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Cisco A Beginner’s Guide Fifth Edition

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Fully updated bestselling beginner’s guide to designing and managing a Cisco network quickly and easilyFully updated throughout, Cisco: A Beginner’s Guide, Fifth Edition provides the essential underpinnings for understanding Cisco products, services, and technologies.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover 
  2. About the Authors
    1. About the Technical Reviewer
  3. Title Page
  4. Copyright Page
  5. Dedication
  6. At a Glance
  7. Contents 
  8. Acknowledgments
  9. Introduction
    1. Who Should Read This Book
    2. What This Book Covers
    3. How to Read This Book
  10. Part I: Cisco Overview
    1. Chapter 1: Cisco and the Internet
      1. Internetworking
      2. Cisco’s Position in the Computer Industry
      3. The Internet Landscape
        1. Internetworking’s Five Major Device Types
        2. Basic Internetwork Topologies
      4. Internetwork Players
      5. Internetworking Protocols
        1. Routing vs. Switching
        2. Other Internetworking Trends
      6. Cisco’s Offerings
        1. Competition
        2. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
        3. Cisco Solutions
        4. Cisco Innovation
    2. Chapter 2: Networking Primer
      1. Bits and Bytes
        1. How Computers Understand Data
      2. OSI Reference Model
        1. The Seven-Layer Stack
        2. OSI Implementation by Layer
      3. Network Technologies
        1. Ethernet
        2. Gigabit, 10 Gigabit, 40 Gigabit, and 100 Gigabit Ethernet
        3. Wireless
      4. WAN Technologies
        1. Dial-in Technologies
        2. WAN Trunk Technologies
      5. TCP/IP
        1. TCP/IP Messaging
        2. The Transport Layer
      6. IP Addressing
        1. The IP Address Format
        2. IP Address Classes
        3. Private Addressing
        4. Subnetting
        5. IP Version 6
      7. Putting It All Together
    3. Chapter 3: Cisco Certifications
      1. Certifications Overview
      2. Career Certifications and Paths
        1. Entry Level
        2. Associate
        3. Professional
        4. Expert
        5. Architect
        6. Specialist
      3. Certification Tracks
        1. Routing and Switching
        2. Design
        3. Network Security
        4. Wireless
        5. Voice
        6. Service Provider
        7. Service Provider Operations
      4. Technician Certifications
        1. CCT Routing & Switching
        2. CCT Data Center
        3. CCT TelePresence
      5. Specialist Certifications
        1. Collaboration Certifications
        2. Data Center Certifications
        3. Operating System Software (Cisco IOS XR Specialist)
        4. Security Certifications
        5. Video Certifications
      6. Where to Get Help
        1. Websites
        2. Classes
  11. Part II: Cisco Internetworking Tools
    1. Chapter 4: Routing Overview
      1. How Routers Work
        1. Routing for Efficiency
        2. Routers and the Internet
        3. Optical Routers
        4. IOS: The Internetwork Operating System
      2. Router Security
        1. Router Administrative Security
        2. Router Network Security
        3. Router Passwords
    2. Chapter 5: Routing Platforms
      1. Router Hardware
        1. Router Memory
        2. Router Ports and Modules
        3. Cisco Router Models
      2. Essential Files
        1. Communicating with IOS
        2. Meet IOS 12.4T (A.K.A. the “OLD” IOS)
      3. IP Mobility
        1. Meet IOS Release 15 (A.K.A. the “New” IOS)
      4. Meet NX-OS
        1. Meet IOS XR
        2. Using IOS Commands
        3. Overview of Router Modes
        4. The Configuration File’s Central Role
    3. Chapter 6: Configuring Routing
      1. Communicating with a Router
        1. The Console Port
        2. The Auxiliary Port
        3. SSH/Telnet
        4. The HTTP Server User Interface
      2. Essential Router Commands
      3. Password Recovery
        1. Recovering Enable Passwords
        2. Recovering Passwords from Older Cisco Routers
      4. Step-by-Step Router Configuration
        1. Setup Mode
        2. Giving a Router an Identity
        3. Examining Device Status
        4. Cisco Discovery Protocol
        5. Changes in IOS from Release 12.4 to Release 15
      5. Using Applications to Help Configure Routers
        1. Cisco Configuration Professional
      6. What’s Next
    4. Chapter 7: Switches
      1. Network Topologies
        1. The Importance of Network Domains
        2. Cabling Defines Network Speed and Distance
      2. Cisco Switches
        1. How an Individual Switch Works
        2. Switched Networking Basics
        3. Designing Switched Internetworks
        4. VLANs
        5. SmartOperations
        6. Cisco’s Switched Network Products
        7. Configuring and Managing Cisco Switches
      3. Cisco Network Assistant
        1. Features
        2. Installation
        3. Views
        4. Interaction
        5. Communities
        6. Using CNA
    5. Chapter 8: Security Overview
      1. Overview of Network Security
        1. Traffic-Based Security
        2. User-Based Security
      2. Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting
      3. Overview of the AAA Model
        1. How AAA Works
      4. Dynamic Access Lists
        1. Lock-and-Key Using a Local User Database
      5. Best Practices
        1. Reviewing Logs
        2. Securing Protocols
        3. Physical Security
        4. Keep Current on Your Devices
    6. Chapter 9: Access Control
      1. Cisco SecureX Architecture
        1. Overview
        2. Cisco SecureX Framework
      2. Identity Management
        1. Cisco TrustSec
        2. Cisco Secure Access Control Server (ACS)
        3. Cisco Network Admission Control (NAC)
        4. Identity Services Engine (ISE)
      3. The Access Lists
      4. Network Address Translation
      5. Virtual Private Networks
        1. What Composes a VPN?
        2. Cisco’s Solution
        3. Digging a Tunnel
      6. Summary
    7. Chapter 10: Security Appliances
      1. Firewalls
        1. Firewall Basics
        2. How Firewalls Work
        3. The IOS Firewall Feature Set
        4. ASA Firewall OS’s Adaptive Security Algorithm
        5. ASA OS 9
      2. Adaptive Security Appliances
      3. Access Routers
        1. Overview
        2. Models
      4. Cisco Cloud Web Security
        1. How Cisco Cloud Web Security Works
        2. Example of Cisco Cloud Web Security
      5. Cisco Security Manager
      6. Integrated Services Router
        1. The Right Tool for the Right Job
        2. Models
      7. Specialized Modules
        1. Firewall Services Module and ASA Service Modules
        2. Cisco Wireless Service Module (WiSM2)
      8. Intrusion Prevention System
      9. Summary
    8. Chapter 11: Cisco Unified Wireless
      1. Introduction to Wireless Networking
        1. The Roots of Wireless Networking
        2. Benefits
      2. WLANs
        1. How They Work
        2. Architecture
        3. Technologies
      3. Cisco Wireless Networking
        1. Philosophy
        2. Cisco’s Offerings
      4. Access Point Configuration
        1. Site Survey
        2. AP Placement
        3. Interference
        4. Initial Autonomous AP Settings
        5. Security
        6. Antenna Placement
      5. Summary
  12. Part III: Cisco Business Solutions
    1. Chapter 12: Cisco VoIP
      1. VoIP
        1. Introduction to VoIP
        2. Building VoIP Networks
        3. H.323
        4. SIP
        5. SCCP
        6. Implementation
      2. Cisco Unified Communications
        1. Cisco Unified Communications Manager
        2. Cisco Business Edition
        3. IP Phones
        4. Cisco Unified Communications Gateways
        5. TelePresence
        6. Collaborations
      3. Summary
    2. Chapter 13: Data Center and Virtualization
      1. Storage Area Networks
        1. Storage Needs
        2. Fibre Channel
        3. Other SAN Protocols
        4. Designing and Building a SAN
      2. Cisco MDS Switches and Directors
        1. Technologies
        2. Hardware
        3. Software
      3. Private Cloud
        1. Cisco Unified Computing System
        2. Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud
    3. Chapter 14: Cisco Content Networking and Video Solutions
      1. Content Delivery Networks
        1. Meet the CDN
        2. Cisco’s Solution
        3. ACNS
        4. Wide Area Application Engine
        5. Cisco Wide Area File System
      2. Caching
        1. Web Cache Communication Protocol
        2. Freshness
        3. Content Engine Caching
      3. Video
        1. Video Entertainment
        2. Video Collaboration
        3. Video Intelligence
  13. Part IV: Designing Cisco Networks
    1. Chapter 15: Routing Protocols
      1. Overview of Routing Protocols
        1. Routing Protocol Basics
        2. Routing Protocol Architectures
        3. How Routing Protocols Are Implemented
      2. Overview of Cisco Routing Protocols
        1. Cisco’s Interior Gateway Routing Protocol
        2. Configuring RIP 2
        3. Configuring Open Shortest Path First
        4. Border Gateway Protocol
        5. Multiprotocol Label Switching
        6. Cisco’s Routing Protocol Strategy
    2. Chapter 16: Network Management
      1. Overview of Network Management
        1. The Evolution of Management Tools
        2. Network Management Tools Today
        3. Trends in Enterprise System Management
      2. SNMP Is IP’s Common Management Platform
        1. What Is SNMP?
        2. SNMP Polling and Managed Objects
        3. The MIB
        4. Polling Groups and Data Aggregation
        5. SNMP Commands
        6. Thresholds
        7. Events and Traps
        8. RMON: Hardware Probes for Switched Networks
        9. NetFlow: Software Traffic Flow-Recording
        10. Cisco’s SNMP and RMON Implementations
      3. Cisco Prime Infrastructure
      4. Cisco Network Assistant
        1. Features
        2. Installation
        3. Views
        4. Interaction
        5. Communities
        6. Using CNA
      5. Summary
    3. Chapter 17: Network Design Process
      1. Internetwork Design Basics
        1. Internetworking Basics Reviewed
        2. The Three-Layer Hierarchical Design Model
        3. Design Methods
      2. Designing to Fit Needs
        1. Understanding Existing Internetworks
        2. Characterizing Networks
      3. Cisco Network Designs
        1. Logical Network Design
        2. Campus Network Designs
    4. Chapter 18: Troubleshooting Cisco Networks
      1. The Mechanics of Network Troubleshooting
      2. Network Troubleshooting Methods
        1. Troubleshooting Host IP Configuration
        2. Isolating Connectivity Problems
        3. Troubleshooting WAN Links
        4. Client-Server VPNs
      3. Troubleshooting Cisco Hardware
        1. Inspecting Devices
        2. The Reboot Test
      4. Troubleshooting Network Configurations
        1. Wireless Networks
        2. Troubleshooting Network Performance
  14. Index