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Introduction to SecureX
In this episode of The Broadcast Storm, you'll be introduced to the features of Cisco SecureX, which gives you a unified view into all of your network's Cisco security solutions.
For more information on SecureX, check out Cisco's product page:
|Jul 01, 2020|
EIGRP's Variance Feature
In this episode, we'll discuss a topic from the ENARSI Exam (300-410) blueprint, EIGRP's Variance feature.
The Variance feature allows an EIGRP-speaking router to load balance across unequal cost paths, and this episode will discuss exactly how it works and when it won't work.
|Jun 15, 2020|
First Look at Cisco Modeling Labs (CML 2.0)
In this episode of The Broadcast Storm, I'll give you my first impressions of the recently released Cisco Modeling Labs (CML) - Personal Edition, also known as CML 2.0.
CML 2.0 is the replacement to Cisco VIRL, and I'll share with you the pros and cons I've found with CML, along with my recommendation as to whether or not it's worth your money.
Enjoy the episode!
|Jun 01, 2020|
The Online Exam Experience
|May 15, 2020|
Understanding OFDM and OFDMA
In this episode of The Broadcast Storm, you'll learn the difference between OFDM (Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing) and OFDMA (Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access), which is used by Wi-Fi 6.
Also, if you enjoy these brief trainings in The Broadcast Storm, you'd love our monthly membership program called IT Insider.
Get more information here:
|May 01, 2020|
It's Time to Skill Up
In this episode of The Broadcast Storm, you're encouraged to develop a learning curriculum for yourself as we go through this very unique time in history.
Also, we give a big announcement, a brand new ENCOR (350-401) Master Class - LIVE happening in May.
Get all the details here: https://bit.ly/encor20
|Apr 15, 2020|
Our 2020 Build Plan
In this episode of the Broadcast Storm, we take a look any our company’s 2020 Build Plan, to give you a good idea of what training we already have available for your study and what’s on the way.
Here are links to some of our currently available training:
ENARSI (300-410) - Pre-Release (Save 50%):
CCNA (200-301) Video Training Series (Save 20%):
ENCOR (350-401) Video Training Series (Save 20%):
IT Insider (Monthly Live Training with Q&A):
LinkedIn “Learning IP Addressing” Course:
LinkedIn “Learning Subnetting” Course:
LinkedIn “Wireless Networking Essentials” Course:
|Apr 01, 2020|
My 7-Step Morning Routine
In this episode of The Broadcast Storm, we want to focus on the importance of having your own morning routine, and how it can dramatically improve your productivity. To help spark some ideas as you craft your own morning routine, I share my 7-step routine.
Below are some of the links I share in the podcast:
Free e-Book - Re-Awaken the Giant Within, by Tony Robbins:
Brendon Burchard's High Performance Planer:
ENCOR (350-401) Video Training Series - 25% Discount:
CCNA (200-301) Video Training Series - 20% Discount:
|Mar 15, 2020|
Introduction to Cisco ISE
In this episode of The Broadcast Storm you'll be introduced to Cisco's Identity Services Engine (ISE).
Also, we've just launched our new ENCOR Video Training Series, covering everything you need to crush your ENCOR (350-401) exam. Podcast listeners get a 25% discount by going to the following link:
|Mar 01, 2020|
No "QAMs" About It
In this episode of The Broadcast Storm, you'll learn about how Quadrature Amplitude Modulation (QAM) is used to dramatically increase the amount of data that can be transmitted with a wireless signal.
Join the IT Insider Monthly Mentoring Program:
|Feb 15, 2020|
What Happened to VTP?
In this episode of "The Broadcast Storm" we discuss my theory as to why VLAN Trunking Protocol (VTP) has disappeared from Cisco's new certification tracks.
Join the IT Insider Monthly Mentoring Program:
|Feb 01, 2020|
3 Types of Disaster Recovery Sites
In this episode of The Broadcast Storm, you'll learn 3 options for Disaster Recovery sites, and you'll learn the importance of balancing recovery time with expense.
To sign up for Kevin's FREE CCNA Mini-Course, visit:
|Jan 15, 2020|
Overview of Stateful Switchover (SSO) and Nonstop Forwarding (NSF)
In this episode of The Broadcast Storm, you'll learn how a router with two route processors can failover from its primary route processor to its secondary route processor, while maintaining its routing protocol neighborships and IP routing information.
To check out Kevin's FREE "CCNA Mini-Course" sign-up at:
|Jan 01, 2020|
Fundamentals of Multiple Spanning Trees Protocol
|Dec 15, 2019|
Understanding GRE over IPsec VPNs
|Dec 01, 2019|
Introduction to VXLANs
In this episode of "The Broadcast Storm," you'll learn the basics of VXLANs (Virtual Extensible Local Area Networks).
Also, visit the following link to get your 20% Percent Discount and 6 Bonus Courses, when you purchase Kevin's new "CCNA Video Training Series":
|Nov 15, 2019|
Fundamentals of LISP
In this episode of "The Broadcast Storm," you'll learn the basics of LISP, the Location/ID Separation Protocol.
Also, visit the following link to get your 20% Percent Discount and 6 Bonus Courses, when you purchase Kevin's new "CCNA Video Training Series":
|Nov 01, 2019|
Interview with Keith Barker
In this episode of "The Broadcast Storm," I chat with double CCIE Keith Barker, as he shares his perspective on a variety of topics, ranging from how to get into IT, to network security, to hypnosis.
|Oct 15, 2019|
Wireless LAN Security
In this episode of "The Broadcast Storm" we're going to take on another line item from the new CCNA (200-301) exam blueprint.
Specifically, we'll be contrasting three Wireless LAN (WLAN) security protocols: WPA, WPA2, and WPA3.
|Oct 01, 2019|
Understanding Administrative Distance
In this episode of "The Broadcast Storm" we're going to consider a topic on the new CCNA exam blueprint (Exam# 200-301).
It's not a new topic, but it is critical that we understand it. The topic is Administrative Distance.
Administrative Distance (AD) is the believability of a routing source. So, if a router has information from multiple routing information sources about how to reach a specific network, the router will believe (and inject into its IP Routing Table) the network learned from the routing information source with the LOWEST Administrative Distance.
Of course, there are lots of routing information sources a router could have, and we'll compare their ADs in this episode.
|Sep 15, 2019|
Understanding Wi-Fi 6
In this episode of "The Broadcast Storm," you'll learn about some of the technologies being used by Wi-Fi 6 (IEEE 802.11ax) to enhance your wireless experience.
|Sep 01, 2019|
Your Cert Survey Results
In this episode of The Broadcast Storm, we'll review the results of a 465-participant survey about Cisco's new certification tracks.
You can review the survey results in detail at the following link:
|Aug 15, 2019|
Introducing Cisco's DevNet Certifications
In this episode of The Broadcast Storm, we check out Cisco's new DevNet certification track and identify who each certification is for.
|Aug 01, 2019|
Overview of Cisco DNA Center
In this episode of The Broadcast Storm we give you an overview of Cisco DNA Center, which is a topic that appears on the newly announced CCNA 200-301 exam (to be released Feb. 24, 2020).
At the time of this recording, Cisco's DevNet Sandbox makes a couple of Cisco DNA Servers available for you to explore for free (without needing to set up a VPN connection). One server gives you read-write access, while the other gives you read-only access. Here are the links and login credentials:
Cisco DNA Center Server with Read/Write Access
Cisco DNA Center Server with Read-Only Access
|Jul 15, 2019|
Cisco Changes Their Professional Level Certifications
In this episode of "The Broadcast Storm," we discuss the changes Cisco recently made to their Professional-level certification tracks.
We also explore a great set of "CCNP Migration Tools," Cisco makes available. You can check out that menu of tools here:
|Jul 01, 2019|
Breaking Down the NEW CCNA
In this episode of The Broadcast Storm, we'll discuss the topics appearing on Cisco's newly announced CCNA certification exam. To help you complete your current CCNA R/S studies before February 24, 2020 (or to help you get a jump start studying for the new CCNA), I'm conducting a FREE 3-day "CCNA Foundations" course containing 12 hours of content.
Get more information, and sign up using the following link:
This link gives you an overview of the new CCNA program:
This link shows you the exact topics on the exam:
|Jun 15, 2019|
Categories of Twisted Pair Cabling
In this episode, you'll learn why twisted pair networking cable needs to be twisted. Also, you'll learn the characteristics of various twisted pair cabling "Categories" and sample use cases for each Category.
|Jun 01, 2019|
Fundamentals of 5G Technology
In this episode, you'll learn the benefits of 5G cellular technology and what distinguishes 5G from its 3G and 4G predecessors.
|May 15, 2019|
Options for Hands-On Practice
In this episode of The Broadcast Storm, we'll discuss a collection of options for getting hands-on practice with Cisco router and switch platforms.
Following are links to some of the options mentioned in the podcast:
*NOTE: Some of the above links are affiliate links.
|May 01, 2019|
Selecting a Paper Planner
In this episode of The Broadcast Storm, we consider three paper planners you can use to boost your productivity:
Brendon Burchard's "The High Performance Planner":
Michael Hyatt's "Full Focus Planner":
Ziglar's "The Performance Planner":
|Apr 15, 2019|
Understanding Multicast Operation
In this episode of "The Broadcast Storm," you'll learn the theory of IP multicasting, for both IPv4 and IPv6.
If you'd like to watch a video that reviews this theory and also includes a comprehensive configuration demo, check out this link:
|Apr 01, 2019|
Overview of DMVPNs
In this episode of The Broadcast Storm, you'll learn what Dynamic Multipoint Virtual Private Networks (DMVPNs) do for us and the theory behind how they work.
|Mar 15, 2019|
My Secret to Making BIG Decisions
In this episode of The Broadcast Storm, you'll learn the difference between "System 1" and System 2" thinking and a tool to make tough decisions logically.
|Mar 01, 2019|
Overview of AWS
Amazon Web Services (AWS) is fast becoming one of the hottest topics in the IT industry, and in this episode, you'll get an overview of what AWS is all about.
|Feb 15, 2019|
CCIE Collaboration Lab Structure
In this episode of The Broadcast Storm, you'll learn what to expect if you're going to be taking your CCIE Collaboration Lab.
Specifically, you'll learn what equipment will be at your desk in the lab and about the four minimum scores you must meet to pass the exam.
|Feb 01, 2019|
Fundamentals of Cisco Expressway
In this episode of The Broadcast Storm, you'll get an overview of Cisco's Expressway servers and learn how they can help Cisco Jabber clients perform "firewall traversal."
|Jan 15, 2019|
6 Steps to Accelerate Your Learning
In this episode of The Broadcast Storm, you'll discover six steps to learning your next technical topic FAST.
|Jan 01, 2019|
Introduction to First Hop Redundancy Protocols (FHRPs)
In this episode of The Broadcast Storm, you'll learn about three First Hop Redundancy Protocols (FHRPs) supported on Cisco routers and multilayer switches:
- Hot Standby Router Protocol (HSRP)
- Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol (VRRP)
- Global Load Balancing Protocol (GLBP)
|Dec 15, 2018|
Understanding IP Source Guard & Dynamic ARP Inspection
Sign up for Kevin's live and online "CCNP R/S SWITCH (300-115) Crash Course," being conducted Dec. 17, 18, & 19, 2018 with the following link:
As promised in this episode, here's are sample configurations for both IP Source Guard and Dynamic ARP Inspection:
IP SOURCE GUARD EXAMPLE:
SW1# conf term
SW1(config)#int range fa 0/2-24
SW1(config-if-range)#ip verify source
DYNAMIC ARP INSPECTION EXAMPLE:
SW1# conf term
SW1(config)#ip arp inspection vlan 1
SW1(config)#int gig 0/1
SW1(config-if)#ip arp inspection trust
SW1(config-if)#int range fa 1/0/13-14
SW1(config-if-range)#ip arp inspection trust
|Dec 01, 2018|
Protecting Your Network with DHCP Snooping
Sign up for Kevin's live and online CCNP R/S SWITCH (300-115) Crash Course," being conducted Dec. 17, 18, & 19, 2018 with the following link:
In this episode of "The Broadcast Storm," you'll learn how to protect your network from a rogue DHCP server (even one that's been connected to your network accidentally).
As promised in this episode, here's a sample configuration for DHCP Snooping:
SW1(config)#ip dhcp snooping
SW1(config)#ip dhcp snooping vlan 1
SW1(config)#int gig 0/1
SW1(config-if)#ip dhcp snooping trust
|Nov 15, 2018|
BGP Path Selection - Simplified
In this episode of The Broadcast Storm, you'll learn a memory aid for listing the 8 primary Path Attributes (PAs) that BGP uses to make it's path selection decisions.
Get your FREE 3-Day Trial of The Cert Accelerator here: http://kwtrain.com/ca
|Nov 01, 2018|
OSPF LSA Types - Simplified
In this episode of The Broadcast Storm, you'll learn the job of each OSPF Link State Advertisement (LSA) type.
Get your 3-Day FREE Trial of The Cert Accelerator here: http://kwtrain.com/ca
|Oct 15, 2018|
Introduction to Private VLANs
In this episode, you'll be introduced to the theory and operation of Private VLANs on Cisco Catalyst switches.
Here is the link to Kevin's upcoming SWITCH Crash Course:
|Oct 01, 2018|
The Storm Control Feature on Cisco Catalyst Switches
This podcast episode introduces you to the Storm Control feature found on Cisco Catalyst switches.
Here is the link to the SWITCH (300-115) Crash Course:
|Sep 15, 2018|
5 Changes in Cisco Unified Communications Manager (CUCM) Version 12.0
In this episode of The Broadcast Storm, we'll review 5 big changes in CUCM 12.0.
For a more comprehensive listing of updates, check out the following link:
|Sep 01, 2018|
Overview of CompTIA's CySA+ Certification
In this episode of The Broadcast Storm, you'll get a better sense for what CompTIA's CySA+ certification is all about.
(NOTE: Look for section on the page entitled "Get Practice Questions and Exam Objectives.")
|Aug 15, 2018|
Introduction to Cisco's CSR 1000v Router
In this podcast episode, you'll learn the basics of Cisco's 1000v virtual router.
To download your own evaluation copy of Cisco's CSR 1000v, visit the following link (and login with your Cisco account credentials):
To watch a demonstration of the CSR 1000v being installed on a VMware ESXi server, you can check out Kevin's YouTube video:
|Aug 01, 2018|
My Takeaways From Cisco Live US 2018
In this episode of The Broadcast Storm, I share my biggest takeaways from Cisco Live US 2018.
Also, here's the link to watch a replay of my Cisco Live presentation:
|Jul 15, 2018|
Interview with Network Chuck
In this episode of The Broadcast Storm, you'll hear an interview I did with CBT Nuggets instructor Network Chuck, as he shares his philosophy of and strategies for Cisco certifications.
You can follow Network Chuck through any of the following:
|Jul 01, 2018|
Introduction to Tranceivers
In this episode of The Broadcast Storm, you'll learn about various types (and speeds) of transceivers, which can be used to connect into a piece of networking equipment (e.g. an Ethernet switch).
Specifically, we'll discuss the following transceiver types:
This topic is from my newly released CompTIA Network+ Complete Video Course, which contains over 17 hours of training. If you'd like to check it out and get a 50 percent discount off the purchase price, navigate to the following link, and enter the Discount Code of WALLACE50 during checkout.
Discount Code: WALLACE50
|Jun 15, 2018|
In this episode of The Broadcast Storm, we discuss different types of wireless LAN (WLAN) antennas.
This topic comes from my new CompTIA Network+ (N10-007) Complete Video Course. If you'd like to check it out, use the Discount Code of WALLACE50 to save 50 percent.
Here's the URL:
Network+ Complete Video Course: http://netpluscourse.kevin.live
Discount Code: WALLACE50
|Jun 01, 2018|
My Productivity Habits
In this episode of The Broadcast Storm, you'll learn what I do on a weekly and daily basis to stay productive.
To get an 80% discount on the Your IT Career Success Blueprint video course, visit:
and enter the Discount Code: SUCCESS
Here are the apps I mentioned in this episode:
YouVersion Bible: https://www.youversion.com/the-bible-app/
|May 15, 2018|
Fundamentals of Disaster Recovery
In this episode of The Broadcast Storm, you'll learn collection of disaster recovery terms. Specifically, you'll learn:
These topics come from CompTIA's new Network+ exam blueprint.
You can purchase Kevin's brand new Network+ (N10-007) Complete Video course using the following link:
Also, use Coupon Code WALLACE50 to take 50% off the price.
|May 01, 2018|
Network Defense Best Practices
In this episode of The Broadcast Storm, you'll learn 14 best practice recommendations for better securing your network.
These recommendations come from CompTIA's new Network+ exam blueprint.
You can purchase Kevin's brand new Network+ (N10-007) Complete Video course using the following link:
Also, use Coupon Code WALLACE50 to take 50% off the price.
|Apr 15, 2018|
A Look at the New Network+ Exam
|Apr 01, 2018|
Interview with Anthony Sequeira
In this episode of The Broadcast Storm, world-renowned Cisco trainer Anthony Sequeira joins us to discuss:
Anthony's CCIE R&S Prep Club:
Subscribe to The Broadcast Storm:
|Mar 15, 2018|
Understanding Jumbo Frames
In this podcast episode, you'll learn the structure of a Jumbo Frame. You'll also discover some of the benefits and drawbacks of Jumbo Frame technology.
ANNOUNCEMENT: Kevin Wallace Training, LLC is proud to announce a new course: CCNA Cyber Ops Video Training Series led by our security trainer, Charles Judd.
Even though the course is not scheduled to be complete until June 2018, you can get immediate access to all of the videos Charles has already created. Multiple new videos are added each week, all of which are downloadable and never expire.
Also, as a Broadcast Storm listener, you can get a 25 percent discount on and get immediate access to the pre-release version of CCNA Cyber Ops Video Training Series.
Just visit http://cyber.kevin.live and enter the discount code STORM to take 25 percent off.
|Mar 01, 2018|
Fundamentals of Software Defined Access (SD-Access)
In this episode of The Broadcast Storm, you'll learn how Cisco's SD-Access feature allows a policy to follow a user around a multisite wired and wireless network.
Check out Kevin's new video course on IT career success here:
|Feb 15, 2018|
Cisco Announces Major CCIE Collaboration Update
In this episode of The Broadcast Storm, you'll learn the details surrounding Cisco's recent announcement to update both the Written and Lab exams in the CCIE Collaboration track, from version 1.0 to version 2.0 on July 23, 2018.
To help those who want to complete the version 1.0 lab prior to the cutoff date, I'm offering a 75 percent discount on my "CCIE Collaboration Lab Walkthrough" video training series, or my "Ultimate Collaboration Bundle."
Just use the discount code NEWCOLLAB at checkout to get your savings.
You can learn more about those two training programs (and also purchase) here:
If you want to read Cisco's official details about version 2.0, you can check them out here:
|Feb 01, 2018|
The Difference Between OSPF Neighbors and Adjacencies
In this podcast episode, you'll learn the difference between an OSPF Neighbor and an OSPF Adjacency.
Also, to sign up for Kevin's free "SDN Mini-Course," visit: http://kwtrain.com/sdn
|Jan 15, 2018|
3 Ways to Filter OSPF Routes
In this podcast episode, you'll learn three different locations and strategies for filtering OSPF routes.
To register for Kevin's live and on-line ROUTE (300-101) Crash Course, on January 16, 17, and 18, 2018, visit http://bit.ly/route-jan-18
|Jan 01, 2018|
CCIE Time Saver - "Router Preconfigs"
This podcast episode walks you through a collection of commands that you can copy/paste into your routers (and possibly switches, depending on which commands you select) during your CCIE lab attempt.
As a reference, below is a configuration example, illustrating the commands discussed in this episode:
This episode also referenced Kevin's free Software Defined Networking (SDN) video training series, available here:
|Dec 15, 2017|
CCIE Lab Insider Tips from a Proctor
In this episode of The Broadcast Storm, you'll learn some little-known insider tips about the CCIE Lab, which I learned by interviewing a CCIE Lab proctor.
If the CCIE Collaboration Lab is in your future, I've got some free training that you'll definitely want to check out. Just enter your name and e-mail here: http://kwtrain.com/framework
|Dec 01, 2017|
Introduction to Storage Area Network Technologies
In this episode of The Broadcast Storm, you'll learn theory and terms surrounding Storage Area Networking (SAN) technologies.
FREE SDN Training: http://kwtrain.com/sdn
|Nov 15, 2017|
Certification vs. Degree - My Take on the Age Old Debate
What's better to have for your career, a college degree or a higher-level certification? That's a debate that's raged on for years. In this podcast episode, I share my perspective.
For more Cisco career advice, help yourself to my free book, Your Route to Cisco Career Success:
|Nov 01, 2017|
Cyber Ops 101 - The Intrusion Kill Chain
This podcast episode introduces you to the Cyber Security concept of the Intrusion Kill Chain, which contains the following seven steps:
CCNA Cyber Ops Complete Video Course Library:
CCNA Cyber Ops Official Cert Guide Library:
|Oct 15, 2017|
What I Would Do If I Where Starting Over
A common question I get, is how I would begin a career, if I had it to do all over again. Interestingly, the answer I give today isn't the answer I would have given just a couple of years ago.
In this podcast episode, I walk you through the decisions I would make today, and why.
Here are links to the video training programs mentioned in this episode:
|Oct 01, 2017|
The Network Programmability Framework
For most of 2017, I've been studying Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Programming. One of the biggest challenges I had was tying together all of the multiple topics. To simplify these concepts for you, I created what I call my Network Programmability Framework (which is a variant of a Venn diagram).
In this podcast episode, I'll walk you through this diagram. However, it might be helpful to have it printed out ahead of time. So, you can download a .PDF of the Network Programmability Framework by visiting: http://bit.ly/netprogframe
Also, here are a couple of additional links mentioned in this podcast episode:
|Sep 15, 2017|
Overview of Cisco's CCNA Cyber Ops Certification
Cisco recently introduced a new certification, the CCNA Cyber Ops certification. This new certification helps prepare people for the upcoming drought of cybersecurity professionals. It's estimated that in 2019, there will be 6 million jobs in cybersecurity, with 1.5 million of those jobs unfilled.
|Sep 01, 2017|
The 3 Biggest Mistakes I've Made In My Career
In this podcast episode, I reflect on three of the biggest mistakes I've made in my career, in an effort to help you avoid similar missteps.
When writing this post, I was surprised at the old memories and emotions that surfaced.
Hopefully though, my transparency in describing these failures will serve you the listener.
Click HERE to Learn More About the Diver Down - Routing and Switching Membership Program.
|Aug 15, 2017|
An Overview of Container Technology for Cisco Networking Professionals
Cisco recently introduced the Cisco Catalyst 9000 Series switches. One unique feature of these switches is their ability to support containers. This podcast episode introduces you to the concept of containers and discusses how they can be more efficient than virtual machines.
Diver Down - Routing and Switching: kwtrain.com/dd
|Aug 01, 2017|
How To Detect Malware In Encrypted Traffic
In this episode of The Broadcast Storm, we discuss a new technology Cisco recently released that allows traffic to be scanned for malicious content, even if that traffic is encrypted. It's a feature called Encrypted Traffic Analysis (ETA), and in this episode, you'll learn the basics of how it works.
Click HERE to watch Kevin's new video discussing the 3 reasons IT professionals struggle in their career.
|Jul 15, 2017|
The 3 Topics You Need to Know for Your CCNA R&S Exam
In this podcast episode, you'll learn the "Big 3" topics on which you need to spend a disproportionate amount of study time on when preparing for your CCNA R&S exam (200-120).
|Jul 01, 2017|
Preview of my Cisco Live US 2017 Session
In this podcast episode, you'll learn the theory behind number globalization and localization on a Cisco Unified Communications Manager server. This is an overview of the topic I'll be presenting on June 29, 2017 at Cisco Live US.
Click HERE to see the session in the CLUS 17 Scheduler.
|Jun 15, 2017|
The Siren Call of Brain Dumps
A "siren call" is something that looks appealing, but is really dangerous. That's what brain dumps are for far too many Cisco certification candidates. In this podcast episode, you'll learn: (1) Cheaters can be caught. (2) Cheaters can destroy their career. (3) The appropriate philosophy for approaching a Cisco exam.
Click HERE To Get Your Free Your Route To Cisco Career Success e-Book.
|Jun 01, 2017|
In this podcast episode, we'll review some of the basic concepts and strategies from the book Deep Work, by Cal Newport.
Also, I'll give an example of how I recently applied these strategies to my study of network programmability.
|May 15, 2017|
Fundamentals of Encyrption
In this episode of The Broadcast Storm, you'll learn the basics of encryption. Topics include:
Also, to get a free copy of Kevin's CCNA R/S (200-125) Practice Exam, click HERE.
|May 01, 2017|
Comparing Cisco IOS, NX-OS, and IOS-XR
This podcast episode compares three Cisco operating systems:
To go deeper on this topic, check out a replay of Joe Rinehart's 2016 CiscoLive US presentation (CiscoLive account required):
Also, to see examples of a sample configuration in each OS, visit the accompanying blog post:
Finally, to keep up with everything Kevin is doing, visit his website:
|Apr 15, 2017|
Understanding EIGRP - Part 6
|Apr 01, 2017|
Understanding EIGRP - Part 5
In this episode of The Broadcast Storm, we continue our look at EIGRP. Specifically, we focus on EIGRP Static Neighbors. You'll learn:
Here are the links mentioned in the podcast:
|Mar 15, 2017|
Fundamentals of the Internet of Things (IoT)
Yet another buzzword we hear a lot in our industry today is Internet of Things, or IoT for short. It's a technological revolution that I believe will dramatically impact the way we live our daily lives, not to mention the impact on our careers as networking professionals.
However, there's much confusion surrounding IoT. So, in this podcast episode, you'll consider some examples of IoT products and services. Then, you'll learn about how IoT is poised for massive growth over the next few years, followed by a look at how IoT will impact our careers.
Kevin's Website: http://kwtrain.com
|Mar 01, 2017|
Understanding EIGRP - Part 4
In this 4th installment of the Understanding EIGRP series, we consider EIGRP's Passive Interface option, which can allow an interface to participate in an EIGRP routing process (so that it's subnet can be advertised via EIGRP), while suppressing the sending of EIGRP Hello messages out of that interface.
Also, here are the links referenced in this episode:
|Feb 15, 2017|
Understanding EIGRP - Part 3
In this 3rd installment of the Understanding EIGRP series, we consider EIGRP timers. Interestingly, they don't work the same as OSPF's timers. Also, here are the links referenced in this episode:
|Feb 01, 2017|
What is Cisco IWAN (Intelligent WAN)?
In this episode, you'll learn what Cisco IWAN is and what it can do for you.
To go deeper in your Cisco IWAN studies, check out the Cisco Press book entitled "Cisco Intelligent WAN (IWAN)" available at: http://kwtrain.com/iwanbook
|Jan 15, 2017|
Understanding EIGRP - Part 2
This podcast episode is the second in a series of EIGRP podcast episodes. In this episode, you'll learn how EIGRP constructs a topology table, selects a best route, and potentially one or more backup routes. You'll also learn the theory behind EIGRP metric calculations.
Click HERE to view examples in the accompanying blog post.
Kevin's complete video courses covering EIGRP include:
|Jan 01, 2017|
It's Time to Pivot
In this episode of The Broadcast Storm, Kevin shares his decision to pivot his career focus, from traditional Cisco IOS commands to network programmability.
Here are links to the books referenced in the podcast episode:
Learn Python in one Day and Learn it Well: http://bit.ly/2hu7U35
Programming and Automating Cisco Networks: http://amzn.to/2hugZsI
|Dec 15, 2016|
Understanding EIGRP - Part 1
This podcast episode is the first in a series of episodes dedicated to EIGRP, a very robust and scalable dynamic routing protocol.
Specifically in this episode, we'll debate whether EIGRP is a link-state routing protocol or an advanced distance vector routing protocol. Then, we'll review some of the things we love about EIGRP and discuss basic configuration and verification commands.
To check out configuration and verification examples, here's a link to the accompanying blog post:
BLOG POST: http://kwtrain.com/eigrp-1
Also, my new CCNA R/S version 3 (200-125) Complete Video Course is available here:
CCNA R/S COMPLETE VIDEO COURSE: http://kwtrain.com/ccnacourse
|Dec 01, 2016|
EtherChannel's False Sense of Security
EtherChannel is a technology that lets you interconnect two Ethernet switches with multiple physical links and then logically bind those multiple physical connections into a single logical connection. This can give you increased bandwidth between your switches, load balancing, and fault tolerance. But... there's a catch.
In this episode, you'll learn the basics of EtherChannel, dig into the binary math behind its load balancing algorithms, discover why EtherChannel might be giving you a false sense of security, and how to fix it.
Finally, here's where you can pick up my brand new CCNA R/S (200-125) Complete Video course:
|Nov 15, 2016|
Free Access to Cisco Gear... Seriously!
Cisco DevNet has done us a huge favor and made a ton of Cisco gear available to us for free. To access the plethora of "sandboxes," visit:
|Nov 01, 2016|
Know Your Hashing Algorithms
In this episode of The Broadcast Storm, you'll learn about the three types of hashing algorithms available in moderns versions of Cisco IOS:
Type 5: Message Digest 5 (MD5)
Type 8: Password-Based Key Derivation Function 2 (PBKDF2)
Type 9: SCRYPT
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|Oct 15, 2016|
Should Your Certification Journey be Deep or Wide?
In this podcast episode, you'll get my take on the question of going deep in a Cisco track (e.g. getting your CCIE in that track) vs. going wide (e.g. getting multiple Associate level certifications).
Here's a link to the Tony Robbins video I referenced in this episode:
Also, please visit my blog to check out lots of other great training resources.
|Oct 01, 2016|
Your Framework for Cisco Exam Preparation
In this podcast episode, you'll learn a 7-step framework for preparing for your first (or next) Cisco exam. Below are links to products mentioned in the podcast:
Cisco Press CCNA Collaboration Books: http://kwtrain.com/ccnacollabbooks
Pearson's CCNA LiveLessons: http://kwtrain.com/collab-na
CCNA R/S v3 Complete Video Course: http://kwtrain.com/ccnacourse
Topic on the CCNA v3 R/S Exam: http://kwtrain.com/ccnatopics
Cisco Learning Labs for ICND1: http://kwtrain.com/icnd1labs
Cisco Learning Labs for ICND2: http://kwtrain.com/icnd2labs
Cisco Virtual Internet Routing Lab (VIRL): http://kwtrain.com/virl
Cisco Packet Tracer: http://kwtrain.com/pt
Pearson IT Certification's CCNA R/S Network Simulator: http://kwtrain.com/netsim
Presence (by Amy Cuddy): http://amzn.to/2c0sXsz
|Sep 15, 2016|
My Favorite Productivity Apps
Here are some of my favorite productivity apps/websites:
To-Do List Manager: Nozbe (https://nozbe.com)
Calendar: Fantastical (https://flexibits.com/fantastical)
e-Mail: AirMail (http://airmailapp.com)
Note Taking (on iPad Pro with Apple Pencil): Penultimate (http://apple.co/2bor5Y1)
|Sep 01, 2016|
5 Tips for Your Technical Resume
In this podcast episode, you'll learn 5 quick tips for making your technical resume stand out from the crowd, while avoiding common mistakes.
|Aug 15, 2016|
Software Defined Networking (SDN) Simplified
In this podcast episode, you'll learn the fundamentals of Software Defined Networking (SDN). Specifically, you'll examine the pieces and parts making up an SDN network and consider how SDN technologies are forever changing the role of a Cisco professional.
CCNA R/S Complete Video Course: http://kwtrain.com/ccnacourse
|Aug 01, 2016|
Your Learning Calendar
In this episode of The Broadcast Storm, you're challenged to identify the next technology or topic you need to learn and to block out time on your calendar to focus on your ongoing studies.
|Jul 15, 2016|
The "Job - Experience" Paradox
In this episode of The Broadcast Storm, you'll learn a couple of ways to add experience to your resume without first having a job.
|Jul 01, 2016|
5 Essential Books for Your Cisco Career
In this podcast episode, Kevin shares his recommendation for five books essential to your Cisco career.
If you'd like to purchase any of these recommended books, the links are below:
|Jun 15, 2016|
CCNA R&S version 3 - What's New?
On May 17, 2016 Cisco introduced an update to their flagship CCNA R&S certification. In this podcast, Kevin gets you up to date on the following:
To receive periodic updates on Kevin's production of his new CCNA R&S Complete Video Course, and to be notified when the course is released, visit the following link to enter your e-mail:
|Jun 01, 2016|
Fundamentals of BGP
In this podcast episode, you'll contrast Border Gateway Protocol
(BGP), which is an Exterior Gateway Protocol (EGP), with Interior
Gateway Protocols (IGPs).
|May 15, 2016|
Fundamentals of Storage Area Networking
In this podcast episode, you'll learn about different approaches
for having storage (e.g. hard drives) available on the
Direct-Attached Storage (DAS)
|May 01, 2016|
Your Route to Cisco Career Success - Part 7 (A Certified Success)
In this final installment of the "Your Route to Cisco Career Success" podcast series, you'll learn the benefits of having one or more Cisco certifications and what certification options are out there.
|Apr 15, 2016|
6 Core Cisco Collaboration Systems You've Gotta Know
Interested in pursuing your CCNA Collaboration or CCNP Collaboration? If so, this podcast reveals the 6 fundamental collaboration systems you'll be working with (and studying) on a regular basis.
After listening to the podcast, be sure to check out the companion video:
|Apr 01, 2016|
How to Reduce Nervousness Before Your Certification Exam
Here's a quick strategy for increasing your confidence and decreasing your stress before taking your next certification exam. The strategy comes from Amy Cuddy's book Presence, and her TED talk. You can check those out here:
Presence Book: http://amzn.to/1OVhH9L
TED Talk: http://bit.ly/1jPni4S
Please let me know if this strategy works for your by leaving a comment on my Facebook page or Twitter:
Kevin Wallace Training's Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/kwallaceccie/
Kevin Wallace Training's Twitter: https://twitter.com/kwallaceccie
|Mar 15, 2016|
Fundamentals of QoS
In this episode of The Broadcast Storm, you'll learn the purpose of Quality of Service (QoS) and identify many of the QoS mechanisms available on Cisco routers and switches.
|Mar 01, 2016|
Your Route to Cisco Career Success - Part 6 (Getting Your Hands Dirty)
In this episode, you learn several ways to get hands-on experience with Cisco gear.
Below are links to some of the solutions discussed in this podcast:
|Feb 15, 2016|
Your Route to Cisco Career Success - Part 5 (Tomes of Wisdom)
In this fifth installment of the Your Route to Cisco Career Success series, you're encouraged to develop your technical library. Also, you'll learn the different categories of Cisco Press books and see how to find technical documentation on Cisco's website.
|Feb 01, 2016|
Your Route to Cisco Career Success - Part 4 (Time Alchemy)
Get an overview of two of the more popular time management strategies out there today, and also learn a simple 3-step time management approach to get you started towards a more productive way of life.
|Jan 15, 2016|
The 3 Things I Do To Start My Day
What you do the first thing of a morning can set the tone for your whole day. In this brief podcast, I share with you three elements of my morning ritual that have had a huge impact on my productivity.
|Jan 01, 2016|
Your Route to Cisco Career Success - Part 3 (The Curiosity Key)
In this third installment of the Your Route to Cisco Career Success podcast series, you'll learn how curiosity can help drive you forward in your career as a Cisco networking professional.
|Dec 15, 2015|
CCNA Collaboration Overview
This episode of The Broadcast Storm gives you a peek into the new CCNA Collaboration certification. You'll learn what exams you need to take in order to earn this certification and what topics you'll need to learn.
If you want to get started in your study, you can check out Cisco Press' CCNA Collaboration Library: http://kwtrain.com/ccnacollabbooks
|Dec 01, 2015|
Your Route to Cisco Career Success - Part 2 (When Life Gets in the Way)
In this episode of The Broadcast Storm, which is Part 2 in the Your Route to Cisco Career Success series, you'll learn how to keep moving towards your goals, even in the midst of life's unplanned interruptions.
|Nov 15, 2015|
Collaboration Lab Strategy #3 - Your Framework to CCIE Collaboration Lab Success
In this episode of The Broadcast Storm, you'll learn Kevin's four foundational directives that makeup his CCIE Collaboration Lab Framework of Success.
To get a visual representation of this framework, checkout the corresponding blog posting, which can be found here: http://kwallaceccie.com/ccie-collaboration-lab-lessons-part-3
|Nov 01, 2015|
Your Route to Cisco Career Success - Part 1 (Goals - Your Destination Address)
This podcast summaries Chapter 1 of my book, Your Route to Cisco Career Success, which discusses why and how to set goals to advance your career. You can get a free PDF copy of that book here: http://kwtrain.com/success
|Oct 15, 2015|
Collaboration Lab Strategy #2 (Using a CUCM Server as a TFTP Server)
If you're preparing for (or will be preparing for) the CCIE Collaboration Lab, you should know how to edit .xml configuration files and then store those files in the appropriate location. This episode of The Broadcast Storm shows you how you can leverage the TFTP server built into your CUCM server to move files between your devices.
|Oct 01, 2015|
Lessons I Learned from Disney - Part 5 (Dreams Come True)
In this fifth installment in the "Lessons I Learned from Disney" series, you are challenged to dream again, maybe for a CCIE certification, maybe for your dream job, or maybe starting your own company.
|Sep 15, 2015|
Collaboration Lab Strategy #1 (Using the Modified Device-Based Approach)
If you're going to be tackling the Cisco Collaboration CCIE Lab, doing the lab tasks sequentially (e.g. Task 1.1, followed by Task 1.2, etc.) might not be the best approach. This episode of The Broadcast Storm explains how to use "The Modified Device-Based Approach" to make a much more efficient use of your time on lab day.
|Sep 01, 2015|
Lessons I Learned from Disney - Part 4 (The Advantage of Adversity)
While the first three installments of the "Lessons I Learned from Disney" series highlighted lessons learned when I was a cast member with Disney World, this podcast focuses on a lesson learned from studying Walt Disney's early career. His example shows us a new way to view the inevitable adversity we'll face in our careers.
|Aug 15, 2015|
3 Lessons I Learned from John Chambers
On July 26, 2015, John Chambers stepped down from his 20-year tenure as CEO of Cisco Systems. In this podcast, I pay tribute to his 20 years of leadership of Cisco by sharing 3 life lessons I've learned from him.
|Aug 01, 2015|
Lessons I Learned from Disney - Part 3 (Balancing Urgency with Impact)
This purpose of this podcast episode is to help you better make the troubleshooting decision to fix an issue immediately or to fix the issue later, based on the impact the fix would have on users. As an example of balancing urgency with impact, Kevin recounts a troubleshooting issue he had at Walt Disney World.
|Jul 15, 2015|
3 Memorable Quotes from Cisco Live 2015
I recently returned from Cisco Live 2015 in San Diego California. While I learned tons of cool technical stuff there, this podcast episode highlights three quotes that really resonated with me and will hopefully impact you too.
|Jul 01, 2015|
How Can a Tomato Help You Study for Cisco Exams
|Jun 15, 2015|
Lessons I Learned from Disney - Part 2 (Who Broke Mickey's e-Mail)
In this episode, you'll learn the importance of having a change management system in place, as illustrated by Kevin's story about a very long night at Disney World.
|Jun 05, 2015|
3 Tips to Ace the Technical Interview
In this episode of The Broadcast Storm, Cisco trainer Kevin Wallace shares 3 tips for acing the technical interview:
(1) Establish rapport.
(2) When asked for a weakness, share a true (and emotional) story of regret, along with the lesson you learned.
(3) When asked a technical question about a technology with which you are not familiar, be ready to share a cool story about an advanced technology you did configure.
|Jun 01, 2015|
Lessons I Learned from Disney - Part 1 (Praise in Public - Coach in Private)
Welcome to The Broadcast Storm podcast from Kevin Wallace, CCIEx2 #7945 (R/S and Collaboration). In this first episode, Kevin introduces you to the podcast's format and reveals a managerial lesson he learned while working as a Network Design Specialist at Walt Disney World (which had over 500 Cisco routers and thousands of Cisco Catalyst switches).
|May 23, 2015|