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Hey Bulldogs! Apologies for the slight delay in starting with the new vids, I wanted to add some material to the VLAN section, which is the first one I'll post. That'll be late Wednesday / early Thursday. Thanks for your understanding -- I'll make the slight delay worth your while. :) -- Chris B.
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Hey Bulldogs! I'm aware this video sounds rough - I know what happened and I'll redo the vid later today (Feb. 26). Thanks!
To get started, we'll take a look at the two types of BPDUs, and watch one of those types in action in an illustrated example of how a root bridge election works. This lecture also includes the beginning of a lab on root bridge elections.
There are 4 different ways that you can tell whether you're working with the root switch for a given VLAN, and I'll show you all four in this lecture. We'll then see how path costs add up while a frame goes across the network, followed by a review of STP port states and STP timers. All of this in action on real Cisco switches!
This lecture begins with an STP timers lab, followed by a discussion of where to place your root switch - and how to do that. We'll talk about the purpose of Topology Change Notification BPDUs, and load sharing with the port priority command is illustrated in both theory and lab work.
To wrap up this section, here's a quick look at the show interface switchport command and the extended system ID feature.
We'll review some CCNA theory here about why we create VLANs in the first place, which VLANs exist by default, and which ones you can't get rid of no matter how hard you try.
We'll also discuss the differences between dynamic and static VLANs, when to use each, and move from there to the fundamentals of trunking - and the many, many, many differences between ISL and dot1q.
Plenty of trunking here! After concluding the discussion of ISL vs. dot1q, we'll take a look at the many little things that can go wrong with trunks - and then how to fix them!
We'll also look at trunking modes and other protocols to be aware of.
Some seemingly innocent features here - including VLAN database mode, design, and the VLAN.DAT file - that can trip up the unprepared on both the CCNP SWITCH exam and working in real-world networks. After watching this video, you'll be ready to nail these details!
VTP's pretty simple to work with,but as always there are details we gotta watch! After taking a look at why we need VTP in the first place, we'll closely examine the VTP modes and the advertisement process itself. In lab work, we'll see the VTP revision number in action and what it means to our network. (Some CLASSIC gotchas here.)
After checking out the different advertisement types in VTP, we'll see pruning in action, configure both VTP pruning and secure mode, and wrap it up with some important VTP configuration tips!
Plenty of STP features to tackle in this section - some familiar to you from your CCNA studies and some not - and we'll take a detailed look at them all!
We'll start with our old buddy Portfast, and move from there to Uplinkfast and Backbonefast. Root Guard can also be considered a switch security feature, and we'll see it in action in both theory and lab work. BPDU Guard and BPDU filtering conclude this lecture.
You must be crystal clear on what each of these features does, and you will be once we're done here!
More STP features as we examine the use of UDLD and Loop Guard. We'll see how duplex mismatches can affect our network, and then you'll be introduced to the Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol (RSTP) - and just what makes it so rapid!
This lecture starts with a look at RSTP basics, similarities and differences between RSTP and STP, and then we'll head into an important discussion of Etherchannel theory, followed by a huge Etherchannel lab with real-world examples!
Let's reinforce the theory in the last lecture with plenty of lab work here - including a real-world troubleshooting scenario that you just might run into yourself one day! We'll also see the effect on the Etherchannel when a port goes down.. and even what happens when multiple ports go down! I'll also show you verification commands for Etherchannels that aren't exactly intuitive.
I'm going to hit you with a LOT of detail regarding Etherchannel load balancing, likely more than you'll need for the real world - but good stuff to know for the exam. I'll also introduce you to "flex links" and show you just how flexy they can be.
Everything else we do with our switches is in vain if we don't secure them! In this lecture, we'll go over some security fundamentals (that some networks skip!), including username / password databases. We'll then review the basics of port security. Includes labs on the databases and port security.
We'll continue our detailed examination of port security with more labs, and then move on to dot1x-based port authentication and a look at the different types of SPAN - and what SPAN does!
You wouldn't think something as simple as SPAN would have a lot of choices and detail, but as you'll see in this lecture, it does - including an all-important list of which ports can be SPAN source and/or destination ports.
Following that, you'll be introduced to DHCP Snooping and its default settings. They may not be what you'd expect!
In this lecture, you'll learn even more vital details about DHCP Snooping, and then we're off to secure both the MAC and IP addresses involved in a conversation with Dynamic ARP Inspection and IP Source Guard. Some unusual default settings here, too....
Private VLANs can be more than a little difficult to work with, but they can really come in handy at times. We'll discuss the theory and types of private VLANs in this section, as well as a detailed description of which private VLAN types can talk to each other - and which ones can't!
Now that we have the theory down - or almost down :) - let's take a look at the config of a private VLAN.
A lot of seemingly innocent topics here - but if we don't watch the details, we could lose at both the exam and in the server room.
So let's win instead. :)
We'll start off with an illustrated look at MAC address flooding and how to fight it with some tools we saw in action earlier.
VLAN Hopping might sound like it's not much of a threat - and with some simple configs and practices I'll show you, it won't be.
CDP is one of the first topics you ran into during your CCNA studies, but it's turned off in many of today's networks. We'll see why, and how and why to turn it back on, in tis section.
We'll wrap this section up with a comparison of Telnet and SSH.
We'll review the basics of banners, and discuss why you actually need them in any network. And while it's great to follow best practices with your network, you also need to follow them with your clients - if you want to keep them!
A LOT going on in this section - but before we get to the reallllly fun stuff, there's some theory you need to know. We'll talk about why multilayer switching is so popular today, and introduce you to some new friends, including the control and data planes. To conclude this lecture, we'll get started on our first L3 switching lab!
We'll create our first Switched Virtual Interface in this lab, and see how the SVI allows us to have inter-VLAN communication without having to use a separate L3 device. At the end of this lecture, you'll be introduced to routed ports. We'll use those in a lab in the next lecture.
We'll start this lecture with a routed port lab, and introduce a little something called a "routing protocol" that we didn't use with the SVI.
While the routed ports and SVIs are similar in the result, they're different in both operation and operating requirements. Now that we've seen both in action, I'll give you a refresher on the important differences. After that, it's off to the wonderful world of router redundancy!
A lot going on here! After taking on some HSRP fundamentals, we'll configure HSRP with its defaults - and they may not be what you think. We'll then start fine-tuning HSRP, including messing with the priority settings a bit, and take a look at how HSRP achieves load "balancing".
We're not yet done with HSRP! After tackling the theory of interface tracking at the end of the previous lecture, we're now ready to see it in action in a lab. Best of all, we get to actually shut down interfaces to make sure it works! : )
We'll follow that with a discussion of general and detailed HSRP troubleshooting, and then look at the similar VRRP.
We're heading into the home stretch of our router redundancy protocol study. ( I heard that!) Let's wrap it up with a discussion of VRRP and GLBP.
Following a GLBP lab, we'll discuss Server Load Balancing and look at some handy network monitoring tools, including SNMP and logging.
We'll wrap this up with more DHCP.
Just kidding! : ) Instead, you'll be introduced to Cisco SLA and then we'll see how to configure a Cisco MLS or router as a DHCP server. (Comes in handy!)
To help you catch your breath after the multilayer switching section, here's a one-lecture look at the Cisco three-layer hierarchical model, other helpful network models, and PPDIOO.
This lecture introduces you to important concepts in both voice and video data transport, including voice VLANs and Quality of Service (Qos).
Welcome to the wonderful world of multicasting! In this lecture, we'll go over important multicasting fundamentals, including the RPF check -- the "Reverse Path Forwarding" check.
How can something be "reverse" and "forwarding"? You'll see! We'll also examine how a multicast tree is built and pruned. Let's get started!
Here we'll see the differences between "sparse", "dense", and "sparse-dense" modes of multicasting, along with other important fundamentals.
We'll see multicasting in action here on live Cisco routers -- and I'll show you how to send a multicast ping for current and future lab work!
We'll start this section with study of the fundamentals of wireless networking, including hotspots, cells, SSIDs, and encryption options.
In this lecture, we'll see the general operation of wireless access points and some shots of the Aironet Desktop Utility.
We'll finish up this introductory look at wireless networking with a further look at Aironet utilities and WLAN controller tips.
Queueing used to be a luxury - now it's practically a requirement in today's delay-sensitive networks. In this lecture, we'll discuss the operation of FIFO, WFQ, CBWFQ, and a little something called "global synchronization".
To finish our look at queueing, we'll examine the operation of custom queueing and priority queueing. I'll also include a handy queueing summary to help you keep all of this straight! : )
The CCNP SWITCH exam is not an AAA exam, but I want to give you this bonus video from my CCNA Security course. I do recommend you spend some time with this one before taking the NP SWITCH exam. Enjoy!
Here's a thorough review of the fundamentals of distance vector protocols, a comparison of RIP and EIGRP, and a discussion of the all-important Administrative Distance!
You might not use static routes all that often, but when you need one - whether that be on the CCNP ROUTE exam or in your real-world network - you'll be glad you watched this video. We'll review the syntax of the IP ROUTE command and see static routes in action.
The theory of floating static routes sounds more than a little odd - why would we want to have a static route "float"? Why not just go ahead and use it if you're going to the trouble of configuring it?
In this lecture, I'll show you a real-world example where a floating static rotue came in handy - and then we'll run that exact same lab on live Cisco routers and see floating static routes in action!
Even if you just earned your CCNA, don't skip this one! This video contains a comprehensive review of fundamental EIGRP theory and EIGRP config over a hub-and-spoke network.
The variance command can be a bit confusing, and it's a common EIGRP command, so we'll use this command on live Cisco equipment so you can see the changes you might expect - and maybe a change or two you weren't expecting!
Route summarization is a great idea - when you perform it at the right place in your network. If you leave EIGRP to its own devices, though, it may perform summarization where you don't want it. In this video, I'll show you an example where you would not want EIGRP to autosummarize routes - and exactly how to prevent it.
Picking up with our EIGRP discussion from the previous section, we'll review the fundamentals of EIGRP, including metric weights, the neighbor adjacency process, packet types, and DUAL.
In this section, we'll see how EIGRP adjacencies form - and how they can go wrong! We'll also examine the impact of secondary addresses on EIGRP adjacencies.
One of the keys to totally understanding EIGRP (and, of course, nailing the CCNP ROUTE exam!) is knowing how successor and feasible successor routes are chosen. We'll see the pertinent values in action in this section and see exactly how EIGRP handles these selections.
EIGRP has two behaviors that can really get annoying - the three different administrative distances and automatic route summarization.
To work with these behaviors in the real world AND nail 'em on the CCNP ROUTE exam, we'll take a detailed look at all three ADs and discuss how automatic route summarization can work against you. In the following lecture we'll see route autosummarization in action - and see how and when to stop it.
So we go to all this trouble to prevent autosummarization (and I'll show you why and how in this lecture), and now I'm showing you how to manually summarize routes?
Right. Route summarization is a handy tool in your networking arsenal to keep your tables "complete and concise" -- and it's a great way to pass the CCNP ROUTE exam, too! We'll practice both forms of route summarization and perform them both on live Cisco routers!
No two snowflakes are alike, and neither are two networks. Having said that, here are some Cisco best practices for EIGRP network design.
There are two approaches to using passive interfaces in EIGRP, and we'll take a look at each as well as methods of advertising a default route in EIGRP.
You might think authenticating EIGRP neighbors might be taking security a bit too far. While you won't see it in every network, you'll see this feature running in some EIGRP networks - and there's a good chance you'll see it on the CCNP ROUTE exam, too!
To master OSPF, you must first master the fundamentals - and whether you earned your CCNA last week or last year, this section is all about ensuring you have the fundamentals down cold. We'll start with this lecture on OSPF basics and the all-important DR and BDR elections.
To pass the CCNP ROUTE, you've got to have the rules for RID calculation and DR/BDR elections down cold - no matter what OSPF network type you're dealing with. That's what this section is all about!
After that theory, it's time to hit the Cisco routers for labs on configuring OSPF on broadcast networks and an NBMA network - in this case, a classic hub-and-spoke network. Both the hub and spokes require special OSPF commands in this case, and you'll see them all on live equipment!
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