New CCNA Deep Dive (Live) Courses from Wendell on O’Reilly (Safari)

By certskills January 23, 2020 10:25

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 six courses follow in pairs, as you can see in the graphic. Courses 2 and 3 cover LAN-related topics, while courses 4 and 5 focus on IPv4 routing. Courses 6 and 7 move on to several IP security and services. And the series closes with a course of Controllers, JSON, and REST.

The schedule for this first round runs from Mid-February through the first week in April.

Dates, Details, and Enrolling

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:

Feb 4-5th: IP Subnetting from Beginning to Mastery Live Course

Search: Any IP Subnetting Courses on the Current Schedule

How to Use My CCNA 200-301 Books if You Used My 200-125 Books
Packet Tracer Labs - CCNA Vol 1 Chapter 20
By certskills January 23, 2020 10:25
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  1. Benjamin Balfour February 5, 09:08

    Hi Wendell, will the live courses be recorded and available to access at any time with a O’Reilly membership?


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  2. Gregorio Ubiaga February 6, 04:46

    Hi Wendell

    Since the new full Network Simulator training isn’t out yet for the 200-301, I was thinking of getting one of these packages from pearson to study for the exam, as I would’ve thought it would have pretty much most of the same stuff in it. Which one would you recommend?



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    • certskills Author February 6, 06:43

      I agree with you – the CCNA Simulator for the soon-to-be-old exam should have content for most of the topics in the new exam that have config/verify requirements. I’d get the “CCNA 200-125 Sim” download. (The DVD version is the same thing, just in a box with a DVD in it.)

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  3. Marius February 23, 13:11

    Hi Wendell,

    Could you recommend what Cisco gear should one get for a home lab to be able to get some hands-on experience for the new CCNA 200-301 certification?

    Thank you!

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    • certskills Author February 28, 10:25

      I can give a few suggestions, but honestly, the time it takes to watch and track which device models, IOS versions and feature sets, and prices all match for the best home lab, well, that takes a lot of time. I used to do some of that in the blog here, but it just became too time consuming. A few thoughts:
      Switches: 2960, 2960S, 2960X, all probably support most of what you need for CCNA. 2960’s have been around forever – 15 years – and the prices can be $25 delivered last time I checked eBay (US) a few years back.
      Routers: Check to research what features exist in what IOS versions and feature sets. But I’d bet any router with 15.2M IOS version (that’s pretty old) would be recent enough for all the core layer 3 features. You might miss a few for CCNA, but you can find plenty of routers that do that. Maybe 1900’s, 2900s, 1841s.
      Hope this helps…

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      • Greg Ubiaga February 28, 10:42

        Hi Marius

        Not sure where in the world you are, but in the UK I’ve seen some lab kits like this here might be worth a look.

        Wendell, do we have to get real routers to practice on or can we get by using the network sim from pearson?



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  4. Anthony Garcia March 25, 14:44

    Just lost the DD6 session about 30 minutes ago; did something happen?

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    • certskills Author March 25, 14:50

      Hey Anthony. Yep, nothing nefarious, but a problem happened on the teaching platform. I was talking to answer a question, the session closed, and we tried to recover, with no short-term fix. We’re working to re-schedule. Everyone’s safe, just a software issue. My apologies for losing the session. I’ve already emailed my contacts in the process to look for an open slot to re-schedule.

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      • Steven Simpson March 25, 15:05

        I was also in the class. Are the other labs available for us to practice until class starts? I was only able to complete Lab 1.

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        • certskills Author March 25, 15:12

          Hey Steven,
          I’ll leave Lab 1, which we got to in class, up and available. Have at it, and ask me any questions here. Also, after I approve your first few posts, they’ll show up immediately – FYI.

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      • Steven Simpson March 25, 15:08

        I was also in this class. Are the labs available for us to practice until the class is rescheduled?

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