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31 Days Before Your CCENT Certification

Scott Bennett

A day-by-day ICND1 exam review guide for the

CCNA Discovery student

After you complete the first two courses of the CCNA® Discovery version 4 curriculum in a Cisco® Networking Academy®, you are ready to officially demonstrate that knowledge by getting CCENT™ (Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician) certified.

The CCENT is a new entry-level certification that validates to a potential employer the practical skills you learned in these courses, which are required for entry-level network support positions.

31 Days Before Your CCENT Certification offers you a personable and practical way to understand the certification process and commit to taking the 640-822 ICND1 certification exam while the course material is fresh in your mind. Sign up for the ICND1 exam and use the book’s day-by-day guide and checklist to organize, prepare, and review. Each day in this guide breaks down an exam topic into a manageable bit of information to review using short summaries from relevant parts of the CCNA Discovery courses.

The features of the book empower you to fit exam preparation into a busy schedule:

  • Visual calendar summarizing each day’s study topic

  • Checklist providing advice for preparation activities leading up to the exam

  • Description of the 640-822 ICND1 exam and how to sign up for it, including how to use a course voucher

  • Strategies to be mentally, organizationally, and physically prepared for exam day

  • Conversational tone, which makes your study time more enjoyable

CCENT certification is open to everyone, but this book is specifically designed to prepare the Cisco Networking Academy CCNA Discovery student for the exam.

Related Titles:

Networking for Home and Small Businesses, CCNA Discovery Learning Guide

ISBN-10: 1-58713-209-5

ISBN-13: 978-1-58713-209-4

Working at a Small-to-Medium Business or ISP, CCNA Discovery Learning Guide

ISBN-10: 1-58713-210-9

ISBN-13: 978-1-58713-210-0

Scott Bennett, CCNA, CCAI, has been an instructor for both Capital Center High School Technology Institute and Portland Community College. He has taught the Cisco Networking Academy curriculum since 2003.

This book is part of the Cisco Networking Academy Series from Cisco Press®. Books in this series support and complement the Cisco Networking Academy.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page
  2. Copyright Page
  3. About the Author
  4. About the Technical Reviewers
  5. Dedication
  6. Acknowledgments
  7. Contents at a Glance
  8. Contents
  9. Icons Used in This Book
  10. Command Syntax Conventions
  11. Introduction
    1. Goals and Methods
    2. Who Should Read This Book?
    3. How This Book Is Organized
    4. Study Tips
    5. Getting to Know the CCENT (ICND1 640-822) Exam
  12. Part I. Days 31–27: Describe the operation of data networks
    1. Day 31. Describe the Purpose and Functions of Various Network Devices
      1. CCNA Discovery 1, Chapter 1
      2. CCNA Discovery 1, Chapter 3
      3. Select the Components Required to Meet a Given Network Specification
      4. CCNA Discovery 1, Chapter 3
      5. Summary
      6. Your Notes
    2. Day 30. Use the OSI and TCP/IP Models and Their Associated Protocols to Explain How Data Flows in a Network
      1. CCNA Discovery 1, Chapter 6
      2. CCNA Discovery 2, Chapter 2
      3. Describe Common Networking Applications, Including Web Applications
      4. CCNA Discovery 1, Chapter 1
      5. Summary
      6. Your Notes
    3. Day 29. Describe the Purpose and Basic Operation of the Protocols in the OSI and TCP Models
      1. CCNA Discovery 1, Chapter 3
      2. CCNA Discovery 1, Chapter 6
      3. CCNA Discovery 2, Chapter 7
      4. Describe the Impact of Applications (Voice over IP and Video over IP) on a Network
      5. CCNA Discovery 2, Chapter 3
      6. CCNA Discovery 2, Chapter 7
      7. Summary
      8. Your Notes
    4. Day 28. Interpret Network Diagrams
      1. CCNA Discovery 1, Chapter 3
      2. CCNA Discovery 2, Chapter 1
      3. CCNA Discovery 2, Chapter 3
      4. Determine the Path Between Two Hosts Across a Network
      5. CCNA Discovery 1, Chapter 3
      6. CCNA Discovery 1, Chapter 4
      7. CCNA Discovery 2, Chapter 1
      8. Describe the Components Required for Network and Internet Communications
      9. CCNA Discovery 1, Chapter 3
      10. CCNA Discovery 1, Chapter 4
      11. CCNA Discovery 2, Chapter 1
      12. CCNA Discovery 2, Chapter 3
      13. Summary
      14. Your Notes
    5. Day 27. Identify and Correct Common Network Problems at Layers 1, 2, 3, and 7 Using a Layered Model Approach
      1. CCNA Discovery 1, Chapter 9
      2. CCNA Discovery 2, Chapter 2
      3. Differentiate Between LAN/WAN Operation and Features
      4. CCNA Discovery 1, Chapter 3
      5. CCNA Discovery 1, Chapter 4
      6. CCNA Discovery 2, Chapter 5
      7. Summary
      8. Your Notes
  13. Part II. Days 26–21: Implement a small switched network
    1. Day 26. Select the Appropriate Media, Cables, Ports, and Connectors to Connect Switches to Other Network Devices and Hosts
      1. CCNA Discovery 1, Chapter 3
      2. CCNA Discovery 1, Chapter 4
      3. CCNA Discovery 2, Chapter 3
      4. Summary
      5. Your Notes
    2. Day 25. Explain the Technology and Media Access Control Method for Ethernet Technologies
      1. CCNA Discovery 1, Chapter 3
      2. Explain Network Segmentation and Basic Traffic Management Concepts
      3. CCNA Discovery 1, Chapter 3
      4. Summary
      5. Your Notes
    3. Day 24. Explain the Operation of Cisco Switches and Basic Switching Concepts
      1. CCNA Discovery 1, Chapter 3
      2. CCNA Discovery 2, Chapter 3
      3. CCNA Discovery 2, Chapter 5
      4. Summary
      5. Your Notes
    4. Day 23. Perform, Save, and Verify Initial Switch Configuration Tasks, Including Remote-Access Management
      1. CCNA Discovery 2, Chapter 5
      2. Verify Network Status and Switch Operation Using Basic Utilities (ping, traceroute, Telnet, SSH, ARP, ipconfig, show, and debug Commands)
      3. CCNA Discovery 1, Chapter 9
      4. CCNA Discovery 2, Chapter 5
      5. Summary
      6. Your Notes
    5. Day 22. Implement and Verify Basic Security for a Switch (Port Security, Deactivate Ports)
      1. CCNA Discovery 2, Chapter 5
      2. Summary
      3. Your Notes
    6. Day 21. Identify, Prescribe, and Resolve Common Switched Network Issues, Autonegotiation, and Switch Hardware Failures
      1. CCNA Discovery 1, Chapter 9
      2. CCNA Discovery 2, Chapter 2
      3. CCNA Discovery 2, Chapter 5
      4. Summary
      5. Your Notes
  14. Part III. Days 20–13: Implement an IP addressing scheme and IP services to meet network requirements for a small branch office
    1. Day 20. Describe the Need for and Role of Addressing in a Network
      1. CCNA Discovery 1, Chapter 2
      2. CCNA Discovery 1, Chapter 5
      3. Create and Apply an Addressing Scheme to a Network
      4. CCNA Discovery 1, Chapter 5
      5. CCNA Discovery 2, Chapter 4
      6. Summary
      7. Your Notes
    2. Day 19. Assign and Verify Valid IP Addresses to Hosts, Servers, and Networking Devices in a LAN
      1. CCNA Discovery 1, Chapter 2
      2. CCNA Discovery 1, Chapter 5
      3. CCNA Discovery 2, Chapter 5
      4. Summary
      5. Your Notes
    3. Day 18. Explain the Basic Uses and Operation of NAT in a Small Network Connecting to One ISP
      1. CCNA Discovery 1, Chapter 5
      2. CCNA Discovery 2, Chapter 4
      3. CCNA Discovery 2, Chapter 5
      4. Summary
      5. Your Notes
    4. Day 17. Describe and Verify DNS Operation
      1. CCNA Discovery 1, Chapter 9
      2. CCNA Discovery 2, Chapter 7
      3. Summary
      4. Your Notes
    5. Day 16. Describe the Operation and Benefits of Using Private and Public IP Addressing
      1. CCNA Discovery 1, Chapter 5
      2. Enable NAT for a Small Network with a Single ISP and Connection Using SDM, and Verify Operation Using CLI and Ping
      3. CCNA Discovery 2, Chapter 5
      4. Summary
      5. Your Notes
    6. Day 15. Configure, Verify, and Troubleshoot DHCP and DNS Operation on a Router (Including CLI/SDM)
      1. CCNA Discovery 1, Chapter 5
      2. CCNA Discovery 2, Chapter 5
      3. Summary
      4. Your Notes
    7. Day 14. Implement Static and Dynamic Addressing Services for Hosts in a LAN Environment
      1. CCNA Discovery 1, Chapter 2
      2. CCNA Discovery 1, Chapter 5
      3. Summary
      4. Your Notes
    8. Day 13. Identify and Correct IP Addressing Issues
      1. CCNA Discovery 1, Chapter 9
      2. CCNA Discovery 2, Chapter 2
      3. Summary
      4. Your Notes
  15. Part IV. Days 12–8: Implement a small routed network
    1. Day 12. Describe Basic Routing Concepts (Packet Forwarding, Router Lookup Process)
      1. CCNA Discovery 2, Chapter 6
      2. Describe the Operation of Cisco Routers (Router Bootup Process, POST, Router Components)
      3. CCNA Discovery 2, Chapter 5
      4. Select the Appropriate Media, Cables, Ports, and Connectors to Connect Routers to Other Network Devices and Hosts
      5. CCNA Discovery 2, Chapter 5
      6. Summary
      7. Your Notes
    2. Day 11. Configure, Verify, and Troubleshoot RIPv2
      1. CCNA Discovery 2, Chapter 6
      2. Summary
      3. Your Notes
    3. Day 10. Access and Use the Router CLI to Set Basic Parameters
      1. CCNA Discovery 2, Chapter 5
      2. Connect, Configure, and Verify the Operation Status of a Device Interface
      3. CCNA Discovery 2, Chapter 5
      4. Verify Device Configuration and Network Connectivity Using ping, traceroute, Telnet, SSH, or Other Utilities
      5. CCNA Discovery 2, Chapter 5
      6. Summary
      7. Your Notes
    4. Day 9. Perform and Verify Routing Configuration Tasks for a Static or Default Route Given Specific Routing Requirements
      1. CCNA Discovery 2, Chapter 5
      2. CCNA Discovery 2, Chapter 6
      3. Manage IOS Configuration Files (Save, Edit, Upgrade, Restore)
      4. CCNA Discovery 2, Chapter 5
      5. Manage Cisco IOS
      6. CCNA Discovery 2, Chapter 5
      7. Implement Password and Physical Security
      8. CCNA Discovery 2, Chapter 3
      9. CCNA Discovery 2, Chapter 5
      10. Summary
      11. Your Notes
    5. Day 8. Verify Network Status and Router Operation Using Basic Utilities (ping, traceroute, Telnet, SSH, ARP, ipconfig, show, and debug Commands)
      1. CCNA Discovery 1, Chapter 9
      2. CCNA Discovery 2, Chapter 5
      3. CCNA Discovery 2, Chapter 6
      4. Summary
      5. Your Notes
  16. Part V. Days 7–6: Explain and select the appropriate administrative tasks required for a WLAN
    1. Day 7. Describe Standards Associated with Wireless Media (Including the IEEE Wi-Fi Alliance and ITU/FCC)
      1. CCNA Discovery 1, Chapter 7
      2. Identify and Describe the Purposes of the Components of a Small Wireless Network (Including SSID, BSS, ESS)
      3. CCNA Discovery 1, Chapter 7
      4. Identify the Basic Parameters to Configure on a Wireless Network to Ensure That Devices Connect to the Correct Access Point
      5. CCNA Discovery 1, Chapter 7
      6. Summary
      7. Your Notes
    2. Day 6. Compare and Contrast Wireless Security Features and Capabilities of WPA Security (Including Open, WEP, WPA1/2)
      1. CCNA Discovery 1, Chapter 7
      2. CCNA Discovery 2, Chapter 8
      3. Identify Common Issues with Implementing Wireless Networks
      4. CCNA Discovery 1, Chapter 7
      5. CCNA Discovery 1, Chapter 9
      6. Summary
      7. Your Notes
  17. Part VI. Days 5–4: Identify security threats to a network and describe general methods to mitigate those threats
    1. Day 5. Explain Today’s Increasing Network Security Threats and the Need to Implement a Comprehensive Security Policy to Mitigate the Threats
      1. CCNA Discovery 1, Chapter 8
      2. CCNA Discovery 2, Chapter 8
      3. Explain General Methods to Mitigate Common Security Threats to Network Devices, Hosts, and Applications
      4. CCNA Discovery 1, Chapter 8
      5. Summary
      6. Your Notes
    2. Day 4. Describe the Functions of Common Security Appliances and Applications
      1. CCNA Discovery 1, Chapter 8
      2. CCNA Discovery 2, Chapter 8
      3. Describe Security Recommended Practices, Including Initial Steps to Secure Network Devices
      4. CCNA Discovery 1, Chapter 8
      5. CCNA Discovery 2, Chapter 8
      6. Summary
      7. Your Notes
  18. Part VII. Days 3–1: Implement and verify WAN links and review all days
    1. Day 3. Describe Different Methods of Connecting to a WAN
      1. CCNA Discovery 2, Chapter 5
      2. Configure and Verify a Basic WAN Serial Connection
      3. CCNA Discovery 2, Chapter 5
      4. Summary
      5. Your Notes
    2. Day 2
      1. CCNA Discovery 1 Packet Tracer Activity Checklist
      2. CCNA Discovery 2 Packet Tracer Activity Checklist
      3. Summary
      4. Your Notes
    3. Day 1. Review Detail Charts, Lists, and Concepts from Previous Days
      1. Day 31: Network Components and Operation
      2. Day 30: Layered Model Applications
      3. Day 29: Layered Model Protocols and Their Purposes
      4. Day 28: Network Diagrams and Components
      5. Day 27: Troubleshooting and LAN Versus WAN
      6. Day 26: Network Physical Media
      7. Day 25: Media Access Control and Segmentation
      8. Day 24: Switch Operation
      9. Day 23: Switch Configuration
      10. Day 22: Switch Security
      11. Day 21: Switch Troubleshooting
      12. Day 20: IP Addressing
      13. Day 19: Assign Addresses
      14. Day 18: NAT
      15. Day 17: DNS Operation
      16. Day 16: Private Networks and NAT
      17. Day 15: DHCP Operation
      18. Day 14: Static and Dynamic Addressing
      19. Day 13: IP Address Troubleshooting
      20. Day 12: Routing and Routers
      21. Day 11: RIP Configuration
      22. Day 10: CLI Parameters
      23. Day 9: Configuration, IOS, and Security
      24. Day 8: Network Status Verification
      25. Day 7: Wireless Standards
      26. Day 6: Wireless Security
      27. Day 5: Security Threats
      28. Day 4: Security Applications
      29. Day 3: WAN Connections
      30. Summary
      31. Your Notes or Personal Day 1 Outline
  19. Part VIII. Exam and post exam days
    1. Exam Day
      1. What You Need for the Exam
      2. What You Should Receive After Completion
      3. Summary
    2. Post-Exam Information
      1. Receiving Your Certificate
      2. Determining Career Options
      3. Examining Certification Options
      4. If You Fail the Exam
      5. Summary
      6. Your Notes
  20. Index