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CCNA 640-802 Exam Objectives - Retires 30th September 2013


The 640-802 Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) is the composite exam associated with the CCNA Routing and Switching certification. Candidates can prepare for this exam by taking the Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices: Accelerated (CCNAX) v1.1 course. This exam tests a candidate's knowledge and skills required to install, operate, and troubleshoot a small to medium size enterprise branch network. The topics include connecting to a WAN; implementing network security; network types; network media; routing and switching fundamentals; the TCP/IP and OSI models; IP addressing; WAN technologies; operating and configuring IOS devices; extending switched networks with VLANs; determining IP routes; managing IP traffic with access lists; establishing point-to-point connections; and establishing Frame Relay connections.

Exam Information:

Exam Number    640-802 CCNA
Last day to test: September 30, 2013
Associated Certifications    CCNA Routing and Switching
Duration    90 Minutes (45-55 questions)
Available Languages    English, Japanese, Chinese, Spanish, Russian, Korean, French, Portuguese
Register    Pearson VUE
Exam Policies    Read current policies and requirements
Exam Tutorial    Review type of exam questions

CCNA 640-802 Exam Topics are given below:

The following topics are general guidelines for the content likely to be included on the Cisco Certified Network Associate exam. However, other related topics may also appear on any specific delivery of the exam. In order to better reflect the contents of the exam and for clarity purposes, the guidelines below may change at any time without notice.
Describe how a network works

    Describe the purpose and functions of various network devices
    Select the components required to meet a network specification
    Use the OSI and TCP/IP models and their associated protocols to explain how data flows in a network
    Describe common networked applications including web applications
    Describe the purpose and basic operation of the protocols in the OSI and TCP models
    Describe the impact of applications (Voice Over IP and Video Over IP) on a network
    Interpret network diagrams
    Determine the path between two hosts across a network
    Describe the components required for network and Internet communications
    Identify and correct common network problems at layers 1, 2, 3 and 7 using a layered model approach
    Differentiate between LAN/WAN operation and features

Configure, verify and troubleshoot a switch with VLANs and interswitch communications

    Select the appropriate media, cables, ports, and connectors to connect switches to other network devices and hosts
    Explain the technology and media access control method for Ethernet networks
    Explain network segmentation and basic traffic management concepts
    Explain basic switching concepts and the operation of Cisco switches
    Perform and verify initial switch configuration tasks including remote access management
    Verify network status and switch operation using basic utilities (including: ping, traceroute, telnet, SSH, arp, ipconfig), SHOW & DEBUG commands
    Identify, prescribe, and resolve common switched network media issues, configuration issues, auto negotiation, and switch hardware failures
    Describe enhanced switching technologies (including: VTP, RSTP, VLAN, PVSTP, 802.1q)
    Describe how VLANs create logically separate networks and the need for routing between them
    Configure, verify, and troubleshoot VLANs
    Configure, verify, and troubleshoot trunking on Cisco switches
    Configure, verify, and troubleshoot interVLAN routing
    Configure, verify, and troubleshoot VTP
    Configure, verify, and troubleshoot RSTP operation
    Interpret the output of various show and debug commands to verify the operational status of a Cisco switched network.
    Implement basic switch security (including: port security, trunk access, management vlan other than vlan1, etc.)

Implement an IP addressing scheme and IP Services to meet network requirements in a medium-size Enterprise branch office network.

    Describe the operation and benefits of using private and public IP addressing
    Explain the operation and benefits of using DHCP and DNS
    Configure, verify and troubleshoot DHCP and DNS operation on a router.(including: CLI/SDM)
    Implement static and dynamic addressing services for hosts in a LAN environment
    Calculate and apply an addressing scheme including VLSM IP addressing design to a network
    Determine the appropriate classless addressing scheme using VLSM and summarization to satisfy addressing requirements in a LAN/WAN environment
    Describe the technological requirements for running IPv6 in conjunction with IPv4 (including: protocols, dual stack, tunneling, etc).
    Describe IPv6 addresses
    Identify and correct common problems associated with IP addressing and host configurations

Configure, verify, and troubleshoot basic router operation and routing on Cisco devices

    Describe basic routing concepts (including: packet forwarding, router lookup process)
    Describe the operation of Cisco routers (including: router bootup process, POST, router components)
    Select the appropriate media, cables, ports, and connectors to connect routers to other network devices and hosts
    Configure, verify, and troubleshoot RIPv2
    Access and utilize the router to set basic parameters.(including: CLI/SDM)
    Connect, configure, and verify operation status of a device interface
    Verify device configuration and network connectivity using ping, traceroute, telnet, SSH or other utilities
    Perform and verify routing configuration tasks for a static or default route given specific routing requirements
    Manage IOS configuration files. (including: save, edit, upgrade, restore)
    Manage Cisco IOS.
    Compare and contrast methods of routing and routing protocols
    Configure, verify, and troubleshoot OSPF
    Configure, verify, and troubleshoot EIGRP
    Verify network connectivity (including: using ping, traceroute, and telnet or SSH)
    Troubleshoot routing issues
    Verify router hardware and software operation using SHOW & DEBUG commands.
    Implement basic router security

Explain and select the appropriate administrative tasks required for a WLAN

    Describe standards associated with wireless media (including: IEEE WI-FI Alliance, ITU/FCC)
    Identify and describe the purpose of the components in a small wireless network. (Including: SSID, BSS, ESS)
    Identify the basic parameters to configure on a wireless network to ensure that devices connect to the correct access point
    Compare and contrast wireless security features and capabilities of WPA security (including: open, WEP, WPA-1/2)
    Identify common issues with implementing wireless networks. (Including: Interface, missconfiguration)

Identify security threats to a network and describe general methods to mitigate those threats

    Describe today's increasing network security threats and explain the need to implement a comprehensive security policy to mitigate the threats
    Explain general methods to mitigate common security threats to network devices, hosts, and applications
    Describe the functions of common security appliances and applications
    Describe security recommended practices including initial steps to secure network devices

Implement, verify, and troubleshoot NAT and ACLs in a medium-size Enterprise branch office network.

    Describe the purpose and types of ACLs
    Configure and apply ACLs based on network filtering requirements.(including: CLI/SDM)
    Configure and apply an ACLs to limit telnet and SSH access to the router using (including: SDM/CLI)
    Verify and monitor ACLs in a network environment
    Troubleshoot ACL issues
    Explain the basic operation of NAT
    Configure NAT for given network requirements using (including: CLI/SDM)
    Troubleshoot NAT issues

Implement and verify WAN links

    Describe different methods for connecting to a WAN
    Configure and verify a basic WAN serial connection
    Configure and verify Frame Relay on Cisco routers
    Troubleshoot WAN implementation issues
    Describe VPN technology (including: importance, benefits, role, impact, components)
    Configure and verify a PPP connection between Cisco routers


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