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Aruba ACSA: Aruba Certified Switching Associate

  • Number of Courses8 courses
  • Duration5 hours
  • Expanded

The Aruba Certified Switching Associate (ACSA) certification path on PluralSight teaches you the fundamental skills necessary to configure and manage modern, open standards-based networking solutions using Aruba's OS-CX routing and switching technologies. This series of courses consists of approximately 60% lecture and 40% hands-on lab exercises to help you learn how to implement and validate small to medium enterprise network solutions. This certification path prepares network professionals for the Aruba Certified Switching Associate (ACSA) exam available at Pearsonvue.com/hpe.

Participants will learn about ArubaOS-CX switch technologies including: Virtual Local Area Networks (VLANs), secure access using features like dynamic segmentation, redundancy technologies such as Multiple Spanning Tree Protocol (MSTP), link aggregation techniques including Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP), and switch virtualization with Aruba’s Virtual Switching work (VSF). You also learn about IP Routing including static and dynamic IP routing with Open Shortest Path First (OSPF).

Courses in this path

Networking Foundation

This section helps to ensure you have the foundational knowledge on which to build your network expertise. You learn basic networking concepts about physical networking media, communications over that media, and the numerical systems used in those communications. Then you explore the protocols used for network communications and the devices that use them to provide network services. From there you learn to apply this knowledge on actual networking gear while exploring network design, configuration, and discovery.

Network Switching Features and Services

This section is focused on Layer 2 of the OSI Model. This is where many network engineers spend most of their time – helping to ensure that end users have high-performing, secure, and resilient connectivity. After exploring network domains and the virtual networks that help create them, you dive into specific features you can use to meet common networking objectives. This includes the ubiquitous 802.1Q tagging mechanism, the Spanning Tree Protocol (STP) and Link Aggregation.

Network Routing Features and Services

This section focuses mainly on Layer 3 of the OSI model. Your Layer 2 knowledge helps get user devices connected to the network. Now you learn to get their communication packets across the building, across the campus, and all over the world! In other words, you learn about routing. This includes providing secure separation with Virtual Routing and Forwarding (VRF), redundancy with Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol (VRRP), IP addressing, and subnet masking. You learn about specific methods of routing – static routing for simplicity and the Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) protocol for scalability.

Network Management

Networks are more like a living organism than you might think. They have a lifecycle of design, deployment, configuration, and…management. Now that your network is up and running you must ensure it remains optimized, secure, and functional. You learn how nice it is to group multiple network devices into a “stack”, so you can manage them as a single unit. Then you explore fundamental management and maintenance concepts and protocols like Secure Shell (SSH), Remote Authentication Dail-in User Service (RADIUS), Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting (AAA), and the Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP). Finally, you learn how Aruba takes network management to the next level with Aruba NetEdit. This helps to ease and automate network management tasks with coordinated, consistent network discovery, configuration, monitoring, and troubleshooting.

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