Table of Contents

1.1 Network topologies
1.2 Network types
1.3 Service providers
1.4 zyLab training: Basics
1.5 GNS3 lab training: Basics
1.6 LAB: LAN topology (Walkthrough)
1.7 LAB: WAN topology (Walkthrough)

2.1 Conceptual models
2.2 OSI model layers
2.3 DoD model layers
2.4 Networking devices
2.5 Networked devices
2.6 LAB: OSI Model encapsulation and decapsulation (Walkthrough)
2.7 LAB: DoD Model encapsulation and decapsulation (Walkthrough)

3.1 Bounded media
3.2 Coaxial media
3.3 TP media
3.4 Fiber media
3.5 Bounded media management
3.6 LAB: TP Management (Walkthrough)
3.7 LAB: Fiber Management (Walkthrough)
3.8 LAB: TP Management (Scenario)
3.9 LAB: Fiber Management (Scenario)

4.1 Types of network addresses
4.2 MAC address
4.3 IPv4
4.4 IPv6
4.5 LAB: Assigning IP addresses manually (Walkthrough)
4.6 LAB: MAC and IP addresses (Walkthrough)
4.7 LAB: Assigning IP addresses manually (Scenario)
4.8 LAB: Configure a router (Scenario)

5.1 Binary decimal conversion
5.2 Network address
5.3 Classless addresses
5.4 Subnetting basics
5.5 VLAN
5.6 LAB: VLANs (Walkthrough)
5.7 LAB: Subnets (Walkthrough)
5.8 LAB: Four subnet (Scenario)
5.9 LAB: VLAN (Scenario)

6.1 Protocol types
6.2 Distance vector protocol
6.3 Link state protocol
6.4 Common protocols
6.5 Secure protocols
6.6 Mail, web and remote access protocols
6.7 LAB: Asymmetric cryptography (Walkthrough)
6.8 LAB: Secure shell (SSH) (Walkthrough)

7.1 Network transmission
7.2 Network traffic
7.3 Switch features
7.4 Switch configuration
7.5 Security zones and IP support
7.6 Routers
7.7 LAB: PAT (Walkthrough)
7.8 LAB: Port NAT (Walkthrough)
7.9 LAB: NAT (Walkthrough)
7.10 LAB: NAT (Scenario)

8.1 Security
8.2 Security systems and devices
8.3 Security systems and ACL security
8.4 Authentication and Authorization
8.5 Multifactor and policies
8.6 Types of authentication
8.7 RBAC, MAC, and DAC
8.8 Security attacks
8.9 Endpoint security measures
8.10 Other security measures
8.11 VPN and remote access
8.12 LAB: Denial-of-Service (DoS) attacks (Walkthrough)
8.13 LAB: Virtual private network (VPN) (Walkthrough)

9.1 Wireless characteristics
9.2 WLAN standards
9.3 Wireless network design
9.4 WLAN attacks
9.5 WLAN Security
9.6 LAB: Configuring a WAP for the 2.4 GHz band using the 802.11n WLAN standard (Walkthrough)
9.7 LAB: Configuring a WAP for the 5 GHz band using the 802.11n WLAN standard (Walkthrough)
9.8 LAB: Configuring a WAP for the 2.4 GHz band using the 802.11n WLAN standard (Scenario)
9.9 LAB: Configuring a WAP for the 5 GHz band using the 802.11n WLAN standard (Scenario)

10.1 DNS
10.2 DNS process
10.3 DHCP
10.4 DHCP server and queries
10.5 NTP
10.6 LAB: DNS (Walkthrough)
10.7 LAB: DHCP (Walkthrough)
10.8 LAB: DNS (Scenario)
10.9 LAB: DHCP (Scenario)

11.1 Data center
11.2 Virtual
11.3 Cloud
11.4 Network storage
11.5 LAB: Remote desktop (Walkthrough)
11.6 LAB: Firewalls (Walkthrough)
11.7 LAB: Firewall (Scenario)

12.1 Performance monitoring
12.2 Performance monitoring resources
12.3 Command-line performance monitoring
12.4 Performance monitoring software
12.5 Network platform performance monitoring
12.6 Network documentation
12.7 Network plans and policies
12.8 High availability
12.9 Replication and recovery
12.10 Disaster recovery
12.11 LAB: Performance metrics (Windows) (Walkthrough)
12.12 LAB: Performance metrics (Linux) (Walkthrough)

13.1 Troubleshooting methodology
13.2 Identifying a physical layer problem
13.3 Identifying a higher layer problem
13.4 Troubleshooting tools
13.5 Troubleshooting solution considerations
13.6 LAB: Troubleshooting a network service problem (Windows) (Walkthrough)
13.7 LAB: Troubleshooting a network service problem (Linux) (Walkthrough)
13.8 LAB: Troubleshooting a Windows network service problem (Scenario)

14.1 Network Type, Topologies, and Characteristics Test Bank
14.2 Conceptual Models and Network Devices Test Bank
14.3 Bounded Media Standards and Applications Test Bank
14.4 Address Types Test Bank
14.5 Segmentation Test Bank
14.6 Protocols Test Bank
14.7 Switches and Routers Test Bank
14.8 Network Security Test Bank
14.9 Wireless Networking Test Bank
14.10 Network Services Test Bank
14.11 Network Architecture Test Bank
14.12 Network Operations Test Bank
14.13 Network Troubleshooting Test Bank
14.14 Practice Test 1
14.15 Practice Test 2

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