Every partner company of Cisco Systems needs a number of Cisco-certified people on its staff. While the basic Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) exam will satisfy basic Cisco requirements, the Cisco Certified Design Associate (CCDA) indicates more rigorous training and greater capability. Job applicants with CCDAs will outshine CCNAs every time. CCDA Exam Certification Guide will help you earn your CCDA rating, obviously, but goes beyond mere test preparation by explaining the concepts that govern the behavior of Cisco data networking equipment. Look in this book--authorized by Cisco, and written with the help of a number of its employees--for the background material you need in order to make sense of product manuals and command-line help.
The authors begin each chapter with a quiz that's meant to gauge your understanding of a subject (IPv6 addressing, for instance) and thereby help you spend your study time wisely. A reader who commits to working through a particular chapter is first presented with increasingly detailed information, beginning with general concepts and theories and ending with specific product details and procedures, where they're applicable. Chapters end with quizzes that contain questions in the style of the exam, and the book's final 10 percent or so is devoted to case studies that illustrate how the CCDA techniques taught elsewhere might be put into practice. Overall, CCDA Exam Certification Guide comes across as a careful and comprehensive treatment of the published CCDA exam objectives, and a volume that will reward diligent study. --David Wall
Topics covered: The subjects covered on the Cisco Certified Design Associate (CCDA) exam (640-861). These include design methodologies, LAN and WAN design principles, addressing and routing, and integrated security.
The official test preparation guide for the CCDA 640-861 DESGN exam
- Review topics in the CCDA 640-861 DESGN exam for comprehensive exam readiness
- Prepare with proven study tools like foundation summaries, and pre- and post-chapter quizzes to ensure mastery of the subject matter
- Get into test-taking mode with a CD-ROM testing engine containing over 200 questions that measure testing readiness and provide feedback on areas requiring further study
The first step in the Cisco Systems certification networking design track, CCDA (Cisco Certified Design Associate) certification requires that a candidate pass the CCDA 640-861 DESGN exam. CCDAs have the skills needed to determine customer requirements for security, scalability, and network management; design a network structure that meets customers' needs; identify how to build a network prototype; and link Cisco's products in an end-to-end manner.
CCDA Exam Certification Guide (CCDA Self-Study), Second Edition is designed for professional networkers and students who are pursuing CCDA certification. As such, the book will cover all the exam topics upon which candidates will be tested in this new version of the CCDA exam. Each chapter uses all the necessary components to help a reader prepare for the exam, including "Do I Know this Already" quizzes that assess knowledge; Foundation Summary sections that highlight essential concepts; exam topic lists for easy reference; and end-of-chapter review questions. The final chapter in the book contains scenarios that help readers prepare for the exam.
A companion CD-ROM contains more than 200 questions intended to provide testing preparation and feedback on areas for further study.