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Monitoring Network Traffic, Behavior and Administration

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Network management includes knowledge of the traffic within a network and the metrics of network performance such as jitter, delay, packet loss, and link loss. SPAN allows an admin to perform packet analysis on traffic, while IP SLA allows an admin to set up probes to watch network behavior. Each of these technologies represent an important tool for network engineers. This course covers SPAN, NTP, IP SLA, and AAA for use within and at the edge of the WAN. This course is one of a series in the Skillsoft learning path that covers the objectives for the Cisco exam Building Cisco Service Provider Next-Generation Networks Part 1 exam (640-875 SPNGN1). This exam counts toward the CCNA Service Provider certification.

Target Audience
This course is targeted at networking engineers who must interface with Cisco IOS, IOS XR and IOS XE devices. Additionally, those who have a need to understand technologies used in the service provider realm will benefit.


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Monitoring Network Traffic, Behavior and Administration

  • start the course
  • describe the need for SPAN
  • configure SPAN on a Cisco switch
  • describe IP SLA as a way to manage a service provider SLA
  • describe aspects of IP SLA operation
  • describe how an IP SLA responder improves accuracy of metrics
  • configure IP SLA
  • describe NTP
  • define NTP stratum levels
  • describe the NTP models
  • configure NTP on a Cisco device
  • describe Cisco Smart Call Home
  • describe opening a TAC request
  • describe AAA services
  • configure local and external authentication
  • configure users
  • configure AAA
  • configure line authentication
  • configure local authentication
  • configure remote authentication
  • configure authorization and accounting
  • understand features of SPAN, IP SLA, NTP, and Smart Call Home
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