Implementing Cisco IP Switched Networks

SWITCH v2.0, a five-day ILT course, includes major updates and follows an updated blueprint. (However, note that this course does not cover all items listed on the blueprint.)

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SWITCH v2.0, a five-day ILT course, includes major updates and follows an updated blueprint. (However, note that this course does not cover all items listed on the blueprint.) Some older topics have been removed or simplified, while several new IPv6 routing topics have been added. The course content has been adapted to Cisco IOS Software Release 15 and technically updated.The goal of the course is to build upon the knowledge and skills from CCNA Routing and Switching and help you expand competencies to plan, implement, and monitor a scalable routing network. Note: Students registering for this course will be receiving their course kit in a digital format. To be able to view your digital kit you will need to bring a laptop PC and/or a compatible iPad or Android tablet. The recommended system requirements and instructions to access the course kit content can be found at the following link: Digital Course Kit Requirements and Instructions Please be aware that this digital version is designed for online use, not for printing. You can print up to 10 pages only in each guide within a course. Please note that every time you click the Print button in the book, this counts as one page printed, whether or not you click OK in the Print dialog.If you have any questions or issues with meeting the requirements listed above, please contact us at and provide the class name to which you are attending and we will be more than happy to help.


Upon completing this course, the learner will be able to meet these overall objectives:

    • 1. Describe the hierarchical campus structure, basic switch operation, use of SDM templates, PoE, and LLDP
    • 2. Implement VLANs and trunks, explain VTP, implement DHCP in IPv4 and IPv6 environments, and configure port aggregation 3. Implement and optimize the STP mechanism that best suits your network: PVST+, Rapid PVST+, or MST 4. Configure routing on a multilayer switch
    • 5. Configure NTP, SNMP, IP SLA, and port mirroring, and verify StackWise and VSS operation
    • 6. Implement first-hop redundancy in IPv4 and IPv6 environments
    • 7. Secure the campus network according to recommended practices


This section lists the skills and knowledge that learners must possess to benefit fully from the curriculum. It includes recommended Cisco learning offerings that the learners may complete to benefit fully from this curriculum.

The knowledge and skills that a learner must have before attending this course are as follows:

  • Describing network fundamentals
  • Establishing Internet and WAN connectivity (IPv4 and IPv6)
  • Managing network device security
  • Operating a medium-sized LAN with multiple switches, supporting VLANs, trunking, and spanning tree
  • Troubleshooting IP connectivity (IPv4 and IPv6)
  • Configuring and troubleshooting EIGRP and OSPF (IPv4 and IPv6)
  • Configuring devices for SNMP, syslog, and NetFlow access
  • Managing Cisco device configurations, Cisco IOS images, and licenses

It is highly recommended that this course be taken after the following Cisco courses:

  • Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices v2.0, Part 1 (ICND1 v2.0) and Part 2 (ICND2 v2.0), or
  • Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices: Accelerated Version 2.0 (CCNAX v2.0)

Who Should Attend

Learners who aim to be network professionals and who have knowledge that is obtained from Cisco CCNA courses

Course Introduction

  • Overview
  • Course Goal and Objectives
  • Course Flow
  • Additional References
  • Your Training Curriculum

Module 1: Basic Concepts and Network Design

    • Lesson 1: Analyzing Campus Network Structure

      • Hierarchical Network Design
      • Layers in the Hierarchical Model
      • Building Cisco Enterprise Campus Architecture
      • Access Layer
      • Distribution Layer
      • Core Layer
      • Is a Core Layer Needed?
      • Types of Cisco Switches
      • Routed vs. Switched Campus Architecture


    • Lesson 2: Comparing Layer 2 and Multilayer Switches

      • Layer 2 Switch Operation
      • Multilayer Switch Operation
      • Frame Rewrite
      • CAM and TCAM
      • Distributed Hardware Forwarding
      • Cisco Switching Methods
      • Route Caching
      • Topology-Based Switching


    • Lesson 3: Using Cisco SDM Templates

      • What Are SDM Templates?
      • SDM Template Types
      • Changing the SDM Template
      • Choosing the Correct Template


    • Lesson 4: Implementing LLDP

      • LLDP Introduction
      • Enabling LLDP
      • Discovering Neighbors Using LLDP


    Lesson 5: Implementing PoE

    • The Need for PoE
    • PoE Components
    • PoE Standards
    • PoE Negotiation
    • Configuring and Verifying PoE

Module 2: Campus Network Architecture

    • Lesson 1: Implementing VLANs and Trunks

      • The Native VLAN
      • Switch Port Mode Interactions
      • Deploying VLANs
      • End-to-End vs. Local VLANs
      • Voice VLAN Overview
      • Voice VLAN Configuration
      • Switch Configuration for Wireless Network Support


    • Lesson 2: Introducing VTP

      • The Role of VTP
      • VTP Modes
      • VTP Versions
      • Default VTP Configuration
      • Overwriting VTP Configuration
      • VTP Configuration Recommendation


    • Lesson 3: Implementing DHCP

      • DHCP Overview
      • DHCP Relay
      • DHCP Options


    • Lesson 4: Implementing DHCP for IPv6

      • Stateless Autoconfiguration Overview
      • DHCPv6 Overview
      • DHCPv6 Operation
      • Stateless DHCPv6 Overview
      • DHCPv6 Relay Agent


    Lesson 5: Configuring Layer 2 Port Aggregation

    • The Need for EtherChannel
    • EtherChannel Mode Interactions
    • Layer 2 EtherChannel Configuration Guidelines
    • EtherChannel Load-Balancing Options
    • EtherChannel Load-Balancing Operation
    • EtherChannel Guard

Module 3: Spanning Tree Implementation

    • Lesson 1: Implementing RSTP

      • STP Overview
      • STP Standards
      • STP Operation
      • Bridge Protocol Data Units
      • Root Bridge Election
      • Root Port Election
      • Designated Port Election
      • STP Port States
      • Per VLAN Spanning Tree
      • RSTP Port Roles
      • Comparison of RSTP and STP Port States
      • STP Topology Changes
      • RSTP Topology Changes
      • RSTP Link Types


    • Lesson 2: Implementing STP Stability Mechanisms

      • Cisco STP Toolkit
      • UplinkFast
      • BackboneFast
      • PortFast
      • Securing a PortFast Interface with BPDU guard
      • Disabling STP with BPDU filter
      • The Problem with Unidirectional Links
      • Loop Guard Overview
      • Loop Guard Configuration
      • Loop Guard Verification
      • UDLD Overview
      • UDLD Configuration
      • Comparing Loop Guard with UDLD
      • UDLD Recommended Practices
      • STP Stability Mechanism Recommendations
      • Flex Links


    Lesson 3: Implementing MST

    • Introducing MST
    • MST Regions
    • STP Instances with MST
    • Extended System ID for MST
    • Configuring MST Path Cost
    • Configuring MST Port Priority
    • MST Protocol Migration
    • MST Recommended Practices

Module 4: Inter-VLAN Routing

    • Lesson 1: Implementing Inter-VLAN Routing Using a Router

      • Inter-VLAN Routing Using an External Router
      • External Router: Advantages and Disadvantages


    Lesson 2: Configuring a Switch to Route

    • Switch Virtual Interfaces
    • Routed Switch Ports
    • SVI autostate exclude Command
    • SVI Configuration Checklist
    • Layer 2 EtherChannel vs. Layer 3 EtherChannel
    • Layer 3 EtherChannel Configuration

Module 5: High-Availability Networks

    • Lesson 1: Configuring Network Time Protocol

      • The Need for Accurate Time
      • Configuring the System Clock Manually
      • Network Time Protocol
      • NTP Modes
      • Securing NTP
      • NTP Source Address
      • NTP Versions
      • NTP in an IPv6 Environment
      • Simple Network Time Protocol
      • SNTP Configuration


    • Lesson 2: Implementing SNMP Version 3

      • SNMP Overview
      • SNMP Versions
      • SNMP Recommendations
      • SNMPv3 Configuration
      • Verifying the SNMPv3 Configuration


    • Lesson 3: Implementing the Cisco IOS IP SLA

      • Cisco IOS IP SLA Introduction
      • IP SLA Source and Responder
      • IP SLA Operation with Responder
      • IP SLA Responder Time Stamps
      • Configuring Authentication for the IP SLA
      • Configuration Example: UDP Jitter


    • Lesson 4: Implementing Port Mirroring for Monitoring Support

      • What Is SPAN?
      • SPAN Terminology
      • Remote SPAN
      • Local SPAN Configuration
      • Verifying the Local SPAN Configuration
      • RSPAN Configuration
      • Verifying the RSPAN Configuration


    Lesson 5: Verifying Switch Virtualization

    • The Need for Logical Switching Architectures
    • What Is StackWise?
    • StackWise Benefits
    • Verifying StackWise
    • Redundant Switch Supervisors
    • Supervisor Redundancy Modes
    • What Is VSS?
    • VSS Benefits
    • Verifying VSS

Module 6: First Hop Redundancy Protocol Implementation

    • Lesson 1: Configuring Layer 3 Redundancy with HSRP

      • The Need for First-Hop Redundancy
      • The Idea Behind the First-Hop Redundancy Process
      • HSRP State Transition
      • HSRP and STP
      • Load Sharing with HSRP
      • The Need for Interface Tracking with HSRP
      • HSRP Interface Tracking
      • HSRP and Object Tracking
      • HSRP Authentication
      • HSRP Timers
      • HSRP Versions


    • Lesson 2: Configuring Layer 3 Redundancy with VRRP

      • About VRRP
      • Tracking and VRRP
      • VRRP Interface-Tracking Configuration


    • Lesson 3: Configuring Layer 3 Redundancy with GLBP

      • Introducing GLBP
      • GLBP vs. HSRP
      • GLBP States
      • GLBP Load-Balancing Options
      • GLBP Authentication
      • GLBP and STP
      • Tracking and GLBP


    Lesson 4: Configuring First Hop Redundancy Protocol for IPv6

    • IPv6 Native First-Hop Redundancy
    • Why FHRP in IPv6?
    • HSRP for IPv6
    • GLBP for IPv6

Module 7: Campus Network Security

    • Lesson 1: Implementing Port Security

      • Overview of Switch Security Issues
      • Recommended Practices for Switch Security
      • Unauthorized Access by Rogue Devices
      • Switch Attack Categories
      • MAC Flooding Attack
      • Introducing Port Security
      • Port Error Conditions
      • Error-Disabled Port Automatic Recovery
      • Port Access Lists
      • Configure Port Access Lists


    • Lesson 2: Implementing Storm Control

      • Storm Control
      • Configuring Storm Control
      • Verifying Storm Control Behavior


    • Lesson 3: Implementing Access to External Authentication

      • AAA Framework Overview
      • Benefits of AAA Usage
      • Authentication Options
      • RADIUS and TACACS+
      • Enabling AAA and Configuring a Local User for Fallback
      • Configuring RADIUS for Console and vty Access
      • Configuring TACACS+ for Console and vty Access
      • Configuring Authorization and Accounting
      • Limitations of TACACS+ and RADIUS
      • Identity-Based Networking
      • IEEE 802.1X Port-Based Authentication
      • IEEE 802.1X Configuration Checklist


    • Lesson 4: Mitigating Spoofing Attacks

      • DHCP Spoofing Attacks
      • DHCP Snooping
      • DHCP Snooping Configuration
      • IP Source Guard
      • IP Source Guard Configuration
      • ARP Spoofing
      • Dynamic ARP Inspection
      • DAI Configuration


    • Lesson 5: Securing VLAN Trunks

      • Switch Spoofing
      • Protecting Against Switch Spoofing
      • VLAN Hopping
      • Protecting Against VLAN Hopping
      • VLAN Access Lists
      • VACL Interaction with ACL and PACL
      • Configuring VACLs


    • Lesson 6: Configuring PVLANs

      • The Need for PVLANs
      • Introduction to PVLANs
      • PVLAN Port Types
      • PVLAN Configuration
      • PVLAN Verification
      • PVLANs Across Multiple Switches
      • Protected Port Feature


    Lesson 7: Module Summary