New CCNA Deep Dive (Live) Courses from Wendell on O’Reilly (Safari)
I’m pretty excited about a new project called CCNA Deep Dive. I used to teach quite a bit, and this year I’ll be back on platform – but doing the teaching online rather than in person. And you can join in if you like! Today’s post details the first wave of CCNA Deep Dive courses. Check it out!
CCNA Deep Dive Overview
O’Reilly Online Learning – also known as Safari – offers a subscription service. The service includes access to IT books (Cisco Press included), videos, and for the last few years, live training. I’ve been teaching there since 2018.
I’ll be teaching a new series of CCNA courses beginning Feb 13th. The series, called CCNA 200-301 Deep Dive, exists as a series of lecture-lab courses that last four hours each. I’ve scheduled roughly one per week, with eight CCNA Deep Dive courses planned for February – April. (I plan to repeat the series throughout the year.)
The series begins with a course for Cisco IOS CLI beginners, with two goals in mind: to help you learn the CLI, while also helping you learn how to use Cisco Packet Tracer (PT). The entire CCNA Deep Dive series uses PT for the lab exercises, so this first course helps you learn plenty about PT, and to master the basics of IOS CLI so that you can do the labs in the rest of the courses.
The next two Deep Dive courses use the two-day format. The first covers many of the more important LAN switching topics in CCNA, including how LAN switches work, VLANs and VLAN trunking, as well as STP/RSTP. A little later, CCNA Deep Dive returns in mid-June with a two-day course about implementing IPv4 on routers, including IPv4 addressing, static routes, and OSPF.
Note: Although not part of the CCNA Deep Dive series, you can also take the “IP Subnetting: From Beginning to Mastery” Live course at O’Reilly Online the week before the CCNA Deep Dive course about IPv4 routing.
The schedule closes with three one-day courses. One examines LAN switching security topics like DHCP Snooping and DAI, with some foundational DHCP thrown in for context. The next examines IP services, particularly NAT/PAT and NTP. The final course discusses controller-based networking, with labs about understanding JSON data formats and REST APIs.
Dates, Details, and Enrolling
All you have to do to find any of these courses is to login to your Safari (O’Reilly) account and search. Check out this earlier post for details about the series. Here are some handy links with more details:
For reference, here’s the list of the first round of CCNA 200-301 Deep Dive courses.
- Feb 13th – Cisco CLI and Packet Tracer Basics
- Feb 20th – LAN Switching, VLANs, and Trunking
- Feb 27th – Rapid Spanning Tree and EtherChannel
- March 4th – IPv4 Addressing and Static Routing
- March 11th – OSPF Concepts and Configuration
- March 25th – DHCP, DHCP Snooping, and DAI
- March 31st – NAT and NTP
- April 7th – Controller-Based Networking, JSON, and REST
IP Subnetting on Safari, Too!
I’ve also been teaching a live IPv4 subnetting course for a few years at Safari/O’Reilly. It’s been pretty popular with some good results. The course includes a wide array of paper exercises to help you master subnetting for the CCNA exam, and there’s time to get your questions answered as you learn and work through all the details. So, while you’re thinking of CCNA training, you can check out these links for more info: