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This Cisco video training course with Jeremy Cioara and Keith Barker focuses on the topics listed in the “Layer 2 Technologies” section of Cisco’s blueprint for the CCIE Routing and Switching v5 exam and lab. This is the second of six CCIE courses from CBT Nuggets....
This Cisco video training course with Jeremy Cioara and Keith Barker focuses on the topics listed in the “Layer 2 Technologies” section of Cisco’s blueprint for the CCIE Routing and Switching v5 exam and lab. This is the second of six CCIE courses from CBT Nuggets.

The Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert, or CCIE, is a technical certification offered by Cisco Systems. The CCIE certifies the skills required of network engineers to plan, operate and troubleshoot complex, converged network infrastructures on a wide variety of Cisco equipment. The CCIE certification is one of the most prestigious networking certifications in the industry. This course is the second of six courses that make up the entire curriculum. The six-course series follows the official blueprint.

Note: The exam associated with this course was retired July 25, 2016. However, this course still retains value as a training resource.

Recommended Experience
  • Although not required, it is recommended that a person preparing for the CCIE in Routing and Switching already have the skills and knowledge addressed in the Cisco CCNA and CCNP for Routing and Switching.
  • CCIE RS All-in-One: 1.0 Network Principles
  • Knowledge of using GNS3 will be helpful for individuals who plan on creating a virtualized network for practice.
Recommended Equipment
  • GNS3 or physical routers, and physical switches that support the features demonstrated in the videos.
Related Certifications
  • CCIE Routing and Switching, v5
Related Job Functions
  • Plan, operate and troubleshoot complex network infrastructures
Keith Barker has been a CBT Nuggets trainer since 2012 and holds a variety of networking and security certifications, including CCIE R&S, CCIE Security, (ISC)2 CISSP, Palo Alto CNSE, and Check Point CCSA.

Jeremy Cioara has been a CBT Nuggets trainer since 2003 and holds a variety of Cisco certifications, including CCNA, CCDA, CCNA Security, CCNA Voice, CCNP, CCSP, CCVP, CCDP, and CCIE R&S.
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1. Welcome! (5 min)
2. Implement and Troubleshoot Switch Administration (9 min)
3. Implement and Troubleshoot Layer 2 Protocols (23 min)
4. Implement and Troubleshoot VLANs (21 min)
5. Trunking: Implement and Troubleshoot (38 min)
6. Etherchannel: Implement and Troubleshoot (29 min)
7. Spanning Tree: Implement and Troubleshoot (55 min)
8. Chassis Virtualization & Aggregation (8 min)
9. Spanning Tree: Describe Spanning-Tree Concepts (34 min)
10. SPAN, RSPAN, and ERSPAN (15 min)
11. IGMP: Implement and Troubleshoot (26 min)
12. Implement and Troubleshoot HDLC (5 min)
13. Implementing and Troubleshooting PPP (25 min)
14. WAN Rate-limited Ethernet (9 min)



Hello, my name is Keith Barker with CBT Nugget. And on behalf of the entire CBT Nuggets family and my good friend and co-host of this course Mr. Jeremy Cioara, we'd like to welcome you to the CCIE Route Switch Version 5 all-in-one Course number 2. Let's begin.


One of the beautiful things about the CCIE is that they're very clear about the details they want us to be prepared for as CCIE candidates. So from their blueprint in the Layer 2 technology section, here's a high level overview of the topics that Cisco is expecting a CCIE to be very competent with.


And fortunately in this course, which is Course number 2 of 6 in the CCIE Route Switch Version 5, we are going to be focusing on these topics directly from Cisco's blueprint. I also want to take a moment with you right now and share with you how you can get the absolute most out of this course.


You remember the story of the Tortoise and the Hare, where the rabbit actually starts out fast and runs, and then tires out, and stops, and sleeps. While the tortoise, just plodding along, slow and steady, wins. And the tortoise's secret is that he is consistent.


And it really doesn't matter if he's fast or slow, but the fact that he's continually moving in the direction of his goals, at a very steady, and predictable pace. So as you my friend think about your CCIE journey, I want you to think about pace as you prepare for that CCIE.


And as you think about pace, I'd like you use this as mnemonic to remember practice. And regarding practice, here's what I would encourage you to do-- I what have you practice every single thing that we do together in these videos, I would encourage you to practice those on your own, so that can be comfortable with the implementation, verification, and troubleshooting of that technology.


The second letter is A. And then when you see A, I would like you to think allow. And I'd like you to allow yourself to win or to succeed. And there's a lot that goes into that for example, we need to make sure we have enough sleep. It's scientifically proven, people who get enough sleep are going to actually do better in their studies and retention.


They'll also perform better. Even make sure you eat properly and make sure you keep hydrated. It's also going to assist you and help you if you do some proper exercise, to assist you in keeping your mind and your body active and able to do those things that are important for you to do.


The allow yourself to win also applies to attitude. And having a positive attitude will also assist you in getting those things that you want. For example, when I got my first CCIE I was really happy, that's definitely true. But I also realized based on what I had learned in preparation for my CCIE, there was a whole other world of information that I knew nothing about.


And so the secret is to be prepared to always learn and always improve. Because the reality is, things do change over time. But if we're consistently moving in the right direction, we're consistently learning and growing, we'll do a lot better job in keeping up with that new technology as it comes along.


Compared to somebody else who's saying, oops, I know this much, I don't want to know anymore. That person, unfortunately, is a little bit doomed. But not us, we're going to consistently move forward as we move towards our CCIE. And then after we get our CCIE, we're going to keep moving forward to our next goal.


Now, the C in our pace mnemonic is create time. Now, how do you create time? Well, we're all given exactly the same amount of time. But what I want you to think of when you see create time, is we need to dedicate specifics slots of time to study. For example, when I got my first CCIE I had four young children and I had a full time job, and it was very, very busy.


And so what we did as a family is we scheduled time and said, OK three or four days a week dad's going to carve out four hours on each of those days, and he's going to study. And that's what I did. And with about eight months of preparation, I went in and took my exam.


And was very, very fortunate that I was able to pass that first time for the Route Switch. But it wouldn't have happened if I had not created or carved out that time for meaningful and effective study. And then the E in our pace mnemonic is enjoy the journey.


And I'm here to share with you that there is a happy balance between work and study and family life and friends. And although we are carving out a significant amount of time for study, we are also going to want to make time for our friends and family, and those people who are important to us, because we are going to need their support and it's very likely they are going to need our love and support as well.


And as we move towards our goals, there's really not a good reason to not enjoy that process, that journey. So as long as we know we're moving in the right direction and we're making progress, we can enjoy those little successes, daily. As we study a topic, we get better at that topic, and then move onto the next technology.


And a great way to see your weekly progress is to keep notes about what you're studying. And what you're going to start finding out is that something that you weren't good at for example, a month or two ago, now you're very, very comfortable with. And in the future as you study it and review that topic again, you'll get stronger and stronger, and more competent on that topic.


And there's a snowball effect that can happen as well. Where you're comfortable with so many technologies and you start to see patterns regarding how they operate and how they interact, you can apply your knowledge from previous technologies to the new ones.


So we're going to keep this intro really short so you can get right into the content. Hey, my name is Keith Barker. This is Jeremy Cioara. And the next video in this course is the Implementing and Troubleshooting Switch Administration. And that's presented by my good friend Mr. Jeremy Cioara.


So on behalf of Jeremy and myself, Keith Barker, we hope this has been informative for you. And we'd like to thank you for viewing.

Implement and Troubleshoot Switch Administration

Implement and Troubleshoot Layer 2 Protocols

Implement and Troubleshoot VLANs

Trunking: Implement and Troubleshoot

Etherchannel: Implement and Troubleshoot

Spanning Tree: Implement and Troubleshoot

Chassis Virtualization & Aggregation

Spanning Tree: Describe Spanning-Tree Concepts


IGMP: Implement and Troubleshoot

Implement and Troubleshoot HDLC

Implementing and Troubleshooting PPP

WAN Rate-limited Ethernet

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Keith Barker
Nugget trainer since 2012
Jeremy Cioara
Nugget trainer since 2003