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642-892 Composite

Composite Exam

Retired July 31, 2010
    Exam Number:     642-892
Associated Certifications: CCNP, CCDP
Duration: 90 minutes (50-60 questions)
Available Languages: English, Japanese
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Exam Description

The Composite exam (642-892) is the quickest way for currently certified Cisco Certified Network Professionals (CCNP�) and Cisco Certified Design Professionals (CCDP�) to obtain recertification. The exam tests skills and knowledge pertaining to the Building Scalable Cisco Internetworks (BSCI) and Building Cisco Managed Switched Networks (BCMSN) courses. Composite may be taken to recertify CCNP and CCDP certifications; it may also be taken in place of the BSCI and BCMSN exams required for CCNP and CCDP certifications. Candidates must successfully pass both routing and switching subsections of the Composite exam to successfully pass the exam.

Exam Topics

The following information provides general guidelines for the content likely to be included on the exam. However, other related topics may also appear on any specific delivery of the exam. In order to better reflect the contents of the exam and for clarity purposes the guidelines below may change at any time without notice.

Implement EIGRP operations

  • Explain the functions and operations of EIGRP (e.g., DUAL)
  • Configure EIGRP routing. (e.g., Stub Routing, authentication, etc.)
  • Verify or troubleshoot EIGRP routing configurations

Implement multi-area OSPF operations

  • Explain the functions and operations of multiarea OSPF
  • Configure multiarea OSPF routing. (e.g., Stub, NSSA, authentication, etc.)
  • Verify or troubleshoot multiarea OSPF routing configurations

Describe integrated IS-IS

  • Describe the features and benefits of integrated IS-IS
  • Configure and verify integrated IS-IS

Implement Cisco IOS routing features

  • Describe, configure or verify route redistribution between IP routing IGPs. (e.g., route-maps, default routes, etc.)
  • Describe, configure or verify route filtering (i.e., distribute-lists and passive interfaces)
  • Describe and configure DHCP services (e.g., Server, Client, IP helper address, etc.)

Implement BGP for enterprise ISP connectivity

  • Describe the functions and operations of BGP
  • Configure or verify BGP operation in a non-transit AS (e.g., authentication)
  • Configure BGP path selection. (i.e., Local Preference, AS Path, Weight or MED attributes)

Implement multicast forwarding

  • Describe IP Multicast (e.g., Layer-3 to Layer-2 mapping, IGMP, etc.)
  • Describe, configure, or verify IP multicast routing (i.e., PIM Sparse-Dense Mode)

Implement IPv6

  • Describe IPv6 addressing operations
  • Describe IPv6 interoperation with IPv4
  • Describe, configure or verify OSPF routing with IPv6 addressing

Implement VLANs

  • Explain the functions of VLANs in a hierarchical network
  • Configure VLANs (e.g., Native, Default, Static and Access)
  • Explain and configure VLAN trunking (i.e., IEEE 802.1Q and ISL)
  • Explain and configure VTP
  • Verify or troubleshoot VLAN configurations

Conduct the operation of Spanning Tree protocols in a hierarchical network

  • Explain the functions and operations of the Spanning Tree protocols (i.e., RSTP, PVRST, MISTP)
  • Configure RSTP (PVRST) and MISTP
  • " Describe and configure STP security mechanisms (i.e., BPDU Guard, BPDU Filtering, Root Guard)
  • Configure and Verify UDLD and Loop Guard
  • Verify or troubleshoot Spanning Tree protocol operations
  • Configure and verify link aggregation using PAgP or LACP

Implement Inter-VLAN routing

  • Explain and configure Inter-VLAN routing (i.e., SVI and routed ports)
  • Explain and enable CEF operation
  • Verify or troubleshoot InterVLAN routing configurations

Implement gateway redundancy technologies

  • Explain the functions and operations of gateway redundancy protocols (i.e., HSRP, VRRP, and GLBP)
  • Configure HSRP, VRRP, and GLBP
  • Verify High Availability configurations

Describe and configure wireless client access

  • Describe the components and operations of WLAN topologies (i.e., AP and Bridge)
  • Describe the features of Client Devices, Network Unification, and Mobility Platforms (i.e., CCX, LWAPP)
  • Configure a wireless client (i.e., ADU)

Describe and configure security features in a switched network

  • Describe common Layer 2 network attacks (e.g., MAC Flooding, Rogue Devices, VLAN Hopping, DHCP Spoofing, etc.)
  • Explain and configure Port Security,802.1x, VACLs, Private VLANs, DHCP Snooping, and DAI
  • Verify Catalyst switch (IOS-based) security configurations (i.e., Port Security, 802.1x, VACLs, Private VLANs, DHCP Snooping, and DAI)

Configure support for voice

  • Describe the characteristics of voice in the campus network
  • Describe the functions of Voice VLANs and trust boundaries
  • Configure and verify basic IP Phone support (i.e. Voice VLAN, Trust and CoS options, AutoQoS for voice)
Recommended Training

The following courses are the recommended training for this exam.

  • Building Scalable Cisco Internetworks (BSCI)
  • Building Cisco Multilayer Switched Networks (BCMSN)

Courses listed are offered by Cisco Learning Partners-the only authorized source for Cisco IT training delivered exclusively by Certified Cisco Instructors. Check the List of Learning Partners for a Cisco Learning Partner nearest you.

Additional Resources

A variety of Cisco Press titles may be available for this exam. These titles can be purchased through the Cisco Marketplace Bookstore, directly from Cisco Press.


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