Implementing Cisco IP Switched Networks v2.0 (SWITCH)


SWITCH is one of three courses associated with tests required to earn the Cisco CCNP Routing and Switching certification. The SWITCH course builds on the switching skills that the student developed in the CCNA Routing and Switching curriculum. This course will prepare students to design, implement, and manage complex enterprise switching environments using the Cisco Enterprise Campus Architecture though lectures and hands-on lab exercises.


  • Network Engineers
  • Network Operations Center (NOC) Technical Support Personnel
  • Help Desk Technicians
  • A network professional who will need to correctly implement switch-based solutions given a network design using Cisco IOS services and features
  • Any individual involved in network operations and support


You must have the following knowledge and skills before attending the SWITCH course:

  • Describing network fundamentals
  • Establishing Internet and WAN connectivity (IPv4 and IPv6)
  • Basic networking security
  • Operating a medium-sized LAN with multiple switches, supporting VLANs, trunking, and spanning tree
  • Troubleshooting IP connectivity (IPv4 and IPv6)
  • Configuring and troubleshooting EIGRP and OSPF (IPv4 and IPv6)
  • Configuring devices for SNMP, syslog, and NetFlow access
  • Managing Cisco device configurations, Cisco IOS images, and licenses

It is highly recommended that this course be taken after the following Cisco courses:


  • Describe the hierarchical campus structure, basic switch operation, use of SDM templates, PoE, and LLDP
  • Implement VLANs and trunks, explain VTP, implement DHCP in IPv4 and IPv6 environments, and configure port aggregation
  • Implement and optimize the STP mechanism that best suits your network: PVST+, Rapid PVST+, or MST
  • Configure routing on a multilayer switch
  • Configure NTP, SNMP, IP SLA, and port mirroring, and verify StackWise and VSS operation
  • Implement first-hop redundancy in IPv4 and IPv6 environments
  • Secure the campus network according to recommended practices


This course is part of the following Certifications:


  OUTLINE: Implementing Cisco IP Switched Networks v2.0 (SWITCH)

Module 1: Basic Concepts and Network Design

  • Campus Network Structure
  • Comparing Layer 2 and Multilayer Switches
  • Cisco SDM Templates
  • LLDP
  • PoE

Module 2: Campus Network Architecture

  • VLANs and Trunks
  • VTP
  • DHCP
  • DHCP for IPv6
  • Layer 2 Port Aggregation

Module 3: Spanning Tree Implementation

  • RSTP
  • STP Stability Mechanisms
  • MST

Module 4: Inter-VLAN Routing

  • Inter-VLAN Routing Using a Router
  • Configuring a Switch to Route

Module 5: High-Availability Networks

  • Network Time Protocol (NTP)
  • SNMP Version 3
  • Cisco IOS IP SLA
  • Port Mirroring for Monitoring Support
  • Verifying Switch Virtualization

Module 6: First Hop Redundancy Protocol Implementation

  • Layer 3 Redundancy with HSRP
  • Layer 3 Redundancy with VRRP
  • Layer 3 Redundancy with GLBP
  • First Hop Redundancy Protocol for IPv6

Module 7: Campus Network Security

  • Port Security
  • Storm Control
  • Access to External Authentication
  • Mitigating Spoofing Attacks
  • Securing VLAN Trunks
  • PVLANs


  • Investigating the CAM
  • VLANs and Trunks
  • VTP Operation
  • DHCP
  • Obtaining IPv6 Addresses Dynamically
  • EtherChannel Configuration and Load Balancing
  • Discovering and Modifying STP Behavior
  • Root Guard
  • MST
  • Routing with an External Router
  • Routing on a Multilayer Switch
  • NTP Configuration
  • IP SLA Echo Configuration
  • Configuring and Tuning HSRP
  • VRRP and Spot the Differences from HSRP
  • Configure GLBP
  • Port Security