Building a Real-World Network

Explore the building of a real-world network with this course covering network design, unified communications, backups and more.

8 videos  //  60 minutes of training

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Course description

Now that you know the hows and whys of a network, it’s time to build one. In this course, you’ll look at network types, network design, power management, unified communications, network documentation, contingency planning, predicting hardware failure and, of course, the most vital aspect of any network: backups.

Course syllabus

Network TypesDuration: 4:08

Mike looks at the scope of different scales of networking.

Network DesignDuration: 9:47

Mike brings in some help to discuss network design aspects.

Power ManagementDuration: 5:59

In this episode, Mike talks about how creating a power management and continuity plan is critical to good network design.

Unified CommunicationsDuration: 11:12

Mike introduces us to the conglomerated world of Unified Communications.

Network DocumentationDuration: 6:33

Mike walks through some of internal types of documentation needed for a network.

Contingency PlanningDuration: 10:10

In this episode, Mike explains the thought processes necessary to create an effective contingency plan.

Predicting Hardware FailureDuration: 4:31

In this episode, Mike discusses equipment life cycles, expected failures, and repair or replacement downtimes.

BackupsDuration: 7:43

In this episode, Mike describes the when, why and how of backups.

Meet the author

Mike Meyers


Mike Meyers, affectionately called the "Alpha Geek," is the industry's leading authority on CompTIA certifications. He is the president and co-founder of Total Seminars, LLC, a provider of PC and network repair seminars, books, videos and courseware for thousands of organizations throughout the world. Mike has been involved in the computer and network repair industry since 1987 as a technician, instructor, author, consultant and speaker. He has sold over a million IT and certification books, including the best-selling CompTIA A+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide and CompTIA Network+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide. He has personally taught thousands of students, including U.S. senators, U.S. Supreme Court Justices, members of the United Nation, every branch of the U.S. Armed Forces, many branches of the Department of Justice, hundreds of corporate clients and academic students at every level.

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