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Designing and Deploying Cisco Unified IM and Presence
By Chris Olsen
Feb 25, 2016
This chapter describes the Cisco Unified Communications IM and Presence (IM&P) architecture and design.
Cisco Video Surveillance
By Brian Morgan, Jason Ball
Jan 25, 2016
This chapter from CCNA Collaboration CIVND 210-065 Official Cert Guide offers a high-level overview of the solution Cisco offers in IP surveillance. The first section reviews legacy closed-circuit TV (CCTV) video-surveillance architecture and how it has evolved into what is available today. The subsequent sections cover Ciscoโ€™s physical security offering, the components involved with their solution, and the architectural design of how all the different elements work together.
WAN Technologies: Important Points of Interest, Part 3 of 3
By Sean Wilkins
Jan 13, 2016
Concluding this three-part series on WAN technologies, Sean Wilkins, co-author of CCNA Routing and Switching 200-120 Network Simulator, Academic Edition, discusses how satellite, wireless data, and leased lines are used as part of a networking solution.
WAN Technologies: Important Points of Interest, Part 2 of 3
By Sean Wilkins
Jan 6, 2016
In Part 2 of a three-part series, Sean Wilkins, co-author of CCNA Routing and Switching 200-120 Network Simulator, Academic Edition, reviews popular low-end and mid-grade offerings for Internet access: dial-up, ISDN, DSL, and cable.
WAN Technologies: Important Points of Interest, Part 1 of 3
By Sean Wilkins
Dec 29, 2015
In the first article of a three-part series, Sean Wilkins, co-author of CCNA Routing and Switching 200-120 Network Simulator, Academic Edition, provides an overview of some of the wide area networking (WAN) technologies that network engineers need to know to get that first job in the industry, or to move up in their chosen field.
TACACS+ vs. RADIUS: Similarities and Differences
By Sean Wilkins
Dec 8, 2015
If you're responsible for the security of your organization's network, it's important to examine all the possibilities. Sean Wilkins, co-author of CCNA Routing and Switching 200-120 Network Simulator, examines these two long-time AAA favorites, discussing how they protect your network's vital resources.
Network Address Translation (NAT) Implementation Methods
By Sean Wilkins
Dec 1, 2015
Have you ever adjusted to a new area code or ZIP code? Everyone needs unique phone numbers and addresses, which is a struggle for the phone companies and the post office. The Internet has the same growing pains on a planetary scale, with everyone's Net-connected devices needing unique IP addresses. Sean Wilkins, co-author of CCNA Routing and Switching 200-120 Network Simulator, explains how Network Address Translation makes it possible for all of us and our gadgets to communicate.
Inner Workings of the Domain Name System (DNS)
By Sean Wilkins
Nov 24, 2015
When you type an address into a browser and hit Enter, you expect to arrive at the intended website. Without the Domain Name System (DNS), that wouldn't happen. Whether simple or very complex, networks worldwide rely on the DNS to connect client and target. Sean Wilkins, co-author of CCNA Routing and Switching 200-120 Network Simulator, explains how DNS connects one person or server with another, and why you need to know about this undervalued service.
Five (or Six) Things That Will Make You a DHCP Wizard
By Sean Wilkins
Nov 17, 2015
You're probably using the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) right now, as you read this article. Surprised? Sean Wilkins, co-author of CCNA Routing and Switching 200-120 Network Simulator, explains what you need to know about the use of DHCP in modern communications.
Network Routing Protocols and Methods, Part 2
By Sean Wilkins
Nov 10, 2015
In the conclusion of this series, Sean Wilkins, co-author of CCNA Routing and Switching 200-120 Network Simulator, explains how to untangle the detailed network information provided by two popular network routing protocols.
CCNA Collaboration CICD 210-060 Official Cert Guide: Managing Endpoints and End Users in CUCM
By Michael Valentine
Nov 9, 2015
This chapter from CCNA Collaboration CICD 210-060 Official Cert Guide reviews the configuration of endpoints and users in Cisco Unified Communications Manager (CUCM), including setting up basic network services, registering phones, configuration, and bulk administration.
Network Routing Protocols and Methods, Part 1
By Sean Wilkins
Nov 3, 2015
In this two-part series, Sean Wilkins, co-author of CCNA Routing and Switching 200-120 Network Simulator, discusses current network routing protocols and methods for implementing them. This article covers the types of static versus dynamic routing protocols and the differences between them.
Common Protocols for Virtual Private Networks (VPNs)
By Sean Wilkins
Oct 22, 2015
Sean Wilkins, co-author of CCNA Routing and Switching 200-120 Network Simulator, discusses some of the protocols used on modern virtual private networks.
Routers and Switches and Hubs, Oh My! An Introduction to Network Devices and Their Functions
By Sean Wilkins
Oct 12, 2015
Sean Wilkins, co-author of CCNA Routing and Switching 200-120 Network Simulator, discusses some of the most common network devices that network engineers need to know and understand.
Basic Layer 3 Routing Concepts
By Sean Wilkins
Oct 6, 2015
How does a message get from point A to point B on a network? Though the question may seem simple, the process isn't. Sean Wilkins, co-author of CCNA Routing and Switching 200-120 Network Simulator, discusses how basic packet routing works.
Mitigation Technologies for E-mail-Based and Web-Based Threats
By Omar Santos, John Stuppi
Sep 29, 2015
This chapter from CCNA Security 210-260 Official Cert Guide covers the Cisco E-mail Security Appliances (ESA) and the Cisco Web Security Appliance (WSA) technologies and solutions in detail. You will learn mitigation technologies such as spam and antimalware filtering, data loss prevention (DLP), blacklisting, e-mail encryption, and web application filtering.
VLAN Configuration Fundamentals and Commands
By Sean Wilkins
Jun 15, 2015
After becoming familiar with basic VLAN concepts, you need to learn how to configure your organization's networks and devices. Sean Wilkins, co-author of CCNA Routing and Switching 200-120 Network Simulator, discusses important concepts and commands you will use in setting up networks and getting devices to talk to each other.
Implementing Cisco IP Switched Networks (SWITCH) Foundation Learning Guide: Campus Network Architecture
By Richard Froom, Erum Frahim
Jun 4, 2015
This chapter from Implementing Cisco IP Switched Networks (SWITCH) Foundation Learning Guide: (CCNP SWITCH 300-115) covers implementing VLANs and trunks in campus switched architecture, understanding the concept of VTP and its limitation and configurations, and implementing and configuring EtherChannel.
Implementing Cisco IP Switched Networks (SWITCH) Foundation Learning Guide: Network Design Fundamentals
By Richard Froom, Erum Frahim
Jun 1, 2015
This chapter from Implementing Cisco IP Switched Networks (SWITCH) Foundation Learning Guide: (CCNP SWITCH 300-115) begins the journey of exploring campus network design fundamentals by focusing on a few core concepts around network design and structure and a few details about the architecture of Cisco switches.
Virtual vs. Physical LANs: Device Functionalities
By Sean Wilkins
May 29, 2015
If you have a good grasp of the basics of local access networks (LANs), it's time to step up your game. Sean Wilkins, co-author of CCNA Routing and Switching ICND2 200-101 Official Cert Guide, explores the concepts behind virtual LANs, how they differ from physical LANs, and why VLANs make sense for modern organizations.

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