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Routing Video MentorIntroduction
Routing Video Mentor helps those who configure or maintain Cisco routers. Additionally, this Video Mentor product helps candidates of any Cisco exam that focuses on routing content, at both the associate and professional levels, but especially for the CCNP certification. Each Routing Video Mentor video presents a unique lab scenario, with both visual references and audio explanations of what you should expect to happen in a particular lab. The videos also show the command-line interface (CLI) commands used to implement the features described in each lab video, along with running commentary. The end result is a set of lab videos that explain some of the most important routing topics, with thorough explanations from a trusted mentor.
Routing Video Mentor was created out of a need for something more than just the static written word of a typical book. Cisco Press already offers many books that cover the wide breadth of routing. However, many people learn better in a classroom setting, with an instructor explaining the concepts while showing details as projected on the wall. Many customers of Cisco Press’ book products asked for a product closer to what you might get in a class, and the Video Mentor series of products is the result.Goals and Methods
Routing Video Mentor has a very specific set of goals. First, this product seeks to help its viewers more completely and more thoroughly understand the most popular routing protocols in use today and many of the configuration options available for those routing protocols. Although you might have already read about these routing protocols in other books, orheard about them in classes, the Routing Video Mentor helps you master these particular routing concepts. Using the Routing Video Mentor in addition to a book or attending a course should help solidify your knowledge, help you see how to apply the knowledge, and better prepare you for the application of knowledge in real-world deployments or on a Cisco exam.
Note that Routing Video Mentor does not attempt to cover all aspects of each routing protocol. Rather, the Routing Video Mentor seeks to introduce the fundamentals of each routing protocol or concept addressed, and then expand on those fundamentals to assist the viewer in relating how the protocol or concept might be deployed in their (or in a customer’s) environment.
Each of the 15 lab videos follows the same basic approach, including these basic steps:
- The video begins with a description of the goals of the lab.
- The lab scenario steps are listed, giving a general outline of what the viewer should expect to see and hear during the video.
- The lab topology used in the video is described.
- The video shows the CLI commands used to configure the routing protocol or concept being addressed in a particular lab.
The Routing Video Mentor product package contains two components: a DVD and a booklet. The DVD contains the 15 lab videos, plus a PDF of the booklet. The DVD has been optimized for viewing on a computer with a 1024 X 768 minimum pixel grid. When the DVD starts, it will display a menu, from which you can start one of the 15 lab videos or view a PDF copy of the booklet.
The booklet is intended to be used for reference when watching the videos, as opposed to being a standalone tool. The booklet has a section corresponding to each of the 15 Routing Video Mentor labs and includes the following:
The list of objectives for the lab
The list of scenario steps
A high-level overview of concepts demonstrated in the lab
The beginning configuration on each device
Configurations added to each device during the lab
A diagram of the topology used in the lab
The Routing Video Mentor is primarily intended for people using self-study books as their main method of preparing to configure or maintain Cisco routers, or to pass routing protocol-related Cisco exams. Additionally, this product should be useful to anyone who is studying routing topics, either by reading books or when taking classes. How the Routing Video Mentor Is Organized
The Routing Video Mentor DVD menu gives you access to each of the 15 labs. The menu also gives you access to a PDF of the booklet included with the DVD.
The booklet itself simply contains 15 sections, each referencing one of the 15 lab videos. The 15 lab videos are as follows:
Lab 1, “Configuring Static Routes” This lab introduces the concept of routing, discusses administrative distance, identifies when static routes might be used, and demonstrates the configuration of static routes.
Lab 2, “Configuring and Verifying RIPv1 and RIPv2” This lab contrasts the RIPv1 and the RIPv2 routing protocol, discusses how RIPv1 and RIPv2 can coexist in the same network, and illustrates how to configure RIPv1, RIPv2, and authentication for the RIPv2 portion of the network.
Lab 3, “Configuring and Verifying EIGRP” This lab introduces EIGRP, describes the metric used by EIGRP, demonstrates a basic EIGRP configuration, illustrates how to disable EIGRP’s auto-summarization feature, and shows how to load balance across unequal cost paths.
Lab 4, “Configuring and Verifying Single-Area OSPF” This lab introduces OSPF, describes the function of a designated router, illustrates how to configure OSPF in a single area, and demonstrates how to influence the election of a designated router.
Lab 5, “Configuring OSPF for Multiple Areas and Frame Relay Nonbroadcast” This lab describes the nonbroadcast OSPF network type, identifies characteristics of a multi-area OSPF network, demonstrates the configuration of a multi-area OSPF network, and shows how to logically join a discontiguous OSPF area with the OSPF backbone area using a virtual link.
Lab 6, “Configuring and Verifying OSPF Route Summarization for Interarea and External Routes” This lab discusses the benefits of route summarization, contrasts types of OSPF route summarization, shows how to summarize routes between OSPF areas, and illustrates how to summarize routes that did not originate in OSPF as those routes are redistributed into OSPF.
Lab 7, “Configuring Route Redistribution” This lab explains the need for route redistribution, discusses the function of a boundary router, introduces the concept of a seed metric, configures a portion of the topology for EIGRP, configures a portion of the topology for OSPF, and configures mutual route redistribution between OSPF and EIGRP.
Lab 8, “Configuring Integrated IS-IS Routing” This lab introduces the IS-IS routing protocol, explains IS-IS NSAP addressing, and configures IS-IS to use both area authentication and domain authentication.
Lab 9, “Configuring and Verifying Policy-Based Routing” This lab introduces the concept of policy-based routing, discusses route maps, configures the topology with the OSPF routing protocol, and configures policy-based routing to influence how OSPF makes its routing decisions.
Lab 10, “Configuring Multihome BGP” This lab introduces the BGP routing protocol, discusses how BGP makes its path selection, configures a portion of the topology for OSPF, configures a portion of the topology for BGP, demonstrates how to create a default route advertisement from the topology’s backbone routers, redistributes OSPF into BGP, and verifies multihome BGP operation by creating a link failure and verifying that traffic reroutes across an alternate link.
Lab 11, “Using Route Maps for BGP Path Selection” This lab explains BGP’s local preference attribute, introduces BGP’s ASPATH attribute, configures a route map to influence outbound path selection using the local preference attribute, and configures a route map to influence inbound path selection using the ASPATH attribute.
Lab 12, “Implementing Multicast Routing” This lab reviews multicast theory, enables multicast support throughout the lab topology, configures a router to join a multicast group, verifies dense mode operation, configures a rendezvous point, and confirms sparse mode operation.
Lab 13, “Configuring IPv6 Addressing” This lab introduces IP version 6 (IPv6), illustrates IPv6 addressing, globally configures IPv6 on a router, and adds IPv6 addressing to router interfaces.
Lab 14, “Configuring IPv6 OSPF Routing” This lab identifies options for routing between IPv6 networks, introduces OSPF version 3 (OSPFv3), and configures OSPFv3 to route between the IPv6 networks configured in Lab 13 “Configuring IPv6 Addressing”.
Lab 15, “Tunneling IPv6 via IPv4” This lab identifies options for IPv4 and IPv6 to coexist on the same network, discusses the operation of an IPv6-over-IPv4 tunnel, removes the IPv6 and OSPFv3 configuration from a portion of the topology (making that portion of the topology IPv4-only), creates a tunnel to span the IPv4 region of the network, and configures the tunnel to encapsulate IPv6 packets for transmission through the IPv4 network.
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