DCN Course Description
Introductory course on Cisco network design. Part of the design
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
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).
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
customers' requirements for performance, security, capacity, and
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,
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
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,
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.
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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