Join Russell Long for an in-depth discussion in this video What you need to know, part of Cisco ICND2 Cert Prep: Infrastructure Services.
- [Narrator] So this isn't a beginners course. So for you to get the most out of this course and the information we provide here, you're going to need a little bit of background information. Or, as I like to call it, your personal knowledge base. So the very first thing I would like you to have under your belt is the ICND1 material, and personally I would like to see you have already accomplished the ICND1 exam and getting your CCENT certification. Now we are going to try and build on that previous knowledge, so a good foundation is really important here.
Now other benchmark targets we should reach prior to taking this course is a mastery of basic network fundamentals like the OSI model, bits, frames, packets, and segments. Terminology like that should be second nature to you at this point. If not, you might want to look at your ICND1 material for review. Now you should also understand basic connectivity and how things are delivered from one side of a network to another.
You also need a basic idea of how network devices work and what they are. This needs to be readily available in your personal knowledge base. When I say "Switch" you got to understand where that is in the OSI model and how it's used. Now last but not least I would really like you to have a fundamental understanding of the Cisco IOS and its hierarchy. You got to know where to put the commands in, and because we're enabling services at this point you need to understand when I say, "We need to put this in at the Privileged EXEC level." You need to know exactly where that is.
Or, User EXEC level. What level of the hierarchy am I talking about at that point? Now, a mastery of the information is the goal here, and I would like you to build this information from a solid base. So if you feel any weakness in any of the areas listed above, now might be a good time to revisit the subject and shore up your personal knowledge base. So where are we in the overall certification track? We are currently working on the third version of the Cisco Certified Network Associate path.
We are on the third of five overall courses. All five of those courses combined will give you the understanding required to take and pass the CCNA exam. Ideally, I would like you to finish the first two courses, "Switch" and "Route", prior to taking this course, but if you're fairly comfortable moving forward, I'm okay with that as well. After you've completed this course, plus the four others in this CCNA track, you should look at taking the CCNA exam.
You might consider continuing on with your CCNP, or "Professional" level certification, after you have finished that. And maybe later down the road you could look at the "Expert" and even "Architect" level if that's in the plans for you. Now, we should always shoot for a mastery of the subject matter involved, and here's why: Not only are these materials likely to appear on your CCNA exam or even in the real world, higher certification tracks build upon this knowledge that we gain here.
So it's important to have a mastery of that before we can start adding in new details. Another thing that a lot of people don't realize is as you go higher along in this certification track the higher-level certification exams can actually call on material from your CCENT, from your CCNA exams. When you're finally at your CCIE level let's say, you're at the "Expert" level. Instead of having to go back and study each of these other levels, get a mastery now so you have that under your belt and you don't have to study up when it's time to take your CCIE exam.
- Reviewing the basics of the Hot Standby Routing Protocol (HSRP)
- Configuring priority in your HSRP environment
- Reviewing different types of cloud implementation
- Cisco cloud solutions
- Implementing quality of service
- Using access control lists (ACLs) in your network topologies
- Configuring a standard access control list and an extended access control list
- Best practices on crafting and placing ACLs