Designing Cisco Network Service Architectures v3.0 - ARCH (Professional)

Designing Cisco Network Service Architectures v3.0 - ARCH (Professional) Course Description

Duration: 5.00 days (40 hours)

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Designing Cisco Network Service Architectures (ARCH) v3.0 course will discuss design of internal routing, BGP routing, WAN, data center connectivity, security, QoS, transition to IPv6, and multicast.

Exam format
Exam Number: 300-320 ARCH
Duration: 75 minutes (60-70 questions)
Exam Registration: Pearson VUE

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Nov 26, 2018 – Nov 30, 2018
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Intended Audience for this Designing Cisco Network Service Architectures v3.0 - ARCH (Professional) Course

  • » The target audience for the ARCH course consists of individuals seeking the Cisco Certified Design Professional (CCDP) certification. The course is also targeted at pre-sales and post-sales network engineers involved in the Enterprise network design, planning and implementation. (The post-sales network engineers involved in the implementation will be involved in providing feedback to the pre-sales network engineers and correct possible design flaws).

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Course Prerequisites for Designing Cisco Network Service Architectures v3.0 - ARCH (Professional)

  • » Internetworking technologies, Cisco products, and Cisco IOS features
  • » Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA®) level-of-knowledge
  • » Designing for Cisco Internetwork Solutions (DESGN) level-of-knowledge
  • » Implementing Cisco IP Switched Networks (SWITCH) level-of-knowledge
  • » Implementing Cisco IP Routing (ROUTE) level-of-knowledge

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Designing Cisco Network Service Architectures v3.0 - ARCH (Professional) Course Objectives

  • » Design enterprise connectivity and high-availability
  • » Design enterprise BGP connectivity
  • » Design enterprise WAN connectivity
  • » Design enterprise data center integration
  • » Design security services in an enterprise network
  • » Design QoS for optimized user experience
  • » Design enterprise transition to IPv6
  • » Design enterprise multicast network

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Designing Cisco Network Service Architectures v3.0 - ARCH (Professional) Course Outline

      1. Enterprise Connectivity and High-Availability
        1. EIGRP Design Considerations
          1. Scaling EIGRP Designs
          2. EIGRP Fast Convergence
          3. EIGRP with Multiple Autonomous Systems
          4. Reasons for Multiple EIGRP Autonomous Systems
          5. Bidirectional Forwarding Detection
          6. EIGRP Graceful Restart/NSF Fundamentals
          7. EIGRP Hierarchical Design Basics
          8. Creating Choke Points
          9. EIGRP Two-Layer Hierarchy
          10. EIGRP Three-Layer Hierarchy
          11. EIGRP Hub and Spoke Design
          12. Summarization Challenges: Black Holes
          13. Summarization Challenges: Suboptimal Routing
          14. EIGRP Hub and Spoke Scaling
          15. EIGRP Stub Leaking
          16. Case Study: EIGRP DMVPN
          17. EIGRP DMVPN Scaling
        2. OSPF Design Considerations
          1. Factors Influencing OSPF Scalability
          2. OSPF Scalability: Adjacent Neighbors
          3. Routing Information in the Area and Domain
          4. OSPF Scalability: Routers in an Area
          5. OSPF Scalability: Areas per ABR
          6. Designing Areas
          7. OSPF Hierarchy
          8. Area and Domain Summarization
          9. OSPF Full Mesh Design
          10. OSPF Hub-and-Spoke Design
          11. OSPF Hub-and-Spoke ABR Placement
          12. Number of Areas in OSPF Hub-and-Spoke Design
          13. OSPF Hub-and-Spoke Network Types
          14. Improving OSPF Convergence
          15. Bidirectional Forwarding Detection
          16. OSPF Event Propagation
          17. OSPF Event Processing
          18. OSPF Flood Reduction
          19. OSPF Database Overload Protection
        3. IS-IS Design Considerations
          1. Overview of IS-IS
          2. IS-IS Hierarchical Design
          3. IS-IS Characteristics
          4. IS-IS Router and Link Types
          5. IS-IS Adjacencies
          6. Integrated IS-IS Routing
          7. Similarities Between IS-IS and OSPF
          8. OSPF and IS-IS Characteristics
          9. Integrated IS-IS vs. OSPF: Area Design
          10. Case Study: IS-IS Addressing
          11. IS-IS Packets
          12. IS-IS Information Data Flow
          13. Case Study: IS-IS Routing Logic
          14. Route Leaking
          15. Route Leaking Loop Prevention
          16. Asymmetric vs. Symmetric IS-IS Routing
          17. IS-IS Network Types
          18. IS-IS Operations
          19. IS-IS LSP Flooding
          20. IS-IS LSDB Synchronization
          21. IS-IS Design Considerations
          22. IS-IS Summarization
          23. Integrated IS-IS for IPv6
          24. IS-IS Single Topology Restrictions
          25. Multitopology IS-IS for IPv6
      2. BGP Design
        1. Designing IBGP Sessions
          1. IBGP Scalability Issues
          2. IBGP Scalability Solution: Route Reflectors
          3. BGP Route Reflector Definitions
          4. IBGP Scalability Solution: Confederations
          5. Comparing BGP Confederations to BGP Route Reflectors
          6. BGP Split-Horizon Rule
          7. Route Reflector Split-Horizon Rule
          8. BGP Split-Horizon Rules: Refresher
          9. Redundant Route Reflectors
          10. Route Reflector Clusters
          11. Route Reflector Clusters: Cluster ID
          12. Additional Loop-Prevention Mechanisms
          13. Loop-Prevention: Cluster-List
          14. Network Design with Route Reflectors
          15. Hierarchical Route Reflector Design
          16. Potential Network Issues
        2. Designing BGP Communities
          1. BGP Communities
          2. Using BGP Communities
          3. Case Study: Steps for Designing a BGP Solution Around BGP Communities
          4. BGP Named Community Lists
        3. Load Sharing
          1. Single-Homing vs Multi-Homing
          2. Dual-Homing and Multi-Homing Design Considerations
          3. Load Sharing: Single-Homed, Multiple Links
          4. Load Sharing: Dual-Homed to One ISP, Single Local Router
          5. Load Sharing: Dual-Homed to One ISP, Multiple Routers
          6. Load Sharing: Multihoming with Two ISPs, Single Local Router
          7. Load Sharing: Multihomed, Two ISPs, Multiple Local Routers
      3. Wide Area Networks Design
        1. Service Provider Managed VPNs
          1. Choosing Your WAN Connection
          2. Layer 3 MPLS VPN
          3. MPLS/VPN Architecture
          4. PE Router Architecture
          5. Route Distinguishers
          6. Route Targets
          7. Using EIGRP as the PE-CE Routing Protocol
          8. Using OSPF as the PE-CE Routing Protocol
          9. Using BGP as the PE-CE Routing Protocol
          10. Case Study: MPLS/VPN Routing Propagation
          11. Forwarding in MPLS VPN
          12. VPWS Overview
          13. VPWS Design
          14. VPLS Design
          15. VPLS vs. VPWS
        2. Enterprise Managed VPNs
          1. Enterprise Managed VPNs Overview
          2. GRE Overview
          3. Multipoint GRE Overview
          4. IPsec Overview
          5. IPsec and GRE
          6. IPsec and Virtual Tunnel Interface
          7. IPsec and Dynamic VTI
          8. GETVPN
          9. DMVPN Overview
          10. DMVPN Phase 1
          11. DMVPN Phase 2
          12. DMVPN Phase 3
          13. Case Study: MPLS/VPN over GRE/DMVPN
          14. DMVPN and Redundancy
          15. SSL VPN Overview
          16. FlexVPN Overview
          17. FlexVPN Architecture
          18. FlexVPN Capabilities
          19. FlexVPN Configuration Blocks
        3. WAN Resiliency Design
          1. WAN Remote-Site Overview
          2. Common MPLS WAN Design Models
          3. Common Layer 2 WAN Design Models
          4. Common VPN WAN Design Models
          5. 3G/4G VPN Design Models
          6. Remote-Site Using Local Internet
          7. Remote-Site LAN
          8. Case Study: Redundancy and Connectivity Use Cases
          9. Basic Traffic Engineering Techniques
          10. IWAN Solution Overview
          11. Intelligent WAN Design Overview
          12. IWAN Hybrid Design Model
          13. Cisco PfR Overview
          14. Cisco PfR Versions
          15. Cisco PfR Operations
          16. Multisite Cisco PfR
          17. Cisco PfR Design and Deployment Considerations
        4. Campus Edge and Connectivity to Partners
          1. Case Study: Campus Edge
          2. Challenges of Connecting External Partners
          3. Extranet Topology Remote LAN Model
          4. Extranet Topology Interconnect Model
          5. Security and Multitenant Segmentation
        5. SDN and APIC-EM
          1. SDN Overview
          2. SDN Challenges
          3. Direction of Nontraditional SDN
          4. SDN Requirements
          5. Cisco SDN Solutions
          6. Enterprise WAN and Access Management
          7. Cisco ONE: APIC-EM
          8. Design APIC-EM
          9. SDN Security Challenges
          10. SDN Security: DC and EM
      4. Enterprise Data Center Integration
        1. Modular and Scalable Data Center Network
          1. Case Study: Connecting Servers to Enterprise LAN
          2. Case Study: 2-Tier Data Center Network Architecture
          3. Case Study: 3-Tier Data Center Network Architecture
          4. Data Center Inter-VLAN Routing
          5. End of Row vs. Top of Rack Design
          6. Fabric Extenders
          7. Case Study: Data Center High-Availability
          8. Network Interface Controller Teaming
          9. Cisco FabricPath
          10. Overlay Networking in Data Center
        2. Multi-Tenant Data Center
          1. Multi-Tenant Data Center Overview
          2. Secure Tenant Separation
          3. Layer 3 Separation with VRF-Lite
          4. Virtual Device Contexts
          5. Case Study: Multi-Tenant Data Center
          6. Micro-Segmentation with Overlay Networks
        3. Data Center Interconnections
          1. Need for DCI
          2. IP Address Mobility
          3. Case Study: Dark Fiber DCI
          4. Pseudowire DCI
          5. Virtual Private LAN Service DCI
          6. Any Transport over MPLS over GRE
          7. Layer 2 DCI Caveats
          8. Overlay Transport Virtualization DCI
          9. Overlay Networking DCI
        4. Data Center Traffic Flows
          1. Traffic Flow Directions
          2. Traffic Flow Types
          3. Case Study: Separation of Application Tiers
          4. Securing East-West Traffic
        5. SDN and APIC-DC
          1. Application Centric Infrastructure Data Center
          2. Cisco ACI Fabric
          3. Network Virtualization Overlays
          4. Design Applications Using Cisco ACI
          5. Design EPGs
          6. Designing Applications
          7. Application Network Profile Discovery
          8. Application Network Profile Discovery Unknown Applications
      5. Design Security Services
        1. Security Services Overview
          1. Network Security Zoning
          2. Cisco Modular Network Architecture
          3. Cisco Next-Generation Security
        2. Designing Infrastructure Protection
          1. Cisco Network Infrastructure Protection
          2. Infrastructure Device Access
          3. Secure Management Access
          4. Routing Infrastructure
          5. Device Resiliency and Survivability
          6. Network Policy Enforcement
          7. Switching Infrastructure
        3. Designing Firewall and IPS Solutions
          1. Firewall Architectures
          2. Case Study: Implementing Firewall in Data Center
          3. Virtualized Firewalls
          4. Case Study: Firewalls High Availability
          5. IPS Architectures
          6. IPS High Availability
        4. Designing Network Access Control Solutions
          1. IEEE 802.1X Overview
          2. Case Study: Authorization Options
          3. IEEE 802.1X Phased Deployment
          4. Extensible Authentication Protocol
          5. 802.1X Supplicants
          6. Cisco TrustSec
      6. Design QoS for Optimized User Experience
        1. QoS Overview
          1. IntServ vs. DiffServ
          2. Classification and Marking Tools
          3. Layer 2 Marking: IEEE 802.1Q/p Class of Service
          4. Layer 3 Marking: IP Type of Service
          5. Layer 3 Marking: DSCP Per-Hop Behaviors
          6. Layer 2.5 Marking: MPLS Experimental Bits
          7. Mapping QoS Marking Between OSI Layers
          8. Layer 7 Classification: NBAR/NBAR2
          9. Policers and Shapers
          10. Token Bucket Algorithms
          11. Policing Tools: Single-Rate Three-Color Marker
          12. Policing Tools: Two-Rate Three-Color Marker
          13. Queuing Tools: Overview
          14. Queuing Tools: Tx-Ring
          15. Queuing Tools: Fair-Queuing
          16. Queuing Tools: CBWFQ
          17. Queuing Tools: LLQ
          18. Dropping Tools: DSCP-Based WRED
          19. Dropping Tools: IP ECN
        2. Recommended QoS Design Principles
          1. Classification and Marking Design Principles
          2. Policing and Remarking Design Principles
          3. Queuing Design Principles
          4. Dropping Design Principles
          5. Per-Hop Behavior Queue Design Principles
          6. RFC 4594 QoS Recommendations
          7. QoS Strategy Models
          8. 4-Class QoS Strategy
          9. 8-Class QoS Strategy
          10. 12-Class QoS Strategy
        3. Campus QoS Design
          1. Why Do We Need QoS in Campus?
          2. VoIP vs. Video
          3. Buffers and Bursts
          4. Trust States and Boundaries
          5. Trust States and Boundaries Example
          6. Dynamic Trust State
          7. Classification/Marking/Policing QoS Model
          8. Queuing/Dropping Recommendations
          9. EtherChannel QoS Design
          10. Example: Campus QoS Design
        4. Data Center QoS Design
          1. Need for QoS in Data Center
          2. Example: High Performance Trading Architecture
          3. Example: Big Data Architecture
          4. Example: Virtualized Multiservice Architectures
          5. Data Center Bridging Toolset
          6. Example: DC QoS Application
        5. WAN QoS Design
          1. Need for QoS in WAN and Branch
          2. Platform Performance Considerations
          3. Latency and Jitter Considerations
          4. Queuing Considerations
          5. Example: WAN and Branch QoS
        6. MPLS VPN QoS Design
          1. Need for QoS in MPLS VPN
          2. L2 Private WAN QoS Administration
          3. Fully Meshed MPLS VPN QoS Administration
          4. MPLS DiffServ Tunneling Modes
          5. Example: MPLS VPN QoS Roles
        7. IPsec VPN QoS Design
          1. Need for QoS in IPsec VPN
          2. VPN Use Cases and Their QoS Models
          3. IPsec Refresher
          4. IOS Encryption and Classification Order of Operations
          5. MTU Considerations
          6. DMVPN QoS Considerations
          7. GET VPN QoS Considerations
      7. Transition to IPv6
        1. Deploying IPv6
          1. IPv6: Why?
          2. IPv6 Phased Approach
          3. IPv6 Phased Approach: Business and Network Discovery Phase
          4. IPv6 Phased Approach: Assessment
          5. IPv6 Phased Approach: Planning and Design
          6. IPv6 Phased Approach: Implementation and Optimization
          7. First Steps Towards IPv6
          8. Provider Independent vs. Provider Assigned
          9. Where to Start the Migration
          10. IPv6 Islands
          11. IPv6 WAN
          12. Transition Mechanisms
          13. NAT64 and DNS64
          14. Manual Tunnels
          15. Tunnel Brokers
          16. 6 Rapid Deployment
          17. DS-Lite
          18. LISP
          19. Dual-Stack
        2. Challenges with Transition to IPv6
          1. IPv6 Services
          2. Link Layer Security Considerations
          3. Application Support
          4. Application Adaptation
          5. Application Workarounds
          6. Control Plane Security
          7. Dual Stack Security Considerations
          8. Tunneling Security Considerations
          9. Multihoming
      8. IP Multicast Design
        1. Defining Multicast Distribution Trees and Forwarding
          1. How Does IP Multicast Work?
          2. Multicast Group
          3. IP Multicast Service Model
          4. Functions of a Multicast Network
          5. Multicast Protocols
          6. Multicast Forwarding and RPF Check
          7. Case Study: RPF Check Fails and Succeeds
          8. Multicast Protocol Basics
          9. Multicast Distribution Trees Identification
        2. Introducing PIM-SM Protocol and PIM-SM Enhancements
          1. PIM-SM Overview
          2. Receiver Joins PIM-SM Shared Tree
          3. Source Is Registered to RP
          4. PIM-SM SPT Switchover
          5. Multicast Routing Table
          6. Basic SSM Concepts
          7. SSM Scenario
          8. Bidirectional PIM
          9. PIM Modifications for Bidirectional Operation
          10. DF Election
          11. DF Election Messages
          12. Case Study: DF Election
        3. Rendezvous Point Distribution Solutions
          1. Rendezvous Point Discovery
          2. Rendezvous Point Placement
          3. Auto-RP
          4. Auto-RP Candidate RPs
          5. Auto-RP Mapping Agents
          6. Auto-RP Other Routers
          7. Case Study: Auto-RP Operation
          8. Auto-RP Scope Problem
          9. PIMv2 BSR
          10. PIMv2 BSR-Candidate RPs
          11. PIMv2 BSR-Bootstrap Router
          12. PIMv2 BSR-All PIMv2 Routers
          13. BSR Flooding Problem
          14. IPv6 Embedded Rendezvous Points
          15. Anycast RP Features
          16. Anycast RP Example
          17. MSDP Protocol Overview
          18. MSDP Neighbor Relationship
          19. Case Study: MSDP Operation
        4. IP Multicast Security
          1. Multicast Security Challenges
          2. Problems in the Multicast Network
          3. Multicast Network Security
          4. Network Element Security
          5. Security at the Network Edge
          6. Securing Auto-RP and BSR
          7. Internal Multicast Security
          8. Sender Control
          9. Receiver Control
          10. Admission Control
          11. MSDP Security
      9. Labs
        1. Challenge: Design Enterprise Connectivity
          1. Design Enterprise Connectivity
        2. Challenge: Design Enterprise BGP Network with Internet Connectivity
          1. Design Internet Connectivity
        3. Challenge: Design Resilient Enterprise WAN
          1. Design WAN
        4. Challenge: Design Enterprise Data Center Connectivity
          1. Design Data Center Connectivity
        5. Challenge: Design Secure Enterprise Network
          1. Design a Secure Network
        6. Challenge: Design QoS in Enterprise Network
          1. Design High-Level QoS Solution
        7. Challenge: Design Enterprise IPv6 Network
          1. Design Transition to IPv6

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  • » 300-320 ARCH : Designing Cisco Network Service Architectures (ARCH) 3.0

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Award winning, world-class Instructors

David M.
- Networking expert with several Cisco certifications, including CCENT, CCNA, CCDA, CCSI, and CCVP. - Has taught over 90 courses at NetCom Learning. - Average rating of 8.75 out of 9 on student evaluation reports.


David has been in the Networking field for the past eleven years and holds several Cisco certifications. He has been an instructor since 2005 and has taught over 90 courses at NetCom Learning.

David is an extremely enthusiastic trainer with a raw passion towards teaching and delivering Cisco information and takes great pride in his career as an instructor, which has lead him to develop and deliver the class in his own unique way; very professional and knowledgeable, yet pleasant and enjoyable. His classes have a high passing rate for students taking certification exams, and averages 8.75 out of 9 on evaluation reports.
Michael G.
- Over 22 years of professional experience in the IT field, including more than a decade as a Certified Trainer.
- An expert in Cisco's Routing, Switching, Security, Voice and Wireless areas, as well as select Microsoft, Novell, CompTIA, Sun and CWNP courses.
- High-skilled and acclaimed instructor. Has trained over 900 students at Netcom Learning.


Michael has over 22 years of professional experience in the IT field, including more than a decade as a Certified Trainer. An expert in Cisco's Routing, Switching, Security, Voice and Wireless areas, Michael also teaches select Microsoft, Novell, CompTIA, Sun and CWNP courses.

Michael's dedication and passion for teaching is unmatched. He has trained over 900 students at Netcom Learning since 2006 and his evaluation scores average 8.7 out of 9.
William D.
- Bachelors and Masters in Mathematics from University of Pennsylvania, in addition to several IT certifications.
- Over 20 years of experience in the IT industry; background ranges from engineering, administration and escalation support in networks.


William is a highly-skilled IT professional with Bachelors and Masters Degree in Mathematics from University of Pennsylvania. He has been working in the IT industry for over 20 years, with experience in engineering, administration and escalation support in networks ranging from small to large scale complex enterprise environments.

As a Cisco and CompTIA Subject Matter Expert, he holds several certifications, including Cisco CCNA, CCNP, and CCIE. William is one of NetCom's top trainers, consistently scoring high marks in student evaluations.

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