Cisco Certified Design Associate (CCDA Design) -- 200-310


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Cisco Certified Design Associate (CCDA - Design) certifications validates your knowledge in secured cisco network Designs. CCDA course and exams will focuses on addressing, routing protocols and its network design and network expansions consideration in existing network with in campus, datacenter,voice and wireless networks. CCDA certified engineers can design routed and switched network infrastructures and services involving LAN and WAN.

Exam Details

Required Exam(s) : 200 - 310 Design
Associated Exams : CCDA
Durations : 75 mins (55 - 65 questions)
Question Types : Multiple choice, drag and drop, Fill in the blanks and simulation types.
Exam Fees :
Prerequired Exams :There is no prerequired exams to take CCDA Certifications but its recommended to pass valid CCENT or CCNA Routing and Switching or any CCIE exams.
Exam Policy : Click here to read the Exam policies.
Recommended Training : Designing for Cisco Internetwork Solutions (DESGN) v3.0

Exam Pattern

Below are the exam pattern of Cisco Certified Design Associate (CCDA Design) -- 200-310 exam.

1.0 Design Methodologies 15%

  • 1.1 Describe the Cisco Design lifecycle – PBM (plan, build, manage)
  • 1.2 Describe the information required to characterize an existing network as part of the planning for a design change
  • 1.3 Describe the use cases and benefits of network characterization tools (SNMP, NBAR, NetFlow)
  • 1.4 Compare and contrast the top-down and bottom-up design approaches

2.0 Design Objectives 20%

  • 2.1 Describe the importance and application of modularity in a network
  • 2.2 Describe the importance and application of hierarchy in a network
  • 2.3 Describe the importance and application of scalability in a network
  • 2.4 Describe the importance and application of resiliency in a network
  • 2.5 Describe the importance and application of concept of fault domains in a network

3.0 Addressing and Routing Protocols in an Existing Network 20%

  • 3.1 Describe the concept of scalable addressing
    • 3.1.a Hierarchy
    • 3.1.b Summarization
    • 3.1.c Efficiency
  • 3.2 Design an effective IP addressing scheme
    • 3.2.a Subnetting
    • 3.2.b Summarization
    • 3.2.c Scalability
    • 3.2.d NAT
  • 3.3 Identify routing protocol scalability considerations
    • 3.3.a Number of peers
    • 3.3.b Convergence requirements
    • 3.3.c Summarization boundaries and techniques
    • 3.3.d Number of routing entries
    • 3.3.e Impact of routing table of performance
    • 3.3.f Size of the flooding domain
    • 3.3.g Topology
  • 3.4 Design a routing protocol expansion
    • 3.4.a IGP protocols (EIGRP, OSPF, ISIS)
    • 3.4.b BGP (eBGP peering, iBGP peering

4.0 Enterprise Network Design 20%

  • 4.1 Design a basic campus
    • 4.1.a Layer 2/Layer 3 demarcation
    • 4.1.b Spanning tree
    • 4.1.c Ether channels
    • 4.1.d First Hop Redundancy Protocols (FHRP)
    • 4.1.e Chassis virtualization
  • 4.2 Design a basic enterprise network
    • 4.2.a Layer 3 protocols and redistribution
    • 4.2.b WAN connectivity
    • 4.2.c Connections to the data center
    • 4.2.d Edge connectivity
  • 4.3 Design a basic branch network
    • 4.3.a Redundancy
    • 4.3.b Link capacity

5.0 Considerations for Expanding an Existing Network 25%

  • 5.1 Describe design considerations for wireless network architectures
    • 5.1.a Physical and virtual controllers
    • 5.1.b Centralized and decentralized designs
  • 5.2 Identify integration considerations and requirements for controller-based wireless networks
    • 5.2.a Traffic flows
    • 5.2.b Bandwidth consumption
    • 5.2.c AP and controller connectivity
    • 5.2.d QoS
  • 5.3 Describe security controls integration considerations
    • 5.3.a Traffic filtering and inspection
    • 5.3.b Firewall and IPS placement and functionality
  • 5.4 Identify traffic flow implications as a result of security controls
    • 5.4.a Client access methods
    • 5.4.b Network access control
  • 5.5 Identify high-level considerations for collaboration (voice, streaming video, interactive video) applications
    • 5.5.a QoS (shaping vs. policing, trust boundaries, jitter, delay, loss)
    • 5.5.b Capacity
    • 5.5.c Convergence time
    • 5.5.d Service placement
  • 5.6 Describe the concepts of virtualization within a network design
  • 5.7 Identify network elements that can be virtualized
    • 5.7.a Physical elements (chassis, VSS, VDC, contexts)
    • 5.7.b Logical elements (routing elements, tunneling, VRFs, VLANs)
  • 5.8 Describe the concepts of network programmability within a network design
    • 5.8.a APIs
    • 5.8.b Controllers
    • 5.8.c Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI)
  • 5.9 Describe data center components
    • 5.9.a Server load balancing basics
    • 5.9.b Blocking vs. non-blocking Layer 2
    • 5.9.c Layer 2 extension

Books to Prepare

Below are the recommended books for preparing CCDA Design (200-310).

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Book Name : CCDA 200-310 Official Cert Guide, 5th Edition

Author Name : Anthony Bruno, Steve Jordan

Publisher : Cisco Press

Topics Covered in this book:

  • Network Design Methodology
  • Network Design Models
  • Enterprise LAN Design
  • Data Center Design
  • Wireless LAN Design
  • WAN Technologies and the Enterprise Edge
  • WAN Design
  • Internet Protocol Version 4 Design
  • Internet Protocol Version 6 Design
  • Routing Protocol Characteristics, RIP, EIGRP, and IS-IS
  • OSPF, BGP, Route Manipulation, and IP Multicast
  • Managing Security
  • Security Solutions
  • Voice and Video Design
  • Network Management Protocols
  • Comprehensive Scenarios and Final Prep
  • Final Preparation

Softwares for Practice

There somany free and paid Simulators are available for practice in home .

Software Name : Boson Netsim 11 for CCNP

License : Not free

Software Features :

  • Hands-on experience without the hardware
  • A Network Designer that supports 42 routers and 7 switches
  • Up to 200 devices per network
  • Virtual Packet Technology: software-created packets that are routed and switched through the simulated network
  • The ability to populate the WAN slots with a broad range of Network Modules
  • A Telnet mode that allows you to configure devices in the simulated topology using the Windows Telnet program
  • The functionality of a full rack of equipment on your laptop
  • Automatic lab-grading capability
  • The ability to load and save your network configurations
  • The ability to paste real router configurations into the devices
  • The ability to configure your own ISDN and Frame Relay switch mappings
  • The benefit of connecting your devices over simulated WANs without expensive ISP gear
  • Support for IPv6 addressing

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