This course is several hours in length and will cover Layer 2 switching in detail. I will explain the Technology and media access control method for Ethernet networks, network segmentation, switching concepts and the operation of Cisco switches.
DISCLAIMER: Please note that the simulators/emulators used in this course are not part of the course. It is the students responsibility to have these to practice with. The Cisco Packet Tracer and/or VIRAL (Virtual Internet Routing Lab) are Cisco proprietary software and can only be obtained through Cisco. It is up to each student to obtain the simulator/emulator of their choice to study along with this course.
Students will get a thorough understanding of switching and how we would implement it in a real world environment.
We will discuss the following concepts switching services and rules we should follow when segmenting networks. We will also compare bridging vs. LAN switching focusing in great detail on the Spanning-tree protocol. We will look at the switch Functions at layer two, such as how a switch learns about the nodes on the network and how it makes its decisions to forward the information and most definitely how to secure our ports on the switches.
Once get an understanding of how switches work and their administrative configurations we will then go into explain and creating vlans and inter-vlan connectivity and what would be the benefits of using VLANs on our network. You will learn the different port types and encapsulation methods we use when using vlans, and will fully understand the difference between trunking a port and the VTP protocol.
This is a lecture based course using the Touch-IT Technology Smart board, which will make learning very interactive and engaging. Hands on labs will be used to drill down the concepts learned in each lecture using Cisco’s Packet Tracer.
My method will make you feel like you are sitting in a classroom environment and give the most needed hands on experience!
Handouts will be available to facilitate learning and practice.
This course will help the student become familiar with layer 2 switching and vlans and how to implement them in your environment…but it will also help in preparing for any networking certification or Computer Science Degree; not to mention the fact that for those already in the field, it will further improve routing decisions in their particular networks.
This Lesson is an overview of the subjects that you will be learning in this course.
In this lesson I will demonstrate using the Packet Tracer how exactly, a switch learns MAC addresses from the nodes that are connected to it.
This lesson will explain how having redundant switch connections you could have loops at layer 2 and the protocol that will help you prevent those loops.
This lesson will show you how to configure security on individual or a range of ports, to only allow a certain number of mac address on those ports.
This lesson will demonstrate some of the basic configurations that you would configure on a switch.
This lesson will demonstrate some of the advanced configurations that you would configure on a switch.
In this lesson you will learn various commands, that you could use to verify your configurations on your Cisco Catalyst Switches.
In this lesson you will learn to back up not only your configuration but your IOS as well to a TFTP server.
This lesson will explain to you how the Spanning-Tree Protocol works, specifically when its deciding which switch will be the root bridge and wich switch will have a blocked port to prevent the BPDU's from fowarding out a specific port.
In this lesson you will briefly learn that there are different types of STP that you could configure on your Cisco Catalyst Switch.
This lesson will explain how you can have Per-Vlan Spanning-Tree, depending on the STP version you use.
In this lesson you will learn how to turn off STP, using the portfast command. This will allow the port to quickly turn to a designated fowarding state.
In this lesson you will learn how to guard your ports from someone accidentally connecting an internetworking device to them. Since, you turned of STP we must implement a command that would prevent BPDU from propogating out of unwanted ports.
In this lesson, I will explain how creating vlans, will deacrease the amount broadcast within a broadcast domain.
In this lesson, I will explain how creating vlans enchances your security, since the router is the one that determines the path the packet will take.
In this lesson I will explain to you, how vlans can help you make your network more flexible and scalable to work with.
In this lesson I will explain the importance of switchport modes and how to configure them.
In this lesson I will explain how the switch knows where to send each vlan to there correct destination.
In this lesson you I will explain the two methods used for Vlan Identification.
In this lesson I will explain the need to still have routers in our network.
In this lesson I will show you how easy it is to create a vlan.
In this lesson I will show you how to assign a vlan to a range of ports.
In this lesson you will finish of from the previous lab in assinging the vlans, configuring port security and so forth. We then are going discuss the trunking of ports and why they are needed.
In this lesson I will show you how to change your Native Vlan from Vlan 1 to some other number and assign the ports to that vlan. I will also discuss the importance of keeping the Native Vlan name consistent accross your switch network.
In this lesson you will learn how to configure inter-vlan communication, using sub-interfaces and the correct encapsulation.
In this lesson I will explain what VTP is, what it is used for and how to status VTP.
This lesson is simply an overview of everything we covered, stressing to you what points to focus on when you study for the CCNA.
This is a simple quiz on layer 2 switching to assess your understanding of topics covered
2017 will be our year to achieve our many goals! ...yes, I include myself here as well.
If you are determined, ambitious and hungry for a new beginning...then 2017 should be your year!
...and how better to start or end the year than to get your Cisco Certification!
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As for me, 2017 will be the year of putting out new courses for different types of IT certifications among other things.
These will include, not just Cisco courses, but also CompTIA & Microsoft courses as well.
I also hope to complete my second book based on ALL the Routing Protocols among other projects that I want to complete in 2017.
So, yes, my schedule will be quite full and I love it!
What you wanted to know about me:
If you are tired of the same old methods of learning and want someone that is pretty much unconventional, but at the same time will provide you with an enjoyable learning experience in layman's terms...then please preview my courses and you will discover that I am your guy.
I am a Network Engineer with over 15+ years in the field and in the teaching industry. I hold the following certifications: CCNA, CCNA Security, CCNA Voice, Security+, Network+, A+, MCP, MCTS & MOS and since I passed the first of two test for the CCIE, I hope to complete the second half in 2017!
My teaching experience stems from teaching at institutions like Palm Beach Community College, New Horizons, Florida Career College (now Anthem College) and The Academy of South Florida, not to mention teaching at my own training facility in Miami, Florida and now being if several e-Learning platforms world-wide.
Having been in all sides of the spectrum; as a student, a teacher/trainer, and in the field, I believe this uniquely qualifies me to understand the student, and what they have been exposed to as opposed to what they really want to accomplish. These two are sometimes extremely conflicting and frustrating. That is why I teach in the manner I do and can relate to the student's rejection of the Status Quo.
I have taught corporate employees at MetroPCS (now T-Mobil) and have also taught IT professionals of companies like The Florida Marlins, Hospital personnel & Attorney's firms, among others, to guide them in acquiring their CCNA certification and/or their Microsoft certifications; like the MOS (Microsoft Office Specialist). YES!...I am also an applications instructor and also teach Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access.
I teach in an unconventional way that allows for students to understand the subject matter and can therefore, not only prepare them for a Cisco and/or Microsoft certification exam, but apply my methods in the real world. I strive to give the student a greater opportunity to compete in the current job markets. Do I go above and beyond what is needed for a certification?...YES, I do!...because it's not only about getting a certification, it's also about making sure the student is prepared for a job interview and/or maintaining their current job by enhancing their skills. This is where I step in and make sure that the student is prepared for whatever they need and make them an asset to their employer. Everyone has different requirements and I make sure, or at least I try, to provide information for most scenarios.
My classes and/or courses are very simple and that's how I like to teach. I truly believe in "KISS",,,NO, I don't want to kiss you, what this means "keep it simple stupid" - If things are kept simple, easy and explained in a way that the student can grasp quickly and retain the information...then I have achieved my goal!
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Network Engineer, Cisco & Microsoft Instructor
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