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Please note that Cisco is retiring its ICND1 100-101 v2.0 exam. The last day to test is August 20, 2016. We are currently working to develop training for the ICND1 100-105 v3.0 exam....
Please note that Cisco is retiring its ICND1 100-101 v2.0 exam. The last day to test is August 20, 2016. We are currently working to develop training for the ICND1 100-105 v3.0 exam.

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In this exciting and important CBT Nuggets course, trainers Anthony Sequeira and Keith Barker guide learners through the details and the strategies needed to ace the ICND1/CCENT exam 100-101 from Cisco Systems. This course is a perfect complement to our Cisco CCENT/CCNA ICND1 100-101 course.

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  • There is no equipment required in order to fully benefit from this course.
Related Certifications
  • CCNA
Related Job Functions
  • Network Administrator
  • Network Engineer
  • Network Designer
Keith Barker has been a CBT Nuggets trainer since 2012 and holds a variety of networking and security certifications, including CCIE R&S, CCIE Security, (ISC)2 CISSP, Palo Alto CNSE, and Check Point CCSA.
Anthony Sequeira has been a CBT Nuggets trainer since 2012 and holds a variety of Cisco certifications, including CCIE R&S, CCNP Security, CCNA Wireless, and CCNA Voice.
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1. Course Intro and Exam Strategies (16 min)
2. Functions of Network Devices (11 min)
3. Name That Layer!!! (11 min)
4. Name That Protocol!!! (15 min)
5. Predicting Packet Behavior (20 min)
6. Basic Switching Concepts (20 min)
7. I Heart Subnetting! (41 min)
8. Basic Router Configuration (22 min)
9. Whose Route Is It? (20 min)
10. Troubleshooting OSPF (35 min)
11. Switch Management and Security (25 min)
12. Port Security (9 min)
13. Managing Devices (16 min)

Course Intro and Exam Strategies


Cisco Systems recently announced that the CCENT entry level certification would take on new content and would be much, much more intense. So intense, in fact, that this new certification will serve as the only prerequisite for a specialized track of study that you might want to go on.


For instance, maybe you're going to specialize in security. Maybe you're going to specialize in wireless. The CCENT would serve as your only prerequisite for that track, it's so intense. Keith and I decided to create a Nugget series here together that would be laser focused on one thing when it comes to 100-101, and that is preparation for the actual exam.


That's right. You will watch over Keith and my shoulder as we solve very realistic practice questions. What a powerful opportunity for anyone interested in tackling this extremely challenging certification exam, to sit and watch over the shoulder of a CCIE route switch as he struggles with questions prepared by the other CCIE route switch.


That's right. Here we can see Keith walking through the logic he would use in the exam environment to solve a particular simulated exam question that I devised for him. And if you're worried about particular styles of exam questions that tend to give you difficulty, have no fear.


We'll mimic every style of question that you would see in your actual certification exam. And once again, we'll provide valuable strategies and valuable insight into the content of these questions as we move through them. Now, while all this is wonderful and probably one of the most needed products in the lineup here at CBT Nuggets of amazing videos dealing with certification, one of the things that Keith and I noticed with our test group was the fact that they were wanting something more at the end of each Nugget.


And that's when Keith and I decided to create the Super Challenge question. Each and every Nugget of content is going to end with this Super Challenge, an incredibly difficult question that the student will pause and solve themselves at the end of each Nugget.


There's no walk-through provided. There's no solution provided, although, as you can see here on screen, there is an answer key provided in the Nuggetlab File section of the CTB Nuggets website so they can certainly grade their performance. But this it.


This is a time for no more handholding and a time for the learner to really prove that they have mastered the material of that Nugget with an eye-bleedinglyK difficult challenge question. So what exactly does this first ever exam walk-through series here at CBT Nuggets focus on?


Well, as you know, it's the CCENT certification and one exam specifically, 100-101. Let's take a look at the blueprint that Keith and I utilized to create this content for you. I'm going to go under Training and Events, and I'm going to choose CCENT.


We're going to scroll down. And notice last date of test on the old ICND1, the old CCENT certification exam, is September 30th, 2013. We are not interested in old news. We're interested in 100-101 ICND1. I'm going to go ahead and click on that. And notice here is a tab of information called Exam Topics.


Keith and I very carefully created Nuggets addressing the particular exam topics that are indeed Cisco's focus in the actual 100-101 exam. So you can rest assured that you're in the very best hands when it comes to preparing you for the exact content you'll find in the certification exam environment.


You can also take great comfort in knowing that Keith and I will continuously be taking this exam for the rest of our lives together, as long as the exam exists, to ensure that our Nuggets are always updated for the greatest possible accuracy found with any certification prep product.


So as someone that wants to pass this exam or perhaps review the exam material, I know you're anxious to get started with our content Nuggets. But before we do that, let's just take a moment to give you some overall test taking tips about the particular exam interface that you'll find.


Now, while there will be many different things that happen in here, right, in our content area, when you're inside the certification exam, there are a couple of things we want to make you aware of right away in this introduction. Number one, Cisco is going to provide you with the question number over in the top left.


And what's important about this, actually, is they're going to present it this way, like you're on question five of 50. OK? So you're going to know right where you are in the overall scope or breadth of certification questions Cisco is going to torture you with, so very important information on the left that you're going to correlate with very important information on the right.


In the top right is going to be your time remaining. And it will be in hours followed by minutes followed by seconds, OK? So you're going be wanting to correlate that information with where you are in the bank. Uh-oh. In fact, we just had a student here having major problems.


They're on question five of 50 and they only have 10 minutes and 26 seconds left. My goodness. It reminds me of an episode of the American drama 24 with Kiefer Sutherland. All right. So anyways, let's go ahead and notice something else about the exam interface, right?


There is only one happy little button in the bottom right corner that says Next. That's right. Unlike a lot of different certification exams you can find in the IT community, there is no Back button. So we do not have the ability to go back and reread, even change our answer to a previous question.


All we can do is move forward in the certification exam. There is never any point to review what we have done, to change any answers that we have submitted. So we must ensure that we master our content and follow Keith and my style and logic and strategies to solve each question beautifully.


And something else I'd like to get out of the way right away in this particular Nugget-- we get this question a lot from our viewers-- and that is about partial credit. Let's say we have a question where there are two correct answers in a multiple choice, and we are given four potential options.


And let's say that you get one of them right, and then you choose this one over here. But sure enough, that wasn't the correct answer. It was supposed to be this one. The student asked, well, can I get 50% of those points since, after all, I correctly guessed one of them that was correct?


The answer is a resounding no. There is no partial credit in the multiple choice or the drag and drop question styles that Keith and I will be helping you with in this particular exam. Where there is partial credit, interestingly enough, is in the simulations.


So in the simulations of this exam, this is the one exception to the rule. This is a place where we will see partial credit awarded based on the questions and the simulations or the tasks that you were able to solve appropriately. By the way, what exam styles can you expect in this exam that Keith and I will be covering with you?


Well, there is the multiple choice single answer. And in fact, a tip here, an easy way that you can identify this particular question type is you'll notice there are what are called radio buttons, those circles that we are going to utilize in order to respond.


That's your quick, visual clue that you're dealing with a multiple choice single answer. The next type of question that we might face is a multiple choice multiple answer. Notice any difference? Yeah, we get an immediate visual clue that we're in this style of question because the radio buttons, those round circles, are replaced with check boxes.


Something else that's very important to note from a strategy is the fact that there will indeed be explicitly told to you how many of those are right. There is never going to be a situation in this exam where it says, choose all that apply. And that's good news for us because that can be a very difficult style of question, where we don't know how many are right.


So here in this example, there are three correct. They're explicit about that. And that's what we'll find in our actual exam. The next type of question that we'll face is a drag and drop style of question, where there will be some terms or something on the left and we have to drag those into the appropriate position on the right.


Now something important strategically to notice here is the fact that if you drag them and you don't like your answer, you can re-drag the elements to a different position. And many times, as demonstrated here, not all of the options will be utilized in the particular question.


So be very aware of that. Now the next question type that we will not-- I repeat, not-- find in the CCENT certification exam is a fill in the blank. This is an option, this is a trick up Cisco's sleeve, as we know, as demonstrated here. But this is not a style that we will find in our particular exam.


So no need to worry about task number four in the tutorial here, fill in the blank. Those types of questions do not exist. Now here is a router simulation. And this style of question will indeed exist. And in fact, we're going to click on the Try Me so I can actually show you this.


So up top is what's very important. This is what we need to get ready to do, right? This is the scenario. And this is going to be where we are given the tasks we need to configure. It's a great idea for you to use your scratch paper in the exam environment to make notes on that information.


Certainly, you can review that information again, but you'll want to make plenty of notes on what that information contains. Over here is instructions on, really, just how to use the particular simulation. So we're not really concerned about that information.


It's the information up top that we're so concerned about. When you are ready to actually make a configuration change, what we do, based on the requirements, of course, is we find a machine, like Host D, that has a console connection to one of the routers.


That dotted line is the console connection. By the way, I went fishing with a dotted line, and I caught every other fish. It was really strange. So anyways, I'm going to click on Host D. And that's going to put us at the CLI for the Lab A device. Pretty cool.


If I want to make configurations, of course, this is going to look, feel just like an actual router. And Keith and I can give you much more strategic guidance on this as we cover those particular problem types in our Nugget series. Now we want to go back to the topology, for instance.


And maybe if we had the ability to console into another device, we could do that, which we don't in this particular scenario. Notice in this particular scenario, if our job is to configure Lab Device A and Lab Device B and Lab Device C, obviously we would need to Telnet or Secure Shell over to those other devices because they only provide us with one PC with a console connection.


Pretty cool stuff. All right. What other types do we have in the tutorial that we might find in our environment? Well, this is a testlet. We won't have any of these. But this is a simlet. And this is Cisco's new favorite type of question for the certification exam environment, specifically CCENT.


They absolutely love these. So what happens here is-- let's go into the Try Me-- you have that topology. You have that console connection that you can make. And what you need to do is go in there and do that in order to answer a number of questions. So there'll be a pane of glass here for you to utilize to answer questions with.


They'll literally be the question numbers here and the questions that we need to solve based on what we see in the simulation. So they called it a simlet for good reason. It is very similar to a simulation. It uses the same simulation engine that they use for simulations.


It's just that we are answering multiple choice questions as opposed to making configuration changes, typically. As you might guess, this is an environment where they have us do a lot of show commands in the simulation environment. And the results of those show commands will enable us to solve the multiple choice questions.


By the way, if you're getting nervous at this point, if your blood pressure is already starting to rise about this certification exam, have no fear. Keith and I will be providing you with the knowledge and the strategies for guaranteed success in your exam environment.


All right. Let's see what else we have here. And guess what? The task number seven, the simlet, that was indeed the last style of question. So let's review those real quick. In the exam environment, certainly we could get multiple choice. We could get multiple answer multiple choice.


We could get the drag and drop style question. We could get the simulation, that standard simulation. Or we could get the simlet. So we have five styles of questions that Keith and I will be guiding you through throughout this Nugget course. Now if you're like me, you want to play with those question types, for sure.


Especially, you want to play with the simulation and the simlet. No problem. Let me show you how you would do that. We're going to go back to Training and Events. And I didn't click on CCENT, so we get to this main page. No problem. I'll go to Training and Certifications.


I will scroll down. I'll find CCENT under Routing and Switching. I will go there. Now you recognize where we were before. I'll click on the hyperlink for our exam. And there it is. We can go ahead and experience and play with those types of questions in the exam tutorial link, which is on the homepage for our 100-101 certification exam up at cisco.com.


So I can feel your excitement through the computer monitor right now. I really can. And I know. I'm excited too. I'm excited to try and tackle the very, very challenging certification questions that Keith Barker has cooked up for me. And I know Keith is ready and raring to go for those challenges that I've created for him.


I sure hope this Nugget has been informative for you. And I'd like to thank you for viewing.

Functions of Network Devices

Name That Layer!!!

Name That Protocol!!!

Predicting Packet Behavior

Basic Switching Concepts

I Heart Subnetting!

Basic Router Configuration

Whose Route Is It?

Troubleshooting OSPF

Switch Management and Security

Port Security

Managing Devices

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Keith Barker
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