As with many things, a solid foundation is required for one to build on. In this course, Switching Configuration for CCNA Data Center (200-150/200-155), you will learn the principles necessary to build a solid switching infrastructure, so you can build a highly functional network on top of it. First, you will learn the fundamentals of how switches work. You will then learn how to manage the Spanning Tree Protocol to ensure a consistent and predictable data flow across the layer 2 network. To wrap up the course, you will learn how to configure port channeling and VLANs. When you are finished with this course, you will have the skills to build and troubleshoot a Cisco switched network, as well as the necessary information to complete the network switching components of the CCNA Data Center certification exams.
Course Overview Hi everyone, welcome to Pluralsight. My name is Greg Dickinson, and this is Switching Configuration for CCNA Data Center. I'm a network engineer at a regional bank in my home state of Alabama. I have 20 years of experience building and managing networks of all sizes in a variety of industries. I've managed to make a pretty decent career out of my love of technology, and I'm happy to share the knowledge I've gained over the years with whomever might listen. Over the last few years, I've specialized in Cisco VoIP technologies and the underlying networks that makes those systems work. This course will help you develop the skills necessary to build and maintain a stable Ethernet network. Many of the protocols that make modern switch to networks just work require configuration to ensure that they scale properly, and this course will step you through many of them. Some of the major topics that we will cover include the basics of the OSI or Open Systems Interconnect model, so you can accurately describe how data flows work in modern networks, basic switch configuration, so you can take a switch out of the box and set it up to work on your network, configuring the Spanning Tree Protocol, so you can ensure that the data flows across your switch network properly, and configuring VLANs, so you can secure traffic according to best practices. By the end of this course, you'll have an understanding of how layer 2 switching operates in a Cisco network. Before beginning the course, you ideally should be familiar with basic networking concepts such as IP addressing, as well as a familiarity with the Cisco command-line interface. I hope you'll join me on this journey to learn Cisco switching with the Switching Configuration for CCNA Data Center course at Pluralsight.