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This Cisco video training with Jeremy Cioara aims to provide real-world networking knowledge and skills, and covers topics such as VLANs, layer 2 technology, routing, different networking phases, and more....
This Cisco video training with Jeremy Cioara aims to provide real-world networking knowledge and skills, and covers topics such as VLANs, layer 2 technology, routing, different networking phases, and more.

Related area of expertise:
  • Cisco networking level 1

Certification is valuable, but so are real-world skills, and this user-driven course has the "real-world" skills covered.
The Cisco CCNA certification can open more doors in your career field than you ever thought possible. The CCNA certification teaches you the "nuts and bolts" of Cisco devices, the Cisco IOS, and big picture network concept... but is there more to it than just the CCNA? Absolutely. This has been the driving force behind this one-of-a-kind course. Cisco CCNA Labs: Cisco for the Real World teaches you everything that you need to know that may or may not have been directly certification related. It's just not possible to write exam questions that covers these types of concepts!

So join us in this student-driven, real-world journey through Cisco networking technology, building a network from the ground up!

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1. CCNA Labs: Introduction (15 min)
2. Phase 1: Identifying Requirements, Assembling the Network (39 min)
3. Phase 1: Identifying Requirements, Assembling the Network, Part 2 (75 min)
4. Physical: Rack-and-Stack (43 min)
5. Logical: VLANs and Spanning-Tree (48 min)
6. Logical: VLANs and Spanning-Tree, Part 2 (27 min)
7. Phase 2: Layer 2 Configuration, Part 1 (41 min)
8. Phase 2: Layer 2 Configuration, Part 2 (25 min)
9. Phase 2: Layer 2 Configuration, Part 3 (58 min)
10. Phase 2: Layer 2 Configuration, Part 4 (47 min)
11. Phase 2 Bonus: Converting to a Router on a Stick (22 min)
12. Routing: Internet Connectivity (20 min)
13. Routing: Internet Connectivity, Part 2 (31 min)
14. Routing: Virtual Private Networks (33 min)
15. Phase 3: Configuring the Internet Connection and VPN Tunnel (30 min)
16. Phase 3: Configuring the Internet Connection and VPN Tunnel, Part 2 (42 min)
17. Phase 3: Configuring the Internet Connection and VPN Tunnel, Part 3 (70 min)
18. Phase 4: Configuring Routing using OSPF (43 min)
19. Phase 4: Configuring Routing using OSPF, Part 2 (30 min)
20. Phase 5: Configuring Routing using EIGRP (46 min)
21. Phase 6: Configuring DHCP Services and Security (31 min)
22. Phase 6: Configuring DHCP Services and Security, Part 2 (47 min)
23. Bonus: Configuring WIFI with VLANs (17 min)

CCNA Labs: Introduction


Welcome to CCNA labs, CISCO for the real world. My name is Jeremy Cioara, and I'll be hanging out with you throughout this series, which is actually already done. It's kind of weird but I always record the very first opening nugget as the final piece of the series, because I really want to have a good idea of what's in it. The series that I create are kinda fluid, so we kind of add things as we need to and so on. So that's the perspective that I'm coming from. And I want to just give you a few things to think about as you jump into this series because I think it'll really set your mind set in there in the right way to take in this series. First thing I want to do is talk about the purpose. I mean, you might have seen on CBTNugget's website there's already ICND1 and ICND2 which is the series that map to the CCNA exam objectives it's the best way to prepare for the CCNA exam. So you might say, well why have another CCNA series? Well, a couple reasons, and I'll give them to you in my priority. When I was creating this series this series actually came to me as an idea. I was talking with a friend who was getting in to CISCO and he and I were just kind of chatting, while I was working in the middle of stuff and he was like, yeah, I can't I'm almost there, I'm ready to take the exam, I've got it scheduled, and I was like, well I said, do you want some practice? He goes, yeah, sure. And I said well I'll tell you what, I've got a client I'm going to be installing a firewall at his site, it wasn't a CISCO firewall, granted, to give you know, cut him some slack. But it was a Sonic wall, they had decided to go with Sonic wall as the firewall like it's brand new in the box, a little TZ210 over there, but once you grab that out I was like, here's the public IP, here's the private IP. Just set that up and make it do GNAT, you know, just set that up and I started working on some other stuff. And about 10 minutes in he is like, uh, Jeremy, I'm stuck and oh well let me look. He had actually got into the firewall, you know, how to default IP and by the way, if you haven't played with Sonic wall firewalls before, they're very - I don't want to say very easy, but they're just web-based administration you know, kind of point, click, click, click, click, click, and you'd gotten into the web interface and he was just like, I don't know what do. Long story short, eventually I found out you know, just - there was just a lot of key pieces. Like, my friend knew it all in his head, like he had studied CCNA, he had read the books, he had even gone through a lot of the CBTNuggets videos on CCNA. So it's it was is in his head, but there was like this link that was missing, you know, between it's - you know, like a doctor who reads a book but has never really touched a scalpel, and you know, and you're his first patient. You don't want to be there. So that's kind of the perspective that I came from and I was like, what's missing. And I was just thinking there's got be a link that can give people that bridge between the concept and the real world. And the only thing that could come to my mind is just apprenticeship. That to me is really what education should all be about, is almost like an apprenticeship to where the best way to learn is not just to, you know, go at it with Google and try and find the answer yourself. Oh man, for instance, I was just - I've been trying to get into the Linux world and really learn Linux, you know, how to script with PHP and all that kind of stuff. And for years I just always would start on it and I'd just bored or just - I just couldn't get there. There was just something that was missing. And I sat with a guy, a friend of mine named Kurt, for about four hours. And he's just a stud on PHP and Linux and I'm just, I'm watching him and just taking notes and I'm just like, don't slow down for me, just do your stuff, you know. I just want to watch and I'll ask questions.


And I was just watching him and I was like, okay, what did you do what did you do? And I'm telling you after about four hours of sitting with that guy I'm like, I want to learn PHP and I can, I know exactly what I need to do to get started. So that was, I would say, the primary reason I created this series is coming out of that, I was like, I want to be able to a series that gives that apprenticeship sort of feel to where it's not just, you know, me talking about concepts and then being like, oh yeah, here's how you configure OSPF and all that.


I want to create a series with a group of scenarios that are lab-based, that's very real world, that I can walk through and kind of show somebody how to do what I'm doing. So that was the primary. The secondary that I thought with this is now with GNS3 that I'm going to talk about, creating labs for CISCO is a reality. And I wanted to be able to give you guys a whole bunch of hands on, to where I could just create the lab scenarios, I could create the labs, because again it's one thing to tell somebody, oh yeah, you can study CISCO with GNS3 and they, you know, number one have to figure that out and how to set that up. But number two, I mean when you - it's like, you know, when you first got into CISCO, if you've been in CISCO for a little bit, think back to studying You might have bought a couple routers off of eBay, and you get them in the mail and you get them there on your desk and you're like, okay.


What do I do now? You know, and it's the same thing with GNS3 It's a way cool emulation environment, but it's kind of like a lot of people get it running and then they go, uh, okay. Well, looks like I got a router emulator. Got your standard router emulator. I mean, it's kind of like, what do you do now? So I really wanted to give a framework for how to use and how to study. You know, and just some practical labs. So, so that's the main purpose for this series. Now about halfway through preparing my outline and just kind of thoughts for this, I suddenly had this idea of, now, you know, this would be very cool - and by the way, let me add in a third purpose which is very short, but it actually had a lot to do with why this series is here. Somebody asked me about a book. They go, hey, have you ever read a book called Network Warrior? And I was like, no, but it sounds cool.


Just with that name I want to go read that book. And her goes you've got to check it out. So I did. I got this book called Network Warrior. This is it off of Amazon. And I know the hey, let me blow this up. Network Warrior, it says everything you need to know that wasn't on the CCNA exam. I was like, eh, an appropriate title. So I started looking at it and I was like, what an amazing book. It - I mean, it goes through, it's so real world, not just like oh here's a router here's the host name and things like that of course that's in there but like, you know, I think it's in the politics, it gets into how not to be a jerk when you're an IT guy. I mean, it's just such a good book and I was like, man, that would be awesome to be all that to do a series that really wasn't just prohibited by the scope of the CCNA exam. You know, for instance, something you'll run into all the time in the real world is documentation.


There's not a bit of documentation on the CCNA exam. Or what is the best practice to do documentation, or how to approach troubleshooting and all those kind of things just like - those are total real world, which is why I named this CCNA Labs: CISCO for the real world. But it's not something you'd find on the exam. So I wanted to be unshackled from exam objectives. Now I'll say that loosely because of course there's so much. I mean, you can see how much training there is on CBTNuggets of the CISCO world and the network world. So there's tons of stuff that you could learn, but I really wanted to scope this say, these are just the things that you'll need for the real world. So now take that, and let me bring that into the user guided side of things. When I was brainstorming this, I was, you know, kind of loosely basing it around some of the Network Warrior concepts that he was doing of just, let's go beyond the CCNA. And I thought to myself, who am I to say that I know everything that people are going to run into in the real world? I mean, I do consulting all the time.


I have my own technical company called Easy IT where we do, you know, it's essentially an outsource IT department for small businesses. And it's like, so I have a lot of real world experience but I mean, there's stuff that I don't encounter that people deal with every day. So I talked to Dan, the owner of CBTNuggets, and I was like, what if we do this. What if we do kind of an experiment with a user guided series, which I said, let's post this to the CBTNuggets blog the the CBTNuggets Facebook page. I want to get people's guidance to go to, to turn to you and the people all around you and say, what do you run into in the real world? What if you have a CCNA, what did - what nailed you that you weren't prepared for even with your CCNA, because that's what I want to add to the series. So throughout this whole series, there was a feedback forum open and you're going to hear me throughout the series refer to, you know, XYZ person said this and they said that and they said this. So there was just a lot of guidance from the whole community to put the series together, which actually worked really well. There's a lot of topics I never would have added. For instance, I added in site to site VPNs.


As a matter of fact, that became a major link to connect our offices in this in series. So a lot of that was just from the user community. That's my little coffee cup there, the mad scientist at work. I'm just trying this great experiment and I think it went really well. So now let me hit these last few things.


Number one, the CCNA Labs, this whole series is based around the GNS3 lab engine. If you haven't heard of GNS3, go to gns3.net and it is actually a free CISCO emulation tool, allowing you to emulate CISCO devices. A lot of people say simulate, but that's actually not what it is. It's an emulation because it's the real CISCO IOS that it uses. So let me show you. This is our topology that we're going to be using. Now this is the final topology by the time this series was said and done, but the goal of this series is we're actually building a branch office called the Nugget labs branch office. And we kind of build this thing out throughout this, you'll see it build as we go. But this is the topology in GNS3 and I'm going to provide all the files that you need to import this topology into a GNS3 environment so you can work through the labs themselves, and I'll provide all the labs and all that. But I realize that GNS3 may be new to you. So, what I will suggest is that you go check out GNS - is gns3.net and again, it's free. It's actually written by guy named Jeremy, appropriate. But not me. He actually is in France and if you click on documentation, I didn't even know this until I started this series, but they put a link in here to a video that I did some time ago explaining how to use GNS3. The reason I'm going this route instead of through the CBTNuggets site is because it's linked right here and CBTNuggets in all of their graciousness made it free, to where - I'm hearing myself.


But this, so this is a completely free, I'll call it bonus nugget that you'll get to go through GNS3 explains the setup of it, things that you might run into, things to watch out for, you know, all that kind of stuff that is how to work GNS3. So if you haven't had any experience, I would -- I should say with GNS3, I would commend that to you to go check out the GNS3 nugget and work through that. So last thing I want to talk about and then I'll launch you into it, is my recommendations for the series.


Now that I'm at the end of this series, actually I would say they've changed since my original vision. This series is really a combination of labs that I'm walking through. In the beginning I'll say you'll want to just watch probably watch the nuggets just like you do any other CBTNuggets series.


series. You might get a little a little ahead of it by saying okay, this is what I would do. But really the opening of the CCNA lab series is about documentation. It's about going through making sure you've got all of your I's dotted, your T's crossed, you've talked with management, you've gone to the meetings, you're doing a design for the network. That's one thing I did add, is how do you design the network? how do you buy the equipment? Where do you -- you know. It answers all those kind of questions. So I would say those are, those are just kind of, hit those right on, the kind of design framework for this series. From there, it's going to get into the configuration and you'll know it, you'll see that the titles will change from kind of documentation into phase 2, phase 3, phase 4, to where I'm going through and implementing this branch office network in a phased approach. Let's, you know, first off cable the infrastructure.


Let's then get into the switch configuration, set up the VLAN, set up the layer 3 switching, you know all of those kind of things I'm gonna go through. Now when you're getting into those phases, I'm gonna to be giving you the labs themselves for you to use in GNS3.


So I would recommend, if you're feeling like I'm a CISCO stud, I'm going to go at it, I'm just preparing for the exam, I'm ready to go I would say go at those labs without watching the nuggets, without watching me walk through them. Because that's really what the majority of this series is, is me taking a lab, reading through it and then walking through not only the thought process and some explanation, I give kind of like an overview of the concept.


For instance, if I'm setting up OSPF, I'll give an overview of OSPF, you know, some of the intricacies before I configure it. But really, that's what the series is. It's just a series of lab walkthroughs. Think of me as your answer key. So if you're at the point where you like, I'm ready to take the exam, let me test my skills, then go at it, you know, do the exam - do the labs and then watch the videos based on I want to find out what the answer is, or Jeremy's explanation on how to get to the answer.


Now, if you're new into the CISCO world, and maybe you don't feel super confidence, then I would just say, watch the series. Don't even worry about doing GNS3 yet unless you're feeling like you really want to. Maybe watch phase 2, for example, which is the implementation of the switch network, and then stop right there and then try it yourself. Get that hands-on, because there's enough in these labs that you're not going to remember just by watching what I did, you're not going to remember all the solutions.


So you know, jog your own memory. See if you can figure it out. And I've got to emphasize that so much. See if you can figure it out. If you get stuck, rather than just going to the answer key, because I provide a little answer key with each one, and figuring out what command it is, Google it. I mean, treat yourself like a real world engineer and do what we all do - run to Google and type in, I can't set up the VLAN, or what is a VLAN. And you know start learning those concepts because that really is a way the gain a lot of experience. So that's my recommendations based on, you know, again, the position that you're coming from.


As you get into this series. So I think that's everything that I had. I wish you luck and I really hope you enjoyed this series. I hope this has been informative for you, and I'd like to thank you for viewing.

Phase 1: Identifying Requirements, Assembling the Network

Phase 1: Identifying Requirements, Assembling the Network, Part 2

Physical: Rack-and-Stack

Logical: VLANs and Spanning-Tree

Logical: VLANs and Spanning-Tree, Part 2

Phase 2: Layer 2 Configuration, Part 1

Phase 2: Layer 2 Configuration, Part 2

Phase 2: Layer 2 Configuration, Part 3

Phase 2: Layer 2 Configuration, Part 4

Phase 2 Bonus: Converting to a Router on a Stick

Routing: Internet Connectivity

Routing: Internet Connectivity, Part 2

Routing: Virtual Private Networks

Phase 3: Configuring the Internet Connection and VPN Tunnel

Phase 3: Configuring the Internet Connection and VPN Tunnel, Part 2

Phase 3: Configuring the Internet Connection and VPN Tunnel, Part 3

Phase 4: Configuring Routing using OSPF

Phase 4: Configuring Routing using OSPF, Part 2

Phase 5: Configuring Routing using EIGRP

Phase 6: Configuring DHCP Services and Security

Phase 6: Configuring DHCP Services and Security, Part 2

Bonus: Configuring WIFI with VLANs

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