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The CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) certification is a globally recognized entry-level credential offered by Cisco Systems, a leading networking technology company. This certification is designed for individuals who seek to establish a strong foundation in networking concepts and skills.

Course Description

CCNA certification covers a wide range of networking topics, including network fundamentals, routing and switching technologies, network access, IP services, security fundamentals, automation, and programmability. Holders of the CCNA certification demonstrate their ability to configure, troubleshoot, and manage network devices, as well as their understanding of critical networking protocols and services.

The CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) certification is an entry-level certification offered by Cisco that validates your skills and knowledge in networking fundamentals, including routing, switching, network security, and basic troubleshooting.

The CCNA certification can enhance your career opportunities in the IT networking field by demonstrating your proficiency in essential networking concepts. It's recognized globally and can help you stand out to potential employers.

The CCNA exam covers a range of topics, including network fundamentals, network access, IP connectivity, IP services, security fundamentals, automation, and programmability. These topics provide a comprehensive understanding of networking technologies.

The CCNA exam typically consists of multiple-choice questions, drag-and-drop questions, and simulation-based questions. It's designed to assess both your theoretical knowledge and practical skills in networking.

To prepare for the CCNA certification, you can use official Cisco study materials, practice exams, and online training courses. Setting up a lab environment to practise hands-on networking tasks is also highly recommended to reinforce your learning.

What you'll learn

  • Get what you need to pass the up-to-date Cisco CCNA 200-301 exam Gain hands-on Cisco CCNA configuration and troubleshooting experience through practice labs Explore how routing and switching technologies work in real world environments Develop skills to work on enterprise production networks

Requirements

  • You’ll need basic knowledge of how to operate a computer and browse the Internet; that’s it! Absolute beginners to networking are welcome. I start with beginner level networking and explain every single acronym and concept you need to pass the exam.

Curriculam

Explaining the roles and functions of components like routers, switches, access points, servers, endpoints, firewalls, IPS, and controllers

Describing the properties of network architecture including 2-tier, 3-tier, spine-leaf, WAN, SOHO, cloud and on-premises topology
Comparing types of cables - copper, single-mode, fibre, multimode fibre, etc. Physical interface comparison with respect to point-to-point and ethernet shared media connections. PoE Concepts are also discussed in this chapter
Identifying interface and cable problems such as errors, collisions, speed, and mismatch duplex
Comparing UDP to TCP
Configuring and verifying IPv4 addresses and subnetting
Demonstrating the importance of private IPv4 address
Configuring and verifying of IPv6 prefix and address
Comparing IPv6 address types, including link local, unique local, global unicast, anycast, multicast, modified EUI 64
Describing wireless principles including WiFi channels (non-overlapping), SSID, RF, and encryption
Explaining virtual machines
Describing switching concepts, frame switching, frame flooding, MAC learning, ageing, and MAC address table

VLAN verification and configuration comprising multiple switches, including details on default VLAN, connectivity, and access ports

Verifying and configuring interswitch connectivity with respect to native VLAN, 802.1Q, and trunk ports
LLDP and Cisco Discovery Protocol’s configuration and verification
LACP and Layer2/3 configuration and verification
Explaining the requirement of Rapid PVST’s basic operations and spanning tree protocol, and understanding basic operations with respect to port states, root port, primary and secondary root bridge, and associated port names. The need for PortFast benefits and port states, i.e., forwarding and blocking is also explained
Comparing of AP modes and wireless architecture of Cisco
Explaining WLAN components LAG, AP, WLC, and trunk and access ports
Describing AP and access connections such as HTTPS, HTTP, Telnet, SSH, and console, Radius/TACACS+
Configuring WLAN access for client connectivity through WLAN creation, OoS profiles, advanced WLAN configuration, and security settings

Interpreting routing table components including prefix, network mask, routing protocol code, next hop, metric, administrative distance, gateway of last resort

Determining the forward decision of a router with respect to routing protocol metric, longest match, and administrative distance
Verifying and configuring iPv4 and iPv6 static routing including floating static, host route, network route, and default route
Verifying and configuring OSPFv2 with respect to point-to-point, router ID, broadcast, and neighbour adjectives
Explaining the need for first hop redundancy protocol

Configuring and verifying NAT through pools and static

Configuring and verifying NTP in a client and server setting
Explaining the function of DNS and DHCP
Syslog features such as levels and facilities description
Configuring and verifying relay and DHCP Client
PHB, i.e., per-hop behaviour forwarding for carrying out QoS-like marking, policing, congestion, queuing, classification, and shaping
SSH method for configuring network devices
Explaining TFTP/FTP capabilities and roles through SSH

Describing elements related to security programmes through user awareness, physical access control, and training

Defining essential security concepts including vulnerabilities, exploits, threats, and mitigation techniques
Utilising local passwords for configuring device access control
Explaining elements related to security password like management, password alternatives, and complexity
Explaining VPNs (site-to-site) and remote access
Verifying and configuring access control lists
Configuring security features related to layer-2
Differentiating concepts related to accounting, authorisation, and authentication
Describing WPA, WPA3, and WPA2 wireless security protocols
Utilising GUI for configuration of WLAN through WPA2 PSK

Describing the impact of automation on network management

Comparing networks using controller-based networking
Describing software defined architectures using underlay, overlay, and fabric and explaining controller-based architecture
Utilising Cisco DNA Centre enabled device management for comparing traditional campus device management
Explaining properties of Rest-based APIs such as data encoding, CRUD, and HTTP verbs
Recognizing the abilities of Ansible, Chef, and Puppet related to configuration management mechanisms
Interpreting ISON encoded data

FAQ

Yes, hands-on experience is crucial for the CCNA certification. Practical experience in configuring and troubleshooting networks using actual networking equipment or simulators helps solidify your understanding of the concepts covered in the exam.

The exam duration for the CCNA certification is typically around 120 minutes (2 hours). However, this can vary slightly based on the specific version of the exam.

Yes, the CCNA certification is designed to cater to beginners with little to no networking background. It provides foundational knowledge and skills that are essential for building a career in networking.

Yes, Cisco offers online proctoring for the CCNA exam, allowing you to take the exam from the comfort of your home or office. However, there are specific requirements and guidelines to follow for online proctoring.

The CCNA certification is valid for three years from the date of certification. To maintain your certification status, you can recertify by passing a higher-level Cisco certification exam or by earning continuing education credits.

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The cost of the CCNA certification exam can vary based on your location and the specific version of the exam. It's recommended to check the official Cisco website for the most accurate and up-to-date pricing information.

There are no formal prerequisites for taking the CCNA certification exam. However, having a basic understanding of networking concepts can be beneficial.

The passing score for the CCNA certification exam is typically in the range of 800 to 850 out of a total of 1000 points. The exact passing score can vary based on the difficulty of the exam version.

Yes, you can retake the CCNA exam if you do not pass it on your first attempt. There is no waiting period to retake the exam, but you must pay the exam fee each time you take it.

The CCNA certification can open doors to various job opportunities in networking, such as network administrator, network technician, or support engineer. It's a recognized industry standard that validates your skills and knowledge.

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