The Configuring network services module provides you with the instructions and Cisco hardware to develop your hands on skills in configuring services including SNMP, NTP and DHCP. This module contains the following exercises:

  1. Configure and verify DHCP
  2. Configuring time synchronization using NTP
  3. Configuring logging
  4. Configure and verify SNMP

Exercise 1 - Configure and verify DHCP

In this exercise you will configure a Cisco router to act as a DHCP server within the lab environment. DHCP is a service that enables hosts to get an IP address dynamically without you having to manually configure them, this is particularly useful where you have hundreds of PCs and laptops and other devices that don’t require static addresses in your network. Some devices you may want to configure statically such as servers and networking equipment and printers but for everything else DHCP is normally a good configuration choice.

Exercise 2 – Configuring time synchronization using NTP

In this exercise you will configure NTP on a Cisco device, both a router and a switch. NTP is very important in many networks as it serves as a method to keep accurate time on all of your devices, this can help with transactions that occur that need timestamps, tying up log events across different devices and troubleshooting events (plus many other reasons).

Exercise 3 – Configuring logging

In this exercise you will configure a Cisco device to send its log messages to a syslog server, fine tune how the logs are displayed and the amount of local memory used to store logs.

Exercise 4 - Configuring SNMP

In this exercise you will configure SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) v2 and v3.

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