Networking Essentials
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Networking Essentials

Gain the essential knowledge and skills required to configure, troubleshoot, manage and protect a data network.
3.8 (11 ratings)
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Last updated 3/2015
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  • 8 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Confidently get started on their career (or hobby) in Networking.
  • Understand Protocols, in particular, TCP/IP.
  • Work with name-resolution and IP address allocation.
  • Work with Active Directory.
  • Effectively Troubleshoot various issues.
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Requirements
  • The Students should have some basic knowledge about the most important concepts of networking (e.g., protocols, Active Directory and troubleshooting).
Description

This Networking Essentials course provides an introduction to the computer hardware and software skills needed to help meet the growing demand for entry-level information and communication technology (ICT) professionals.

The curriculum covers the fundamentals of computer hardware and software as well as advanced concepts such as security and networking.

In this course you, along with the instructor, will take a look at the following in depth:

  • Protocols and the magic of protocols, in particular, TCP/IP.
  • Working with name-resolution.
  • IP address allocation.
  • Active Directory.
  • Troubleshooting.

Our instructor will make networking concepts easy to understand. His presentation style is easy to follow and your knowledge can be validated with our quizzes at the end of each lesson.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is meant for those looking to get started with complexities of Networking.
  • This course may not be for those who are already Networking Professionals.
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Curriculum For This Course
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Course Introduction
1 Lecture 01:08
A short overview of what will be presented in this course.
Preview 01:08
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Lesson One - Network Basics
12 Lectures 23:42

A brief introduction of what will be covered in this lesson.

Preview 00:42

Today network structures can range from very simplistic through to something that is very, very complex. Let's take the first steps.
Preview 01:19

Let's dig a little bit deeper under the surface and have a look at "Why use a network"?
Preview 00:30

Within networks, there are many services and components that connect it all together.
Networking Components and Services
02:32

Within networks, there are many services and components that connect it all together.
Networking Terminology Topologies
02:16

Let's demystify some of the jargon that you have to become familiar with, regarding modern networks.
Networking Terminology Access / Communication Methods
01:04

The seven layer OSI model rationalizes how data travels across the network.

OSI Model
03:26

Let's take a look at the four layers in the TCP/IP protocol stack.

TCP/IP Stack
02:26

Learn how the TCP/IP Protocol and the OSI model relate to each other.
OSI Model and TCP/IP Model
02:19

Protocols are where we get the magic and the mysticism happening within networks.

Introducing Protocols
00:47

On a network, data has to move between computers. We do this using addressing or IP addressing which is referred to as routing.
Addressing and Routing
05:35

An end of lesson summary of what was covered in this lesson.

Network Basics - Summary
00:46

Network Basics - Quiz
5 questions
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Lesson Two - Elements of a Network
9 Lectures 22:10
A brief introduction of what will be covered in this lesson.
Preview 00:35

A Local Area Network, or a LAN, consists of a well-connected group of computers. But how are these connections actually created for us?
LAN Technologies / Devices / Protocols
00:46

What is an internetwork connectivity device?

Introducing Hubs, Switches and Routers
07:43

Every network card in existence has a unique property. This property is a media access code, or MAC address.

What is a MAC Address?
02:56

For data to be transported across an Ethernet network, it needs to be assembled into an Ethernet frame.

Ethernet Frames
03:18

Ethernet cables are used to connect network cards within computers to other network devices.
Ethernet Cables
01:40

In this video you will learn about the network operating systems.

Network Operating Systems Introduction
00:45

A Network Operating System allows us to connect to resources over a network on devices other than computers. Let's now take a look at how we can do that with Windows 7 and Windows XP.
Network Operating System Functions, Multi-User, Authentication and Sharing
03:47

An end of lesson summary of what was covered in this lesson.

Elements of a Network - Summary
00:40

Elements of a Network - Quiz
7 questions
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Lesson Three - TCP/IP Basics
19 Lectures 01:14:36

A brief introduction of what will be covered in this lesson.

Preview 00:39

Transmission Control Protocol, Internet Protocol or TCP/IP. It's not a single protocol. In fact, it's a suite of protocols that are arranged in a four layer stack.
TCP/IP Architecture
02:16

An IPv4 address has a defined structure. You'll see it broken down into four octets.
Description of IPv4 Address Structure
03:49

IPv4 is a “classful” addressing system and it's broken down into five classes of addresses.
IPv4 Address Classes
07:48

You will learn that some IP addresses are reserved addresses.

IPv4 Reserved Addresses
03:38

Learn how to set an IP address up on a computer system.
Setting a Static IP Address
07:56

Address Resolution Protocol, or ARP, is a broadcast based protocol that is responsible for resolving the IP address of a computer to its physical or MAC address.
Function of Address Resolution Protocol (ARP)
06:44

How does a computer system access resources on other networks, or indeed, how does a computer system find its way off of one network and to the Internet?

The Default Gateway
04:58

Why break large networks down into smaller subnetworks or subnets?

The Concept of Subnetworks
01:35

Computers use binary number format. What does that mean for our IP addresses?

IPv4 Address Decimal Binary Notation
05:54

We're running out of IP addresses because the standard classful IP addressing system is wasteful. What should we do?

Overview of CIDR
03:58

The available public IPv4 address space is limited and nearly exhausted. So, we need another solution. That solution is IP Version 6, or IPv6.

Introduction to IPv6
00:56

IPv6 offers sextillions of IP addresses, which is billions of IP addresses per square millimeter of the planet's surface.

IPv4 vs IPv6 Address Space
07:09

When we're working with an IPv6 network, there are three major types of IP addresses that we'll work with.

Types of IPv6 Address
02:54

Within IPv4, you have two transport protocols available.

Introduction to Transport Protocols
00:38

The Transmission Control Protocol is the TCP element of the TCP/IP protocol suite.

Transmission Control Protocol (TCP)
05:21

The User Datagram Protocol, or UDP, is the second transport protocol in the TCP/IP Suite.

User Datagram Protocol (UDP)
01:05

How can a computer system work out which applications it should be going to?
IP Ports
06:37

An end of lesson summary of what was covered in this lesson.

TCP/IP Basics - Summary
00:41

TCP/IP Basics - Quiz
7 questions
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Lesson Four - Commonly Used IP Network Protocols
19 Lectures 01:18:04

A brief introduction of what will be covered in this lesson.

Preview 00:57

The TCP/IP protocol is operating around a four-layer stack. An application layer, a transport layer, an Internet layer and a network interface layer. Learn what sits within these layers.

Review the TCP/IP Stack in Detail
05:54

You know that on an IP network, every machine must have an individual or unique IP address. Now, imagine that this network has got thousands of computers. How does the data find the correct one?

Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP)
10:09

The DHCP lease has an expiry time. So what happens when that lease is approaching its expiration date? What will the client do?

DHCP Lease Renewal / Refresh
03:17

You can switch to an IP address that is obtained automatically using either the GUI or using the command line.
Switch from Static IP to DHCP Assigned IP Address
05:51

What does DHCP use during the DORA process? The discover, offer, request and acknowledgement steps.
DHCP Relay Agent
04:14

If you've got 500 computers, does that mean that you have to go and buy 500 public IP addresses?

Introduction and Description of NAT
06:32

PAT, or Port Address Translation, is a more complex version of NAT, or Network Address Translation.
Introduction and Description of PAT
01:14

DNS or the Domain Name System is something that a network simply couldn't exist without today.

Introduction to DNS
01:17

DNS Name-Space Syntax is used to give us a fully qualified domain name.

DNS Name Space Syntax
01:02

Domain Name System, or DNS, is hosted by a DNS server.

What is a Domain Name System Server? (Name Server)
02:39

How is it, that our internal computer can actually resolve the name of an Internet-based web server?
How Internet DNS Names are Resolved
06:14

When we're working on a computer network, we use the names of those computers to actually establish communication sessions with them.

Internal Name Resolution Process on a Windows Computer
05:51

What happens if we have the IP address of a computer, and we need the name of that computer?

Introduce Reverse Lookup
03:14

There may be occasions where you need to interact with DNS on the client side, and the best way to do this is using command line utilities.
Introduce Client Side DNS Actions Using IPCONFIG
07:07

Learn how to use Telnet and FTP to your advantage.
Introducing TELNET and FTP
01:24

Telnet is a Terminal Emulation program, which allows you to actually open up a remote sessions on a computer system over the network and work as if you were logged on locally.

TELNET
02:34

FTP is a great quick and clean system for transferring files over a network.
File Transfer Protocol
07:50

An end of lesson summary of what was covered in this lesson.

Commonly Used IP Network Protocols - Summary
00:44

Commonly Used IP Network Protocols - Quiz
11 questions
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Lesson Five - Windows Networking Tools
9 Lectures 29:43
A brief introduction of what will be covered in this lesson.
Preview 00:43

A lot of the networking tools that we can work with, within Windows, are actually accessible through the command prompt, or the command-line interface.

Windows CLI Network Tools
00:27

Learn how to run Network Shell (netsh) from the command prompt.
Using Netsh
02:22

Learn how to us ipconfig to view the IP configuration of a system or ping to make sure that another machine is up, available, and responding on the network.
Basics of IPCONFIG and PING
07:08

Learn how to use traceroute, or tracert, for troubleshooting.

Tracert, Finding your Way Through the Network
04:12

Address Resolution Protocol is the protocol that's responsible for mapping a computer's IP address to a MAC address.

IP to MAC, Mapping Physical Address Resolution
07:07

Use netstat to display the current connections to a computer system, which computers those connections are coming from, which IP addresses they're using, and which ports they're connected to.
Using Netstat
02:39

Learn how to run NS lookup in interactive mode and non-interactive mode.

Using NSLookup
04:13

An end of lesson summary of what was covered in this lesson.

Windows Networking Tools - Summary
00:52

Windows Networking Tools - Quiz
13 questions
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Lesson Six - Windows Control Panel
16 Lectures 59:57
A brief introduction of what will be covered in this lesson.
Preview 01:38

Control Panel is your window through the system Registry within the Operating System.
Settings in Control Panel
02:44

Learn how you can use the Control Panel to manage network settings.

Network Settings in Control Panel
02:26

The firewall exists to protect our internal machines from any unauthorized traffic.

What is a Firewall
03:46

The host-based firewall in a Windows Operating System.
The Windows Firewall
00:26

The Windows Firewall comes with a whole suite of predefined rules. Learn how you can work with these rules.
Configure the Windows Firewall with Predefined Rules
03:25

Learn how you can put together a Windows Firewall rule using the GUI to enable access to the web server through the firewall.

Add Firewall Rule for Network Application using GUI
05:11

Learn how you can put together a Windows Firewall rule using the command line to enable access to the web server through the firewall.

Add Firewall Rule for Network Application using Netsh
06:05

Learn how you can use the Control Panel to view connected devices.

Viewing Connected Devices Using Control Panel
00:30

The Device Manager allows you to look at device drivers, versions, how devices are connected and how to enable or disable devices.

Introduction to Device Manager, Viewing Devices and Drivers
06:15

Learn to work with the Task Manager, and discover some of the Task Manager's hidden gems.
Introduction to Task Manager
09:42

Learn to manage printers and devices in the Control Panel.

Printer and Device Status in Control Panel
02:48

If an application stops, somebody logs on or connects that computer over the network, all of this information can be found within the Event Viewer.

Introduction to Event Viewer
06:54

In Windows 7, Event Viewer is being modified. Learn how to use the newest version.

Event Viewer Microsoft Service Logs
03:21

Learn how and why to clear an event log.

Event Viewer Saving and Clearing Event Logs
04:07

An end of lesson summary of what was covered in this lesson.

Windows Control Panel - Summary
00:39

Windows Control Panel - Quiz
12 questions
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Lesson Seven - Windows Practical Hands on Excersises
12 Lectures 58:27

A brief introduction of what will be covered in this lesson.

Preview 00:23

Learn how to use different options for creating local user accounts using the command line interface, or the graphic user interface.
Windows Local User Accounts
06:29

Learn how you can manage and troubleshoot user profiles.

Local User Profiles
08:47

Learn how to share-out data on a network.

Sharing and Mapping Folders Introduction
01:10

Learn different ways within Windows to share a folder and make the data in that folder available.

Creating Shared Folders
07:52

Learn how you can work with and configure shared folder permissions.

Shared Folder Permissions
04:56

NTFS permissions secure access to files and folders on a drive or a volume that's been formatted with NTFS.
NTFS Permissions
16:05

Learn how to combine NTFS and shared folder permissions.
Combining Share and NTFS Permissions
04:15

Learn other ways you access mapped network drives and access shared folders.

Connecting to Shares
03:18

Learn how you can install a network printer.

Installing a Network Printer
02:42

Learn how you connect to a network printer.
Connecting to a Network Printer
02:00

An end of lesson summary of what was covered in this lesson.

Windows Practical Hands on Excersises - Summary
00:30

Windows Practical Hands on Excersises - Quiz
13 questions
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Lesson Eight - Active Directory
13 Lectures 01:11:17

A brief introduction of what will be covered in this lesson.

Preview 00:40

Active Directory is a repository of information, and it has a defined structure to it.
What is Active Directory?
03:02

Time now to take a look at the functionality of an Active Directory Forest.

Functions of Domain and Forest in AD
01:58

Learn more about the fundamental building blocks that grant resource access within Active Directory.
Concepts of Users, Groups and OU's
04:04

Get familiar with the main Active Directory admin tools.

Main AD Admin Tools
06:56

Learn different ways of creating Active Directory users with either the command line, or using the graphic user tools.
Creating User Accounts in AD
07:37

Learn how to break down an Active Directory into smaller bite-size chunks for administration – into Organizational Units.

Creating OU's in AD
06:19

Within Active Directory we have two different types of groups and we have three different scopes of a group.

AD Group Types and Scopes
05:53

Learn how a Group Policy can be used to apply security settings.
Using Group Policy
13:10

Learn how you can bring file servers into the AD and manage file servers within Active Directory.

File Servers in AD
01:12

Learn an easy way to provide shared folder access.
File and Share Management in AD
10:40

A demonstration of monitoring tools, a computer in Active Directory booting, the user logging on, Group Policy being processed, and group memberships being enumerated.

AD, Logon, Group Policy and Group Membership in Operation
08:42

An end of lesson summary of what was covered in this lesson.

Active Directory - Summary
01:04

Active Directory - Quiz
12 questions
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Lesson Nine - Troubleshooting
9 Lectures 01:13:55

A brief introduction of what will be covered in this lesson.

Preview 00:32

Learn how to adopt a troubleshooting methodology.
Troubleshooting - Approaches and Methodology
03:06

Learn how you can troubleshoot network access.

Troubleshooting - Network Issues
00:45

Learn troubleshooting methodologies for client connectivity issues.

Troubleshooting - Client Connectivity
11:44

How can you trouble shoot name resolution issues?

Troubleshooting - Name Resolution Issues
10:32

Let's take a look and see how you can troubleshoot DHCP issues.

Troubleshooting - DHCP Issues
16:12

Troubleshoot boot issues.
Troubleshooting - Windows Boot Problems
12:52

How can you troubleshoot Group Policy issues?

Troubleshooting - AD GPO Issues
17:39

An end of lesson summary of what was covered in this lesson.
Troubleshooting - Summary
00:33

Troubleshooting - Quiz
11 questions
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