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Advanced Ethernet switching

A 2 day
training course
**Due to the current COVID-19 isolation rules all our courses are being delivered via virtual instructor led learning until further notice**

Advanced Ethernet switch training course description

An advanced hands on switching course for those already familiar with the basics such as STP and VLANs. The course starts with advanced diagnostics and network monitoring moving onto switch protocols. A large part of the second day is spent implementing QoS and security such as 802.1x.

Key outcomes from this course

By the end of the course delegates will be able to:
  • Troubleshoot switching.
  • Explain how a number of switch protocols work, including:
    • UDLD
    • LLDP
    • LACP
    • DTP
    • VTP/MVRP
  • Design redundancy into switched networks.
  • Implement QoS on switches.
  • Harden switches.

Advanced Ethernet switch training course details

Who will benefit:
  • Technical staff working with Ethernet switches.
  • Prerequisites:
    Definitive Ethernet switching for engineers.
    2 days

    Training approach

    This structured training course seeks to build upon workbook learning through the use of group exercises, dynamic discussion and individual tasks in order to deliver an engaging and interactive module that will ensure all candidates are able to transfer their new skills into the workplace.

    Overall ratings for this course:

    Course review

    "Good level of practical."
    J. E. Aker Solutions
    "Excellent presentation - very good course structure."
    B. M. London Internet Exchange

    Advanced Ethernet switch training contents

    Switch review, troubleshooting, diagnostics, L2 traceroute, UDLD, message logging, Wireshark, port mirroring.
    Hands on: Troubleshooting.
    Network management
    SNMP, SNMPv3, RMON, Netflow, Sflow. System logging.
    Hands on: Managing switches with SNMP. Syslogd.
    Switches and automatic configuration
    Auto-MDIX, LLDP, CDP, Link aggregation, LACP, Link state tracking, VLANS and tags, DTP.
    Hands on: Discovery, dynamic configuration.
    802.1w, new port roles and states, new BPDUs, rapid convergence, topology changes, compatibility issues. L3 redundancy, VRRP, GLBP. Design issues.
    Hands on: RSTP, VRRP.
    VLANS: Registration protocols
    Why VTP? VTP modes, how VTP works, VTP pruning. GVRP, MVRP.
    Hands on: Dynamic VLANs
    STP variations and alternatives
    802.1s (multiple spanning tree), regions, rings, L2MP, TRILL.
    Hands on: 802.1s
    What is multicasting, Static configuration, IGMP snooping, CGMP, MVR. IPv6 MLD snooping.
    Hands on: Multicast through switches
    Storm control, DSCP, 802.1Q, 802.1p, mapping, classification, policy, Ingress queues, Egress queues. Dropping frames, limiting bandwidth.
    Hands on: Voice through switches.
    More VLANS
    Native VLANs, Voice VLANs
    Static MAC addresses, AAA, RADIUS, Port based authentication, 802.1x, Guest VLANs, L2 attacks, SSH, HTTPS.
    Hands on: Hardening switches.
    NTP, managing the MAC address table, managing system resources. SDN.

    Why Choose Us

    SNT trainers score an average of over 90% on the three main areas of:
    • Ability to teach
    • Technical knowledge
    • Answering questions
    “Excellently presented by a very knowledgeable and enthusiastic trainer.” P.D. General Dynamics

    We limit our maximum class size to 8 delegates; often we have less than this. This ensures optimal interactivity between delegates and instructor.
    "Excellent course. The small class size was a great benefit…" M.B. IBM

    We write our own courses; courseware does not just consist of slides and our slides are diagrams not bullet point text. A typical chapter provides clearly defined objectives with a chapter overview, slides with text underneath, a quiz at the end to check the learning of the students. Hands on exercises are at the end and are used to reinforce the theory.

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