The Network+ certification has long been considered a cornerstone to launching a networking career. CompTIA recently released a new exam that includes some significant changes including new emphasis on IPv6 concepts, troubleshooting, security, and administration of key systems. Keith’s course follows a new approach to training at CBT Nuggets with an emphasis on more efficient content and learning. The average Nugget length in Keith’s “CompTIA Network+ N10-006
” course is just 13 minutes, making training more convenient than ever!
Q: Why should companies train their IT professionals in this technology? What value does it bring?
Networks are the glue, which connect a company’s systems together. The more knowledgeable IT professionals are regarding the network, the better they will be able to design, implement, monitor and maintain the network. For every hour a technician or engineer spends in learning the technology, a huge return of that time investment will be seen regarding the maintenance and troubleshooting of a network.
Q: From a student-perspective, what did you keep in mind when creating this course?
I wanted to make this course valuable for every individual who spends time with me in this course, regardless if it is a new person to IT, a manager of IT or an IT professional who just wants to brush up on a few topics. The goal was to make this fun and useful for everyone.
Q: Any outside-of-the-box tips for students to get the most out of your course?
The journey of a thousand miles, begins with the first step. That same journey is completed by those who are consistent. I would recommend that learners commit to 10-15 minutes a day, and set up a reporting system to assist them in staying accountable. Also, practicing some of the hands on labs from course “CCNA Hands-on Labs using GNS3 and Wireshark” can be useful to help in reinforcing some of the commands. A pre-built GNS3 environment can be found in the CCNP TShoot 300-135 Hands-on Lab NuggetLab files, and video #2 of that course provides a demonstration of how to set up that environment. There is also a GNS3 1.x Fundamentals course that can assist a user in building a lab environment if desired.
Q: What’s one real-world application someone can expect to use, thanks to this course?
In a word, troubleshooting. By learning how the technologies work, along with the tools to verify the technologies, there will be an increased skill level regarding where to look and how to solve problems as they come up in the network.
Q: What are four topics/or technologies covered in this course?
Ethernet technologies, the TCP/IP protocol stack, layer 2 switch operations and layer 3 routing functions.
Q: What was your favorite Nugget to create?
So many of these were fun, that I can’t single out one as the favorite.
Q: What roadblocks did you come across when creating this training and how did you overcome them?
I wanted to cover the entire blueprint from CompTIA, (which I did), but doing it in the chronological order of the blueprint wasn’t reasonable, as much of the basic theory was at the end of the blueprint, and needed to be taught near the beginning of the course. So I needed to find an order that could allow the builder to learn and understand the Nuggets as they progress through the course. The great news is that we ended up with a logical order which allows the learner to understand and progress as they enjoy the Nuggets in the order presented in the course.
Q: What’s the ONE thing you hope learners take away from this training?
Comfort level, due to the learner understanding how the network really works, as well as some tools to use for the verification and troubleshooting of the network.