CCNA Service Provider

Cisco have released a new specialisation for their concentration exams. Service Provider has been on the cards for a while now. The CCIP and CCIE SP have been the logical service provider tracks on offer from Cisco for some time. BGP, MPLS, ROUTE and QoS comprised the IP whilst the SP written and lab make up the IE certification. Now greenbacks can cut their teeth on the NA specialisation. At this stage there is no CiscoPress books on the horizon so the candidate must research based off the blueprint.

Check out my blueprint breakdown to help assist you with CCNA SP

Ant’s thoughts

I think the CCNA SP is a great stepping stone into the CCIP certification. The I believe the CCNA certification track as a whole is a great way to find a taste of what the NP and IE  are like. I look forward to perusing the material as it becomes publish. My only concern is if they make it a prerequisite to the CCIP for those already started along the path.

Here is the blueprint of the CCNA SP

Good luck.

640-875 Building Cisco Service Provider Next-Generation Networks, Part 1 (SPNGN1) Exam

90 minutes (65-75 questions)

IP Networks

Describe the purpose and functions of various network devices (at the core, distribution, and access layers)
Identify the functional components required to meet a given network specification
Describe the OSI and TCP/IP models and their associated protocols to explain how data flows in a network
Describe common network applications and their impact on the network
Interpret network diagrams
Troubleshoot common network problems at layers 1, 2, 3, 4, and 7 using a layered model approach
Describe differences between LAN and WAN operation and features
IPv4 and IPv6 Addressing

Describe the structure of IPv4 and IPv6 addresses
Describe VLSM, CIDR and route summarization concepts
Describe the different types of IPv4 and IPv6 addresses
Design an IP subnetting plan based on given requirements
Switched Network Technologies I

Describe bridging concepts and Layer 2 Ethernet frames
Configure basic Spanning Tree operations on Cisco IOS Switches
Interpret the output of various basic show and debug commands to verify the operational status of a Cisco switched network
Configure basic switch security (i.e, port security, securing unused ports)
Describe Ethernet link bundling, LACP, and PAgP and Flex Links
Routed Network Technologies I

Describe classful versus classless routing
Describe routing protocols basics (metrics, IGP versus EGP)
Describe RIPv1, RIPv2, RIPNG
Implement EIGRPv4 and EIGRPv6 on Cisco IOS, IOS-XE and IOS-XR routers
Describe route redistribution
Describe VRF
Describe GRE
IP Services

Configure NAT (IPv4) on Cisco routers
Configure DHCP (IPv4 and IPv6) operations on Cisco routers
Describe ICMPv4 and ICMPv6
Describe DNS
Cisco Operating Systems and Platforms I

Implement basic Cisco IOS, IOS-XE and IOS-XR CLI operations
Implement basic Cisco IOS, IOS-XE and IOS-XR routers configurations
Transport Technologies

Describe SONET and SDH
Describe DWDM, IPoDWDM, and ROADM
Configure 10 Gigabit Ethernet, 40 Gigabit Ethernet, and 100 Gigabit Ethernet interfaces on Cisco routers
Describe Frame Relay
Describe ATM
Describe Metro Ethernet
Describe DSL
Describe T1, T3, E1, E3, and ISDN
Implement PPP encapsulation on Cisco routers serial and POS interfaces
Describe cable (DOCSIS)
Describe the main BRAS and BNG routers functions in IP NGN
Describe various Passive Optical Network (PON) access technologies and FTTx
Security in the Network

Describe Layer 2 security features on Cisco IOS switches
Configure management plane security on Cisco routers and IOS switches
Describe IPsec
Describe control plane security
Configure basic AAA (TACACS+ and RADIUS) services on Cisco routers
Configure routing protocols authentication between Cisco routers
Describe the relationships between users, user groups, tasks groups and task IDs in IOS-XR
Describe common types of network attacks
Network Management

Configure NTP server or client on Cisco routers
Configure IP SLA on Cisco routers
Configure CDP on Cisco routers and IOS switches
Configure SNMP on Cisco routers
Configure NetFlow on Cisco routers
Configure logging to Syslog server on Cisco routers
Describe the Cisco IOS Call-Home feature
Describe Cisco TAC procedure and navigate Cisco support tools (CCO)
Implement management access (SSH, telnet, and out-of-band management design)
Implement SPAN, RSPAN, and ERSPAN
Implement file transfers to manage network devices configurations and images using FTP, SCP, TFTP, SFTP, and RCP

640-878 Building Cisco Service Provider Next-Generation Networks, Part 2 (SPNGN2) Exam

90 minutes (65-75 questions)

IP NGN Architecture

Identify the functional components that are required to meet a given network specification
Troubleshoot common network problems at Layers 1, 2, 3, 4, and 7 using a layered-model approach
Describe the different types of service providers
Describe service provider principal and reference next-generation network (NGN) architecture
Describe the IP address and autonomous system (AS) number allocation process via the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) and Regional Internet Registries (RIRs)
Switched Network Technologies II

Configure enhanced switching technologies (including Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol [RSTP], Multiple Spanning Tree [MST], and Per VLAN Spanning Tree [PVST]) on Cisco IOS Software switches
Describe how VLANs create logically separate networks and the need for routing between them
Configure VLANs on Cisco IOS Software switches
Configure trunking on Cisco IOS Software switches
Configure inter-VLAN routing
Configure Resilient Ethernet Protocol (REP) on Cisco IOS Software switches
Configure queue-in-queue (QinQ) on Cisco IOS Software switches
Routed Network Technologies II

Configure basic single-area Open Shortest Path First version 2 (OSPFv2) and OSPF version 3 (OSPFv3) routing on Cisco routers
Configure basic single-area Intermediate System-to-Intermediate System (IS-IS) routing on Cisco routers
Describe the differences between static versus dynamic routing as well as distance vector versus link-state routing protocol operations
Configure basic Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) routing on Cisco routers
Describe the address family concept on Cisco routers
Describe IPv6 transitioning technologies
Configure First Hop Redundancy Protocol (FHRP) (including Hot Standby Router Protocol [HSRP], Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol [VRRP], and Gateway Load Balancing Protocol [GLBP]) on Cisco routers
Implement access control list (ACL) on Cisco routers
Describe carrier-grade NAT (CGN) and Network Address Translation 64 (NAT64)
Describe Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) functions in the service provider IP NGN
Configure Label Distribution Protocol (LDP) on Cisco routers
Cisco Operating Systems and Platforms II

Manage the Cisco IOS XR configurations and software packages
Describe Cisco IOS XE software packages
Describe Cisco service provider router platforms, their operating system, and their placement in the service provider IP NGN

3 thoughts on “CCNA Service Provider

  1. Xehlers says:

    I’m going to go take the test for this next week. I will come back here to let you kno w what I experienced. A little bit about me. I took the CCNA Exam in 2011 October 12th, – I WAS Preparing for the CCNP RS, however I was asked by my soon to be boss to pursue the CCNA – Service Provider, then after that go for the CCNP Service Provider. I agreed and have been looking into it for the past 2 weeks. I feel like I know most topics but really just want to see how I will do.  I have zero experience with Cisco IOS XR – so ill need to dive into that. =D  Cheers.

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