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Implementing Cisco IP Switched Networks

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Employers know that CCNP-certified job applicants have a real-world knowledge of networking.  They also know that Cisco awards big discounts to companies that hire Cisco-certified staff. 

After watching Jeremy Cioara's new CCNP 642-813 SWITCH training, you'll be a master-level consultant on Cisco switched networks. You'll also have brighter career prospects and be an important step closer to CCNP certification.

Jeremy covers everything you ever wanted to know about switching in this update to his existing BCMSN course.  In no time, you'll be designing your network for maximum uptime and preparing it for advanced services like WiFi, VoIP and Video over IP. 

Jeremy's training maps to Cisco CCNP certification exam 642-813....
Employers know that CCNP-certified job applicants have a real-world knowledge of networking.  They also know that Cisco awards big discounts to companies that hire Cisco-certified staff. 

After watching Jeremy Cioara's new CCNP 642-813 SWITCH training, you'll be a master-level consultant on Cisco switched networks. You'll also have brighter career prospects and be an important step closer to CCNP certification.

Jeremy covers everything you ever wanted to know about switching in this update to his existing BCMSN course.  In no time, you'll be designing your network for maximum uptime and preparing it for advanced services like WiFi, VoIP and Video over IP. 

Jeremy's training maps to Cisco CCNP certification exam 642-813.
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1. Welcome to Cisco Switch: Watch Me First! (17 min)
2. The Switches Domain: Core Concepts and Design (42 min)
3. VLANs: Configuration and Verification (13 min)
4. VLANs: In-Depth Trunking (35 min)
5. VLANs: VLAN Trunking Protocol (33 min)
6. STP: Foundation Per-VLAN Spanning Tree Concepts, Part 1 (23 min)
7. STP: Foundation Per-VLAN Spanning Tree Concepts, Part 2 (34 min)
8. STP: Rapid Spanning Tree Concepts and Configuration (24 min)
9. EtherChannel: Aggregating Redundant Links (24 min)
10. L3 Switching: InterVLAN Routing Extraordinaire (28 min)
11. L3 Switching: Understanding CEF Optimization (16 min)
12. Redundancy in the Campus: HSRP, VRRP, and GLBP Part 1 (43 min)
13. Redundancy in the Campus: HSRP, VRRP, and GLBP Part 2 (23 min)
14. Campus Security: Basic Port Security and 802.1x (32 min)
15. Campus Security: VLAN and Spoofing Attacks (31 min)
16. Campus Security: STP Attacks and Other Security Considerations (15 min)
17. Campus VoIP: Overview, Considerations, and AutoQoS (44 min)
18. Wireless LAN: Foundation Concepts and Design Part 1 (26 min)
19. Wireless LAN: Foundation Concepts and Design Part 2 (22 min)
20. Wireless LAN: Frequencies and 802.11 Standards (34 min)
21. Wireless LAN: Understanding the Hardware (30 min)
22. The Switches Domain: Additional Life-Saving Technology (22 min)
23. Monitoring: Your Pulse on the Network (45 min)
24. Campus Security: VACLs (14 min)

Welcome to Cisco Switch: Watch Me First!

00:00:00

Hello and welcome to CBT nugget's Cisco Switch Certification series. My name is Jeremy Cioara, and I'll be hanging out with you throughout this series. And what I wanna do in this opening nugget of the entire thing, is just talk about the series as a whole.

00:00:16

Talk about Cisco certification, the new CCNP certification and what that means, what's the differences from the old one, why did Cisco do this. And then I wanna address a big question that I'm sure some of you have, which is, what's new in this Cisco Switch series, that is different from the Cisco BCMSN. And then finally, I wanna talk about some of the best things that you can do to get the most from this series. Talk a little bit about building a home lab and all of that. So let's get going.

00:00:44

So let me start off by talking about Cisco certification. Cisco certification, first off, if you are not interested in it, I think you should be, just because it's one of those super valuable things that you can do for your career. Now I'm not saying you will get certified and suddenly businesses will be calling you.

00:01:01

Somehow they got your number, and, and you're just gonna -- no, no, I'm sorry, $500,000 a year is not enough. I would also like a hundred vacation days year. I mean, it's nothing like that. But it is definitely a huge advantage, because Cisco is one of the only certification companies that incents, like provides incentives, for organizations to hire you. Such that, as organizations hire different Cisco certified people at different levels, they move up in their partner level with Cisco, and they get different discount levels off of Cisco gear, some of which can be very significant to an organization. So it's, it's definitely -- it's, it's not only great for your career, but it's, it's demanded by organizations.

00:01:44

It's in high demand, and there's just, there's just an aura about Cisco certification. You know, when you're in a technology world, even if you just have a CCNA, that kind of entry level certification, but even with the Microsoft folk. If you're talking to Microsoft people, and you're like, oh, yeah I'm Cisco certified. They're just kind of like, there's just like a, ooh, wow, really. Where did you get that? How did you -- ? It's kind of like, you know, it's kind of like -- I don't know, it's an unknown territory for most people, so its sort of just got that aura about it, of, you must really know what you're doing. Now, I'm not saying if you talk to the general public, like you're in Wal-Mart or something, and you go, yeah, I'm Cisco certified, and they're going to go, okay. You know, people would, would recognize Microsoft certifications far better, to the layman, I'll say that. So I just want to talk about flyby updates to the Cisco certification track. It's in high demand as I mentioned.

00:02:34

Two thousand and seven is when the CCNA program went through a major review. You might be, you might be thinking, well it's, you know, we're in 2010, '11 and beyond. I mean, why are we talking 2007? I would say 2007 really marked when Cisco got serious about their certification program.

00:02:51

Not that they - again, don't hear me wrong, not that they haven't been serious about it, but it's, it's -- at that point became a really challenging and really real world style exam, and it kind of marked a major renewal that they went through, through all their certifications, and that's when they, you know, 2007 is when they broke it into two separate certifications for the CCNA, which is the CCENT and the CCNA. It became much more difficult, because Cisco's logic is, if you don't know how to do this in the real world, then you shouldn't really pass the exam.

00:03:23

And so you're seeing simulations take on much more complexity than previous. I mean, seriously, I, I got CCNA certified in 2000 -- 2000, 2000? Has it been that long? Yeah. And it's -- when I took the exam, literally, well, I'll, I'll just say this. I got my CCNA and CCNP, all of them, in a month, just, just because I'm a good book studier, and I, I could memorize good facts. But I will tell you, back in 2000, when I got my CCNP, if you threw me into a closet and said, can you set up this network with a WAN link, and just basic EIGRP routing? I would have said, no, no, I don't know, I can do it on paper. Sure, I can draw some diagrams, but yeah.

00:04:09

So nowadays it's not like that, it's very "real world". And they're doing the same thing with, with the CCNP. So let me, let me talk a little bit about -- I mentioned at the bottom, in 2008 the CCNA specialties came out, that's the CCNA voice, CCNA security, all those kind of things. And recently, more recently, I'll say 2009ish '10ish, is when they revised the CCNP to be three exams. So let me talk about that.

00:04:36

So most recently, Cisco has done some major revisions to the CCNP certification track. They did it based on a lot of feedback, a lot of real world meetings, where they met with organizations, seeing what people expected of the CCNP, and all that kind of thing. And one of the, the biggest things that they did, and I, and I applaud them for it, I think it's a great. They took the CCNP certification from four exams, in the previous rendition, down to three exams. They boiled it down to Cisco Switch, Cisco Route, and TSHOOT, which is troubleshooting, which is a huge advancement in my opinion, because over time, the CCNP got muddy.

00:05:15

And what I mean by that is, new technologies came out, like Voice Over IP, and new security advancements, and, you know, it's, it's natural the say, well, you know, the normal person should know about this. This is.. It's good to know about Voice Over IP. It's good to know about security, and all the ins. So they kind of start splicing all these pieces into there, and before long you had, you had certifications in CCNP, or I should say exams, in the CCNP like, ONT, optimizing network -- optimizing -- I can't even remember what it stands for. ONT, optimizing, it was optimizing network something. And essentially it was an entire certification mainly on quality of service, which, when people took the CCVP certification, they went through an entire certification called quality of service, and they would go, this is exactly the same stuff I learned in the CCNP. Why am I having to take, you know, this, this whole thing all over again? What, what's the scoop? And Cisco says, you're right, why are we making you take that?

00:06:08

So, they took the CCNP in this revision back to where it came from. Switching and Routing. The core of it all. And then of course, now you have an exam based on troubleshooting, putting -- and I would say troubleshooting is the most real world of all, simply because it takes everything that you know from Cisco route and Cisco switch, and puts it together into a real world bucket, makes stuff explode, and then says, fix-it, which, I'm telling you, after being in Cisco a while, it's about as real world as it gets, because stuff, stuff like that happens all the time, as a consultants rule.

00:06:40

So that's what the CCNP is. It is, it is revised. It is a new track. However, when you're thinking, you know, is, is everything changed? For instance, Cisco route, the, the CCNP exam, used to be called BSCI. And people, people would say, well what did you change, what did you add? And, and honestly, Cisco's response is, not much? What we really did was take stuff out.

00:07:04

We took out the stuff that wasn't directly related to routing and, and routing protocols, and, you know, things like IS-IS routing protocols that are just rarely used, and people didn't need to know about. Same thing with Cisco switch. Well what did you change Cisco switch from BCMSN? Cisco's response is, well, nothing, really. I mean, it's, it's really the, the same certification.

00:07:25

It's, it's just focused on switch technology. So, so the big thing that I want to convey to you is, you know, what's new in Cisco switch compared to BCMSN, well, not much. I did some enhancements here and there, but really, the core of it all is BCMSN.

00:07:40

So now let me put all those pieces together into a "how to get this -- the most from this series", because -- and I'm sure many of you are, are thinking, okay, so if BCMSN is the same as Cisco Switch, what about the exam? Is the exam very different, and all of that.

00:07:54

What I can say, with the non-disclosure agreement in mind, is, no. When I, when I took the Cisco Switch exam, it was the exact same exam as BCMSN, and, you know, mind you, there's a big pool of questions and all that, but the questions were just the same BCMSN questions, just with Cisco Switch titles.

00:08:14

So, so no, the exam is not super different, super hard, anything like that. It really has just been renamed and repackaged to Cisco Switch. So putting this all together, the best thing that I could do, was to take the same BCMSN series and just add pieces to it, which, if you've looked at the series outline, you've got that idea. It's, it's really the BCMSN CCNP series, with four or five different nuggets added. To just add, you know, some updates, some new things that have happened since, I think I set up and recorded BCMSN in 2008, 2008ish time frame. So it's not even that old.

00:08:52

So, so, yeah, it's an enhanced version. So when you're going through this, you know, number one thing that you can do to, to get the most from, from the nuggets, is to go through them again and again and again. It's one of the best things about CBT nuggets, is you can watch them a million times, and solidify the information, versus, you know, just, you know, hearing somebody lecture one time at a conference or something like that. So as you go through, take -- you know, one thing I do, it helps me as I just jot down key, key points that I hear. I like using Microsoft One Note. I've fallen in love with that program. I think One Note is by far the best program Microsoft has ever made. And so I, I use that to jot down my notes and just put them in low bullet points format so I can remember them.

00:09:33

And then of course, the biggest thing, is to build a lab. Now, when I, when I re-recorded Cisco Routes, you know, a lot of questions emerged about that, was, well, why did you do such a major overhaul to Cisco Route versus Cisco BSCI? Well, Cisco Route was really a test for me, because I really wanted to do something where I can put in labs, and, and set up a lab environments. And I use GNS3 with the Cisco Route series to do that. Well, with switches, GNS3 does not emulate switches, or at least not well.

00:10:05

So, so what I would suggest, is you can build a fairly inexpensive lab, where you'll be able to try just about everything I do in this series, using, I would suggest a Cisco 3550 and a 2950. Just two devices. Don't, don't really need any more than that. The reason I suggest both of those guys is, the 3550 will, will definitely be the more expensive piece. That is your layer three switch.

00:10:31

That's where you can test your inner VLAN, routing, setting up routing protocols on the switch. You know, using -- essentially all the layer three functions of switch and multi layer switching that we're gonna talk about this series. The 2950 can just act as a separate switch, that, that you can use VLAN trunking on, you can set up VTP, you can do VLAN pruning, test your VLANs, all that kind of stuff, between, between the two different devices. Now I chose those models, simply because they're no longer manufactured by Cisco. They're end of life, which makes them much cheaper and much more easily found on eBay, and things like that. Second off, they are fairly modern code, and Cisco is still releasing new IOS versions for them, so you can always get the, the latest and greatest code for them. Are there cheaper ways to go?

00:11:22

Yeah, yeah, totally. I would say you could, you know, you could go with like a 2900 XL. You can get those for like 20, 30 bucks, off of eBay, which have almost everything, almost the same command set, as the 2950. You could even go with the good old, what were those, 1900 series, 1912 and the 1924.

00:11:44

Those were the original, the 10 megabyte per second guys. You could probably get those for five bucks, plus shipping. So, so nonetheless, there, there are cheaper ways to go, but that's, that's what I use, and that's what I, I really liked. Now of course the last two pieces, and I say this -- every single one of the series that I do. The best way to get the most from this series, is to dig deeper and fall in love. Meaning, as I go through the, the series, I'm sure there's things they're gonna pop up in your mind. You're gonna -- oh, well, I wonder if you do that, you know, what would happen. Or, I wonder, you know, you're gonna to have questions in going further, and things like that, and I would say, do it, dig deeper. That's, that's how you're gonna be like, oh that's awesome, and make your -- create your own notes, create your own experiences with it. That's how you really, really solidify this and understand the technology, you know, and, and I won't get -- I, I know some of these intros to the series. I've talked on and on about how -- when I first got into Cisco in general, I really didn't like it, just because it was totally different, you know. I was a Microsoft guy, with my Windows 2000 certification, and, and, you know, I was like, oh, group policies, and all of this are the way to go, and, you know, it wasn't until I really understood Cisco, that I was like, Cisco is, is awesome. And I -- it's almost impossible for me to do Microsoft stuff, because I'm just like, this is, this is so lame, compared to Cisco. I would love to be sitting in a closet, setting up a new router, an ASA firewall, than, than setting up user accounts, or something like that. It's just, it's, it's what you, what you understand fully is what you fall in love with. So that's -- the dig deeper and fall in love, are so closely linked, so that the people that are best at their jobs, are the people that love it. And they go home, and, man, I should show you a picture. I don't have a little web-cam right now, but maybe, maybe I will later in the series. I, I have this home lab that I keep revising, and my most recent revision is -- I went with a less is more theme, and my home lab -- I should, I should bring up a picture, hang on, hang on one second.

00:13:46

Okay, there we go. I just grabbed, grabbed my cell phone and took a picture of this. Now this, I have to, I have say I'm very proud. This is actually messy right now, because I was using some of these. You see these little cables that were drooped up over here. I was using those guys for some, some lab stuff and some testing that I was doing, but my, my new theme for my home lab is less is more. You could see I've got my incoming DSL connection right here, comes over here to this UC520, uuuuh, moment of silence for the UC520.

00:14:18

Okay, there it was. That device is the most awesome device I've ever seen in my life. It's, it's a Voice Over IP management system running Call Manager Express as unity express in there. This, this above it, oh, by the way, it does routing, VPN, blah, blah, blah.

00:14:32

You could see this is my edge firewall, the ASA5505, and then this is my SAN. I have a little Iomega, couple terabyte SAN that I'm using for VMware, ESX servers. It's awesome. It's awesome because it all fits on the top shelf, and it's quiet. My wife logged into the office, and, and she goes, she goes, this is weird. It's, it's quiet. Something's broken.

00:14:55

And, and she said, the fish tank's overflowing, because I have a big saltwater fish tank, and it makes a lot of noise, and if the power goes out, you know, it goes completely quiet, but there's a siphon, and it will start overflowing if you don't get power back to it in no time. She goes, it's, it's really weird. So my theme is less is more, and that's, that's my, my latest rendition of my home office, which is actually migrated down from this, and it's, it's much less heat and expense, and, well, not expense. The UC520 was pricy. But, but nonetheless, why am I showing you this. I'm showing you this, that when, when I come home, this is, this is -- my, my job is my home, you know. I have Cisco IP phones in every single room. I have, you know, multiple VLAN set up for, for WiFi and, and my Voice Over IP traffic, and quality of service. Why do I need this? No, no I don't, you know, and I've been informed of that many times when people come over. They're like, why do you need this? I'm like, I don't know.

00:15:52

I just love it. I think it's cool to be able to do this. So much so, that I go home and I learn and, and experiment with new stuff, that I know it, it sounds cheesy, but you, you take it from your home into the real world, and you're like, oh, yeah. I totally did this in my house, and this, this works well. And you can, you can add a bunch to it that way. So, so the more you love something, the better you're going to be at it, that's just, that's just natural. So, take all those, put them together. That's how you're gonna get get the most from this series.

00:16:21

So let me wrap up by saying, what is Cisco Switch in CBT nugget's world? It is the Cisco BCMSN series, which is just like Cisco's geared their exam objectives to. Re-packaged with four, five new nuggets on there, that, that allow it to add some updated technology. For example, Cisco introduced some monitoring functions in the Cisco Switch exam, like SNMP and IPSLA and, and SSL, things -- I mean, I mean big gaping holes that were previously in BCMSN, were, yeah, you can build the switch architecture, but do you really know what's going on? So you'll see things like that added. You'll see some updated things on, for instance, 6500 supervisor engine redundancy. You know, just, just again, some, some bigger picture designs that have emerged over, over the recent years that have been added to Cisco Switch, but at the core, everything is still BCMSN. So I know you'll, you'll enjoy the, the series, and gain a lot from it, and I wish you luck. I hope this has been informative for you, and I'd like to thank you for viewing.

The Switches Domain: Core Concepts and Design

VLANs: Configuration and Verification

VLANs: In-Depth Trunking

VLANs: VLAN Trunking Protocol

STP: Foundation Per-VLAN Spanning Tree Concepts, Part 1

STP: Foundation Per-VLAN Spanning Tree Concepts, Part 2

STP: Rapid Spanning Tree Concepts and Configuration

EtherChannel: Aggregating Redundant Links

L3 Switching: InterVLAN Routing Extraordinaire

L3 Switching: Understanding CEF Optimization

Redundancy in the Campus: HSRP, VRRP, and GLBP Part 1

Redundancy in the Campus: HSRP, VRRP, and GLBP Part 2

Campus Security: Basic Port Security and 802.1x

Campus Security: VLAN and Spoofing Attacks

Campus Security: STP Attacks and Other Security Considerations

Campus VoIP: Overview, Considerations, and AutoQoS

Wireless LAN: Foundation Concepts and Design Part 1

Wireless LAN: Foundation Concepts and Design Part 2

Wireless LAN: Frequencies and 802.11 Standards

Wireless LAN: Understanding the Hardware

The Switches Domain: Additional Life-Saving Technology

Monitoring: Your Pulse on the Network

Campus Security: VACLs

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