Designing for Cisco Internetwork Solutions v3.0 - DESGN (Associate)

Designing for Cisco Internetwork Solutions v3.0 - DESGN (Associate) Course Description

Duration: 5.00 days (40 hours)

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Designing for Cisco Internetwork Solutions (DESGN) v3.0 course presents a structured and modular approach to designing networks that are scalable, resilient, and have well-defined failure domains. The course discusses routing and switching design of Campus and Enterprise networks in detail. Data center, wireless networking, and real-time traffic infrastructure are introduced and their effects on the core network are discussed from the design perspective.

Exam Format
Exam Number: 200-310 DESGN
Associated Certifications: CCDA
Duration: 75 minutes (55-65 questions)
Registration: Pearson VUE

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Intended Audience for this Designing for Cisco Internetwork Solutions v3.0 - DESGN (Associate) Course

  • » The target audience for the DESGN course consists of individuals seeking the Cisco Certified Design Associate (CCDA) certification and those individuals targeting towards the CCDP (Cisco Certified Design Professional) certification. The course is also targeted at pre-sales and post-sales network engineers involved in the Enterprise network design, planning and implementation. (The post-sales network engineers involved in the implementation will be involved in providing feedback to the pre-sales network engineers and correct possible design flaws).

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Course Prerequisites for Designing for Cisco Internetwork Solutions v3.0 - DESGN (Associate)

  • » Operate LANs with multiple switches, configure VLANs, trunking, spanning tree, DHCP, and port aggregation within Campus network
  • » Configure and troubleshoot IPv4 and IPv6 routing within a Enterprise network (static, EIGRP, multi-area OSPF, and RIPng)
  • » Implement enterprise Internet connectivity (static routes and basic BGP)
  • » Implement route redistribution using filtering mechanisms
  • » Implement path control using policy based routing and IP SLA

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Designing for Cisco Internetwork Solutions v3.0 - DESGN (Associate) Course Objectives

  • » 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 are software defined networks and describe example solutions

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Designing for Cisco Internetwork Solutions v3.0 - DESGN (Associate) Course Outline

      1. Design Methodologies
        1. Design Life Cycle
          1. Business-Driven Network
          2. Plan, Build, Manage
          3. Plan Phase
          4. Build Phase
          5. Manage Phase
          6. Project Deliverables
        2. Characterizing Existing Network
          1. Why Is Good Characterization Necessary?
          2. Steps of Gathering Information
          3. Auditing the Existing Network
          4. Using Tools to Characterize Existing Network
          5. Case Study: Using SNMP to Gather Information
          6. Case Study: Using NetFlow to Gather Information
          7. Case Study: Using CDP or LLDP to Gather Information
          8. Document the Existing Network
        3. Top-Down Approach
          1. Top-Down vs. Bottom-Up
          2. Benefits and Drawbacks of Top-Down Approach
          3. Case Study: Top-Down Approach Design
          4. Pilots and Prototypes
      2. Network Design Objectives
        1. Building a Modular Network
          1. Network Convergence
          2. Why Would You Modularize?
          3. How to Modularize?
          4. Where Should You Hide Information?
          5. Amount of Information Hiding
          6. Modularity and Fault Domains
          7. How Scalability Can Be Achieved Through Modular Design
          8. How Resiliency Is Achieved Through Modular Design
          9. Case Study: Modular Network Design
          10. Typical Enterprise Network Modules
        2. Applying Modularity: Hierarchy in a Network
          1. Hub-and-Spoke Design
          2. Three-Layer Hierarchy
          3. Access Layer
          4. Distribution Layer
          5. Core Layer
          6. Two-Layer Hierarchy
          7. Multilayer Hierarchy
        3. Applying Modularity: Virtualization Overview
          1. What Is Virtualization?
          2. Reasons for Virtualization
          3. Types of Virtualization
          4. Consequences of Virtualization
      3. Campus Network Design
        1. Layer 2/Layer 3 Demarcation
          1. End-to-End vs. Local VLANs
          2. Traditional Layer 2 Access Layer
          3. Updated Layer 2 Access Layer
          4. Layer 3 Access Layer
          5. Routed or Switched Access Layer?
          6. Hybrid Access Layer
          7. Case Study: Common Access-Distribution Interconnection Designs
          8. Small and Medium Campus Design Options
        2. Layer 2 Design Considerations
          1. VLAN and Trunk Considerations
          2. VTP Considerations
          3. STP Considerations
          4. STP Root Bridge Placement
          5. Alignment of STP with FHRP
          6. Consistent STP Metrics
          7. Cisco STP Toolkit
          8. STP Stability Mechanism Recommendations
          9. Problem with Unidirectional Links
          10. Comparing Loop Guard with UDLD
          11. UDLD Recommended Practices
          12. Need for MST
          13. MST Recommended Practices
        3. High Availability Considerations
          1. Managing Bandwidth and Oversubscription
          2. Port Aggregation Considerations
          3. VSS Considerations
          4. Stacking Considerations
          5. First Hop Redundancy
          6. HSRP/VRRP Subsecond Failover
          7. HSRP/VRRP Preempt Delay
          8. HSRP/VRRP Load Sharing
          9. HSRP/VRRP Tracking
          10. Case for GLBP
          11. Case Against GLBP
        4. Layer 3 Design Considerations
          1. Building Triangles
          2. Redundant Links
          3. Routing Convergence
          4. Limit Peering Across the Access Layer
          5. Summarize at Distribution Layer
        5. Traffic and Interconnections
          1. Network Requirements of Applications
          2. Client-Server Traffic Considerations
          3. Intrabuilding Structure Considerations
          4. Interbuilding Structure Considerations
          5. Transmission Media Considerations
          6. Case Study: Transmission Media
      4. Enterprise Network Design
        1. Designing a Secure Network
          1. Key Threats in Campus
          2. Security Goals
          3. Securing the Perimeter
          4. Introduction to Firewalls
          5. Flavors of Firewalls
          6. Firewall Recommended Practices
          7. IPS/IDS Fundamentals
          8. IPS/IDS Recommended Practices
          9. Network Access Control
          10. Security Implications of Client Access Methods
        2. Edge Connectivity Design
          1. Edge Overview
          2. DMZ Overview
          3. DMZ Segmentation
          4. DMZ Service Placing
          5. Internet Connectivity
          6. Internet Edge with High Availability
          7. VPN Design
          8. Site-to-Site VPN Use Cases
          9. Overview of Remote Access Flavors
          10. Security Services Design
          11. Edge Device Selection
          12. NAT Placement
        3. WAN Design
          1. WAN Topologies
          2. How Should I Connect Remote Sites?
          3. WAN Considerations
          4. Provider-Managed VPNs: Layer 2 vs. Layer 3
          5. MPLS Overview
          6. Layer 3 VPN: MPLS/VPN
          7. Layer 3 VPN: MPLS/VPN Considerations
          8. Layer 2 VPN: VPWS
          9. Layer 2 VPN: VPWS Considerations
          10. Layer 2 VPN: VPLS
          11. Layer 2 VPN: VPLS Considerations
          12. Provider-Managed VPNs: Making Choices
          13. Introducing Enterprise-Managed VPNs
          14. Deploying Enterprise-Managed VPN over Provider-Managed VPN
          15. IPsec Overview
          16. Enterprise-Managed VPN: IPsec Tunnel Mode
          17. Enterprise-Managed VPNs: GRE over IPsec
          18. Enterprise-Managed VPNs: DMVPN
          19. Enterprise-Managed VPNs: IPsec VTI
          20. Enterprise-Managed VPNs: GETVPN
          21. Enterprise-Managed VPNs: Making Choices
        4. Branch Design
          1. Branch Putting Pressure on the WAN
          2. Common Branch Connectivity Options
          3. Branch Redundancy Options
          4. Single-Carrier WANs vs. Dual-Carrier WANs
          5. Single-Carrier MPLS/VPN Site Types
          6. Dual-Carrier MPLS/VPN WAN
          7. Hybrid WAN: Layer 3 Provider VPN and IPSec VPN
          8. Hybrid WAN: Layer 2 Provider VPN and IPSec VPN
          9. Branch Internet Access-Centralized or Local?
          10. Remote-Site LAN: Flat Layer 2
          11. Remote-Site LAN: Collapsed Core
        5. Connecting to the Data Center
          1. Data Center Architecture
          2. Data Center Ethernet Infrastructure
          3. Data Center Storage Integration
          4. Data Center Reference Architecture
          5. Server Virtualization and Virtual Switch
          6. Resilient Data Center Core Options
          7. Data Center Security
          8. Need to Connect Data Centers
          9. Data Center Interconnect Options
          10. Extending Layer 2 Between Data Centers
          11. Supporting Server Scalability
          12. Application-Level Load Balancing
          13. Network-Level Load Balancing
      5. Design of Internal Routing and Connecting to the Internet
        1. Routing Protocol Considerations
          1. Interior and Exterior Routing Protocols
          2. Route Summarization
          3. Originating Default Routes
          4. Route Redistribution
          5. Avoiding Transit Traffic
          6. Defensive Filtering
          7. Use Cases for Passive Interfaces
          8. Routing Protocol Fast Convergence
          9. Coexistence of IPv4 and IPv6 IGP Routing
          10. Routing Protocol Authentication
        2. Expanding EIGRP Design
          1. Case Study: Single-Homed Site
          2. Case Study: Dual-Homed Site
          3. Case Study: Geographic Dispersion of HQ
          4. Case Study: Stub Feature
          5. Case Study: Summarizing Towards the Core
        3. Expanding OSPF Design
          1. Case Study: OSPF Areas
          2. Review of OSPF LSAs
          3. Case Study: OSPF Summarization
          4. Case Study: OSPF Path Selection
          5. Case Study: OSPF Stubby Areas
        4. Introducing IS-IS
          1. Introducing IS-IS
          2. IS-IS Areas
          3. Inter-Router Communication
          4. CLNS Addressing
          5. IS-IS Metric
          6. IS-IS Load Balancing
          7. IS-IS Authentication
          8. Basic IS-IS Configuration
          9. IS-IS for IPv6
        5. Expanding IS-IS Design
          1. Area and Scaling
          2. IS-IS Hub-and-Spoke Scaling
          3. Case Study: IS-IS Hub-and-Spoke
        6. Using BGP to Connect to the Internet
          1. Case Study: Single and Dual-Homing
          2. Case Study: Multihoming
          3. Implications of Running Full BGP Routing Table
          4. Running a Partial Internet Table
          5. BGP Route Selection Process
          6. Influencing Outbound and Inbound Routing
          7. Influencing Outbound Routing: Weight Attribute
          8. Influencing Outbound Routing: Local Preference
          9. Influencing Inbound Routing: Setting MED Outbound
          10. Influencing Inbound Routing: Setting Communities Outbound
          11. Influencing Inbound and Outbound Routing: Prepending AS Path
          12. Case Study: Avoiding Loops When Forwarding to the Internet
          13. Route Dampening
          14. Coexistence of BGP for IPv4 and IPv6
      6. Expanding the Existing Network
        1. Understanding Quality of Service
          1. Traffic Characteristics
          2. Need for QoS
          3. QoS Mechanisms Overview
          4. Trust Boundary
          5. QoS Mechanisms - Classification and Marking
          6. Classification Tools
          7. QoS Mechanisms - Policing, Shaping, and Re-Marking
          8. Tools for Managing Congestion
          9. Tools for Congestion Avoidance
          10. QoS Deployment Principles
          11. Recommended Practice QoS Design Principles
          12. Design Strategies
        2. Supporting Wireless Access
          1. Introduction to Wireless LAN Networks
          2. Autonomous WLAN Architecture
          3. Centralized WLAN Architecture
          4. Speciality WLAN Architecture: Wireless Bridge
          5. Cloud-Enabled WLAN Architecture
          6. LAN Bandwidth Considerations
          7. Trunk and VLAN Configuration
          8. WLAN and PoE
          9. WLAN and End-to-End QoS
          10. Supporting Wireless Security
        3. Integrating Collaboration
          1. Collaboration Overview
          2. Collaboration Building Blocks
          3. Supporting IP Telephony
          4. Voice VLAN
          5. Protocols of IP Telephony
          6. Collaboration Traffic
          7. Traffic Patterns
          8. Assuring Good User Experience
      7. IP Addressing Design
        1. Concepts of Good IP Addressing
          1. IP Addressing Goals
          2. Planning IP Addressing
          3. Planning Addressing for the Future
          4. Route Summarization with IPv4
          5. Route Summarization with IPv6
          6. Public and Private Addressing
          7. Avoiding Re-Addressing
        2. Creating an Addressing Plan for IPv4
          1. Planning the IP Addressing Hierarchy
          2. Creating an Addressing Plan
          3. Case Study: IPv4 Address Space
          4. Case Study: Resolving Overlapping Address Ranges
          5. Allocating More IP Addresses
          6. Voice Overlay Subnets
          7. Need for Loopbacks
        3. IPv6 Addressing
          1. Benefits and Challenges of IPv6 Addressing
          2. Structure of an IPv6 Address
          3. IPv6 for an Enterprise
          4. IPv6 Address Allocation: Linked IPv4 Into IPv6
          5. IPv6 Address Allocation: Per Location/Type
          6. Case Study: Location-Based Subnetting
          7. Case Study: Type-Based Subnetting
          8. IPv6 Address Allocation: Per VLAN
          9. IPv4 and IPv6 Coexistence
        4. Supporting IP Addressing
          1. IP Address Management
          2. IPv4 Address Assignment Recommended Practices
          3. IPv6 Address Assignment Recommended Practices
          4. DNS Recommended Practices
          5. Case Study: DHCP and DNS Servers in a Network
      8. Introduction to Software Defined Networks
        1. SDN Overview
          1. SDN Definition
          2. Need for SDN
          3. Path to Network Programmability
          4. SDN Flavors
          5. SDN Framework
          6. SDN Controllers
          7. Southbound APIs
          8. Northbound APIs
          9. OpenFlow
          10. OpenDaylight
          11. Cisco ACI
      9. Labs
        1. Challenge: Ask the Right Questions
          1. Ask Design Questions About Customer's Design Requests
        2. Challenge: Design Branch's LAN
          1. Create High-Level Design for Branch LAN
          2. Determine Needed Configuration Changes
          3. Create A Draft BOM
        3. Challenge: Design Branch's Connections to the HQ
          1. Selecting Router for the Branch Office
          2. Design Single-MPLS/VPN Connection to Branch
          3. Design Dual-MPLS/VPN Connection to Branch
          4. Design Primary MPLS/VPN and Secondary VPN over Internet
        4. Challenge: Design Branch's Routing
          1. Improve Scalability of Existing OSPF Design
          2. Design Routing for Local Internet Connectivity for New Branch
          3. Best Path Optimization
        5. Challenge: Design Support for Wireless and Collaboration
          1. Verify That the Infrastructure Supports Collaboration and Wireless Designs
          2. Help to Design QoS Policy for WAN Links
        6. Challenge: Design IPv4 Addressing Plan
          1. Re-design Branch 1 IPv4 Address Space
          2. Re-design Branch 2 IPv4 Address Space
          3. Design Branch 3 IPv4 Address Space
        7. Challenge: Design IPv6 Addressing Plan
          1. Design a General IPv6 Addressing for Customers Network

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This training prepares students for the following exam(s):

  • » 200-310 : Designing for Cisco Internetwork Solutions (DESGN) v3.0

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David M.
- Networking expert with several Cisco certifications, including CCENT, CCNA, CCDA, CCSI, and CCVP. - Has taught over 90 courses at NetCom Learning. - Average rating of 8.75 out of 9 on student evaluation reports.


David has been in the Networking field for the past eleven years and holds several Cisco certifications. He has been an instructor since 2005 and has taught over 90 courses at NetCom Learning.

David is an extremely enthusiastic trainer with a raw passion towards teaching and delivering Cisco information and takes great pride in his career as an instructor, which has lead him to develop and deliver the class in his own unique way; very professional and knowledgeable, yet pleasant and enjoyable. His classes have a high passing rate for students taking certification exams, and averages 8.75 out of 9 on evaluation reports.
Michael G.
- Over 22 years of professional experience in the IT field, including more than a decade as a Certified Trainer.
- An expert in Cisco's Routing, Switching, Security, Voice and Wireless areas, as well as select Microsoft, Novell, CompTIA, Sun and CWNP courses.
- High-skilled and acclaimed instructor. Has trained over 900 students at Netcom Learning.


Michael has over 22 years of professional experience in the IT field, including more than a decade as a Certified Trainer. An expert in Cisco's Routing, Switching, Security, Voice and Wireless areas, Michael also teaches select Microsoft, Novell, CompTIA, Sun and CWNP courses.

Michael's dedication and passion for teaching is unmatched. He has trained over 900 students at Netcom Learning since 2006 and his evaluation scores average 8.7 out of 9.
William D.
- Bachelors and Masters in Mathematics from University of Pennsylvania, in addition to several IT certifications.
- Over 20 years of experience in the IT industry; background ranges from engineering, administration and escalation support in networks.


William is a highly-skilled IT professional with Bachelors and Masters Degree in Mathematics from University of Pennsylvania. He has been working in the IT industry for over 20 years, with experience in engineering, administration and escalation support in networks ranging from small to large scale complex enterprise environments.

As a Cisco and CompTIA Subject Matter Expert, he holds several certifications, including Cisco CCNA, CCNP, and CCIE. William is one of NetCom's top trainers, consistently scoring high marks in student evaluations.

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