Implementing Cisco IP Switched Networks (SWITCH)

Implementing Cisco Switched Networks (SWITCH) v2.0 is a five-day instructor-led training course developed to help students prepare for Cisco CCNP certification. The ROUTE course is a component of the CCNP Routing and Switching curriculum.

This course is designed to help learners create an efficient and expandable enterprise network by installing, configuring, and verifying network infrastructure equipment according to the Cisco Enterprise Campus Architecture. Some older topics from Version 1 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.

After completing this course, students will be able to...

  • Describe the hierarchical campus structure, basic switch operation, use of SDM templates, PoE, and LLDP

  • Implement VLANs, trunks, explain VTP, implement DHCP in IPv4 and IPv6 environments, and configure port aggregation

  • Implement and optimize STP mechanism that best suits your network - PVSTP+, RPVSTP+, or MSTP

  • Configure routing on a multilayer switch

  • Configure NTP, SNMP, IP SLA, and port mirroring, and verify StackWise and VSS operation

  • Implement first hop redundancy in IPv4 and IPv6 environments

  • Secure the campus network according to recommended practices

Course Outline

Module 1: Basic Concepts and Network Design
Lesson 1: Analyzing Campus Network Structure
Lesson 2: Comparing Layer 2 and Multilayer Switches
Lesson 3: Using Cisco SDM Templates
Lesson 4: Implementing LLDP
Lesson 5: Implementing PoE

Module 2: Campus Network Architecture
Lesson 1: Implementing VLANs and Trunks
Lesson 2: Introducing VTP
Lesson 3: Implementing DHCP
Lesson 4: Implementing DHCP for IPv6
Lesson 5: Configuring Layer 2 Port Aggregation

Module 3: Spanning Tree Implementation
Lesson 1: Implementing RSTP
Lesson 2: Implementing STP Stability Mechanisms
Lesson 3: Implementing MST

Module 4: Inter-VLAN Routing
Lesson 1: Implementing Inter-VLAN Routing Using a Router
Lesson 2: Configuring a Switch to Route

Module 5: High-Availability Networks
Lesson 1: Configuring Network Time Protocol
Lesson 2: Implementing SNMP Version 3
Lesson 3: Implementing the Cisco IOS IP SLA
Lesson 4: Implementing Port Mirroring for Monitoring Support
Lesson 5: Verifying Switch Virtualization

Module 6: First Hop Redundancy ProtocolImplementation
Lesson 1: Configuring Layer 3 Redundancy with HSRP
Lesson 2: Configuring Layer 3 Redundancy with VRRP
Lesson 3: Configuring Layer 3 Redundancy with GLBP
Lesson 4: Configuring First Hop Redundancy Protocol for IPv6

Module 7: Campus Network Security
Lesson 1: Implementing Port Security
Lesson 2: Implementing Storm Control
Lesson 3: Implementing Access to External Authentication
Lesson 4: Mitigating Spoofing Attacks
Lesson 5: Securing VLAN Trunks
Lesson 6: Configuring PVLANs
Lesson 7: Module Summary

Lab Outline

Discovery 1: Investigating the CAM
Discovery 2: Configuring VLANs and Trunks
Discovery 3: VTP Operation
Discovery 4: Exploring DHCP
Discovery 5: Obtaining IPv6 Addresses Dynamically
Discovery 6: EtherChannel Configuration and Load Balancing
Discovery 7: Discovering and Modifying STP Behavior
Discovery 8: Root Guard
Discovery 9: Configuring MST
Discovery 10: Routing with an External Router
Discovery 11: Routing on a Multilayer Switch
Discovery 12: NTP Configuration
Discovery 13: IP SLA Echo Configuration
Discovery 14: Configuring and Tuning HSRP
Discovery 15: Configure VRRP and Spot the Differences from HSRP
Discovery 16: Configure GLBP
Discovery 17: Port Security

Challenge 1: Network Discovery
Challenge 2: Configure DHCP
Challenge 3: Configure DHCPv6
Challenge 4: Configure EtherChannel
Challenge 5: Implement RSTP
Challenge 6: Improve STP Configuration
Challenge 7: Configure MST
Challenge 8: Configure Routing Between VLANs with a Router
Challenge 9: Configure Routing on a Multilayer Switch
Challenge 10: Configure NTP
Challenge 11: Configure Network Monitoring Using the Cisco IOS IP SLA
Challenge 12: Configure HSRP with Load Balancing
Challenge 13: Configure VRRP with Load Balancing
Challenge 14: Implement GLBP
Challenge 15: Configure HSRP for IPv6
Challenge 16: Control Network Access with Port Security


The course is appropriate for enterprise network engineers with at least one year of job experience who are ready to advance their skills and work independently on complex network solutions.