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Cisco Networking Academy's Introduction to Basic Switching Concepts and Configuration

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This chapter examines some of the basic switch configuration settings required to maintain a secure, available, switched LAN environment.
This chapter is from the book


Upon completion of this chapter, you will be able to answer the following questions:

  • What are the steps a switch takes after power is applied?
  • What is the function of the boot loader if the operating system is corrupt or missing?
  • How might the switch LEDs help with troubleshooting?
  • What are the steps taken to configure a Cisco switch with an IP address, subnet mask, and default gateway?
  • What interface is used to apply an IP address to a Cisco switch?
  • What functionality is available once a switch has an IP address and default gateway?
  • What type of customization can be applied to a switch port?
  • What tools can be used to troubleshoot a Layer 1 or 2 problem?
  • What steps are required to configure a switch for SSH access?
  • What are some common security attacks that affect switches?
  • What mitigation tools could be used on a Cisco switch to prevent or react to a security attack?
  • What are best practices for switch security?
  • What steps are required to configure switch security?
  • What is the purpose of NTP?
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