Meraki Dashboard API and Postman

devnet Feb 26, 2021


In this week's training video, Charles takes a look at how we interact with Cisco Meraki by way of the API, a topic straight out of the DevNet exam track. Charles also shares free resources in the video, including the Meraki Enterprise instance found in the DevNet Sandbox and a program called Postman.

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CCNA (200-301) Topic 6.6: Puppet, Chef, and Ansible


This video is a sample from our CCNA (200-301) Video Training Series, and it gives us a high-level overview of three configuration management utilities: Puppet, Chef, and Ansible. These are new network programmability topics added to this version of Cisco’s CCNA exam.


It’s interesting that the verb used by the exam blueprint isn’t configure, troubleshoot, or explain, it’s to “recognize the capabilities of” these tools. So there’s no need to have programming knowledge of these tools for the CCNA exam.


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SCOR (350-701) Topic: Indications of Compromise

security Feb 12, 2021


This week's training video is a sample from our recently released SCOR (350-701) Video Training Series, which you can find over on our website.

Specifically, this week's video considers IOCs, which is short for Indications of Compromise. We look at this from the perspective of Cisco AMP for Endpoints.

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CLCOR (350-801) Topic 2.1a: SIP Call Setup and Teardown

clcor Feb 05, 2021

This video is a sample from our upcoming CLCOR (350-801) Video Training Series, which is being released February 2021.

In this training video, we'll consider SIP, which is short for Session Initiation Protocol. Specifically, SIP is a standards-based call signaling protocol that can be used to setup and teardown calls between a couple of Cisco IP Phones. We'll consider the messages exchanged during a SIP call setup, and we'll distinguish between SIP Early Offer and Delayed Offer.

Enjoy this training from our CLCOR (350-801) Video Training Series!

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Cisco Stealthwatch

cybersecurity security Jan 29, 2021


Charles has been wrapping up production on the SCOR (350-701) Video Training Series this week, so we thought it’d be fitting to go over one of the topics on the blueprint with you!

In this video, Charles takes a look at the advantages and features of Cisco Stealthwatch. Enjoy the training, and stay tuned for an upcoming product launch in the near future! 

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Cisco IOS: Time-Based Access Control Lists (ACLs)

Uncategorized Jan 20, 2021

In this week's video, we cover Time-Based Access Control Lists (Time-Based ACLs). With Time-Based ACLs, you can restrict access between specific devices based on time-of-day or day of the week. Enjoy the training!

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Cisco Email Security - Data Loss Prevention (DLP)

security Jan 15, 2021

In this week's video, Charles looks at data loss prevention (DLP) policies within the Cisco Email Security Appliance (ESA), a security solution outlined in the SCOR (350-701) exam blueprint.

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What I'm Thankful for This Year

kw train Nov 26, 2020

As we approach Thanksgiving Day here in the states, I've been reflecting on what I'm thankful for this year. Even though 2020 has been a very unique year, I'm thankful for lots of good things that have happened. Here are just a few examples: 

  • My youngest daughter got married to a wonderful young man who we love like a son.
  • We added another member (Mariam Said) to our KWTrain team.
  • My family members (each of whom I love and am grateful for) are happy and healthy.
  • And I'm thankful for YOU. Although this year has been a challenging one for many businesses, you've continued to look to us to help you advance your IT career. 

I pray that each of you have a blessed holiday season.

With a grateful heart,


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OSPF Advanced Concepts - Part 4

ccie r/s ccna r/s ccnp r/s Sep 24, 2019

In the previous part of our OSPF series, we examined options for manually filtering routes. As we wrap up our look at advanced OSPF topics, we'll discuss default routes, and compare OSPFv2 with OSPFv3.

Default Routes

We have seen where OSPF can automatically generate a default route when needed. This occurs with some of our special area types. For example, of you configure a totally stubby area, of course a default route is required and OSPF generates this route automatically from the ABR.

In order to increase flexibility with your designs, default routes injected into a normal area can be originated by any OSPF router. To generate a default route, you use the default-information originate command.

This command presents two options:

  • You can advertise into the OSPF domain, provided the advertising router already has a default route.
  • You can advertise regardless of whether the advertising router already has a default route. This second method is accomplished...
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OSPF Advanced Concepts - Part 3

ccie r/s ccna r/s ccnp r/s Sep 10, 2019

In our previous blog post, we examined how OSPF can automatically filter routes through the use of special areas and LSA Types. But what about your options for manually filtering routes in OSPF? In this post, we will examine techniques that you can use at various points in the topology.

Filtering at the ASBR

One simple and effective method of filtering at the ASBR is the use of a distribute list. Here, we define the rules for route identification with an access list, and then reference this access list in the distribute list. 

Figure 1 - OSPF Topology

In this example, our Area 1 is configured as a normal, non-backbone area. You can clearly see this when you examine the routing table on ORL.

Note the two prefixes (E2) of and Let’s filter at the ASBR of ATL.

Note how simple this configuration is. Let’s see if it worked by examining the route table of ORL once again:

The configuration worked perfectly and...

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