The Intended Audience


Although the only official prerequisite for CCNP and CCIP certification is CCNA status, and the only prerequisite for CCDP certification is CCDA status, Cisco does not expect you to be able to pass the professional-level exams (such as the BSCI exam) without additional training and experience. This is why Cisco's recommended training for CCNP/CCDP/CCIP involves an official Cisco course. For the routing knowledge required of a CCNP/CCDP/CCIP, Cisco recommends a course called Building Scalable Cisco Internetworks (BSCI) version 2.0.

The BSCI course is targeted toward enterprise network engineers (including systems engineers [SEs], customers, and resellers ) who are responsible for network administration and implementation. The targeted audience performs one or more of the following tasks :

  • Install and configure network devices

  • Design and implement large enterprise networks

  • Add services/applications to an existing network, and determine what router configurations are required to support the new services/applications

  • Improve traffic flow, reliability, redundancy, and performance throughout the network


BSCI replaces the old Building Scalable Networks (BSCN) course.

This book is a final-stage preparation tool. Therefore, this book will be most effective as a study resource after you have taken the BSCI course or have acquired an equivalent level of on-the-job experience and training.

The following are the prerequisites for the BSCI course and, for all practical purposes, should be considered prerequisites for using this book effectively:

  • Working knowledge of the OSI reference model and the hierarchical model

  • Understanding of internetworking fundamentals

  • Ability to operate and configure a Cisco IOS device

  • Working knowledge of the TCP/IP stack and how to configure a routed protocol such as IP

  • Understanding of distance vector routing protocols, such as Routing Information Protocol (RIP) and Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (IGRP), and their operation and configuration

  • Ability to determine when to use static and default routes, and how to enable them on a Cisco router

  • Ability to display and interpret a routing table from a Cisco router

  • Ability to enable a WAN serial connection

  • Ability to configure Frame Relay permanent virtual circuits (PVCs) on interfaces and subinterfaces

  • Ability to configure an IP standard and extended access list

  • Ability to verify router configurations with available tools such as show and debug commands


You can acquire these skills from self-paced or instructor-led training sessions and from work experience.

The ideal audience for this book is someone who has attended the Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices (ICND) course, has achieved CCNA status, and has attended the BSCI course, or who has an equivalent level of on-the-job training and experience with Cisco switches and routers.

Cisco highly recommends that you take courses to support each certification level, but it also recognizes that attending courses might not be an option for everyone. Therefore, if you find yourself struggling with CCNA-level knowledge as you work through this book, consider reviewing a copy of CCNA Self-Study: Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices (ICND) , Second Edition from Cisco Press (December 2003; ISBN 1-58705-142-7). Similarly, if you want routing details at the CCNP/CCDP/CCIP course level, review CCNP Self-Study: Building Scalable Cisco Internetworks (BSCI) (ISBN 1-58705-084-6), also from Cisco Press. (Look for the second edition of the BSCI self-study guide in Spring 2004.)

CCNP BSCI Exam Certification Guide
CCNP BSCI Exam Certification Guide (CCNP Self-Study, 642-801) (3rd Edition)
ISBN: 1587200856
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2002
Pages: 194
Authors: Clare Gough © 2008-2017.
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