CCNP SWITCH: Implementing Cisco IP Switching



CCNP® SWITCH: Implementing Cisco IP Switched Networks (SWITCH 300-115) is designed to help cable professionals prepare for Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) certification. The CCNP SWITCH course is the second of three courses in the CCNP curriculum.  

CCNP SWITCH educates network professionals on how to build scalable multilayer switched networks, how to create and deploy a global intranet, and how to implement basic troubleshooting techniques in environments that use multilayer switches for client hosts and services.

The course is designed for cable network engineers with prior IP switch experience and those who are ready to advance their skills using modern switch techniques.  Cable professionals learn to plan, configure and verify the implementation of secure enterprise networks with; VLANs, private VLANs, advanced spanning tree protocols (PVRST+ & MST), UDLD, BPDU and root guard. advanced network services; DHCP Snooping, ARP inspection, AAA and DOT1x. Monitoring your network; SPAN/RSPAN, SNMP and syslog. High availability designs in telecommunication networks; HSRP, VRRP, GLBP, StackWise, VSS and RPR/RPR+/SSO with NSF.


Scheduled Online Self-Paced Course.  SCTE·ISBE offers instructor led onsite training options.

This online course is delivered online over 12 weeks, during which participants review textbook materials, complete NETLAB+ learning activities and take exams at a time that is convenient for them.  Participants should spend approximately 4 to 6 hours per week. 

A note regarding the NETLAB+ activities, they are rather complex and extensive and each lab is broken up in to several trouble tickets.


  • CCNA or intermediate level routing and switching experience



Course Materials:

SCTE·ISBE and Cisco Network Academy course materials that includes chapter assessments, learning activities, NetworkSims, review questions and a course final confirmation of learning, along with, a requirement to complete many hands-on labs using a NETLAB+.  NETLAB+ supports actual routers, switches and adaptive security appliances (ASA), along with full lab activities

  • CCNP Textbook
  • SCTE·ISBE Course Completion Certificate
  • Cisco Course Completion Certificate
  • 5 Recertification Units (RUs) toward SCTE·ISBE certification renewal

Target Audience:

The target audience is anyone who desires a practical and advanced technical instruction in the field of network routing and switching. This includes headend technicians, network operations center (NOC) staff, network engineers, network administrators, IT professionals and IT help-desk staff.

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, learners will be able to implement:

  • Describe the hierarchical campus structure, basic switch operation, use of SDM templates, PoE, and LLDP & CDP
  • Implement VLANs, trunks, explain VTP, implement DHCP in IPv4 and IPv6 environment, and configure port aggregation with LACP and PAgP
  • Implement and optimize STP mechanism that best suits your network - PVSTP+, RPVSTP+, or MSTP
  • Configure routing on a multilayer switch
  • Configure NTP, SNMP, IP SLA, port mirroring, and verify StackWise and VSS operation
  • Implement First Hop redundancy in IPv4 and IPv6 environments
  • Secure campus network according to recommended practices; DHCP Snooping, Dynamic ARP Inspection, AAA and DOT1X/EAPOL


Implementing Cisco IP Switched Networks (SWITCH)

ISBN-10: 1-58720-664-1/ISBN-13: 978-1-58720-664-1

Course Modules:

Chapter 01: Fundamentals Review

Chapter 02: Network Design Fundamentals

Chapter 03: Campus Network Architecture

Chapter 04: Spanning Tree in Depth

Chapter 05: Inter-VLAN Routing

Chapter 06: First-Hop Redundancy

Chapter 07: Network Management

Chapter 08: Switching Features and Technologies for the Campus Network

Chapter 09: High Availability

Chapter 10: Campus Network Security

Course Outline:

Chapter 1: Fundamentals Review

  • Review foundational topics from CCNA
    • Hubs and switches
    • Broadcast domains
    • Basic Ethernet frame format & MAC addresses
    • Basic switching function
    • VLANs and Trunking
    • The Spanning Tree Protocol (STP)
    • Port channels
    • Multilayer switching (MLS)

Chapter 1 Review Questions (Text Book)

NETLAB+ 1-1, Switch Baseline (Preparing the Switch) (v7.1)

Chapter 1 Exam (Cisco NetAcad Site


Chapter 2: Network Design Fundamentals

  • Learn Cisco’s network hierarchy; Access Layer, Distribution Layer and Core Layer
  • Describe Content Addressable Memory (CAM)
  • Learn how Ternary Content-Addressable Memory (TCAM) operates
  • Introduction to Cisco Express Forwarding (CEF)
  • Introduction to Cisco switches and their associated architecture

Chapter 2 Review Questions (Text Book)

Chapter 2 Exam (Cisco NetAcad Site)



Chapter 3: Campus Network Architecture

  • Lean how to implement VLANs and trunks in campus switched architecture
  • Define valid VLAN ranges
  • Learn about Voice VLANs
  • Gain a solid understanding of VLAN Trunking Protocol (VTP) and configurations
  • Learn how to implement and configure EtherChannel “PAgP” & “LACP”

Chapter 3 Review Questions (Text Book)

NETLAB+ 3-1, Static VLANs, Trunking and VTP (v7.1)

NETLAB+ 3-2, EtherChannel (v7.1)

Chapter 3 Exam (Cisco NetAcad Site)

Chapter 4: Spanning Tree in Depth

  • Implement Spanning Tree Protocol (STP)
  • Implement Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol (RSTP)
  • Configure Multiple Spanning Tree (MST)
  • Troubleshooting STP

Chapter 4 Review Questions (Text Book)

NETLAB+ 4-1, Implement STP (v7.1)

NETLAB+ 4-2, Multiple Spanning Tree (v7.1)

Chapter 4 Exam (Cisco NetAcad Site) 


Chapter 5: Inter-VLAN Routing

  • Given an enterprise network, design, implement, and verify inter-VLAN routing
  • Understand layer 2 & layer 3 EtherChannel and its configuration
  • Understand DHCP operation and its implementation and verification

Chapter 5 Review Questions (Text Book)

NETLAB+ 5-1, Inter-VLAN Routing (v7.1)

Chapter 5 Exam (Cisco NetAcad Site)

Chapter 6: First-Hop Redundancy

  • Learn why First-Hop Redundancy Protocol (FHRP) is needed in networks
  • Configure and verify Hot Standby Router Protocol (HSRP)
  • Configure and verify Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol (VRRP)
  • Configure and verify Gateway Load Balancing Protocol (GLBP)

Chapter 6 Review Questions (Text Book)

NETLAB+ 6-1, First-Hop Redundancy Protocol – HSRP and VRRP (v7.1)

NETLAB+ 6-3, Gateway Load Balancing Protocol (v7.1)

Chapter 6 Exam (Cisco NetAcad Site) 

Chapter 7: Network Management

  • Understand controlled access methods
  • Explore the concept of Extensible Authentication Protocol over LAN (EAPOL)
  • Implement network services such as Network Time Protocol (NTP)
  • Implement network services such as Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP)

Chapter 7 Review Questions (Text Book)

NETLAB+ 7-1, Network Time Protocol (v7.1)

NETLAB+ 7-2, Simple Network Management Protocol (v7.1)

Chapter 7 Exam (Cisco NetAcad Site) 


Chapter 8: Switching Features and Technologies for the Campus Network

  • Understand Discovery Protocols, Unidirectional Link Detection and Power over Ethernet (PoE)
  • Optimize TCAM memory with Switch Database Management (SDM) templates
  • Select proper monitoring features:
    • Switchport analyzer (SPAN) and remote-SPAN or “RSPAN”
    • Service Level Analyzer/Agreement (SLA) features

Chapter 8 Review Questions (Text Book)

NETLAB+ 8-1, IP SLAs and Remote SPAN (v7.1)

Chapter 8 Exam (Cisco NetAcad Site)


Chapter 9: High Availability

  • Describe the need and basic idea behind switch stacking and Virtual Switching System (VSS)
  • Learn how use and the benefits of StackWise
  • Understand how to verify StackWise operation
  • Explore VSS, the benefits, when it can be used and how to verify VSS operation
  • Use supervisor redundancy’s various modes

Chapter 9 Review Questions (Text Book)

Chapter 9 Exam (Cisco NetAcad Site)


Chapter 10: Campus Network Security

  • Learn various methods of network switch attacks and vulnerabilities
  • Explore best practices for basic security protection on switches
  • Configure and Verify Switch Port Security Features
  • Understand Storm Control features and how it is configured
  • Learn several methods for mitigating spoofing attacks
  • Secure VLAN trunks and private VLANs

Chapter 10 Review Questions (Text Book)

NETLAB+ 10-1, Securing Layer 2 Switches (v7.1)

NETLAB+ 10-2, Securing VLANs (v7.1)

Chapter 10 Exam (Cisco NetAcad Site)


Final Exam (Cisco NetAcad Site)

Cisco and SCTE·ISBE Course Evaluation


Requirements for Successful Course Completion:

  • Attend orientation and if available participate in weekly coaching sessions. 
  • Review and read provided book course content each week, complete NETLAB+ and chapter exam.
  • Average score of 80%, or greater, on all chapter exams and the course final exam.
  • Course grade weights are 30% for required exercises/skills (NETLAB+), 30% for chapter exams and 40% for the final exam.   

For questions regarding the content, activities, exercises or exams, please contact your instructor directly.  For all other needs, please use the “Help Desk” contact information

Cisco Certification Exam Preparation

This course prepares learners to take the CCNP SWITCH exam (SWITCH 300-115) which is a qualifying exam for the Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) and Cisco Certified Design Professional (CCDP) certifications. The exam will certify that the successful candidate has the knowledge and skills necessary to use advanced IP switching concepts. The exam is administered through Pearson VUE (Virtual University Enterprises) and is not part of the course.

6/17/2019 - 9/9/2019


Monday, 05 February 2018

Course includes testbook

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