CBT Nuggets trainer Jeremy Cioara walks you through the day-to-day realities of configuring and supporting switching. In this follow-up to his IT Expertise: Installing Network Cabling and Devices course, Jeremy continues preparing you with practical instruction designed to meet real-world routing and switching needs.
- Welcome to the IT Expert Training Method
Jeremy walks through the purpose of the IT Expertise series and methodology of training, comparing it to the two primary routes of IT education: college and certification.
- Scope and Purpose: Building and Configuring a Business Switched Network
In this short Nugget, Jeremy talks through the purpose and content of this series.
- Connections: From Patch Panel to Switch
This video Nugget “bridges the gap” between the IT Expertise: Installing and Cabling Network Devices course and this course. It shows the best way to connect your patch panel to the switch, offers some change management advice, and explains the difference between a CapEX and OpEX mindset.
- Connections: Small Office Switch Architecture
Get a heavy dose of small office switch design orbiting around the question, “What happens when you grow beyond a single switch?”. Topics include Spanning Tree Protocol (STP), Link Aggregation (LAG), and the place of small switches.
- Connections: Midsize Office Switch Architecture
The office is growing! Jeremy moves beyond connecting switches in the same MDF to connecting multiple rooms (MDF and IDF) and multiple buildings. This includes implementing best practice redundancy, STP, and LAG ports together. This Nugget is loaded with information!
- Connections: Determining a Switch Platform
Okay, now you have an understanding of “big picture switch design,” but what switching equipment do you buy? Jeremy masterfully weaves his way through vendors, such as Cisco, HP, and Ubiquiti, key switch features, such as port security, spanning tree, and VLANs, and switch sizes, such as individual, stackable, and chassis-based. By the time you’re done with this Nugget, you will be able to select a switch vendor and model for your company and lab environment.
- Project Design: Connecting Building Switches
It’s time to put our switch design knowledge into action! Jeremy talks through the design of the building tenant, and then he goes into implementation mode—performing rack cleanups, connecting building switches together, and outlining next steps.
- Random: Unboxing a Ubiquiti EdgeSwitch
As Jeremy was preparing for the “Accessing Switch Management Interfaces” Nugget, he decided to record the unboxing of one of his switches, and we thought it was pretty cool!
- Management Configuration: Accessing Switch Management Interfaces
We’ve seen enough design! Now, let’s roll up our sleeves and dive into the methods used to access the management interface of a switch, as well as console port concepts and equipment. We begin exploring three switch brands: HP, Cisco, and Ubiquiti.
- Management Configuration: Setting Up Console Connections from Windows
Before you can dive into the initial configuration of many switches, you need to connect via the console port. Connecting the cables is the “easy part.” You also need to configure a terminal program. Jeremy walks through the entire process using Microsoft Windows.
- Management Configuration: Setting Up Console Connections from OS X (Apple)
Before you can dive into the initial configuration of many switches, you need to connect via the console port. Connecting the cables is the “easy part.” You also need to configure a terminal program. Jeremy walks through the entire process using OS X (Apple).
- Project Configuration: Setting up a Base Configuration on a Switch
A “base configuration” is different than a “basic configuration.” Explore exactly what that means, and set up your switches for remote management by assigning IP addresses and passwords. Also, develop a core understanding of switch modes, such as global configuration, interface configuration, user, and privileged mode.
- Project Configuration: Developing a Network Device Naming Convention
What’s in a name? Nothing… and everything! Jeremy explains some good, not-so-good, and great naming conventions for your network infrastructure, and then he proceeds to label and configure the four switches in our environment.
- Project Documentation: Creating Documentation for Reals
Learn how to create relevant, real-world documentation for your switch network infrastructure.
- Project Configuration: Setting up Core Link Aggregation (LAG)
Dive into Link Aggregation (LAG)! See the concepts behind LAG (definition, PAgP, LACP), and learn how to build the configuration for the customer environment.
- Project Configuration: Configuring LAG to an Edge Switch
Haven’t gotten enough LAG? In this Nugget, we introduce another vendor’s switch into a nearby office and set up cross-vendor LAG supported by LACP. Enjoy!
- Project Configuration: Configuring Core Spanning Tree
We’ve spoken of Spanning Tree Protocol (STP) throughout this course, and now you finally get to set it up! Begin with an STP concept review, then dive into configuring the STP root bridge and bridge priorities.
- Project Configuration: Network Chaos and Spanning Tree to the Edge
What fun is a CBT Nuggets course without a little network chaos to go with it? Perhaps a network loop can provide that action. Jeremy walks through the answers to three core questions: How should an edge (access) switch be configured for STP? What do you do when you have an incapacitating network loop? And how can you proactively prevent network loops before they occur?
- Project Configuration: Switch Port Security
Switch security is something that is often overlooked due to the “plug-and-play” switching mindset adopted by many network administrators. Don’t let the “school of hard knocks” be your teacher on this one! Watch as Jeremy walks through “every person’s switch port security,” so you can be sure to avoid the security hammer.
- Network Discovery: Finding Network Devices
To round out the course, Jeremy walks through the process of finding where devices are connected in the switch infrastructure.
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