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The Designing for Cisco Internetwork Solutions v3.0

Course Description


This Cisco self-paced course is designed to be as effective as classroom training. Course content is presented in easily-consumable segments via both Instructor Video and text. Interactivity is enabled through Discovery labs, content review questions, and graded Challenge labs and tests. This makes the learning experience hands-on, increasing course effectiveness, and provides students direct feedback on how well they have mastered the material. And gamification features are built in, including earning badges and a leaderboard, to encourage better performance.  


  • Network Design Engineers
  • Sales Engineers
  • System Engineers
  • Cisco Channel Partners


It is strongly recommended, but not required, that students have the following knowledge and skills:
  • A Cisco CCNA Routing and Switching certification and practical experience with deploying and operating networks based on Cisco network devices and Cisco IOS software
  • Implementing Cisco Wireless Network Fundamentals (WIFUND) level knowledge of wireless topics
  • Complete the Implementing Cisco IP Switched Networks (SWITCH) course

Key topics

Module 1: Design Methodologies
  • Life Cycle
  • "Plan, Build, Maintain" approach for network design
  • Characterizing an Existing Network
  • How to approach a network audit for the purposes of network design
  • Network audit tools and their use cases
  • Why a top-down approach should be used when doing network design
Module 2: Network Design Objectives
  • How to design a modular network with scalability, resiliency and fault isolation
  • Why and how to design a hierarchical network
  • Virtualization, benefits of virtualization and its effect on network design
Module 3: Campus Network Design
  • Scalable and resilient Campus networks
  • Placing L2/L3 boundaries in your Campus network and make design decisions accordingly
  • Layer 2 design considerations
  • How to design a highly available Campus networks
  • Layer 3 design considerations
  • How network application requirements influence network design
Module 4: Enterprise Network Design
  • Security considerations
  • Edge Design
  • WAN connection options Connectivity to a branch office
  • Data Center considerations
Module 5: Design of Internal Routing and Internet Connectivity
  • General routing protocol design considerations
  • EIGRP routing for a network expansion
  • OSPF routing for a network expansion
  • IS-IS compareed to OSPF
  • IS-IS routing for a network expansion
  • Internet routing for your Enterprise network
Module 6: Expanding the Existing Network
  • Integration of VoIP, video and/or wireless solutions into an existing Enterprise network
  • QoS principles and high-level design considerations
  • Integration of a wireless solution into an existing Enterprise network
  • Integration of a collaboration solution into an existing Enterprise network
Module 7: IP Addressing Design
  • IPv4 and IPv6 addressing for an Enterprise network
  • High-level IP addressing design considerations
  • Pv4 addressing plan
  • IPv6 addressing plan
  • DHCP and DNS design considerations for IPv4 and IPv6
Module 8: Introduction to Software Defined Networks (SDN)
  • SDN defined
  • Example solutions
  • Ask the Right Questions
  • Design the Branch's LAN
  • Design Connections to the HQ
  • Design for Routing
  • Design Support for Wireless and Collaboration
  • Design IPv4 Addressing Plan
  • Design IPv6 Addressing Plan


After the completion of this course, you will be able to:
  • Describe and apply network design methodologies
  • Describe and apply network design concepts of modularity and hierarchy
  • Design a resilient and scalable Campus network
  • Design a resilient and scalable connectivity between parts of your Enterprise network
  • Design connectivity to the Internet and internal routing for your network
  • Integrate collaboration and wireless infrastructure into your core network
  • Create scalable IPv4 and IPv6 addressing
  • Describe what software defined networks are and describe example solutions

Course Duration

5 Days
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