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The best way to prepare for CCIE Routing and Switching Version 5 certification.
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Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert Routing and Switching (CCIE Routing and Switching) certifies the skills required of expert-level network engineers to plan, operate and troubleshoot complex, converged network infrastructure.

This video training course focuses on the topics listed in the “Layer 2 Technologies" section of Cisco's blueprint for the CCIE Routing and Swiching Version 5 Written and Lab exam. This is the First part of of 7 CCIE courses by sikandar shaik.

The benefits of getting a CCIE certification are varied and include the following:

  • Better pay
  • Career-advancement opportunities
  • Applies to certain minimum requirements for Cisco Silver and Gold Channel Partners, as well as those seeking Master Specialization, making you more valuable to Channel Partners
  • Better movement through the problem-resolution process when calling the Cisco TAC
  • Prestige
  • Credibility for consultants and customer engineers, including the use of the Cisco CCIE logo
  • The other big reason to take the CCIE Routing and Switching written exam is that it recertifies an individual's associate-, professional-, and expert-level Cisco certifications, regardless of his or her technology track.
Who is the target audience?
  • students who want to prepare for CCIE routing and switching Written and Lab exam
  • build the skills that are necessary for expert certification.
  • To Achieve worldwide the most prestigious networking certification in the industry
  • Career-advancement opportunities
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What Will I Learn?
To plan, operate and troubleshoot complex, converged network infrastructures on a wide variety of Cisco equipment.
in-depth understanding of the topics in the exam blueprints
enables you to succeed on the exam the first time
helping you to identify areas of weakness and improve both your conceptual knowledge and hands-on skills.
helps you master topics on the CCIE Routing and Switching v5.0 exams, including --BGP operations and routing policies --QoS --WANs --IP Multicast --Device and network security and tunneling technologies --MPLS
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  • Good understanding on CCNA CCNP Routing and Switching Knowledge
  • There are no formal prerequisites for CCIE certification.
Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 69 Lectures Collapse All 69 Lectures 12:59:00
Introduction to CCIE Routing & Switching
2 Lectures 31:59

qCCIE Exam Information.

qCCIE certification Validity & exam policies.

Preview 18:40

CCIE RS version 5 Contents.

CCIE RS v5 lab setup.

Preview 13:19
VLAN and Trunks
10 Lectures 01:51:49

Includes some of the basic switching topics covered in CCNA

Basic LAN Switching

In this video, you get introduced to VLAN basics

VLAN Introduction

Configuring static vlan and verifying with show vlan commands

Static VLAN

How the dynamic VLAN works

Dynamic VLAN

here, i will be discussing on the concept of Trunking, why there is a need for trunking, and protocols used


Verify trunking cofigurations with labs

LAB: Trunking

in this video you get introduced to Extended vlan ranges and also voice vlan uses and configuration basics

Extended/ Voice VLAN

In this video, we see the need for intervlan routing, and also we will see legacy method of inter vlan routing

Intervlan routing (Using separate Gateways)

using subinterfaces how can we do inter vlan routing covered here. and also useful to understand how ccie exam topology built

Intervlan routing (using Router Subinterfaces)

The most common method now a days used for inter vlan routing, Faster and scalable. and also we will see using switchport as layer 3 router port

Intervlan routing (Using Multi Layer Switch)
Vlan Trunking Protocol (VTP)
9 Lectures 01:45:30

VTp allow us to synchronize the vlan information . we will see different modes supported.

VTP Introduction

Basic pre-requisuite for VTP lab verification

LAB: Verifying VTP modes - requirement

configure and Verify VTP modes

LAB: VTP Configuration

understand the concept of pruning and how it helps to optimize broadcast or unicast

VTP Pruning

in this video will see how can we modify the default pruning list and also manual pruning

Manual Pruning/ Prune Eligible List

VTP version 3 add some more enhancements to new IOS, we will see overview of all those features and verify them later on videos with labs

VTP Version 3

VTP version 3 add some more enhancements to new IOS, we will see overview of all those features and verify them on synchronizing vlan information

VTP version 3 lab-Verify VLAN

VTP version 3 add some more enhancements to new IOS, we will see overview of all those features and verify them on synchronizing MSTP and private vlan information

VTP version 3 lab-verify MSTP-Private VLAN

If a packet is received on a dot1q link, that does not have VLAN tagged, it is assumed that it belongs to native VLAN.

Default native vlan is VLAN 1

Native VLAN
Spanning-tree Protocol
5 Lectures 01:18:46

Redundant link between switches provides redundancy.

Also possibility to create loops when switches do broadcasts.

1.Broadcast storms

2.Mac-table instability

3.Multiple frame transmissions

}STP stop the loops which occurs when you have multiple links between switches

}STP stops avoiding Broadcast Storms, Multiple Frame Copies & Database instability.

•STP is a open standard (IEEE 802.1D)

•STP is enabled by default on all Cisco Catalyst switches

Understanding STP Process 1

1.Selecting the Root Bridge

2.Selecting the Root Port

3.Selecting Designated port & Non Designated port

Understanding STP Process - Continuation

Hierachial Campus LAN Model

Default root bridge election : priority + Base Mac

Recommended to Select high speed Switch to be elected as Root Bridge .

1.Change priority

2.Primary / Secondary

Selecting Root Bridge

(Config)# Spanning-tree vlan <no> hello-time <>

(Config)# Spanning-tree vlan <no> forward-time <>

(Config)# Spanning-tree vlan <no> max-age <>

Tuning STP ( port-Priority/Cost/timers)
Advance STP
8 Lectures 01:15:04

Used to aggregate bandwidth between multiple L2/L3 interfaces.

Ether-Channel increases bandwidth and provides redundancy by aggregating individual links between switches.

EtherChannel/PortChannel (link Aggregation)

Cisco-proprietary enhancement to Spanning Tree.

helps speed up network convergence on access ports.

Port Fast causes a port to enter the spanning-tree forwarding state immediately, bypassing the listening and learning states.

Spanning-Tree Portfast

qBPDU Guard prevents loops if another switch is attached to a Portfast port.

qWhen BPDU Guard is enabled on an inter-face, it is put into an error-disabled state (basically, shut down) if a BPDU is received on the interface.

qIt can be enabled at either global configmode affects all (Portfast interfaces) or at interface mode.

Portfast does not need to be enabled for it to be configured at a specific interface.

(config)# spanning-tree portfast bpdufilter default

If a Portfast interface receives any BPDUs, it is taken out of Portfast status.

The interfaces still send some BPDUs at the link-up,

if a BPDU is received, the interface loses its Port Fast status and BPDU Filtering is disabled.

Spanning-Tree BPDU Guard/Filter

(config)# spanning-tree portfast bpduguard default


(config-if)# spanning-tree bpduguard enable

# show spanning-tree summary totals

LAB: Verify BPDU Guard

qprevents the wrong switch from becoming the Spanning Tree root.

qIf a Root Guard port receives a superior BPDU that might cause it to become a root port, the port is put into “root-inconsistent” state and does not pass traffic through it.

qIf the port stops receiving these BPDUs, it automatically re-enables itself.

Spanning-tree Root Guard

Stops the loops which can occur because of unidirectional link failures.

prevents switch ports from wrongly moving from a blocking to a forwarding state when a unidirectional link exists in the network.


Do the same job as loop guard

Designed more specific for fiber ports ( can also work for UTP)

detects a unidirectional link by sending periodic hellos out to the interface.

It also uses probes, which must be acknowledged by the device on the other end of the link.


the port is automatically disabled by the switch operating system software because of an error condition that is encountered on the port.

When a port is error disabled, it is effectively shut down and no traffic is sent or received on that port.

The port LED is set to the color orange

Errdisable Recovery
Flavours of STP
7 Lectures 01:14:46

Legacy / Cisco proprietary feature

Uplink Fast is for speeding convergence when a direct link to an upstream switch fails.

When uplinkfast is enabled, it is enabled for the entire switch and all VLANs

Backbone Fast can reduce the maximum convergence delay only from 50 to 30 seconds.


802.1w is a standards way of speeding STP convergence.

Inbuilt features of portfast, uplinkfast, backbonefast.

Path Calculation remains same as STP.

Rapid Spanning-tree Protocol

(config)#spanning-tree mode rapid-pvst

LAB: Verifying RSTP

every vlan runs a separate STP instance.

Cisco proprietary. (PVST supports only ISL)

PVST+ allows interoperability between CST and PVST in Cisco switches and support the IEEE 802.1Q standard.

Provides load sharing

More overhead

Per Vlan STP (PVST+)

Started as Cisco’s MISTP

Originally standard defined in IEEE 802.1s

allows several VLANs to be mapped to single instance of STP

reduces number of spanning-tree instances (processing overhead).

instance handles multiple VLANs that have the same Layer 2 topology.

Multiple Spanning Tree ( MSTP)

an instance must have the same MST name and revision number

If not matches then they are considered as different instances and not the same, even if the instances contain the same vlans.

Lab: Verify MSTP

Tuning MSTP (port-priority/Cost)
Layer 2 Technologies
7 Lectures 01:24:31

PPP authentication -PAP-CHAP

Verify PAP-CHAP Authentication

MLP combines multiple physical links into a logical bundle called an MLP bundle.

Used to aggregate multiple WAN links into one logical channel for the transport of traffic.

It enables the load-balancing of traffic from different links and allows some level of redundancy in case of a line failure on a single link.

Supports a maximum of ten member links per bundle.

Member links can be any combination of T1/E1 or fractional T1s

PPP Multilink

Initially Ethernet was only restricted to LAN ( distance limits)

Use fiber Standards support for longer distances.

Overcome both speed and Distance limits.

Service providers started using Ethernet in WAN.

Ethernet WAN Networks ( Metro Ethernet)

PPPoE is configured as a point to point connection between two Ethernet ports.

For many cable and DSL internet connections, the ISPs inform their customers (subscribers) to set their router to receive IP address from them using username and password.

ISPs treat their subscriber's router as PPP client.

Allows virtual point to point connection over multipoint Ethernet network

PPPoE - Theory-basic Configuration

PPPoE is a protocol that is widely used by ISPs to provision digital subscriber line (DSL) high speed Internet services, of which the most popular service is ADSL.

Service providers can use the same authentication server for both PPP and PPPoE sessions, resulting in a cost savings.

PPPoE uses standard methods of encryption, authentication, and compression specified by PPP.

PPPoE -advance DHCP configuration
Logical Vs Physical Toplogy
8 Lectures 01:29:15
Default Physical Topology

Logical Topology : Via single switch

Logical Topology : Via Multiple switches

Logical Topology : Using Sub-interfaces

Logical Topology : Mock Lab Topology- Sub-interfaces

Logical Topology : Mock Lab Topology -SVI and Layer 3 switch interfaces

Logical Topology : Mock Lab Topology- Mock interfaces

Logical Topology : Mock Lab Topology - using all Sub-interfaces
Switch Port Analyser ( SPAN/RSPAN/ERSPAN)
6 Lectures 41:00

Cisco Catalyst switches support a method of directing all traffic from a source port or source VLAN to a single port. This feature, called SPAN (for Switch Port Analyzer)

It is useful for many applications which includes monitoring traffic for compliance reasons, data collection purposes, or to support a particular application.

For example, all traffic from a voice VLAN can be delivered to a single switch port to facilitate call recording in a VoIP network. Another common use of this feature is to support intrusion detection/prevention system (IDS/IPS) security solutions.

SPAN/RSPAN Introduction

SPAN Configuration : example

qThe destination port for a SPAN session can be on the local switch, as in SPAN operation.


qit can be a port on another switch in the network. This mode is known as Remote SPAN, or RSPAN.


RSPAN Configuration : example 1

specify that the new VLAN is an RSPAN VLAN

RSPAN VLAN, can’t be assigned to any access ports.

Requires a separate RSPAN source session to be configured

Separate RSPAN destination session to be configured.

This to check before Configuration :


Trunk must allow remote-span Vlan

VTP (optional)

VTP if enabled ( disable for remote span Vlan)

RSPAN Configuration : Example 2

creates a generic routing encapsulation (GRE) tunnel for all captured traffic and allows it to be extended across Layer 3 domains

supported on ASR 1000 ,Catalyst 6500, 7600, Nexus platforms.

monitoring sources include Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, and Port-Channel interfaces.


source port can be any type of port

routed port

physical switch port

Access port

•trunk port

•EtherChannel (either one physical port or the entire port-channel interface)

•Source VLAN

SPAN ( Restrictions & Conditions)
7 Lectures 01:26:20
Cisco Discovery Protocol

Link layer Discovery Protocol

Troubleshooting LAN connectivity11 - physical connectivity

Troubleshooting LAN connectivity11 - Duplex-AutoMDIX

Troubleshooting VLAN

Troubleshooting Trunking

LAB : Troubleshooting Trunk Links
About the Instructor
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Senior Technical Instructor/Network Consultant

Sikandar Shaik, a dual CCIE (RS/SP# 35012), is a highly experienced and extremely driven senior technical instructor and network consultant. He has been training networking courses for more than 10 years, teaching on a wide range of topics including Routing and Switching, Service Provider and Security (CCNA to CCIE). In addition, he has been developing and updating the content for these courses. He has assisted many engineers in passing out the lab examinations and securing certifications.

Sikandar Shaik is highly skilled at designing, planning, coordinating, maintaining, troubleshooting and implementing changes to various aspects of multi-scaled, multi-platform, multi-protocol complex networks as well as course development and instruction for a technical workforce in a varied networking environment. His experience includes responsibilities ranging from operating and maintaining PC's and peripherals to network control programs for multi-faceted data communication networks in LAN, MAN and WAN environments.

Sikandar Shaik has delivered instructor led trainings in several states in India as well as in abroad in countries like China, Kenya and UAE. He has also worked as a Freelance Cisco Certified Instructor globally for Corporate Major Clients.

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