CCNP: Remote Access Study Guide

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Here's the book you need to prepare for Cisco's new Remote Access exam, 640-605. Written by Cisco internetworking experts who can help you master the skills and acquire the knowledge you need to approach the test with confidence, this ...
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Overview

Here's the book you need to prepare for Cisco's new Remote Access exam, 640-605. Written by Cisco internetworking experts who can help you master the skills and acquire the knowledge you need to approach the test with confidence, this Study Guide provides:

Assessment testing to focus and direct your studies
In-depth coverage of official exam objectives
Hundreds of challenging practice questions, in the book and on the CD
Sample simulation questions

Authoritative coverage of all exam topics, including:
Working with asynchronous connections
Using the Point-to-Point Protocol
Using Microsoft Windows 95/98
Setting up ISDN and dial-on-demand routing
Working with the Cisco 700 Series
Understanding X.25 and remote access issues
Working with Frame Relay
Using a backup link as a permanent connection
Understanding queuing and compression
Using NAT (Network Address Translation)
Setting up AAA

Featured on the CD
The enclosed CD is packed with vital preparation tools and materials, beginning with the Sybex EdgeTest testing engine for Cisco's new Remote Access exam, 640-605. Loaded with hundreds of practice questions, including sample simulation questions, it lets you test yourself chapter by chapter or according to objective groups. You'll also find electronic flashcards for your PCs, Pocket PCs, and Palm handhelds, along with two practice exams that will help you prepare for the test. A fully searchable electronic copy of the book is also included.

About the Author
Robert Padjen, CCNP, CCNP Security, CCDP, is Director of Technology Solutions for a large financial institution. He is recognized as an expert witness in computer networking and intellectual property litigation, and is on the Cisco Technical Advisory Board. Todd Lammle, CCNP, has over 20 years of experience working with various LAN and WANs, and has been working on Cisco router networks since 1986. He is CEO and Chief Scientist of RouterSim, LLC and President of GlobalNet Training, Inc. Wade Edwards, CCIE #7009, has over 13 years of networking experience and has been actively involved in the computer industry for over 22 years.


Exam 640-505. Prepare for the exam with focused review questions and labs. Illustrates the full range of Cisco remote access solutions. Covers the latest version of the Remote Access Exam.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780782127102
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/2000
  • Series: Study Guide Series
  • Edition description: Student Manual, Study Guide, etc.
  • Pages: 674
  • Product dimensions: 7.87 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.93 (d)

Meet the Author


Robert Padjen's over nine years of industry experience includes network design, data security, and business/technology modeling, as well as the development and presentation of network training programs. He is author of CCDP: Cisco Internetwork Design Study Guide and co-author of CCDP: Cisco Internetwork Design Exam Notes and CCNP: Cisco Internetwork Troubleshooting Study Guide, all from Sybex.

Todd Lammle is a CCNP, MCT, MCSE, CNI, and MCNE. He is president of GlobalNet Training Solutions, Inc. www.Lammle.com and chief scientist of RouterSim, LLC www.RouterSim.com. He is the author of several Cisco and Microsoft study guides from Sybex. Todd has more than 18 years of experience designing, installing, and troubleshooting LANs and WANs.

Sean Odom is a CCNP, MCSE, and CNX-Ethernet and has been in the computer networking field for over 12 years. In addition to instructing Cisco courses for GlobalNet Training Solutions, Inc., Sean has been a consultant for companies such as Advanced Computer Systems, American Licorice, NCR, Wells Fargo Bank, and Intel. Sean has authored and co-authored many white papers, labs, and Cisco related books.

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Chapter 4: Using Microsoft Windows 95/98

Any text on remote access would be remiss if it did not include a section on the world’s most popular desktop operating system. It would be difficult to find a remote access solution that did not require support for Windows, particularly the consumer oriented platforms of Windows 95 and 98.

This chapter will focus on the configuration and support issues that surround this popular client software. Particular attention should be paid to the protocols that are supported and the configuration steps that are required on the client.

Reasons to Use Dial-Up Networking

Fortunately, not only is configuring and using dial-up networking in Windows 95/98 simple, but it also provides a broad base of services for remote users. These services include the following:
Automatic connection to Web sites Once configured, the operating system will automatically establish a dial-up connection in order to connect with a remote Web server. If a user simply types a URL into Internet Explorer, the modem will dial the Internet Service Provider (ISP) and request the Web page.

E-mail Mobile clients can connect with Microsoft Exchange or another e-mail service in the office. This provides an efficient way to communicate with colleagues.

File synchronization Remote users can obtain file updates and post their files on a server in the office for local users. Although Microsoft provides Configuring Dial-Up Networking with Windows 95/98 141 the Briefcase application for this purpose, Symantec’s pcAnywhere and other such programs may be desired by more demanding users.

Remote control One alternative to high-bandwidth applications is remote control. Remote control software does exactly what it sounds like it does—keystrokes and mouse movements are sent to the host, and the host returns the image back to the remote user, allowing them to control the host. This solution allows only the screen images to be transferred, which can greatly reduce the required bandwidth for supporting the application.

Consider the following: a remote user on a dial-up connection needs to access a database that will result in 10 megabytes of data being transferred. With remote control, only the screen data will be sent for the session— with compression, this means that possibly less than 2 megabytes of data will be sent. Clearly, this bandwidth savings can be substantial. Note that remote control solutions must be connected to access data— unlike remote node solutions (where the modem acts as a slower network link), which use the remote user’s local applications and data. Also, the bandwidth savings variance can differ significantly depending on the data demands of the application; in this context, remote control utilizes remote node solutions for transport, but the connection must be maintained for the duration of the remote control session.


Note
Effectively, anything that a user can accomplish in the office is possible with dial-up networking. Unfortunately, the significantly lower bandwidth can make this impractical, depending on the application.

Configuring Dial-Up Networking with Windows 95/98

Dial-up networking in Windows 95/98 is extremely popular, perhaps for no other reason than that there are approximately 70 million clients that have it installed worldwide. From a client’s perspective, the cost and effort needed to connect to the office remotely requires little more than a phone line and modem.

As you will see in this chapter, configuring and administrating a single Win-dows workstation for dial-up networking is very simple. Unfortunately, it is not as simple when you have to administer dial-up networking for thousands of remote users, and there are few existing tools that make this task easier.

Microsoft Windows 95 and 98 support remote dial-up networking with the protocols that provide transport for NetBIOS:

  • NetBEUI
  • IPX
  • IP
This is logical since Windows networking is still dependent upon the NetBIOS protocol and the name services that it provides. It is possible to add other protocols with third-party transport, but most designers find IP support to be sufficient, and they configure the client for PPP services.
Note
See Chapter 3 for more information about the PPP protocol.

Configuring a Dial-Up Connection Client

The configuration of a Windows client for dial-up networking is a relatively painless process, although there are many different configuration options available, and good planning will greatly simplify an enterprise level deployment.

By default, the Windows 95/98 installation will include the basic files for installing and configuring a network connection. It is always a good idea, though, to have the original installation CD-ROM available since the setup program may need additional files to complete the installation. In addition, the latest service packs and updates should be installed—service packs contain many updates and problem fixes called patches. In general, the installation of patches is a benign event; however, before performing the upgrade, it is best to backup critical files and review the appropriateness of the patch. For multiple node upgrades, it is best to test the patch before you deploy it.


Tip
Check the Windows Web site at www.microsoft.com for the latest patches, service packs, and tips for configuring dial-up networking.

While there are many tools available for installing and configuring dial-up networking, this text will focus on the basic installation—PPP and TCP/IP protocols; however, multilink connections and scripting will all be presented.
Warning
The screen captures in this chapter, unless otherwise noted, are from Windows 98 Second Edition. While the screens will look similar, other versions of Windows may differ slightly.

Dial-Up Networking Application

To start configuring a dial-up connection, go to the Start menu and select Start -> Programs -> Accessories -> Communications -> Dial-Up Networking. This will open a dialog box similar to the one shown in Figure 4.1.

FIGURE 4.1 The Windows dial-up networking dialog box...

...On the system shown here, this is the first dial-up connection, so Windows provides only a Make New Connection icon. This brings up the Dial-Up Networking wizard. If there were other connections available, the user or administrator could select them to initiate a call or to go into an already established connection in order to reconfigure options.

Make New Connection Wizard

After selecting the Make New Connection icon, Windows will begin the Make New Connection wizard. The first dialog box of this wizard is shown in Figure 4.2.

FIGURE 4.2 Making a new connection...

...In this dialog box, you will select a name for the connection and set the type of modem that you will be using for the connection. If Windows did not detect and install a modem in the Select a Device box, you will need to correct this before continuing.


Note
For instructions on installing a modem in Windows, please refer to the product documentation.

Note that in Figure 4.2, the Lucent Win Modem has been automatically selected, and the user has been prompted to provide a name for the connection....

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Assessment Test
Ch. 1 Cosco Solutions for Remote Access 1
Ch. 2 Asynchronous Connections 57
Ch. 3 Point-to-Point Protocol 89
Ch. 4 Using Microsoft Windows 95/98 141
Ch. 5 Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) 171
Ch. 6 X.25 and LAPB 243
Ch. 7 Frame Relay 285
Ch. 8 Queuing and Compression 329
Ch. 9 Network Address Translation (NAT) and Port Address Translation (PAT) 369
Ch. 10 Centralized Security in Remote Access Networks 411
A: Commands in This Study Guide 445
B: References 461
C: Commands in This Study Guide 469
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2000

    Not worth the time to read

    This is not that great a book if you want to learn from the beginning. Robert Padjen did not provide enough explaination on a lot of the terms used in the book. Readers can tell that author was writing this book in a rush to make money. Surprisingly large amount of errors were presented in various area throughout the study guide. Author use cut & paste to duplicate text to generate that 600 pages. It is poorly organized, written, and can confuse reader on the idea of remote access. This book did not provide enough knowledge to pass the exam. I strongly recommand books from Coriolis. www.bn.com is a great source to obtain Coriolis books. I love the accurate and fast service that www.bn.com provide.

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