor.

The official study guide helps you master topics on the CCNP R&S SWITCH 300-115 exam, including the following:

  • Enterprise campus design
  • Switch operation
  • Switch port configuration
  • VLANs, trunks, and VLAN Trunking Protocol (VTP)
  • Spanning Tree Protocol (STP), RSTP, and MSTP
  • Protecting the STP topology
  • Aggregating switch links
  • Multilayer switching
  • Configuring DHCP
  • Logging switch activity and managing switches with SNMP
  • Monitoring performance and traffic
  • High availability
  • Securing switched networks

The CD-ROM contains more than 200 practice questions for the exam, memory table exercises and answer keys, a study planner tool, and more than 60 minutes of video.

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Table of Contents

    Introduction xxiv

Part I Designing Campus Networks

Chapter 1 Enterprise Campus Network Design 3

“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 3

Foundation Topics 7

Hierarchical Network Design 7

    Predictable Network Model 9

    Access Layer 12

    Distribution Layer 12

    Core Layer 12

Modular Network Design 13

    Sizing a Switch Block 16

    Switch Block Redundancy 18

    Network Core 20

    Collapsed Core 23

    Core Size in a Campus Network 24        

    Cisco Products in a Hierarchical Network Design 24

Exam Preparation Tasks 27

Review All Key Topics 27

Complete Tables and Lists from Memory 27

Define Key Terms 27

Chapter 2 Switch Operation 29

“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 29

Foundation Topics 32

Layer 2 Switch Operation 32

    Transparent Bridging 32

    Follow That Frame! 35

Multilayer Switch Operation 36

    Types of Multilayer Switching 36

    Follow That Packet! 37

    Multilayer Switching Exceptions 39

Tables Used in Switching 40

    Content-Addressable Memory 40

    Ternary Content-Addressable Memory 41

        TCAM Structure 42

        TCAM Example 43

        Port Operations in TCAM 44

Managing Switching Tables 45

    CAM Table Operation 45

    TCAM Operation 48

    Managing Switching Table Sizes 49

Exam Preparation Tasks 52

Review All Key Topics 52

Complete Tables and Lists from Memory 52

Define Key Terms 52

Use Command Reference to Check Your Memory 52

Chapter 3 Switch Port Configuration 55

“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 55

Foundation Topics 59

Ethernet Concepts 59

    Ethernet Overview 59

    Scaling Ethernet 60

        Fast Ethernet 60

        Gigabit Ethernet 61

        10-Gigabit Ethernet 62

        Beyond 10-Gigabit Ethernet 63

        Duplex Operation over Ethernet Links 63

Connecting Switches and Devices 65

    Ethernet Port Cables and Connectors 65

Switch Port Configuration 66

    Selecting Ports to Configure 66

    Identifying Ports 68

    Port Speed 68

    Port Duplex Mode 69

    Managing Error Conditions on a Switch Port 69

        Detecting Error Conditions 69

        Automatically Recover from Error Conditions 70

    Enable and Use the Switch Port 71

    Troubleshooting Port Connectivity 71

        Looking for the Port State 71

        Looking for Speed and Duplex Mismatches 72

Discovering Connected Devices 73

    Cisco Discovery Protocol 73

    Link Layer Discovery Protocol 75

Using Power over Ethernet 77

    How PoE Works 78

    Detecting a Powered Device 79

    Configuring PoE 80

    Verifying PoE 81

Exam Preparation Tasks 84

Review All Key Topics 84

Complete Tables and Lists from Memory 84

Define Key Terms 84

Use Command Reference to Check Your Memory 85

Part II Building a Campus Network

Chapter 4 VLANs and Trunks 89

“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 89

Foundation Topics 95

Virtual LANs 95

    VLAN Membership 96

        Static VLANs 96

        Configuring Static VLANs 97

        Dynamic VLANs 99

        Deploying VLANs 99

        End-to-End VLANs 100

        Local VLANs 101

VLAN Trunks 101

    VLAN Frame Identification 103

        Inter-Switch Link Protocol 103

        IEEE 802.1Q Protocol 104 

    Dynamic Trunking Protocol 105

VLAN Trunk Configuration 106

    Configuring a VLAN Trunk 106

    Trunk Configuration Example 108

Troubleshooting VLANs and Trunks 110

Voice VLANs 112

    Voice VLAN Configuration 113

    Verifying Voice VLAN Operation 115

Wireless VLANs 117

Exam Preparation Tasks 119

Review All Key Topics 119

Complete Tables and Lists from Memory 119

Define Key Terms 119

Use Command Reference to Check Your Memory 119

Chapter 5 VLAN Trunking Protocol 123 

“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 123

Foundation Topics 127

VLAN Trunking Protocol 127

    VTP Domains 127

    VTP Modes 127

    VTP Advertisements 128

    VTP Synchronization 131

VTP Configuration 132

    Configuring the VTP Version 133

    Configuring a VTP Management Domain 134

    Configuring the VTP Mode 135

    VTP Configuration Example 136

    VTP Status 137

VTP Pruning 138

    Enabling VTP Pruning 140

Troubleshooting VTP 141

Exam Preparation Tasks 143

Review All Key Topics 143

Complete Tables and Lists from Memory 143

Define Key Terms 143

Use Command Reference to Check Your Memory 143

Part III Working with Redundant Links

Chapter 6 Traditional Spanning Tree Protocol 147

“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 147

Foundation Topics 151

IEEE 802.1D Overview 151

    Bridging Loops 151

    Preventing Loops with Spanning Tree Protocol 154

    Spanning-Tree Communication: Bridge Protocol Data Units 155

    Electing a Root Bridge 156

    Electing Root Ports 158

    Electing Designated Ports 160

    STP States 162

    STP Timers 165

    Topology Changes 167

        Direct Topology Changes 168

        Indirect Topology Changes 169

        Insignificant Topology Changes 171

Types of STP 172

    Common Spanning Tree 173

    Per-VLAN Spanning Tree 173

    Per-VLAN Spanning Tree Plus 173

Exam Preparation Tasks 175

Review All Key Topics 175

Complete Tables and Lists from Memory 175

Define Key Terms 175

Chapter 7 Spanning-Tree Configuration 177

“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 177

Foundation Topics 181

STP Root Bridge 181

    Root Bridge Placement 181

    Root Bridge Configuration 184

    Tuning the Root Path Cost 188

    Tuning the Port ID 190

Tuning Spanning-Tree Convergence 191

    Modifying STP Timers 191

        Manually Configuring STP Timers 192

        Automatically Configuring STP Timers 192

Redundant Link Convergence 194

    PortFast: Access Layer Nodes 194

    UplinkFast: Access Layer Uplinks 196

    BackboneFast: Redundant Backbone Paths 197

Monitoring STP 199

Exam Preparation Tasks 200

Review All Key Topics 200

Complete Tables and Lists from Memory 200

Define Key Terms 200

Use Command Reference to Check Your Memory 200

Chapter 8 Protecting the Spanning Tree Protocol Topology 203

“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 203

Foundation Topics 207

Protecting Against Unexpected BPDUs 207

    Root Guard 207

    BPDU Guard 208

Protecting Against Sudden Loss of BPDUs 210

    Loop Guard 210

    UDLD 211

Using BPDU Filtering to Disable STP on a Port 213

Troubleshooting STP Protection 214

Exam Preparation Tasks 215

Review All Key Topics 215

Complete Tables and Lists from Memory 215

Define Key Terms 215

Use Command Reference to Check Your Memory 215

Chapter 9 Advanced Spanning Tree Protocol 219

“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 219

Foundation Topics 223

Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol 223

    RSTP Port Behavior 223

    BPDUs in RSTP 224

    RSTP Convergence 225

        Port Types 226

        Synchronization 227

    Topology Changes and RSTP 229

    RSTP Configuration 229

    Rapid Per-VLAN Spanning Tree Protocol 230

Multiple Spanning Tree Protocol 231

    MST Overview 233

    MST Regions 233

    Spanning-Tree Instances Within MST 234

        IST Instances 234

        MST Instances 235

    MST Configuration 236

Exam Preparation Tasks 238

Review All Key Topics 238

Complete Tables and Lists from Memory 238

Define Key Terms 239

Use Command Reference to Check Your Memory 239

Chapter 10 Aggregating Switch Links 241

“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 241

Foundation Topics 245

Switch Port Aggregation with EtherChannel 245

    Bundling Ports with EtherChannel 247

    Distributing Traffic in EtherChannel 247

    Configuring EtherChannel Load Balancing 249

EtherChannel Negotiation Protocols 251

    Port Aggregation Protocol 252

    Link Aggregation Control Protocol 252

EtherChannel Configuration 253

    Configuring a PAgP EtherChannel 253

    Configuring a LACP EtherChannel 254

    Avoiding Misconfiguration with EtherChannel Guard 255

Troubleshooting an EtherChannel 257

Exam Preparation Tasks 261

Review All Key Topics 261

Complete Tables and Lists from Memory 261

Define Key Terms 261

Command Reference to Check Your Memory 261

Part IV Multilayer Switching

Chapter 11 Multilayer Switching 265

“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 265

Foundation Topics 268

Inter-VLAN Routing 268

    Types of Interfaces 268

    Configuring Inter-VLAN Routing 269

        Layer 2 Port Configuration 270

        Layer 3 Port Configuration 270

        SVI Port Configuration 271

    Multilayer Switching with CEF 272

        Traditional MLS Overview 272

        CEF Overview 272

        Forwarding Information Base 273

    Adjacency Table 276

    Packet Rewrite 279

    Configuring CEF 280

Verifying Multilayer Switching 280

    Verifying Inter-VLAN Routing 280

    Verifying CEF 283

Exam Preparation Tasks 285

Review All Key Topics 285

Complete Tables and Lists from Memory 285

Define Key Terms 285

Use Command Reference to Check Your Memory 285


Chapter 12 Configuring DHCP 289

“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 289

 Foundation Topics 292

 Using DHCP with a Multilayer Switch 292

     Configuring an IPv4 DHCP Server 293

        Configuring a Manual Address Binding 294

        Configuring DHCP Options 296

        Configuring a DHCP Relay 296

Configuring DHCP to Support IPv6 297

    Stateless Autoconfiguration 298

    DHCPv6 298

    DHCPv6 Lite 299

    Configuring a DHCPv6 Relay Agent 300

    Verifying IPv6 DHCP Operation 300

Exam Preparation Tasks 301

Review All Key Topics 301

Complete Tables and Lists from Memory 301

Define Key Terms 301

Use Command Reference to Check Your Memory 301

Part V Monitoring Campus Networks

Chapter 13 Logging Switch Activity 305

“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 305

Foundation Topics 308

Syslog Messages 308

    Logging to the Switch Console 310

    Logging to the Internal Buffer 310

    Logging to a Remote Syslog Server 311

Adding Time Stamps to Syslog Messages 312

    Setting the Internal System Clock 312

    Using NTP to Synchronize with an External Time Source 313

    Securing NTP 316

    Using SNTP to Synchronize Time 316

    Adding Time Stamps to Logging Messages 317

Exam Preparation Tasks 318

Review All Key Topics 318

Complete Tables and Lists from Memory 318

Define Key Terms 318

Use Command Reference to Check Your Memory 318

Chapter 14 Managing Switches with SNMP 321

“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 321

Foundation Topics 324

SNMP Overview 324

Configuring SNMP 326

    Configuring SNMPv1 327

    Configuring SNMPv2C 327

    Configuring SNMPv3 328

Exam Preparation Tasks 330

Review All Key Topics 330

Complete Tables and Lists from Memory 330

Define Key Terms 330

Use Command Reference to Check Your Memory 330

Chapter 15 Monitoring Performance with IP SLA 333

“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 333

Foundation Topics 336

IP SLA Overview 336

Configuring IP SLA 338

Using IP SLA 341

Exam Preparation Tasks 345

Review All Key Topics 345

Complete Tables and Lists from Memory 345

Define Key Terms 345

Use Command Reference to Check Your Memory 345

Chapter 16 Using Port Mirroring to Monitor Traffic 349

“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 349

Foundation Topics 352

Using Local SPAN 352

    Local SPAN Configuration 354

Remote SPAN 356

    Remote SPAN Configuration 357

Managing SPAN Sessions 359

Exam Preparation Tasks 361

Review All Key Topics 361

Complete Tables and Lists from Memory 361

Define Key Terms 361

Use Command Reference to Check Your Memory 361

Part VI Implementing High Availability

Chapter 17 Understanding High Availability 365

“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 365

Foundation Topics 368

Leveraging Logical Switches 368

    StackWise 371

    Virtual Switching System 372

Supervisor and Route Processor Redundancy 373

    Redundant Switch Supervisors 373

    Configuring the Redundancy Mode 374

    Configuring Supervisor Synchronization 376

    Nonstop Forwarding 377

Exam Preparation Tasks 378

Review All Key Topics 378

Complete Tables and Lists from Memory 378

Define Key Terms 378

Use Command Reference to Check Your Memory 378

Chapter 18 Layer 3 High Availability 381

“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 381

Foundation Topics 384

Packet-Forwarding Review 384

Hot Standby Router Protocol 385

    HSRP Router Election 386

    Plain-Text HSRP Authentication 388

    MD5 Authentication 388

    Conceding the Election 389

    HSRP Gateway Addressing 390

    Load Balancing with HSRP 391

Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol 394

Gateway Load Balancing Protocol 397

    Active Virtual Gateway 397

    Active Virtual Forwarder 398

    GLBP Load Balancing 400

    Enabling GLBP 400

Verifying Gateway Redundancy 405

Exam Preparation Tasks 406

Review All Key Topics 406

Complete Tables and Lists from Memory 406

Define Key Terms 406

Use Command Reference to Check Your Memory 406

Part VII Securing Switched Networks

Chapter 19 Securing Switch Access 411

“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 411

Foundation Topics 415

Port Security 415

Port-Based Authentication 418

    802.1X Configuration 419

    802.1X Port-Based Authentication Example 420

Using Storm Control 421

Best Practices for Securing Switches 423

Exam Preparation Tasks 428

Review All Key Topics 428

Complete Tables and Lists from Memory 428

Define Key Terms 428

Use Command Reference to Check Your Memory 428

Chapter 20 Securing VLANs 431

“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 431

Foundation Topics 435

VLAN Access Lists 435

    VACL Configuration 435

Private VLANs 436

    Private VLAN Configuration 438

        Configure the Private VLANs 438

        Associate Ports with Private VLANs 439

        Associate Secondary VLANs to a Primary VLAN SVI 440

Securing VLAN Trunks 441

    Switch Spoofing 441

    VLAN Hopping 443

Exam Preparation Tasks 446

Review All Key Topics 446

Complete Tables and Lists from Memory 446

Define Key Terms 446

Use Command Reference to Check Your Memory 446

Chapter 21 Preventing Spoofing Attacks 449

“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 449

Foundation Topics 451

DHCP Snooping 451

IP Source Guard 453

Dynamic ARP Inspection 455

Exam Preparation Tasks 458

Review All Key Topics 458

Complete Tables and Lists from Memory 458

Define Key Terms 458

Use Command Reference to Check Your Memory 458


Chapter 22 Managing Switch Users 461

“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz 461

Foundation Topics 464

Configuring Authentication 465

Configuring Authorization 468

Configuring Accounting 469

Exam Preparation Tasks 471

Review All Key Topics 471

Complete Tables and Lists from Memory 471

Define Key Terms 471

Use Command Reference to Check Your Memory 471

Part VIII Final Preparation

Chapter 23 Final Preparation 475

Tools for Final Preparation 475

    Exam Engine and Questions on the CD 475

        Install the Exam Engine 476

        Activate and Download the Practice Exam 476

        Activating Other Exams 477

        Premium Edition 477

    The Cisco Learning Network 477

    Memory Tables 477

    Chapter-Ending Review Tools 478

Study Plan 478

    Recall the Facts 478


     Configurations 478

    Using the Exam Engine 479

Part IX Appendixes

Appendix A Answers to the “Do I Know This Already?” Quizzes 481

Appendix B Exam Updates 489

Always Get the Latest at the Companion Website 489

Technical Content 490

Glossary 493

Index 504

CD-Only Appendixes

Appendix C Memory Tables

Appendix D Memory Table Answer Key

Appendix E Study Planner

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