Aruba ACSA: Aruba Certified Switching Associate

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Aruba ACSA: Aruba Certified Switching Associate

Author: Aruba Education Services

The Aruba Certified Switching Associate (ACSA) certification path on PluralSight teaches you the fundamental skills necessary to configure and manage modern, open standards-based... Read more

  • Describe network fundamentals

  • Describe the Aruba Switch portfolio

  • Explain Aruba OS-CX Network OS features

  • Describe & Configure:

  • VLANs

    • Spanning Tree Protocol
    • VRRP
    • Link Aggregation
    • IP Routing
    • Subnetting
    • OSPFv2 – Single Area
    • Stacking using VSF
  • Perform secure management & maintenance functions

  • Use Aruba Net Edit

Pre-requisites

Ideal candidates are IT Professionals who deploy small-to-medium scale enterprise network solutions based on Aruba products and technologies. Learners should have a basic understanding of wired computer networking. The Intro to Aruba Networking: Concepts, Switching & Network Design is recommended as a prerequisite for beginners.

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.

Aruba Fundaments & Basic Solutions

by Aruba Education Services

Oct 7, 2021 / 1h 41m

1h 41m

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Description

The Aruba Fundamentals & Basic Solutions course is the first of eight courses in the Aruba ACSA Certification Path for Pluralsight. This course lays the foundational knowledge upon which the rest of your ACSA training, and perhaps a significant portion of your career is based. Mastering these materials will greatly ease future learning about more advanced concepts. By completing this course students will comprehend basic networking concepts like LAN, WAN, computing networks, protocols, and the OSI Model. You will be able to explain encapsulation and headers, understand how to convert numbering systems, and explain the differences between unicast, multicast, and broadcast. Gain the knowledge to explain network hierarchical models, describe network devices, and common network services in the TCP/IP section of this course. Finally, you’ll take a look at an Aruba Switch with a hands-on demonstration where you’ll learn how to describe the Aruba OS-CX operating system, discover switch information with CLI show commands, perform basic configuration tasks, and discover network status and connectivity information. Before beginning this please download the supplemental reading guide in the exercise files to learn more throughout the ACSA certification path. We also recommend purchasing the 4-hour Aruba Switching Fundamentals self-directed lab to get hands-on practice and better prepare you for exam day.

Table of contents
  1. Aruba Fundaments & Basic Solutions Intro
  2. Networking Fundamentals
  3. TCP/IP
  4. Basic Network Solutions with Aruba
  5. Lab Activities

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.

VLANS

by Aruba Education Services

Oct 8, 2021 / 32m

32m

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The second course in the ACSA certification path for Pluralsight introduces Virtual Local Area Networks, or VLANs. In the first part of this course you'll learn about collision and broadcast domains and take a look at how to describe and configure VLANs. The second part of this course explains 802.1Q tagging, configuring trunk ports, MAC address and ARP forwarding tables, and the frame delivery process.

Table of contents
  1. VLANS Intro
  2. Virtual LANS
  3. Lab Activities

Spanning Tree and Link Aggregation

by Aruba Education Services

Oct 8, 2021 / 39m

39m

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The third course in the ACSA certification path for Pluralsight introduces Spanning Tree Protocol and Link Aggregation. Students will get an understanding of Spanning Tree Protocol and redundant network links. Learn to explain and configure Rapid STP, and describe and configure MST. The last section of this course introduces Link Aggregation and it’s interface requirements, you’ll also discover how to configure and verify load balancing.

Table of contents
  1. Spanning Tree and Link Aggregation Intro
  2. Spanning Tree Protocol
  3. Link Aggregation
  4. Lab Activities

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.

Intro to Layer 3 Solutions

by Aruba Education Services

Oct 7, 2021 / 37m

37m

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The fourth course in the ACSA certification path for Pluralsight introduces Layer 3 Solutions with IPv4 Routing and VRRP. The routing portion of the course covers IP addressing, masking, inter-VLAN routing and virtual routing and forwarding. Then you’ll get an understanding of the need for L3 redundancy and First Hop Redundancy protocols and learn about VRRP (virtual routing redundancy protocol). Appears in the Course Description tab

Table of contents
  1. Intro to Layer 3 Solutions Intro
  2. IPv4 Routing
  3. Virtual Routing Redundancy Protocol (VRRP)

Subnetting

by Aruba Education Services

Oct 8, 2021 / 34m

34m

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The fifth course in the ACSA certification path for Pluralsight builds on your knowledge of IP routing with an overview of subnetting. This course teaches what subnetting is and how to perform subnetting. You’ll also be able to explain the advantages of VLSM and CIDR.

Table of contents
  1. Subnetting Intro
  2. Subnetting
  3. Lab Activities

Intro to Routing Protocols

by Aruba Education Services

Oct 7, 2021 / 13m

13m

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The sixth course in the ACSA certification path for Pluralsight wraps up on routing with an introduction to routing protocols. In this course, you’ll learn about the operation and use of route types and recognize Layer 3 scalability issues. Understand routing protocols including distance vector and link-state routing protocols.

Table of contents
  1. Intro to Routing Protocols Intro
  2. IP Routing
  3. Lab Activities

OSPF

by Aruba Education Services

Oct 7, 2021 / 19m

19m

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The seventh course in the ACSA certification path for Pluralsight covers Open Shortest Path First (OSPF). This course examines OSPF general operation, explains areas and Router IDs, describes hello messages, network types, and designated route election. You’ll also get an explanation of OSPF LSA types, path selection, and convergence. Learn how to configure OSPF and use path costs to manipulate and describe passive interfaces.

Table of contents
  1. OSPF Intro
  2. Open Shortest Path First (OSPF)
  3. Lab Activities

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.

Management Plane Solutions

by Aruba Education Services

Oct 7, 2021 / 34m

34m

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The final course in the ACSA certification path for Pluralsight teaches Management Plane Solutions with Aruba CX Switches, including stacking technologies and secure management and maintenance tools. Upon completion of this course students will be able to describe device operational planes, stacking technologies and their benefits, and explain and configure Virtual Switch Framework (VSF). You’ll also get an understanding of the OOBM port and management VRF, secure management protocols, and RADIUS-based management authentication. Learn about SNMP, configuration file management, and restore an Aruba OS-CX device to factory default to perform password recovery. Explore the Aruba OS-CX management tools including NetEdit and the Aruba CX Mobile App. Now that you’ve completed the ACSA certification path with Pluralsight we encourage you to schedule the ACSA certification exam at pearsonvue.com/hpe.

Table of contents
  1. Management Plane Solutions Intro
  2. Stacking
  3. Secure Management and Maintenance
  4. AOS-CX Management Tools
  5. Lab Activities
Learning Paths

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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