Even the smallest organization requires a WAN and likely a VPN. This course explores the purpose of WAN and VPN connections, identifies real world WAN technology, and demonstrates the configuration of a VPN.
At the core of cloud-based technology is a thorough knowledge of running wide area networks and VPNs. In this course, Wide Area Networking and VPN Operation, you’ll learn key concepts about WAN and VPNs. First, you will examine the key components that differentiate WAN from LAN. Then, you will identify real world WAN technology used to build WAN connections. Next, you will describe why we use VPNs and how they operate. When you’re finished with this course, you’ll have a foundational knowledge of configuring a site to site VPN using Packet Tracer.
Course Overview Hi, everyone. My name is Ross Bagurdes, and welcome to my course, Wide Area Networks and VPN Operation. I'm a network engineer with more than 20 years' experience building enterprise networks and teaching people about them. Enterprise networks require high‑speed access to a variety of resources throughout the organization and on the internet. Data centers are specialized facilities often located at a site which is not near the main business centers. Wide area networks are required to provide connectivity between the data centers, business centers, the internet, and more. This course will introduce the key concepts involved in wide area networks and VPNs, including explaining why WANs are so important in data networking, discussing the real‑world WAN connections used in industry, explaining why VPNs are so useful, as well as describing VPN operation. By the end of this course, you'll understand the technologies used to create wide area networks, as well as be able to configure a site‑to‑site VPN on Cisco routers. Before beginning the course, you should be familiar with IP routing and encapsulation, router configuration, access control lists, and network address translation. I hope you'll join me on this journey to learn real‑world WAN technology and VPNs with the Wide Area Networks and VPN Operation course, at Pluralsight.