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This Professional Course represents the “real world” of network design and implementation, allowing you to build a network from the ground up by applying proper design strategies in planning (PMP), layer 2 (switching), wireless, firewall, monitoring, and diagramming....
This Professional Course represents the “real world” of network design and implementation, allowing you to build a network from the ground up by applying proper design strategies in planning (PMP), layer 2 (switching), wireless, firewall, monitoring, and diagramming.

Related areas of expertise:
  • Networking Level 2

Recommended skills:
  • Understanding of core network topics (switching, static routing, IP addressing)
  • Understanding of IP subnetting
  • Understanding of Virtual LANs (VLANs)

Recommended equipment:
  • Cisco Small Business Switch (SG300, SG500)
  • Ubiquiti UAP-LR
  • Sonicwall TZ105
  • VMware Workstation, VirtualBox, or equivalent virtualization software

Related certifications:
  • N/A

Related job functions:
  • Network technician
  • Network engineer
  • Network architecthttps://www.cbtnuggets.com/design

The CBT Nuggets Professional Course: Building a Network Design that Works is the first-of-its-kind, deep-dive into real-world network design and implementation! Rather than focusing on a specific vendor technology, this professional course takes an entirely hands-on approach to get the job done the right way, giving you exactly what you need and nothing more, on a variety of network technologies. This professional course guides you through the major pillars of network technology: Switching, Firewall, Wireless, Network Monitoring, and Network Diagramming (using Microsoft Visio). Each of the sections are designed as independent “modules,” allowing you to pick exactly the topics you need for your specific situation.

Are you planning to take on a network implantation but don’t have the time or desire to focus on obtaining certification? Then this course is for you!
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1. Understanding CBT Nuggets' Pro Course: Building a Network Design that Works (7 min)
2. Building a Fan Club: Setting Expectations (9 min)
3. PMP in 10 Minutes: Create the Plan (21 min)
4. Cabling: Build a Reputation (22 min)
5. Switching: Core Design (23 min)
6. Switching: VLAN Design (18 min)
7. Switching: STP Design (18 min)
8. At the Core: The Subnetting You'll Need (22 min)
9. At the Core: Features You Can't Forget (11 min)
10. Hands On: Layer 3 Switch Configuration (29 min)
11. Edge: Edge Network Design (23 min)
12. Monitoring: SNMP Crash Course (20 min)
13. Monitoring: Configuring Network and Server Monitoring (22 min)
14. Wireless: WAPs and Placement (27 min)
15. Wireless: Controller and WAP Configuration (24 min)
16. Diagramming: Becoming a Visio Ninja (19 min)

Understanding CBT Nuggets' Pro Course: Building a Network Design that Works


Hello, my name is Jeremy Cioara. And I'd like to welcome you to the first professional series that we've done here at CBT Nuggets called Building a Network Design that Works. Before we get started-- which I'm really excited to do-- I want to talk about why this series is here, what is the point of this series, as well as some of the material that we're going to cover in this.


As some of you may or may not know, I have been a Cisco trainer with CBT Nuggets for 11 years now, as well as having about 20 years of total training experience in my past. Well, about 10 years ago-- I feel like I am putting together a math problem. It's not meant to be that way-- 10 years ago or so, I started getting into the consulting world, doing this on the side, starting with some friends of mine, to some students, to some businesses, to regular clients who were referred to-- now a pretty large client base that I support.


And I started finding that there were environments that I was really comfortable in and environments that I was not too comfortable in at all. Now, this may sound counterintuitive, but the environments that I really was good at was the environments of crisis, where someone's calling, and they're like, the network's down.


Please save us. We'll pay anything. One of those situations, where I have the opportunity to come out, find the problem, fix it, be the hero of the day. What an adrenaline rush. I love those. I love those environments. The ones that I wasn't so good at, and it wasn't so comfortable at, was the, everything's working OK.


I think. Or is it? Jeremy, is this the best way to do this? I hated that question. I'm like, well, it's working, right? They're like, yeah, it's working. I'm like, well you could upgrade those 100 meg to gig, I bet you that would help. And I started getting into these uncomfortable conversations, where I'm like, looks like you've got a non-Cisco device over there.


Yeah, you don't want that. And it just wasn't-- I didn't feel good in there. And I started realizing, certification training is awesome. It infuses you with technologies to where you have all this-- it's like, I just envision like one of those X-men comic book heroes, where your electricity is shooting out of your hand and going hahaha.


You have all this technology, but you don't know how to use it. You're like, I want to build this private cloud, but I know I can make this work, but is that really the best way. Not to mention that not everybody uses all the technology and certification training on a day-to-day basis.


Not everybody does BGP or Unidirectional Link Detection or implements IPS security through their environment. So I come to the point of this. What is this series all about? I wanted to take essentially 20 years of certification training and combine it with 10 years of real world-- this is what you really need-- and create a series that speaks to the common man, meaning somebody that maybe does networking on the side.


Your primary focus is keeping the server running, and maybe you've got this network, and you think you're doing it the right way, but you're not sure. Or maybe you do networks all the time, and you get the same uncomfortable question like, is this the right way to do it?


And you're like, Yeah, I think so. That's what this series is all about. You can see my objectives. Number one, provide a template design for the common man. I see so many network environments where people go to a certification training, and they come back, and they look at it, and they're like, oh, we could implement a management VLAN.


Yeah, that'll be great. I bet you we can implement a new wireless controller. That would be great. It's like they look at their network, and they start taking these technologies snippets that they were infused with in the certification training, and they're like, oh, let's add it here.


Let's add here. Rather than looking at the network as a whole, and saying, this needs to be redone. Let's redo this whole design with a common template that works well. I want to talk about the features that you really need. Like I said, not everybody needs all these BGP, Unidirectional Link Detec-- These are just the ones that pop into my head.


Not everybody needs that, but there are some common features that just about everybody needs in their environment. We're going to talk about them here. Finally, I want to open your eyes to tremendously valuable additions. What do I mean by that? I mean that certification training-- Cisco, of course being my focus-- focuses on Cisco.


When it starts going outside of the Cisco world, it's like, well, that's not really what we do, so we're not going to train you on it, for example, monitoring-- monitoring a network. Cisco does not create good network monitoring software. I know some of you may be going, well, they kind of do.


No, they don't. They don't really train on it. They don't really say, well, this is the right or the best way to do-- or here's how you do monitoring in a network environment or going outside the realm of just Cisco. There are other vendors-- I know, gasp-- in the world who create network equipment that is pretty darn good.


So I want to take all these elements and put them into one place. So here's what you can expect to see covered in this series. First and foremost, planning. When I got into the consulting world, I knew there was this thing called PMP certification, but who takes that?


Smart people, that's who takes that. Because I found spontaneity, while it works well in some environments, not good for rolling out a network infrastructure. I can't tell you how many times I have been run over by a bus, because I failed to communicate, or I thought I could just do this really quick and nobody would notice.


Oh my goodness, so that's the first thing we're going to talk about. Then, we build the infrastructure from the core up, starting with the switches. How do you design the switches, what's the best way to connect them all together, and to how do you design VLANs?


Where does spanning tree fit into this? And then connecting the network edge, the firewall, the router that connects you up to the internet. What's the best way to design that? Where do you put them? Then, adding monitoring to it. How do you make sure that your network environment is running and running well all the time?


Wireless, one of the key elements of a network environment. How do you do a site survey? It's one of the things I found myself at companies where they're like, well, where do we put these things? And just saying, well, how about that, or over there? It doesn't work well.


You've got to have a method to your madness. So I'll talk about doing a wireless site survey. I'll even go through setting up controllers and-- I know it's a design series, but I had to throw some practical elements in it. I did so when we did the monitoring and the wireless.


And then finally, diagramming. Something that, again, is not covered in certification courses at all, how do you create a network diagram? A good one, quickly. Not spending hours and hours and hours of time trying to figure out why this line keeps connecting to that line automatically.


And getting so frustrated, you finally just throw the whole thing out the window. Anyway, I'm excited, because I've really poured a lot into this series in terms of stuff that you encounter every single day in the network world and may have the thought, certification didn't really answer that question.


That's why this series is here. So with that introduction, I launch you into Building a Network Design that Works. I hope this has been informative for you, and I'd like to thank you for viewing.

Building a Fan Club: Setting Expectations

PMP in 10 Minutes: Create the Plan

Cabling: Build a Reputation

Switching: Core Design

Switching: VLAN Design

Switching: STP Design

At the Core: The Subnetting You'll Need

At the Core: Features You Can't Forget

Hands On: Layer 3 Switch Configuration

Edge: Edge Network Design

Monitoring: SNMP Crash Course

Monitoring: Configuring Network and Server Monitoring

Wireless: WAPs and Placement

Wireless: Controller and WAP Configuration

Diagramming: Becoming a Visio Ninja

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Jeremy Cioara
Nugget trainer since 2003