The Dell DCS - Implementation Engineer, Campus Networking certification refers to the specialist level and can be obtained only after getting the associate-level accreditation (Associate-Networking Version 1.0) in the networking track. This designation proves your intermediate skills in installing, configuring, supporting, and fixing Dell EMC Campus Networking products. The exam you have to pass to gain this certification is DES-5121.
Exam DES-5121 is also known as the Specialist – Implementation Engineer, Campus Networking test. It refers to the same named certification track. This evaluation checks your knowledge of the concepts used in the Campus environment as well as your capability of working with the Dell EMC Networking N-Series products. You also should be proficient in dealing with features and protocols related to DNOS6. In addition, you should have top-notch skills in working with the Dell EMC Networking N-Series Switches.
The main details you should know about the DES-5121 exam are that it contains 60 questions which you need to crack within 90 minutes. Achieving at least 63 points means your success in the test. The exam content falls into 9 topics in which you have to be proficient.
The first one refers to networking overview. Here, you should be knowledgeable of the Campus network and be able to work with its common end-to-end data flow. Your ability to define the general Campus networking topologies and steps to transform multicasting into a current multicast environment is required.
The second topic is centered on the switch configuration. This part implies that you know the differences between a stack of switches and a standalone switch, and requirements for their initial setup. You also should be skilled in configuring a Dell EMC N-Series switch and describing the steps to upgrade the switch firmware.
The third topic focuses on Routing, and to be more precise on VLANs and Policy-Based Routing. In this section, you should demonstrate your ability to deal with VLAN routing and private VLANs, as well as to utilize them in a Campus network environment. You also should be skilled in defining a port VLAN membership, configuring port trunking, explaining PRB basic operations, and describing the ways to configure and prove PBR configurations.
The fourth topic is all about protocols, such as STP and VRRP. In this domain, you should be familiar with the concepts such as MSTP, RSTP, RSTP-PV, as well as know how they should be configured and proved. Your knowledge of how to configure FastLink, PortFast, and STP protection, define VRRP elements, and describe VRRP priorities will be tested.
The fifth topic is dedicated to checking your skills in working with LAG and MLAG. Here, you should know the difference between a static and dynamic LAG and be able to configure any of them, be ready to fix LAG configuration conflicts, and explain how to set up and prove MLAG configurations as well.
The sixth part is devoted to security, and to be more exact to Access Control Lists. This topic will test your skills in describing and defining various commands used for allowing or denying IP connectivity, explaining the steps to provide host access control, defining and fixing server access issues.
In the seventh part, you will be evaluated on the Port Security and Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting security. Be ready to demonstrate your skills in using various port security methods, defining ports, explaining how to configure sticky MAC addresses, and describing AAA security.
The last two topics deal with Power over Ethernet and VoIP & Quality of Service. The knowledge assessed in these topics refers to the reasons for the usage of the PoE and PoE devices. Also, be ready, that your skills in configuring PoE on a switch port and defining the power output will also be tested. In addition, you should be capable of supporting VoIP devices, describing QoS essential operations, and configuring QoS by using the Dell EMC N-Series switches.
To pass this VMware exam, the vendor offers its candidates to opt for free practice tests. Such training material helps them become familiar with the topics tested in the exam, and the types of exam questions included. Besides, it’s a great way to find out the gaps in your knowledge and fill them in.
As stated on the Indeed website, the average salary of the network specialist is about $139,677 per year. So, enroll in the certification process and become extremely successful and competitive in your professional life.