Learn Cisco Network Administration in a Month of Lunches

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Summary

Learn Cisco Network Administration in a Month of Lunches is a tutorial designed for beginners who want to learn how to administer Cisco switches and routers. Just set aside one hour a day (lunchtime would be perfect) for a month, and you'll start learning practical Cisco Network administration skills faster than you ever thought possible.

Purchase of the print book includes a free eBook in PDF, Kindle, and ePub formats from Manning Publications.

About the Technology

Cisco's ultrareliable routers and switches are the backbone of millions of networks, but "set and forget" is not an acceptable attitude. Fortunately, you don't have to be an old-time administrator to set up and maintain a Cisco-based network. With a handful of techniques, a little practice, and this book, you can keep your system in top shape.

About the Book

Learn Cisco Network Administration in a Month of Lunches is designed for occasional and full-time network administrators using Cisco hardware. In 22 bite-sized lessons, you'll learn practical techniques for setting up a Cisco network and making sure that it never fails. Real-world labs start with configuring your first switch and guide you through essential commands, protocols, dynamic routing tricks, and more.

What's Inside

  • Understand your Cisco network, including the difference between routers and switches
  • Configure VLANs and VLAN trunks
  • Secure your network
  • Connect and configure routers and switches
  • Establish good maintenance habits

About the Reader

This book is written for readers with no previous experience with Cisco networking.

About the Author

Ben Piper is an IT consultant who holds numerous Cisco, Citrix, and Microsoft certifications including the Cisco CCNA and CCNP. He has created many video courses on networking, Cisco CCNP certification, Puppet, and Windows Server Administration.

Table of Contents

  1. Before you begin
  2. What is a Cisco network?
  3. A crash course on Cisco's Internetwork Operating System
  4. Managing switch ports
  5. Securing ports by using the Port Security feature
  6. Managing virtual LANs (VLANs)
  7. Breaking the VLAN barrier by using switched virtual interfaces
  8. IP address assignment by using Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol
  9. Securing the network by using IP access control lists
  10. Connecting switches using trunk links
  11. Automatically configuring VLANs using the VLAN Trunking Protocol
  12. Protecting against bridging loops by using the Spanning Tree Protocol
  13. Optimizing network performance by using port channels
  14. Making the network scalable by connecting routers and switches together
  15. Manually directing traffic using the IP routing table
  16. A dynamic routing protocols crash course
  17. Tracking down devices
  18. Securing Cisco devices
  19. Facilitating troubleshooting using logging and debugging
  20. Recovering from disaster
  21. Performance and health checklist
  22. Next steps

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