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Implementing and Operating Cisco Enterprise Network Core Technologies

The Implementing and Operating Cisco Enterprise Network Core Technologies (ENCOR) v1.0 course gives you the knowledge and skills needed to configure, troubleshoot, and manage enterprise wired and wireless networks. You’ll also learn to implement security principles within an enterprise network and how to overlay network design by using solutions such as SD-Access and SD-WAN. Course content includes 3 days of self-study material.

This course helps you prepare to take the 350-401 Implementing Cisco® Enterprise Network Core Technologies (ENCOR) exam, which is part of four new certifications:

CCNP® Enterprise
CCIE® Enterprise Infrastructure
CCIE Enterprise Wireless
Cisco Certified Specialist – Enterprise Core
Who should attend
Mid-level network engineers
Network administrators
Network support technicians
Help desk technicians

Learning Objectives

After completing this course you should be able to:

Illustrate the hierarchical network design model and architecture using the access, distribution, and core layers
Compare and contrast the various hardware and software switching mechanisms and operation, while defining the Ternary Content Addressable Memory (TCAM) and Content Addressable Memory (CAM), along with process switching, fast switching, and Cisco Express Forwarding concepts
Troubleshoot Layer 2 connectivity using VLANs and trunking
Implementation of redundant switched networks using Spanning Tree Protocol
Troubleshooting link aggregation using Etherchannel
Describe the features, metrics, and path selection concepts of Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP)
Implementation and optimization of Open Shortest Path First (OSPF)v2 and OSPFv3, including adjacencies, packet types, and areas, summarization, and route filtering for IPv4 and IPv6
Implementing External Border Gateway Protocol (EBGP) interdomain routing, path selection, and single and dual-homed networking
Implementing network redundancy using protocols including Hot Standby Routing Protocol (HSRP) and Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol (VRRP)
Implementing internet connectivity within Enterprise using static and dynamic Network Address Translation (NAT)
Describe the virtualization technology of servers, switches, and the various network devices and components
Implementing overlay technologies such as Virtual Routing and Forwarding (VRF), Generic Routing Encapsulation (GRE), VPN, and Location Identifier Separation Protocol (LISP)
Describe the components and concepts of wireless networking including Radio Frequency (RF) and antenna characteristics, and define the specific wireless standards
Describe the various wireless deployment models available, include autonomous Access Point (AP) deployments and cloud-based designs within the centralized Cisco Wireless LAN Controller (WLC) architecture
Describe wireless roaming and location services
Describe how APs communicate with WLCs to obtain software, configurations, and centralized management
Configure and verify Extensible Authentication Protocol (EAP), WebAuth, and Pre-shared Key (PSK) wireless client authentication on a WLC
Troubleshoot wireless client connectivity issues using various available tools
Troubleshooting Enterprise networks using services such as Network Time Protocol (NTP), Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP), Cisco Internetwork Operating System (Cisco IOS®) IP Service Level Agreements (SLAs), NetFlow, and Cisco IOS Embedded Event Manager
Explain the use of available network analysis and troubleshooting tools, which include show and debug commands, as well as best practices in troubleshooting
Configure secure administrative access for Cisco IOS devices using the Command-Line Interface (CLI) access, Role-Based Access Control (RBAC), Access Control List (ACL), and Secure Shell (SSH), and explore device hardening concepts to secure devices from less secure applications, such as Telnet and HTTP
Implement scalable administration using Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting (AAA) and the local database, while exploring the features and benefits
Describe the enterprise network security architecture, including the purpose and function of VPNs, content security, logging, endpoint security, personal firewalls, and other security features
Explain the purpose, function, features, and workflow of Cisco DNA Center™ Assurance for Intent-Based Networking, for network visibility, proactive monitoring, and application experience
Describe the components and features of the Cisco SD-Access solution, including the nodes, fabric control plane, and data plane, while illustrating the purpose and function of the Virtual Extensible LAN (VXLAN) gateways
Define the components and features of Cisco SD-WAN solutions, including the orchestration plane, management plane, control plane, and data plane
Describe the concepts, purpose, and features of multicast protocols, including Internet Group Management Protocol (IGMP) v2/v3, Protocol-Independent Multicast (PIM) dense mode/sparse mode, and rendezvous points
Describe the concepts and features of Quality of Service (QoS), and describe the need within the enterprise network
Explain basic Python components and conditionals with script writing and analysis
Describe network programmability protocols such as Network Configuration Protocol (NETCONF) and RESTCONFDescribe APIs in Cisco DNA Center and vManage


Recommended prerequisites:

CCNA – Implementing and Administering Cisco Solutions
Programming for Network Engineers

  • Course content

    Examining Cisco Enterprise Network Architecture

    Cisco Enterprise Architecture Model
    Campus LAN Design Fundamentals
    Traditional Multilayer Campus Layer Design
    Campus Distribution Layer Design
    Understanding Cisco Switching Paths

    Layer 2 Switch Operation
    Control and Data Plane
    Cisco Switching Mechanisms
    Implementing Campus LAN Connectivity

    Revisiting VLANs
    Trunking with 802.1Q
    Inter-VLAN Routing
    Building Redundant Switched Topology

    Spanning-Tree Protocol Overview
    Spanning-Tree Protocol Operation
    Spanning-Tree Protocols Types and Features
    Multiple Spanning Tree Protocol
    PortFast and BPDU
    Implementing Layer 2 Port Aggregation

    Need for EtherChannel
    EtherChannel Mode Interactions
    Layer 2 EtherChannel Configuration Guidelines
    EtherChannel Load-Balancing Options
    Troubleshoot EtherChannel Issues
    Understanding EIGRP

    EIGRP Features
    EIGRP Reliable Transport
    Establishing EIGRP Neighbour Adjacency
    EIGRP Metrics
    EIGRP Path Selection
    Explore EIGRP Path Selection
    Explore EIGRP Load Balancing and Sharing
    EIGRP for IPv6
    Compare EIGRP and OSPF Routing Protocols
    Implementing OSPF

    Describe OSPF
    The OSPF Process
    OSPF Neighbor Adjacencies
    Buidling a Link-State Database
    OSPF LSA Types
    Compare Single-Area and Muliarea OSPF
    OSPF Area Structure
    OSPF Network Types
    Optimizing OSPF

    OSPF Cost
    OSPF Route Summarization Benefits
    OSPF Route Filtering Tools
    Compare OSPFv2 and OSPFv3
    Exploring EBGP

    Interdomain Routing with BGP
    BGP Operations
    Types of BGP Neighbor Relationships
    BGP Path Selection
    BGP Path Attributes
    Implementing Network Redundancy

    Need for Default Gateway Redundancy
    Define FHRP
    HSRP Advanced Features
    Cisco Switch High Availability Features
    Implementing NAT

    Define Network Address Translation
    NAT Address Types
    Explore NAT Implementations
    NAT Virtual Interface
    Introducing Virtualization Protocols and Techniques

    Server Virualization
    Need for Network Virtualization
    Path Isolation Overview
    Introducing VRF
    Introducing Generic Routing Encapsulation
    Introducing Virtualization Protocols and Techniques

    Server Virualization
    Need for Network Virtualization
    Path Isolation Overview
    Introducing VRF
    Introducing Generic Routing Encapsulation
    Understanding Virtual Private Networks and Interfaces

    Site-to-Site VPN Technologies
    IPSec VPN Overview
    IPSec: IKE
    IPsec Modes
    IPsec VPN Types
    Cisco IOS VTI
    Understanding Wireless Principles

    Explain RF Principles
    Describe Watts and Decibels
    Describe Antenna Characteristics
    Describe IEEE Wireless Standards
    Identify Wireless Component Roles
    Examining Wireless Deployment Options

    Wireless Deployment Overview
    Describe Autonomous AP Deployment
    Describe Centralized Cisco WLC Deployment
    Describe FlexConnect Deployment
    Cloud Deployment and Its Effect on Enterprise Networks
    Describe the Cloud-Managed Meraki Solution
    Cisco Catalyst 9800 Series Controller Deployment Options
    Describe Cisco Mobility Express
    Understanding Wireless Roaming and Location Services

    Wireless Roaming Overview
    Mobility Groups and Domains
    Wireless Roaming Types
    Describe Location Services
    Examining Wireless AP Operation

    Universal AP Priming
    Explore the Controller Discovery Process
    Describe AP Failover
    Explain High Availability
    Explore AP Modes
    Understanding Wireless Client Authentication

    Authentication Methods
    Pre-Shared Key (PSK) Authentication
    802.1X User Authentication Overview
    PKI and 802.1X Certificate Based Authentication
    Introduction to Extensible Authetication Protocol
    EAP-Transport Layer Security (EAP-TLS)
    Protected Extensible Authentication Protocol
    Guest Access with Web Auth
    Troubleshooting Wireless Client Connectivity

    Wireless Troubleshooting Tools Overview
    Spectrum Analysis
    Wi-Fi Scanning
    Packet Analysis
    Cisco AIreOS GUI and CLI Tools
    Cisco Wireless Config Analyzer Express
    Common Wireless Client Connectivity Issues Overview
    Client to AP Connectivity
    WLAN Configuration
    Infrastructure Configuartion
    Introducing Multicast Protocols (Self-study)

    Multicast Overview
    Internet Group Management Protocol
    Multicast Distribution Trees
    IP Multicasting Routing
    Rendevous Point
    Introducing QoS (Self-study)

    Understand the Impact of User Applications on the Network
    Need for Quality of Service (QoS)
    Describe QoS Mechanisms
    Define and Interpret a QoS Policy
    Implementing Network Services

    Understanding Network Time Protocol
    Logging Services
    Simple Network Management Protocol
    Introducing NetFlow
    Flexible NetFlow
    Understanding Cisco IOS Embedded Event Manager
    Using Network Analysis Tools

    Troubleshooting Concepts
    Network Troubleshooting Procedures: Overview
    Network Troubleshooting Procedures: Case Study
    Basic Hardware Diagnostics
    Filtered Show Commands
    Cisco IOS IP SLAs
    Switched Port Analyzer(SPAN) Overview
    Remote SPAN (RSPAN)
    Encapsulated Remote Switched Port Analyzer(ERSAPN)
    Cisco Packet Capture Tools Overview
    Implementing Infrastructure Security

    ACL Overview
    ACL Wildcard Masking
    Types of ACLs
    Configure Numbered Access Lists
    Use ACLs to Filter Network Traffic
    Apply ACLs to Interfaces
    Configured Named Access Lists
    Control Plane Overview
    Control Plane Policing
    Implementing Secure Access Control

    Securing Device Access
    AAA Framework Overview
    Benefits of AAA Usage
    Authentication Options
    Enabling AAA and Configuring a Local User for Fallback
    Configuring RADIUS for Console and VTY Access
    Configuring TACACS+ for Console and VTY Access
    Configure Authorization and Accounting
    Understanding Enterprise Network Security Architecture (Self-study)

    Explore Threatscape
    Intrusion Prevention Systems
    Virtual Private Networks
    Content Security
    Endpoint Security
    Personal Firewalls
    Antivirus and Antispyware
    Centralized Endpoint Policy Enforcement
    Cisco AMP for Endpoints
    Firewall Concepts
    Identity Management
    802.1X for Wired and Wireless Endpoint Authentication
    MAC Authentication Bypass
    Web Authentication
    Exploring Automation and Assurance Using Cisco DNA Center (Self-study)

    Need for Digital Transformation
    Cisco Digital Network Architecture
    Cisco Intent-Based Networking
    Cisco DNA Center
    Cisco DNA Assurance
    Cisco DNA Center Automation Workflow
    Cisco DNA Assurance Workflow
    Examining the Cisco SD-Access Solution (Self-study)

    Need for Cisco SD-Access
    Software-Defined Access Overview
    Cisco SD-Access Fabric Control Plane Based on LISP
    Cisco SD-Access Fabric Control Plance Based on VXLAN
    Cisco SD-Access Fabric Control Plance Based on Cisco TrustSec
    Cisco SD-Access Fabric Components
    Role of Cisco ISE and Cisco DNA Center in SD-Access
    Cisco SD-Access Wireless Integration
    Traditional Campus Interoperating with Cisco SD-Access
    Understanding the Working Principles of the Cisco SD-WAN Solution (Self-study)

    Need for Software Definer Networking for WAN
    SD-WAN Components
    SD-WAN Orchestration Plane
    SD-WAN Management Plane
    SD-WAN Control Plane
    SD-WAN Data Plane
    SD-WAN Automation and Analytics
    Understanding the Basics of Python Programming (Self-study)

    Describe Python Concepts
    String Data Types
    Numbers Data Types
    Boolean Data Types
    Script Writing and Execution
    Analyze Code
    Introducing Network Programmability Protocols (Self-study)

    Configuration Management
    Evolution of Device Management and Programmability
    Data Encoding Formats
    Data Models
    Model Driven Programmability Stack
    Describe YANG
    Explain NETCONF and YANG
    Describe the RESTCONF Protocol
    Cisco IOS XE and IOS XR Systems Overview
    Introducing APIs in Cisco DNA Center and vManage (Self-study)

    Application Programming Interfaces
    REST API Response Codes and Results
    REST API Security
    API in DNA-Center
    REST API in vManage

    Exams & Certification

    Recommended as preparartion for the following exams:

    Implementing Cisco Enterprise Network Core Technologies

    Follow-on courses

    The following are recommended for further study:

    Designing Cisco Enterprise Networks
    Designing Cisco Enterprise Wireless Networks
    Implementing Cisco Enterprise Advanced Routing and Services
    Implementing Cisco Enterprise Wireless Networks
    Implementing Cisco SD-WAN Solutions

Duration: 5 days
Level: Professional
Price: £2995 + VAT

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