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ARCH - Designing Cisco Network Service Architectures v3.0


Duration: 5.0 days

Designing Cisco Network Service Architectures (ARCH) v3.0 course enable students to perform the conceptual, intermediate, and detailed design of a network infrastructure that supports desired network solutions over intelligent network services, to achieve effective performance, scalability, and availability. ARCH enables learners, applying solid Cisco network solution models and recommended design practices, to provide viable, stable enterprise internetworking solutions. The course presents concepts and examples necessary to design converged enterprise networks. New in v3.0 is the addition of a content addressing software defined networks (SDN). Building on the Designing for Cisco Internetwork Solutions (DESGN) v3.0 course, in the ARCH course the students will learn additional aspects of modular campus design, advanced addressing and routing designs, WAN service designs, enterprise data center, and security designs.


Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Design enterprise connectivity and high-availability
  • Design enterprise BGP connectivity
  • Design enterprise WAN connectivity
  • Design enterprise data center integration
  • Design security services in an enterprise network
  • Design QoS for optimized user experience
  • Design enterprise transition to IPv6
  • Design enterprise multicast network


  • Network Designer
  • System Engineer
  • Network Engineer (Field)


MModule 1: Enterprise Connectivity and High-Availability

  • Lesson 1-1: EIGRP Design Considerations
  • Lesson 1-2: OSPF Design Considerations
  • Lesson 1-3: IS-IS Design Considerations
  • Lesson 1-4: Module Summary
  • Lesson 1-5: Module Self-Check

Module 2: BGP Design

  • Lesson 2-1: Designing IBGP Sessions
  • Lesson 2-2: Designing BGP Communities
  • Lesson 2-3: Load Sharing
  • Lesson 2-4: Module Summary
  • Lesson 2-5: Module Self-Check

Module 3: Wide Area Networks Design

  • Lesson 3-1: Service Provider Managed VPNs
  • Lesson 3-2: Enterprise Managed VPNs
  • Lesson 3-3: WAN Resiliency Design
  • Lesson 3-4: Campus Edge and Connectivity to Partners
  • Lesson 3-5: SDN and APIC-EM
  • Lesson 3-6: Module Summary
  • Lesson 3-7: Module Self-Check

Module 4: Enterprise Data Center Integration

  • Lesson 4-1: Modular and Scalable Data Center Network
  • Lesson 4-2: Multi-Tenant Data Center
  • Lesson 4-3: Data Center Interconnections
  • Lesson 4-4: Data Center Traffic Flows
  • Lesson 4-5: SDN and APIC-DC
  • Lesson 4-6: Module Summary
  • Lesson 4-7: Module Self-Check

Module 5: Design Security Services

  • Lesson 5-1: Security Services Overview
  • Lesson 5-2: Designing Infrastructure Protection
  • Lesson 5-3: Designing Firewall and IPS Solutions
  • Lesson 5-4: Designing Network Access Control Solutions
  • Lesson 5-5: Module Summary
  • Lesson 5-6: Module Self-Check

Module 6: Design QoS for Optimized User Experience

  • Lesson 6-1: QoS Overview
  • Lesson 6-2: Recommended QoS Design Principles
  • Lesson 6-3: Campus QoS Design
  • Lesson 6-4: Data Center QoS Design
  • Lesson 6-5: WAN QoS Design
  • Lesson 6-6: MPLS VPN QoS Design
  • Lesson 6-7: IPsec VPN QoS Design
  • Lesson 6-8: Module Summary
  • Lesson 6-9: Module Self-Check

Module 7: Transition to IPv6

  • Lesson 7-1: Deploying IPv6
  • Lesson 7-2: Challenges with Transition to IPv6
  • Lesson 7-3: Module Summary
  • Lesson 7-4: Module Self-Check

Module 8: IP Multicast Design

  • Lesson 8-1: Defining Multicast Distribution Trees and Forwarding
  • Lesson 8-2: Introducing PIM-SM Protocol and PIM-SM Enhancements
  • Lesson 8-3: Rendezvous Point Distribution Solutions
  • Lesson 8-4: IP Multicast Security
  • Lesson 8-5: Module Summary
  • Lesson 8-6: Module Self-Check

Lab Details:

  • Challenge 1: Design Enterprise Connectivity
  • Challenge 2: Design Enterprise BGP Network with Internet Connectivity
  • Challenge 3: Design Resilient Enterprise WAN
  • Challenge 4: Design Enterprise Data Center Connectivity
  • Challenge 5: Design Secure Enterprise Network
  • Challenge 6: Design QoS in Enterprise Network
  • Challenge 7: Design Enterprise IPv6 Network


It is recommended, but not required, to have the following skills and knowledge before attending this course:

  • Operate LANs with multiple switches, configure VLANs, trunking, spanning tree, DHCP, and port aggregation within Campus network
  • Configure and troubleshoot IPv4 and IPv6 routing within a Enterprise network (static, EIGRP, multi-area OSPF, and RIPng)
  • Implement enterprise Internet connectivity (static routes and intermediate BGP)
  • Implement route redistribution using filtering mechanisms
  • Implement path control using policy based routing and IP SLA
  • Implement First Hop redundancy in IPv4 and IPv6 environments
  • Secure campus network according to recommended practices
  • Describe and apply network design methodologies
  • Describe and apply network design concepts of modularity and hierarchy
  • Design a resilient and scalable Campus network
  • Design a resilient and scalable connectivity between parts of your Enterprise network
  • Design connectivity to the Internet and internal routing for your network
  • Integrate collaboration and wireless infrastructure into your core network
  • Create scalable IPv4 and IPv6 addressing

It is highly recommended that this course be taken after the following Cisco courses:

  • Implementing Cisco IP Switched Networks v2.0 (SWITCH v2.0)
  • Implementing Cisco IP Routing v2.0 (ROUTE v2.0)
  • Troubleshooting and Maintaining Cisco IP Networks v2.0 (TSHOOT v2.0)
  • Designing for Cisco Internetwork Solutions v3.0 (DESGN)


ARCH 300-320


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