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DCN Course Description

Introductory course on Cisco network design. Part of the design curriculum

This 3 day introductory course should be taken by anyone who is relatively new to Cisco equipment interested in learning how to design small and medium-sized networks. In addition, DCN covers the material for the CCDA certification.

Course Content
The Designing Cisco Networks (DCN) course is a key step toward building the skills needed to design world-class networks for small- to medium-sized networks (fewer than 500 nodes). It takes students through all the steps necessary to design an internetwork that meets a customer's needs for functionality, performance, scalability, and security. Students will begin by learning how to analyze a customer's existing internetwork to determine present and future needs. Based on this analysis, each student will design network solutions that include the network topology, LAN and WAN hardware and media, network-layer addressing, routing protocols, software feature provisioning, and a network management strategy. When the design is complete, students will learn how to create and present an internetwork design document to the customer, and then prove to the customer that the design works based on a test or prototype. The Designing Cisco Networks course is intended to prepare an individual to become a Cisco Certified Design Associate (CCDA).

Course Objectives
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Determine the customers' requirements for network performance, security, capacity, and scalability by characterizing the existing network and extracting new customer requirements.
  • Design a network structure that meets the customers' requirements for network performance, security, capacity, and scalability.
  • Identify how to build a prototype that proves the network design meets the customers' requirements for performance, security, capacity, and scalability.
  • Assemble Cisco product lines into an end-to-end networking solution

    Who Should Attend
    The DCN course is intended for systems engineers and network designers who have a working knowledge of internetworking and Cisco products. After completing this course, students can complete the test to become a Cisco Certified Design Associate (CCDA).

    Before beginning this course, students should be familiar with all of the internetworking technologies described on the Cisco Connection Training CD. Specifically, they should be able to complete the following tasks:

  • Define networking technology terms, such as LAN, WAN, bridging, switching, protocols, and network management.
  • Explain the operation and implementation of source-route bridging, transparent bridging, and mixed media bridging.
  • Describe the purpose and operation of routed protocols including Internet protocols, Novell IPX and SAP, AppleTalk, IBM SNA, DECnet, Open Systems Interconnection, Banyan VINES, and Xerox Network Systems.
  • Describe the purpose and operation of routing protocols including RIP, OSPF, IGRP, Enhanced IGRP, BGP, IP multicast, RSVP, NLSP, IBM routing, DECnet routing, and OSI routing.
  • List the technologies required by each networking device and each link across the network, given a simple network diagram or technical scenario.
  • Given a technical scenario, a simple network diagram, and a list of networking technologies, identify how the listed networking technologies provide the services required by the network.

    Course Outline

    Identify Customer Needs
    Characterize the Existing Network
    Extract New Customer Requirements

    Design the Network Structure
    Design the Topology
    Provision Hardware and Media for the LAN
    Provision Hardware and Media for the WAN
    Design a Network-Layer Addressing and Naming Model
    Select Routing and Bridging Protocols
    Provision Software Features
    Select a Network Management Strategy
    Write a Design Document

    Build a Prototype or Pilot for the Network Structure
    Build a Prototype or Pilot
    Test the Prototype or Pilot
    Sample Sylvan CCDA Exam

    Other information included within the course materials includes:
    PIX Firewall Design and Implementation Guide
    Router Performance Design and Implementation Guide
    ISDN Design and Implementation Guide
    Windows NT Design and Implementation Guide
    OSPF Design Guide

    The investment for this 3 day course is $1,595. This fee includes all course materials, instruction/lab assistance and continental breakfast each day of the class.

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