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Advanced Ethernet switching  |    A 2 day   hands on   training course

Advanced Ethernet switching 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.

What will you learn
  • Troubleshoot switching.
  • Explain how a number of switch protocols work, including: UDLD
  • Design redundancy into switched networks.
  • Implement QoS on switches.
  • Harden switches.
Advanced Ethernet switching training course details
  • Who will benefit:
  • Technical staff working with Ethernet switches.

  • Prerequisites:
  • None

  • Duration
  • 2 days

  • Dates & prices
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Advanced Ethernet switching training course contents

  • Switches
  • 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.

  • RSTP
  • 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

  • Multicasting
  • What is multicasting, Static configuration, IGMP snooping, CGMP, MVR. IPv6 MLD snooping.
    Hands on: Multicast through switches

  • QoS
  • 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

  • Security
  • Static MAC addresses, AAA, RADIUS, Port based authentication, 802.1x, Guest VLANs, L2 attacks, SSH, HTTPS.
    Hands on: Hardening switches.

  • Miscellaneous
  • NTP, managing the MAC address table, managing system resources, SDN

Learning path



Based on customer reviews

J. E. - Aker Solutions:

"Good level of practical."

B. M. - London Internet Exchange

"Excellent presentation - very good course structure."

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.