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Tuesday, June 8, 1999
Full Day Tutorial Session (9:00 am - 5:00 pm):
T6   Configuring Cisco Routers on an IP Network (NEW)
William LeFebvre, Group Sys Consulting

Who should attend: System administrators who are or who anticipate being responsible for router configuration and maintenance on their Inter- or Intranet site. Attendees are expected to have a solid knowledge of general networking concepts, data encapsulation, the ISO seven-layer model, Internet protocols, IP addressing, and subnetting. Knowledge of routing protocols, especially distance vector versus link state, is also recommended. The class is not intended to teach networking concepts, but to apply those concepts to the configuration of a router.

Routers are the glue that holds the Internet together by providing the direct connectivity between adjacent networks. Cisco routers dominate the router marketplace. They are an extremely popular choice among sites with high networking demands. But configuring and maintaining Cisco routers is unlike anything else in the industry. The command-oriented interface is unique and difficult to master.

This session introduces the attendees to the essentials of Cisco router configuration. Those who complete the class will feel comfortable at a router's console and will be able to interpret the output from the more common router commands. They will understand the various modes of the Internetwork Operating System (IOS), and how to read and alter a basic configuration.

Topics to be covered include:

-   Router modes (user, privileged, configuration)
-   Configuration file syntax
-   Command line editing
-   On-line help
-   Configuration statements essential to IP
-   Configuring routing protocols: RIP, IGRP, EIGRP, OSPF
-   Serial lines: frame relay (time permitting)

The class size will not permit any hands-on work, but live demonstrations will be provided throughout the lecture. Although this class is not part of the Cisco curriculum, William is a Certified Cisco Systems Instructor.  

William LeFebvre (T6 Instructor)   is an author, programmer, teacher, and systems administration expert. William has been using UNIX and Internet technologies since 1983. He has written many articles on UNIX, networking and systems administration issues. Currently he is a columnist for Unix Review, writing the monthly "Daemons & Dragons" column. William is also the editor for the USENIX/ SAGE series "Short Topics in System Administration". William has contributed to several widely used UNIX packages, including Wietse Venema's logdaemon package. He is also the primary programmer for the popular UNIX utility top.

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