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Cisco ENCOR: The Expanded Blueprint

Here is the official Expanded Blueprint for ENCOR that I promised my students. Please note there is a change log following the expanded blueprint as there will be tweaks and improvements to this work.

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  • 1.0 Architecture
    • 1.1 Design Principles in an Enterprise
      • 3 Tier “Classic”
        • Function of each layer
      • 2 Tier “Collapsed Core”
      • 2 Tier “Spine-Leaf”
        • Function of each layer
        • Connectivity between layers
      • Fabric Capacity Planning
        • Overlay vs Underlay
      • High Availability
        • Redundancy
        • First Hop Redundancy Protocol (FHRP)
          • HSRP
          • VRRP
          • GLBP
        • Stateful Switchover
    • 1.2 Design Principles in WLAN
      • Wireless deployment models
        • CAPWAP
        • Centralized
        • Distributed
        • Controller-less
        • Controller-based
        • Cloud
        • Remote branch (FlexConnect)
      • Location services
        • Clients
        • RFID tracking
    • 1.3 On-prem versus cloud infrastructure deployments
      • CapEx versus OpEx
      • Reduced procurement delays
      • Pay as you go
      • Security
      • Flexibility
      • Global
      • API-centric
    • 1.4 SD-WAN
      • Traditional WAN issues
      • SD-WAN components
      • Control plane
      • Data plane
    • 1.5 SD-Access
      • Control plane
      • Data plane
      • Policy plane
      • Traditional campus and SD-Access integration
    • 1.6 Wired and wireless QoS
      • QoS approaches
      • QoS DiffServ components
      • Wireless QoS policies
    • 1.7 Hardware versus switching mechanisms
      • Process switching
      • CEF switching
        • RIB
        • FIB
      • MAC address table
      • TCAM
  • 2.0 Virtualization
    • 2.1 Device virtualization technologies
      • Type 1 hypervisor
      • Type 2 hypervisor
      • Virtual machine
      • Virtual switching
    • 2.2 Data path virtualization
      • Virtual Routing and Forwarding (VRF)
      • Generic Routing Encapsulation (GRE)
      • IPsec
    • 2.3 Network virtualization concepts
      • LISP
      • VXLAN
  • 3.0 Infrastructure
    • 3.1 Layer 2
      • Static 802.1Q trunks
      • Dynamic 802.1Q trunks
      • switchport nonegotiate
      • Allowed VLANs on trunks
      • VTP
      • VTP pruning
      • Static Layer 2 EtherChannel
      • Dynamic Layer 2 EtherChannel
      • Static Layer 3 EtherChannel
      • Dynamic Layer 3 EtherChannel
      • RSTP
      • MSTP
    • 3.2 Layer 3
      • Compare EIGRP and OSPF
        • Algorithm
        • Load balancing
        • Path selection
        • Path operations
        • Metric
      • Configure and verify OSPF
        • Normal areas
        • Filtering
        • Summarization
        • Passive interface
        • Network types
        • Neighbor states
      • Configure and verify eBGP
        • eBGP Multihop
        • BGP neighbor states
        • BGP best path selection algorithm
    • 3.3 Wireless
      • Layer 1 concepts
        • RF power
        • EIRP
        • RSSI
        • SNR
        • Sources of interference
          • Microwaves
          • Radar
          • Baby monitors
          • Cordless phones
          • Neighbors
      • CCX
      • 802.11
      • AP modes
        • Local
        • Monitor
        • FlexConnect
        • Sniffer
        • Rogue Detector
        • Bridge
        • Flex + Bridge
        • SE-Connect
      • AP boot process
      • AP discovery of WLC
        • Internal preset
        • DHCP and DNS
          • DHCP option 43
          • CISCO-CAPWAP-CONTROLLER.local-domain
        • Broadcast
      • Antenna types
        • Omnidirectional
          • Dipole
          • Integrated
        • Directional
          • Yagi
          • Dish
      • Roaming
        • Intracontroller
        • Intercontroller
        • Layer 2
        • Layer 3
        • Enhancements
          • CCKM
          • Key Caching
          • 802.11r
        • Anchor versus Foreign
        • Mobility Groups
      • Troubleshooting the WLC, APs, Clients
        • Autonomous AP to switch
        • Lightweight AP to WLC
        • Client to AP
    • 3.4 IP Services
      • Network Time Protocol theory
      • Configure and verify dynamic inside source NAT/PAT
      • Configure and verify HSRP
      • Configure and verify VRRP
      • Configure and verify GLBP
      • PIM theory
        • Multicast tree
        • RPF check
        • PIM-SM
        • PIM-DM
        • PIM-S/D Mode
        • Auto-RP
        • BSR
        • Static RP
        • Bidirectional PIM
        • SSM
      • IGMP theory
        • Version 2
        • Version 3
  • 4.0 Network Assurance
    • 4.1 Tools
      • Debugs
      • Conditional debugs
      • Trace
      • PING
      • SNMP
    • 4.2 syslog
    • 4.3 NetFlow and Flexible NetFlow
    • 4.4 SPAN/RSPAN/ERSPAN
    • 4.5 IP SLA
      • IP SLA Responder
    • 4.6 Cisco DNA Center
      • Workflows
    • 4.7 NETCONF and RESTCONF
  • 5.0 Security
    • 5.1 Device access control
      • Device lines protections
        • Privilege levels
      • Password protections
        • service password-encryption
        • secret passwords
      • AAA
    • 5.2 Infrastructure security features
      • ACLs
        • Operation
        • Standard
        • Extended
      • CoPP theory and operation
    • 5.3 REST API Security
      • Classic HTTP
      • Token
      • OAuth
    • 5.4 Wireless security
      • EAP variations
      • WebAuth
      • PSK
      • WEP, WPA, WPA2, WPA3
    • Components (theory only)
      • Unified Threat Defense
      • Cisco AMP
      • Firepower NGFW
      • Firepower NGIPS
      • Firepower Management Center
      • TrustSec
      • MACSec
      • 802.1X
      • MAB
      • WebAuth
  • 6.0 Automation
    • 6.1 Basic Python theory
    • 6.2 Create JSON file
      • Basic syntax
      • Use all data types
      • Compare to XML
    • 6.3 YANG theory (relate to NETCONF and RESTCONF)
    • 6.4 APIs for DNA Center and vManage
    • 6.5 REST API Response Codes
      • Informational responses (100199)
      • Successful responses (200299)
      • Redirects (300399)
      • Client errors (400499)
      • Server errors (500599)
    • 6.6 EEM
      • Applet
      • Script
    • 6.7 Automation tools
      • Chef
      • Puppet
      • Ansible
      • SaltStack

Change Log

  • 3/26/2020 completed the initial draft

Juniper Expands the “Test at Home” Option for Certification Exams!

Juniper

I have never done an exam this way with Juniper – but I plan to next week. I will do a full report here on the blog regarding the experience. You can test in the convenience of your home or office with the proctor monitoring you via Webcam!

The Juniper Networks Certification Program team has expanded the online proctoring (OP) option from our Associate-level exams only to now include our Specialist and Professional-level certification exams.

This expansion means thirteen additional Specialist and Professional certifications are now available to take online including our newest Cloud and Automation/DevOps exams.

To make sure you are able to test this way – be sure to run their simulation of the experience located here:

Click Here to Test Your Setup

Finally! Practice Exam Help for CCNA Data Center 640-916 DCICT

I just spoke with my dear friend Kevin Wallace over at 1ExamAMonth.com and it is finally here – an affordable practice exam option for CCNA Data Center 640-916 DCICT. I did the Tech Review on this product and it is excellent, especially considering the price! Just click on the image below to go to the Amazon.com link.

Practice Exam

What students will love most about this practice exam is the fact that it will point to those areas of study that can be the most problematic – Cisco model specific questions. While I would argue that these questions should not be in the exam at all – at least now we have a resource that can point us in the direction to focus on when it comes to memorizing Cisco specific models of equipment and their capabilities and restrictions.