The Updated CCNA Data Center Coming to CBT Nuggets

May 17, 2018 at 4:10 pm

CCNA Data Center

One of my most popular courses at CBT Nuggets has always been the CCNA Data Center (no surprise).

I am thrilled to announce that we will be releasing the updated version – brought to you by none other than Jeremy Cioara and myself!

Get ready for an amazing ride through both required courses:

200-150 DCICN
Introducing Cisco Data Center Networking (DCICN)

1.0 Data Center Physical Infrastructure
2.0 Basic Data Center Networking Concepts
3.0 Advanced Data Center Networking Concepts
4.0 Basic Data Center Storage
5.0 Advanced Data Center Storage

200-155 DCICT
Introducing Cisco Data Center Networking Technologies (DCICT)

1.0 Unified Computing
2.0 Network Virtualization
3.0 Cisco Data Center Networking Technologies
4.0 Automation and Orchestration
5.0 Application Centric Infrastructure


Network+ N10-007 Releasing at CBT Nuggets!

April 22, 2018 at 6:44 pm

We are gearing up this week for the release of Network+ N10-007!


This course is taught by four of your favorite instructors at CBT Nuggets – Keith Barker, Jeremy Cioara, Anthony Sequeira, and Chuck Keith!

This course consists of over 225 videos hyper-focused on the COMPLETE CompTIA Network+ (N10-007) exam objectives. The four instructors cover their expertise with you in the areas of:

  • Networking Concepts
  • Infrastructure
  • Network Operations
  • Network Security
  • Network Troubleshooting and Tools

Want more information? Check out the INSIDE SCOOP with Keith Barker!

Manual Summarization with BGP on Cisco Routers

March 22, 2018 at 8:57 pm


One of the topics that will be featured in my upcoming CBT Nuggets module, Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) – Advertising NLRI, manual route summarization in BGP. This post serves (as well as more to follow) cover the highlights of the video coverage.

There are two methods of performing aggregation with BGP on a Cisco router. You can create a static route that represents the aggregate and then advertise that route using the network command. Or, you can use the aggregate-address command.

Here is an example of the static route approach:

router bgp 65100
   network mask
   neighbor remote-as 65200
ip classless
ip route Null0

Notice how the static route directs to the bit bucket (Null0). This is because it is not an actual network destination. It is an artificial construct to permit the route in the routing table so we can use the network command in BGP. There will be more specific entries in the routing table covered by this advertised summary and the router can follow those instructions. Should all the more specific entries be removed, then the static route has traffic discarded for the summary (this is the desired behavior, typically).

With the aggregate-address command approach, you ensure component routes of the summary exist in the BGP table (thanks to the network statement or redistribution), and the summary address is advertised via BGP. Here is an example:

router bgp 65100
 aggregate-address summary-only
 redistribute eigrp 100
 neighbor remote-as 65200

Note that if you forget the summary-only keyword with the aggregate-address command, you will advertise the summary as well as the specific routes. A future post will demonstrate when this approach might be useful.

Say Goodbye to the Windows 10 HomeGroup Feature

March 19, 2018 at 7:02 pm

Last night (3/18/2018) I downloaded and installed the latest Preview Build of the upcoming Windows 10 Spring 2018 Update and discovered that Microsoft is killing the HomeGroup feature of Windows 10. That’s right, even if you are currently running it in your latest production builds – it will be stripped from your systems when you move to the next major update of Windows 10 in the Spring of 2018.

At least that is currently what is set to happen per Microsoft. Of course, there is time for this to change (think the canceled destruction of the classic Paint app). I really doubt Microsoft will change their mind on this one, however.

What does Microsoft want Windows 10 users to do instead of relying on the HomeGroup features? Well, the answer is clear – they want you to use OneDrive for your sharing needs, and for whatever that cannot handle, they want you to use the Sharing functionality in the various network object properties.

NOTE: For those of my readers preparing for MCSA Certification in Windows 10, remember, HomeGroup is NOT dead as far as the current exams are concerned. The topics for HomeGroup are still alive and well in the exam objectives and the actual exams themselves. It will not be until the Windows 10 Exam refreshes will we see the end of HomeGroup from a certification perspective.

CBT Nuggets Releasing New SQL Server 2016 Training Modules

March 7, 2018 at 5:30 am

SQL Server 2016

I can speak to the incredible quality of the new SQL Server 2016 training being released weekly at CBT Nuggets in 2018. I can do this because I was blessed to be the peer reviewer of this incredible content.

Check out the latest modules that were just released!

1.1 Microsoft MCSA SQL Server 2016 70-764: Configure Encryption

1. SQL Server Encryption

2. Implement Cell-level Encryption

3. Implement Always Encrypted

4. Implement Backup Encryption

5. Configure Transparent Data Encryption

6. Configure Encryption for Connections

7. Troubleshoot Encryption Errors

8. Lab – Configure Encryption

1.2 Microsoft MCSA SQL Server 2016 70-764: Configure Data Access and Permissions

1. SQL Server Data Access

2. Create and Maintain Users

3. Create and Maintain Custom Roles

4. Manage Database Object Permissions

5. Configure Row-level Security

6. Configure Dynamic Data Masking

7. Configure User Options in Azure

8. Lab – Configure Data Access and Permissions

These are just some of the great SQL Server 2016 modules awaiting you at CBT Nuggets. Note they include Hands On Labs that will reinforce your skills as well as challenge you.

Have fun! I know I did!

Downloading CBT Nuggets for Offline Viewing – Now in the Windows App!

March 5, 2018 at 2:01 pm

NuggetsI notice from the email that I receive that many CBT Nugget learners are still unaware of the fact that you can always download Nuggets for offline viewing. This works in the mobile versions of our apps – like on the iPhone, iPad, or an Android device. Also, keep in mind this also works in our new Universal Windows App! Check out the video here announcing this exciting new option!

New AWS Solutions Architect Training Arrives at CBT Nuggets

February 24, 2018 at 8:52 am


CBT Nuggets is thrilled to announce the availability of the final module for Solutions Architect – Associate training – Application Services.

This module completes the training required for the AWS Solutions Architect – Associate certification. It joins the following complete list:

  • AWS Solutions Architect – Application Services
  • AWS Solutions Architect – Compute Services
  • AWS Solutions Architect – Database Services
  • AWS Solutions Architect – Networking Services
  • AWS Solutions Architect – Storage Services
  • AWS Solutions Architect – Security Services

The Application Services module consists of the following Nuggets:

  1. Introduction
  2. Simple Queue Service (SQS)
  3. Simple Notification Service (SNS)
  4. Simple Workflow Service (SWF)
  5. Elastic Transcoder
  6. API Gateway
  7. Kinesis
  8. Architecting Application Services Best Practices