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Section 1 of CCNA Cloud – Cloud Fundamentals Nearing Completion!

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The first section of the CCNA Cloud Cloud Fundamentals (210-451) course is about complete. It consists of the following content:

  • Common Cloud Characteristics – this Nugget is a critical as it outlines the 5 characteristics that the NIST identifies for cloud technologies. This Nugget allows you to quickly learn just how important cloud really is, and why it has become so incredibly popular. I will be posting this Nugget here on the blog later today for you to enjoy!
  • Cloud Service Models – you have probably heard the terms IaaS, SaaS, PaaS, and maybe even XaaS. This Nugget ensures that you know the details of each of these models.
  • Cloud Deployment Models – Public Clouds, Private Clouds, Hybrid Clouds, Community Clouds – yes there are many potential deployment models in use today. This Nugget details each of these for you, and ensures you are ready for both Certification, and the real world.
  • The Cisco Intercloud Solution – perhaps my favorite Nugget of the section, this content provides a detailed look at the Cisco Intercloud Solution which makes it simple and seamless for organizations to engage in a Hybrid Cloud solution. One that enables the secure and heavily managed transition of workloads from the private to the public cloud potions, or vice versa. The Cisco Intercloud Solution also ensures that policy and compliance are never lost with the transition to cloud portions.

Section 2 is underway this week and covers the Cisco Compute solutions for CCNA Cloud. These exciting technologies include things like C and B-series servers and the UCS Manager!

VLAN Trunking Protocol (VTP) Version 3


In this Nugget, let’s make sure we are up to speed on the basics of VTP version 3 for a variety of Cisco Certifications, including foremost on my mind, the CCIE Security Written.

VTP v3 does everything that your older versions 1 and 2 can do, plus a lot more. Here is a summary of those additional features:

  • Enhanced authentication—in VTP version 3, you can configure the authentication password to be hidden using the vtp password command. When you configure the authentication password to be hidden, it does not appear in plain text in the configuration. Instead, the secret associated with the password is saved in hexadecimal format in the running configuration.
  • The extended range VLANs and private VLAN features are fully supported!
  • VTP v3 supports the synchronization of remote-SPAN VLANs.
  • VTP v3 supports MST database propagation finally. This is done separately from the VLAN database.
  • VTP status is made up of primary and secondary servers. You use the primary status only when you need to make changes to the VLAN database. By default, your switches come up as secondary servers.
  • To communicate across a VTP domain of version 1 or 2, that domain must be configured in transparent mode.
  • VTP v3 can be configured on and off on a global or per-trunk basis.

Here is a look at a sample configuration:

vtp domain MYDOMAIN
vtp version 3
vtp primary
vlan 100
vtp mode server mst
vtp primary mst

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Post Date: 9/22/2015
Index: ImpSw-1
Answer: The ports are trunks

Post Date: 9/23/2015
Index: ImpWir-1

Post Date: 9/24/2015
Index: NetSec-1
Answer: Employee training

Post Date: 9/25/2015
Index: NetTS-1
Answer: The Top Down Troubleshooting Approach

Post Date: 9/27/2015
Index: NetHD-1
Answer: HTTP, SNMP v3, SSH

Post Date: 9/29/2015
Index: TSTL-1
Answer: ipconfig

Post Date: 9/30/2015
Index: TSWC-1
Answer: 1, 6, and 11

Post Date: 10/1/2015
Index: OTTS-1
Answer: You are not communicating with a DHCP server

Post Date: 10/2/2015
Index: NS-1
Answer: The Session Layer

Post Date: 10/3/2015
Index: ND-1
Answer: Intrusion Prevention System (IPS)

Post Date: 12/13/2015
Index: NS-2
Answer: By sending a broadcast