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ENCOR: Implementing & Operating Cisco Enterprise Network Core Technologies


Course Overview:

The Implementing and Operating Cisco Enterprise
Network Core Technologies (ENCOR) course gives you
the knowledge and skills needed to configure,
troubleshoot, and manage enterprise wired and wireless
networks. You will also learn to implement security
principles within an enterprise network and how to
overlay network design by using solutions such as
SD-Access and SD-WAN.

This course will help you:
• Configure, troubleshoot, and manage enterprise wired
and wireless networks
• Implement security principles within an enterprise
• Prepare you to take the 350-401 Implementing Cisco
Enterprise Network Core Technologies (ENCOR) exam

Who Should Attend: 

The primary audience for this course is as follows:
• Mid-level network engineers
• Network administrators
• Network support technicians
• Help desk technicians


The knowledge and skills that a learner must have before
attending this course includes:
• Implementation of Enterprise LAN networks
• Basic understanding of Enterprise routing and
wireless connectivity
• Basic understanding of Python scripting

The following Cisco courses can help you gain the
knowledge you need to prepare for this course:
• Implementing and Administering Cisco Solutions v1.0
• Introduction to Cisco Programmability

Course Objectives:

Upon completing this course, the learner will be able to
meet these overall objectives:
• Illustrate the hierarchical network design model and
architecture using the access, distribution, and core
• Compare and contrast the various hardware and
software switching mechanisms and operation, while
defining the Ternary Content
• Addressable Memory (TCAM) and Content
Addressable Memory (CAM), along with process
switching, fast switching, and Cisco Express
Forwarding concepts
• Troubleshoot Layer 2 connectivity using VLANs and
• Implementation of redundant switched networks
using Spanning Tree Protocol
• Troubleshooting link aggregation using Etherchannel
• Describe the features, metrics, and path selection
concepts of Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing
Protocol (EIGRP)
• Implementation and optimization of Open Shortest
Path First (OSPF)v2 and OSPFv3, including
adjacencies, packet types, and areas, summarization,
and route filtering for IPv4 and IPv6
• Implementing External Border Gateway Protocol
(EBGP) interdomain routing, path selection, and single
and dual-homed networking
• Implementing network redundancy using protocols
including Hot Standby Routing Protocol (HSRP) and
Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol (VRRP)
• Implementing internet connectivity within Enterprise
using static and dynamic Network Address
Translation (NAT)
• Describe the virtualization technology of servers,
switches, and the various network devices and
• Implementing overlay technologies such as Virtual
Routing and Forwarding (VRF), Generic Routing
Encapsulation (GRE), VPN, and Location Identifier
Separation Protocol (LISP)

• Describe the components and concepts of wireless
networking including Radio Frequency (RF) and
antenna characteristics, and define the specific
wireless standards
• Describe the various wireless deployment models
available, include autonomous Access Point (AP)
deployments and cloud-based designs within the
centralized Cisco Wireless LAN Controller (WLC)
• Describe wireless roaming and location services
• Describe how APs communicate with WLCs to obtain
software, configurations, and centralized management
• Configure and verify Extensible Authentication
Protocol (EAP), WebAuth, and Pre-shared Key (PSK)
wireless client authentication on a WLC
• Troubleshoot wireless client connectivity issues using
various available tools
• Troubleshooting Enterprise networks using services
such as Network Time Protocol (NTP), Simple Network
Management Protocol (SNMP), Cisco Internetwork
Operating System (Cisco IOS®) IP Service Level
Agreements (SLAs), NetFlow, and Cisco IOS
Embedded Event Manager
• Explain the use of available network analysis and
troubleshooting tools, which include show and debug
commands, as well as best practices in
• Configure secure administrative access for Cisco IOS
devices using the Command-Line Interface (CLI)
access, Role-Based Access Control (RBAC), Access
Control List (ACL), and Secure Shell (SSH), and explore
device hardening concepts to secure devices from
less secure applications, such as Telnet and HTTP
• Implement scalable administration using
Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting (AAA)
and the local database, while exploring the features
and benefits

• Describe the enterprise network security architecture,
including the purpose and function of VPNs, content
security, logging, endpoint security, personal firewalls,
and other security features
• Explain the purpose, function, features, and workflow
of Cisco DNA Center™ Assurance for Intent-Based
Networking, for network visibility, proactive
monitoring, and application experience
• Describe the components and features of the Cisco
SD-Access solution, including the nodes, fabric control
plane, and data plane, while illustrating the purpose
and function of the Virtual Extensible LAN (VXLAN)
• Define the components and features of Cisco SD-WAN
solutions, including the orchestration plane,
management plane, control plane, and data plane
• Describe the concepts and features of Quality of
Service (QoS), and describe the need within the
enterprise network
• Describe APIs in Cisco DNA Center and vManage
• Describe the concepts, purpose, and features of
multicast protocols, including Internet Group
Management Protocol (IGMP) v2/v3, Protocol-
Independent Multicast (PIM) dense mode/sparse
mode, and rendezvous points
• Explain basic Python components and conditionals
with script writing and analysis
• Describe network programmability protocols such as
Network Configuration Protocol (NETCONF) and

Course Outline:

• Examining Cisco Enterprise Network Architecture
• Understanding Cisco Switching Paths
• Implementing Campus LAN Connectivity
• Building Redundant Switched Topology
• Implementing Layer 2 Port Aggregation
• Understanding EIGRP
• Implementing OSPF
• Optimizing OSPF
• Exploring EBGP
• Implementing Network Redundancy
• Implementing NAT
• Introducing Virtualization Protocols and Techniques
• Understanding Virtual Private Networks and Interfaces
• Understanding Wireless Principles
• Examining Wireless Deployment Options
• Understanding Wireless Roaming and Location
• Examining Wireless AP Operation
• Understanding Wireless Client Authentication
• Troubleshooting Wireless Client Connectivity
• Introducing Multicast Protocols
• Introducing QoS
• Implementing Network Services
• Using Network Analysis Tools
• Implementing Infrastructure Security
• Implementing Secure Access Control
• Understanding Enterprise Network Security
• Exploring Automation and Assurance Using Cisco
DNA Center
• Examining the Cisco SD-Access Solution
• Understanding the Working Principles of the Cisco SDWAN
• Understanding the Basics of Python Programming
• Introducing Network Programmability Protocols
• Introducing APIs in Cisco DNA Center and vManage

Lab Outline:

• Investigate the CAM
• Analyze Cisco Express Forwarding
• Troubleshoot VLAN and Trunk Issues
• Tuning Spanning Tree Protocol (STP) and Configuring
Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol (RSTP)
• Configure Multiple Spanning Tree Protocol
• Troubleshoot EtherChannel
• Implement Multi-area OSPF
• Implement OSPF Tuning
• Apply OSPF Optimization
• Implement OSPFv3
• Configure and Verify Single-Homed EBGP
• Implementing Hot Standby Routing Protocol (HSRP)
• Configure Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol (VRRP)
• Implement NAT
• Configure and Verify Virtual Routing and Forwarding
• Configure and Verify a Generic Routing Encapsulation
(GRE) Tunnel
• Configure Static Virtual Tunnel Interface (VTI) Pointto-
Point Tunnels
• Configure Wireless Client Authentication in a
Centralized Deployment
• Troubleshoot Wireless Client Connectivity Issues
• Configure Syslog
• Configure and Verify Flexible NetFlow
• Configuring Cisco IOS Embedded Event Manager
• Troubleshoot Connectivity and Analyze Traffic with
Ping, Traceroute, and Debug
• Configure and Verify Cisco IP SLAs
• Configure Standard and Extended ACLs
• Configure Control Plane Policing
• Implement Local and Server-Based AAA
• Writing and Troubleshooting Python Scripts
• Explore JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) Objects
and Scripts in Python
• Use RESTCONF with Cisco IOS XE Software

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