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Data Center Education Series: Understanding Networking Fundamentals by PTS Data Center Solutions, Inc.

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PTS Data Center Education Series
Understanding Networking Fundamentals


Overview

Build a foundation of networking knowledge in a real-world, multi-vendor environment.

A strong foundation of basic networking concepts is fundamental to a successful career in information technology, and in our popular Understanding Networking Fundamentals course, you'll gain those real-world, practical skills.

In this broad-based foundational course, you'll move step-by-step through the basics of data networking, practicing with leading-edge technologies from Cisco, Juniper, ADTRAN, HP, Dell, and Microsoft.

With a strong foundation and an understanding of basic network functions, standards, and protocols, you will be prepared to tackle advanced networking skills including TCP/IP, security, wireless integration, and Voice over IP.

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What You'll Learn

  • How switches and routers interconnect using equipment from multiple vendors
  • IP addressing and how to create subnets
  • How TCP/IP works and how to configure it on various devices
  • Capture and view network traffic using a protocol analyzer
  • Wireless network options available
  • Basic security and firewall issues
  • How Ethernet works and how all of the various forms can be connected
  • Basics of layered network protocols
  • Difference between logical and physical network segments
  • Install Cat 5e UTP and fiber optic cables
  • How VLANs function
  • When and how to use NAT
  • Function of various routing protocols such as RIP, IGRP, and OSPF
  • An overview of WAN technologies
  • Functions of NetBIOS and NetBEUI
  • Benefits and issues of Instant Messaging

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Cost

$2,995 - 5 day course
$2,395 - Virtual Classroom

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Course Outline

1. Network Overview

  • Defining a Network
    • Reasons to Use a Network
  • Network Components
    • End Devices
    • Operating Systems
    • Network Infrastructure
    • Network Types
    • Network Services

2. Network Functions and Standards

  • Generic Network Functions
  • Standards Organizations
    • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
    • Common WAN Serial Interface Standards
  • Internet Organizations
    • Internet Standards Process
  • OSI Model Overview
    • Layer 1: Physical Layer
    • Layer 2: Data Link Layer
    • Layer 3: Network Layer
    • Layer 4: Transport Layer
    • Layer 5: Session Layer
    • Layer 6: Presentation Layer
    • Layer 7: Application Layer
  • TTCP/IP Model

3. Local Signaling Media

  • Serial Cabling Specifications
    • Media Interface Specifications
    • DCE and DTE Specifications
  • Twisted-Pair Cabling Specifications
    • Cable Runs
    • Seven Keys to Successful UTP Wiring
  • Fiber Optic Cabling Systems
    • Fiber Optic Cabling Types
  • Wireless Networking Systems
    • Wireless Network Preparation

4. Ethernet

  • Network Overview
    • Network Interface Cards
    • MAC Addresses
    • NIC Drivers
    • CSMA/CD Operation
    • Ethernet Collision Domain
  • Ethernet Connectivity Standards
    • 10 Mbps Ethernet Connectivity Options
    • 100 Mbps Ethernet Connectivity Options
    • Gigabit Ethernet Overview
    • 10 Gigabit Ethernet Connectivity Options
  • Ethernet Version II Frame Structure
    • Ethernet Type Field
    • IEEE 802.3 with 802.2 Frame Format
    • Captured Frame Displayed by a Protocol Analyzer
  • Ethernet Equipment Overview
    • Ethernet Ports and Connectors
    • Half-Duplex and Full-Duplex Operation
    • Ethernet Hubs
    • Ethernet Switches
    • Integrating 10, 100, and 1,000 Mbps and 10 Gbps Ethernet
  • Ethernet Performance Issues

5. Switching

  • Switching Overview
    • Current Switch Installations
  • Switch Operation Overview
    • The Learning Process
    • The Flooding Process
    • The Forwarding and Filtering Process
    • Switch Loop Problems
  • Switch Configuration
    • Port Security
  • Spanning Tree Algorithm Overview
    • STA Root Switch Election
    • STA Path Selection
    • Spanning Tree Timers
    • STA Self-Healing Ability
  • VLAN Overview
    • VLAN Configuration
    • VLAN Operation
    • VLANs on Multiple Switches
  • Switch Troubleshooting

6. Logical Addressing

  • Logical Address Overview
  • Binary Numbering
    • Converting Binary to Decimal
    • Converting Decimal to Binary
    • Conversion Practice
  • Dotted Decimal Notation
  • Logical Address Types
  • Class-Based Addressing
    • Network-Specific Addresses
  • Reserved Addresses
  • Private Addresses
  • Network Masking
  • Classless Addressing

7. Address Resolution Protocol (ARP)

  • Address Resolution Overview
  • ARP Process
    • ARP Messages
  • ARP Cache
    • ARP Command
  • Gratuitous ARP
  • Proxy ARP
  • AARP Restrictions

8. Subnetting

  • Subnetting Overview
    • Communication Between Hosts
    • IP Address and Mask
  • Subnetting Basics
    • Subnet Rules
    • Subnetting Decisions
    • Four Key Addresses
  • Case Study
    • Onageristic Analysis Inc.
    • Masking for Subnets
    • Masking for Interfaces
    • Headquarters Addressing
    • East Addressing
    • West Addressing
    • WWAN Addressing

9. Routing

  • Routing Overview
    • Logical Segmentation
  • Static Links vs. Dynamic Routing
  • Router Configuration Overview
    • Routing Protocols
    • Routing Metrics
  • Routing Protocol Operation
    • Routing Information Protocol
    • RIP Routing Tables
    • Open Shortest Path First (OSPF)
    • Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP)
    • Border Gateway Protocol (BGP)

10. WAN Overview

  • WAN Overview
    • Telecommunications Infrastructure
    • Connection Types: PVC and SVC
    • WAN Technologies
  • WAN Circuit-Switching
    • Wide Area Transmission Rates
    • SONET
    • Leased Lines
  • WAN Packet-Switching
    • Packet-Switching Networks
    • Metro/Carrier Ethernet
    • X.25 Overview
    • Frame Relay Overview

11. Network Layer Processes

  • Network Layer Processes Overview
  • Logical Addressing
    • Network Loop Handling
    • Routing Decision-Making
    • Path Control
    • Multicast Management
  • Communication Flexibility
    • Multiplexing
    • Data Length Management
  • Quality of Service
    • Data Receipt Verification
  • Diagnostics
    • Logical Error Reporting

12. Session Handling

  • Session Handling Overview
  • Process Identification
    • Application Port Numbering
    • Temporary Ports
    • Port Address Translation
  • Connectionless Functions
    • Connectionless Support
  • Connection-Based Functions
    • Connection Handshake
    • Connection Shutdown

13. Supporting Processes

  • Supporting Processes Overview
  • Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP)
    • Four-Step IP Addressing Process
  • Domain Name System (DNS)
    • Top-Level Domains
    • Country Domains
    • Dynamic DNS
  • ICMP Overview
    • The ping Command
    • Variation Reports

14. NetBIOS and NetBEUI

  • A Historical Perspective
    • What is NetBIOS?
    • NetBIOS Services
    • NetBIOS vs. NetBEUI
    • NetBIOS over TCP/IP
  • Server Message Block
    • SMB Security
  • NetBIOS Limitations
    • The net Commands
    • The nbtstat Command

15. Security

  • Network Security Overview
    • Network Security Assessment
    • Attack Types
    • Hackers and Attackers
    • Authentication
    • Encryption
    • Intrusion Detection Systems
  • Content Filtering
    • Firewalls
    • Personal Firewalls
    • Packet Filters
    • Proxy Servers
    • Stateful Inspection Firewalls
  • Security Levels
    • Single-Layer Protection
    • Double-Layer Protection
    • Triple-Layer Protection
  • Virtual Private Networks (VPNs)
  • Develop a Security Plan
    • Vulnerability Assessment

16. User and Manager Processes

  • User and Manager Processes Overview
  • Terminal Emulation
  • File Transfer
    • Connection-Based File Transfer
    • Connectionless File Transfer
  • E-Mail
    • Sending E-Mail
    • Retrieving E-Mail
  • Web Browsing
    • Uniform Resource Locator
  • Network Management

17. Wireless LANs

  • Wireless LAN Overview
    • Wireless LAN Components
    • Wireless Design Issues
  • Wireless LAN Standards
    • IEEE 802.11a
    • IEEE 802.11b
    • IEEE 802.11g
  • Wireless Security
    • Basic Security Steps
    • Wired Equivalent Privacy
    • Wi-Fi Protected Access
  • Non-Standard Solutions

18. Instant Messaging

  • Instant Messaging Overview
    • Integrated Communications
    • Presence Awareness
    • Security Issues
  • Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) Act
  • Standards
    • SIMPLE
    • XMXMPP

19. Networking Advances

  • Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6)
    • IPv6 Addressing
    • Internet2
  • Voice over IP (VoIP)
    • Uses for VoIP
    • Why VoIP Instead of Traditional Voice?
  • Wireless Broadband
  • Video over IP

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Labs

Lab 1: Network Equipment

  • Identifying the Equipment
  • Identifying the Cabling in the Classroom
  • Identifying the Lab Configurations

Lab 2: Simple Networking with Ethernet

  • Configuring your PC
  • Cables Might Matter
  • Connecting to the Hub
  • Using netstat

Lab 3: Elementary Protocol Analysis

  • The Protocol Analyzer
  • Traffic Flow in a Hub Network
  • Error Messages

Lab 4: Exploring Layer 2 Switching

  • Using a Single Workgroup Switch
  • Using Switches to Isolate Traffic Among Ports
  • Viewing the Switch Forwarding Table
  • Using Multiple Switches
  • Controlling Traffic with the Spanning Tree Protocol
  • Viewing Forwarding Tables from Other Vendors

Lab 5: Logical Addressing

  • Identifying Classes of Addresses
  • Identifying Public and Private Addresses
  • Identifying Properly Formatted Masks
  • Identifying Masks and Prefixes
  • IP Network Address Selection
  • Labeling an IP Network with Correct Addresses

Lab 6: Address Resolution Protocol (ARP) Processing

  • View the ARP Cache
  • Verify the ARP Cache Entries for the Classroom
  • View an ARP Exchange Using the Protocol Analyzer

Lab 7: Subnetting

  • Selecting Masks for Various Problems
  • Creating a Subnet Plan
  • Labeling the Network Diagram

Lab 8: Routing

  • Add Routers to the Networks
  • Convert Your Workstation to DHCP for Address Assignment
  • Workgroup 1 Router Information
  • Workgroup 2 Router Information
  • Configurations

Lab 9: IP Header Analysis

  • IP Header Information

Lab 10: TCP Operation

  • Viewing a TCP Session
  • Locating and Documenting the Three-Step Startup Process
  • Locating and Documenting the Application Login Process
  • Locating and Documenting the Logout Process
  • Locating and Documenting TCP Session Termination

Lab 11: DHCP Operation and Analysis

  • Viewing the Result of DHCP Failure
  • Viewing Your DHCP Configuration
  • View a UDP Header
  • View the Four-Step DHCP Process

Lab 12: DNS

  • Querying a DNS Server with nslookup
  • Viewing a DNS Request
  • Viewing a DNS Response

Lab 13: ICMP

  • Examining an Echo Request/Echo Response Message Pair
  • Examining a Network Unreachable Message

Lab 14: Network Security

  • Implementing the Windows XP Firewall Function
  • Testing the Windows XP Firewall Function
  • Viewing the Configuration of the Firewall Implementation in the Network
  • Testing the Network Firewall Function

Lab 15: User Processes

  • Viewing an SMTP Session
  • Viewing a POP3 Session

Lab 16: Wireless Networking

  • Setting Up a Wireless Connection
  • Verifying Your New IP Address
  • Determining Your Wireless Connectivity

Lab 17: Instant Messaging

  • Instant Messaging

Lab 18: Leading Edge Processes

  • Preparing for Voice over IP
  • Placing a Call
  • Watching the Call Process

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