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Implementing Cisco IP Switched Networks

This Cisco CCNP SWITCH video training course with Jeremy Cioara covers the material needed for the 300-115 Cisco SWITCH exam with real-world experience and technical content packed together in one course....
This Cisco CCNP SWITCH video training course with Jeremy Cioara covers the material needed for the 300-115 Cisco SWITCH exam with real-world experience and technical content packed together in one course.

The CCNP SWITCH course is where most advanced engineers begin: at the core of enterprise networks. This course walks you through a network master’s view of the technologies that are key to networks everywhere: core switch management, virtual LANs (VLANs), Spanning Tree Protocol (STP), Layer 3 switching, redundancy protocols (such as HSRP, VRRP, and GLBP), security, and more! By time you’ve gone through this CCNP SWITCH course, you will not only feel comfortable with the technology at hand, but also empowered and motivated to build an enterprise network yourself!

Practice makes perfect, right? Especially hands-on practice. We highly recommend applying the knowledge you’ve learned in this course by watching Keith Barker’s “Cisco CCNP SWITCH 300-115 Hands-on Labs Exam Prep” course!

Recommended Experience
  • Basic understanding of concepts taught in ICND1 and ICND2
Recommended Equipment
  • Any combination of three of the following switch models: Cisco 3550 (lowest cost), Cisco 3560 (Private VLAN support), and Cisco 3570 (Stackwise support – two recommended)
Related Certifications
  • Cisco CCNP Routing and Switching
  • Cisco CCIE Routing and Switching
Related Job Functions
  • Network technician
  • Network engineer
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: Course Overview and Cisco Certification (15 min)
2. CORE: The Switch Design Big Picture (12 min)
3. CORE: CAM, TCAM, and SDM Templates (15 min)
4. CORE: CDP and LLDP (11 min)
5. CORE: Understanding Interface Counters (13 min)
6. CORE: Handling Err-Disabled Ports (5 min)
7. CORE: Managing Power over Ethernet (7 min)
8. VLAN: Switch Network Design — Old and New (19 min)
9. VLAN: Typical VLAN Scenarios (12 min)
10. VLAN: All Things VTP (15 min)
11. VLAN: Trunking in Depth (22 min)
12. VLAN: Handling DHCP (14 min)
13. STP: Back to the Core (17 min)
14. STP: Understanding the Standards (20 min)
15. STP: When STP Standards Collide (10 min)
16. STP: Understanding UplinkFast, BackboneFast, and Rapid Spanning Tree (22 min)
17. STP: Understanding BPDUGuard and BPDUFilter (11 min)
18. STP: RootGuard, LoopGuard, and UDLD (14 min)
19. STP: Configuring RSTP and MST (27 min)
20. STP: Understanding and Configuring Etherchannel (29 min)
21. STP: Spanning Tree Best Practices (13 min)
22. L3 Switching: Joining the L3 Switch Revolution (19 min)
23. L3 Switching: VLANs, SVIs, and Routed Port Configuration (15 min)
24. L3 Switching: When Etherchannel and L3 Switching Collide (5 min)
25. L3 Switching: Understanding the FHRP Lineup - HSRP, VRRP, GLBP (13 min)
26. L3 Switching: FHRP and STP Interaction (12 min)
27. L3 Switching: HSRP Configuration (15 min)
28. L3 Switching: VRRP Configuration (18 min)
29. L3 Switching: GLBP Configuration (16 min)
30. SECURE: Understanding and Configuring Port Security (16 min)
31. SECURE: DHCP Snooping Configuration (5 min)
32. SECURE: IP Source Guard and DAI (16 min)
33. SECURE: Cisco Storm Control (6 min)
34. SECURE: Understanding Private VLANs (8 min)
35. SECURE: Configuring Private VLANs (7 min)
36. SECURE: Understanding AAA for Switches (28 min)
37. MISCELLANEOUS: Switchport Monitoring with SPAN and RSPAN (5 min)
38. MISCELLANEOUS: SNMP Version 3 (11 min)
39. MISCELLANEOUS: NTP and SNTP (17 min)
40. MISCELLANEOUS: Stackwise Switch Virtualization (11 min)
41. MISCELLANEOUS: Espresso Roasting Tactics and Other Study Tips (15 min)

Welcome: Course Overview and Cisco Certification


Hello. My name is Jeremy Cioara and I'd like to welcome you to the Cisco Switch Series. In this opening Nugget we're going to go through what this course is all about, answer as many questions about Cisco Certification as I can, and launch you on the right foot.


Let's get started. Well, I wanted to start off by talking about Cisco Certification. Know it or not, you have stumbled into a series that is based around the CCNP 300-115 Switch Certification Exam from Cisco. And I love, love, love Cisco Certification because number one, it is super real world.


You can tell when you get on these exams. This is not somebody who's looking at the book and removing words and seeing if you remember to fill in the blank kind of thing. This is somebody who's done it, or taken from an example where something went bad and you used show commands to figure it out and you're like, oh, that's how it is.


So these exams are super real world, which is awesome because as you go through this series, that's what I'm saying know it or not, you stumbled in, I have seen a ton of people end up here at CBT Nuggets just by Googling and finding these topics. And they're like, oh, I didn't even know this was part of a bigger picture, a switch series.


And usually that's when they learn about Cisco Certification and all that. The way I teach is very real world because, and I don't want to spider web into too many topics, but I actually started a company five years ago that does network implementation.


So I actually have the opportunity to be on the other side of the table. So many years ago when I was first teaching I was just saying, well, I think this is what an employer's after, and now I'm the employer. So I can tell you what we're looking for when we're interviewing because I know a lot of you are trying to use this certification to get a job.


So, first off, I've seen a lot resumes come across my desk. What makes them stand out? Well, first thing I look at when I pull up that resume is what is their experience? I want to see what other companies they worked for. I want to what they've done with their hands on.


And I know some of you are like, oh, because you're just getting into networking. But hang on because the second thing I look for, I go, OK, well if it's thin, maybe they're younger, I'm going to look at their certifications. What do they know or what have they passed?


I'm going to check and see how current is their certification, what exam, how recent was it that they passed those exams? And thirdly, I look at a college degree. Then I say, OK, have they gone through college. And most of the time, I will say, in the IT world I see people with college degrees that are like psychology, or business management.


They kind of ended up in IT. They didn't really intend to go that way. There are occasional people that have a college degree in computer systems of some sort, or computer science. But here they are interviewing with me. So it's kind of in that order that I'm looking through their resume.


And then when I get to the actual interview, now I have kind of in advantage over other interviewers. So don't expect everybody to do this, but the first thing I'll do is ask some by the book questions. How does a Mac address and up in a Switch's Cam table?


How does it learn that? And see if somebody can describe it. And then I'll start twisting the questions into more of a, OK, so let's just say you're looking at the Switch and the light's going on and off. What would cause that? And most people are like, how do you know to ask me those kind of questions?


So again, I have an unfair advantage, but at the same time I've seen so many interviews go to where you'll interview with first off the HR department. They'll make sure you're not crazy or something. And then you end up in the technical group. And they're going to drill you on, well, do you know how to answer this.


And can I tell you one thing not to do is make it up. I've had so many people that are like, well the doomalflux capacitor would be like, and I'm like, all right, dude. You're so dumb. If you don't know just say, I don't know. And then say, here's what I would do to find out because I will tell you, a lot of the times I'll purposely ask something that nobody would know just to see what they'll do.


Are you going to make but up or are you going to really tell me, I don't know. Let me go figure it out. So that being said, there's your employment and interview background. What about Cisco Certification? This exam applies directly to the CCNP Routing and Switching Certification.


In order to get there, you would have had to of passed ICND1, which gives you a CCENT, And ICND2, which gives you a CCNA, although there is an all in one certification exam where you can just end up with your CCNA. That qualifies you to become certified over here.


So if you're hearing me say this, and you didn't know that, then you probably did stumble into this. And you have to go back track in order to get your CCNP certification in Switch. But you can take that all in one CCNA examine and kind of fast track your way there.


CCNA Routing and Switching, there's three exams. There's Switch, Route, and TSHOOT exams. Doesn't really matter which order you take these in. Switch or Route, you can take them either way, but TSHOOT should always come last because essentially the skills you learn from Switch and Route will pour into that one exam, which is about troubleshooting those things.


Now statistically most people go after the Routing and Switching track first because once you have a CCENT you can actually get into many different specialties, Voice, Security are the two most popular. You've got Wireless. You've got Service Provider.


You've got Design. I mean, essentially there's all kinds of different ways you can go. And I can tell you even being in, training this technology full time you can't keep up with it all. You cannot keep up with it all, which is why this thing is out there.


You've got to be aware of this. These certifications have an expiration of three years. That's one of the differentiators between them and a college degree. A college degree you can keep for the rest of your life, but 40 years from now it probably doesn't mean that much other than to an employer.


You're like, OK, you've gone through the ranks of getting a college degree. With certifications you have to stay current. Now Cisco has renewal policies that are awesome. Once you have a CCNP Routing and Switching you can renew it by going after a CNNP in Voice, or a CCNP in Wireless.


So you don't have to keep taking the same exams. Or, if you get a CCIE it automatically renews everything below it for three additional years. Now the CCIE is the only one that has no prerequisites, meaning you have to go this route, ICND1, 2, and then get the three exams all in.


But CCIE, you can actually just go after that on your own without any prerequisites. You might say, well, why? Well, it might just be that you have all of these things, right? And they expire because you're in a career, you don't really keep them up to date.


And then you're like, oh, I should've have done that. You have some more time, you're like, ah, I just want to go after my CCIE, that's totally fine because the CCIE is huge on real world, huge on hands on. You take a written qualification exam and then you fly out, at least in the United States, to San Jose or North Carolina.


And you take a lab exam, which is eight hours of probably the most difficult configuration and weird twisty configuration that you're going to have in your entire life. Most people do not pass that the first time around, which is why it's so valuable.


It's kind of like getting your PhD. In Cisco. Now again, if you have your PhD, and you're like, I spent 15 years, I mean, OK. Yes. I don't know what it takes to get a PhD. I don't have one, but I have a CCIE Routing and Switching and it was really tough to get it, OK?


So you have all different paths that you can go. You do have to keep them current, which means you're always going to be learning because technology is always changing. So now how do you get the most from this series? And how do you get that Cisco Certification?


Well, first off at the very end of this series I recorded one that's just on study techniques. How to prepare for kind of the mentality to have as you get ready for that certification exam. So I'll refer you to that one if you're looking for study techniques.


Let me talk about the series. First off, I am recorded. So please go through it again, and again, and again multiple times. And I know that a lot of you actually go through this in your car, like on the Android, or iPod, or iPhone, or whatever you've got it on, which first off, take it off.


Don't do what I do. Don't put it on the speedometer and watch the video because it's dangerous, but at the same time, keep in mind that just hearing something audibly and watching it, kind of like a TiVo mode, especially while you're driving, is not going to give you super good retention.


You're probably going to forget almost everything you've heard within the first month unless you do something with it. So I always tell people sharpen your old pencil or pen. Don't sharpen the pen though. And get it out and literally write on paper the notes.


Yes, I know you could type it, but there's just something modality wise that happens when you're writing it down on paper, scribbling down the notes you hear. I mean, hit the key bullet points. And I actually saw, a guy sent a tweet to me. I'm on Twitter now.


This is my new year. I just started-- I know. I'm way behind, right? But he said, hey, check out my outline. And I went to a Wordpress blog any he had it actually completely outlined, almost everything I said in bullet point format from the series. I'm like, that's awesome.


But there's just something when you're type-- I dropped my pen somewhere. Where'd it go? Something when you're typing that just doesn't fully engage as actually writing. So write it down and then type it up later. When I study I literally have those little yellow pads.


I probably fill one of those per exam, just as I'm studying, as I'm listening. If I'm in a classroom, or I'm reading a book, or whatever I'm doing to study for the example, I will fill an entire yellow pad of stuff. Also hands on labs, when you're actually doing this.


And that's another recommendation. Lab it up. Set up some switches, either rent a lab, emulate a lab, that would be using GNS3 or something like that. But I would really, for this Switch Series recommend building a lab. The switches have gotten cheap because gigabit has taken hold.


So go grab yourself some 3550s. I would say two of them, or a 3550 and a 3560, or 3570. So with the 3560 you get things like private VLANs. And you can play around with those. A 3580, the big thing that you get is StackWise, where you can actually take multiple switches and combine them together.


Very cool, but, I mean, if you're looking for price tags, and I'm going to give you beginning of 2015. We're at probably about $30.00 if you're a bargain shopper on eBay. Maybe all $50.00 to $70. Well, I'll tell you I just bought two of these. So I can tell you I paid $75.00 for one because it was a smoking deal.


And I got the other for $125. But I have StackWise. And that makes me feel great where you can actually combine multiple switches into one logical configuration center. It's just goodness. So anyway if you're on a budget, that's what I'm saying, just having some 3550s is totally better than nothing.


You can do probably 90% of this stuff. I would say 90% of the stuff that I'm going to show you in this series, if you just grab a couple of 3550s. Now let me also take moment to mention this series, the CCNP Switch can be and should be combined with CCNP switch Hands on Labs.


Keith Barker, who is an amazing, amazing guy. You'll love, seriously, his style of training, has created a complimentary series to where it's just focused on setting up lab environments, going through each one of the big picture configuration concepts in the lab.


Yeah. You know what I mean, right? Using devises, setting it up. So go through and actually watch him do the hands on labs and then do those yourself with some equipment. So these last three, let me just kind of group them together by saying, going through this series what you will not feel is that it is a certification serious.


As a matter of fact, you might get to the very end and be like, I don't think Jeremy ever told me to study for something. And the reason why I don't is first off, it's just totally a buzz kill to create a series and be like, OK, you really want to remember that when you see 100 megabits per second, wink, wink, it's negotiable.


Ugh, I'm like, I totally can't even teach that way because it's so painful. Because if you really get this stuff, the beauty of these exams is they're real world. So Cisco doesn't care that you remember that 100 megabit per second, auto-negotiation-- I don't even know what I'm trying to stay with that, right?


They don't really care about facts and figures, although there are some that you will need to remember. They're like, OK, do you really get this? I mean, can you really go into an enterprise and manage a Switch Network? Do you really know what to do when a spanning tree loop happens?


Do you understand how a trunk port really functions? I mean, and you've seen what happens when you prune the VLAN on one side and you don't on the other, or have a native VLAN mismatch and how to resolve that. I mean, essentially Cisco's after, do you get it?


And that's what I'm after when I'm going through this series. I mean, you're like, really? Fall in love? I mean, what I'm after is seriously at the end of, I don't even know how many Nuggets are in this series, like 40 of them? At the end of them you're going to be like, that is awesome.


I just can't wait to get in and get my hands dirty, and set up some switches. Because seriously, after this series is done, I want you to be like, I am transforming my house. I bought these couple switches to get certified. And I'm going to put them right now in this little rack behind me.


And I'm going to set up my house with multiple VLANs and split off my Wi-Fi. And I'm going to secure it against my neighbor attacking my-- anyway, you know what I'm talking about, right? That's what will carry you so much further. And going back to I was talking about interviewing somebody.


That's really what I look for. And I know. I'm not the normal interviewer when I'm bringing employees in. I'm looking for somebody who seriously is passionate about it. There could be somebody who's like, yeah. I've been there for 20 years and I've set up-- but if I'm like, really?


When 5 o'clock hits are you going to be so thrilled that you'll just push it through till 7 o'clock to make sure the job gets done right? Or are you going to just kind of, well, I've done that before. I'm looking for the person who's just like, I love networking.


When people talk to me about interviews and stuff like that, and how do you gain experience. I'm like, go volunteer. Seriously go to a church, or go to a home that they just doesn't have the money to hire a true network engineer. And just go set it up.


Just go set up whatever equipment that you can and just volunteer and just be like, hey, I'd love to manage your network environment. I'm looking to just gain a little experience. And partner together. Start cabling with somebody. Find out if there's a job-- anyway.


by the way, there is a whole MicroNugget. CBT Nuggets has created a whole MicroNugget series. Just go on Google and type in CBT Nuggets, how to get Cisco Certified MicroNugget, or CBT Nuggets how to get a job MicroNugget. I mean, they have created a whole massive library of all these MicroNuggets that talk about all the tips and techniques on how to do that, but now you've heard my heart.


You see what I'm after when you go through this series. You will learn all the information for this Cisco Switch examine, and by the way I would suggest grabbing the Cisco Press Book on Switch. You'll see one that's geared specifically as the authorized CBT Nugget Certification Series just to have a book alongside you that kind of fills in some of the nitty-gritty details, that, again, it's just not efficient to talk about.


Grab that book. Just keep it alongside you. It'll help you as you go through the series. And with that I launch you into this series. I absolutely know you are going to love it. I hope this has been informative for you and I'd like to thank you for viewing.

CORE: The Switch Design Big Picture

CORE: CAM, TCAM, and SDM Templates


CORE: Understanding Interface Counters

CORE: Handling Err-Disabled Ports

CORE: Managing Power over Ethernet

VLAN: Switch Network Design — Old and New

VLAN: Typical VLAN Scenarios

VLAN: All Things VTP

VLAN: Trunking in Depth

VLAN: Handling DHCP

STP: Back to the Core

STP: Understanding the Standards

STP: When STP Standards Collide

STP: Understanding UplinkFast, BackboneFast, and Rapid Spanning Tree

STP: Understanding BPDUGuard and BPDUFilter

STP: RootGuard, LoopGuard, and UDLD

STP: Configuring RSTP and MST

STP: Understanding and Configuring Etherchannel

STP: Spanning Tree Best Practices

L3 Switching: Joining the L3 Switch Revolution

L3 Switching: VLANs, SVIs, and Routed Port Configuration

L3 Switching: When Etherchannel and L3 Switching Collide

L3 Switching: Understanding the FHRP Lineup - HSRP, VRRP, GLBP

L3 Switching: FHRP and STP Interaction

L3 Switching: HSRP Configuration

L3 Switching: VRRP Configuration

L3 Switching: GLBP Configuration

SECURE: Understanding and Configuring Port Security

SECURE: DHCP Snooping Configuration

SECURE: IP Source Guard and DAI

SECURE: Cisco Storm Control

SECURE: Understanding Private VLANs

SECURE: Configuring Private VLANs

SECURE: Understanding AAA for Switches

MISCELLANEOUS: Switchport Monitoring with SPAN and RSPAN



MISCELLANEOUS: Stackwise Switch Virtualization

MISCELLANEOUS: Espresso Roasting Tactics and Other Study Tips

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