The Implementing Cisco Switched Networks (SWITCH) v2.0 is an instructor-led course that teaches professionals how to plan, configure, and verify the implementation of complex enterprise switching solutions for campus environments using the Cisco Enterprise Campus Architecture. Students will gain knowledge on Layer 2 and multilayer switch functions, including VLANs, trunks, inter-VLAN routing, port aggregation, spanning tree, first hop redundancy, as well as network security and high availability features.
This training reinforces the instruction by providing students with hands-on labs to ensure they thoroughly understand how to implement advanced routing within their networks.

This course is a component of the CCNP Routing and Switching and CCDP curricula, and is offered as 5-day instructor-led training.


Upon completing this course, the learner will be able to meet these overall objectives:
  • 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


The course contains these components:
  • Basic Concepts and Network Design
    • Analyzing Campus Network Structure
    • Comparing Layer 2 and Multilayer Switches
    • Lab: Investigating the CAM
    • Using Cisco SDM Templates
    • Implementing LLDP
    • Challenge lab: Network Discovery
    • Implementing PoE
  • Campus Network Architecture
    • Implementing VLANs and Trunks
    • Lab: Configuring VLANs and Trunks
    • Introducing VTP
    • Lab: VTP Operation
    • Implementing DHCP
    • Lab: Exploring DHCP
    • Challenge lab: Configure DHCP
    • Implementing DHCP for IPv6
    • Lab: Obtaining IPv6 Addresses Dynamically
    • Challenge lab: Configure DHCPv6
    • Configuring Layer 2 Port Aggregation
    • Lab: EtherChannel Configuration and Load Balancing
    • Challenge lab: Configure EtherChannel
  • Spanning Tree Implementation
    • Implementing RSTP
    • Lab: Discovering and Modifying STP Behavior
    • Challenge lab: Implement RSTP
    • Implementing STP Stability Mechanisms
    • Lab: Root Guard
    • Challenge lab: Improve STP Configuration
    • Implementing MST
    • Lab: Configuring MST
    • Challenge lab: Configure MST
  • Inter-VLAN Routing
    • Implementing Inter-VLAN Routing Using a Router
    • Lab: Routing with an External Router
    • Challenge lab: Configure Routing Between VLANs with a Router
    • Configuring a Switch to Route
    • Lab: Routing on a Multilayer Switch
    • Challenge lab: Configure Routing on a Multilayer Switch
  • High-Availability Networks
    • Configuring Network Time Protocol
    • Lab: NTP Configuration
    • Challenge lab: Configure NTP
    • Implementing SNMP Version 3
    • Implementing the Cisco IOS IP SLA
    • Lab: IP SLA Echo Configuration
    • Challenge lab: Configure Network Monitoring Using the Cisco IOS IP SLA
    • Implementing Port Mirroring for Monitoring Support
    • Verifying Switch Virtualization
  • First Hop Redundancy Protocol Implementation
    • Configuring Layer 3 Redundancy with HSRP
    • Lab: Configuring and Tuning HSRP
    • Challenge lab: Configure HSRP with Load Balancing
    • Configuring Layer 3 Redundancy with VRRP
    • Lab: Configure VRRP and Spot the Differences from HSRP
    • Challenge lab: Configure VRRP with Load Balancing
    • Configuring Layer 3 Redundancy with GLBP
    • Lab: Configure GLBP
    • Challenge lab: Implement GLBP
    • Configuring First Hop Redundancy Protocol for IPv6
    • Challenge lab: Configure HSRP for IPv6
  • Campus Network Security
    • Implementing Port Security
    • Lab: Port Security
    • Challenge lab: Control Network Access with Port Security
    • Implementing Storm Control
    • Implementing Access to External Authentication
    • Mitigating Spoofing Attacks
    • Securing VLAN Trunks
    • Configuring PVLANs

Prerequisite Knowledge

The knowledge and skills that a learner must have before attending this course are as follows:
  • Describing network fundamentals
  • Establishing Internet and WAN connectivity (IPv4 and IPv6)
  • Managing network device 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: