Thursday, February 27, 2014

I'm back on the Bulldog Blog later today with new practice exams and videos, weather permitting!

(I'm really getting tired of saying that.)

Chris B.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014






Here's your CCNA and CCENT Training Post for Tuesday, February 25!


To get everyone caught up (including me!), I've reposted the last two CCNA and CCENT videos I created for you -- and they're followed by a new practice exam.  Let's get to work!

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Now on to today's practice exam!


1.  Put these route types in order of their administrative distance, from lowest to highest.   There may be a tie.  Then again, there may not be.  :)

EIGRP internal

OSPF external

EIGRP external

OSPF internal


2.   Convert the hex value 3ab to decimal.


3.   While you're at it, convert the binary string 00110011 to decimal.


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1.  The route type with the lowest AD is the EIGRP internal route (90).

There's a tie after that, because OSPF internal and external routes both have an AD of 110.

Highest of all is the EIGRP external route, checking in with an AD of 170.



2.   "3ab" in hex gives us 3 units of 256, 10 units of 16, and 11 units of 1.

768 +  160 + 11  = 939.


3.   The binary string 00110011 converts to 51 in decimal.


That's it for today!  See you Wednesday with more!

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Here's your CCNP ROUTE and TSHOOT Training Post for Tuesday, February 25!

Today's post includes a new practice exam AND a video on one of the subjects in the practice exam!

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Let's get to today's questions!   All of today's Qs are in Flash Card format -- no choices given!


1 and 2:    When EIGRP loses a successor route and it doesn't have a feasible successor immediately at hand, it does a couple of things.   One of them is changing the letter next to that route in the Topology table.

What letter would you expect to see next to the route in the Topology table before it was lost, and then while EIGRP's looking for a replacement for that lost route?



3.   Here's a message that can send chills through the bravest of network admins: "OSPF Process 1 Cannot Start".   After your heart comes back up from your feet, what's the first thing you should do to resolve this issue?


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And now... the answers shall be revealed!

1 and 2.   Stable EIGRP routes are marked with a "P" for Passive in the EIGRP Topology table.     When a route is lost and no feasible successor is available, EIGRP will send DUAL queries in an attempt to find a substitute for the route.  While that's going on, the route will be marked "A" for Active.


3.   That's a bad message, but it usually has a simple fix.   That just means you don't have an interface with an IP address up and running.  The message should actually indicate that.


See you Wednesday with another new practice exam!   Right now, here's a video from my YouTube channel that'll get you even closer to passing ROUTE and TSHOOT!

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Here's your CCNP SWITCH Training Post for Tuesday, Feb. 25!

Today's Post includes a new practice exam and a great HSRP video!






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1.   Part of the HSRP group MAC address is predetermined.  What part?



2.   Take the answer to the first question and assume HSRP group number 20.  What is that group's full MAC address?




3.   What is the minimum priority you'd have to set on an HSRP-speaking router in order to ensure it becomes the Active router?  Assume all routers have the preempt option set.


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1.  Almost all of the HSRP MAC address is predetermined, actually.  HSRP's well-known MAC address is 00-00-0c-07-ac-xx, and only the "xx" at the end is unknown....


2.  ... and that "xx" is the HSRP group number IN HEX.  (Excuse the yelling.)   That would make the MAC address 00-00-0c-07-ac-14 for HSRP Group 20.


3.  With the HSRP priority 100 by default, you'd need to set the priority to 101 in order for that router to become the Active router.

Just in case you missed this video last week, I'm posting it here again.  It's much longer than the usual vids I post here, and well worth your time.

Besides, you can't beat the cost.  :)     See you Wednesday with a new practice exam, and Thursday with a new video ... right now, here's a great HSRP video to help you get a little closer to your CCNP!






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Chris B.



Wednesday, February 19, 2014






Here's your CCNA and CCENT Training Post for Wednesday, Febuary 19!


Today's Post includes a new CCNA Chat! with yours truly, answering the #1 question new CCENT and CCNA candidates have -- and there's some other great info in there as well.

I've also reposted the latest CCNA Video Practice Exam here, and there's much more to come in 2014 from TBA to help you earn your CCENT and CCNA, master IP Version 6, and much, much more!

See you Thursday with more!


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Tuesday, February 18, 2014






Here's your CCNA and CCENT Training Post for Tuesday, February 18!


If you missed yesterday's all-new Video Boot Camp, you're in luck -- I've included it in this post.  It's the first video you'll see as you scroll down.

Today's practice exam is in Flash Card mode -- no choices given.  It's just a small taste of my all-new CCNA And CCENT Online Flash Cards & Study Notes,  coming in about 60 days to TBA!

I'll see you Wednesday with a new exam and a brand-new video!







1.   These are the default OSPF hello and dead timers you'll find on interfaces that are part of an OSPF Broadcast network.



2.    Several networking protocols and services have more than one name, and the OSPF algorithm is no exception.    Tell me what both of them are.



3.    The mask that would match any preceding address in an OSPF network command.



4.    The mask that would match only the address specifically named in an OSPF network command.


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Let's get to those answers!


1.  Your default OSPF Hello and Dead timers on an interface that is part of an OSPF Broadcast network will be 10 and 40 seconds, respectively.


2.   The OSPF algorithm is known as the SPF algorithm as well as the Dijkstra algorithm.


3.  If you want to match any address in an OSPF network command, use the wildcard mask 255.255.255.255 -- and remember, this is a wildcard mask!


4.  To match only the specific address mentioned in the network command, use the wildcard mask 0.0.0.0.


I'll have a bonus video on that right here on Wednesday!  Right now, have a look at my wildly popular CCNA and CCENT Study Guides while I get busy on that video!


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Here's your CCNP ROUTE and TSHOOT Training Post for Tuesday, February 18!


There's a powerful Triple Feature of CCNP ROUTE Video Boot Camps for you today - - so let's jump right in!






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Here's your CCNP SWITCH Training Post for Tuesday, Feb. 18!

Today's Post includes an all-new CCNP SWITCH practice exam, along with a free copy of the most popular CCNP SWITCH Video Boot Camp I've ever posted!





I need a couple of reminders, and I'm depending on you to help me out here. ....



1.    You know that whole thing where the STP root path cost increments as the BPDU travels through the switched network?

Yeah, me too.  But remind me -- does that cost increment as the BPDU arrives at a port, or as it leaves?



2.    You know the differences between Uplinkfast and Backbonefast, right?   

Right!  Well, help me out here -- which one of those can you enable on a root switch?



3.    We got those guards too, you know.   Root Guard, Right Guard, BPDU Guard.....

... okay, Right Guard likely won't be on your test.  But what exactly happens when you enable Root Guard on a port and it receives an inferior BPDU?


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1.  The STP path cost increments as the BPDU enters the switch.  A small detail, and NOT an insignificant one.  (Thank  me later.)


2.  You can enable Backbonefast on a root switch, but not Uplinkfast.


3.  BPDU Guard will not do anything when an inferior BPDU arrives on a port.  When a superior BPDU arrives on a port, though, that port will be put into port-inconsistent mode.

Now that you're warmed up, tackle this huge CCNP SWITCH Video Boot Camp, and I'll see you Wednesday with another new practice exam and video!





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Monday, February 17, 2014






Here's your CCNA and CCENT Training Post for Monday, February 17!


I hope you're sitting down -- it's a brand-new Video Practice Exam!

You'll see in the first minute why the new videos haven't been coming as fast as I would have liked - and why that just changed. :)  Let's get right to it....

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Sunday, February 16, 2014






Here's your CCNA and CCENT Training Post for Sunday, February 16! 


Let's jump right to today's practice exam!   Today's questions are all in Flash Card format -- no choices given!



1.  These are the EIGRP tables in which you'll find all Feasible Successors.


2.  The binary string 00111100 converts to this decimal.



3.  You want to change the speed of 14 ports on your Cisco switch.  What command will allow you to do so with a single entry, rather than changing the speed manually on all 14 ports?



Bonus question -- and you get choices with this one!


4.  Which of the following requires you to reload the Cisco router or switch in order for the command to take effect?

A.  Assigning an IP address to the administrative interface on a Cisco switch.

B.  Changing the VTY line password.

C.  Statically assigning an OSPF RID to a router.

D.  Changing an interface's OSPF interface type.

E.  Configuring an OSPF area as stub or total stub.


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And now... the answers!

1.  Your EIGRP Feasible Successors are found in the Topology table.   You won't find them in the Neighbor table, and they're not in the Route table (by default).


2.   We have the 32, 16, 8, and 4 bits set, which gives us a total of 60.


3.  The interface range command comes in very handy in situations like this!


4.  Of those five events, only one requires a reload -- changing the OSPF RID, choice C.    You can also reset the OSPF process to make the change kick in.

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