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Cisco CCNP ROUTE 642-902

Implementing Cisco IP Routing

Course Duration: 15:21:31
Cisco ROUTE: Cisco Certification and Getting the Most from this Series
Welcome to the Cisco ROUTE video series! This opening Nugget discusses the series objectives and their relation to the Cisco CCNP certification path. You'll also see recent changes to the Cisco certification process that make real world training (which is the goal of CBT Nuggets) the best possible way to prepare.
Lab Foundations: GNS3 Overview and Operation
GNS3 is a fantastic, open-source utility that allows you to emulate (not simulate) Cisco devices and create lifelike working scenarios to learn and demonstrate Cisco concepts. We will be using this utility extensively during this series and know that you might want to use it for yourself. In this Nugget, Jeremy walks through the general setup of GNS3 along with some time and frustration-saving tips to get you learning Cisco technology as fast as possible.
Lab Foundations: Network Design and Documentation
Cisco realized that the prior CCNP version was creating "configuration wizards" who knew very little about properly planning and documentation. In the modern CCNP, Cisco focuses heavily on proper planning and design in every network concept. This Nugget gets you familiar with some of the "planning best practices" to throughout this series and in your own network environment.
EIGRP Routing: Concepts and Planning
Even though Cisco designed EIGRP to be a simple protocol, there are a few concepts you'll want to be aware of before you move forward with implementation. This Nugget walks through the key tables, terms, and calculations you'll need to get started with using EIGRP.
EIGRP Routing: Implementing Basic EIGRP
Buckle your seat belts for the first EIGRP lab walkthrough. In "Configuring Basic EIGRP," Jeremy implements core EIGRP routing features, demonstrates methods to advertise a default route into the EIGRP process, performs summarization, and configures passive interfaces.
EIGRP Routing: Implementing Advanced EIGRP
NBMA Networks add complexity to ANY routing protocol simply because NBMA networks themselves can be quite complex. This Nugget walks through the concepts of NBMA networks (including point-to-point and multipoint configurations) as it relates to EIGRP.
EIGRP Routing: Implementing Advanced EIGRP, Part 2
It's time to take the NBMA concepts out for a drive! In this Nugget, Jeremy walks through a GNS3 lab implementing EIGRP over NBMA networks incorporating MD5-based authentication.
EIGRP Routing: Best Practices and Design Options
EIGRP's simplicity is one of its best features as well as one of its biggest drawbacks. Many administrators see EIGRP as a blanket routing protocol - just throw it at any situation with minimal configuration and it will work. While this may be true, it won't work well. Query messages can eat your network alive causing slow convergence at best and complete outages at worst. This video walks through the design options and best practices when setting up an EIGRP-based network.
OSPF Routing: Foundation Concepts, Part 1
Welcome to OSPF, the most popular routing protocol in the world, but also one of the most complex interior gateway protocols one can deploy. Before a single line of syntax is typed, many concepts must be discussed. This video covers the benefits of link-state routing protocols, OSPF area terminology and concepts, and the forming of OSPF neighbor relationships.
OSPF Routing: Foundation Concepts, Part 2
We'd pack all the OSPF concepts in a single video if we could! There's just too much to talk about. This video picks up where the last one leaves off and discusses the OSPF cost (metric), the concepts behind the Designated Router (DR) and Backup Designated Router (BDR), and the flurry of OSPF packet types you will encounter on your network.
OSPF Routing: Implementing Basic OSPF
Let the OSPF configuration begin! In this Nugget, Jeremy walks through the initial OSPF configuration lab illustrating the concepts discussed thus far.
OSPF Routing: Implementing OSPF over NBMA
Understanding OSPF over NBMA is one of the main topics that divides the CCNA-level understanding of OSPF from the CCNP. This first Nugget walks through the concepts of varying OSPF networks and presents the five different modes of operation OSPF can support over NBMA-style networks.
OSPF Routing: Implementing OSPF over NBMA, Part 2
It's all configuration now! Join Jeremy as he walks through the configuration of OSPF over NBMA networks in an advanced GNS3 lab.
OSPF Routing: Area Types and Options
Understanding the OSPF area types is definitely one of Jeremy's favorite OSPF topics! Just the names of the area types alone speak volumes: stub areas, totally stubby areas, not-so-stubby areas? It's not often you get to deal with technical terms that sound like this. Each one of these area types offer their own, unique features. Find out all about them (along with your standard dose of configuration) in this video!
OSPF Routing: Area Types and Options, Part 2
Now that you've seen the OSPF special area concepts, are you ready to try it yourself? This advanced OSPF GNS3 lab walks through the configuration of the OSPF special area types and virtual links. Good luck!
IPv4 Redistribution: Controlling Routing Updates
Redistribution is a "necessary evil" in many network environments which can lead to complex scenarios involving multiple routing protocols. This nugget creates the framework for the reasons for redistribution, the process of redistribution, and potential "network explosion" issues you could encounter.
IPv4 Redistribution: Implementing Simple Redistribution
The title describes it all! In this Nugget, you'll walk through basic, single point redistribution involving route filtering using distribute lists and prefix lists.
IPv4 Redistribution: Implementing Advanced Redistribution
Unfortunately, no one can be told exactly what redistribution must experience it for yourself." - Morpheus. Get ready to take the red pill and join Jeremy in an advanced redistribution lab that explores multipoint redistribution using route-maps, filters, and tags.
BGP Routing: Foundation Concepts and Planning
Take a step into the largest routing protocol in the world: the Border Gateway Protocol (BGP). This video walks through the foundation concepts of BGP: what it is, where you would use it, and facts to consider before deploying it.
BGP Routing: Implementing Basic BGP
Let the BGP configuration begin! Because BGP is so complex, we had to divide this configuration topic into three separate videos. This initial video walks through the difference between IBGP and EBGP, the setup of BGP neighbor relationships, and implementing minor tuning of BGP through the use of the "update-source" and "ebgp-multihop" commands.
BGP Routing: Implementing Basic BGP, Part 2
The BGP configuration fun continues as Jeremy walks through the process of advertising networks into BGP and disabling BGP auto-summary (you REALLY don't want this feature). In addition, special time is given to the BGP next-hop behavior and BGP synchronization, which can traditionally be very confusing topics.
BGP Routing: Tuning Attributes
Now that the foundation BGP configuration has been deployed, you'll need to begin your custom modifications to help BGP find the best path through the Internet. Without proper modification of BGP attributes, the protocol behaves like an advanced version of RIP (which you DON'T want!). Join Jeremy as he discusses the concepts around these BGP attributes and how you can modify them effectively.
BGP Routing: Tuning Attributes, Part 2
More BGP attribute fun! Because the BGP metric is so complex, we needed to split the attribute discussion into two videos. In this video, Jeremy continues through the live demonstration of BGP attribute modification.
Path Control: Configuring Path Control
If you love coding, you'll love this one! And if you despise coding, we think you'll like this one anyway. Policy routing allows you to implement "scripting" on your router that gives you complete control of packet routing. This goes beyond your standard routing table granting you complete control over the packet handling process. Jeremy uses a "do-and-learn" structure to implement policy routing through a GNS3 lab.
IPv6 Routing: Understanding and Implementing IPv6 Addressing
"IPv6...It's going to change the world!!!" Will it really? Most definitely. When? Not sure. Why? Come find out in this nugget! Jeremy walks through the goals behind IPv6, the new format of IPv6 addresses, headers, and subnet masks.
IPv6 Routing: Implementing IPv6 Routing and Routing Protocols
We just wanted Jeremy to show us a ping with IPv6...before long, we had a complete Nugget describing manual configuration of IPv6 addresses, local link addresses, the ICMP Neighbor Discovery process, IPv6 multicasting, and of course...a ping!
IPv6 Routing: Implementing IPv6 Routing and Routing Protocols, Part 2
Here's the good news: when you move to IPv6, all the routing and routing protocol knowledge you had from IPv4 comes right along with you. This Nugget is focused on implementing IPv6 routing through static routes, RIPng, and OSPF. You'll find not too much has changed (other than the hip, new RIP "next generation" name!).
IPv6 Routing: Transitioning to IPv6 and Certification Review
In this final Nugget of the series, Jeremy touches on three IPv6 transition techniques: dual-stack, tunneling, and NAT-PT. He then follows this up with a snapshot view of his experience of the Cisco ROUTE exam (642-902).

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Cisco's approach to its ROUTE exam is entirely real-world, and Jeremy's video series really prepares you for the exam with GNS3 (an open-source Cisco emulator) labs.

By the time you're done watching you'll be ready to Configure EIGRP, OSPF, and BGP at a master level; grasp the big-picture of worldwide Cisco network design; fill in plenty of “knowledge gaps” left by the CCNA on routing protocols; and confidently sit for the 642-902 exam.

Cisco ROUTE: Cisco Certification and Getting the Most from this Series

00:00:00 - Hello and welcome to the CISCO Route CBT Nugget Series. My name
00:00:05 - is Jeremy Cioara. I'll be hanging out with you throughout this
00:00:07 - entire series, which I'm really excited to get into, because
00:00:10 - while this may be the very first nugget that you listen to of
00:00:13 - the series, and I hope it is, this is actually the last one that
00:00:16 - I recorded for this entire series, so I know exactly how cool
00:00:20 - the series is that you're about to get into. What I wanted to
00:00:23 - do is take just a few minutes to talk about Cisco's certification
00:00:27 - because I know a lot of you are at least interested in that and
00:00:30 - moving forward and one of my goals is if you're not wanting to
00:00:33 - get certified, it's to convince you to get certified. It's awesome
00:00:37 - to get Cisco certified. I'll talk about some of the benefits
00:00:39 - of that. Really, my other major goal is to talk about how you
00:00:43 - can get the most from this series. Unlike every other CBT Nugget
00:00:47 - series, I have some very unique recommendations for this one,
00:00:50 - so come with me. Let's go through the whole Cisco certification
00:00:54 - process. So before we get into understanding the Cisco certification
00:00:59 - track and all the details of it, let me first talk about Cisco
00:01:03 - certification in general. It is the most valuable certification,
00:01:07 - I can say personally, that I've gotten in my entire career and
00:01:11 - I've been doing the certification trek for about 13 years. 13
00:01:16 - years ago I actually got Microsoft MCSE certified in Windows
00:01:20 - NT, I know, it's been a while, and I also got Novell certified
00:01:24 - in NetWare 4, NetWare 5. I know that doesn't do me much good
00:01:28 - nowadays, but nonetheless I did it and when you pass both those
00:01:32 - certifications, you get a certificate in the mail from Microsoft
00:01:36 - or Novell, respectively, that says, hey, you are now an MCSE
00:01:39 - or a CNE. They all send you, it's like a laminated business card.
00:01:44 - It looks kind of like something important, but it's not really,
00:01:47 - a plastic card that says you are an MCSE, you can flash it if
00:01:50 - you get pulled over by the police or something. It's not really
00:01:54 - useful but it's now up to you. They say okay, you can now use
00:01:57 - these acronyms on your business card, on your r?sum?', it's now
00:02:00 - up to you to go find a job. Which is great. Back then I knew
00:02:04 - nothing different. I was like, oh, that's a pretty cool certification.
00:02:07 - Cisco certification, when I got certified, of course you get
00:02:10 - the same plaque, not a plaque,
00:02:15 - certificate and business card and things like that in the mail,
00:02:18 - but Cisco goes above and beyond and they actually incent companies
00:02:22 - to hire you. Meaning, unlike every other vendor that I've dealt
00:02:25 - with, Cisco actually goes out to companies and says, hey, you
00:02:28 - know what? Here's your price on our equipment, but you know what?
00:02:31 - If you were to hire X number of certified people or X number
00:02:35 - levels of certified people, you know, CCNA, CCNP, all those kinds
00:02:39 - of things, we will give you this much off of the equipment. So
00:02:43 - much so, it's actually Cisco's partner program to where anybody
00:02:47 - can come in and be a registered Cisco partner, but as you move
00:02:50 - up you hire Cisco certified people. Let me back up and say, you
00:02:54 - can't move up in their partner process without hiring certified
00:02:57 - people. So what you end up with is companies that are looking
00:03:02 - for your certification to add to their staff, because if they
00:03:06 - add you, and of course, I'm sure they want you to be a good person
00:03:09 - as well, not just have this certification, but if they add you,
00:03:12 - they move up in their partner level with Cisco and they get significant
00:03:16 - discounts off of Cisco equipment. Very cool to have companies
00:03:19 - looking for you now instead of you just looking for them. As
00:03:23 - a matter of fact, this became so significant in years past, and
00:03:27 - they've put the kibosh on this so you don't see it too much
00:03:29 - anymore, but they actually had problems with people who get their
00:03:31 - CCIE, meaning they go all the way with their Cisco certification,
00:03:35 - would finish that and they would hire on at a company but not
00:03:38 - really work there. They would actually assign their credentials,
00:03:41 - their CCIE credentials, to that organization and make X number
00:03:46 - of thousands of dollars a year to say that they worked there,
00:03:49 - but they would just go off and do independent consulting. Well,
00:03:52 - Cisco has definitely put the kibosh on that. But the point of
00:03:55 - that is, you can see just how valuable these certifications are.
00:03:59 - So all that being said, go for Cisco certification. You can't
00:04:03 - go wrong. Let me talk to one more group of people. Okay, so you
00:04:07 - work at a job, most of the time it's working for the US government,
00:04:10 - because they seem to be the worst at this, who say, yeah, you
00:04:13 - can get certified if you want, but we don't do anything for you,
00:04:16 - other than, you know, a pat on the back, a Krispy Kreme donut
00:04:18 - and a cup of coffee. Good job. To those people I will say, you
00:04:23 - still got to do it. I mean because first off, while the job you're
00:04:28 - at may not value your certification, and this goes for anybody,
00:04:31 - not just government, where they don't value certifications all
00:04:33 - that much, think about the future and the doors and possibilities
00:04:37 - that could open for the future if you were to get this. So enough
00:04:41 - said. That's my pitch in a nutshell why you should get Cisco
00:04:45 - certified and I'm sure you've already read through all of the
00:04:48 - bullets on the screen. That's why Cisco certification is so valuable.
00:04:52 - They have been revising it over the years to become a very Real
00:04:56 - World process and it's funny. When I think back to my initial
00:04:59 - Cisco certification, it was ten years ago when I first got Cisco
00:05:03 - certified. I went through the entire CCNA and CCNP in a month.
00:05:09 - Now I know you're probably going, wow, you must be really smart.
00:05:12 - No. No, actually not at all. I can say after that month and getting
00:05:16 - all of those certifications, I knew probably just about as much
00:05:20 - of Cisco technology as I did before I did that, maybe a little
00:05:24 - more. I just happen to be a good book studier. I could pull out
00:05:27 - key facts and be like, oh, they're probably going to ask something
00:05:29 - on that. Highlight, highlight, highlight, and I was able to achieve
00:05:32 - it. If I were to do that nowadays, if I were to walk in with
00:05:35 - zero experience and try Cisco, there is no way I could pass even
00:05:39 - the CCNA exam in a month. It's been that much of a change. Well,
00:05:44 - maybe a month. I don't want to shoot myself down that low. But
00:05:48 - the point is, it's been that much of a change since the days
00:05:51 - of old, when I originally got into Cisco, to now. Everything
00:05:56 - is new, everything is different. There are simulations, it's
00:05:58 - very Real World. Essentially, they say you should not pass these
00:06:02 - exams unless you know what you're doing. You can see right here,
00:06:06 - these are 2007, 2008 dates that you see up on the screen. You
00:06:09 - might say, well, what's going on in the modern time frame? Well
00:06:12 - here we are, end of 2010, beginning of 2011
00:06:16 - and they have completely revised the CCNP curriculum to now be
00:06:21 - Cisco Route, Switch and TSHOOT. I can tell you, I've taken the
00:06:25 - Route exam and if you want a sneak peak at the very last nugget
00:06:28 - of this series, I talk about my experience with that exam. Wow.
00:06:33 - What a test. It is an amazing exam that again, you will walk
00:06:37 - away from that thinking, okay, if I didn't know what I was doing,
00:06:41 - I would not have passed that exam. It's a very Real World, experiential
00:06:46 - exam. So let me talk about the track itself, what's the best
00:06:51 - direction to go? What's the best certification to get? I get
00:06:54 - that question a lot. So, at this point, you're at Cisco Route
00:06:58 - which, first off, this series is not for mere mortals, meaning
00:07:01 - if you have not gone through the CCNA studies and understand
00:07:05 - where they're at, either gone through CBT nugget CCNA series
00:07:08 - or have an equivalent experience with CCNA, this series, I'm
00:07:12 - not going to say you'll be lost, but it'll be very difficult,
00:07:15 - because I'm going to assume that you know a lot of stuff by the
00:07:17 - time you get here. But that's where everybody begins. Everybody
00:07:20 - starts off with CCENT and CCNA. Even if you're going in the direction
00:07:25 - of voice or security, Cisco always wants you to have that foundation
00:07:29 - CCNA. I guess you could call it the CCNA Routing and Switching
00:07:33 - Foundation under your belt, so you really have a good grasp of
00:07:37 - the foundation of all Cisco networks. That's where you always
00:07:39 - begin. Now statistically, most people will continue on here and
00:07:43 - I would say even more so, now that Cisco has revised the
00:07:47 - CCNP track to be just three exams instead of four. It used to
00:07:51 - be four exams. You had BSCI, BCMSN, TU. No. You see, now it's
00:07:57 - all blending together. BCMSN, BSCI, ONT, optimizing
00:08:02 - networks and
00:08:05 - ISCW, the converge
00:08:09 - WANS, secure and converge WANS networks. So they've gone away
00:08:14 - from the four exams and now they have boiled it down to just
00:08:16 - three; Route, Switch and TSHOOT. Now the first question is, why'd
00:08:21 - they do that? Why did they make it "easier" to get your CCNP?
00:08:27 - Well the truth is, they didn't make it easier, they made it more
00:08:30 - focused. Over the years, all these different kinds of technologies
00:08:34 - have come out, like Voice over IP, security enhancements, Video
00:08:37 - over IP. I mean the world is changing, it always does, and just
00:08:40 - through attrition, we've started to see, attrition wasn't the
00:08:43 - right word. I'll say leakage, if that's a better word. Just by
00:08:47 - leaking these technologies into the CCNP, you start seeing a
00:08:53 - lot of the CCNP original focus, which was routing and switching,
00:08:58 - starting to blend into, oh yeah, there's some quality of service,
00:09:01 - oh yeah, there's some voice codex that you're going to have to
00:09:04 - know. There started to be all of this extra stuff in the CCNP
00:09:07 - to where it wasn't really a focus on routing and switching anymore.
00:09:11 - It ended up being a focus on all kinds of different technologies.
00:09:14 - So what they did when they revised it, you know a lot of people
00:09:16 - might say, well they made it easier, it's one less exam. Well
00:09:19 - yes, it's one less exam, however, the technology now goes much
00:09:22 - deeper than it ever did before. They've added a lot of depth.
00:09:26 - I think depth is the best word that I can use to describe it,
00:09:29 - depth to all of the topics. It used to be they would touch on
00:09:32 - it and be, oh yeah, if you want to know more about OSPF, go see
00:09:35 - these web links and things like that, or if you want to know
00:09:37 - more about EIGRP or BGP and all of these different things, go
00:09:40 - study here. Now they really take you there. When you leave CCNP
00:09:44 - they want you to master routing and switching. Likewise,
00:09:49 - when they announced the changes, I didn't believe it, but after
00:09:53 - seeing it, I do. They said we want the CCNP to prepare people
00:09:57 - for the CCIE. Now the CCIE, first off, I'll throw a little statistic
00:10:02 - out there for you. This guy down here, only 2%
00:10:06 - of people who have ever passed a Cisco certification exam, meaning
00:10:09 - somebody may have just gotten a CCNT or something like that,
00:10:12 - 2% of people ever go on to even attempt the CCIE. So it's a very
00:10:17 - select group of people that even try to get the CCIE, because
00:10:20 - it's a very difficult exam that you have to go after. One of
00:10:23 - the reasons for that is because people would take the CCNP and
00:10:27 - then they would look at exactly what they have to know for the
00:10:29 - CCIE and they would just go, no way. No way would I even have
00:10:35 - a chance to know that much stuff. If you ask somebody, if you've
00:10:41 - asked this question before to somebody, and you say, so what
00:10:43 - do you have to know for the CCIE? What's the answer that you
00:10:46 - hear? Everything.
00:10:48 - That's always the answer, from Cisco, from everybody. They always
00:10:50 - say you've got to know everything to get the CCIE. Well that's
00:10:53 - not true. You don't really need to know everything and there's
00:10:55 - a lot of fear around that whole exam simply because nothing prepared
00:11:00 - you for it moving up to it. Now it does. The CCNP is now a natural
00:11:05 - transition into the CCIE routing and switching, so much so that
00:11:09 - when I was going through and I was recording this series, I thought,
00:11:12 - you know what? This is hilarious. I wish I would have had me
00:11:18 - six years ago when I got my CCIE, because I would have been really
00:11:21 - helpful to explain a lot of these things. A lot of the concepts
00:11:24 - that I remember from the CCIE exam have now bled into the CCNP
00:11:28 - and I'm just thinking, wow. It's just amazing. Everything's being
00:11:32 - enhanced. The curve to get into this industry is amazing.
00:11:37 - Saying this, I feel bad for people that just are getting started
00:11:40 - into the Cisco realm because it was so much easier for me a decade
00:11:44 - ago when I first got into it to get started than it is now, just
00:11:47 - because the technology has become so rich and so deep. Now a
00:11:52 - couple of the logistics. Each exam has an expiration of three
00:11:55 - years but don't let that
00:11:57 - scare you. Yes, they do expire after three years but Cisco makes
00:12:01 - it very easy to renew your exam, meaning, let's say you get a
00:12:04 - CCNA, you have that certification for three years. Now when three
00:12:09 - years is coming up, you can either take that one exam again and
00:12:13 - get another CCNA for three years or you can move on in your studies.
00:12:17 - Let's say you passed the CCNA security, CCNA voice, or maybe
00:12:20 - you take one of the CCNP exams and passed, it automatically renews
00:12:25 - everything below it. So for example, you get a CCNA voice, that
00:12:29 - now lasts for three years and this gets a fresh three years on
00:12:32 - it as well. So we're talking about Route right here, so let's
00:12:35 - say you take this Route exam and pass it, that means your existing
00:12:39 - CCNA and CCNT get a fresh three years and now you have three
00:12:42 - years on this before that Route exam expires. So you pass Switch.
00:12:47 - You now have three years and this gets a fresh three years. Now
00:12:49 - it's not additive, it's not like you can keep taking it and be
00:12:51 - like, oh yeah, I've got a CCNA that lasts for 20 years with all
00:12:54 - the exams that I've taken. Not true. It just gets a fresh three
00:12:56 - years every time. Let me just give you a summary of this. I actually
00:13:02 - have at this point
00:13:04 - a CCVP, a CCNP, a CCSP, a CCIE routing and switch, I have some
00:13:08 - other Cisco design certifications not even shown here, some wireless
00:13:11 - certifications, but I actually, every two years, the CCIE you
00:13:16 - have to retest every two years. Now don't worry. You don't have
00:13:18 - to take the lab exam, you just retake the written, but every
00:13:21 - two years I go in and pass my one exam. It automatically renews
00:13:27 - my CCIE for another two years and every other certification I
00:13:31 - have for three years beyond that. So otherwise, without this
00:13:36 - policy, I would be taking exams every day just to keep them all
00:13:39 - current. I want to make sure I emphasize this, it goes sideways
00:13:42 - as well. So let's say you've got a CCNP, you've passed all three
00:13:45 - exams, and then you get into the CCVP, pass one exam from here
00:13:49 - and you automatically renew your CCNP for three years. Isn't
00:13:52 - that awesome? Cisco wanted to make sure you don't spend your
00:13:55 - time reviewing stuff you already know. They want you to get into
00:13:58 - new stuff and that's why that recertification policy is so cool.
00:14:03 - So the last thing I want to talk with you about before I let
00:14:06 - you into the series, is how you can get the most from this CBT
00:14:09 - nugget series, Cisco Route. First and foremost, repetition. There
00:14:14 - are scientific facts out there, numerous, that say if you just
00:14:17 - hear something one time, you've instantly forgot it. That's essentially
00:14:21 - what it's saying. In today's attention-deficit world where everything
00:14:24 - is pulling for your attention, it's impossible to remember things
00:14:26 - that you hear one time. So go through it again and again and
00:14:29 - again. Repeat it. That's one of the beauties of CBT nuggets,
00:14:32 - you've got me on TiVo. Just rewind me and listen to me a second
00:14:36 - time. Second thing, take notes. Write down key information that
00:14:39 - you hear. Say things out loud. One of the things I've been doing
00:14:42 - lately is CBT nuggets actually has an iPhone application which
00:14:46 - I have found to be an amazing product to have sitting in my car.
00:14:49 - I've been getting into a lot of the Windows 2008 server and beyond,
00:14:55 - R2 and what not, listening to one of the trainers here, James
00:14:59 - Conrad, what an amazing guy at CBT nuggets, learning more about
00:15:02 - Windows 2008, some of the cool, new features that it has and
00:15:05 - who's the other guy? Greg Shields.
00:15:09 - Learning some development stuff. I'm trying, I'm trying. I went
00:15:12 - to college for computer science and lab development and hated
00:15:15 - it. I'm trying to get back into the development world and get
00:15:17 - back to my roots as a, dare I say, a programmer? Although Cisco
00:15:22 - people just have a natural dislike for programmers. I don't know
00:15:25 - what that is. So I'm going to have to dislike myself when it's
00:15:27 - said and done. Nonetheless, I'm saying all this to say that I've
00:15:31 - been sitting in my car and a lot of times what happens is James
00:15:34 - Conrad or Greg will say something and I'll actually pause it
00:15:37 - on my phone and I'll say it out loud. I'll say, Windows 2008
00:15:40 - R2 install, I can't even think of something intelligent to say
00:15:44 - right there. I'll actually say it out loud to myself in the car
00:15:46 - and then keep driving, because hearing myself say something solidifies
00:15:50 - it in my head. Sometimes I'll be funny when I say it, make it
00:15:53 - something to just stick in my own head. Some people learn by
00:15:56 - writing down, some people just repeating it again and again.
00:15:59 - Whatever mode that you learn in, that's what you have to do for
00:16:02 - yourself as you're going throughout the series so that you retain
00:16:05 - it. The biggest thing, where I want to camp for a few moments,
00:16:08 - is that third bullet, build a lab. Walking away from the Cisco
00:16:12 - Route exam, I can tell you it will be very challenging to pass
00:16:16 - that exam without having done this stuff yourself, and Cisco
00:16:19 - has designed it that way to where you really need to know what
00:16:21 - you're doing to pass that test. So two ways that you can do that;
00:16:26 - one, grab a few routers yourself and build it in your home or
00:16:30 - at your office. Where to get the routers? You can grab them off
00:16:32 - of eBay and a lot of times your company will let you borrow some
00:16:36 - of the older routers that they're not using. I've even heard
00:16:38 - of companies giving their employees routers. That would be cool,
00:16:41 - and they just bring them home and set them up and experiment
00:16:44 - and connect cables and try things out and do all kinds of things
00:16:47 - to work with the Cisco devices in all kinds of different topologies.
00:16:52 - If you're going that direction, just like you can see this little
00:16:55 - mini-rack here, I pulled that picture off of some guy's lab on
00:16:57 - the Internet. What a cool little set up. If you're doing that,
00:17:00 - three 2600 routers minimum to do some of the topologies that
00:17:04 - we've been talking about, hopefully more. The other way to go
00:17:09 - about this is through a simulator or an emulator. Simulators
00:17:13 - can be found all over the place on the Internet. The emulator
00:17:16 - that I want to talk about for a moment is actually GNS3. GNS3
00:17:21 - is actually found at, let me just write that out there,
00:17:25 -, was actually written by a guy named Jeremy. It's not
00:17:30 - me, I wish it were. Maybe that's why I'm interested in learning
00:17:33 - programming. It's actually a guy named Jeremy from France, who
00:17:35 - created GNS3 which is an emulator for the Cisco IOS to actually
00:17:40 - boot the real deal IOS software on your computer and it can emulate
00:17:45 - one or more routers that you have. Now what I did when I created
00:17:50 - this series was I actually structured a lot of it around GNS3,
00:17:54 - not because I don't have the equipment. I actually kept a lot
00:17:57 - of the equipment that I had from my CCIE studies, years and years
00:18:00 - ago, just piles and piles of equipment that I have sitting here.
00:18:04 - I could do it with the physical equipment but my main goal is
00:18:08 - I want you to be able to do it too. I want you to be able to
00:18:11 - go through the labs that I've created and that I demo when I
00:18:15 - go through this entire series, so that you're able to experience
00:18:19 - it, that you're able to see the topologies that you set up, that
00:18:21 - you're able to try things that go outside the box of what I do.
00:18:24 - I'm sure you're going to go through this and see something I
00:18:27 - do and go, well, I wonder what would happen if you shut down
00:18:30 - that interface? Or what would happen if, you know? If you have
00:18:33 - that thought, what would happen if, that's a sign that you need
00:18:35 - to get in there and try it yourself to see it. So what I did
00:18:38 - when I created this series, is not only create the nuggets themselves
00:18:42 - that I've done for many, many other CBT nugget series, but I've
00:18:45 - created labs. I've actually taken a lot of time to sit down and
00:18:48 - write labs with GNS3 topologies included that you're able to
00:18:52 - do. Now you can take those labs and use it on your own equipment.
00:18:55 - Feel free to, I encourage you to do so, but keep in mind that
00:18:59 - these labs were built with GNS3, where getting a router is as
00:19:03 - easy as dragging an icon on to a topology and poof, the router
00:19:06 - appears. It doesn't cost anything. So some of the topologies
00:19:09 - have a lot of routers, which may be difficult if you actually
00:19:12 - have the physical devices. Again, a few things to say about GNS3.
00:19:17 - One, it is open source. The guy in France who's writing it, is
00:19:22 - keeping it all open source with a lot of contributors, and any
00:19:25 - time you throw something open source out there it means if it
00:19:27 - crashes, well, sorry. There's no one to call. It's free for anybody
00:19:33 - to use and anybody to contribute to and, I will say, in its current
00:19:37 - version that I'm using throughout this series, you may run into
00:19:39 - that. You may run into times where you just hit a bug and it
00:19:42 - explodes and it can be frustrating at times. So that's why I
00:19:45 - created a couple of nuggets following this where I explain some
00:19:48 - of the tests and trials that I've gone through when I've used
00:19:51 - GNS3 to hopefully ease that a little bit for you and keep you
00:19:54 - from getting frustrated with the product. Likewise,
00:19:57 - throughout this series, I've had the best of luck using a 2690
00:20:01 - IOS image in GNS3 so that's what I've built
00:20:06 - all the topologies for. If you are using a different IOS image,
00:20:10 - feel free to do that. Likewise, GNS3, let me just say this, is
00:20:14 - a lab only system. You are using this to study, it is not a production
00:20:18 - system. It does not even have packet
00:20:23 - forwarding capabilities that have any kind of supported speed
00:20:26 - whatsoever. However it does work to work well in a lab environment
00:20:30 - where you don't need a ton of throughput and things like that.
00:20:32 - So all of that being said, let me now hit the last two bullets
00:20:35 - because it bleeds right in there. The only real way I think you're
00:20:40 - going to do well in this, well, I won't say do well, but thrive
00:20:44 - in this career in Cisco, is to dig deeper and fall in love. People
00:20:49 - only love stuff that they really know and I think I've grown
00:20:52 - in that knowledge as I've gone into this. When I first got into
00:20:55 - Cisco, I didn't like it. As a matter of fact, when I first got
00:20:58 - into Novell, I didn't like it. I was like where's my gooey? Where's
00:21:01 - my next, next, next, finish button that I'm used to with Windows
00:21:04 - NT? You know all of these different things. Anytime you get into
00:21:07 - something new you just don't like it until you really know it
00:21:11 - and that's what I'm talking about when I say dig deeper. If I'm
00:21:14 - going through and I'm explaining something, you're like, well,
00:21:16 - I want more information about that. Go Google it. Go find it.
00:21:19 - The information technology highway has everything that you need.
00:21:22 - The more you master a topic, the more you'll like it and naturally,
00:21:26 - the better you'll be at it. That's my little fall in love thing,
00:21:29 - and if you've gone through another series with me here, you know
00:21:32 - that I always say this. The only true way to master something
00:21:35 - is to really love it. I think you get a feel from that just listening
00:21:40 - to me. You're like that guy really, really likes what he does,
00:21:43 - I can tell, and I do. Anytime I get into this and I run into
00:21:47 - a problem, immediately I'm like, oh, that's so lame. I wonder
00:21:50 - if that's a bug. I wonder. I kind of get that down and dreariness
00:21:55 - about me. I'm like, oh, how am I going to fix that? I don't know
00:21:57 - how it's... But once you get it, and you know this feeling, once
00:22:01 - you fix a problem that you've been trying to figure out for so
00:22:03 - long and then you get it and you know why it works and you're
00:22:06 - like, ah, I got it. You're like, that was pretty cool. That's
00:22:10 - how you get masterful at any kind of technology. You just do
00:22:14 - that again and again and again and again. It takes a lot of time
00:22:17 - but by the time it's said and done, you're going to walk away
00:22:19 - with a collection of experiences where you're like, this is an
00:22:23 - amazing technology and here's why, and you can explain everything
00:22:25 - about it. So all that being said, that's how I would hope that
00:22:28 - you would get the most from this whole series.
00:22:32 - So I release you now into the CBT Nugget Cisco Route series.
00:22:36 - I had a lot of fun making it. I hope that you enjoy it. I hope
00:22:40 - that this has been informative for you and I'd like to thank you for viewing.

Lab Foundations: GNS3 Overview and Operation

Lab Foundations: Network Design and Documentation

EIGRP Routing: Concepts and Planning

EIGRP Routing: Implementing Basic EIGRP

EIGRP Routing: Implementing Advanced EIGRP

EIGRP Routing: Implementing Advanced EIGRP, Part 2

EIGRP Routing: Best Practices and Design Options

OSPF Routing: Foundation Concepts, Part 1

OSPF Routing: Foundation Concepts, Part 2

OSPF Routing: Implementing Basic OSPF

OSPF Routing: Implementing OSPF over NBMA

OSPF Routing: Implementing OSPF over NBMA, Part 2

OSPF Routing: Area Types and Options

OSPF Routing: Area Types and Options, Part 2

IPv4 Redistribution: Controlling Routing Updates

IPv4 Redistribution: Implementing Simple Redistribution

IPv4 Redistribution: Implementing Advanced Redistribution

BGP Routing: Foundation Concepts and Planning

BGP Routing: Implementing Basic BGP

BGP Routing: Implementing Basic BGP, Part 2

BGP Routing: Tuning Attributes

BGP Routing: Tuning Attributes, Part 2

Path Control: Configuring Path Control

IPv6 Routing: Understanding and Implementing IPv6 Addressing

IPv6 Routing: Implementing IPv6 Routing and Routing Protocols

IPv6 Routing: Implementing IPv6 Routing and Routing Protocols, Part 2

IPv6 Routing: Transitioning to IPv6 and Certification Review

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Jeremy Cioara

Jeremy Cioara

CBT Nuggets Trainer

Cisco CCNA, CCDA, CCNA Security, CCNA Voice, CCNP, CCSP, CCVP, CCDP, CCIE R&S; Amazon Web Services CSA; Microsoft MCP, MCSE, Novell CNA, CNE; CompTIA A+, Network+, iNet+

Area of Expertise:
Cisco network administration and development. Author or coauthor of numerous books, including: CCNA Voice 640-461 Official Cert Guide; CCNA Voice Official Exam Certification Guide (640-460 IIUC); CCENT Exam Prep (Exam 640-822); CCNA Exam Cram (Exam 640-802) 3rd Edition; and CCNA Voice 640-461 Official Cert Guide.

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